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

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478 Reviews

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Reviews: 478
Hads: 843
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 42
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

"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
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Reviews: 478 | Hads: 843
Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, black-cherry read color with a very slim head. The aroma is of roasted, toasted malts...some spicy hop flavors are in the distance, but specialty malts are in the center of the smell. The taste is very balanced...lots of sweetness up front...again, plenty of roasted malt, and a very pronounced bitterness. Spicy, pepperiness is present in the flavor, along with a notable warming. An almost candy-like sweetness lingers, along with a pronounced bitterness. This is a reasonably enjoyable and drinkable beer, nice for winter, but not outstanding.

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Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: solid amber; thick white head that leaves plenty of foamy rings down the glass

Smell: toasty malts; earthy and sweet

Taste: malt, malt, malt; and then a pleasant bitterness; alcohol warmth is definitely there but is on par with the style

Mouthfeel: medium body, some chewy sweetness overall

Overall: a better than average winter warmer, going for the strong malt profile; no strong herbal or spice notes; fair bitterness to top things off.

This is the 2011 version at 6.5% ABV

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby with a thin white mousse that dies down within seconds.

S: The nose is dominated by malts, with aromas of dark bread, bitter chocolate, toffee, and (to a much lesser extent) grassy, herbal hops easily detectable. I appreciate the fact that this beer does not incorporate spices, so I don't get the stereotypical Christmas cookie aromas so typical of American winter warmers.

T: Notes of dark bread, bitter chocolate, leather, toffee, heavy cream, roasted nuts, dried fruit (black cherries and currants), and grassy hops are present on the palate. The finish is bitter and herbal with grassy hop notes mingling with toffee and nut flavors. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and a little more bitter than I would have liked.

M: Full bodied, thick, and dry with a weighty feeling in the mouth, this is one ale that will warm you up quickly on a cold evening. It's not particularly drinkable or smooth, but I like that feeling of malt heft that lends this beer some substance.

O: This is a solid winter warmer that straddles the line between traditional and New World takes on the style. Save this one for after dinner on a snowy night. Not bad at all. In fact, I could see this being a good gateway to traditional English warmers.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: rather agressive sidepour got no head really. A bit of bubbles trying desperatly to form a cap. Deep clear mahogany, looks really good. Red highlights
in brown beer.

S: toasty up front and it almost smells creamy if you get what I mean. reminds me a bit of Ninkasi's Sleigh'r.

T: roasty and toasty like it should be. The hops just balance it out. Leaves a pleasant dark malt taste in the mouth. A bit of alcohol warmth in the throat. Glad I got a 6pack.

M: medium bodied and very crisp. Finishes really clean. More refreshing than most beers that dark.

O: wow that is good, I do not regret the 6pack.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby red color, with a medium creamy tan head that dissapates quickly to a light film on the beer. There are lots of real strong lacing.

The aroma is strong with caramel malt then quickly fades to soft earthy hops way in the back. After that it fades to a dull burned malt smell... After a swirl, the hops come through well... pine and floral hops.

The flavor is quite the smae as above with heavy malt and slight earthy hops in the back with a solid bitterness. Some burned malt notes... not very complex, pretty simple, but that's not a bad thing, not every beer has to be all complex n' stuff.

Full to medium bodied, coats the mouth well, kinda creamy and smooth with a touch of alcohol in there.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a balloon glass. Will produce a very nice head with an aggressive pour. Sticky lacing endures.

Smells medicinal with hints of cloves and nutmeg. What little hop presence exists is dank and not very exciting.

As the beer warms the flavors pop a little more and it's very easy to drink. The medicinal flavors are still there, and the hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.

This beer doesn't really "wow" me, but the spicing is subtle, and I appreciate that, as overspicing kills so many winter warmers. Not sure if I'd pick up another 6-pack of this, but for the price I paid I'm not complaining. Worth a shot.

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Photo of bboven
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium to dark brown body, clear with ruby highlights. Minimal head and lacing

Aroma is basic pale malt with a tiny bit of roast and alcohol.

Light cherry in the flavor that fades into slightly medicinal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full but soft carbonation, lively on the front of the palate but a little bit sticky at the back of the throat. Not overpowering in any mf aspect.

It's a pretty tasty WW, but a bit weak in many parts and a tinge medicinal in the flavor. Great smooth sipper, though. I would probably try another bottle of this sometime down the line.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didnt know what to expect with this beer. As a winter ale, I was thinking more along the lines of a holiday brew with lots of spices. This did not have any.
At first I thought I was drinking a brown ale, had the right about of malt to it, but still it was different.
It was warming and very enjoyable.

This was one of the beers that I have a hard time picking out some of the finer traits. It wasn't hoppy, it wasn't this, it wasn't that, but it did seem to pull it all together.

Not something year round, at least for me, but in the cold winter, this tastes pretty good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tawny brown color with a frothy light beige head that has average retention and excellent lacing.

Loads of fruit in here, both light and dark varieties...strawberries, currants, blackberries and red apples. Floral hop aroma mingles with a toasty sweet malt presence and creates a pretty complex and potent smelling brew.

