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 Murrhey
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Very thin khaki head. Sticks around as a floater, however. Dark, coca-cola brown color, semi-cloudy with little clarity.

S- Some sour scents, vinous notes, cherry, oak and other barrel sort of smells.

T- Definitely some alcohol tastes, tart and crisp flavor. Hard for me to pick out much, but tasty.

M- Medium bodied with a vinous feel afterward. Sharp carbonation and relatively wet feel.

O- High scoring, I just wish I could pick out more flavors in the taste. That would elevate it to a very good instead of a good.

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Photo of fx20736
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass, served at fridge temp.

Cola brown with a cappuchino tan head. Nice lacing.

aroma is toasted malt with a faint spiciness like cocoa and ginger and cloves.

mouthfeel is average.

taste; toasted brown bread with a definite bittersweet cocoa flavor. light bitterness like walnuts on the finish. Bitterness increases pleasantly as beer warms.

a nice malty sipper, probably better at a slightly warmer temp.

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

first time ive had this beer this year. havent had many of the winter warmers but its definately got alot of flavor to it and cant go wrong being 7.2% ABV overall a really good beer would definitely have it on tap if i could find it..even for a darker beer it still has a lighter IPA taste with a hint of caramel? (maybe)

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

Poured into a dimpled mug from a bottle.

Appearance-Deep brown/ruby brown. Poured a creamy, bubbly tannish head that stayed most of the time I drank it. It left some sticky, creamy lace on the glass. Good looking brew!

Smell- I could smell some burnt malt and some brown sugar spice. Sometimes the smell went flat, I am not sure why. Maybe it's my nose...

Taste-It is quite an X-masy brew: burnt brown sugar, caramel malt, cinnamon and spice bread, caramelized nut. I could really taste the NW Hops in the aftertaste. The overall taste was a healthy balance of toasty malt on the front and bitter hops in the back. It reminded me of a stronger Scottish Ale at times because of the warmth from the alcohol. Nice!

Mouthfeel-Full-bodied and moderate carbonation. Perfect Winter Warmer (if winter every comes)! It is cold, but not as cold as it use to be this time of year.

Overall-great beer to have during this season. Have one, it will warm you right up. Cheers!

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

A: A dark brown with lots of ruby and excellent clarity. The head is about a finer of fine, tan bubbles that last for a long time and leave a light bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate hops aroma of pine with an rich malt aroma with some caramel malt aroma. There kind of kettle caramelization aroma that reminds me of a Scottish Strong ale. There are some light esters of orange and prunes.

T: A rich malt flavor that isn't sweet like barelywines can get with a mild caramel flavor. There is a a firm hops bitterness and a moderate citrus hops flavor. The balance is fairly bitter with an off-dry finish and a citrus hops aftertaste. There are some low fruit flavors like orange and prunes with a touch of honey.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a light alcohol warmth in the throat.

O: A malty and moderately hoppy beer that fits the bill of a holiday ale in my house having no fruit nor spice and a good hops showing. I want a bit more in the nose from the hops and the malt but then it would almost be a dark IPA. It's a great looking beer. Don't drink this one to cold our you miss the best parts which are subtle fruity and hops flavors.

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

OMG! This is simply excellent. I am also one that judges by style. I don't compare a craft against adjunct. Its apples to apples with me. This is one great beer period! I had mine in a frosted mug. The beer was just chilled not cold and the first drink was heaven. It is well balanced and full of flavor. Try it before it is no longer availible.

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

A-Dark, clear brown with a ruby tint. Tan head is mild. It also leaves ribbons of lacing.

S-Smell is light spice and rich sweet malt. Dark fruits. Gingerbread. Nutmeg. Light hoppiness. Pleasant mixture of spice, sweets and hops.

T-Flat root beer and gingerbread with baked-in raisins. Decent amount of perfumey hops. On the hopper side of the style. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Holiday spices. I get the slightest hint of booze.

M-Carbonation is very soft. Mild bitterness. A hint of alcohol. Overall, quite drinkable. I also enjoyed it more as it warmed.

O/D-A solid Winter Warmer. I enjoyed the rather noticeable hoppiness. One of the better Winter Warmers in my opinion. Might try it again next Winter.

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Photo of kagent777
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in the Utah system. This bottle says 7.2 ABV and I poured it into a perfect pint.

Appearance: A wonderful ruby brown that is brilliantly clear when held up to a light. The fluffy three finger head leaves lacing all the way down and receded slowly. Looks great.

Smell: Very heavy on the malts, the illusion of spice created by hops and yeast. Nice dark bread.

Taste: A rich roasted malt taste with a nice dose of pine and citrus hops. This could almost be a CDA. The taste is a little sweet, but the bready note turns spicy while the finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: A malty heavy brew that is smooth with lower carbonation.

