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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
"This seasonal specialty is the perfect winter warmer.”

Prelude is a rich, nutty, full-bodied English ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish.

First Brewed: December 1993
Available: November - December
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Cascade, Tettnang, Fuggles, Goldings
Color: Deep Amber
IBUs: 47
OG: 1.070
ABV: 6.7%

   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...it’s 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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3270) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7415) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Tart fruity aroma. Good label, vienna-colored beer. Dry, dry fruit, shot of citrus, bitter, coffee, slight cocoa. Medium long bitter finish, medium-light body. Watery cocoa on the lips. I liked this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Crystal clear, mahogany ale. Small, creamy, white head. The nose is of cocoa, grapefruit rind and alcohol. Flavor has good balance with bursts of chocolate, pineapple... banana split. Also notes of booze, pine nuts and macadamia nuts. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish. Well-bittered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
Cask, @ Federal Jack’s, Kennebunk, Maine.</br> The second of the two hand pubs on for the day. Deep amber coloured ale with a lacy tan head. Sweetly aromatic, malty rich notes throughout. The clarity is terrific on this beer. Overall I thought Federal Jack’s was a very impressive brew pub. The beers sold on sight are apparently manufactured on site, the bottled brews are contracted out. Thankfully I was able to take my time and try most of what was on offer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottled. Deep reddish-amber, big (fast-decaying) head. Faint, very faint, citrusy aroma; pillowy mouthfeel and finish but not much in the front: bits of caramel, orange and cherry to tease you, but little to hold on and make your tastebuds go "wow". At the very end, if you rest a minute after tasting, a nasty medicinal quality comes through. Sad.

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