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RATINGS: 359   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6136) - 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 (5535) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2005
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Ruby colored with a small tan head. Nose is light spice, hops, light caramel, raw nuts, and hints of alcohol. Taste is very nutty with spicy hops, creamy malts and light alcohol notes. A surprise that the alcohol comes through like this on a 6.8% beer. Light lingering hop bitterness and some mild sugary notes throughout. Body is moderately carbonated with a medium overall feel. Finishes with more spicy hops, light cocoa, nuts, and light brown sugar notes. Hint of caramel as well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2008
As pleasant aroma as and English Strong Ale will offer. Sweet malt with dark fruit fills the nose. Bitterness hits early in the sip, hides as sweet fruit and chocolate take over, and returns to a slow fade. There is also a mild hop effect and the alcohol warming is marginal.

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.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Butter, Again. I don’t know why I bother with Shipyard beers. Tastes a little better than it smells, but geez...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle: Pours a nice mahogany ruby color with a nice head. The nose is robust with some light roast and a solid malty base. The flavor is earthy and hoppy with a thick caramel malt background and a chewy mouthfeel. Balanced finish and a smooth and flavorful appeal. Nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (5400) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
light sweet nuts aroma,golden, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter,

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber to chestnut body with a one finger frothy beige head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is malt driven with a lot of biscuity and slightly sweet caramel malt. Just a light bit of English hops. One of the better aromas from a Shipyard beer. The flavor is really a pretty good attempt at making a beer that doesn’t scream butter bomb like most Shipyard offerings. Somewhat sweet up front with just a light touch of their ’house’ character if you want to call it that. Finishes with a light touch of English hops, some nutty malt, and a little burnt caramel. Medium bodied with a slight clinginess on the finish. This isn’t all that bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5357) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a huge butterscotch head that lingered. The aroma was sweet, yeasty, nutty and had a light nutmeg undertone. The flavor started out fairly bitter with undertones of yeastiness, caramel, nutmeg, and nut. The finish was bitter and spicy. The beer got significantly more bitter - and less pleasant as it warmed up a bit.


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