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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

820 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 36
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle marked "12". Nice amber brown color. Toasty malty is the best feature. Some roasted malt and a little charred flavor. A modest hoppiness but it's just a bitter bump and then back to the earthy roast. Another example of how IBU figures often seem to be totally unreliable.

Pretty unremarkable but quite drinkable. More of a regular amber with some bark in the flavor. I always look forward to the holiday beers but I prefer ones with a distinctive roast malt or a zippy hop to go with the sweetness. But keep the cinnamon, thanks.

Photo of blakelive784
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours an extremely dark shade of amber with a 2 finger head. Retention and lacing are pretty poor, but expected for the relatively high abv.

S - Malty foundation with caramel and some musty hops. Much milder than expected.

T - Full malt palate up front, with a caramel/toasted malt foundation. Nice floral and bittering hops come through in the climax, along with sweet ethanol. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and coarse, Suits the flavors well.

D - A very good warmer that only shows its abv when it needs to.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 12oz Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Dark Red/Crimson that borders on being opaque Black. Pours a 2 fingerhead that leaves behind some decent lacing.

Smell - Burnt and Roasted Malts with hints of Chocolate, Yeasts and fruity notes. There's also a distinct apple scent thrown in as well.

Taste - It starts off with a very sweet fruity note, but finishes off with a bitter aftertaste. Burnt Malts are also pretty strong, perhaps a little too strong, as well as yeasts, spices and the mild fruity notes. Okay as far as flavor, but the burnt malts offset the flavor a bit too much.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavier side, which is normal for this type of ale. The carbonation is a bit too much for this type of beer.

Overall - Had the burnt malt flavor and carbonation not been as strong, I would've loved this beer. It does start out promising, but in the end I felt disappointed and felt that this could've been better; There are better Winter Warmers out there than this

Photo of ely2000k
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks nearly black when poured into a pint glass. Not much lacing or head, but the color is very nice for a winter warmer style ale.

S- Hint of raisin, bread, cranberry... smells slightly sweet and festive. Not too overpowering. The aromas are faint, but work well.

T- Starts sweet, then end with a good hope flavor and a pretty good bite. The alcohol content is fairly well disguised but you can taste it a bit on the end of a sip. As a winter warmer style ale, I think the taste works great. Pretty much what I am looking for from a winter brew.

M- Smooth, medium carbonation, that works well. Great for the style.

O- Enjoyable beer. I had pretty average expectations for this, and came out really pleasantly surprised. It may just be that I like the winter warmer style ale quite a lot.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- from a 12 ounce bottle and my notes
A - a clear deep dark brown that is almost black. Two fingers of creamy head that fades a bit quick and leaves traces of lacing.
S - chocolate malts, hops, and a hint of dark fruity aromas with spice.
T - same hops in the taste as the smell and quite nice. Moderately sweet caramel middle with some traces of a zesty spice overlaying it all. A small figgy/pruny taste in the back end.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation. It leaves a sweet spicy fruity pleasant aftertaste.
D - a very nice smooth drinking winter warmer that is not over the top but still a very good one.

Photo of quaybr
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber and crystal clear. Thin head that didn't stick around too long.

Subtle aroma with hint of chocolate, caramel, and herbal hops.

Warmer temps lend to sturdier backbone - malt character becomes bolder and more complex and the spices seem more present. Quiet grassy/piney bittering hops complement the caramel and toffee malts well. Good balance.

Carbonation is very good. Medium body.

This is a really drinkable winter warmer - there are spices present but not at all overpowering. I would excitedly drink this again.

Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 2/23/2012) poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is dark caramel malt and some faint spice.

Taste is rich, malty, and a little fruity. Hops are present for balance/bitterness but subdued.

Overall this is an easily drinkable but pretty one-dimensional beer.

