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Full Sail Wassail | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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86
very good
482 Reviews
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Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A deep mahogany color, Wassail is brewed with four different malts and a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, giving it a malty full body and a pleasantly hoppy finish that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike. In other words, a Christmas miracle."

ABV 7% IBU 56

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Photo of Morris729
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a foamy light tan colored head that fades into a bubbly lace. Nose is fresh cedar and pine with notes of floral hops, citrus, and spice. Medium in body with a bit of a slick mouthfeel from the hop oils. Taste is sweet malt and dark fruit at first followed by a touch of chocolate and some earthy herbal flavors. Bitter hop resins are present towards the finish and remain in a lingering aftertaste. A nice winter warmer.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a chesnut brown with a well formed 1 1/2 finger beige colored head that left nice rings of lace as it slowly.Big chocolate aromas along with some nice drying earthiness quite roasted in character,quite dry I have to say on the palate wich in my opinion is a nice change of pace for winter warmer brews.Unsweetened chocolate and earthy tones really show themselves on the palate as well as a roasted chesnut flavor, a bit of spiciness comes thru late giving it a sharper finish,not overly complex but quite flavorful.Iam glad I tried this it is a solid no frill winter warmer, quite dry and tasty.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it's got a nice dark chocolate aroma, very sweet topped off with nutty scents. It looks very inviting, dark brownish-reddish body , semi hazy and is topped off with a semi thick tan head that's very bubbly and sticks around for a bit; it has some strong lacing qualities. It has a medium to light mouth feel, clean and has mild carbonation. Faint hops are present some roasted oats and grains, its sweet overall and no alcohol flavors, not even I the aftertaste. I look forward to drinking this one again...

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Photo of errantnight
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting winter warmer.

Pours a rich deep, deep brown, almost black with hints of red. Slightly hazy, with a rich, creamy head. There's not much of it, barely a finger... but it lasts and lasts, leaves great lacing. Was more and more impressed as I went along.

Aroma is excellent, a waft of hops, leaning towards the citrus variety, with subtle impressions of roast and maybe a bit of warm spice? Malty and full.

The taste is frankly a bit flat... it's got a very nice medium fullness and evenness about it, a clean bittering, a bit chewy. The malt character is a bit simple, a slightly roasted caramel... but there's no richness or complexity. The spices get a bit lost in the background, and I do appreciate their subtle presence. And while this is super drinkable, and certainly something I'd throw back a number of on a holiday evening, it actually is lacking a certain fullness of mouth feel which I look for when reaching for a winter warmer.

An interesting, very American style twist on a winter warmer... I really feel like they just need to relax the reigns just a little bit. Definitely let this one warm up if you want it to have a shot at impressing you... I just can't help but feel like this is just a half step or two away from being phenomenal. Maybe next year?

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Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok i found this bottle of wassail in the back of my garage fridge today..had been there since January I guess...says best by 02/14/03..so only 4 and ahalf months over !!
The beer pours a nice dark garnet almost brown witha lovelly thick inch high creamy off white head..that stayed quite some time
Nice aroma..chocolaty and spicy tones..though well done.
I dunno but this seems to taste better than when I had the rest of the six pack..its flavourful yet smoother and less aggresivesweet malts followed by a creamy chocolaty taste followed by a nice "zap" of hops at the end ..very nice.
Nice and smooth and creamy on the palate.
Pretty drinkable even for a hot sweaty night.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Pours a near black color but when held to the light its dark ruby in appearance. Although when poured the head was not thick, the retention was great, a thin layer sticks around throughout the beer. Tan head with very a very creamy appearance to it. Smell is unique, I expected a chocolate and caramel smell to it however hops are definitely present. A nice balance of both gives this beer a terriffic aroma. Hops hit my tounge up front which leads to a toasted grain on the backside. A nice chocolate aftertaste was a pleasant suprise. Light on the carbonation feels just right and the creamy mouthfeel is on par. Overall a great beer IMO. Best offering I've had from Full Sail yet.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours nice and slow. Rich amber body with nice straw head. Little lacing.

