Wassail Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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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%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mouth creamy,caramel malt job. Malt in aroma, and a pinch of cinammon and other common drops of kitchen spice rack and cooking chocolate. Foaming head. Not bad, not too sweet though sweet, but finishable only if very thirsty. A tad of dryness, toastiness.1900th bottle review.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know it says unknown ABV on here but on the Woodstock Inn website it lists the Wassail as 8% ABV so this is a pretty hefty guy.

It's a strong beer and tastes like one. It lives up to its name and certainly warms you but I feel the alcohol taste overpowers any spicy/wintery taste the brewery was going for. The most appealing part of this beer is the amazing deep red color it pours and the nice aroma. Taste is a bit harsh but not too bad.

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Photo of jlindros
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Haven't had many of the Woodstock beers, in fact I think the Pigs Ear brown is the only one I've had. Well, since this crosses my winter beer review quest, here comes my first Woodstock review.

A: A fluffy head keeps rising for a few seconds after the pour as it settles onto a 2 finger head, with fluffy nougat looking head. It's a brilliantly clear amber red maroon like brown color.

N: Weird, its sweet and fruity! Sweetness from lots of malts and perhaps brown sugar really fly out and bombard you. Then some fruity aromas come out, more like a fruit punch than any specific fruits. A light molasses like syrupy aroma also can be detected.

T: Taste is not so good. It's really sweet, almost adjunct sweet flavored. A sweet molasses flavor really comes out, very much so. Again more strange fruit flavors, this time accompanied by alcohol taste, spice, and warmth. Lots of alcohol presence for only 8%. Some darker malts also taste themselves out, or something. Thick syrupy flavors and kinda bad malty flavors. Some weird nutty spice flavors also get their time in the light. It's not overbearing on spice, but there are some strange ones there, maybe nutmeg and nutty flavors.

M: Semi thick with good carbonation, some syrup, and alcohol spice and warmth.

F: Finishes sweet again and still more of the syrupy molasses like sweet stuff. More alcohol presence with some spice and warmth. It sticks to the mouth and doesn't really go away, pretty gritty. The weird bad malty flavors don't really fade either. Damn this is not really a drain pour, but not an easy drinker. This weird syrupy sticky bad flavor makes it more and more difficult to keep drinking.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brownish orange color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of spices along with some fruit, caramel, nuts, a touch of chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out nutty and spicy with some flavors of caramel and fruit along with smokiness in the background. Then there's a decent hops presence that comes in. However, instead of providing balance, it provides a dry bitterness and creates a bitter after-taste.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, even though I don't often drink beers in this style, there are several other Winter Warmers I would choose before this one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with nice ruby/orange highlights. Stingy off white head dissipates quickly. Smells of toffee almost butterscotch.Some spices and alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is grainy malty toffee, blended with some holiday spices. Lingering nutmeg and alcohol in the finish. Very dry finish. Body is medium mouthfeel is sticky carbonation is crisp. Taste is a bit sweet and the alcohol a bit to present. Overall not a bad brew, just not remarkable either.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, crisp, ruby coloring with a thick, dense, small bubbled head that is a light biege color, and stacks to about an inch and a half. Aromas are malty and rich, with a buttery overtone and some light clove and nutmeg spicing. Light cling to the glass. The beer has a tangy and rich malt profile, with a resiny hopping to balance. Toffee and caramel sweetness, with a slight roasting quality. Hops are light and bitter, with a wet and slick feel. There is a slight booze character that bleeds into the aftertaste, along with a crystal malt profile. The finish is light, with a slight, slick linger. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Oct 2010. Sampled on January 18, 2010. The pour is a ruby-red to brownish tone with only about a quarter inch of beige frothy head that goes away quickly. Nice clarity. Lots of carbonation at first. The lead aroma is malts with a vague hint of fruitiness and firewood. The mouthfeel is in the medium range with a smooth texture. The taste tends to go toward the hoppiness more than the malts. You get a maty aroma and a hoppy taste. It is the best of both worlds. It is not spicy like so many other holiday ales but it has a character of its own that I like.

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Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a dark brown yielding a nice one inch white foamy head into my nonic. Some nice spider web yet light foamy lacing speckles the sides of the glass. The smell is spicy having the normal winter spices up front such as nutmeg, allspice and ginger. There is some light brown sugar in the background. The taste is semi-sweet with the previously mentioned flavors and light bitterness coming in through some light hops, mostly balanced. The palate is about a medium, could be ranging closer to heavy, a mostly one and done in a session.. Some light sharpness a bit here and there, nothing obscure. Overall, this is a good winter warmer that I would come back to.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor some caramel, with a balanced to bitter finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my nighttime beer when I stayed at the inn. It started out well, with a rich, red/brown color, medium-sized head, nice lacing. Pretty nice, though understated, aroma of some fruit and spice. The taste was of slightly sour fruit, which wasn't bad, but there was a rough, pervasive, fusel alcohol taste. It turned out to be a fairly difficult beer to drink, and I didn't go back to it.

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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.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woosterbill
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by 09/09 and brewed by Shipyard, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Vigorous pour results in only half an inch of frothy off-white head atop a hazy red-brown body. Mediocre retention and light lace. Quite boring.

S: Smooth, sweet, malty aroma; brown sugar and light spice.

T: More intense version of the nose, with added depth of both spice and maltiness. Toasty finish with just a slight hint of bitter hops. Smooth and warming, just right for a winter beer, but not really compelling.

M: Surprisingly thin on body, and a little flat.

D: Good balance of spice and sweetness, with a finish just bitter enough to stave off cloying. Hides the substantial ABV admirably.

Notes: While certainly an imperfect beer in several major ways, it does its job quite well. I've also tried the fresher batch of this that was brewed on-premises, and it was even smoother and richer. Definitely one of the strongest offerings from Woodstock.

Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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Wassail Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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