MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 Mahogany. Nose not “wassaily” at all, lots of toffee and butterscotch, very rich and lightly sweetened. Flavor quite nice, a bit like sucking on a good hunk of toffee, deliciously rich. Lightly hopped. Very good.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and roasty, malty, but with a metallic twinge in the bitterness that I didn’t appreciate. Can say that by the second one that my tongue was well coated and I could taste a bit beyond that to a little dark, caramel flavourings.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer was kinda weird....reminded me of a schwarzbier. Very spicy and peppery hop taste to go with an annoying malt finish....something was lacking in this beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
nice malt in the nose, but an astringent taste turned me off
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahogany, small head with tight bubbles. Mildly carbonated. Sweet aroma. Flavor showed malt upfront followed by a non-offensive metallic astringency finishing bittersweet. Low hops with a lingering, nonoffensive metallic aftertaste. Medium body, crisp finish. Perhaps I could have let this one warm up a little to get different flavors.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with red highlights. Thin lacy head. Maltiness is subtle in the beginning and lingers in the end. Could use more hops!
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wassail is dark amber and is decievingly dark for how hoppy it is compared to the malt factor. The hop flavor is characteristic of the Full Sail Pale Ale. This beer has the holiday taste of course, but it is like a strong/olde ale mixed with an American Pale Ale.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 - An enjoyable medium-bodied holiday ale, with a good malt backbone to balance the spices. Went great with turkey dinner.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I wasn’t as big a fan of this as other Christmas ales I’ve had. Thick, malty mouthfeel that constrasts with the spicy hops. Clean finish. Not too interesting.
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Bottle of the 2002 vintage (6 4 6 3 14). Dark brown color with a laced light brown head. Maybe my palate is shot but all I picked up was some malts and alcohol with only a hint of spice. Bottle of the 2003 Vintage (7 3 7 3 15). A dark see-through brown color with a thin light brown head. An enjoyable dark peppery spice in the aroma. Rich full roasted body with a nice malty finish.