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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.Ē

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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Toffee brown color, clear, light head very nutty taste, a bit overpowering and sour taste. Not a real enjoyable choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Had this at a friendís house, who thought he was pawning it off on me because he deemed it to be terrible. I thought it was an okay offering with nice maltiness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
bottle into pint glass, dark red clear pour , white thin head..malty aroma, taste has a wang to it, not in a bad way, tough to explai the flavor,

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Special.... Snowy scene on the bottle with horses and shit... Like they still do anything? Prelude to what???? Not that great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (4803) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle. Smells nutty, malty, and delicious. Tastes toasty, malty, and smooth. Low carbonation. Not much hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 26, 2013

Thereís no way itís just 6.7% ABV. I wonít believe it.

Hereís a simple rule, for Winter Warmers, Doubles, Imperials and other Strong Ales: Beer shouldnít sear your nostrils or your mouth. Whatís really at fault here are my expectations and the thought that hereís supposed to be a warming booziness. Instead for some reason itís cold. Real cold that shoots straight from the glass up the nose and doesnít improve with the first or second sip.

Toffee, pomegranate juice and rubbing alcohol mix awkwardly in a fine mahogany glaze.

Itís Chimay PremiŤre without the distribution or the flavor.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

ratebeer Rating: 73

Hayward Abbey Rating: 72

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiddler26 (24) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Room temp out of bottle. Bread, hay, caramel, esp the latter. Drinkable? Yes. Memorable? Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Letting it warm to somewhere in the 50 degree range really improved the scent and taste, where a half hour ago I had nothing positive to say. Still, itís on the mild side across the board -- caramel on the nose and the palate with a mildly spicy finish. Not bad but unremarkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rondphoto (4096) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Clear dark orange amber with good head retention and swaths of lace. The taste is caramel malt with prunes and spices giving the impression of cough medicine. Drinkable, but not much beyond a new rating opportunity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
12 oz. Caramel, molasses and oat scent. Deep mahogany brown pour with a foamy thick head. Medium, silky feel. Toffee/caramel flavor to buttery toast with a touch of dark chocolate. Not bad at all.

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