S - Not too strong of a scent... Nice, but relaxed. Nice light citrus notes.

T - Ridiculously tasty (just like the label says). Awesomely smooth and delicious. Spices and cinnamon dominate.

M - Great carbonation and awesome bitterness. Perfect body too.

O - A litle all over the place, but a pretty solid brew. Nice work Full Sail.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark colors with red hues, nice white colored head if you pour aggressively.

Smell - Smell faint hops and some malts.

Taste - Has a very mellow taste, has a mild hop flavor, and some malt flavors. I think if they picked up the flavors a little bit this beer would be phenomenal.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thin, but kind of creamy.

Drink - Despite being 7% I think I found this beer very session worthy.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It is on par with jubelale, though it's flavors aren't as aggressive. I find it easier to drink several of these. Definitely put these guys on my radar, I will be trying some of their other stuff. Also at $6.99 a sixer this stuff is hard to beat.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark, murky red/brown into a pint glass, without much of a head, fair retention.

S: Smells of piney hops, malt, spices, and a bit of cherry.

T: This beer has a very interesting flavour. It reminds me a bit of Wreck the Halls, though the spice character is different and somewhat more robust. The flavour is a nice flavourful mix of pine hops and spice, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg, with a bit of cherry, spruce character.

M: Resiny, oily, medium-bodied, but very easy to drink.

D: A very good Winter Warmer, tastes match the season perfectly, need to go buy more of this while it is still available. A very good beer by Full Sail.

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Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle... found a fresh 6-pack at an Albertsons near me... haven't seen it anywhere else.

- Looks like a porter... somewhat transparent dark ruby brown... quick bubbly off-white head... down to a nice subtle slew of lacing.

- Smells like Full Sails signature roasted grainy malting... extra rich without being overly sweet. Little bit of spice, and a nice bitter flare of hops... grassy, earthy..

- Smooth semi-sweet roasted spice and malt... huge bitter hop with a punch... and without the cloying sweet fruitiness that I can't stand in this style. Very generous hops, but yet goes down well and is quite balanced.

- Nice light bodied ale, certainly well carbonated... little dry, and only ever so slightly chewy...

- One of the better winter seasonals on the market, and being a Portlander all of my life... this is actually the first Wassail I have ever had... it just doesn't show up all the time, and I can swear there were many years where they just didn't brew it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!
12 oz. twist-cap bottle:

Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head that is everlasting and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy with citrus and pine notes in the back with plenty of toffee.

The taste is of darkish malt, caramel/toffee. Gentle spiciness with pine in the back as it progresses. Warming alcohol in a very dry finish.

Fuller side of medium body with a bit of an oily slickness.

Glad I had the opportunity to sip on this (though it's quite easy to more than sip) on a chilly late March day (while no longer winter, it still "hit the spot"). A very nice winter ale that is not overly spiced. Well-balanced with a good hop presence, and warming, without being too hot. Would get this as a winter regular if it were avalailable in my area. Thanks again, John!

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Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a massive 2 finger rocky head that has excellent staying power. Some nice clinging lace remains in the glass. The brew is a just see through brown.

Smell- A nice complex aroma of brown sugar, cinnamon, plums, light hops, and dark rum

Taste- A lot like the smell with a big emphasis on brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum. The semi-cloying sweetness bumped taste from a 4.5 down to a 4.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and clean

Drinkability- A bit sweet for a few in a row but for a sweet treat now and then, it's a hit.

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Photo of Riggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark, dark brown with reddish highlights. creamy beige head falls to thin collar with moderate lacing.

smell: dark fruits (prunes, baked apples), perhaps clove, some burnt sugar along with piney hops.

taste: very well-balanced a slight hit of crisp hops upfront, juicy with rich dark fruits in the middle, quickly followed and balanced crisp piney hops. some flavor of alcohol.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy with a light crisp carbonation.

drinkability: perhaps better than your average winter warmer thanks to the hops and the crisp carbonation.

one of the best holiday seasonals i've had the pleasure to try and definitely one of this breweries best offerings.

