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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.


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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
gregorydeal (6) - butler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Beer poured with a nice thick head. Dark, and nice malty flavor. Carbonated appropriately. Good mouthfeel, good beer. For a winter warmer in summer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (58) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2015 Bottle from Signal Variety, Plaistow, NH. Aroma is malty with a little bit of yeasty dough. Appearance is beautiful clear amber red with small white head and minimal lacing. Taste is moderately sweet with liquor aftertaste. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture and average carbonation. Touches off reactions in the back of the mouth like tannins in wine. Finish is moderate. Overall, a nice looking beer with a good mouth feel. Not the most interesting aroma and taste in the world but highly drinkable and enjoyable for other traits.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pours a deep dark brown with a thick white head. Aroma of banana esters and funky yeast. Taste follows, signature shipyard yeast and that’s not a good thing. Rough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2414) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
On tap at the brew pub in Orlando. Nice dark and malt dominated. Lots of caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 8, 2015
Quite good and amber. Nice aroma and sweet features. Not so clear and easy to drink too in cold weather.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1320) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a clear orange Amber. Aroma of slight burbon. Taste is more of the same. Reminiscent of a scotch ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooterbub (907) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 28, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice amber brown with a thin beige head that lasts. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, grain, chocolate, citrus and some hops. Similar aroma. Has a full body with a slight bitter and dry finish. Easy to drink and rather enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1325) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle. Clear ruby color. Aroma of toffee caramel biscuit. Light sweetness. Some roasted malt. Light bitter. Pretty smooth. Nice flavors. Decent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2096) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Pours deep amber with a thin tan head. Starts sweet and malty but finishes lightly spicy and bitter, especially as it warms.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"a nice soft nutty vanilla-based malty aroma is the beers forte. it’s got a decent body and a pretty rich flavor. better than the norm for shipyard, too. kind of a one-trick pony flavor-wise, but pretty nice."

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1940) - - MAY 17, 2014
Transfer from BA - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance - A deep red color almost on the verge of brown. Forms a nice head that retains for some time giving way to some decent lacing. Smell - A bit of sweetness and some maltiness. A fine hint of some tasted nut as well. Taste - The taste is very roasted malt heavy at the forefront. There is a little bit of sweetness that peeks through at the end as well as a bit of spiciness of nutmeg toward the end. Mouthfeel - A very nice level of carbonation and a wonderful creaminess that coats the tongue (especially at the forefront of the tasting when the carbonation is the highest). Overall - Alright, but nothing really too special for a winter brew as the taste is a little lacking.


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