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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
"This seasonal specialty is the perfect winter warmer.”

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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rjplumer (837) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (5058) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1553) - 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 (2542) - 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 I’d 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 (864) - 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), there’s 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 (169) - 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 (2267) - 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 Sam’s. 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.

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