Overall: I like this one a lot. I paid 1.50 for this bottle and will get another before the season ends.

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Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruddy brown. Tiny bit of tan head. Clears to wispy near nothingness on top quite quickly.
Smells of spicy wood. Not a heavy aged type wood, but faint and pleasant. A mild bready and slightly roasted malt. A hint of some fruity esters, but very small.
Taste starts mild and pleasant. Very faint roasted grain, a hint of smoky chocolate and hearty wheat bread. Just after the middle is a decent bitter hop, not much on exact taste though. Finishes slightly hoppy and mildly spicy. Like a slightly hoppy brown ale. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is higher end of medium. Low carbonation and easy going smooth finish.

A lackluster head and scent, great taste. The 7.2% is greatly masked and I whizzed through the bottle. I think this is one of the better winter beers I've had. Easy to drink, smooth, tasty and well made for the season. I'll have to bring some to Christmas dinner.

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Photo of searsclone
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. very dark color, almost black with just a touch of red. tan head that left a great lace.

smell is faint, dark fruit and a bit of spice, maybe nutmeg

taste is dark fruit, bitter hops and malt. very nicely balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden that it might be dangerous!

super smooth and easy to drink.

overall, definitely glad I tried this one!

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

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, dark ruby brown with an off-white finger width head. Decent retention. Leaves behind a thin, but sticky lace.

Smell - Moderate malt roast notes, hinting lightly at coffee and fruity sweetness, subtle spice and faint bitterness.

Taste - Begins with some moderate malt roastiness, hints of berry, and then a big, grassy, slightly citrus hop bitterness kicks in and dominates mid-taste. Burnt coffee character hits near the finish, restoring a bit of balance to this brew. A hint of berry lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. goes down fairly easy.

Overall - Solid winter warmer from Full Sail. Roasted malt meets an assertive, grassy hop bitterness. I can see myself at the top of the hill, ordering this beer before the first run of the day. Nice job, Full Sail.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

7.20% per my bottle, acquired yesterday at Trader Joe's. Enjoy by: 04/02/13. 12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this brewery is usually mediocre but I like the style quite a bit.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is an understated ruby-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Transparent and somewhat translucent.

Sm: Very pleasant toasted malt is dominant, with some typical winter warmer spices in there as well - nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe even cilantro. I'm not great at identifying spices, but it's well balanced in that regard. Amber malts. Some minimal floral hopping. An average strength aroma. I'm excited to try it. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

T: Amber/toasted malt foundation. Some floral hopping. Minimal spices are impacting the flavour; disappointing. Simple and imbalanced. A bit stale. Built underwhelmingly. Why brew this?

Mf: Off. Weird artificial candy smoothness in some places and strange coarseness in others. A bit metallic. Dry on the finish, to its detriment. Weirdly thick. Carbonation is adequate. Just artificial all around; it bothers me.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty crap for the style. Another forgettable brew from Full Sail. Still, it's a decent offering at this price point. I wouldn't bother with it again. Hides its ABV well.


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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: rather agressive sidepour got no head really. A bit of bubbles trying desperatly to form a cap. Deep clear mahogany, looks really good. Red highlights
in brown beer.

S: toasty up front and it almost smells creamy if you get what I mean. reminds me a bit of Ninkasi's Sleigh'r.

T: roasty and toasty like it should be. The hops just balance it out. Leaves a pleasant dark malt taste in the mouth. A bit of alcohol warmth in the throat. Glad I got a 6pack.

M: medium bodied and very crisp. Finishes really clean. More refreshing than most beers that dark.

O: wow that is good, I do not regret the 6pack.

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Photo of cdicanio
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a thin foam that settles on top. The color turns to red quickly. It has a great nutty, caramely aroma and with a taste to match. Rich, with a strong taste of candied walnuts and a pleasing foamy, and just a bit bitter finish. This is a great beer.

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Photo of GMB
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail's Wassail Winter warmer pours a cola-brown body and a fizzy tan head that isn't long for this world. When help up against the light of a table-lamp, the dark body turns bright red, and a smattering of bubbles appears in it.

The nose is malt-dominated; no hops are appreciable. Strong aromas of toasted grain are accompanied by the clean smell of alcohol.

The taste threw me for a loop at first. No hops were appreciable in the nose, but man oh man do they hit the palate; hops of the bittering variety, that is. This beer tastes like strong, slightly over-brewed black tea.

Overall a nice beer that I probably won't revisit. But I did enjoy it till the last drop.

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

P:  Pours a super dark cola appearance with a small dollop of light tan head. Retention was nonexistent but leaves behind a nice swirly film. 

