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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Prelude Special Ale is full-bodied in the true English Style. It’s a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1536) - 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 (1626) - 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 don’t 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 (214) - 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 (1871) - 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 (1821) - 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 – 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 can’t place. Medium mouthfeel. OK brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick creamy head and lasting lace. The aroma is mellow with some caramel malt and a little roast and spicy hops in the backround. Very nicely balanced, with sweet malts on the forefront, finishing with a piney hop bite, and a little extra spiciness throughout. Medium bodied and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours ruby brown with off-white head and foamy lacing. Floral and cereal notes. Well balanced taste with a nutty aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TATE (310) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle from variety case. Not much for aroma, a faint maltiness. Pours a deep amber with a thin off white head and good carbonation. Malty at the beginning quickly overtaken by hop bitterness. A touch of a metalic taste as well. This is pretty good to have once in a while in the winter time and better on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkBarnes (384) - Waterville, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Jan. 19, 2011; 12 oz. bottle from Shipyard sampler pack. Brown pour, minimal lacing. Prominent malty aroma. Flavor of malt, candy, caramel, dark fruit. Aftertaste has faint port-wine/cough-syrup components, with just a bit of astringent bitterness hanging on the palate. Pretty well balanced, and fairly serviceable for the style.

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