Wassail Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

BA SCORE
82
good
104 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Wassail AleWassail Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
woodstockinnbrewery.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep ruby hue, A hearty full bodies holiday ale . Very malty with assertive hoppiness combining with alcohol warmth.

Added by Todd on 03-06-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of BenGreedie
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of AJD1201
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of nebula1999
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 offering poured into small chalice. Dark copper color with thin head. Smells of sweet grain and caramel. Delicious and mildly sweet as it washes over the tongue, leaving a faint bitterness in the end. Although some spice is definitely present, I'm not sensing the spice wallop that others speak of. Warming, but not overpowering in its after effects. If not for its 8% ABV, I'd drink this one all night! A Winter Warmer that I will seek out again in years to come.

 469 characters

Photo of mmmbeer
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by November '09, sampled in February '09. Brewed and bottled by Shipyard Brewing Co., 1.079 OG. It pours a crystal-clear dark crimson, with low carbonation and a finger of tan head that reduces to a collar of fine froth. Rich and malty in the nose, with sweet, raisiny crystal malts, lightly floral hops (or yeast esters), cherries and assorted dried fruits. Nice caramelly malts on the palate, with fruity yeast, floral alcohol, some British hops, a light sweetness and a dash of chocolate malt on top of a medium, lightly tingly body that smooths out toward the end. Nice to see a winter warmer that shies away from spices and relies on malty goodness to produce a solid winter beer.

 705 characters

Photo of scottg
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from cask into a pint glass at the brewpub.

Note: The wassail being served on cask at the brewpub has been aged for 1 year so it is different from the beer in bottles.

Pours a cloudy amber color with orange hues with a one finger off white head with great retention. Caramel, raisins, stone fruit and alcohol aromas. Grape flavors from rasins to green grape, sweet malt flavor, alcohol warmth. Light carbonation, medium body, very creamy mouth coating feel to this beer. Great drinkability, as soon as I finished this one I asked for another. If your in the area, stop in and get one on cask before it is all gone!

 623 characters

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Best before Nov. 8th '08, consumed on 12/21/07)
12 oz. bottle> 16 oz. SA boston Lager glass.

A very clear, well carbonated amber-brown color with a solid, one-finger head that dissipates slow but eventually goes away and leaves some long sticky legs it it's wake for a while.

I noticed something right off, the smooth, buttery and sweet malt. Caramel sweet. The aroma is enough to make you realize this malt is going to be sweet and smooth. Underneath is a rightously herbal and peppery spice-cabintet effect that just goes really well with the big malt sweetness. The overall effect is really, really nice.

Oh boy, just as I thought...the malt is huge. Sweet, caramel flavor, and the feel is sooo smooth and buttery...this Wassail has the biggest malt presence I've noticed in any winter-style ale. Of course, there is the herbal, zesty spice part of the brew. It's just the right amount and effect for my taste. I would say this is 60 % malt dominated with the rest of the flavors being shared by a nice spicey, herbal, hopiness and a well-hidden but very warming 8.1 % ABV heat.

Medium to full bodied, very smooth....buttery smooth and rather hefty for the style. overall: Nice.

This is a nice 4-pack, and the BEST Wassail, winter ale, Winter Warmer brrw I've had. Period.

 1,290 characters

Photo of weazal
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SMELL: A uniquely delicious aroma! Mostly mouth-watering sweet caramel/toffee and raisins. Perhaps some dates and a hint of bananas. Some yeasty depth.

TASTE: Bold, full sweetness up front. Buttery toffee countered by dry nuttiness and faint hops towards the end. Good, fairly unique, pronounced flavors. Perhaps not the most refined, but enjoyable.

 350 characters

Photo of Durge
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep copper color with a meager off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is pretty intense butterscotch clover with heavy malt and lots of honey. Wow! Anxious to see how this meade-like holiday madness translates. And the first mouthful immediately answers with chocolate covered cherries bathed in thick honey. There are still some "scotchy" hints but this is mostly about sweet malty holiday charm around the fireplace. It's a solidly medium bodied brew with a near watery feel, minor carbonation. A fun brew worth enjoying while waiting for Santa. Probably not one to session unless the old fella is content to skip the rest of his route.

