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RATINGS: 350   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.


3.2
   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 (1465) - 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 (5212) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (697) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle courtesy of James, split w James and Andy. Pours light brown/mud/chocolate syrup. Aroma spicy/nutty/chocolatey, palate is the same with more emphasis on the spices. Good compared to many other holiday spice beers b/c of the thicker body and more evident aroma. Wouldn’t enjoy more than 1 during a night, though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollinsr (366) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours a rich amber with barely any head at all to speak of. Aroma is very sweet and nutty with some raisin and prune notes dominating, also some hints of toffee. There is also a bit of smoked peat character to the aroma. The flavor of this beer again is very sweet with dark fruits and the nuttiness tends to stick to back of the palate even after the carbonation has subsided. Beer tastes worse as it warms up so beware.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (796) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was reddish brown, almost mahogany. Light gray lacing on the top that dissipated fast. The occasional film on the sides. Smelled roasty, toasty, caramel malts and some toffee. Reminded me of a Newcastle. Tasted very malty. Roasty, nutty, caramel, toffee, all light across. Still like a Newcastle, not like that is necessarily a bad thing. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Surprisingly long finish. Smooth and consistent. Not a bad beer, it had its moments. I’d probably try it again on a cold winter day on the East Coast.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
On draft at the shipyard brewpub. Clean brown color. No head. Tastes like butter. Not much else going on. Although drinkable.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gregwilsonstl (1025) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pretty normal brew. Tastes like a pretty bland pale ale. Tan head, amber hue. Rather boring.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiercepanda (505) - Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2012
A hazy red beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is nutty, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is vanilla, wood, and sweet malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1111) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
355ml bottle. Pours a deep red/orange amber with a moderate creme brule head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is toffee malts and a little spice. Flavour is brown sugar and molasses malts with some nuttiness and hops on the finish. Palate is dry and creamy smooth. Overall, better than I was expecting. A solid winter warmer.


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