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RATINGS: 347   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with porterhouse! - Thanks Kevin! - Pours dark amber with a very small offwhite head. Aromas of spice, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is toffee, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of nutmeg and some roasted nuts. Palate is smooth and creamy but a touch on the thin side. Not too much carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asheft (2447) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Almost clear, dark amber with off white, bubbly flanel cover. Spicy caramel- butterscotch aroma with some hops bitterness and notes of pine, ginger, juniper, and maybe even cinnamon. Plenty of bitterness from hops comes in at first sip in conjunction with diacetyly caramel malt. I found this a bit unpleasant, but it subsided a bit to let through watermelon, pine, raising, and a nutty sourness. Medium body, medium carbonation, a touch astringent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
bottle courtesy of Degarth.
poured a mahogany amber in color with virtually no head or lace. aroma and flavors were of a toasty caramel malt with some hopslingering in the background. some spice on the finish but kind of thin bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Second in a row Shipyard Winter beer of the night... Translucent dark copper body with a finger of offwhite head. Diacetyl dominates the aroma with just hints of hops, alcohol, and malt. Roasty or toasty flavor. Not quite as roasty as a porter, but not that far off. Diacetyl is also a big player in the flavor, but does not overwealm the roastiness, but rather enhances. Hints of alcohol are also present. On the heavier side of medium-bodied. A very solid, very tasty brew. I’d definitely get this one again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Best by date of November 2006, Sampled January 2006
This beer sits an almost brilliantly clear, deep amber color in my glass. It is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is initially quite fruity with notes of fig and prunes. Underneath this is an immediate note of diacetyl; it is note so strong that it overwhelms the beer though. It actually adds a bit to the complexity to this brew; after a bit it seems to accentuate the fruit character, perhaps even bringing out a straight forward berry note.

The beer has a medium full body and a finish that has a lingering, lightly-astringent bitterness. The diacetyl is definitely noticeable in the flavor as well, but at least it is subdued enough that it is not obnoxious to this diacetyl sensitive person. The diacetyl actually accentuates the fruitiness in this beer; I get notes of fig, some date-like notes and a soft berry note towards the end. This beer is quite malty; lots of toffee, a caramel note and some dry toasted notes. This is definitely a nice winter warmer, it is rich and satisfying with an interesting mix of flavors. Yes even the subtle diacetyl adds to the complexity of this brew, though I could wish there was a bit more character here (though hold the diacetyl in check please).

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Reddish amber hue, good head formation. Caramel, sugarry aroma, mildly burnt. Smooth palate, mild caramel, mildly toasty. Smooth easy drinker, but a little lifeless.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
I very good beer for the cold winter nights. Has a good variety of malt yet a subtle presence of hops just to make it bitter enough. Holiday spices and good ingredents makes this beer great

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4145) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
The aroma is cereal with chocolate, paper, and coffee. The appearance is reddish brown with a large head that falls fast. The flavor is almost exactly like the aroma with the addition of spice and tea. The palate is ok but a bit to thin for the style. This is a good beer that could be better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (725) - PERU - DEC 28, 2005
Poured a deep amber. Big flavor upfront (somewhat sweet) with a slightly bitter finish. I really like these kind of beers, I just wish it had more of a finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhliesen (692) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle from a Holiday Pack--Dark brown color with a small of cherry aroma. Decent lacing, with a medium head. Solid malt flavor with a slight hop kick to finish.


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