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Photo of WJVII
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from OR from my friend Cdkrenz (on BA) I poured this into a pint glass and watched the aggressive head crawl up the glass (3 fingers) at which point the sticky lacing settled into a nice bubbly cap. The deep brown brew had a wonderful citrus hop nose. There were also hints of caramel and burnt malts. The taste was not typical for a WW but was delicious. There was a hint of fig and raisin to start with pine hops and some chocolate to follow and this was balanced at the finish with nice bitterness. I was skeptical as WW is not my favorite style but this brew is a nice selection and I was glad to have had the chance to sample. Thanks again Cdkrenz!

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Photo of philbertk
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Brewing Company-Wassail Winter Ale--Seasonal--12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 1997 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark copper color. Light spice flavor. Hoppy not sweet. Sampled 11/6/1998.

1998 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Deep red brown color. Light hop and spice nose followed by smooth spicy malty body. Rich not sweet. Very nice dry hop finish. Sampled 12/27/1998.

1999 Release. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin bronze red color. Rich hop front with toasted roasted spicy notes. Nutmeg spice roasted malt body is easy to drink with minimal residual sweetness. Dry lingering balanced hoppy spicy finish. Sampled 11/6/1999.

Full Sail Brewing Company-Wassail-12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 2000 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rich dark copper color bronze color with red highlights. Classic Full Sail rich floral earthy hop front with toasted notes. Earthy malty toasted body. Rich dry flavor with mild sweetness. Hoppy End. Sampled 9/28/2000.

2001-A Release (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin bronze black cherry color. Light head. Nice lace. Mild crisp roasted hop nutmeg front. Dry roasted mildly spicy body. Flavors resonate without sweetness. Mild spicy cinnamon hop end. Easy not Big. Sampled 0/28/2001.

Wassail-Cheers-2001 12 oz Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin copper bronze color. Roasted floral hop front. Tangy dry crisp spiced roasted malt body. Creamy dry hoppy Winter spiced cinnamon nutmeg end. Crisp rich hoppy spiced Ale. Sampled 1/14/2002.

Wassail-Cheers. 2002-A 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin dark bronze amber color. Spicy mild hop front. Toasted burnt smooth sweet spicy malt body. Rich Winter Ale spice flavor lingers with malt to balanced spicy mild hop end. Sampled 10/21/2002.

Wassail-Christmas Tree-2002-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin black red color. Rich Full Sail earthy hop front. Toasted roasted spicy malt flavors. Thin textured rich flavored toasted crisp dry sweet body. Roasted spice clean hop end. Sampled 10/24/2002.

Wassail-2003 Ale Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark bronze black color. Lacy medium head. Rich roasted spicy floral coriander hop front. Dry sweet rich earthy roasted malty caramel nutmeg body. Clean dry nutmeg hop spice end. Tangy. Spicy IBU's. Sampled 10/13/2003.

Wassail 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--40 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Mild light tan lace head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Rich floral roasted malt spice hop front. Rich creamy crusty roasted black cherry mild sweet nutmeg body. Smooth dry lingering malt spice hop end. Sampled 11/13/2004.

Wassail Winter Ale 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dark. Rich tight lacy tan head. Clear thin copper bronze color. Mild roasted hop winter spice front. Smooth roasted caramel nutmeg earthy creamy dry sweet body. Clean balanced hop spice end. Crisp malty brew. Sampled 12/22/2005.

Wassail-2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Mild lacy head. Clear dark walnut black color. Spicy malt hop nutmeg front. Dry sweet spicy burnt toffee crisp roasted body. Spicy clean hop malt Winter spice end. Very nice! Sampled 10/19/2006.

