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RATINGS: 357   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Pours with a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light - medium carbonation. Deep clear amber color. Nose is soapy??. Starts with hops and malts; finishes with a hoppy/soapy overtone. Medium bodied. The ABV is currently 6.8%. $2.89 for a 22oz bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Mahogany hue with a lasting small off-white head and very good lace. The aroma hinted of spices, plum, candycorn, pipe tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate. The taste starts malty and sweet then leads into a spicy and biscuit background. Very dry and chalky palate, with some lingering spice. A solid but not overwhelming winter brew. Nice to have once.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Ohoo, nice hearty mahogany body, simple small head turns to a ring of lacing. The aroma is herbal, fruity, Hugh malt likeness, plums, apricots, apple, plums, hints of cinnamon, and honey. The palate is medium, nutty and slightly bitter in the finish, Warming in the back of my throat. This would be a fine accompaniment to a finicky Dominican cigar.
Certainly Recommended for these holiday seasons!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 I was especially impressed by this Cask-conditioned pour of this English-style Ale. Strong syrupy malt nose. Roasted nuttiness. A bit of cider to the taste. At first sweet, subsiding to a slight sour. Oatmealy. Served at room temp as well! Crisp, slightly bitter finish!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Pours a nice clear amber color with a dense medium light tan head with great lacing. Well balanced aroma, lots of malt with a nice citrusy hop aroma. Taste is quite similar, malty up front with a mild alcohol burn, a nice hop bite gives way to a malty aftertaste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2003
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Malty nose with light mustiness. Deep brown/red color. Nutty taste, not that interesting sharp ending.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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.

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   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1856) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1507) - 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.


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