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RATINGS: 355   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anderson01 (210) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1860) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
poisoneddwarf (1767) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2243) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2127) - 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.

3.1
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TATE (307) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkBarnes (383) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
[3503KE-20101204] Tap. Fairly bready yeast aroma with light candy hints. Clear, amber red body with a creamy light gray head. Chocolate malt bread yeast flavour has a light sweet aftertaste. Medium body is a little rough. Drinkable, nice for a Saturday afternoon.
(@ Pizza Plant, Buffalo, NY)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Pours a very dark translucent brown with a medium sized tan head. Smells hoppy with a bit of sweet malt and spice. Tastes like Winter. Toasty with hops, hints of coffee. Thick, sticky mouth feel. Finishes with an "Earthy" feel, I get from shipyard brew’s. Not bad. But clearly not one of my favorites.


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