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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

757 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | 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:
"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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velosuds

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased for $1.35.

A-Pours a dark amber hue with a one finger, light tan head. Modest retention with good lacing.

S-Caramel malt aroma with dark fruits, and some piney and citric hops. Very pleasant.

T-Toasted caramel and chocolate malts with fruitcake type fruit flavors. Well done.

M-Very smooth and balanced. A little thin and light on the carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable winter warmer since it has a lot of flavor but is not filling. 7.0% ABV is masked very well. A nice winter warmer.

11-08-2009 00:45:19 | More by velosuds
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Kingcurio

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-27-2013 23:44:25 | More by Kingcurio
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-11-2013 04:42:31 | More by ThisMoonlife
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Poured into a tumbler...

Appearance-Pretty dark brown, with some red hues. Darker then other WW's I've had. Head is an off white, almost brown. Some little lacing and retention.

Smell-Extremely subtle spices, and very subtle malts. This may be too cold right now and has to open up a litle bit. As it gets warmer it's still prety bland, some hops come out.

Taste-Ehh, kind of a mess. At first there's some sweet malts but something taste's awkward about it. It then turns into a kind of sourness along with some hops that just don't taste fresh. A tad bit of vodkaish towards the end. The more I drink it kind of taste's like soap.

Mouthfeel-Very thin, no body at all. Carbonation is there, but I wish there was more to eliminate this soapiness.

Overall-Not a tasty beer, don't buy it.

11-13-2011 20:36:56 | More by SWMeyer4141
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weerezboy

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-03-2012 21:28:21 | More by weerezboy
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2011 23:35:46 | More by brokentee
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Dmann

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A great winter warmer. The color was a deep amber color with a nice off white head that stuck around for a long time. The smell was slightly piney and very spicey and made me want to investigate further. Out of all the winter beers I've had this year, this is one of the better ones for sure. The flavor was ultra balanced with a great bitter hop rush in the beginning that was matched quickly by a kick of malt and spices, and a nice spice aftertaste left me wanting more. Good job!

12-24-2004 11:12:36 | More by Dmann
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer poured a nice dark burgundy-brown with a small creamy tan head that quickly broke up with large bubbles. Some nice lacing present.

The first full scent of the aroma immediatley screamed ginger cookies to me! A strong malty aroma spiced with ginger, cinnamon and a floral hop aroma as well.

Unlike the aroma, the taste reveals a malty cookie like backbone which is complimented, not overwhelmed, by the warm taste of spices as of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. A pleasant mild hopppiness balances the chocolate like malt backbone. No coffee overtones I could pick up on with a finish that is mildly bitter, again with just the right amount of balance which hides the alcohol warmth nicely. Very pleasing and only gets better as it warms.

The medium mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a nice amount of
carbonation and a hint of chewiness if I interpret that attribute correctly.

I was very surprised at the drinkability of this beer, I was afraid the spiciness would be overwhelming but this goes down smooth as the aforementioned silk. As the label says "ridiculously tasty" and at 7.0% ABV these could sneak up on you quick. I would love to relax in front of the fire after a good meal and melt into a few of these! I look forward to more winter warmer offerings but will seek Wassail out every year now. I also think I will have to revisit the other beers of this brewery soon.

12-18-2007 01:10:19 | More by BlackBearForge
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kb2250

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -28%

06-06-2012 00:04:48 | More by kb2250
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

11-12-2011 04:36:56 | More by blakelive784
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours dark brown with a good sized off white head. The lacing is very good and the head lasts a long time. Smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. Tastes of roasted malt, with a nice warmer hop finish. Mouthfeel is a little dry for this style. It's not a bad thing. Over all, this is a top 5'er winter brew for me.

12-25-2008 00:06:37 | More by whoneeds8
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KoG

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Dark brown with head that really didn't stick around.

Smell was nice. Sweet malt with a hop presence that gives pine esters and a bit of spice.

Taste was hoppy... definately hoppy. Seemed close to SNCA with less malt. Not bad but needs a bit more balence.

