Wassail Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Wassail AleWassail Ale

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

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

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Wassail Ale pours the same light brown as the bottle it comes in. A small and fizzy head quickly recedes to a thin, bubbly ring. Its aroma is full of spices, with cinnamon standing at the forefront. Fruits, chocolate and molasses are also in the very sweet mix.

The taste is very similar to the nose; sweet/toasted malts, cherries, scotch and floral hops. Some spices linger in a very stiff and dry finish that is also accompanied by a somewhat bitter aftertaste. At 8% alc/vol, Wassail definitely starts giving you some warmth after a few sips, but hides its alcohol very well.

Slick and smooth and with a medium body, I think if Wassail were a bit heavier, it would have matched the flavor profile and alcohol content a bit better. Though it has a great spice/sweet balance, overall, there is nothing incredibly compelling about it.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a snifter on 6-18-12.

A: Reddish brown color under a light tan head.

S: Toasted rich malty aroma with notes of gingerbread cookie, raisin, cherry, peppermint.

M/T: Malt body dominates with a naturally sweet and dark bready flavor complemented by a fruity and peppermint like cool taste.

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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.

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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