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RATINGS: 352   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4539) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Pours a deep ruby reb with a medium off white foamy/lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, nuts, very malty, hints of citrus, caramel, some light spicing. Flavor of sweet malts, nutty, mixed dark fruits, some citrus, some caramel and hints of holiday spices. A little thin for the style, I like more body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4527) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Pours mahogany into a trappist glass. Head quickly recedes to form large bubbles on the surface. Dark caramel and pit fruit aromas. Sweet upfront with dark pit fruits, turning fizzy and resiny, dry hop in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottled. Deep reddish-amber, big (fast-decaying) head. Faint, very faint, citrusy aroma; pillowy mouthfeel and finish but not much in the front: bits of caramel, orange and cherry to tease you, but little to hold on and make your tastebuds go "wow". At the very end, if you rest a minute after tasting, a nasty medicinal quality comes through. Sad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Best Before: October 2009. Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, garnet-hued body with a frother, ivory-hued head. Smell: A primarily malty nose with notes of pale malt, toasted biscuits, semi-dry caramel, and (though very lightly) chocolate. Faintly fruity. Lesser note of herbal hops. Taste: Pale, biscuity malts with some accompanying tastes of light caramel and chocolate. Medium sweetness. Very modest hint of citrus alongside a touch of dark fruitiness. Leafy, herbaceous hops with no more than a medium-low amount of bitterness delivered. Drying finish with a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: So-so. A pleasant, if somewhat simple English-minded brew for winter or whenever, really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Tart fruity aroma. Good label, vienna-colored beer. Dry, dry fruit, shot of citrus, bitter, coffee, slight cocoa. Medium long bitter finish, medium-light body. Watery cocoa on the lips. I liked this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle purchased at Total Wine & More (Ft. Myers, FL) - Medium sized frothy ivory head that mostly diminished, one ring of lacing, transparent, carbonation observed, and a reddish brown hue. The aroma is malty, nutty, chocolate, some caramel, and hoppy. Ditto for the flavor and as the beer warmed toffee flavor came through. The mouthfeel was smooth and this is a medium bodied beer. Fairly easy to drink given the style as the flavor was not overpowering at all given some of the beers of this style that I have rated. The hops dominate the flavor, worthy of a try IMO and a beer that I would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2008
12oz twist-off bottle. Mahogany, brown color. White head. Nutty aroma, lots of caramel, some toasted barley nots. Fruity flavor, woody bitterness. Deep rich caramel, rich toast flavors. Heavy bodied. full flavored.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
The aroma is cereal with chocolate, paper, and coffee. The appearance is reddish brown with a large head that falls fast. The flavor is almost exactly like the aroma with the addition of spice and tea. The palate is ok but a bit to thin for the style. This is a good beer that could be better.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4198) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
On tap at BJ’s in Pinellas FLA. Decent leathery aroma. Nice lacing on the glass. Perhaps a little darker than the typical pale yellow american lager. Oily soapy mouth coating feel to the palate. Slight whiskey flavors in the background. Taste is somewhat like chewing on leather, it carries over from the aroma. Not bad but a little too much alky in the personality. Terrible bitter linger, good example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. The look is clear, reddish in color, and tan head. The smell is caramel, fruits, toffee, malts, and egh. The taste is caramel, fruits, cardboard, ok.

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