Full Sail Wassail | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Photo of satowns
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice garnet color with fantastic clarity. good head retention.

some roast. slight cheesy/mold/mustiness in the aroma.

super roasty on the palate. mild hop bitterness nice hops in the aftertaste.

warming mouthfeel; medium bodied.

decent overall, but there are many things lacking from categorizing this as a winter warmer.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. While pouring it appeared to have a dark brown color. After poured and held up to the light I noticed a nice red color as a little bit of light shined through. It left about a finger and a half of light tan head. It has a nice aroma of caramel and roasted malts. There are some hints of spice as well. Definitely smells like a winter warmer. Front of the sip has a nice roasted malt character followed by some slight hop notes and a hint of spices. Overall a very good beer. Could drink a few of these in a sitting. Very drinkable which surprised me. Definitely a great buy since I got it for $6.99 a six pack.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised at how good this beer was.

Great burnt ruby color, huge caramel colored head that was creamy to say the least. Malty, hoppy and spicy in the nose, smells like a darker, more robust version of the style. Big time dose of malt backing with a nice fresh hop presence. Nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla tangerines, dark red apple covered with caramel make this a very tasty beverage on a cold winter night. Mouthfeel was very creamy and bubbly at the same time, subdued bitterness in the finish from the hop bill. This winter warmer is chocked full of flavor, spice and everything nice.

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Photo of electricfields
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never been a huge fan of this style (perhaps because I've just made a lot of really bad picks that turned me off of it), but I generally like Full Sail's stuff, so I figured I'd give this a try.

A: Dark red - almost black with a frothy head and lots of lacing, at first. The head dissipates fairly quickly and so does the lacing, however.

S: Not very strong. Brown sugar malts and sort of piney spices. There's a nice citric hoppiness that gives me a really good feeling about this one.

T: This is probably the best winter warmer I've ever tasted. Pine and citrus are the clearest flavors, but there's a nice caramel sweetness underneath balancing them out and a subtle hint of coffee. The lack of overwhelming flavors is very, very welcome. It's "seasonal" without being cloying about it. Very pleasant.

M: I have nothing to complain about here. Fairly light carbonation with a little bit of a bite to it. A little bit syrupy and it sticks to the back of your mouth a bit, but not as thick as a stout or something like that.

D: This has always been a big sticking point for me with winter warmers, but this one is the exception to the rule. There's no single disgusting flavor overwhelming everything else. It tastes "seasonal" without being self-consciously "seasonal." That said, I will probably drink another one of these when I'm done with the one in front of me right now.

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Very dark amber with thick tan head and rings of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Pretty hoppy smelling for a Winter Warmer - citrusy and spicy. Nice dry malts underneath, almost smells like an India Brown Ale.

Taste: Actually tastes a little similar to an India Brown Ale as well, but the malts are a little bit closer to a Barleywine with their toffee, fruit and butterscotch notes. The very spicy hops are evident throughout, with a light focus on citrus. While very spicy, I think it is all due to hops, but I could be wrong. The malts become more evident as it warms.

Feel: Medium carbonation, relatively light body considering the depth of the brew, pretty creamy overall, and finishes extremely dry. Slightly warming.

Drinkability: This was a surprise for me. Not really sure about style, as Winter Warmer is really just a catch all, but I like this quite a bit regardless.

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Photo of velosuds
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased for $1.35.

A-Pours a dark amber hue with a one finger, light tan head. Modest retention with good lacing.

S-Caramel malt aroma with dark fruits, and some piney and citric hops. Very pleasant.

T-Toasted caramel and chocolate malts with fruitcake type fruit flavors. Well done.

M-Very smooth and balanced. A little thin and light on the carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable winter warmer since it has a lot of flavor but is not filling. 7.0% ABV is masked very well. A nice winter warmer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with just a slight head that sticks around as a thin swirl. Smells malty but dry, with some nice spice notes. The taste is reminiscent of gingerbread cookies, with a warm, spicy breadiness, but also with a nice herbal bitterness that lingers. Smooth and medium bodied in the mouth, I've always found this to be a quite drinkable winter warmer, and always a good value for the money.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 2 finger sticky tan head sits proudly atop this dark brown/cola colored brew

S - rich roasted malt, slight chocolate, hints of dark fruits and earthy/spicy hops.

