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RATINGS: 352   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Fairly dark clear amber pour. Cream head. Malty aroma, sweet and roast, some spice. Surprisingly solid medium body. Malty, caramel/toffee with nice spice and christmas sugar cookie accents. Not as much hop presence as some Christmas ales, which I found nice. Clean finishing and very drinkable. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this and was pleasantly surprised.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2009 22 oz bottle..hazy deep amber pour,thin off white head ,no lacing. Aroma of caramel and light chocolate notes.Flavor is much like the aroma ,caramel,chocolate,butterscotch with some fruitiness and alcohol. Medium bodied. Finish is very dry and earthy.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 25, 2000
A decent brew, but I thought it was a little bit on the bland side. Balance was on the malt side, but the flavor was a bit dissapointing given the brewer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle The color is an amber/brown, with a foamy white head. Th smell is a little fruity, with some spice flavor and a malty overtone. The Taste is malry with some christmas spice, Some caramel flavor and some hints of hops. This beer is anice seaonal beer. It has the right ammount of flavoring for the time of year and has a nice and even body to it.

3.2
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sailracer (412) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2011
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Pours a very dark translucent brown with a medium sized tan head. Smells hoppy with a bit of sweet malt and spice. Tastes like Winter. Toasty with hops, hints of coffee. Thick, sticky mouth feel. Finishes with an "Earthy" feel, I get from shipyard brew’s. Not bad. But clearly not one of my favorites.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle, poured a deep reddish brown with a thick white head. Nice malty aroma with a good hop kick. Kinda reminds me of SN Celebration with a little more of a malty aroma and taste. Crispflavors with an earthy hoppiness. Medium moutfeel and a clean finish. Very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natejgood (397) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2007
The beer pours a redish brown color. It smells both malty and hoppy with some spices in the background. It has a grassy, bitter taste with some roasted coffee in the background. There might be a hint of citrus flavor as well. This beer has a lot of flavor for a winter/holiday beer. It’s good if you like it, but it might be a little busy for others.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollinsr (386) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 3, 2012
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.


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