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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1395) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Rouge red colors, like a watered-down Coca-Cola. Big puffy head. Glassy and clear given its depth. The aroma is good, pungent and slighly sweet, almost like a barleywine. Strong alcohol smell. Hint of dark grape sweetness. Very pungent sweet grape with lots of alcohol. Like a light barleywine. Very sweet, very strong. Bitter barleymalt balances it. Spicy with some apparent ginger. Minor dry yeast. Feels thick and chewy. Has a liqueur burn on the way down. Syrupy. Strong, sweet loaded with alcohol. Really a fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Shipyard Brewing Company, LLC.--The Shipyard Prelude Special Ale 2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Beer of the Month Club Selection January. 2007. Foamy lacy dense off white head. Settling sediment hint. Clear deep amber red color. Malty floral fruit hop winter spice front. Creamy thick sweet cloying caramel mild toffee toasty doughy bisquit spiced body. Mild tangy malt hop fruit end. ESBish. Sampled 4/29/2008.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
Well I don’t know what all you guys were thinkin’ I think this is a very well done beer. Aroma is spices and spruce. Pours dark brown with creamy head. It starts spicy, then becomes quite malty, with a nice hop bite at the end. The spruce, spicness lingers on the finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
I really enjoyed this. Dark, rich, malty, and altogether tasty. I wouldn’t mind a little less carbonation, but the beer overall was quite good. The ever-present ship on the label is covered in snow. How crafty!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (1274) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Amber with tan head. Malty fruity aroma. Nutty, fruity, malt start with alcohol bite and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
nose is sweet and malty with a bit of spice hiding in there. pours dark amber with a small head. malt sweetness comes through first with a little hop bite and a nice nutty spice. light easy drinking seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SanfordBrewer (1411) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Lucent mahogany, thin beige head, syrupy full body, medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: toffee, alcohol, spray paint, leafy hops.

Taste: lots of caramel and toffee, some chocolate malt, some leafy hop bitterness, fruity brandyish alcohol, and a slight vegetal note.

Sweet but fairly balanced. Lots of complex ale yeast character. Sure beats all those nutmeg and cinnomon holiday beers. Like an english version of samichlaus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (797) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Creamy malt aromas with wooden overtones float off a beautiful, crystal clear deep copper/amber body with an initially foamy white head that recedes eventually to a wispy layer. Definitely malt driven (as it should be), there’s an overtone of nuttiness followed by caramel, light molasses, and a bit of raisin and dark fruit. Good, earthy hop bitterness balances this out and ties up each sip perfectly. Leaves on a slightly (and delicious) bitter note with some lightly charred wood. Excellent winter ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Crystal clear, mahogany ale. Small, creamy, white head. The nose is of cocoa, grapefruit rind and alcohol. Flavor has good balance with bursts of chocolate, pineapple... banana split. Also notes of booze, pine nuts and macadamia nuts. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish. Well-bittered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Excellent winter time beer. Dark reddish color with a smallish tan head. Toffee caramel taste with a hint of cognac flavors present. Hop intensive aftertaste, i’d say this is an excellent choice for a winter brew.

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