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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

753 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 27
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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amccormi

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:07:04 | More by amccormi
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 03:22:13 | More by Duhast500
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:42:38 | More by Hojaminbag
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a2marzman83

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 17:45:06 | More by a2marzman83
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Chaz

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 04:48:53 | More by Chaz
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PEBKAC

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 06:05:28 | More by PEBKAC
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:21:47 | More by BeardedBoffin
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:10:43 | More by chodinheaven
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 20:59:16 | More by Rhettroactive
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 9/2011.

pours lightly hazy dark brown with a small cap of fine light tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of alcohol. earthy and slightly spicy hops. just a hint of citrus.

taste is nice. just over medium bitterness level. rich caramel and toffee. biscuit and lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. warming alcohol. earthy and spicy hops, with just a slight citrus edge.

mouthfeel is ok. medium body seems a touch thin. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. it's a bit of an odd beer. smells sweet, but is actually pretty dry. advertises "pacific northwest hops", but has almost none of the typical citrus+pine duo. seems almost astringent. not quite sure what they were aiming for with this one, but it's not doing much for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 17:56:02 | More by grub
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oldfashioned

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a sixer of these up from the local liquor store for a mere $5.50. This is one of my favorite "Winter Warmers" I've tried yet. Wassail pours a nice dark bronze with an average amount of foam. The smell is pine and sour fruit. The taste is what really set this one apart for me: it starts out pretty hoppy and a little spicy (just the right amount of carbonation to give a pleasant mouthfeel, too) and then mellows out with a really nice malty sweetness. Even though this one is 7%, I don't pick up any alcohol burn. This is a really well balanced and well executed version of the Winter Warmer, and may compete with Great Divide's Hibernation for top of the class (in my opinion). I feel guilty for only paying $5.50 for this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:13:13 | More by oldfashioned
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear, deep, dark, crimson ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Good retention. Grainy, spicy nose with a strong earthy character and a rumor of milk chocolate. The flavor is much the same; hearty malt and spicy hops. Balanced by alcohol and hop bitterness. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Pretty decent winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 22:48:54 | More by CuriousMonk
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DoubleJ

California

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

Another Full Sail winter ale! This must be the "winter warmer" thread from Wreck the Halls. On to the beer:

Chestnut brown in color with a creamy head that retains well and delievers splothces of lace to the glass. Spruce and pine are scented in the nose, with accents of walnuts and toffee. My initial reaction to this beer upon tasting is among lines of a winter warmer plus a kick of hops. In this case, it's a combo that works. Assorted spices like cinnamon and spruce are tasted, brown ale type flavors pull through from the malt, and trickles of pine make their presence known. Balanced overall, and it's a beer that you could drink a couple of despite the fact I didn't know it possessed a 7% ABV. Delicious, and one of the better offerings to come out of Full Sail.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 05:30:03 | More by DoubleJ
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Jersey into a pint glass.

Wassail is a dark mahagony beown shoe polish color with some redness towards the light. I get about a inch of firm cream red head that's tight and last. It dies to a ring around the collar with slight stick.

Caramel and chocolate greet the nose on first whiffs and some candi cane rears it's head with significant warming. No alcohol in sight. It's for the winter, no doubt.

A malty warmer for winter, caramel malt up front with some cinnamon and small spice. Chocolate not so much,A candi like finish. This has a bit more build than Wreck The Halls, which I like.

Feel is a big medium with a malty base and a nice carb that's not stinging, but pricking. Finishes malty with a candi after taste.

Well, a Full Sail with some power. This is a good example of a WW and something to look for on occasion. Somwe warming brings out some alc, but not much. a nice strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:57:36 | More by BARFLYB
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 15:06:39 | More by tigg924
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that faded away and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has some sweetness and aromas of caramel with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is rather complex and has caramel, malty sweetness, raisins, spices and toffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Despite its alcohol content, the beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 16:57:18 | More by metter98
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BB1313

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, similar to Coke/Pepsi. Little bit of foam w/ nice lacing. I don't know what to say, I don't smell too much. Malts and grains are in the mix. There's a very subtle spice aroma and it's subtle in the taste as well. Pretty bitter, not much sweetness going on. Mouthfeel is alright, lots of carbonation, fizzy, smooth. Drinkability is average, not much going on to keep my attention. Boring beer.

