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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. Itís a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Poured a clear, dark amber with a thin light tan head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, raisin, with a bit of earthiness. Taste is coffee, caramel, herbs, with a strong bittersweet finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5092) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber to chestnut body with a one finger frothy beige head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is malt driven with a lot of biscuity and slightly sweet caramel malt. Just a light bit of English hops. One of the better aromas from a Shipyard beer. The flavor is really a pretty good attempt at making a beer that doesnít scream butter bomb like most Shipyard offerings. Somewhat sweet up front with just a light touch of their íhouseí character if you want to call it that. Finishes with a light touch of English hops, some nutty malt, and a little burnt caramel. Medium bodied with a slight clinginess on the finish. This isnít all that bad.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, hints of fruit, and light bitterness. Flavor the same, with a weird blend of it all. Average texture. Not great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2024) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Murky brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, band-aids, spice, and some dark fruit. The taste is spiced dark fruits, sweet malts, and cardboard. Medium body.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
Found single bottles on sale at ABC. Now I know why, this beer is weird. Itís like an herbal, watery brown ale with a strange caramel funk. I wonít go as far as saying itís a spoiled beer, because itís not bad - just too many flavors that just donít go together so well.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
strongpieman (1538) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Toffee brown color, clear, light head very nutty taste, a bit overpowering and sour taste. Not a real enjoyable choice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1274) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Had this at a friendís house, who thought he was pawning it off on me because he deemed it to be terrible. I thought it was an okay offering with nice maltiness to it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
boozedude (1975) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
bottle into pint glass, dark red clear pour , white thin head..malty aroma, taste has a wang to it, not in a bad way, tough to explai the flavor,

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Special.... Snowy scene on the bottle with horses and shit... Like they still do anything? Prelude to what???? Not that great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (2438) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle. Smells nutty, malty, and delicious. Tastes toasty, malty, and smooth. Low carbonation. Not much hops.


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