RateBeer
overall
65
69
style

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of butterscotch. burnt carmel, earthiness and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of butterscotch, burnt carmel, earthiness and spice with a smooth dry lingering spiced carmel finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear ruby color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of butterscotch, spices and a bit of caramel. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, leafy hops and quite a bit of butterscotch. A bit too much in this one. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9997) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Crystal clear, mahogany ale. Small, creamy, white head. The nose is of cocoa, grapefruit rind and alcohol. Flavor has good balance with bursts of chocolate, pineapple... banana split. Also notes of booze, pine nuts and macadamia nuts. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish. Well-bittered.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
A vast complex medal meriting winter warmer, without over-the-top ABV. Mint and clove and peppercorn and mellowed with a year of ageing. Medium mouthfeel and smooth for its style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 22 oz bomber. Dark brown beer with and orange tint as well. Woody, earthy aroma with a bit of licorice and pruniness. Leafy hop aroma. Sweet caramelly flavour with some apple/brown sugar baked dessert notes. A touch of orange peel spicing behind the bready flavour. Lightly rummy as well. Not a bad brew, but a bit of a mixed bag. 12 oz bottle in 2008. Quite different than the ratings would suggest. Aroma is quite sweet and fruity with lots of cherry and licorice. Earthy malts. Very English tasting. Softly spicy with some earthy/spicy bitterness. OK.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle. Mulling spices, chestnuts, malt and slight hops aroma. Dark amber color with with small creamy head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cherry, malt and bitter hops flavor. Very smooth and nicely balanced. A very nice seasonal beer.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Bad Christmas cookies…Burping hop flowers and sleepy butterscotch…Yawn…

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
I have no blockbuster for 1,800, and Iím not going to make it a big deal. This one pours deep copper/ruby with aromas of caramel malt, cabernet, almonds, toffee. Tastes caramel malty, with hops, spices, toffee, and a cabernet/cognacy finish. Well hidden alcohol, but a suitably dense palate with notable complexity and balance. Nice style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber brown body, witha big fluffy beige head that fades away leaving moderate lacing. (3+) Sweet malty aroma with muted hoppy tang. Flavour is mostly malt with undertones of toffee and burnt brown sugar. Bit of a hoppy bit in the finish, borders on astringence because its such a contrast to the sweet rich malt up front. Average palate. Enjoyable but unexceptional.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
Bottle, found in the beer cooler of the gourmet food shop on Schweitzer. Must be left over from last season. Pours a handsome copper penny hue with a rather thin almond head. Very inviting aroma equally of chocolate and caramel, undertones of burnt sugar. Brown sugar malts, light cocoa, light marzipan, hints of vanilla. Well balanced with a hoppy bitter finish. English strong ales can be really hit & miss for me. This one was a solid hit. Very tasty.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1  2  3 4 5 » 36


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50