S:  Sweet candied malt, roasted malt, sweet prunes, sugar coated dates, candied almonds, spiced rum soaked plums. Hints of caramel bananas, amaretto syrup and vanilla extract. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose. Malty, roasty, sweet and spicy warming booze. The hops are more apparent in the taste, which balance out the sweetness nicely.  The feel is light-medium but a tad creamy with prickly carbonation.  Finishes dry with lingering spiced run soaked fruit.  Flavors gets a tad dank once warmed. 

O:  "Here we go a wassailing along...". That's all I know!  Anyways, this is a well rounded winter warmer. Tons of malt, and spicy booze and hops to balance it out.  Once warned it transforms to a much more aggressive warmer. I would love to have this on a cold evening hayride. Cheers!

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russet brown, big khaki head. Heavy caramel, treacle, shortbread, roasted nuttiness, faint coffee. Nice balanced vein of earthy, spicy hop flavor. Bit of fruit and mineral from the yeast. Just the way I like my winter warmers - NO spices, rich complex flavors, in a small enough beer that I can drink a pint or two. Ridiculous value at $6.75/sixer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating or information

Pours murky very dark brownish amber, darker tan head, moderate in size, but tiny bubbles in evidence, and decent looking strands of fine lacing.

Caramel malts in the nose, with a hint of cola and very light winter spicing.

Quite tasty brew with waves of caramel infused malt notes, with some mustiness and again a flat cola note. Spicing held to a moderate level, but lurking subtly a few layers to the rear of the profile. Smooth and enjoyable. Nicely done.

Well worth giving this winter warmer a try

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Photo of Tinfang
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the usual goblet. Best by 3-17-13 but this six pack will be finished off in the next week. Clear dark amber with a creamy thin head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of malt and slight spiciness which might be hops. Mmmm hops! This is one of the best beers ever to my taste in terms of a strong but not out of control hops flavor with great definition and complexity. Every sip for the first half of the glass revealed new dimensions. The malts complement them perfectly with a sort of toasted cookie quality. Mouthfeel was substantial but not thick and the lingering hops presence was a bonus.

I wish the FSB website had more details on the recipie. I'd really like to know specifically what went into this divine brew. Tried this last year and was highly ambivalent, but this year's batch is really memorable.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany amber, with a half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark dried fruit, lightly vegetal hops. Flavor dominated by sweet bready malt and winter spices, particularly cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes with hop and spice bitterness, with the spicing nicely balanced with the bitterness. Somewhat subdued flavor, but overall nicely balanced and pleasant to drink. Medium bodied. Spicing is great for a wassail and I'll grab another one of these during the holidays.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn a winter beer in August. This might be terrible.

A - Looks nice a clear ruby amber hue with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. No noticeable sediment so this held up nice.

S - Smells of mostly herbal hops and dark fruits mostly raisin and dates. Also some sweet malts I can't place.

T - Not sure how bitter this is fresh but the twang of bittering hops is still in the finish. Being more malt forward I can taste caramel like sweet malts and dark fruits. Kind of herbal yet it works.

M - Medium and kind of chewy

Overall this winter warmer held up nice for the months it been on the shelf. I would be curious to try this again fresh.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, earthiness, butterscotch, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There are also some herbal notes and some anise mixed with an earthiness. It ends with a dark fruit and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - A decent seasonal that is very drinkable. The flavours are somewhat bold but the beer isn't cloying. I'd pick this one up again.

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Photo of caisno
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown and appealing

Smell - Spice, lighter breads, light fruit like banana and a hint of citrus hops with malt

taste - Spice is number one, brown bread and a very faint clove, malt is very strong,

mouthfeel - astringent, and sharp at the same time a smooth coating. very unique mouth

overal - the tast alone is somthing ill buy this again for, however the unique mouth feel is somthing worth buying just for the sensation one time. I've never had a mouthfeel beer like this.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bottle into a tulip glass, best by 2/23/12 (?) on the back. This pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head which has good retention. The smells are of spices, caramel, other malts, no hops by now. The feel is medium. The taste is good, lots of malts, some spices, a definite alcohol presence.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that's somewhat opaque with a 1/2 inch off-white head that loosens and becomes an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Neat constellations of bubbles on the surface and likewise-patterned lacing.

S- Roasty and somewhat alcoholic. Also a tad sweet-smelling with some spice notes in the back.

T- Heavy onset of roast that slips into a rubbery, boozy gutter and does not recover. No hops, no spice, no balance. Just strange.

M- Sharp twangs from the alcohol on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Dry with medium carbonation.

O- I don't know if this is what a true "Wassail" is supposed to be like, but this just does not agree with me.

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