Full Sail Wassail
Full Sail Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #38
Ranked #20,601
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail
Notes: "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
Reviews: 489 | Ratings: 877 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of davedog_7
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent winter warmer. Caramel malt is the most noticeable aspect, with a very slight hop finish. Not much in the way of spice, but just an excellent beer for when it starts getting colder out.

Winter warmers are my favorite seasonal beers by far, and I put this one in my top 5 if that helps.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a tulip
Look: Dark brown with lightness around the edges. Holding up the light, a beautiful ruby. Barely any head. A light brown quickly dissipated. 4.75, would be 5 if there was more of a head
Smell: Sweet, Fruit, gets better as it warms. Malty, hint of toffee, chocolate
Taste:Starts sweet and fruity, raspberries, but turns slightly bitter. The finish is like a nice black tea.
Feel: watery and a bit bubbly. More than expected with the lack of head. It coats the mouth nicely
Overall: Excellent beer. Not too heavy, not too light. Good 6 pack for winter into spring.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a sturdy semi-dark brown color with a finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Some lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some sweet driftwood, caramel/toffee malts, some light earthiness, light dried grass, muted allspice, dried red delicious apples, some light piney hops, black licorice, and ended with a slight sweet rye.
The flavor was mostly sweet with a rolling spicy underneath. Mostly the sweet wood, caramel/toffee malts and allspice in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about due to the spices showing a touch of harshness running along my tongue. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Moderately semi-sweet to pushing spicy sort of finish.
Overall, I can see it as a Winter warmer and also one that I could come back to.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, rye, slight earthy malt, citrus hops, piney hops, hint of roasted malt, licorice, and slight wood. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of citrus hops, slight yeast, piney hops, hint of yeast, hint of cinnamon, hint of pale malt. and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity, but only an average appearance.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours dark red with a tiny head. Smells of winter spices and roasted grain. Tastes of dark roasted grain and berries, with very slight hop bite. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of October 2016.

Look: A deep mahogany colored body topped by a weak head. Minimal lacing,
Aroma: spicy, hoppy and malty
Flavor: follows aroma, with less spicing than the aroma suggests. More hops than expected for style (highly variable though it is).

Feel: full body; light carbonation.

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Photo of OregonMike
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The born on date is not printed, but expiration date is 3/17/17 (expires on the best holiday).

L: This beer pours a nice deep burgundy color, with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. A very clear hue with hints of red amongst the otherwise coffee coloring.

S: A very malty aroma. Smells more like crackers and caramel than anything else. Not the best smelling beer, but it resonates with the character that is to be expected from this type of winter beer.

T: While the aroma leaves some to be desired, the taste more than makes up for it. The first taste is very smooth, and malty. A hint of holiday spice, with plenty of caramel and roasted malt flavor to satisfy your winter cravings.

F: The mouthfeel was great. It left a nice, soft, malty coating in your mouth. I feel it would pair nicely with steak and brown gravy sautéed with onions. I am very impressed with what this beer brings to the table.

O: This beer is great in the sense that it isn't packed with all the crazy spice that most winter warmers are. It has the maltiness that really will warm your soul. It is definitely most enjoyed at room temperature or slightly cooler. Give it a good swirl before every drink to really taste what this beer has to offer. A real A+ in this category, if you ask me.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany color with reddish grape tints on the edges. A very thin layer of foamy caramel head that dissipates almost immediately.

Nose is of crackers. Some slight lemon, but ever so subtle.

Taste is dominated by cracker. Some spices and a slight lemony flavor as well. Maybe a hint of pepper.

A little fuller in body than expected. Can feel the alcohol in the mouth as well.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, beige head, 2/3". Aroma was a roasted 2 row and bittering c hops. Pretty nice aroma out of this kind of style beer.

Taste dropped caramel, more bittering C hops, roasted malt, toffee. Good balance, warming alcohol effect. Stays away from the holiday spice rack, its only there in minor amounts. Some chocolate and dark fruit bitterness to round out the complex journey, does nothing excellent, but nothing below average/good either.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried both aggressive and moderate pours with this one. The aggressive pour overflowed a shaker pint just a bit, with about a 2 inch head. The head is a cream color with a creamy texture. The beer is a dark yellowish-brown, tinged red, with moderate carbonation. It is rich and dark in low evening light.

The aroma is rather neutral, but hints at the maltiness within. The flavor is complex, slightly sweet, rather dry on the finish. The base is a complex maltiness, with a good deal of bitterness of an earthy or somewhat raw nut character. A complex of bitter flavors lingers in the finish, accentuating a cherry character not immediately noticeable.

This beer took awhile to appreciate. I was glad to note the lack of spices, but yet it managed to impart the same sort of character of a subtly spiced holiday beer. A worthy entrant to the Christmas melange.

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Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice and meaty English ale, dark copper colored with small creamy beige head. Light nutty aroma, flavor is more earthy, nutty, dark malts with a small hops bite at the end. Some lingering bitterness. Would not be out of place in a British pub next to the fire....

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brownish mahogany color with a small tan colored head. The head fades very fast leaving just a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a sweet fruity smell of a dark fruit nature. The aroma is heaviest of some raisin and plum mixed with some other sweeter caramel aromas as well. Along with these smells comes some spice of nutmeg and a bit of nutmeg. Some lighter roasty smells as well as a little bit of a toast are there as well, creating a sweet and lightly roasty winter warmer smell.

