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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Appearance: the colorís a darker shade of crimson, and the head, though small, is solid and rests languidly, though perseseveredly, creamy in color. Aroma: interestingly, starts out orangey, then with my next whiff I came away with nothing but sour green apples, really sour, jolly rancher sour, and still a neat balance of sweetness. Taste: great blitz of hops at first, thatís easily contained, then overwhelmed by fantastic, delicious maltiness, that totally dominates from there on out. Rich, tasty, thoroughly fruity (cherries, and grapes, and berries, ringing through the palate), very sweet, without coming close to too-much-so, and thoroughly refreshing, with the significant alcohol content becoming more evident as we empty the glass. This is nearly an ideal winter warmer. Very approachable, constantly rewarding, and eternally delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2005
I bought the last 2 22 oz bottles of this on sale at my favorite package store for the lofty price of 99 cents a bottle. I figured if nothing else, the price was right. I was pleasantly surprised with this nice brew. Pours a rich dark red with a decent smallish brown head. Taste of hops with some musky undertones. Hints of holiday spices and caramel are definitely present. Iíll definitely seek this one out next Christmas season.

3.8
   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, iíd say this is an excellent choice for a winter brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
dark amber with medium dense light tan head. orange maple aromas with some chocolate and alcohol notes. medium smooth body. toffee nut and chocolare malt flavors with bitter orange peel and a spicy floral hoppiness in the background, with an alcohol finish. good, well balanced, and drinkable

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Pour is a dark red with a small tan head. Aroma is a very nice roasted malt with some honey and alcohol. Flavor is even better with lots of roasted malts and butterscotch with some toffee and dark fruit. Pretty decent ale and very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma of nuts, roasted malts, sweet fruits. Dark red body with good head. The body texture was thick with sweet caramel malts. Cherry/plub fruits are also present. Good sipping beer as the Pack sent the Seaturkyís back to the west coast.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle. Mulling spices, chestnuts, malt and slight hops aroma. Dark amber color with with small creamy head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cherry, malt and bitter hops flavor. Very smooth and nicely balanced. A very nice seasonal beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
12 oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellar. Nice copper pour, aroma is toasty caramel bready malt. A malt forward design, with enough bitter to balance, in fact overall balance is the strong suit here, with mouth feel and finish just about perfect. I like this beer, Iíll have another.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Pours a clear brown with a creme head that falls quickly to leave a thin film on the top of me brew. Nie sweet and woody kind of nose. Flavor is tangy at first. Smooths out nicely as time goes on. Nice mellow sweet tones with a malty edge that is noticed, but not the dominant feature here. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker and slick on the liquid and the carbonation is nice, but low. Overall I found this a really easy to drink winter warmer. If you are looking for a nice example of the style, I highly suggest this one. I kind of forgot about reviewing it for a while as I just enjoyed sip after sip.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (699) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Similar to a Scottish Ale. Pours deep reddish/brown with a huge head and medium lacing. Aroma is yeasty bread, dark fruit (raisins), mild woody esters and a slight alcohol note. Flavor is initially sweet, cherries and chocolate, mild vanilla notes, tobacco, a faint smokey note, mild hop pepper, and a dry, bitter finish. Very nice.


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