nealblind (1864) - 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. klaing (282) - 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.
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12 oz bottle purchased at Giant Eagle on Route 8 in Pittsburgh. Immediate fruity notes and a mild bite from the hops. Medium body only --- not quite as rich as advertised. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with off-white head. Malt, caramel, and spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some roasted character. dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
December 23, 2009
Full Sail Wassail
12 oz bottle
Poors a dark brown, like strong iced tea with little to no head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells herby—of a lavender bush. Minor carbonation bubbles. Pleasing bitter aftertaste of coffee and bitter hops that creeps from the back of the tongue to the front, ending in a sour note. Taste of molasses, and brown sugar without the sugar. This beer is in the semi-regular rotation. We like it.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2010 Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail Winter Ale--Seasonal--12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV.
1997 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark copper color. Light spice flavor. Hoppy not sweet. Sampled 11/6/1998.
1998 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Deep red brown color. Light hop and spice nose followed by smooth spicy malty body. Rich not sweet. Very nice dry hop finish. Sampled 12/27/1998.
1999 Release. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin bronze red color. Rich hop front with toasted roasted spicy notes. Nutmeg spice roasted malt body is easy to drink with minimal residual sweetness. Dry lingering balanced hoppy spicy finish. Sampled 11/6/1999.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV.
2000 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rich dark copper color bronze color with red highlights. Classic Full Sail rich floral earthy hop front with toasted notes. Earthy malty toasted body. Rich dry flavor with mild sweetness. Hoppy End. Sampled 9/28/2000.
2001-A Release (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin bronze black cherry color. Light head. Nice lace. Mild crisp roasted hop nutmeg front. Dry roasted mildly spicy body. Flavors resonate without sweetness. Mild spicy cinnamon hop end. Easy not Big. Sampled 0/28/2001.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--Cheers- 12 oz Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin copper bronze color. Roasted floral hop front. Tangy dry crisp spiced roasted malt body. Creamy dry hoppy Winter spiced cinnamon nutmeg end. Crisp rich hoppy spiced Ale. Sampled 1/14/2002.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--Cheers. 2002-A 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin dark bronze amber color. Spicy mild hop front. Toasted burnt smooth sweet spicy malt body. Rich Winter Ale spice flavor lingers with malt to balanced spicy mild hop end. Sampled 10/21/2002.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--Christmas Tree--2002-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin black red color. Rich Full Sail earthy hop front. Toasted roasted spicy malt flavors. Thin textured rich flavored toasted crisp dry sweet body. Roasted spice clean hop end. Sampled 10/24/2002.
Wassail--2003 Ale Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark bronze black color. Lacy medium head. Rich roasted spicy floral coriander hop front. Dry sweet rich earthy roasted malty caramel nutmeg body. Clean dry nutmeg hop spice end. Tangy. Spicy IBU’s. Sampled 10/13/2003.
Wassail 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--40 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Mild light tan lace head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Rich floral roasted malt spice hop front. Rich creamy crusty roasted black cherry mild sweet nutmeg body. Smooth dry lingering malt spice hop end. Sampled 11/13/2004.
Wassail Winter Ale 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--45 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dark. Rich tight lacy tan head. Clear thin copper bronze color. Mild roasted hop winter spice front. Smooth roasted caramel nutmeg earthy creamy dry sweet body. Clean balanced hop spice end. Crisp malty brew. Sampled 12/22/2005.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--45 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Mild lacy head. Clear dark walnut black color. Spicy malt hop nutmeg front. Dry sweet spicy burnt toffee crisp roasted body. Spicy clean hop malt Winter spice end. Very nice! Sampled 10/19/2006.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--45 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. 6-Pack $6.99. Dense lacy off white head. Clear dark bronze color. Rich roasted raisin hop front. Creamy smooth roasted toffee mild nutmeg currant malty body. Cloying malt hop Allspice mild tangy balanced end. Sampled 10/13/2007.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47. 2008 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV--56 IBU’s. (4.5+ / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted Dense lacy tan white head. Clear thin dark bronze black color. Roasted aromatic hop nutmeg malt front. Dry sweet crisp roasted mild crusty burnt nutmeg mild crusty toffee hint rich tangy body. Crisp mellow hop malt spice balanced rich roasted end. Sampled 10/15/2008. 6-Pack $5.98.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU’s. 4.35 / 5.0 Winter Ale--Roasted. Lacy off white tan head. Clear dark ruby black color. No sediment. Rich toasted Winter spice floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet roasted winter spice toffee thin texture full hop resin infused malty body. Dry sweet hop spice rich clean end. Tasty roasted Winter. Sampled 12/27/2009 6-Pack--$6.99.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Wassail--12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brewforce Of 47--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Thin mild lace tan head. Clear dark ruby red color. Roasted floral hop front. Mild textured sweet roasted dry burnt fruit toffee toast mildly crusty smooth rich body. Balanced Winter hop spice smooth roasted end. Sampled 10/9/2010. 6-Pack Purchased for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/8/2010. Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 14, 2010
Picked this up in a sixer for like $4, liqour store was blowing out the winters, there loss, my gain. This is a very well balanced winter brew, unlike most winter beers that go over the top on direction or the other. Big hops, but rounded out with sweet malts on the finish to the end. Very good beer, and aged well as well. Good score on my part. ben4321 (6503) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 12/11/10
improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Aroma: The nose has caramel, nuts, dark roasted malts, fruits, spice, and a little earthy hops
Appearance: It pours a dark mahogany color with a small beige head and some light lace
Flavor: Smooth and malty, some sweetness, roasty, touch of spice, earthy hops for balance
Palate: Quite smooth and drinkable with a warming (but boozy) mouthfeel, and a medium-full body
This was a pretty impressive winter seasonal beer. You really can’t help but like it, it just feels like it was made for this season. It’s certainly more on the sweet side then the bitter, but it has a touch of bitterness for that much needed balance. Overall, this is a very solid beer indeed.
Bottle. Pours a medium/dark brown with medium tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is of roasted malts. Flavor is nutty, roasty, with a bit of caramel sweetness up front, and bitterness in the finish. Pretty good for a cold winter night. Pershing (560) - Garland, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Pours dark mahogany with a small tan head that fades quickly. Excellent malt aroma with a nice sharp taste on the first sip. Just enough hops to balance the malt without over doing it. Long spicy finish.