craig220 (313) - 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.
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. Aroma’s are of light malts, there is something sweet we can’t 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 doesn’t seem balanced. A little funky at the end. Totally missing the malty flavors I was looking for in this beer.
HoppyScallywag (286) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red, amber color. Hints of chocolate and hints of molasses.....very much like a porter. Yuengling porter comes to mind. Not a very heavy beer. I could drink several. I would get it again if in the mood ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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.
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Letting it warm to somewhere in the 50 degree range really improved the scent and taste, where a half hour ago I had nothing positive to say. Still, it’s on the mild side across the board -- caramel on the nose and the palate with a mildly spicy finish. Not bad but unremarkable.
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!
Puss Gutt99 (206) - Oldtown, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
didn’t strike my fancy maybe because i had it with Italian Cuisine