Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well I donít know what all you guys were thinkiní I think this is a very well done beer.
Aroma is spices and spruce. Pours dark brown with creamy head. It starts spicy, then becomes quite malty, with a nice hop bite at the end. The spruce, spicness lingers on the finish. Very enjoyable.
sailracer (354) - 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.
spilledpint (337) - 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.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Punked! Bastards sold me last years version. It was refridgerated so its stil pretty good. Dark amber color, small head. Spicey aroma, maybe a little peppery. Full bodied, malty, smooth. Spices are very understated and blend well with the beer. Pretty nice.
rjplumer (328) - 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.
VAYankee (327) - 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.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a dark brown,clear ale, with a light tan,creamy head. A strong malt taste is followed by a balancing hop hit. A true winter seasonal, strong flavored and warming. Heavy mouthfeel with a long lasting aftertaste. Great palate with a lip-smacking, multiple mouth swallowing after each sip.
badwhale (320) - 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)
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.
craig220 (310) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear, dark amber with a thin light tan head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, raisin, with a bit of earthiness. Taste is coffee, caramel, herbs, with a strong bittersweet finish.