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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Pours a nice clear amber color with a dense medium light tan head with great lacing. Well balanced aroma, lots of malt with a nice citrusy hop aroma. Taste is quite similar, malty up front with a mild alcohol burn, a nice hop bite gives way to a malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Pours dark copper with frothy long lasting tan head. Nicely carbonated. The aroma is very sweet and malty. Starts sweet and then makes a full transition to bitterness- very well balanced. Leaves a long losting bitterness / alchohol print in your mouth. At times there seems to be some fruity notes. Feels a bit oily, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep amber brown with reddish hue. Off white, slightly brownish head. Pleasant, but very light arouma consisting of malt and spice. Taste is pleasantly spicy, after taste is slightly bitter but not too dry. A nice winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnlsartin (80) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Fizzy, medium-bodied, amber pour. Pleasant aroma. Nutty, brown malts with fairly strong, bitter hops in the finish. A respectable (but nothing special) example of an English strong.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
HORRID. It was a drain pour. Odd sour notes, overly fizzy, hot alcohol notes, thin brittle mouth feel....all around not a good beer. Almost as bad as their Pumpkinhead ale. We poured it out and are taking it back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danfosha (51) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 2006 - Long lasting foam, smells of malt, molasses, taste is sweet, does have some oxidated flavor, like a PX sherry, with the same toffee notes. Good for winter. 2007 is not quite as sweet and little note of oxidation. Still a little bitter for my taste. Pours clear brown, foam not quite as lasting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
irishpenguin13 (34) - Leesburg, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2006
what a tasty treat. its hard to find this where i live. to me, its something to look forward to every year like most seasonal brews. quite bitter and has a pleasant appearance and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zestytaco (34) - Niceville, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a small head. Aroma consists of sweet caramel malts and a hint of candied fruits. The taste starts out with the same caramel malt flavor that is present in the aroma along with subtle candied fruit flavors. Pretty decent beer, good for warming up your gut on those cold nights.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hugerat99 (26) - USA - JAN 31, 2002
Not that good. The finish had a citrusy bite that really wasn’t very pleasant at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiddler26 (24) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Room temp out of bottle. Bread, hay, caramel, esp the latter. Drinkable? Yes. Memorable? Meh.

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