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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. Its a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Nice deep dark color with reddish tinges. Nice malty, earthy aroma when breathed in. Sweet fruity intermingled with nuttyness. A delight.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
palantides77 (5) - USA - JUL 10, 2009 does not count
Oh gods of delicious beer, bring christmas time quickly so I may enjoy this delicious treat once more! Excellent for caroling!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALavery03 (16) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2010
This is an outstanding winter brew. Somewhat sweet, malty, spicy, and I picked up a bit of nuttiness in it. Really smooth, decent carbonation but not too much that it deters from the beer. Looking forward to when this comes out this year so I can enjoy Prelude once again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PisskyNight (13) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Tis the Season...its still Xmas rite? Appearance: Dark Molasses hue with a large full inch off white head....which settles to a nice cm layering Smell: Red wine and Bourbon Malts...nutmeg Tatste: similar to the smell uprfont ...man as this warms it just really shows some great depth....its more complex than my initial though...sweet honey hops...suttle molasses notes....various dark fruits ...hmm... hints of nutmeg and cloves as well..great smoothness....highly drinkable Notes: Just a great offering...yum

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFanDan17 (973) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - FEB 16, 2010
very complex but also very smooth. Pours brownish orange with a thick frothy, but short head. spint on cask!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Deep burgundy with a frothy tan head. "Sweet alcohol" in the nose. Smooth and creamy texture; has a little weight; nice carbonation level. Roasty, with a sweet caramel malt base. Other notes of nuts, light toffee, brown sugar, fruit (apples, pears, grapes) and buttered toast. Also has a curious element of vanilla and almond extracts. Finished with a little sourness and a mildish bitterness. Soft alcohol note added a nice touch. Pretty tasty beer. Thanks Matt!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
I have no blockbuster for 1,800, and Im not going to make it a big deal. This one pours deep copper/ruby with aromas of caramel malt, cabernet, almonds, toffee. Tastes caramel malty, with hops, spices, toffee, and a cabernet/cognacy finish. Well hidden alcohol, but a suitably dense palate with notable complexity and balance. Nice style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Second in a row Shipyard Winter beer of the night... Translucent dark copper body with a finger of offwhite head. Diacetyl dominates the aroma with just hints of hops, alcohol, and malt. Roasty or toasty flavor. Not quite as roasty as a porter, but not that far off. Diacetyl is also a big player in the flavor, but does not overwealm the roastiness, but rather enhances. Hints of alcohol are also present. On the heavier side of medium-bodied. A very solid, very tasty brew. Id definitely get this one again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours mahogany w/ a good frothy head. Decent hangtime leaving the classic fluffy ring and canopy. Aromas of roasted nuts and molases. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers that are soft as cotton. Nutty I say, this brew is just nuts. A moderate roast and mild hopping make this brew very enjoyable. Flavors of vanilla, roasted coffee bean and cocoa push forward w/ a few stragling darkfruits. The finish is bittered nicely. This is a very enjoyable winter brew. Highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2191) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2009
bottle says best by 3/2008 well its still quite good. hint of raisin and toasted bread and soy sauce with a toasty hop finish that is quite endearing. good little kick with aged caramel in a bit of rum with that aforementioned hop finish flavor too bad it was one of a kind at the palisades in Jersey City. hey someyomes you just get lucky! Dark and dank looking with that bit of nuttiness .


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