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RATINGS: 355   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2918) - 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 (7103) - 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 (1287) - 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 (2785) - 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 (2394) - 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 (1492) - 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 (5736) - 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 (716) - 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 (411) - 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.


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