RateBeer
overall
65
69
style

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollinsr (420) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natejgood (414) - 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.

3.4
   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.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badwhale (391) - 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)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkBarnes (390) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
dark amber with medium dense light tan head. orange maple aromas with some chocolate and alcohol notes. medium smooth body. toffee nut and chocolare malt flavors with bitter orange peel and a spicy floral hoppiness in the background, with an alcohol finish. good, well balanced, and drinkable

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.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 27 28 29  30  31 32 33 » 36


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50