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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gpekar (455) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Poured a clear dark copper with some red tint. There was a tall foamy tan head that became more creamy as it reduced to about 1". The aroma had molasses and a bit of a red wine tartness. The beer was lightly on the dry side with a nice hop bite with some citrus notes coming through after the intial tasting. The middle is slightly fruity with a good bit of malt for balance. The finish is on the dry side with a nice mild hops bitterness and a hint of spice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Clear brownish/red body with a cream colored head. Sweet malty aroma including brown sugar and nuts. This tastes like what I expect from an english ale. More descriptively a toffee, nutty flavor with a mild hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theOptimator (272) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Aroma is heavy butterscotch/diacetyl, caramel, biscuit. Appearance is brownish ruby red. Clear with small whitish tan head. Taste is butterscotch forward, some biscuit nutty, caramel. Hint of roast. Also a bit of alcohol. Bitterness present but a malty beer. Palate is medium full. Rich unique butterscotch is heavy and lingers with nutty biscuit. Overall a very nice beer. Pleasant and rich. Rich diacetyl you will only get from this brewer. Maybe could improve with a bit of aging, but still very ready to drink now.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Clear amber brown with a big sustained tan head that leaves very nice lacing... Very English malty kinda sweet brown sugar light holiday spice... Lively medium body not nearly as sweet malty as I expected rather it’s spicy peppery with a dry finish perhaps some licorice still quite malty...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zestytaco (34) - Niceville, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a small head. Aroma consists of sweet caramel malts and a hint of candied fruits. The taste starts out with the same caramel malt flavor that is present in the aroma along with subtle candied fruit flavors. Pretty decent beer, good for warming up your gut on those cold nights.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rjplumer (357) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Sense a nutty almost vinegar like aroma. Pours a clear brown with a tan thin head. Bitter dark fruit taste. Some apple spice and sourness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Mild malty aroma with a bit of nuttiness to it. The flavor is nutty with a decent malty backbone. Several of the Shipyard ales I’ve had has been nutty in flavor, regardless of style, this was okay, passable but don’t really get why its like this on so many of their ales.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1137) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Clear amber, almost brown, with a big three-finger head, poor retention but very nice lace. Toasted malt aromas with hints of molasses, raisin bread and whiskey. Sweet bready malts highlight the flavor profile, with notes of toast, cashews and berries. Medium body, slightly thin mouthfeel, minimum carbonation, and a slight hoppiness in the finish. Extra points for a very nice label in the 2011 edition.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 21, 2011
Fruity malts, caramel, lightly toasted malts in the aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor is toasty, light roast, berries, fruits, and molases. Ok, but not something I’d revisit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Pours a clear amber body with a thin, lasting white head. Caramel, roasted nuts, bread, and cherry. Nice lacing. Ends dry.


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