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RATINGS: 352   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (399) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1890) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattHimself (7) - USA - DEC 6, 2006 does not count
Had this on tap at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunkport, ME. When it came to me it had no head, but a rich amber color. The aroma is hoppy with a hint of spices, which I cannot distinguish. The mouth feel is much like an IPA. It is hearty, and quite hoppy, but very tasty. However, the alcohol content, while not high, seems to taste higher to me, which is not a plus. However, for me that the only real downside to this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Kindy of has a minty flavor to it somehow. Stong aspects of pine and maltiness some fruit and brown sugar flavors too. Overall - a good beer.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
irishpenguin13 (33) - Lady Lake, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2006
what a tasty treat. its hard to find this where i live. to me, its something to look forward to every year like most seasonal brews. quite bitter and has a pleasant appearance and flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2006
Robe rouge très claire aux reflets ambrés surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui persiste. Arômes de houblon amérisant épicés. Saveurs de muscade et de houblon amérisant.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with almost no head. Nose is malt laden. Flavor is malt dominated with almost no hops. Sweet, but still the malts make you take notice. Very lightly carbonated. A bitter finish completes the taste. A bomber with the leftover brew still in the refrigerator. I’m not sure if I really want to revisit this one

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2006
22oz bottle. About 9 months old at consumption. Pours a dark copper color with a white foamy head. Nose is very malty and lots of caramel, light hop hint. Palate is syrupy carbonated. Flavor is that of an awful after dinner mint, the kind that has the chocolate coating, except this didnt have the chocolate coating, just the awful mint center. Hints of caramel and sweet malt were also found, but the mint stood out the most. Finish was a bit heavy on the sugar and syrup.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours brown, with medium head, and has caramel and malty overtones in aroma. Flavor is similar, with a sugar taste, and has a thin finish. Not bad for shipyard.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Initially looks great ... clear reddish chestnut brown with a huge yellow to tan head with huge bubbles that burst audibly. Head vanishes too fast, leaving only a trace of lacing. Toffee and some strangely sweet fruit ... strawberries or cherries? A bit thin in the mouth for a winter ale, not especially hoppy, maybe a little ginger spice that no one else seems to be commenting on. // Has gotten worse in the past half year. Does not age well. Nasty finish. And yeah after the finish is gone there is an artificial minty after after taste. Into the sink it goes.


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