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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10082) - 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 (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2469) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6449) - 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.

   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!

   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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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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