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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 it’s warm flavors and festive holiday packaging. It’s 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 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. I’m sure it’s due to the shit load of cascade hops but there’s 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 I’ve 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 wouldn’t be afraid to have ’quite a few.’ Aged until 3-16-07, almost a year after the BB date. Nose is still nice, but the hops and the malts don’t 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 doesn’t 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very dark ruby color with a medium light tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a roasted malt with some fruit. Good lacing on the glass. The taste is a very sweet malt with a spicy hop finish. A great ale for the winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
bottle. pours a deep dark brown with a slight tan head/lacing. this is a nice winter beer... what it lacks in aroma sure makes up for in overall flavor... there is a lot going on across the palate here. some very soft sides, with most flavors detectable on top... spicy and a touch of hops on the tip, with some caramel, nuts, toffee, roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. Wonderful bitter, sticky finish... which suprised me a bit. This beer is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Dark brown/black pour with nice thick tan head. Aroma sweet sugar with some roast and chocolate/nuts. Taste is similar with chocolate and roasted malts, nice malty backbone with a small bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4454) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours bright black into an English pint. Mocha head recedes to skim surface leaving spotted sheets. Chocolate fruit cake aromas. Full with chocolate, caramel and a lasting bitter resin finish. First Full Sail...Tastes like a Geary’s HSA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (874) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Dark red brown pour with steady 1/2 finger head. Aroma of roasts, raisins, honey, pepper, tart. Tastes clover honey, soy sauce, raisins, rum, nutty. Dry finish with some bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Another solid offering. Pours a dark ruby head with creamy and moderately persistent head. Roasted malts clearly on the nose with hops coming through. Taste is a bright burst of mild chocolate and cherry. Hopping gives a lot of berry cheer in a long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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