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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

807 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 35
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
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.

Photo of grub
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.

Photo of oldfashioned
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!

Photo of CuriousMonk
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
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.

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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of BB1313
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Photo of argock
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.

Photo of Flightoficarus
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.

Photo of ebrauser
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

Photo of tronester
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.

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.