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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
First of all- this is 6.8%alcohol- it says so on thier website. Very deep amber almost brownish color with a beige head. Nice and sweet and creamy ale with lots of kick to it. Nothing all too special. I was looking for more english hops but malt predominates this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Pours clear brown-copper color, has an average white lasting head, light malty caremel, nutty aroma. Malty flavors of candy caremel and nuts, has some strange off flavors, mabye a bit unbalanced, light body, with the hops noticable in the finish, not all that great, some doesn"t seem right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1813) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Dark red in color, small off-white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of malt, honey, and caramel. Moderate to high bitterness in flavor, slightly mellows out to malt towards the finish. Aftertaste is of oatmeal and hops. A solid brew, but I expect a bit more from a winter seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2002
color is a clear amber with a bit of a copper tint..head is frothy white with decent lacing. aroma is malty sweet, pear and apple. flavor is fruity with a rather pronounced alcohol flavor on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Butterscotch and alcohol nose. Big beige head, tons of lace. Ruby garnett hue. Biting sweetness first, cookies, buttery, medium mouthfeel. Long lingering bitter finish, light yeastiness, nothing spectacular here, but itíss kick ya in the ass if ya have too many.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Copper colored with a tall tan head. Sharp biting/malty aroma. Flavors of malt with a sharp bitterness almost tending to sourness. Definite butterscotch and hazelnut flavors, but then again there is that lactic/sour/bitter taste that distracts to much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Dry grainy head, made fizzy noises but lasted. The body is the color of cherry stain or medium-dark sweet tea. Toasty malt aroma some unidentifiable funkiness. The flavor incorporates the caramel and toasty malt flavors with this unusual flavor that reminds me of Sweetwater Festive Ale. I had attributed the flavor to mace, which is one of the spices in Festive Ale, but Iím not so sure this one is spiced. Maybe itís the butterscotch flavor of the infamous Ringwood yeast, but I didnít know Sweetwater used that yeast for Festive Ale so Iím confused. Thereís a bit of slighty citric hops underneath all this that breaks up the malt-funk party a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2002
dark brown color, initially huge froth-top turns teensy. weird sour nose, like a wet dog that rolled in something gnarly? i liked the taste though. malty and...well, sort of different. my husb tasted and said "man thatís bitter" but i disagreed (maybe iím getting to be more of a hop head?) still, it isnít what i was expecting for a special winter brew. honestly, i donít know what to expect but i want it to knock my knickers off with herbal spiciness. this was good but the knickers didnít budge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Deep amber color with a thick head and good lasting lace. Slightly sweet malty aroma with a sweet malty flavor quickly turning very hoppy. Medium bodied and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
I really enjoyed this. Dark, rich, malty, and altogether tasty. I wouldnít mind a little less carbonation, but the beer overall was quite good. The ever-present ship on the label is covered in snow. How crafty!

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