 644 characters

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, amber in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, alcohol, tad bit of cherry and fruit cake

Taste: cinnamon, oak, cherry, toasted malt, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a bittering oak backbone

Drinkability: If not for the abv, could have several. I like the way Woodstock does seasonals--very spicy and complex. perhaps my favorite winter warmer this year.

 439 characters

Photo of cfloyd
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of VALIS666
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Bogdawg
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Mick-e-d
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Potvin709
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of churchillea
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle tucked into my Leinenkugel pint glass for a long winter's nap. Well, it's April now, but you get the picture.

A: Cinnamon red/brown with an inch of beige head. Lots of webwork lacing. Head gradually disappears, but a think layer of foam is always left on top.

S: Spices, cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of pie crust and sourdough.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg into caramel sweetness, with a touch of cough syrup and some chocolate malt bitterness on the tail end. Holy god, 8% ABV!? The booze in this is incredibly well hidden.

M: Creamy, with the resulting foam in each sip making each mouthful feel a little thicker than normal.

O: Purchased a single of this on clearance and wish I'd bought a whole six pack. Really fantastic and flavorful winter beer that I'll be looking for again at the end of the year.

 821 characters

Photo of Bassetdawg
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, poured into a shaker

Appearance: dark copper color, one finger light brown head, with some lacing

Aroma: mild aroma of sweet malt and a touch of cinnamon and other spices

Taste and Mouth feel: sweet toasted malt flavor, highlighted with cinnamon and spice. It has a smooth mouth feel.

Drinkability: A nice winter warmer, very drinkable, one that only hints at the abv.

 407 characters

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Color was a nice dark reddish brown that let most of the light through. Head was negligable, but left a ring around the top and a small island in the middle. Smell was brown sugary sweet with hints of citrus. Taste reminded me of cinnamon with nutmeg, but the citrus and sugar also kicked through. Mouthfeel was a little off. The beer clung nicely, however it was slightly bitter and acidic on the toungue. It was pleasant to drink, and definitely warmed the body.

 506 characters

Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Wassail is one of my favorite beers that are brewed at the Woodstock Inn. I was lucky enough to be at the Inn this year while it was on tap.

The beer pours a clear, brilliant ruby color with a tiny amount of foam on top. Only a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is a wonderful combination of vanilla, cinnamon, sweet caramel malt and apples.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slick on the palate with light carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet caramel malt. In the middle the flavor moves to fruity apples and cherry followed by cinnamon, molasses and nutmeg. It finishes dry with the cinnamon/nutmeg flavors linger on the palate.

With 8% abv this is definitely a sipping beer. It's easy drinking and well balanced. Great for a cold winters night.

 787 characters

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 2 pints of this tonight whilst dining with Alewife, Scheister and the Princess at the Woodstock Inn....

Served in a 16oz shaker, it was a clear, deep amber-hued bier, with little carbo rising within. Head was frothy but short, off white and fine. Thinned rapidly, leaving mainly a ring around the rim and some lacing. Aroma was a bit restrained, but displayed some nice malt and some cinnamon, amongst other spicy notes. Body was a solid medium, and the feel across the tongue was nicely smooth.

Flavor was quite similar, to me, of the Sammy Winter Lager. Malty at the start, with a light, toasty sweetness, along with a strong spice backbone. Cinnamon and a smidge of allspice? A touch of orange peel slips in... Floral hops are evident, though by no means pronounced. Finish is somewhat dry, though the spiceage lingers a bit. ABV is supposedly in the 8-9% range, though I hardly noticed its effects. No "heat" felt going down the hatch, yet it did lend a warmth to the body. I see last years review was not too flattering, but I found this to be a decent quaffer.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

958

 1,175 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Wassail Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.