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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 Chas58
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a quick glance out the window at the 8 inches of snow it was clear that a winter beer was in order. The Wassail had been an early season favorite so a return to this and a review was in order.

Appearance: A dark yet reddish color that upon initial pour seemed amber-ish.  A very limited light brown head that trails away quickly  The head is limited despite an agreesive pour. The beer appears a rich brown, and dark in color upon settling in the glass. 

Smell: A subtle yet clearly spiced nose meets you immediately. The spiciness and color match well and entice you to take a sip. Cinnamon and floral spice is clear. 

Taste: The first taste provides you with a rich mouthful of flavor that is strong, moderately carbonated and pleasant. This gives you an immediate strong sense of the cool weather beer you want to drink. The aftertaste is apparent yet appropriate. The hoppiness is tempered and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The upfront carbonation is moderate and the back end carbonation is persistent and pleasant.  

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer, but does appear to have a stronger alcohol content than it's 7.0. The beer is not heavy like many winter and late season beers, so is a very pleasant beer for enjoying. 

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Photo of anotherpg
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Winter Ales tend to be dark (good) and full of nutmeg and crap I wouldn't otherwise want in my beer (bad). Full Sail avoids the trappings, giving a dark, hoppy, malty winter ale that stands up to sitting around the fire. The color is dark caramel, the malts are complex, the balance just right at 7%abv. What stands out is how easily drinkable and enjoyable this is. A perfect seasonal brew. I could not ask for more.

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Photo of ELN
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought two Six Packs this afternoon, this and Widmer Brothers W'11 Russian Imperial Stout. This was a dollar less @ $6.98. I figured that I don't like ales that much but it might be gone next time I'm at the store and it's local and I won't have to wait and try it some other year.

Drank this out of a bottle, don't know what it looked like... probably dark?? (I never drink out of stupid glasses.) Don't think I've bought it before. I don't like ales aka The Winter Beer. This one is on the warmer side of taste and not real bitter.

appearance: 4 (really don't know, just figurin')
smell 3 (bitter, piney)
taste 3.5 (not heavy, but not overly bitter.)
mouthfeel 4 (not macro)
drinkability 4.5 (I'm on my 3rd in 4 hours, tonight is New Year's.)

Who cares. 2010 was not noteable. Listening to the Bobby Fuller Four. Good night.

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Photo of RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I had to hold it up to the window to peek through the beer. The view of my neighborhood seemed to be filtered by the sepia setting on my camera. Perfect lacing. I wish I could comment more on the smell but my nose is stuffed up. The taste was wonderful - Angels at a track meet stomping all over my tastebuds. My mind chased the bitter, smokey, sweet and malty tastes swirling in my mouth cave. Each swallow is like a curtain opening down my throat with exciting sensations. Damn, I love this beer.

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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 notoriousdav
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice winter brew from this small brewery. Pours a deep mohagany with a two fingers of head. Some hops and roasted coffee/chocolate come through on the palate. Definitely a bit of alchohol noticable on the finish. Perhaps a little fruit at the end as well. A good winter warmer.

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Photo of xybreeder
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby, moderate lacing, decent head. It's teasing me to drink it so better get going!

S: Wow, this one smells really nice. Sweet, roasty and caramelly. Hops are pronounced and present in the nose.

T: Yummy; malts stand out with sweet accent on the end. Warm and inviting, and then the hops hit you, very nice. I'm getting caramel, and nuts. A little bitter, but nothing overpowering.

M: Light and smooth, perfectly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable, could be in trouble at 7% ABV. :) A perfect beer to enjoy during those cold winter nights, job well done for the 47 peeps at Full Sail.

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Photo of FatCaster
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, resulting in a disappointing head, that dissipated quickly. However, this one has merits far beyond such things.

A--Pours brown, but reveals a ruby red tinge in the light. What little head there is is pretty white. Still, awfully pretty in that light.

S--This is exactly what I would like from a winter beer. I immediately thought of Christmas upon smelling this. A sort of piney smell, mixed with a sweetness and a bit of spice.

T--A smooth almost sweet flavor, perhaps a bit of ginger. Blends into a toasty warm glow that fills the mouth with an unadulterated sense of well being.

