Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2002
The recipe for Wassail actually changes year to year, depending on brewer John Harris's mood. The 1999 vintage was only average, but the 2001 vintage was extraordinary. Generally Wassail is on the highly hoppy end, but only average alcohol for a wintera ale. beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Clear deep dark brown with mahogany and burgundy hues - and decent beige head - amazing.
Roasted chestnuts nose, with some pine hops, earth, dark caramel malts, mellow spiciness and rich dark fruit and port wine notes.
Sweetish toffee flavor, medium bitterness, juicy caramel malts and nice hoppy notes with some dates and figs.
Med-full bodied, rich, complex, flavorful, balanced, soft carbonation, alcohol well hidden - One of my favorite beers. Well done.
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Beautiful nutty brown color, clear and has small bubbles coming up from bottom entire time. Aromas of raisin, prune and dark fruit. Roasted smell too, with a creamy light tan head. Leaves a nice lace on glass. Sweetness strikes first, touch of vanilla and I get a hint of citrus zest. Spicy flavors follow with black pepper and a general nuttiness. Finish is a roasted coffee bitterness. Has a nice warming effect and a sort of foamy volume to it. One of the best winter warmers I’ve had so far. gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
This is a wonderful holiday ale. The aroma is fruity and spicy. The taste is just great - chewy with a hop bit that is made for cold winter nights. Glad I paid to have some shipped to Maine. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Thanks to beer handy for this. Pours deep ruby with gargantuan off-white head with an insane amount of lace. Aroma of malt, big hops, spices including black pepper and nutmeg, and fruit. I could smell this all day. Tastes hoppy, with a solid malt backbone. Some fruit and spices appear at mid palate, giving way to a tart, pseudo krieky, merlotish finish. And the hops and spices hit you again on the way down...in a good way. As complex as a Steven Hawking speech, and as unique as his speech synthesizer device, this one is a standout. Full Sail kicks ass and takes names. This one reminds me a little of Alpha Klaus. Bring me another, Jeeves.
akaufman (16) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2007
This is right up there with deschutes for me for the best winter ale in the northwest. It is really good. I also like Full Sail’s Barleywine. thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Poured from the bottle, pours a deep red. Thin prevalent head, and nice lacing. Flavor is very nice! Great maltiness and hop bitterness. Sort of spicy hop. Flavor has European influence, like a ESB. I really like the balance in this beer! cuthbert (4) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2013 does not count
I was in the mood for a good lager, but this caught my eye in the store instead. The palate is the star here: perfect carbonation, in that it never feels either foamy or dead. The flavor is wonderful - slightly sweet and with a nice tang, but with a good clean body. This was a really pleasant drink. Bottle from a six-pack, poured into a frosted glass. TreatYoSelf (2) - - NOV 10, 2014 does not count
Delicious. Beer tastes great. Nice and tipsy after one 8 oz. Glass. Do drink. Now. nathan30533 (1022) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Good burgundy color brew with lite white forming head. Overall wonderful aroma and taste. Great brew.