It’s December 16th and that means we get to look behind the door to find our sixteenth Christmas beer…
And we find Full Sail Brewing‘s Wassail a 7.2% winter ale.
Wassail pours a dark chestnut-brown with just a small amount of off-white head that turns to subtle lacing pretty quickly. Initially I get lots of malt on the nose giving way to a roasted bitterness. The first few sips are a good balance between the sweet malts and the burnt tastes but as you drink the roasted bitter notes seem to take over the beer. There is a pretty decent amount of body to this ale and enough strength to give it a warming quality. The finish comes through quite bittered. Overall this is not my favourite take on the winter ale as I find it a bit too far on the hoppy bitter side for my palate and my own belief on what a Christmas beer should be; however, I have to say I love the beer name and they have a great winter label on the bottle neck.
I am giving Wassail a six candy cane rating.