Went down smooth after numbing my entire mouth with active carbonation. Strange but good, wears off about halfway through.

I could drink it, but it is a bit hoppy for my tastes and seems more bitter than most winter warmers.

01-01-2005 09:36:23 | More by KoG
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Metaltildeath

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-16-2014 16:35:46 | More by Metaltildeath
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AWB3

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-18-2014 18:13:19 | More by AWB3
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hsus0225

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-26-2013 02:37:35 | More by hsus0225
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-10-2014 13:11:52 | More by hmmmbeer10
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

latest review

the coffee quality does not seem so strong in subsequent tastings and the beer strikes me as far more drinkable than before. think i was starting to get a cold the first time. still, not as complex as i'd like and it lacks the full bodied, nourishing, spicy qualities i think it ought to possess. mouthfeel upgraded to 3, drinkability to 3.5.

3.5 opaque milk chocolate, nutty brown. thin cap, ring. occasional large chunkies.

3 smells like a porter w/ some crystal malt? fairly reserved aroma, or perhaps it's still too cold.

3 moderate to strong coffee bitterness. seems pretty astringent and alcoholic. not detecting a whole lot going on.

2.5 medium body, plenty carbonation. not enough body to support the bitterness and alcoholic presence.

2 maybe i drank it too cold. maybe my palate was off. maybe this 6-pack was mistreated. so far not my cup of coffee, er beer. next time i'll try sipping very slowly and letting it warm up more.

12-18-2008 00:59:47 | More by brewmudgeon
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

never a big fan of the "special" winter brews save a few. pours out a nice ruby/brown. decent head, some nice lacing. smells malty with a very slight spice. taste isnt bad. infact its pretty good. malty with a good hop presence thats a bit piney. cinnamon comes to mind as well as other holiday flavors. herbal! not thick like some heavyweight winter brews, its nice and medium bodied, in the middle. while not my cup of tea i can def. appreciate it. i could see these going down pretty easy if thats your thing.

12-13-2005 03:59:23 | More by DESTRO
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diamondc

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Best before 032110. $6.99 for a six pack.

A: Clear dark ruby red, nice lacing and great head retention.

S: Pine needles up front, tangerine skins in the middle, followed by some roast, nutmeg, herbal aromas in the background. Smells like Christmas.

T: A great balance between the pine-y citrus-lite hops and the slightly roasted sweet cherry-like malt. A bitter dark chocolate aftertaste adds to the complexity.

M/D: Not that much hotness detected or carbonation in this one, which makes for a creamy mouthfeel. A real nice sipper to enjoy on its own.

11-25-2009 01:49:57 | More by diamondc
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KevT

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-04-2013 02:20:13 | More by KevT
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rkhaze

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a reddish-amber with a small but dense head that leaves good lace. Aroma of sweet malt, candied red fruits, mild hop spiciness and a bit of yeast. A smidge Belgian-like in a way.
Flavors of rich roasted malt, berries, nuts and a hint of licorice. A hoppy bitterness that lingers on the tongue. A lot of good components but they don't seem to all quite come together.
Medium bodied and good drinkability.
I don't know if they change the recipe yearly, but this was enjoyed more than in past years.

10-28-2003 02:27:43 | More by rkhaze
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-04-2013 02:19:47 | More by harrisjohnson
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olbubba

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-31-2012 23:18:24 | More by olbubba
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Sarmartay

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-02-2013 04:41:47 | More by Sarmartay
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a 1 finger chocolate head. Very dark brown in color. Retention is good and lacing is great.

Smell is of sweet malt. Some fruity yeast is also detected, maybe plum. There is also some faint hops somewhere.

First taste is of slight, hop bitterness. There is also some roasted, burnt malt in there. After taste is acidic sour green apple with some spice, maybe ginger

Head is nice and creamy. Body isnt as rich but still good. Carbonation isnt too high either.

Drink ability is above average. Akward combination of flavors with the spice and some fruit but it tastes good.

03-13-2009 09:18:46 | More by angelmonster
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.