Taste – The taste begins much drier than anticipated from the nose. It begins with just a bit of dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum with some light caramel mixed within. Along with these tastes, are some rather roasty flavors of dark toasted bread. As the taste advances, the roastiness increases a bit with some coffee notes coming to the tongue. All the while, the sweet fades some, with some spice flavors of nutmeg and clove taking their place. In the end, with the sweet fading, the spice and roast increasing, and the oncoming of a little bit of an earthy taste, one is left with a somewhat, drier, and darker spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for a winter warmer with a carbonation level that is average. A thicker body may have helped with the lighter sweetness and darker flavors of the brew accentuating them more, but overall the feel was OK.

Overall – A rather decent winter warmer. It didn’t have a huge sweetness or a huge booziness, like most winter warmers have; which was rather nice. It was in some ways too easy drinking and a little bland for

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Photo of haightbeer
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark amber like dark maple syrup. Wonderful syrupy mouthfeel and very nice gentle sweetness. A decent bit of hops keep it fresh, and a warm spiciness keeps it seasonal. It's a really nice winter ale.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look : Chestnut brown with 80% opacity, nice creamy head.

Smell : Deep roasted malts with molasses, plum candy, and added sweetness.

Taste : Plum skin and then an overwhelming rush of alcohol. The 7.2% really bellies up here and bares every last tenth of a percent in the flavor. Some spiciness, and a slight rye crust behind that.

Feel : Very carbonated, almost overly so, and ends with an alcohol dryness.

Overall : This could have been better with a reduction of carbonation and a better shroud over the alcohol taste. They're on the right track with the plum and roast malts, but it seems too alcohol forward and that just doesn't sit well with me.

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Photo of dd43
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a woody quality to the mouthfeel in this beer, and a leathery aroma mixed with carob, dark fruits (date?) and pie spice. Hop bitterness is present but hard to pin down in terms of aromatics. Interesting and worth trying in the cold months.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep dark chestnut sitting under a 1” foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: caramel and spice, hints of fruit cake,
T: A full flavored spicy fruitcake start with traces of chocolate gives way to a dry, astringent finish.
F: fine soft medium carbonation, medium full body.
O: Suprisingly well balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didnt know what to expect with this beer. As a winter ale, I was thinking more along the lines of a holiday brew with lots of spices. This did not have any.
At first I thought I was drinking a brown ale, had the right about of malt to it, but still it was different.
It was warming and very enjoyable.

This was one of the beers that I have a hard time picking out some of the finer traits. It wasn't hoppy, it wasn't this, it wasn't that, but it did seem to pull it all together.

Not something year round, at least for me, but in the cold winter, this tastes pretty good.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a deep mahogany with garnet Ruby red clarity at the edges. A beige head settles and leaves great lacing. The first smell is of cherry sweetness and some smokey roast, with vanilla, caramel and oak. Delicious flavor with tons of complexity. Smoked wood, lingering oak, slight hop bitterness imparts some musty earth flavor. A bit of cherry, oak, caramel, toffee, and slight vanilla character. Medium bodied, medium low carbonation. The alcohol is slightly hidden but nice and warming. Overall this is one of the best winter warmers out there and the price point makes it affordable enough to knock back more than one without feeling guilty. Extremely complex and layered flavors. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

On cask at my local Wetherspoons.

A: Dark ruby with a small but very good light beige head.
T: Roasty malts with an espresso smokiness. Nice little touch of sweetness but a fairly bitter finish. As it warms the chocolate comes through. Chocolate and grassiness in the finish.
O: Pretty good. Just wish this pub kept their beer in better nick.

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Photo of doublenaughtspy
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with little to no head. The aroma is mild up front and lightly sweet with notes of dark chocolate, cherry, coffee, banana, and pipe tobacco. Taste is Belgian yeast with a very nice hop burst. The hop bitterness complements the sweetness perfectly. A hint of Clove is also noticed. There is a nice middle of sweet, roasted malts. The finish is dry with nice bitterness and coffee lingering in the throat. This is an excellent winter warmer; complex and well-balanced.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, nearly opaque, garnet red that allows just a hint of clarity at the fringes. Small off-white head leaves very little lace behind and it fades as time goes on.
Smell is rich and malty with big notes of whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits with small notes of smoke & charred wood. Gonna let this warm before drinking.
Taste is malt, wood, dark fruit, whiskey with hints of vanilla and char. Great balance.
Body seems fuller at first sip but is medium really. Effervescence is sharp at the tip of the tongue but just for a split second. Warming and pretty dry, especially in the middle. Some lingering dark fruit & wood, though.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dark brown almost purple color with one and a half finger head. Smells delicious, mostly malt (fig, brown sugar) but it has a tremendous amount of piney and floral hops to balance it out. The flavor is great. A lot of toffee and caramel with just the perfect amount of hop bitterness on the edges. Even better than I remembered.

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Photo of pkalix
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review from yesterday:

Enjoy By 2/21/14. I guess I'm about a month out....
Very dark, nut Brown, almost transparent. Small head, tan, creamy.
Aroma is slightly nutty, some spice, although it says there isn't any.
Taste is bread and caramel up front, sweet, then some hop bitterness to follow.
Kind of thin, especially for a 7.2% abv, but decent. leaves a bitter aftertaste with some kind of spice on the roof of the mouth.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown, chestnut colored body with a foamy cream-colored head.

S- Malty, lots of roastiness, some sweetness, hints of roasted nuts.

T- Pretty similar to the aroma, some roastiness, some nuttiness, hints of caramel.

M- Medium-full bodied, lingering aftertaste and some stickiness left behind. Medium carbonation as well.

O- Pretty decent malty winter beer. Pretty good flavors come through.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Received from my father-in-law
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Dec. 23, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by May 13, 2014

Poured a mahogany clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of tan head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smelled caramel, toffee, roasty nuts, molasses and toast.

Tasted like a better version of the smell. Roasted nutes, caramel, toffee, biscuit and light chocolate.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

It was a very nice winter beer. I’d have it again.

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