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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

476 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 832
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 50 | 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: 476 | Hads: 832
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, dark ruby brown with an off-white finger width head. Decent retention. Leaves behind a thin, but sticky lace.

Smell - Moderate malt roast notes, hinting lightly at coffee and fruity sweetness, subtle spice and faint bitterness.

Taste - Begins with some moderate malt roastiness, hints of berry, and then a big, grassy, slightly citrus hop bitterness kicks in and dominates mid-taste. Burnt coffee character hits near the finish, restoring a bit of balance to this brew. A hint of berry lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. goes down fairly easy.

Overall - Solid winter warmer from Full Sail. Roasted malt meets an assertive, grassy hop bitterness. I can see myself at the top of the hill, ordering this beer before the first run of the day. Nice job, Full Sail. (849 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

7.20% per my bottle, acquired yesterday at Trader Joe's. Enjoy by: 04/02/13. 12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this brewery is usually mediocre but I like the style quite a bit.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is an understated ruby-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Transparent and somewhat translucent.

Sm: Very pleasant toasted malt is dominant, with some typical winter warmer spices in there as well - nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe even cilantro. I'm not great at identifying spices, but it's well balanced in that regard. Amber malts. Some minimal floral hopping. An average strength aroma. I'm excited to try it. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

T: Amber/toasted malt foundation. Some floral hopping. Minimal spices are impacting the flavour; disappointing. Simple and imbalanced. A bit stale. Built underwhelmingly. Why brew this?

Mf: Off. Weird artificial candy smoothness in some places and strange coarseness in others. A bit metallic. Dry on the finish, to its detriment. Weirdly thick. Carbonation is adequate. Just artificial all around; it bothers me.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty crap for the style. Another forgettable brew from Full Sail. Still, it's a decent offering at this price point. I wouldn't bother with it again. Hides its ABV well.

D+ (1,647 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of cdicanio
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a thin foam that settles on top. The color turns to red quickly. It has a great nutty, caramely aroma and with a taste to match. Rich, with a strong taste of candied walnuts and a pleasing foamy, and just a bit bitter finish. This is a great beer. (269 characters)

Photo of GMB
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a super dark cola appearance with a small dollop of light tan head. Retention was nonexistent but leaves behind a nice swirly film. 

S:  Sweet candied malt, roasted malt, sweet prunes, sugar coated dates, candied almonds, spiced rum soaked plums. Hints of caramel bananas, amaretto syrup and vanilla extract. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose. Malty, roasty, sweet and spicy warming booze. The hops are more apparent in the taste, which balance out the sweetness nicely.  The feel is light-medium but a tad creamy with prickly carbonation.  Finishes dry with lingering spiced run soaked fruit.  Flavors gets a tad dank once warmed. 

O:  "Here we go a wassailing along...". That's all I know!  Anyways, this is a well rounded winter warmer. Tons of malt, and spicy booze and hops to balance it out.  Once warned it transforms to a much more aggressive warmer. I would love to have this on a cold evening hayride. Cheers! (940 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russet brown, big khaki head. Heavy caramel, treacle, shortbread, roasted nuttiness, faint coffee. Nice balanced vein of earthy, spicy hop flavor. Bit of fruit and mineral from the yeast. Just the way I like my winter warmers - NO spices, rich complex flavors, in a small enough beer that I can drink a pint or two. Ridiculous value at $6.75/sixer. (348 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating or information

Pours murky very dark brownish amber, darker tan head, moderate in size, but tiny bubbles in evidence, and decent looking strands of fine lacing.

Caramel malts in the nose, with a hint of cola and very light winter spicing.

Quite tasty brew with waves of caramel infused malt notes, with some mustiness and again a flat cola note. Spicing held to a moderate level, but lurking subtly a few layers to the rear of the profile. Smooth and enjoyable. Nicely done.

Well worth giving this winter warmer a try (578 characters)

Photo of Tinfang
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the usual goblet. Best by 3-17-13 but this six pack will be finished off in the next week. Clear dark amber with a creamy thin head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of malt and slight spiciness which might be hops. Mmmm hops! This is one of the best beers ever to my taste in terms of a strong but not out of control hops flavor with great definition and complexity. Every sip for the first half of the glass revealed new dimensions. The malts complement them perfectly with a sort of toasted cookie quality. Mouthfeel was substantial but not thick and the lingering hops presence was a bonus.

I wish the FSB website had more details on the recipie. I'd really like to know specifically what went into this divine brew. Tried this last year and was highly ambivalent, but this year's batch is really memorable. (828 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany amber, with a half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark dried fruit, lightly vegetal hops. Flavor dominated by sweet bready malt and winter spices, particularly cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes with hop and spice bitterness, with the spicing nicely balanced with the bitterness. Somewhat subdued flavor, but overall nicely balanced and pleasant to drink. Medium bodied. Spicing is great for a wassail and I'll grab another one of these during the holidays. (571 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, earthiness, butterscotch, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There are also some herbal notes and some anise mixed with an earthiness. It ends with a dark fruit and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - A decent seasonal that is very drinkable. The flavours are somewhat bold but the beer isn't cloying. I'd pick this one up again. (705 characters)

Photo of caisno
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown and appealing

Smell - Spice, lighter breads, light fruit like banana and a hint of citrus hops with malt

taste - Spice is number one, brown bread and a very faint clove, malt is very strong,

mouthfeel - astringent, and sharp at the same time a smooth coating. very unique mouth

overal - the tast alone is somthing ill buy this again for, however the unique mouth feel is somthing worth buying just for the sensation one time. I've never had a mouthfeel beer like this. (496 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that's somewhat opaque with a 1/2 inch off-white head that loosens and becomes an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Neat constellations of bubbles on the surface and likewise-patterned lacing.