Photo of gtermi
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the better beers I have ever had from Full Sail. It pours a ver dark, almost black, color and looks very enjoyable. The smell is very nice too. It has a lot of sweetness and a bit of roastedness. The taste is the best part of this beer. For some reason it reminds me of a Session Black Lager. It has a nice roasted taste with a bunch of flavor. I love the lingering after taste. The mouthfeel is good, but not great. It has some carbonation to the beer, but nothing special. Overall this is a very good beer. I have never had it before today and I have to say that I will be buying this again.

Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention with some lacing.

Nutty, toasted bread and malt aroma with a slightly earthy note. Good.

Dry malt flavour with a roasty edge, light fusel alcohol and mild fruity esters. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A nice malty ale with enough bitterness to balance it out. Good.

Photo of chugalug06
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque brown color. Nose is burnt malts and flavor has hints of caramel with roasty bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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.

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Deep brown with black highlights. Has a thick frothy off-white 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts and caramel. Pleasant scents of coffee and chocolate are also present.

T: Dark rich smooth ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Mild chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background. Slightly hoppy and very smooth.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: A very well balanced winter warmer. The hops and malts are in perfect balance to make this beer smooth, and only slightly bitter. I could drink this all winter long (even though this is summer).

Photo of bayougutter
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights, nice creamy off white head with good retention and lacing. Semi sweet and toasted malts with come caramel and toffee. Hint of coffee as well. Taste is toasted malts, slight sweetness, toffee, dark fruit, with a slight coffee bitterness at the finish. All of these tastes came together well for me. Mouthfeel a nice medium with good carbination until the end. Well done and will have more, you should give it a try.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with the visual consistency of peach fruit. Chocolate and mildly spicey aromas. Distinct bitterness from the Pacific Northwestern that gets more bitter as it warms, and yields more citrus orange taste, as wll as mace and nutmeg. Mouthfeel: consistency of fruit.Spider lace left in the glass.Bottle from Premier.A sipper.

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

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with some holiday spices: mainly nutmeg but a few other spices are mixed in as well. The flavor is full of holiday spices and caramel, as well as quite a bit of grassy and piney hops. This is definitely a highly-hopped winter warmer. The alcohol is also present and seems like it is higher than 7 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

Photo of amccormi
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle from my man Dave(thanks), best by date of 4/4/11? The pour gave a hlf inch of tan foam that was creamy and faded slowly leaving lacing on the sides and a ring on top. The beer is a brilliantly clear brown amber with ruby highlights, quite pretty overall.

The aoma is mostly of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Appropriate for the style.

The flavor leads off with that malty sweetness, caramel and toffee. There is also more of refreshing hop bitterness at the end which give a pleasant balance to the beer.

Medium body is probably a little thin for the style but I think it is spot on for this particular beer.

I like it and would enjoy a 6 pack. I have to imagine it would have more hop aroma when it was younger, but it has a nice balance as it is.

Photo of Duhast500
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a dark black with maroon to reddish highlights and a finger of brownish head with some slight lacing.

The smell is sweet with some nice roast aroma coming out at the same time. The malt aroma is very sweet but dark with some dark toast aroma.

The taste is malty with a toasty bread flavor that is just right for this kind of beer. Some coffee flavor sits in the background with some interesting black licorice. There is a bitterness toward the end that seems to hold in the pallet for a few moments but slowly goes away only challenging your tolerance just slightly.

The feel of this beer is of a medium bodied beer with a nice drinkable feel to it. It goes down well and would go at any time of year not just for winter.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasatch threw this brew into our recent trade as an extra. Thanks a lot John!

Full Sail Wassail has a brown body with orange and ruby highlights. The light brown head is thick and creamy looking, but doesn't have a whole lot of staying power. It does manage to lay down some lacing though.

The aroma is definitely on the malty side, with rich toffee, caramel and a bit of toasted malt. The spices are muted, but I can just pick them out (or maybe I imagined them, because I'm pretty sure those are hops, not spices!).

