Wassail Ale
Gray Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
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3.98 | pDev: 5.28%
Gray Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a twist off crown cap. A brown neck label has the words Wassail Ale in a gray banner with pictures of sprigs of berried holly. The main label has a green background with a sepia and black colored main decal that has a Victorian England image of an old dude dispensing a mulled drink. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown with a clear body. A nice off-white collar forms easily when first poured and has a smooth creamy appearance. Minimal inherent carbonation.

Nose: Simply Christmas in Olde England!! Fantastic spicy nose set amidst a colorful malt base. Old Spice feel mixed with an All Spice aroma. Fresh and incredibly inviting. Lots of warming nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and a light clove aroma in the back end. This has a lovely nose.

Taste: Starts with a nice entrance, the spices build in the middle. Malty beginnings with a strong ginger taste in the primary third, whilst the cinnamon builds and smoothes out the back end. The middle has a homeĀ–made Brandy Snap feel, so reminiscent of the ones I tried when I was a child back in England. Silky smooth spicy tastes throughout.

Mouthfeel: Spiky carbonation mixes well with the ginger and nutmeg, whilst the cinnamon helps to smooth the finish. Nice body and definitely wholesome, this is a beer that can definitely withstand a frigid Winter.

Drinkability: The liquid brandy-snap and ginger feel are my favorite aspects of this beer, and they add to its Drinkability no end for me. I love this one, it drinks very well.

Overall: A great beer that would go extremely well in front of a raging coal fire whilst sat in an Olde English Inn battered by cold winds and snow in Winter time. Oh this one takes me back to many a freezing cold English Winter.

A Serious 'Tip-of-the-Hat' to BigHuge for this excellent Xmas Seasonal offering. Much appreciated.

May 09, 2004
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Update-2005-a little sourish..maybe a little too strong on the spicing...still decent..
Hell of a tasty Winter brew here...Gray's can do some good things when they want too....murky borwn colored...on the nose it's spicy rum cake, and .cinnamon rolls...a PERFECT beer to enjoy by the fire on Christmas Eve...awesome spiced flavor that does not overwhelm....some mild choclate notes but the spicing on this is done just about perfectly...body is medium full....a bit flatish but it works nice..

This is a beer I WILL seek out next holiday season....not available by me but worth finding...an AWESOME spiced winter ale...

Jun 24, 2004
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark auburn hue. Thin skimming of a beige head. The collar leaves some sparse lace. Some carmalized toffee aromas mix with ginger, clove and cinamon. Possibly nutmeg. Spicy and malty nose. Some blackened malts form a burnt backdrop or roast and chocolate. The spices might be just a tad too much. I'm thinking it's a little heavy on the ginger or clove. A little too much of a spicy bitter snap. Just barely. Otherwise, this is quite an enjoyable X-mas brew.

Thanks for letting me celebrate X-mas in April, cokes.

Apr 03, 2004
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cokes from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lightly hazed and deep, dark copper. Head is beige and quickly migrates to the edges of the glass.
Smells of 1000 other spiced holiday brews. Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. It begins to set itself apart with notations of sassafras, root vegetables and smoky, roasted malt.
Taste manifests the very same spices from the nose. A mirror image, if ever there was one.
It begins modestly roasted, then the nutmeg descends, then ginger, then (to a much lesser extent) cinnamon. The sassafras appears on the uptake, as the earthy, roasty malts reclaim dominance. Ends peppery and dry, but not explicitly hoppy.
Medium bodied, with steady, perky carbonation. Just hefty enough for the season, and just light enough to drink in successsion.
A well-rounded spiced brew, and I don't say that too often.

Jan 08, 2004
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, near-opaque coloring, tight ring of deep tan foam.
Aroma: pumpkin pie, spices galore, cinnamon, clove, and so much more, very warm, very flavorful, very nice.
Taste: big blast of hops starts us off, and greets the tongue most amiably, though spices are in full effect. Lush texture, toasty, tasty, full malt, never-ending spice character. Big texture, with a brief, and welcome, flourish of fruit, cherries, grapes, a hint of brandy, giving it more of a barleywine-ish feel.
Long finish, full-flavored, earthy, lusty, and ever-more tasty!

Big thanks, cokes, this was quite nice!

Apr 29, 2004
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Skidz from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slick reddish brown and sits a deep cherry brown in the glass with a good sized dark tan head. Leaves a light, creamy skim and no lacings.

Smells rich and malty, fully spiced with cloves, cinnamon and all spice. Light powdery chocolate aroma and a hint of vanilla beneath and a glowing alcoholic presence.

Tastes faintly sweet up front, rich and malty. Toasty flavors and bread and doughy flavors push through. Spices drive head first filling you with flavors of cinnamon and cloves. Dry in the mouth and well bittered, leaving you with a spicy, bitter finish.

Smooth and slick in the mouth with light, tingly carbonation in a medium-full body. Soothing in the mouth, easily managed.

Tasty spiced beer, as spiced beers go. It's got it's own thing, and it works. Good as a changeup in the sub-zero temps.

Dec 28, 2004
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Atron67 from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another old bottle on review here.

A- pretty dark brown, light brown head on top that faded quickly which isn't too surprising for a beer this old. clear body but opaque through the glass.

S- strong cinnamon and light cherry scents. very sweet and delicious smelling for a winter warming. very malty, spices do seem to dominate, the hops are pretty much non-existant which is also expected for the age. some light oxidation.

T- very smooth, malty, the spices are much more balanced here. cinnamon and some other christmas spices. very tasty.

M- medium body, light carbonation,

d- goes down really smooth and is delicious, worth the wait on it.

Sep 14, 2008
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Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 7 ratings