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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

787 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 33
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.20% ABV

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001)
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Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown body with some ruby highlights...the head was off white and showed great retention...fell slowly to a solid cap and left nice lacing

S - The aroma is very malty with sweet caramel...there are some lighter dark fruit aromas...and I'm detecting some hops

T - Toffee and caramel jump out right away...they are sweet, but not cloying...there's almost a creaminess to the sweet flavors...the dark fruits are subtle in the middle of the beer...those hops come through in the middle-end...it was a nice surprise...I get a coffee finish that's roasted and bitter

M - Medium bodied...carbonation level is nice...I enjoyed the hop bite

O - This was a nice surprise to find in Maryland...it was towards its expiration date but I found the flavors pronounced and not lacking at all...the malts were sweet with caramel and toffee flavors and those hops were a nice, bright addition

thain709, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is chestnut-brown on the pour, with a small light-khaki-colored head that leaves some lace. Body turns reddish when backlit.

S: Not a lot going on in the nose. A touch of spice and some sprucey hops.

T: First impression is of the aftertaste: surprising lingering piney bitterness. Body consists of toasted nuts up front, with spice following, and lingering spice and spruce in the aftertaste. Some drying alcohol is there too, but no real heat from the alcohol. As it warms I get a bit of sweetness - think caramel malt.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is moderate with an appropriate level of sharpness to it.

D: Good. All in all, this is a decent winter warmer. May be a tad bit too hoppy/bitter for the style (or, at least for what I was expecting tonight), but it's a good beer.

Kendo, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany with some beige head

smell - cocoa, hazelnut, bit of smoke

taste - cocoa, hazelnut, caramel, roasted malt, hops

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter in the finish, flavors linger in the palate nicely

Overall - nice version of a winter warmer, good job, Full Sail

Price Point - 6pk/$8.99

keithmurray, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 12 oz. bottle: This one poured a cloudy brown color. There wasn't too much head at all. A bit of fruit and spices to the nose, with a hint of roastiness in the background. The taste is malty, yet a touch sour. Possibly some cherries in there? Slightly dry and a hint of bitterness to the aftertaste. Good!

Boto, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since this is finally available here. The only time I had a beer from these guys was over a year ago when I was in California. Winter came pretty harshly here in the last week and I figured that this would go along well with it. Sure enough, this was a solid Winter Warmer and one that didn't last in my fridge for very long!

Good pour to this - had a nice mahagony-brown hue with virtually no head and a fair amount of lacing. It was just a bit thinner in the mouthfeel than I envisioned but the flavor was great. Dark fruit, pumpernickel, some caramel, and a hint of dry hops combine for a pleasant warming effect. Nice a "spice rack in a bottle" like some other winter beers, this one's mellow and somewhat creamy in its taste.

Not to mention that I could have more than one in a sitting. It's perfect for this time of the year and worth the buy, even if it's just a tad high in the alcohol department. I couldn't taste it at all and this would easily go well with some gingerbread or sugar cookies during this holiday season. A solid offering from Full Sail that did not last in my fridge for very long!

JerzDevl2000, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, a deep and glowing mahogany lurks beneath an off-white head. Aroma is of a cool and mildly peppermint spiced candy. Dark fruit, perhaps prune, rides sweetly along a complementary deep toasted malt blend backbone. Robust but smooth body with a warming feel in the finish.

albertjr21, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of bonertime98
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

bonertime98, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with a nice amber colored ale with impressive lacing and a frothy beige head with staying power. The smell has some malty tones, figs and other dark fruits and some yeasty, bready whiffs. Taste is big time malty with a spicy bite. There is also some chocolate, nutmeg and orange in the mix. A little coffee too. A lot going on. The mouthfeel was too thin for such a flavored brew. Nice drinking winter warmer. Multiples are easily consumed on a cold day. A worthy try from the Full Sail crew.

kaseydad, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this bottle last week and now I have decided to try a beer from this brewery for the first time. Beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a half finger head. A deep mohogany crimson color. Slight signs of carbonation too. The head has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts and spices come to nose. Breadiness and some biscuit too.

Taste: Sweet malts, breadiness, spiciness from the hops and spices, dark fruit, and some alcohol towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little chewy, very drinkable, medium carbonation,

Overall: Not a bad beer from this brewery. I think I have an imperial in my stash, but this was a good one to get me acquainted with this brewery from OR. Will be looking for more of this in the future.