T - opens with a rich malty profile which then expands and flirts with some sweet and slightly spicy flavors before closing with a kiss of hops that never over-power but instead lend an earthy and nutty characteristic. great balance achieved!

MF - low amounts of CO2, a bit smaller body than I would like, but still enough to satisfy

D - very approachable and session worthy winter warmer. never too big but enough girth to fight off the cold.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste- sweeter beer, malty, slight hop bite

color- roasted amber

clarity- clear

smell- slight roasted character

body- medium, rounded, soft

appearance- light off-white head, active carbonation

overall impression- average

notes- not very complex and lacking interest, doesn't strike me as a winter beer. this review is for a 2008 vintage

glassware: pint

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a dark ruby color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of spicy hops and lighter hints of medium to dark fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Malt flavors - mostly caramel but seemingly with very light hints of chocolate - kick things off and segue into light spicy flavors. Midway through the sip small amounts of fruit flavors - plum and maybe apricot - make an appearance and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness is a bit on the thin side but the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is one of the better winter warmers I remember having and I attribute this to the strength of the malt flavors and using a modest amount of spices. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of northaustin
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice dark black. one finger of light brown head.has some retention and lacing.

smell is heavy malts and alchohol. reminds me of alot of scotch ales or winter warmers. it is ok.

taste is heavy and very roasty. not too sweet and very enjoyable. i drank mine at room temerature. alchohol masked very well.

leaves youre mouth with a satisfying semi sweet stickiness that warms. i like it.

glad to have my wassail back. been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this release all year. loved it last year and im looking forward to enjoying it this winter.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a terrific winter warmer! It pours a dark reddish brown that has ruby highlights. It has a fine white head that persists and leaves wonderful lacing on the glass. The smell malty, and nothing too spectacular. The flavor is amazing. It has a crisp hop bite, and the alcohol to back it up. There is not a specific flavor that jumps out, but a nice bitterness and malty flavor that combines to make a fantastic beer. The mouthfeel is wonderful as well--it is medium to thick.
As far as drinkability, it is good for a winter warmer--it is not a session beer for sure! Great beer to have for the holiday season!

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass. Winter in July.

Pours a murky deep copper color with a finger of tan colored head that never fully dissolves and remains a heavy layer atop the glass through-out the session. The aroma is toasted malts, spices and some earthy hops. The flavor has similar notes with toasty malts and nuts, slight brown sugar and some other spices. Wassail has a creamy medium body. The hops are more present in the aroma than in the taste which actually makes sense, since this was a dry-hopped version of the Wassail. The flavor is nice but could use some more noticeable hoppiness.

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Photo of Schwab
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just found this bottle in the back of my beer fridge after sitting there for more than 5 months. Appearance is pretty good and leaves decent head even though it disappears fast.
Taste is about average, but pretty smooth! Great drinkability for that particular style.

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Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Winter Warmer. This is a difficult style to pull off. Full Sail's entry manages to provide an interesting flavor profile without overindulging in any particular Winter Warmer cliche. The beer pours dark brown with a healthy beige cap. Bubbles lace the glass as the liquid level falls. The aroma is Scottish Ale caramel sweet. There are some interesting fruit notes, apricots, peaches, etc. The flavor brings in a strong and very much appreciated bitter flavor. It's not a huge beer or a dramatic beer, but it fulfills the aim of a Winter Warmer without looking to old standby of cloves and other pumpkin pie spices. Re-rated 12/10/09: Not quite as good as I remember.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper tinted red body with a one finger tan head that died slowly. Hops are prevelant in this beer's aroma, some citric hops, but it is really about the roasted and sweet malts. Same with the taste as it is a medium-to-full-bodied beer that goes down smootha and creamy. Tasted roasted malts, caramel, some chocolate well-balanced with dark fruits and citric hops that are noticeable in the backend b/c of a dry finish. Overall, even with the dry finish this is a sweeter than normal beer with a large amount of that sweetness a chocolate taste. This is a good beer and I look forward to having it on a cold winter night (not an old bottle in the spring).

