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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed for the holiday season, Wassail is a delight with itís warm flavors and festive holiday packaging. Itís 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.

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2.9
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 22, 2001
This beer just doesnít do it for me. The ginger-nutmeg-allspice flavors seem unmelded, they just kind of hit your tongue with no semblance of craft. The beer is really too hoppy for this style as well. Continues this breweries schizo nature of putting out some really great brews (pale ale, barleywine, imperial porter) and some duds (this, amber ale, IPA).

2.9
Andrew196 (1855) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2002
This beer was kinda weird....reminded me of a schwarzbier. Very spicy and peppery hop taste to go with an annoying malt finish....something was lacking in this beer.

2.9
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
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.

2.9
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
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.

2.9
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2003
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.

2.9
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
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.

2.9
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2008
The aroma has roasted malt, toffee, molasses, and chocolate. The appearance is dark brown with a medium head. The flavor is like the aroma and more bitter than expected. The palate is too thin. But, overall I like this one.

2.9
HeadyDE (825) - Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Dark brown almost black hue..slight head on edges..aroma is rather nondescript was expecting a much more noticed and pleasant nose..but not evident..faint malty nose presence if you try hard..palate and mouthfeel are fairly bland..picking up traces of licorice and anise and a bit of spice..alcohol is decently disguised..generic offering comes to mind..

2.9
bytemesis (8226) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a medium beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is light caramel, flavor is about the same, lightly sweet, lightly spiced with some zesty bitterness. Meh.

2.9
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Pours a dark brown slightly red and leaves the same colored body with a half a finger white foamy head that rises just a tad and quickly dies to a thin coating on the top of the body, lacing is good and lightly speckled here and there, tries to spider web, but is just too clingy; the aroma is malty, fair amount of caramel, little bit of cherry but in a fairly sweet sort of way but coming through in a bland sort of way (Iím not really digginí this); the taste is sweet, but a sort of bland malty breadiness, slightly toasty; super malty aftertaste and a dry malty finish; its not as easy on the palate as I thought it wouldíve been, but thatís probably due to a fairly high ABV, ok, no worries, overall, for a winter warmer, this to me is only average, however, I think it does the job for its style, unsure if I would go after it again


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