spilledpint (326) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
rjplumer (325) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured with a white soapy head, an ominous sign of things to come. Something unpleasantly chemical in both the flavour and aroma - kind of pine-sol, left a detergent fealing on the tounge. Syrupy sweet. Similar to but worse than Rougeís Santas Private Reserve.
VAYankee (311) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with a medium to thin body, this one tasted of toffee and caramel and maybe a hint of maple. It may only be September, but it gave me a nice dose of early Christmas spirit.
sailracer (303) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Pours a deep, clear brown. Like all Shipyard beers, this one had too much hop flavor for me that covered up the malt.
badwhale (300) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to mug. Pours dark amber with little head & lacing. Decent aroma & good taste. Malty, with a bitter ale finish.
I think i am rating the correct beer, as the specific one I have is called prelude special ale. The label is different than the picture (has a second empire house christmas-y scene)
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Prelude Special Ale pours a reddish-amber color with a nice frothy head. Good lacing left behind by the mostly lasting head. Light carbonation in the body. Aromaís are of light malts, there is something sweet we canít put our sniffers on, and a faint hint of alcohol. Intial taste is a fleeting sweet that quickly steps aside, being ushered out by a light bitter finish. Light carbonation on the mouth with a watery feel. A slight charcoal taste is left behind.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark amber, light brown with a slight creamy looking head. The nose is all malty with a little spice. Has a nice hoppy bite but doesnít seem balanced. A little funky at the end. Totally missing the malty flavors I was looking for in this beer.
rollinsr (259) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich amber with barely any head at all to speak of. Aroma is very sweet and nutty with some raisin and prune notes dominating, also some hints of toffee. There is also a bit of smoked peat character to the aroma. The flavor of this beer again is very sweet with dark fruits and the nuttiness tends to stick to back of the palate even after the carbonation has subsided. Beer tastes worse as it warms up so beware.