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RATINGS: 350   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.


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigben873 (132) - 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


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1219) - - MAY 17, 2014
Transfer from BA - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance - A deep red color almost on the verge of brown. Forms a nice head that retains for some time giving way to some decent lacing. Smell - A bit of sweetness and some maltiness. A fine hint of some tasted nut as well. Taste - The taste is very roasted malt heavy at the forefront. There is a little bit of sweetness that peeks through at the end as well as a bit of spiciness of nutmeg toward the end. Mouthfeel - A very nice level of carbonation and a wonderful creaminess that coats the tongue (especially at the forefront of the tasting when the carbonation is the highest). Overall - Alright, but nothing really too special for a winter brew as the taste is a little lacking.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwalking05 (3742) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
12 oz bottle. Deep mahogany with a decent khaki head. Aroma is of cinnamon, malt, brown sugar. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and holiday spices.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. The look is clear, reddish in color, and tan head. The smell is caramel, fruits, toffee, malts, and egh. The taste is caramel, fruits, cardboard, ok.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nakedwhendrunk (2081) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark reddish brown body, slightly creamy colored one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, small amount of light bubbles slowly rising near the edge of the glass. The smell had light spices such as cinnamon, clove, and toasted malt, some really super light dark fruits that come out as it warms a little. The taste was sweet yet spicey yet soft all around through previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, it sat about a medium, soft carbonation on the tongue, sessionable, quick slightly spicey aftertaste and watery finish. Overall, so Shipyard makes a decent winter warmer, check, I’ll come back to this if I ever get the chance to.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2014
August 10th, 2012 - I always struggle to say something intelligent about ESB’s. Compared to the emotional charge that a deep, leathery, and well aged stout can imbue, ESB’s seem sort of plain. They’re not a let-down, and often match the drinking environment better than the best sours or IPAs. But there’s hardly anything to say. The median ESB is the mean ESB is the modal ESB, with only slight variation, but that’s not so for Shipyard’s Prelude Ale. It’s a tanned leather brown with an unfiltered murkiness, which gently perfumes the air with an exceptionally sweet aroma: crunchy leaves, clove, cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices. The first smell is divine, the second less so. The sweetness very quickly and aggressively becomes cloying, as it does in the flavor, where a combination of a sweet nuttiness and straight sugar make a fairly overeager ESB into anything but a sessionable drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HoppyScallywag (69) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Dark red, amber color. Hints of chocolate and hints of molasses.....very much like a porter. Yuengling porter comes to mind. Not a very heavy beer. I could drink several. I would get it again if in the mood ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2074) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2014
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, spice and toffee. Taste is malty, floral and caramel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sblsimone85 (249) - USA - FEB 19, 2014
Una ale americana molto strana estrimizzata nei sapori e un po' povera di corpo e anche di profumi. Al naso note tostate ---Rated BY Italianbeer85

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pershing (476) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours dark amber into a nonic pint glass with a thin tan head dissolves slowly. Aroma of sweet malt and some yeast. The initial drink is a bit sweet from the malt but towards the middle it starts to taste a little dry. Spicy taste with a little hop bitterness on the edges. Lingering finish. Not bad for a buck 50.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bierkrug (2133) - - FEB 3, 2014
330 ml bottle in Pompano Beach, FL. Pours a chestnut brown with a huge tan foamy head. Aroma is malt cookie dough, candy and fruit. Taste is a tart version of the aroma and the palate ends dry and lasting. Ok.


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