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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Prelude Special Ale is full-bodied in the true English Style. Itís a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (30781) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 5, 2011
Bottled. A deep red beer with an orangey head. The flavor has notes of straw, malt, and minerals. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, straw, and minerals, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (11372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of butterscotch. burnt carmel, earthiness and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of butterscotch, burnt carmel, earthiness and spice with a smooth dry lingering spiced carmel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. The nose is very caramel with a slightly fruity undertone. It pours a deep amber color with a small, foamy, light tan head that settles down to a thin sheet quickly. The flavor is a little buttery with a good bit of caramel, a slight British tang, and a nondescript back bitterness. Not terrible, just not as good as the Jubelale I just had. Light to medium body with average carbonation leading to a medium, darker caramel finish. Again, not bad. Probably one of the better Shipyard brews Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sailracer (442) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2011
On tap. Pours a deep, clear brown. Like all Shipyard beers, this one had too much hop flavor for me that covered up the malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Mahogany appearance with a fairly large tan head and decent lacing. Malty aroma of molassas and dark fruit. Earthy, sweet, toffeeish malt taste with a hint of bittersweet chocolate up front and floral, spicy hops providing the balance in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a long lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brenn79 (1744) - Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2011
12 oz. bottle- Pours deep reddish amber with a nice 2 finger head and decent lacework, aroma is amber malt and caramel malt. The flavor is caramel malt, but also has amber malt that I donít care for. The body is medium high, carbonation is medium. Overall a decent winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anderson01 (235) - Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Strong floral nose that follows up with caramel, kettlecorn, and butterscotch aromas. Burgundy in color. Okay head at the beginning, but decipates rather quickly. For some reason the lacing seems to hold its own. There is a hint of spice. Starts bitter and ends sweet. Overall it is an alright beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Mahogany medium bodied English Strong Ale with malt nose. Better than expected ale, less than perfect but decent brew nonethless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
poisoneddwarf (1982) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2011
12 oz bottle into English pint. Pours a deep clear copper with a medium white collapsing head. Leaves a collar and blanket of foam. Aroma is caramel, nutmeg, clove. Taste is bittersweet and faintly sour. Has an alcoholic bite. Medium-high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2011
12oz bottle from Cavie Ė thanks! Pours clear mahogany with a 2 finger beige head that left nice lacing. The nose is spice, toffee and candy. The taste is caramel, roasted nuts, spice and a tangy finish that I canít place. Medium mouthfeel. OK brew.

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