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RATINGS: 350   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 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2005
This was a very enjoyable christmas time beer. Sorry haven’t gotten to a computer in 2 weeks but remember I really liked it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma is a hint of alchol and and root beer. Flavor is subtle notes of toffee and chocolate, with a thick mouthfeel. Not a bad beer to find in a grocery store.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Excellent winter time beer. Dark reddish color with a smallish tan head. Toffee caramel taste with a hint of cognac flavors present. Hop intensive aftertaste, i’d say this is an excellent choice for a winter brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
I have no blockbuster for 1,800, and I’m not going to make it a big deal. This one pours deep copper/ruby with aromas of caramel malt, cabernet, almonds, toffee. Tastes caramel malty, with hops, spices, toffee, and a cabernet/cognacy finish. Well hidden alcohol, but a suitably dense palate with notable complexity and balance. Nice style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
From a 22oz bomber. Pours a still traslucent red with no head. Aroma is very light but is lightly spicy. Taste is spicy. Ginger and some nutmeg. Bitter up front and then fruity and sweet. Some nice hops in the finish. Medium bodied and a bit of a sticky aftertaste. Pretty drinkable holiday brew but nothing spectacular. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2005
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Ruby colored with a small tan head. Nose is light spice, hops, light caramel, raw nuts, and hints of alcohol. Taste is very nutty with spicy hops, creamy malts and light alcohol notes. A surprise that the alcohol comes through like this on a 6.8% beer. Light lingering hop bitterness and some mild sugary notes throughout. Body is moderately carbonated with a medium overall feel. Finishes with more spicy hops, light cocoa, nuts, and light brown sugar notes. Hint of caramel as well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Dry roasted malt aroma like an Oktoberfest. Rich, dark amber in color, great color. Nice visible carbonation and off-white head. Great lace. Rich malty mouthfeel with some sweetness. Well balacned. Very sollid. Session qualities. Thanks matta for sending this brew.


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