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Photo of latercol
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with reddish highlights minimal lacing.

dark fruity smells. plenty malty.

Taste is excellent. Kind of like a stout mixed with an old ale. Very fruity and chocolate/coffee combined. very nice.

Mouth feel is smooth and rich with just the right amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable and very tasty:)

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Photo of tangentrider
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown beer with a tan head; dark copper highlights when held to the light

S- Sweet malt, caramel, slightly nutty

T- Hops hit right off with pine and coffee, followed by a touch of sweetness (not much); finish is bitter herbal. Could be a bit sweeter for the style, but overall a good winter warmer.

MF- High carbonation, yet smooth in the mouth.

D- I love hops, so the hoppiness is a plus for me; I'll have this one again.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger chocolate head. Very dark brown in color. Retention is good and lacing is great.

Smell is of sweet malt. Some fruity yeast is also detected, maybe plum. There is also some faint hops somewhere.

First taste is of slight, hop bitterness. There is also some roasted, burnt malt in there. After taste is acidic sour green apple with some spice, maybe ginger

Head is nice and creamy. Body isnt as rich but still good. Carbonation isnt too high either.

Drink ability is above average. Akward combination of flavors with the spice and some fruit but it tastes good.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a op forward nose with pine and spice scents

T - Follows the nose good hopping with some spiciness

M - This beer has a medium body with light carbonation to it

D - I was pleasantly surprised with this beer I don't know why I set the bar low for this one but I wasn't expecting such a good tasting hoppy beer worth trying

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - I poured this one into my new tulip glass, and got a nice purplish brown nearly opaque brew with a big two finger beige head. Some nice lace is left on the glass, and the head shows really nice retention capabilities.

S - Toffee, brown bread, and some hints of what almost smells like good cigar smoke. There are hints of some really nice hops and a touch of cinnamon, but this is very much toffee oriented although it doesn't smell sweet.

T - Spiced carrot cake, peanut brittle, toffee, and big time hops. This is a really flavorful brew; more so than the gentle nose suggests. I'm really impressed with the combination of gentle suggestions of spice on top of a nice toffee malt backdrop, all while pushing the really tasty hops to the forefront.

M - Medium bodied, hoppy, and dry as hell. The hop finish lasts for days, and retro-olfaction (breathing out through your nose after the swallow) brings spiced coffee cake to mind.

D - This is a damn good winter warmer. You never know what you are going to get with this grab bag catch all style, but this one manages to embrace the wintry spirit while still managing to be a good solid drinkable, and hoppy beer. Well done Full Sail, well done!

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy deep brown with a steady tan head.

Piney, spicy, sweet smell. Caramelly malt.

Taste is spicy, roasty. A very good warmer.

Good mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer. This doesn't take cold weather to be good.

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Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A medium dark brown with a dark copper hue. The head is foamy, creamy, and one fingered thick with some retention . There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is somewhat opaque with a little bit of the light showing through.

Nose: A wonderful roasted malt with molasses. The aroma reminds me of a spice cider. There is a nice fruitiness and a hint of floral aroma. There is also a hint of floral esters.

Taste: A nice rich roasted malt with fruitiness, heavy spice and floral esters. The taste doesn't resemble the aroma of spice cider.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and slightly creamy. The body of the beer is medium full. The finish is bitter and refreshing. There is a nice balance in the beer and is a very tasty winter warmer. The beer has a nice edge and the hops is not over whelming. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/7/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown-reddish colored body, but it's not cloudy. Has a big creamy off-white head, decent lacing, lasting. Has a nutty fresh smelling aroma, but it's a little sour. A woody, dusty nut taste. Sour acidic aftertaste. Some light spices.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date lasered onto the neck. It was a russett brown color. Some sticky lacing. It had an average sized off white head that settled into a broken film with a collar.

The aroma was subtle. Sweet toffee malt with pine hops. Decent but weak. The flavor was stronger. The hops were more pronounced than the malt which was reverse of the aroma. Didn't really enjoy this one. Had a strange taste to it and too bitter in the finish. Winter Warmers are not one of my favorite styles and this one followed suit.

Overall, not a good beer for me. Wrong style and taste issues. One and done for me.

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