Flounder57, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Winter Warmer. This is a difficult style to pull off. Full Sail's entry manages to provide an interesting flavor profile without overindulging in any particular Winter Warmer cliche. The beer pours dark brown with a healthy beige cap. Bubbles lace the glass as the liquid level falls. The aroma is Scottish Ale caramel sweet. There are some interesting fruit notes, apricots, peaches, etc. The flavor brings in a strong and very much appreciated bitter flavor. It's not a huge beer or a dramatic beer, but it fulfills the aim of a Winter Warmer without looking to old standby of cloves and other pumpkin pie spices. Re-rated 12/10/09: Not quite as good as I remember.

popery, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep, dark brown in color with a gorgeous head that pitted and laced quite well. This was nice.

Smell – Musty maple and brown sugar smells lead off this one. Underneath there’s some good toasted malt and nice dark fruits. Nothing really big here, but it’s got all the parts.

Taste – There’s a small hop flavor to this one that balances the taste. Everything from the nose is there. Again, nothing big, but all the components of a good effort.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very chewy. This is like a wad of molasses-laden taffy in your mouth.

Drinkability – A nice example of the style, especially at a little over a dollar a bottle.

RoyalT, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a fluffy 2 fingers deep tan. Very good head retention & good lacing.

S: Toasted malt & brown sugar

T: Breadyness, cinnamon & warming alcohol up front. Finishes spicy with fruittyness ( hints of berries), bitter chocolate & a trace of iron

MF: Chewy with really low carbonation

Drinks okay/good, but seems a bit hotter alcohol-wise this year, what gives? I liked this better last year, but a good winter warmer

russpowell, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of tangentrider
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown beer with a tan head; dark copper highlights when held to the light

S- Sweet malt, caramel, slightly nutty

T- Hops hit right off with pine and coffee, followed by a touch of sweetness (not much); finish is bitter herbal. Could be a bit sweeter for the style, but overall a good winter warmer.

MF- High carbonation, yet smooth in the mouth.

D- I love hops, so the hoppiness is a plus for me; I'll have this one again.

tangentrider, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of tbern007
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black- doesn't look like you will see through it until held to the light. Nice, thick head, long lasting, great lacing throughout.
Very light scent of malt, bread, light hops.
Taste is complex. No spices in this warmer. All malt and hops. Great balance though. Malty, caramel, bready, tea, slight sweetness, mild sweet chocolate (very faint), followed by hops but complimenary, not overpowering at all.
Great balance, carbonation, color, complexity. Cannot detect the 7% in any way.

tbern007, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany in color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is malty, caramel, with a spicy, peppery hop aroma. The flavor that hits me first is maple syrup and brown sugar, which it then flows to a peppery, spicy hop taste. The brown sugar follows you to the drying finish. This is a full-bodied brew that will warm you up. It has a bitterness that will stick with you through each sip. A nice, warming brew.

Sampled 11/19/03

BeerBuilder, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of usualpulp
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with a thin white head. There are many smells to this beer, most notable are hop and floral. Based on the smells of the beer I was expecting a strong hoppy beer, somewhat similar to the sierra nevada celebration ale, but this beer was surprisingly subtle. It is hoppy without being overwhelming. I was expecting more malt flavors, but they were'nt missed. Once the beer warms some, a slight cranberry flavor arises, and the hops become more present. This gives the beer a very nice character. Overall this is a very good winter brew, very drinkable with decent complexity. definately something i could drink often. I almost wish it wasnt a seasonal brew, because I would enjoy this beer any time of the year.

usualpulp, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of KroMagnon
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a nice picture of a spruce tree in the snowy forest with a single red ball adorning it. The beer poured a tan head, not really prominent, dissipated rapidly. The color is a deep brownish-red. The aroma is a touch malty, a touch fruity, with some woodish notes and a slight higher alcohol fruitiness as well. The flavor is nicely balanced, maybe one of the best balanced brews I've had. It starts with a little malt, but complex, with hints of gingerbread and caramel, then gives a little bit of hop flavor (maybe pine-like?) and some dried fruit flavors, then you get a nice dash of hop bitterness at the end to round it out. Alcohol content is a little rough but still good. Thanks to Secret Santa 2004 nvsblman for this one.