Hmm, interesting flavor...a bit more mellow that I was expecting. Fruits really fade more into the background and the toasty malts are nicely balanced with grassy and floral hop flavors. Carbonation level is nearly perfect and the alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting. Has interesting spice hints reminiscent of spruce tips, cinnamon sticks and coriander. Quite Christmasy. Only problem I have with this beer is there is something in the aftertaste that doesn't quite set well with me, a bit of a tang that I don't like. For the most part though, it's an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored pour, tan head, good lacing. Aroma hits you with both burnt malt and bitter hops. Smells very fresh, especially for style.

Taste, ample roasting, ample hopping, bitter, complex. Caramel despite the color seeming otherwise. Sweetness. Toffee. A balanced beer that allows both sides of the spectrum to shine. Alcohol definitely is warming. Not as smooth as most winter warmers, but I appreciate the hops and bitter bite to it. Some nutmeg. Mild flow of chocolate and dark fruit. Like I said, pretty complex, especially for Full Sail these days.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Wassail pours a big loose head over an almost opaque cola-colored brew. Carbonation is steady, the nose is grapefruit rind, vanilla, a little toasted malt. Up front the flavor is toasty malt with bare mocha and molasses notes with sharper herbal/grassy hop notes off the back. Mouthfeel starts soft but dries a bit, with a long leafy hop aftertaste. This is a winter warmer style beer, but I was hoping for a little more malt action here, it seems a tad light bodied to me.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bottle into a tulip glass, best by 2/23/12 (?) on the back. This pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head which has good retention. The smells are of spices, caramel, other malts, no hops by now. The feel is medium. The taste is good, lots of malts, some spices, a definite alcohol presence.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a depth of malt richness and complex fruity esters, along with savory alcohols- this darker Winter Warmer takes on the attitude of English Strong Ales and Old Ales.

The dark, russet brown beer has an onyx-like sheen but with garnet brown hues and brilliant clarity. Sturdy lighlty tanned head releases a scattered pattern of lace yielding from a creamy and structured foam stance.

Molasses and brown sugar are the halmarks of the beer's scent along with a part-malt and part-grain blend. Low on hops but rich with a rummy-sweet alcohol scent that all reminds me of fruit cake.

Flavors are much more complex as the flavors of molasses, burnt caramel, and toasty grains, roasted walnuts, and the fruitier components of grilled apples, marmelade, and red grapes all play a mild part. Citrusy hops provide a glimmer of bright bitterness to offset the malty-dry taste of toast, bitter chocolate, and light char.

Medium-full, this inquisitive ale shares the body of medium attenuated Brown Ales but with the dryish finish of fully fermented Old Ales. Light and creamy carbonation hold onto its structure well past mid palate and provides a woody and dry taste into a lingering aftertaste of toast, chocolate, and light char.

Endearing as an ale that exhibits mostly the flavors of English Strong Ales or younger Old Ales, and that of Brown Ales and American Strong Ales- a blend that's all classy, experimental, and ecclectic.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition pours a nice reddish brown with a tan head that is pleasant to look at. The smell is of a pine tree with citrus zest, a spicy nut arom linger, baked pie crust and toasted grain, the taste is a spiced apple and baked squash with a pine wood hop taste, hints of spiced crust blend well with the hops. Good quality beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks msubulldog

Pours a clean clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is mostly slightly sweet malts, some hops, and lots of caramel. The taste is sligthly sweet/malty, with a very nice touch of caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice winter warmer.

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Photo of a2marzman83
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick and bubbly tan head on top of this dark brown beer. Dried blood red tint when held up to light. A little cascade of bubbles result from a vigorous pour.

Sweet smell. Toffee, cherry, and dark malt in the nose. No real spiciness present nor do I detect much alcohol, both surprises. Not the nose I was expecting for a 7% ABV winter warmer but very pleasing none the less.

Burnt caramel malts blends with a sweet fruitiness. A piney hop bitterness present throughout. Again, as in the nose, the alcohol is masked nicely and only comes out as the beer reaches room temperature.

Drinks easy. I felt this one in my cheeks long before I wanted to stop drinking. Perfect for a cold night and not bad for a warm one either.

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Photo of GMB
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail's Wassail Winter warmer pours a cola-brown body and a fizzy tan head that isn't long for this world. When help up against the light of a table-lamp, the dark body turns bright red, and a smattering of bubbles appears in it.

The nose is malt-dominated; no hops are appreciable. Strong aromas of toasted grain are accompanied by the clean smell of alcohol.

The taste threw me for a loop at first. No hops were appreciable in the nose, but man oh man do they hit the palate; hops of the bittering variety, that is. This beer tastes like strong, slightly over-brewed black tea.

Overall a nice beer that I probably won't revisit. But I did enjoy it till the last drop.

