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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Prelude Special Ale is full-bodied in the true English Style. Itís a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (4687) - 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 Iíve had has been nutty in flavor, regardless of style, this was okay, passable but donít really get why its like this on so many of their ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1449) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2316) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - 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 Iíd revisit.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (796) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Creamy malt aromas with wooden overtones float off a beautiful, crystal clear deep copper/amber body with an initially foamy white head that recedes eventually to a wispy layer. Definitely malt driven (as it should be), thereís an overtone of nuttiness followed by caramel, light molasses, and a bit of raisin and dark fruit. Good, earthy hop bitterness balances this out and ties up each sip perfectly. Leaves on a slightly (and delicious) bitter note with some lightly charred wood. Excellent winter ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigben873 (163) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Aroma - Musky aroma Appearance - Medium clear brown, light head Taste - tastes like a nutty, bitter porter Palate - medium body, light carbonation Overall - Not my style of beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidelis83 (2208) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Pours a copper tinted, clear medium brown with a thin eggshell head. Aroma is brown sugar coated roasted nuts, buttery toffee, sweet grain, floral and planty hops. Flavor is roasted nuts, bitter planty, herbal hops, caramel, buttery toffee and a strong mineral note near the finish that goes well with the light, lingering bitterness. Palate is on the viscous side of light bodied, slick on entry, dry on the finish and has a light, but sharp carbonation. Pretty basic, and a little too buttery, and over carbonated, but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Samís. Ar: Up front, toffee and nutty notes. Ap: Pours a clear dark brown-copper with a nice, frothy 1" head. Great lace rings. T: Strong toffee nutty flavors. Finish has some pine, and maybe even a touch of booze. P: Creamy body, moderate carbonation. O: Pleasantly surprised with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1391) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, floral hops, and some nuts. Strong nut flavor with hints of caramel malts and floral hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ghawener (1527) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle: earthy, wood, smoke, red berries, dry. Food Pairing: Peacan Pie a la mode$

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