M--Low carbonation, and a healthy weight that lingers for a moment or two on the palate. Could stick around a bit longer, though.

D--I'm imagining a warm, hearty dinner with family...and presents being opened...and a few (possibly too many) of these tasty brews accompanying the whole shebang.

Best winter type beer I've this year and highly reccomended for cold nights.

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Photo of BeerBard
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm tasting a 2002 and 2003 side-by-side. The aged 2002 is a bit cloudy... both have a small head that sits for a while. Both are wonderful examples of the "American Christmas Special"....malty/hoppy, high alcohol and highly flavored old ale - dopplebock - trippel - porter variant that takes a moment to warm in the mouth before hitting you with a punch. Reminds me of the Anchor Christmas seasonal. Lots of reviewers seem unimpressed. Let them drink Pabst! I think it's a wonderful beer. Consider letting a couple age a year or two...don't be scared. Fresh up it has more bite...aged it has a rounded dessert-like quality. I think it's my last 2002, so I'll put a few 2003's aside and write again in a few years. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of mat5175
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a gorgeous beer. Wonderful deep reddish brown, clear. Not too thick a head, dissipates rapidly, but leaves a decent lacing.

Unremarkable nose. Rich, a little sweet, a good deal of hops in the nose.

Fairly light and silky on the palate, with a more than fair amount of carbonation. Very lively, bubbly beer.

This is a very prototypical winter warmer. Mild sweet dark flavors on the front; finishes with a good deal of hop bitter. This has a high enough ABV to serve its purpose, but this is never in the forefront. Like others of the type this becomes more intense as it warms, but can be enjoyed almost to room temperature.

i have had several of these without tiring of it, but not interesting enough to keep going through a six pack over an evening. Good offering for the season.

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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Late 2005, on tap at local restaurant. Pours deep mahogany color with nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt and nice American hops. Resin, citrus, pine. The aroma was probably my favorite part of the beer. The first taste is all hops, tasted as expected from aroma. Then it turned sweet. I was able to taste the bready malt and a slight chocolate flavor which was nice. Then the hops snap back into action, cleaning my mouth. It has nice body, full but not heavy. It was a little to sweet for my taste. Fine beer, but not my favorite from these guys.

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Photo of amccormi
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle from my man Dave(thanks), best by date of 4/4/11? The pour gave a hlf inch of tan foam that was creamy and faded slowly leaving lacing on the sides and a ring on top. The beer is a brilliantly clear brown amber with ruby highlights, quite pretty overall.

The aoma is mostly of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Appropriate for the style.

The flavor leads off with that malty sweetness, caramel and toffee. There is also more of refreshing hop bitterness at the end which give a pleasant balance to the beer.

Medium body is probably a little thin for the style but I think it is spot on for this particular beer.

I like it and would enjoy a 6 pack. I have to imagine it would have more hop aroma when it was younger, but it has a nice balance as it is.

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Photo of spoots
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 is an excellent year for this beer. I enjoyed last year's bottling, but this one is a gem.

Pours a gorgeous clear roan color with a long-lasting, two-finger head and plenty of lacing. Lots of life in this beer. The smell is deliciously balanced.Yes it's hoppy for a winter warmer, but the malt is right there to balance the aroma. Superb nose on this one.

The taste is pure heaven...malt, cinnamon, more malt, chocolate. Lots of volume, and nothing left behind. The flavor just goes on and on.

Mouthfeel is creamy, dense, complex. Finish is long and satisfying.

I absolutely love this beer. Superb!

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Photo of Yaz8
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured dark ruby brown with a smallish head and good lacing. Roasted malts and coffee are featured in the smell, which lacked the spruce and spiciness you might expect in a winter seasonal. Roasted coffee beans are the strongest flavors, which include rich maltiness and some chocolate. A hint of hops bitterness is evident to keep things balanced. Medium mouthfeel, full carbonation, and a crisp clean hops aftertaste.

