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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
2007 Vintage bottle: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of light tan head. Aroma of semi-dry caramel and doughy English malts with a touch of English hops and light fruity esters. Body starts mild, dark caramely sweet with some earthy toasted malty notes and a drier semi-sweet finish. Has a hint of milk chocolate as well. A pretty good English strong ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7103) - Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear deep amber color with a large off white head. The aroma is moderately sweet malts, fig, an almost grainy note, with some diacetyl. The flavor has sweet malts, fruits including figs and diacetyl. This is pretty one dimensional. Worth trying once.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7084) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours amber red with a beige head. Malty sweet, a bit toasty, with caramel and some fruity undertones. The flavor is on the malty side, but still has enough hops of a hop presence to keep it balanced. Caramel, nutty sweetness, and a light spice. Very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7055) - Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12/4/10. 12oz bottle. Clear, deep red pour with a big off-white head that fades to a ring fast. Light malty caramel aroma with a hint of cherry and spice. Sweet caramel malt flavor that is very one dimensional. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma soft yet rich aromatic woody blend of British hops, light fling of alcohol, rose, fruits , chocolate and sugars. 8-
Appearance dark amber with garnet hue, Medium beige top with some lace.4-
Flavor and Palate : medium light bodied. quiet hoppy brew this is. Nutty, woody with aromatic top. Quiet drinkable, darker character is shown on walls. Not the most refined but very easy going.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Mahogany hue with a lasting small off-white head and very good lace. The aroma hinted of spices, plum, candycorn, pipe tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate. The taste starts malty and sweet then leads into a spicy and biscuit background. Very dry and chalky palate, with some lingering spice. A solid but not overwhelming winter brew. Nice to have once.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (6383) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle shared with Andrew and Brendan. Pours a clear amber body with no head, light lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and spice. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky with notes of sweet caramel malts, light spice and sugar. Nothing about this beer really stands out, very plain but not offensive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2005
I bought the last 2 22 oz bottles of this on sale at my favorite package store for the lofty price of 99 cents a bottle. I figured if nothing else, the price was right. I was pleasantly surprised with this nice brew. Pours a rich dark red with a decent smallish brown head. Taste of hops with some musky undertones. Hints of holiday spices and caramel are definitely present. I’ll definitely seek this one out next Christmas season.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle:   Fiery amber, quite clear, strong carbonation, decent sized head, foamy, so-so lacing.   Nose is primarily biscuity and nutty.   Reminds me of a toned down Hibernation Ale.   Pretty much the same on the tongue, certainly biscuity, malty, bready, with soft nutty notes.   Seems like there is another very light spice in there.   Maybe a dash of ginger.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, somewhat full.   Finish is a bit tangy, very minor astringency.   Perhaps its a bit green.   Other than its biscuity and nutty aftertaste, its a little minearaly on the tongue.   Yeah, this is a toned down Hibernation for sure, just doesn’t really have all the heaviness and fruitiness that Hibernation does.   Not bad for a Shipyard.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6286) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Rerate Toffee flavor more pronounced this time around. Original 3.3 Pours with a dark mahogany color, tight off-white head - decent lacing. Cola-like aroma. Initially it had a bit of a "dirt" essence to it, but it warms on you. Flavor has a good nuttiness to it and the bitterness of the hops balance it out nicely on the back end. Just a tad thin though.


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