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RATINGS: 351   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Had a bomber in the back of the olí beer fridge that I had forgot about since the Holidays. Pours reddish-mahogany hue with a fairly persistant off-white head. Attractive dark fruit and caramel aromas dominate. Palate is smooth, but seems a bit thin for a winter brew. Flavors of fig, raisin, caramel and sweet crystal malts; tasty, but all a bit reserved. Alcohol never really shows up. A somewhat surprising slightly bitter hop finish sneaks in. Good, but not in the same league as their Longfellow.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Nice deep dark color with reddish tinges. Nice malty, earthy aroma when breathed in. Sweet fruity intermingled with nuttyness. A delight.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Dark clear red/mahogany with a small bit of off-white lacing. Dark fruit aroma... maybe blueberry and perhaps vinous. Tastes of nutty fruit. Sour hops in the finish. Warming body. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Deep copper in color with a small white lacing around the rim.Aroma is malty, hoppy,with fruit and yeast coming through as well. Thin body with a bitter start that ends sweet and fruity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PisskyNight (13) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Tis the Season...itís still Xmas rite? Appearance: Dark Molasses hue with a large full inch off white head....which settles to a nice cm layering Smell: Red wine and Bourbon Malts...nutmeg Tatste: similar to the smell uprfont ...man as this warms it just really shows some great depth....its more complex than my initial though...sweet honey hops...suttle molasses notes....various dark fruits ...hmm... hints of nutmeg and cloves as well..great smoothness....highly drinkable Notes: Just a great offering...yum

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 15, 2004
I had one 22oz. of this guy and I was feeling pretty good. The taste of this beer has a little bit of a kick to it due to the high alcohol content. It's a decent beer if your into getting a buzz and tasting the alcohol more so than other beers.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Sweet caramel malt aroma, very little head with no lacing. Very lovely chestnut appearance. Fruity ringwood flavor, nicely crisp, with a good hop balance. Luscious on the tongue. Nothing outstanding going on but a nice drinker. Thanks to Yankeeheel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Bottle: mixed flavors in the aroma. Color was good but i was surprised at the dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2673) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Bottle: Lite spice, banana, nutmeg, chocolate and carmel in the nose. Dark orange red color. Small to no head. Citrus, grapefruit & orange. Lite chocolate and carmel too. Thin and bitter finish. Not bad. Not great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Rerate Toffee flavor more pronounced this time around. Original 3.3 Pours with a dark mahogany color, tight off-white head - decent lacing. Cola-like aroma. Initially it had a bit of a "dirt" essence to it, but it warms on you. Flavor has a good nuttiness to it and the bitterness of the hops balance it out nicely on the back end. Just a tad thin though.


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