asedzie (826) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep ruby/brown. Beige head - small with good retention. Nose has bread and dark fruits - huckleberry, some dark cherry - mild spice. Flavor is rich and inviting, lightly roasted dark bread, some molasses-like sweetness, floral-like hops hops present in the middle and become prominent towards the end, along with bitter orange-like bitterness. Palate is quite full and deep. Excellent representation of the style and everything a holiday/winter ale should be. zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of graham cracker and toffee malts. Taste is malt forward, not surprisingly, with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel flavors and just a bit of floral hop presence to counter-balance. Some warmth on the finish. Succeeds as a very good English strong ale/Winter warmer. bkurtz (1094) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle - Pours a clear brown with some red highlights and a small head. Rich malt backbone with some caramel. Creamy caramel taste with an alcohol note. Nice winter warmer. beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours deep amber color with a off white head. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, malt and earthy hop aroma and flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. hockey9930 (293) - - DEC 29, 2014
Very dark ruby with a one finger tan head. Aroma is a strange combination of citrus and sprucey hops with dark chocolate and vanilla. Dark malt flavor with a hoppy finish and after taste. Moderately heavy and creamy.
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Brownish with creamy off white tan head. Earthy bitterness. Some Roasty. Dry. Metallic? The fact that I generally don’t care much for ’winter ales’ or English style ales in general skews my view here probably. mcberko (17823) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
On tap at Trumpeter Public House, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out Christmas spices, bready malt and a touch of caramel. Flavour is dominated by the Christmas spices, with dry bready malt on the back. Not the most thrilling winter ale - too much spice for my taste. It’s okay. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle, gifted to me. Thanks!
A: Nearly pitch black, creme colored foam, some lacing.
N: Peppercorn, rye, baker’s chocolate, some coffee, a lot of earth and leaf in here. Pine, and a bit of herbs. Char and toast.
T: Quite bitter, moderately sweet.
M: Medium body, alcohol is noticeable, fizzy carbonation.
O: This always makes me think of Claymation Christmas. Whatever the case may be, i would carol for some of this. It’s heavily bitter, but it tastes like Christmas. scotchzombie (590) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2014
From a growler. Dark brown with a reddish tinge in the light and a tan-white head that fades to a rim and coating with nice lacing. Malty, corn, light sweetness aroma. Charred malt, caramel, English bitter hop taste. Very good beer that tastes much like Northern Brewer's Caribou Slobber homebrew. dnbthompson (40) - Bend, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Always a solid seasonal winter beer, Wassail delivers with it’s deep dark appearance and dark creamy head. Very typical of Christmas beers at a very affordable price. You could never go wrong in serving Wassail for your holiday guests. ( and keep a few for yourself )