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

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3.82/5
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867 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,554
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
867
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
66
Trade:
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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of OregonMike
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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 ummswimmin
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Alpha309
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Brandon632
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 rarigney
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of agreenman19
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hydrohead
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Jason_cs
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archyquaffer
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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 81tillinfinity
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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 cmbeddoe7997
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeubTube
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +10.2%
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 uccle81
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Lukebell15
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 867 ratings
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