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Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this at DeCicco`s in NY.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a thin head, some lacing.
Wassail`s smell contains some coffee, roasted malt, nuts. Taste is rich and sweet, small flavor of hops, not too much random christmas spice, which is fine by me. MF is medium-full bodied, some alcohol and spice in the finish. Drinkability is just above average for a winter warmer.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that tells us "To Drink." Or at least thats what the term Wassail means. Hence the song "Here we come a wassailing." In olden times when people would go caroling it would basically become a traveling party. This song was sung in between each house to alert the next house to be prepared with possibly a snack and especially something to drink, usually a spiced (or mulled) mead, wine, or beer. Too bad people don't adhere to that custom today.

A- This beer is a weird oak/olive color. I thought it was a strange color in terms of beer. There was no head as this poured out very oily and thick.

S- Caramel is very much there in the nose, the beer has some malt to it. I also smell a touch of vanilla. If this had a touch of Christmas spice that would make it extra great.

T- This is a malty beer. Sweet at first then bitter toward the end. The bitterness is that of grapefruit pith. The sweet is by way of the malts, and there is a touch of spice mixed in which wasn't there in the smell. The Alcohol is well hidden, but it serves it purpose of warming the body. To me this tastes like a dark and strong rye bread. It isn't too bad, but the bitterness doesn't seem to work well here. I was hoping for something a little on the sweeter side.

M- The bitterness puckers a bit on your tongue. The thickness is great, and is expected of a beer like this.

D- Easy to drink, the ABV is well hidden. The bitterness does slow me down a bit.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish-red with a creamy looking tan head that is very short but again, looks creamy. The smell is very malty and a slight whiff of raisins or prunes. Taste is the same with an odd alcoholic aftertaste. This is actually my least favorite Full Sail beer. I wish they put Wreck The Halls into sixers instead of this stuff. I can’t say this isn’t a good beer, it’s just one I don’t happen to care much for.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wassail's color is dark brown with a creamy, light-brown head of average height. The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet malts and piney hops. Neither dominates, leaving an interesting in-between smell. A sip starts with rich, sweet malt flavor, but towards mid sip piney hops take over and continue through an extended finish. The bitterness level is pretty high and the hops have a pretty strong drying effect. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but too hoppy to be what I want from a winter warmer. I'd choose an IPA, a 2XIPA, or a maltier winter warmer over Full Sail's Wassail. That said, I'm sure there are some hopheads that'll love this beer.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/10/11

*I'm performing a "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, and finishing off the holiday beer in and around my home - this being one of them.

A: An appealing shade of mahogany. A standard pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head that produces a thin layer of spotty lacing.

S: Hop oil and rich baking chocolate with a layer of roasted malt. It's actually quite nice and unexpected.

T: Surprisingly bitter and hoppy. Underneath is a solid backbone of garden fresh herbs and grassiness. As it starts wrapping up, I get a wave of dried prunes and toasted almonds.

M: On the lighter side considering the ABV. It's creamy enough, but I can't say I was bowled over by the way this one sat in my mouth, or felt going down. Prickly carbonation doesn't quite suit this one.

O: Having a couple of these would be easy enough, as it isn't obnoxiously spiced like a lot of holiday offerings tend to be these days.

I'm glad I'm almost finished with my holiday "leftovers". I'm just not in the mood for these spiced winter warmers, but I know they need to be quaffed sooner, rather then later.

Full Sail's Wassail overachieves - it is one of the better offerings I've had from them. Most of Full Sail's lineup is mediocre to dissapointing, though this one really is quite pleasing. It's reasonably well balanced and easy enough to drink. I wouldn't hunt this one down, but would happily enjoy one at a Christmas party.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, dark-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, cinnamon, and light spices

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, bread, and light spices

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, the bitterness and sweetness play well together..the aftertaste is very bitter

Drinkability: This strikes me as an extra spicy amber with a distinct hoppy edge. This is hoppier than most and the alcohol is well hidden. Two at most, an above average beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. twist off bottle. Wassail pours a medium brown with a thin off white head, which settles to a surface ring in a few minutes. Shows garnet highlights and is typically clear for the style.

Dark malts and a bit of chocolate on the nose. No real winter spice to speak of, but full bodied and with notes of cherry liqueur and some woody hops. A bit more hop spice with some warming.

Roasted malts upfront in the flavor. Bit of caramel segues into a smooth sweetened cherry then a light bitterness with some lingering orange amber malts. Offers a decent finish with a light but firm carbonation. Medium bodied and slightly slick in nature given the light carbonation. Decent drinkability yet nothing excels.

More fruity than spicy for a Winter Warmer, rich and with moderate depth for support. A sipper for me given the malt structure.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn a winter beer in August. This might be terrible.

A - Looks nice a clear ruby amber hue with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. No noticeable sediment so this held up nice.

S - Smells of mostly herbal hops and dark fruits mostly raisin and dates. Also some sweet malts I can't place.

T - Not sure how bitter this is fresh but the twang of bittering hops is still in the finish. Being more malt forward I can taste caramel like sweet malts and dark fruits. Kind of herbal yet it works.

M - Medium and kind of chewy

Overall this winter warmer held up nice for the months it been on the shelf. I would be curious to try this again fresh.

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.