Wassail-2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. 6-Pack $6.99. Dense lacy off white head. Clear dark bronze color. Rich roasted raisin hop front. Creamy smooth roasted toffee mild nutmeg currant malty body. Cloying malt hop Allspice mild tangy balanced end. Sampled 10/13/2007.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47-2008. 7.00% ABV--56 IBU's. (4.5+ / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted Dense lacy tan white head. Clear thin dark bronze black color. Roasted aromatic hop nutmeg malt front. Dry sweet crisp roasted mild crusty burnt nutmeg mild crusty toffee hint rich tangy body. Crisp mellow hop malt spice balanced rich roasted end. Sampled 10/15/2008. 6-Pack $5.98.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47--2009. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU's. 4.35 / 5.0 Winter Ale--Roasted. Lacy off white tan head. Clear dark ruby black color. No sediment. Rich toasted Winter spice floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet roasted winter spice toffee thin texture full hop resin infused malty body. Dry sweet hop spice rich clean end. Tasty roasted Winter. Sampled 12/27/2009 6-Pack--$6.99.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brewforce Of 47-2010. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Thin mild lace tan head. Clear dark ruby red color. Roasted floral hop front. Mild textured sweet roasted dry burnt fruit toffee toast mildly crusty smooth rich body. Balanced Winter hop spice smooth roasted end. Sampled 10/9/2010. 6-Pack Purchased for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/8/2010.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#41. My first Full Sail, a reputable batch. This beer has been perfected by no less than 47 employees. Impressive little fact.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a pretty saddening half-finger depth head that is mainly fizzy and retains not so well, shrinking to thin surface cover within 30 seconds. Color of the beer is very interesting. A very deep brown with orange highlights give the beer a cloudy dense appearance in the center. Very little light can shine through the beer itself, but the bottom and edges are where the beer is brightest. Lacing is average. Carbonation is sparse but relatively active. Head is not so impressive, but the other parts of this beer's appearance round out these small flaws to something visually decent. 3

(Smell) Some really interesting malt blends of caramel and toffee build up the body of this beer. I also can sense some nutty tones and some holiday spices; cinnamon & nutmeg. Dark fruit tones lie underneath, and some hoppy flavors are subtle but allude to this beer's floral spicy aroma. Aroma is considerably pungent and complex. Smells great. 4.5

(Taste) Up front come those sweet malts with some faint caramel tones and some even lighter black coffee bites. Hops are sneaky in this beer and bring a real pleasing bitter smoky finish to this beer. Wonderful balance of flavors; nothing comes out on top and the flavor is full and pleasant. Perhaps too strong for casuals, but an impressive wintery taste. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite full bodied, which is great. Little carbonation interference with this beer makes it rather smooth. Hoppy finish leaves the palate dry and gives the finish a bitter tone. Alcohol is well masked, but I still get some hints of it in big sips. Easy to drink and good mouthfeel. 4

(Drinkability) Big body makes this a filling beer over time, which doesn't attribute positively to drinkability, but the beer tastes really good and should the drinker feel in the mood for it, there's no reason that a second or even a third would be out of the question. 3.5

Verdict: Great winter beer. Plenty of flavor and achieves a good balance of flavor and a very pleasing aroma. Filling for some and perhaps too strong for others, this beer sits well with me. I'd recommend this to anybody. A- (4.05)

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. While pouring it appeared to have a dark brown color. After poured and held up to the light I noticed a nice red color as a little bit of light shined through. It left about a finger and a half of light tan head. It has a nice aroma of caramel and roasted malts. There are some hints of spice as well. Definitely smells like a winter warmer. Front of the sip has a nice roasted malt character followed by some slight hop notes and a hint of spices. Overall a very good beer. Could drink a few of these in a sitting. Very drinkable which surprised me. Definitely a great buy since I got it for $6.99 a six pack.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark burgundy-brown with a small creamy tan head that quickly broke up with large bubbles. Some nice lacing present.

The first full scent of the aroma immediatley screamed ginger cookies to me! A strong malty aroma spiced with ginger, cinnamon and a floral hop aroma as well.

Unlike the aroma, the taste reveals a malty cookie like backbone which is complimented, not overwhelmed, by the warm taste of spices as of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. A pleasant mild hopppiness balances the chocolate like malt backbone. No coffee overtones I could pick up on with a finish that is mildly bitter, again with just the right amount of balance which hides the alcohol warmth nicely. Very pleasing and only gets better as it warms.

The medium mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a nice amount of
carbonation and a hint of chewiness if I interpret that attribute correctly.

