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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6125) - Newark, New Jersey, 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 (6068) - Valdosta, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6051) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2013
bottled, amber color , frothy tan foam, has a lot of prickly hops, some dryness, plain with some cardboard, never really goes anywhere

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
[3503KE-20101204] Tap. Fairly bready yeast aroma with light candy hints. Clear, amber red body with a creamy light gray head. Chocolate malt bread yeast flavour has a light sweet aftertaste. Medium body is a little rough. Drinkable, nice for a Saturday afternoon.
(@ Pizza Plant, Buffalo, NY)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5572) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
350 ml bottle from pizza port. Copper colored with a fizzy white head. caramel, malt, and spice aroma and taste with a dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown body with ruby hues and an off white head. Sweet and malty up front, some fruity esters and hints of nuts and caramel. Some light ginger spice. Some light hoppiness to finish.


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