RateBeer
overall
65
69
style

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4742) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4603) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vyvvy (4583) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Another one from Shipyard that delivers like almost all the others. Pours bronze with a dense tan head. The aroma has light cinnamon, bit of butter and some bread. Medium / thin body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with sharpness thatís very phenolic, light malt and over spiciness. The finish has sour licorice, mineral water and lots of astringency. Not one to seek out.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (4555) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
November 2008 Beer of the Month Club
(Rating is from 12/19/08)

Overall Impression: Kind of smokey and bitter, bit of a scotchy flavor to it, dark color.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4531) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, hints of fruit, and light bitterness. Flavor the same, with a weird blend of it all. Average texture. Not great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4494) - 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.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4486) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
On tap at BJís 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4451) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Toffee and nutmeg nose. Clear tea, medium head, good lacing. Nutmeg and wood flavor within a tart malt base. Well balanced. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad at all.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (4449) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Mild malty aroma with a bit of nuttiness to it. The flavor is nutty with a decent malty backbone. Several of the Shipyard ales Iíve had has been nutty in flavor, regardless of style, this was okay, passable but donít really get why its like this on so many of their ales.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 4 5 6  7  8 9 10 » 36


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50