I was very surprised at the drinkability of this beer, I was afraid the spiciness would be overwhelming but this goes down smooth as the aforementioned silk. As the label says "ridiculously tasty" and at 7.0% ABV these could sneak up on you quick. I would love to relax in front of the fire after a good meal and melt into a few of these! I look forward to more winter warmer offerings but will seek Wassail out every year now. I also think I will have to revisit the other beers of this brewery soon.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Dark reddish/copper, and clear. Pours with ~1/2 finger of tan head. Fades quickly into a thin ring and smattering of bubbles.

S- Fair amount of piney hop aroma, followed with a moderately sweet, dark brown sugar maltiness.

T- Quite a bit of tea-like hop flavor is first noted, and provides a fair dose of of bitterness. Nice roasty, malty sweetness balances things out. Interesting and pleasant.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel.

D- Quite good. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Future outlook: Had not yet had anything from Full Sail that knocked my socks off, so I was a bit surprised at how much I liked this one. Worthy of a revisit.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown. A descent light tan head that

S - Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted dark malt, captain crunch cereal, brown sugar, raisins,

T - Roasted malts/dark cocoa come first. The dark cocoa seems to stick on the tongue all the way through. Then brown sugar, woody roasted grain, raisins, faint spice. A candy grape "Now & Later" flavor resides in the background. It sounds weird but it actually provides a subtle tartness. Citrus hops open up and add bitterness at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation. Syrupy yet creamy.

One of my favorite winter warmers. Not a ton of spice in this one which adds to the drinkability. The hops balance out the syrupy sweetness without overtaking it. Highly recommended!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, thanks to Bighuge for enabling me to sample this beer! It pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Roasted malt is what I mostly detect in the aroma. Roasted malt and spices dominate the flavor up front. The beer is well balanced with hops and finishes neutral to slightly bitter. Very drinkable with a very good flavor, although I might prefer it to be just a bit bolder. Great Winter Ale!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full Sail Wassail has a medium, cream-colored head, a dark, brown-red appearance, lots of bubble streams, and pretty heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet, malty, chocolaty, and vegetative smell, and the flavor is of all that, with dark bread crust, chocolate powder, fruit, and lots of strong residual bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Full Sail Wassail finishes semi-dry, rich, delicious, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a most excellent Winter warmer.

RJT

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Proured a nice dark amber brown with very little foam. The aroma has a strong malty smell and the taste was of a malty with a hint of spice flavor with a smooth finish. There was not much of a bitter after taste, but just enough to balance everything together.

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Photo of MVassar
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown-maple syrup color. Very sturdy amber-tinged head, with thick, creamy lacing.

Toasted malt in the nose, along with hints of caramel, piney hops, brown bread, and Christmas spices.

Plenty of roasted malt flavors, burnt sugar, and a serious and citrusy hop kick. Long, bitter citrus zest finish.

Full-bodied beer, with a very luxurious, creamy texture. Wonderful mouthfeel.

Could easily imagine sitting in front of a fire with a six-pack of this stuff. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Full Sail Wassail is an old school winter warmer, no spicing here. Brewed with four different malts and a heavy hand of Pacific Northwest hops.

Thick and bubbly, two fingers of light tan foam form from a heavy pour. As the head slowly drops down, the lacing shows an amazing retention after each taste. Dark-charred hickory color could be mistaken for black, you can barely see through the brew even when put up to a bright light. Clean malty aroma with shortbread, brown bread and caramel, hops pull in a mild herbal and spicy note in the nose. Smooth and a little creamy with a solid and slightly thick medium body. The malt character kicks things off with sweet bread, cocoa powder, caramel, toasted walnuts and a bit of fresh-bailed hay. Hops seem to want to balance and complement rather than dominate. Bitterness is more than sufficient yet the flavor adds layers of floral, citric and spicy notes. Suggestions of chocolate covers oranges, candied fruit and a mild charred-wood hit in the semisweet finish.

Within the balance there is drinkability, complex but approachable. Tasting this beer makes us realize that winter is not long enough and we'll just have to wait another year. Excellent job.

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.