Blairgus (2551) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9 jan 2012, bottle. Dark brown with thick rocky head. Burnt chocolate malt with some light grassy hops and prominent alcohol. Med body and a bit fizzy. Pretty decent. Very malty, chocolate that dries the mouth. Not much else but pretty nice.
DSG (5632) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a winter beers tasting at Norma Jean. Reddish brown color with a beige head. Fruity aroma, pretty malty, with a bit of floral honey and jam. Malty flavor with light sweetness at first, some fruitiness, and a bitter hoppy finish, slightly floral. Medium-bodied. Pretty nice.
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark copper/brown with a ruby tinge and a light but persistent off-white head. Woody, toasted bread aromas with a very light sour note in the back. A nice creaminess is immediately present followed by delicious flavors of dark brown sugar, dates, light molasses and oaken/nutty woodiness. Almost seems to have some spices present like cinnamon and cardamon. This is tied up with a nice earthy, pine bitterness that keeps all that sweetness in check. Washes out with milk and dark chocolate flavors and a lingering dryness. This is one delicious winter ale!
rangerred (892) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass.
Pours a clear dark brownish red with a healthy 1.5 finger tan head. Impressive retention and lacing.
Smell is very malty. Roasted malt and caramel malt dominate with maybe a touch of chocolate. Some hoppy notes are also present.
The taste is more of a balance between malt and hops. Some citrusy hop flavors are apparent along with some chocolate and coffee from the malt. All leading to an assertive bitterness on the finish.
Overall this beer is very close to being excellent. If the maltiness and hoppiness would meld just a little bit more. I would get it regularly, though, if it were available closer to me.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full Sail Wassail is a wonderfully clear, dark, copper ale that has a dense, bubbly, light khaki head that leaves solid sheets on the glass. It smells fruity and medicinal with hints of cherry and mint. Thereís a grassy whiff to it. Itís thick and fluffy and the finish is kind of like sand paper on your tongue. It tastes hot and bitter. There are notes of orange and wood with the bitterness of furniture polish to shine up the flavor. It certainly has zazzle. This is a very aggressive beer and sometimes it comes off as rude. Itís powerful and untamed.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this beer. It has been taking the number one spot in my seasonal rotation this year. Pours a dark mahogany with a one inch tan head. Nice well carbonated mouthfeel. Good balance of malt and hops with a nice spicy hop finish. I feel this represents the style well. Very drinkable...will be picking this one up as long as it lasts.
MattH (635) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brownish ruby pour. Inch tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, wet leaves and cinnamon. Taste is a well balanced mix of caramel malts and light hops.
puboflyons (2049) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle stamped 040312-14:22-FL. An English strong ale hmm? Letís see, it does have the appropriate dark amber pour with along lasting silky tan head. The aroma has a nice malty note with bread and biscuit and a mellow hop quality. The body is thin to medium but with an acidic character. The taste has a pungent bitterness, lots of astringency, and a dryish hop finale. Not terribly sweet.
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours like a holiday beer, nearly black with a deep red tint and creamy tan head with nice scattered lace. Aroma bursting vanilla upfront, then coal, and sweet brown bread. Velvet palate. The throat-coating bready malts are sumptuous, and the creamy vanilla adds a dimension that should be there in beers that already dub themselves as cream beer. If the cream soda flavor was just a little heavier this would fall right apart, but it stands in a nice place. The lingering finish is rich with a blend of cinnamon spicy bitterness and subtle toasted malt. Nice balance. Surprised I never tried this before, itís very nice.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a deep brown color with with a small tan head, quickly diminishing to a rung around the edge of the glass. Nose is of that of an english ale, some sweetness, indicative of caramel and toffee, as well as some biscuit note as well. Taste is of a good bit of hops up front, which rather confuses me, and then works its way back to tasting like it smells. Rather thin on the tongue for a strong ale classification.