grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Itís hard to imagine a beer looking much better than this. A shiny ruby/brown with a pillowy light tan head that lasts and lasts. The hops were interesting, indeed, but for having four different types of malts, this beer did not seem to have much malt complexity. Predominant flavors were of caramel, and especially black cherry. A bit like a fruitcake. Alcohol flavor is omnipresent.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep red to brown color. Small white head. Aroma reminded me of my grandmother's cabbage rolls. Flavor started out strongly as grapefruit. That (surprisingly) faded very quickly. Mellowed out incredibly in the middle to a malty sweetnes and finished with only a slight bit of hop flavor. Very unique.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark pour with lighter brown edges. Big head and nice lace. Mostly sweet malts in the aroma, not too big of a nose, slight hops. Roast malts in the flavor, some fruit and finished off with a bit of bittering hops. Not too bad of a ESA.
pinkzambia (1474) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear mahogany with a fluffy off-white head. The aromas is one of spicy malts along with hops - pretty balanced. Donít be deceiced though! It has quite a bite for a winter brew (perhaps, itís the hops I wasnít expecting). I could taste the higher alcohol in it which I wished they would have done a better job disguising it. When it is all said and done, after the interestingly bitter taste, it leaves a sweet coating on the mouth. I didnít really like this one.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I enjoyed the other full sail varieties a lot more than the wassail. maybe i nee to try another one. the flavor is somewhat overwhelming.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 Bottle: Pours deep ruby hinging on brown with a wonderful bottle condition induced, creamy head. Lots of lacing taboot. The nose shows little hop presence, heavy with caramel and gingerbread malts. Mild esthers and vegetal DMS linger. Full mouthfeel is almost chewy - nice for a moderate ABV beer. Molasses and brown sugar create a really sweet experience, but come off one dimensional in the end. This just doensít have the depth Iíve come to enjoy from Old Ales.
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sweet aroma of cofee, chocolate, oatmeal. The beer pours dark brown. IT is very frothy and carbonated. IT taste sweet, deserty, chocolately, mellow.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown with very small head. Nuts and malt on the nose. Flavor is a sweet malt with some hops. Nothing great.
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark ruby color into the glass, with a smallish off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and hops. Taste is a mix of hoppy earthiness and bitterness, with light sugar and malt. The first time I heard the term "Wassail," it was referring to hot spiced apple cider mixed with spiced rum.
12 oz. beer.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Draught. Mild sweet aroma, strawberry and cherry. Dark ruby with patchy off-white head. Opens sweet and muddled, finishes sour and slightly offensive. Cloying and dry palate.
Bottle. Sweet and spicy nose, some caramel. Dark ruby-brown with a steady head and good lacing. Somewhat chalky with notes of cherries and caramel. Very dry finish, somewhat harsh. Gets more undrinkable with every sip.