S- Roasty and somewhat alcoholic. Also a tad sweet-smelling with some spice notes in the back.

T- Heavy onset of roast that slips into a rubbery, boozy gutter and does not recover. No hops, no spice, no balance. Just strange.

M- Sharp twangs from the alcohol on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Dry with medium carbonation.

O- I don't know if this is what a true "Wassail" is supposed to be like, but this just does not agree with me. (748 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, a deep and glowing mahogany lurks beneath an off-white head. Aroma is of a cool and mildly peppermint spiced candy. Dark fruit, perhaps prune, rides sweetly along a complementary deep toasted malt blend backbone. Robust but smooth body with a warming feel in the finish. (296 characters)

Photo of gskitt
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I am unexperienced tasting this style. This brew poured a deep brown, mahogany, has some ruby tints. Head does not retain. Scent is earthy, woody, some fruit as well. Taste is not as sweet as I expected, Hoppy and bitter, some bitter fruit rind can be detected. Mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. But pleasantly so. Overall, an enjoyable beer, I am glad I tried this one. (397 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As described by Full sail, this beer pours a mahogany color. Head is light tan, very thick, dense, good retention. As I drink it leaves some very nice lacing. Body of the beer is too thick to really see into. Very pretty beer. Smell is of floral hops and a little caramel malt, very crisp clean smell. Taste starts with a bit of earthy bitterness, then I get some of the more roasty malts. Ends with an piney bitterness, and a touch of light sweetness once it has really left the tongue, maybe a little bit of a citric hop in there or something. I haven't let this warm up too much yet, but I have not yet detected any alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is just a little heavy, perfect mouthfeel when designing a winter warmer for hop lovers. Overall this is a really solid beer, I'll be buying more of this next winter. It's a fantastic nightcap for the beer lover who doesn't want to drink a $7 22oz bottle. Well done Full Sail! (920 characters)

Photo of hailyeast
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a tulip because I'm anticipating following this with a sour, maybe. Couldn't get a head noticed 1/2 way n poured hard to finish but just a lace of head.
S-malty and earthy , maybe vegetal herbal. Like a barley wine made with nugget or columbus or something
T-more of the same thick, sweet, malty, alcholic, herbal, vegetal all hop bitterness like no aroma hops were used.
O-not a bad beer, just not a memorable one, I like it but wouldn't want a 6er too many other good /better beers out there for me. Solid average beer. (536 characters)

Photo of tbern007
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black- doesn't look like you will see through it until held to the light. Nice, thick head, long lasting, great lacing throughout.
Very light scent of malt, bread, light hops.
Taste is complex. No spices in this warmer. All malt and hops. Great balance though. Malty, caramel, bready, tea, slight sweetness, mild sweet chocolate (very faint), followed by hops but complimenary, not overpowering at all.
Great balance, carbonation, color, complexity. Cannot detect the 7% in any way. (509 characters)

Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really impressive looking beer. Amber, brown a little dark - definitely looks like a winter style beer. Perfectly formed two fingers of bright white head lingers nicely with the drink. Smell is lightly spicy with a good deal of malt.

Taste is malty, with some light hop bitterness. Doesn't have a particular flavor, just malty without the winter spice or sugar I expected. Light medium body. Overall a decent beer, but better examples of the style exist. (455 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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 (493 characters)

Photo of Popp24
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice winter warmer. It has a nice hopiness to it but also has a creamy taste to it like a stout. In the smell I get spices and hops maybe some caramel. The taste is really nice and I really get some nice breadiness and then a nice smooth hop aftertaste. Overall this is one I would drink every winter and I will look for it in the future. (348 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark red-brown color with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Earthy hops.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Earthy, spicy, bitter hops. Lightly toasted malt but no caramel.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Slightly warm.

O: Overall, this beer looks and feels great, but the hops were a bit too much for me given the style. Not bad though. (479 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark amber, caramel hue with almost a finger of tan head and large bubbles.

S: The aroma is amazing; lightly spicy with nutmeg and white pepper mixed with watermelon, peach and cantaloupe fruits, not quite Belgian but extremely inviting all the same.

T/M: A medium to high level of carbonation attacks the tongue at first but mellows quickly giving way to sweet, bready malts, subtle bright fruits and a soft bitter finish, like a more potent amber.

I don't always drink winter ales, but when I do, it will probably be this one.

TheBeerAlmanac.com (593 characters)

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.