KroMagnon, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown-reddish color, some sticky lace, and thin bubbly foam

S: nice hop presence, toasted malts and roasted grains.

T: husky sweet malts, pined hops that lead to a subtle peppery bite. Nice light touch of spiced raisins and banana fruitiness. Overall, a great toasted feel to it and nicely rounded beer

M: touch dry in the finish, mild and bubbly body

D: clean and easy to drink, good feel and look. This one is a winner in my book

Magpie14, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle
Pours slightly hazy medium brown with a very thin white head.
Aroma of pine tree resins, some dark fruits and toffee.
Flavor had lots resins and pine notes, almost reminiscent of Anchor X-mas. Hops are almost spicy. Fruity dark malts behind the hop assault.
Mouthfeel is a combination of gritty resined hop tones on a solid base of toffee.
Drinkability

CRJMellor, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweet, cereal malt aroma wafts up from the dark brown body of this Winter offering from Full Sail, with citrus notes lurking as well. The palate shows cereal sweetness for an instant, chased by a pleasing hop presence. Malt and hops play around on the finish, along with a lingering tartness on the sides of the tongue. The soft tan head leaves ample tracings on the inside of the glass.

In my esteemed opinion, Wassail is quite good, especially for a Winter Seasonal.

VoodooBrew, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a nice blend of rich, dark malts with some drief fruit and spicing. Malt is quite evident; hops are too, but not so much. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The tastes are nice. There are some aromatic qualities that carry through into the flavor. The hops are a nice start on the tongue, with the rich, roasty malt goodness harmonizing wonderfully. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The mouthfeel is filling with flavor which is constantly changing, morphing into something new. Overall this is a nice version of a winter warmer style beer. Really solid and enjoyable because of the spice/hop character to balance it out.

claspada, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of johnyeast
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight beige head. Quite an aroma of spice. I'll just list the smells that I found with this one. Nutmeg, fig, tartness, roasted grains, all spice. The taste is warming with a roasted, nutty, caramel, sourness. Not as heavy as it looks or other holiday/winter brews. Also fairly drinkable for a holiday beer. I am impressed with the Full Sail Wassail this year.

johnyeast, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of bort11
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasatch sent this to me a while back. thanks dude.

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. Off white head leaves speck of lacing on the glass. Color is a deep chestnut brown. Very solid and barely lets any light through.

Smell is muted. There are some nutty hints and that's about it. Taste comes through much stronger. Nutty pine flavoring. Subtle caramel malt sweetness. Very warming and perfect for a cold evening.

bort11, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wine Source, enjoyed from a snifter chilled and allowed to increase in temperature gradually.

The color is like toffee with a deep crimson highlight and thick creamy pale cap. There is an ultra fine bead with lace that is stringy and there is decent head retention/clarity. The smell is a nice mix of fruit with a deep roasted nose and gentle cocoa powder woody odor, the smell has slight toast and vanilla with some dried fruit and light caramel with gentle stone fruit esters and mild alcohol. The feel is warming and shows the alcohol with moderately bitter and spiced entry. The carbonation level is nice and a balance is achieved between the malt and NW hops. The ale has a full texture which leans toward the dry side with hints of alcohol and spice that carry on into the slightly dry finish.

A dry toasty cocoa and mildly roasted malt flavor leads to a slight pine note from the hops with a nice flavor accenting the mild caramel from the malt which segues into a dark cherry note and the subtle dried fruit tinges as hinted at by the nose. There is some yeast flavor with the nice dry toasted malt and mild coffee-like tinges. I get a light brown sugar compliment in the finish with subtle alcohol flavors that round out the taste. Overall I liked having this again, but my first review of it. I enjy the overall high drinkability for a strong brown spicy ale. This is perfect for late fall/winter drinking...I would buy this again.

Slatetank, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark mahogany beer with a small, light tan, thick head. Dishwasher-spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet and floral; a nice creaminess with underlying toffee and some grapes. Very hoppy in the front. A tangy, fruity full middle. A bitter, floral, dark hoppy dry finish with some nice spiciness. A little grainsy in the aftertaste. There's almost a red wine thing going on in the finish for me. The sweetness in the nose never really developed. But I still think this is a very good beer.

kbub6f, Jan 13, 2004
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.