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RATINGS: 347   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1367) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12 oz bottle dated best before Nov. 2013. Pours a deep clear mahogany with a small, short-lived tan head; nonetheless decent lacing was left on my snifter. Aroma is rather light and subtle but this is a flavorful ale. The nose is rather sweet with a clear note of vanilla and some fruitiness over the malts. The flavor is sweet up front, balanced in the finish, and mildly bitter in the lingering vanilla-tinted, aftertaste which suggests roasted nuts and dark bread with a trace of cinnamon. Medium-full, smooth, warming feel. O: a well crafted winter warmer that is not overly spiced, too sweet, or boozy.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Nice holiday ale. Typical winter spices with a bit more hoppy punch. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2616) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Pours a dark amber color with a cream-colored head. Aroma of nuts and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel with nuts, biscuit, and caramel flavor. Nice beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Clear amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel malt and nut. Taste is similar, and a touch bitter late. Not really my style, but not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Classic Shipyard taste.........if you like that. English Tadcaster style that appeals to me. Caramel biscut aroma. Graham cracker. Dry and malty. A dessert sweetness finished with a tinge of hop bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and some nuts. Flavor was sweet malts, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts and a touch of molasses with a dry finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2041) - New York, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Draught from Habitat. Mahoganistical pourage. Nutty and malty. Sweet malt taste and faint hops.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
gregorydeal (6) - butler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012 does not count
Beer poured with a nice thick head. Dark, and nice malty flavor. Carbonated appropriately. Good mouthfeel, good beer. For a winter warmer in summer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Mixes the heavy toffee/nut aroma with a more raisinesque/red wine background. If you had almond brittle, you will recognize the scent. Murky dark brown appearance. The beer is a toffee and caramel bomb with rum notes, not unlike Innis and Gunn’s ales, only with Shipyard’s hard water. Not ponderously overweight, but too thick for sessions.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle shared with Andrew and Brendan. Pours a clear amber body with no head, light lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and spice. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky with notes of sweet caramel malts, light spice and sugar. Nothing about this beer really stands out, very plain but not offensive.


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