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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.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle thanks to David! Poured medium tawny with an explosive cap of beige head and sticky rings of lace. The aroma picked up a lot of really weird stuff.. some sour fruity notes, a bit of cardboard, perfumey soap, peppery and cardamom spicage, and hibiscus. The flavor wasn’t any better.. some kind of darker spices, toffee, and sticky weird floral mixed with vegetal notes at the core with peppery and floral notes at the edges.. sticky ugliness on the finish. Medium-bodied, spicy, and likely infected. Ugly beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Ruby amber beer with a light tan head. Spicy, malty aroma. Spicy, malty, slight grass flavor with backing citrus and some darker malts. A bit too much hops (or not enough). Starts to get into buttery tones. LIngering grass, citrus, spice and a bit of butter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6843) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Bomber purchase at Countryside Liquors in Clearwater, FL. Pours clear copper with a nice half inch tan head. The aroma has a sense of urgency as notes of roasted malts, toffee malts, melodeon malts, bread and a mixture of earthiness and pine hops rush to my senses. The taste begins with a mildly tart and bitter combination of malt astringency and pine hops. The flavor grows into a roasted maltiness along with toffee, earthiness and hints of burnt malts. The pine hop bitterness seems to be there from beginning to end but I really like the way the maltiness comes together in the finish and into the after taste. I do get a faint sense of oxidation in both the nose and taste that just takes away a bit from the experience.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6667) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2010
ambre, blanche. Arôme, malt caramel bien présent avec des notes de noisettes Goût, malt, grillé est bien présent avec des notes de café, torréfie avec une long palais allant vers le caramel et sucre ainsi que des noisettes et un fabuleux goût biscuité. Le fin garde un fin film de houblon sans pour cela être trop amer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear deep coppery color with a large tanned head that deflates to about half volume. Roasted malt and something akin to roasted nuts on the nose. Medium body with a bit of sweet malt. Finishes with a bit of a burnt note that seems out of place in a beer I can see through.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6569) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
Brown coloured, faint hazy. Has an off-white head, medium duration. Sweet aroma, caramel and clear candy, funny impression. Flavor starts sweet, faint coffee. Creamy, dry texture.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
This brown ale poured with a thin tan head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The flavor is heavily spiced roasted malt, with sharp bitter finish. Some vegetable flavors are detectable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6390) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma soft yet rich aromatic woody blend of British hops, light fling of alcohol, rose, fruits , chocolate and sugars. 8-
Appearance dark amber with garnet hue, Medium beige top with some lace.4-
Flavor and Palate : medium light bodied. quiet hoppy brew this is. Nutty, woody with aromatic top. Quiet drinkable, darker character is shown on walls. Not the most refined but very easy going.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2005
I bought the last 2 22 oz bottles of this on sale at my favorite package store for the lofty price of 99 cents a bottle. I figured if nothing else, the price was right. I was pleasantly surprised with this nice brew. Pours a rich dark red with a decent smallish brown head. Taste of hops with some musky undertones. Hints of holiday spices and caramel are definitely present. I’ll definitely seek this one out next Christmas season.


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