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.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with a medium to thin body, this one tasted of toffee and caramel and maybe a hint of maple. It may only be September, but it gave me a nice dose of early Christmas spirit.
rollinsr (304) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Prelude Special Ale pours a reddish-amber color with a nice frothy head. Good lacing left behind by the mostly lasting head. Light carbonation in the body. Aromaís are of light malts, there is something sweet we canít put our sniffers on, and a faint hint of alcohol. Intial taste is a fleeting sweet that quickly steps aside, being ushered out by a light bitter finish. Light carbonation on the mouth with a watery feel. A slight charcoal taste is left behind.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark amber, light brown with a slight creamy looking head. The nose is all malty with a little spice. Has a nice hoppy bite but doesnít seem balanced. A little funky at the end. Totally missing the malty flavors I was looking for in this beer.
theOptimator (268) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is heavy butterscotch/diacetyl, caramel, biscuit. Appearance is brownish ruby red. Clear with small whitish tan head. Taste is butterscotch forward, some biscuit nutty, caramel. Hint of roast. Also a bit of alcohol. Bitterness present but a malty beer. Palate is medium full. Rich unique butterscotch is heavy and lingers with nutty biscuit. Overall a very nice beer. Pleasant and rich. Rich diacetyl you will only get from this brewer. Maybe could improve with a bit of aging, but still very ready to drink now.
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Special.... Snowy scene on the bottle with horses and shit... Like they still do anything? Prelude to what???? Not that great.
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Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Better than I expected, came in a winter sampler pack. Has a spicy kick to it, with a long lasting oily aftertaste. Welcome winter brew.
TATE (242) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from variety case. Not much for aroma, a faint maltiness. Pours a deep amber with a thin off white head and good carbonation. Malty at the beginning quickly overtaken by hop bitterness. A touch of a metalic taste as well. This is pretty good to have once in a while in the winter time and better on tap.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 I was especially impressed by this Cask-conditioned pour of this English-style Ale. Strong syrupy malt nose. Roasted nuttiness. A bit of cider to the taste. At first sweet, subsiding to a slight sour. Oatmealy. Served at room temp as well! Crisp, slightly bitter finish!