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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. Itís a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
nose is sweet and malty with a bit of spice hiding in there. pours dark amber with a small head. malt sweetness comes through first with a little hop bite and a nice nutty spice. light easy drinking seasonal.

1.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Hand-drawn at redlight redlight. Pours amber with an off-white head. Smells skunky and just not much like anything I want to put in my mouth. Out of a sense of morbid curiosity I drank it anyway. Tastes a little better but not much.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkBarnes (375) - Waterville, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Jan. 19, 2011; 12 oz. bottle from Shipyard sampler pack. Brown pour, minimal lacing. Prominent malty aroma. Flavor of malt, candy, caramel, dark fruit. Aftertaste has faint port-wine/cough-syrup components, with just a bit of astringent bitterness hanging on the palate. Pretty well balanced, and fairly serviceable for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badwhale (366) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
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)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. Mahogany with a fluffy white head. Nose: piney hops , ginger and oranges. Flavor is a melange of spices and dark fruits: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, raisons, prunes, figs and black cherries. Some nicely subdued hop flavors. Chewy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spilledpint (345) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (330) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
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.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
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.


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