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RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Brewed for the holiday season, Wassail is a delight with itís warm flavors and festive holiday packaging. Itís a lush, garnet colored winter ale that has a malty full-body and a pleasant hoppy finish. Sure to warm the hearts of malt and hop lovers alike, Wassail is brewed with a 4 types of malts and is hopped with a special blend of imported hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Dark brown with an orange hue and thick, cream-colored head. The head disappeared rather quickly. Some good lacing for the top half of the glass. Some malty sweetness in the aroma with a good bite from the hops. Great mouth feel through the whole beer. Sweet malt flavors that finish with a bitter hops tingle on the tongue. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2003
dark brown color,small tan head that left a small amount of lace.Malty sweet aroma with a nice amount of hops and spice,and a nice grapefruit side to it as well.Nice malt taste upfront ,caramel and maybe even a little toffee,The fruit makes only a mild appearance and the hops manage to come through loud and clear.with a nice malty sweet hop party in the finish,with a nice mild spice note folowing the band all the way.Very very nice brew and luckily i have one more for the chat room for wed.Thanks go out to BrewBandit for sending me a pair of these great tasting brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Deep brown color with a medium tan head. Very malty aroma. Malt and toffee flavors, with a strong bitter, pepperey, spicey, piney hop aftertaste. Fairly dry finish. Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4655) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2003
Ruby colour, light foam head. Beautiful hop aroma. Hop flavour nicely built on a malt foundation. Light alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2222) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
I know Iíve had this before, although, like many seasonals, the recipe may be different this year. And it tasted better than my vague recollection of it. Spicey, nutmeg aroma. Dark red in color. Off-white head. Good lace. Good hop profile. Spicey character is very nice. Somewhat chalky. Very good and reasonably rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Not too heady. First impression is very hoppy for a winter beer (I am not complaining). Its almost like an winter IPA, good but no Sierra Celebration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
I tried this one a year ago and was stoked to see it onthe shelf again this season. This was one of my favorite winter ales. Iím sure itís due to the shit load of cascade hops but thereís more...Aroma is slight but has a classic NW India Pale. The color give a hint to the malt character that hides within... deep mahogony. The carbonation on the toungue brings out a ton of the aroma-flavor that seems hidden early on..Big hops. The finish is a little tart and bitter...I would expect more sweetness from a winter. BUT>>>as a hop head this has to be my favorite seasonal so far. A ton of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma should keep you on the look out for this one all season.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 BB 4-11-06. Pours a deep amber/garnet with sparkling clarity; the head is average sized, white, and fluffy that lasts. Nose is excellent with dark caramel, chocolate, nuts, and even a slight rasberry smell. Flavor is of the same with the chocolate, nuts (maybe pecan), and slight rasberry and nutmeg taste really hit upfront. Earthy hops very mysteriously find there way in. Palate is a soft carbonation, with a thick and chewy texture, yet remaining about a medium body. Almost seems like there is a malt break in taste where the hops show their true colors, but only for a second; then the finish finds its way with a dark caramel/chocolate flavor that lasts. Definately not the typical American winter warmer, but different from all other old ales Iíve had. Very interesting and somewhat complex without being overpowering and still leaving me to try another, and another........ This would be my favorite beer to drink with friends those cold witer nights before Christmas, and I wouldnít be afraid to have íquite a few.í Aged until 3-16-07, almost a year after the BB date. Nose is still nice, but the hops and the malts donít seem to coorperate as well as they did about a year ago. Hops almost have an herbal character now, which is a little offputting for the style. A little of the strength is also gone which makes it more of a early spring or fall type ale, not a winter ale. Still not too bad though, but I would prefer it around the BB date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lipscomb216 (80) - USA - NOV 26, 2006
Had this puppy in a 12 oz bottle. Hoppy smell and bite, was almost like drinking a pine forest. Light in body, not too much carbponation, a perfect winter brew for me to enjoy. Drink up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a nice clear brown, with orangey highlights. Just under half an inch of nearly white foam, which doesnít stick around long and produces only spotty lacing. There is a sweet malt aroma of toffee and Lipton iced tea mix. The sweet toffee malt returns in the flavor, and is very well balanced by a hop bitterness that is not quite pine and not quite green citrus. A delicious licorice taste shows up in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste where it is joined by some bitter chocolate and grain. Medium to full body, tasty and complex. Rich enough in flavor to be a sipper, yet not boozy or filling, so having a couple in a sitting is not out of the question. Carbonation a little shy of moderate. I am really surprised at how fresh tasting this beer is. Perhaps the carbonation and head retention suffered due to old age, but the rest is truly enjoyable

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