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Photo of NVbeer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition of Full Sail's Winter Warmer, poured into a goblet glass. Pours a dark mahogany color, with a slight ruby color. Approx. 1/2" off-white head, disipates quite quickly.
Smell has hints of earthy malt tones, and hint of alcohol. Minimal hops smell to my nose, even after warming up.
Taste is mostly malt flavor, hints of hops, but the final alcohol taste seems to cover that. The alcohol taste is not overpowering, just lets you know its there.
Mouthfeel is to be as expected, nice fullness, not watery. This is a very drinkable winter warmer, one to return back to every year,

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Photo of mashmstr2
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2005 Wassial. I found this year to be better than previous years Wassial. The color is a deep chestnut with red hues. Clear. Nice complex malty nose resides in aroma. Some green hops notes under the malt. Nice medium body with a silkiness. Medium and dark Crystal malts dominate this very complex malty beer. Hops are well balanced with the intense maltiness. A hint of herbal spiciness comes through. the beer finishes with nice toffee and fruit flavors.

Well done.

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

Wassail pours a deep mahogany/brown color with a two finger white head that laces nicely down the glass.

Smell is roasted, malty ale with hints of caramel.

This beer is smooth with a hefty dose of roasted malt flavor. Not much spice/vanilla flavors that are generally attributed to this style of beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, finishing slightly bitter. Hops are well disguised by the judicious amount of malts, but detectable on the finish.

Wassail is a competent brew and drinks rather easily. I will certainly enjoy the rest of the six pack. However, I don't think that there is enough going on here to bring me back for more. Definitely worth the price of admission, but you'd probably be happier including this in a beer share...

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Photo of hailyeast
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a tulip because I'm anticipating following this with a sour, maybe. Couldn't get a head noticed 1/2 way n poured hard to finish but just a lace of head.
S-malty and earthy , maybe vegetal herbal. Like a barley wine made with nugget or columbus or something
T-more of the same thick, sweet, malty, alcholic, herbal, vegetal all hop bitterness like no aroma hops were used.
O-not a bad beer, just not a memorable one, I like it but wouldn't want a 6er too many other good /better beers out there for me. Solid average beer.

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Photo of a2marzman83
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick and bubbly tan head on top of this dark brown beer. Dried blood red tint when held up to light. A little cascade of bubbles result from a vigorous pour.

Sweet smell. Toffee, cherry, and dark malt in the nose. No real spiciness present nor do I detect much alcohol, both surprises. Not the nose I was expecting for a 7% ABV winter warmer but very pleasing none the less.

Burnt caramel malts blends with a sweet fruitiness. A piney hop bitterness present throughout. Again, as in the nose, the alcohol is masked nicely and only comes out as the beer reaches room temperature.

Drinks easy. I felt this one in my cheeks long before I wanted to stop drinking. Perfect for a cold night and not bad for a warm one either.

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Photo of DrBrewDay
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a bottle at ~45F

Appearance- Deep brown/red. Transluscent with ruby highlights. Thick Ivory persistent head

Aroma- Floral, earthiness, roast like bittersweet chocolate, slight alcohol

Flavor- Malt and roastiness at the begging, feeling very full. The bitterness then comes in and evens out the malt flavors. The hop flavors, for me, come in at the end..lots of floral notes. Finish is dry but full with the floral hop flavor mixed with the roast

Mouthfeel- Medium. Carbonation appears good. Slight pleasant alcohol warmth at the end.

Overall- One of my favorite winter seasonals.

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Photo of doublenaughtspy
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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 BrewRunner
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark red/amber (kind of blood reddish) color with a white head.

The smell kind of disappointed me. Nothing really distinctive came out.

Taste and mouthfeel were good. Like the smell there is nothing really distinctive to separate it from other beers, but nothing takes away as well.

Overall it's a good beer. Good for a cold winter's night, and worth the purchase. But there are a few other that I would take if I had the choice between them and Wassail.

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Photo of oldfashioned
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a sixer of these up from the local liquor store for a mere $5.50. This is one of my favorite "Winter Warmers" I've tried yet. Wassail pours a nice dark bronze with an average amount of foam. The smell is pine and sour fruit. The taste is what really set this one apart for me: it starts out pretty hoppy and a little spicy (just the right amount of carbonation to give a pleasant mouthfeel, too) and then mellows out with a really nice malty sweetness. Even though this one is 7%, I don't pick up any alcohol burn. This is a really well balanced and well executed version of the Winter Warmer, and may compete with Great Divide's Hibernation for top of the class (in my opinion). I feel guilty for only paying $5.50 for this stuff!

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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 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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