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RATINGS: 350   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. Itís a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5330) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2007 bottling, best before Oct 08. This English Strong Ale pours a dark amber brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and some spices. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and semi sweet. The hops are earthy and ďdirtyĒ. The spices donít seem to do much more than dirty up this beer. Itís a touch cardboardy and vegetative, and need to be a little sweeter to balance things out. Mellows a little as it warms, but still there is something seriously wrong with this beer. Thinks itís more of a recipe thing than a bad-brewing thing but still, something ainít right. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly biter and spicy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Pours deep amber color with small short-lasting head but really cool lace. Aroma is weakly spiced with some soured notes. Flavors are nuanced, with a lingering hop finish that welcomes the next sip. Spices detectable include mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated but soft and creamy. Were it not for the off-notes in the smell Iíd really like this. 5-3-7-4-13
(re-rate from Hallandale beer fest, also bottle) Hazy purplish-brown. Smell is middle of the road mild malt. Not bad flavors: clean, malty but dry, a touch of salt, hoppy afterbit and a little alcohol in the finish. A little too fizzy.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Suttree (5141) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Butter, Again. I donít know why I bother with Shipyard beers. Tastes a little better than it smells, but geez...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 I tried again recently, the popcorn character was more pronounced in the nose. The finish had lots of burnt popcorn. Dark, burnt orange body with a light khaki head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel and pancakes. There is buttered popcorn, but it is subtle. There is also a little bit of cinnamon behind that. The taste has burnt bread crust with some pear core and cinnamon spice. The light body is sticky, but this is easy drinking. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
First of all- this is 6.8%alcohol- it says so on thier website. Very deep amber almost brownish color with a beige head. Nice and sweet and creamy ale with lots of kick to it. Nothing all too special. I was looking for more english hops but malt predominates this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of an older airplane. Smells of malts, roasting, chocolate, burnt coffee, slight ringwood yeast, slight butter, and a USAirways stewardess. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a small, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Tiny lacing. Flavor is lightly bitter. Tastes of malts, chocolate, roasting, light smoke, light burnt coffee, slight brown sugar, slight toffee, caramel, and slight fruit. Light to medium body. Average texture. Soft to average carbonation. Roasty, malty, buttery finish.


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