The big problem was the the aromas and flavors are very bland. This really isn't an interesting beer, although it's well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:44:16 | More by BB1313
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argock

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 031311 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Dark brown with plum highlights and solid 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits and woody, musty maltiness witha kiss of orange and grapefruit hoppiness.

T: Unfortunately the hoppiness is only a shadow of the nose, and the flavor is a bit too woody and cardboardy for my taste. There is a pepper type of spiciness in the middle, but mostly bland, blunt woodiness reminiscent of green, not-quite-conditioned homebrew is the dominant flavor. The sweetness is pretty muted with a little bit of brown ale sour.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation and a cardboard aftertaste without much sweetness.

D: I thought this brew would be right up my alley -- a winter warmer without spice -- but unfortunately the hops-malt mix in the brew doesn't hit it for me at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:15:37 | More by argock
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Flightoficarus

Washington

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

A - Pours a deep, ruby-mahogany hue, with minimal head, head retention, and lacing. A tame, almost dormant looking beer, but perhaps that's fitting for a winter ale in a way.

S - Smell is on the faint side, but is of toffee, molasses, pine, and dark fruits.

T - Taste is a solid blend of biscuity toffee/molasses maltiness, with somewhat pronounced fruit flavors of apricot, cherry, and prune, and finishes with a slight coffee/pine bitterness.

M - This beer is medium bodied, with only very light carbonation. A bit lighter than usual for this style.

D - Above average drinkability for the style, the ABV could sneak up on your with this one.

Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. Not my favorite, but I'm glad to have tried it. Those looking for a winter warmer with less pine/coffee flavors should give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 08:57:14 | More by Flightoficarus
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ebrauser

Utah

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

Poured from a 12 oz. to a pint glass

Appearance: Maple syrup brown tinged with ruby. Very thin to nonexistent head.

Aroma: Plum, spices, and fresh apples.

Flavor: Spicy and warming, there is a semi-citrusy twang in the beginning that comes from some hops. Bitterness fades out into a peppery middle with body but certainly not an over-sweet winter beer.

MF: Bodied, but not sweet. An easy-drinking winter beer

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 01:48:11 | More by ebrauser
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tronester

Oklahoma

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

Pours a clear dark mahogany with a thin creamy tan head. Smells strongly of grapes and nutmeg. Taste is a sourdough rye bread start, with a toffee middle, and an earthy dry bitter finish. Very good malt to hop balance ratio here. Mouthfeel is super creamy, nice low carbonation. Excellent drinkability for the ABV, this is a smooth tasting Winter Warmer that I plan to get again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:15:42 | More by tronester
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mltobin

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 19:03:35 | More by mltobin
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 02:22:57 | More by Suds
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 19:41:12 | More by Jadjunk
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gopens44

Virginia

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

A - Dark ruby red and clear. Head was pretty diminutive and quickly dissipated, leaving behind a thin layer of lingering cream colored foam.

S - Spicing was pretty fun. I'd have to say cinnamon and nutmeg. Of course, those ARE holiday spices, so that made for a good representation of the warmer IMO. There was also a malty aroma carrying the spice closer to the nose. A very subtle floral hop presence was detected as well

T - The first thing that hit me was a touch of sweetness in amongst the spice notes, which was followed by a very well balanced hop taste. The finishing taste was a bit more malty, but again, well balanced throughout.

M - Medium carbonation and dry. Very little aftertaste.

Although I'm probably done with winter warmers this year, I was pleased enough with this one to roll it out next season as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 13:40:14 | More by gopens44
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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