ALavery03 (16) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an outstanding winter brew. Somewhat sweet, malty, spicy, and I picked up a bit of nuttiness in it. Really smooth, decent carbonation but not too much that it deters from the beer. Looking forward to when this comes out this year so I can enjoy Prelude once again.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin off-white head that receedes rather quickly. Rather weak aroma. Some sweet malts and a bit of dark fruit. Color is a nice dark mahagony brown. Thick and malty palate with some brown sugar, roasted grains and a bit of caramel. Finishes sweet and malty. A standard english strong ale.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Naples, FL. Pours a dark walnut brown with a beige head. Aroma brown sugar, grains, and alcohol. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of caramelized sugars and European hops, with British phenols. Too much diacetyl on the finish for me.
BeerFanDan17 (947) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
very complex but also very smooth. Pours brownish orange with a thick frothy, but short head. spint on cask!
curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours ruby amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma of maple syrup, cedar, floral hops, fruit and toffee. Taste is slightly bitter with thick malt balance. Thick texture, smooth mild carbonation.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shipyard Brewing Company, LLC.--The Shipyard Prelude Special Ale 2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Beer of the Month Club Selection January. 2007. Foamy lacy dense off white head. Settling sediment hint. Clear deep amber red color. Malty floral fruit hop winter spice front. Creamy thick sweet cloying caramel mild toffee toasty doughy bisquit spiced body. Mild tangy malt hop fruit end. ESBish. Sampled 4/29/2008.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Fairly Christmasy even though it wasn’t spices. Very British. Better than the sum of its parts.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark reddish amber with a small, light khaki head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy nutty malt; less caramel malt; moderate to heavy herbal hops; light spicy hops; toffee, butterscotch, buttered pecan and slight alcohol. The initial flavor was sweet and acidic; while the finish was bitter and acidic with a rather long duration. There was nutty malt, caramel malt, metallic hops, herbal hops, toffee and a little stewed fruit. The medium body was a bit syrupy and then rather dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and metallic finish.
italianjohn (2145) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber brown pour white head tastes of sweet malts and nuts .... some spices, roasted malts and a bubblegum flavor like sweetness ..... kind of thin for a strong ale and not a bad beer but nothing special ... kinda typical shipyard beer
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Hand-drawn at redlight redlight. Pours amber with an off-white head. Smells skunky and just not much like anything I want to put in my mouth. Out of a sense of morbid curiosity I drank it anyway. Tastes a little better but not much.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thick, bitter and slaty, like molasses. But not in a good way. This tastes some old cure-all wonder drug from the old west. It’s pretty darn gross. Bottle from Whole Foods, Miami Beach.