loubar (157) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 Nose is subtle so the toasty, nutty flavor surprises to the upside. Not overly complex. What there is the toastiness on a malt and subtle hops base in a pleasingly balanced offering. Assertive without being excessive. The only thing I don’t like is the high ABV. paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Clear brown/amber with quickly disappearing head. Surprisingly robust aroma with both malt and hops present. Starts crisp and hoppy then moves to roasted malt. Balanced finish. A pretty good winter ale. dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2011
I really like this beer. It has been taking the number one spot in my seasonal rotation this year. Pours a dark mahogany with a one inch tan head. Nice well carbonated mouthfeel. Good balance of malt and hops with a nice spicy hop finish. I feel this represents the style well. Very drinkable...will be picking this one up as long as it lasts. odannyob (151) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2015 This is a re-rate from the final month of 2K15.
Again, poured from a 12 ounce brown glass bottle into an english pint glass (which means I opened another bottle to top it off to a true pint) and proceeded to explore. Some winter ale’s need to be available year ’round. The Full Sail carton sez "Available for 90 days only", so, enjoy, imbibe when here and wait 275 days or so until the circle twists back. Glad it’s back for the holidaze. schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
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.
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2004
pours deep brown. taste of ginger and nutmeg. good seasonal taste. BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2002
It has a malty palate, but spicy flavor in with the hops help to balance this beer perfectly. It is an excellent winter brew. sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Pours reddish brown and has a brown head. Smells fruity like prunes, full bodied, tastes malty with a little bit of spice and has a slight bitter finish. Overall a good beer. Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Looks dark mahogany in color however when held up to light actually a deep red color. Lacey thin white head. A bit of spice in the aroma. Smooth upfront with a dry slightly hopped finish. Nothing too exciting going on, not much jumping out and no distinct flavors coming through. Overall a drinkable beer that would be good for someone who’s not into super heavy, spicy or otherwise big winter beers but still wants something fitting for the cold weather. apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Very nice dark reddish pour with off-white head. Nice alcoholic aroma with caramel malt and dark fruit. More caramel malt and dark fruit, spices, a little chocolate, and hops. Very nice beer.