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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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
12 oz bottle, best by 9/06-pours a big, foamy, rocky tan head that retains. Clear dark amber color with effervescence. Aroma is malt, sweet, touch of bitter hops. Taste is malt, bitter, then sweet starts to come through but the alcohol overrides the sweetness. The malts and hops are close to balanced…

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Poured a dark effervescent mahogany with a semi-creamy off-white head. Aroma of wildflowers, citrus hops, and biscuit dough. Flavor is very floral with some hazelnut and dry grassy hop flavor. Finish is nuts, toffee, and some herbal hop essences. Refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle from RSVP in portland. pours a nice deep brown with a nice off white head. aroma is nice spicy hops. has nice dry taste with a slight hint of roasted malts and some nice pineyness. finishes with a very nice hoppy bitterness. nice winter ale. will buy again

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 30, 2005
(Bottle, best before 10/06) Deep coppery body crowned by soft biscuit head. Nose is faintly malty and bready perhaps. Good lacing. Mouthfeel smooth. Tastes of mild maltiness, with a hint of brown sugar. Moderate bitterness from start to finish. Nice warming beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber brown body, witha big fluffy beige head that fades away leaving moderate lacing. (3+) Sweet malty aroma with muted hoppy tang. Flavour is mostly malt with undertones of toffee and burnt brown sugar. Bit of a hoppy bit in the finish, borders on astringence because its such a contrast to the sweet rich malt up front. Average palate. Enjoyable but unexceptional.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davhgbrew (882) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Spicy aroma. Whispy white head. The first sip tastes exactly like it smells...spicy and a little malty. Tastes like a brew drink around the fire at Christmas time.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottled. Pours a medium amber like color. Sweet bubblegum/malty aroma. Flavor is sweet with light traces of chocolate and a nice roasted coffee flavor. A bit of maltiness. Very smoothe and easy drinking. Enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
boston tea party delayed due to heavy snows and christmas jeer. not a bad brew. amber, foamy head with a roasted bitter/dry burnt leather and caramel. a little fizzhop. I definately didnt taste anything *holiday* about this though.No real christmas associated spices or such.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Semi sweet almost cola flavor with some spices, chocolate and caramel. A nice winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Deep amber color with a medium to thin body, this one tasted of toffee and caramel and maybe a hint of maple. It may only be September, but it gave me a nice dose of early Christmas spirit.


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