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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Better than I expected, came in a winter sampler pack. Has a spicy kick to it, with a long lasting oily aftertaste. Welcome winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Sampled as part of a Christmas Beer mix set. Not bad. The pour was nice and had a nice cherry colored hue. Best part of the beer was its flavor. It was very strong and had hits of nice spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Pours dark copper with frothy long lasting tan head. Nicely carbonated. The aroma is very sweet and malty. Starts sweet and then makes a full transition to bitterness- very well balanced. Leaves a long losting bitterness / alchohol print in your mouth. At times there seems to be some fruity notes. Feels a bit oily, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1953) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Malty and hoppy aroma. Dark red color with a large head. Slightly sweet taste of malts and finishing with mild hop bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a nice copper brown color. Aromas of malts, caramel and spices. Flavors of malts, orange, and subtle coriander with a hoppy finish. This is an excellent winter beer, with a pleasant full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
First beer i had where the aroma may have been better than the flavor,but only slightly. Poured a medium brown hue with some read notes. A nice tan head which had a slight lacing. Aroma had a mix of several malt notes includeing nutmeg, nuts and some caramel, a slight hop presance was noticable. Flavor was similar except it seemed a light light, and need more hops in the finish. Overall it was a really smooth drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Re-examined 01-09-2008: Agree with most my rating, pick up a lot of fig in this that I did not the first time as well as a subdued peppery spice. Really enjoyed the flavor of this ale. Heaping helping of roast malt flavor with lots of nuttiness and a nice mellow hoppy finish. Some roasted coffee hints as well. Medium-to-light bodied with too clean of a finish - would have prefered it to leave more of an impression on my mouth. Very dry as well, which was okay given the the heavy dose of toasted malts. Good looking too, maybe should not have been filtered but a very nice deep amber colour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2007
12 oz bottle via Malt of the Earth Beer club. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a huge beige head. It is hard to detect much aroma in or under the head, but i think there is some toffee, vanilla and cinnamon. And it pretty much tastes the same way as it smells, with some cardomom, some roastiness and some earthy hops in the finish as well. Moderate carbonation. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle, poured a deep reddish brown with a thick white head. Nice malty aroma with a good hop kick. Kinda reminds me of SN Celebration with a little more of a malty aroma and taste. Crispflavors with an earthy hoppiness. Medium moutfeel and a clean finish. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1960) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2007
22oz. bottle: This one pours a fairly clear, reddish brown color. There is a bit of an off-white head that drops off rather quickly. The aroma is nice, with mainly floral and spicy notes. A hint of the malts come through also. The taste is quite good also. A bit of nuttiness up front, with some of the spices in the background. A bit of a dry bitterness to the finish. A very good winter beer.

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