JohnC (3004) - 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 (1374) - 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 (2669) - 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.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002: Pours well, reddish brown, good head formation. Creamy caramel malt aroma, signs of burnt alcohol, spice and hop bitterness. Smooth, robust palate, medium to full bodied. Malty fruit-cake front, turns chocolaty, fairly high in alcohol towards the end. Nice hoppy finish provides a touch of citrus in the aftertaste while there seems to be a late hot pepper spice. Pretty full flavored, hearty and warming but I was expecting more spice from a wassail.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Thick dark amber with a clumpy and scabby head..a nose full of Crisp winter hop twang with slight roasty notes..a mouth bombarded with roasted sweet and sour malts with a firm bitter backing..a body of full & firm deep malt..squishish notes which turn sweeter as it warmed...some yeasty spice..some bubblegum and bitter lingerings..let warm!
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/nuts, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with notes of dried papaya/mango and black tea. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Surprisingly good for this brewery...balanced (in both nose and mouth), flavorful, nicely textured, attractive, etc. Quite nice, although it’s certainly more American-styled than British (classified as an English Strong as of this writing).