rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
medium body, flavor of roasted malt, candy sugar and ample hope spice. lots of hop bitterness too... definitely on the zippy side of winter ales - quite good but I usually prefer the mellow-malty style of winter ales...
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the brewery... An easy drinking winter beer, with good spices, some hops and a lite body, but a nice head.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark amber. Thin off white head. Light carbonation. Soft spicy aroma (nutmeg, coriander) with some toffee, berries and floral hops. Starts mellow and finishes with a kick, where the spiciness and a light bubblegum flavor lingers. Medium thin body. Fruity slickness. Turns hoppier as it sits, earthy and floral, yet it remains spicy in the background. English yeast flair. Finishes slick with not much character. Pretty weak in the malt department as well. A decent brew but not something Iíd look for every year. Does get intensely hoppier as it ages.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The recipe for Wassail actually changes year to year, depending on brewer John Harrisís mood. The 1999 vintage was only average, but the 2001 vintage was extraordinary. Generally Wassail is on the highly hoppy end, but only average alcohol for a wintera ale.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
best head iíve seen on a beer...lace is stuck to the sides to the rim...i detect a nice bitterness in the aroma...very tasty beer
BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great winter ale. Great combination of spices for the cold holidays. Up here in eastern Washington, we have cold weather 7 months out of the year. This is a great blend of winter spices with great smell and taste. Very enjoyable.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Wonderfully complex and hoppy flavor, pleasant aroma and perfect scotch appearance. Much like a wee heavy in some respects--heavy, muggy body with asome candy and malt--though lots of hops. A delightful surprise again and again and a fantastic complement to many meals. Certainly one of the best holiday offerings and possibly Full Sail's best ale.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another great winter brew. not as sharp or full-bodied as the dark strength of the WinterNakt, but a pleasent malty flavor, with a paletable aftertaste.
ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very nice for those cold nights when all you need to do is get a good buzz going, this certainly has the alcohol content for that.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good brew for the season.