The malt flavors are richer and even more powerful than what the aroma suggests. Rich toffee and a touch of caramel mix with toasted malt some cocoa. After the initial malt burst I realize that there weren't any spices in the aroma at all, just malt and hops. Underneath the malt is a powerful hop profile that adds a solid amount of bitterness, citrus fruit and a good bit of pine. Although I say that the hops are "underneath" the malt, I really mean that the malt comes first, because this is a beer with equally large amounts of hop and malt flavors. Somewhere toward the finish is a hint of tobacco and muted flavors of dark fruits.

The bitterness from the hops attack the tongue. The body is fairly light due to zesty carbonation.

Honestly, I opened this beer thinking that I would drink half of it and use the other half as a marinade because I expected something heavily spiced. That did not happen, I drank the whole thing. Argentinians use dry rub anyway.

Photo of a2marzman83
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Chaz
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark cola brown in color to the naked eye, and a brilliant ruby-amber when held up to direct light. A firm pour produces a medium tan head of one finger and average duration. Lacing is moderately sticky, fairly average for the style. Altogether it looks pretty inviting.

The nose is equal parts hop and malt profiles. Piney, resiny* hops start the fun and are followed by a burst of mid-range citrus hop (Centennial?), followed by an insistent dry, biscuity malt character and finally a rounder, sweeter malt character -- rather plummy, along with a lighter note of strawberry jam.

Sweet and tangy on the first sip, followed with a uniform, lightly-scrubbing briskness across the palate, ending with a lighter bitter-sweet character. Aromatic notes include an echo of the light strawberry jam from the nose along with dry, toasty/bready malt, light herbal qualities, and a touch of warming alcohol. As this warms up a lighter element of fusel alcohol presents itself, although this does not detract from the overall drink. Bitterness is minimal, but lingers nicely throughout -- a fairly well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is at least average, and it's much as I remember it, in that it's a lighter-bodied beer as per the style -- come to think of it, I'd say that this adds to the overall drinkability.

Notes:
*Favorably reminds me of Alba Scots Pine Ale!

As far as winter seasonals are concerned, Wassail has been a favorite for years, and I'm inclined to rate it fairly highly. Yet in making an effort to rate this to-style I wondered if I wouldn't knock this down from its pedestal! In the end it seems that I still consider it at least slightly better than average.

Pairs well with all manner of food, but in particular I'd say it holds up well to heartier entrees, richer foods, and even bittersweet chocolates and lighter desserts.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from New Beer. One last winter warmer before spring rolls in. Poured into the lopsided SA Perfect Pint glass that I have yet to return.

Pretty cascade effect down the waist of the glass. Thin, bubbly inch of tan head. Clear, black tea body.

Light chocolate on the nose. Sweet cream & subtle fruit. Faint grain & perceived bitterness. Potent alcohol.

Biscuit sweetness upfront, plus some suspected lactose sugar. Small amount of dark chocolate. Slight leafy, lingering bitterness. Tea-like tannins. Oxidation. Maybe some coffee that wasn't there before. Non-medicinal. I wouldn't have picked this out as a wassail in a blind tasting(no advertised spices on their website).

Feel is pretty light & thin. Carbonation is about right. Frothy. Not grainy. Alcohol is fine.

An easy winter warmer. Would of potentially enjoyed more traditional spices, but that often doesn't end well.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a chestnut brown elixir with a nice creamy cap of foam. The foam left plenty of lacing on the glass as it goes down. The aroma is caramel sweet and nutty grainy malt. A touch of northwestern hops brings some pine to the party. Malt brings some sweet, caramel notes to the party to the flavor party. The hops nicely balance the flavor. This is a fine brew.

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

Deep mahoganey with a full and fluffy head and lacing down the glass. Aroma is lacking a little but there is a malty smell there. One of the more interesting tasting beers I've ever tried though. Malty and creamy up front but on the back side its hoppy and bitter. It's a malty beer with a bite and that is very interesting to me. I definitely enjoy the polarity of the two flavors together. Let it warm up and the complexities show through more intensly. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable at 7 percent no matter if your a hop guy or a malt guy. Good beer.

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.