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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
"This seasonal specialty is the perfect winter warmer.”

Prelude is a rich, nutty, full-bodied English ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish.

First Brewed: December 1993
Available: November - December
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Cascade, Tettnang, Fuggles, Goldings
Color: Deep Amber
IBUs: 47
OG: 1.070
ABV: 6.7%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Clear bronze with minimal head. Aroma of toast, nuts, butter popcorn (diacetyl). Flavor is similar. Similar to a nut brown, with the diacetyl as an additive piece rather than killing the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, floral hops, and some nuts. Strong nut flavor with hints of caramel malts and floral hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
Poured with a white soapy head, an ominous sign of things to come. Something unpleasantly chemical in both the flavour and aroma - kind of pine-sol, left a detergent fealing on the tounge. Syrupy sweet. Similar to but worse than Rouge’s Santas Private Reserve.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
The aroma is cereal with chocolate, paper, and coffee. The appearance is reddish brown with a large head that falls fast. The flavor is almost exactly like the aroma with the addition of spice and tea. The palate is ok but a bit to thin for the style. This is a good beer that could be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
bottle courtesy of Degarth.
poured a mahogany amber in color with virtually no head or lace. aroma and flavors were of a toasty caramel malt with some hopslingering in the background. some spice on the finish but kind of thin bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 I tried again recently, the popcorn character was more pronounced in the nose. The finish had lots of burnt popcorn. Dark, burnt orange body with a light khaki head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel and pancakes. There is buttered popcorn, but it is subtle. There is also a little bit of cinnamon behind that. The taste has burnt bread crust with some pear core and cinnamon spice. The light body is sticky, but this is easy drinking. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
This brown ale poured with a thin tan head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The flavor is heavily spiced roasted malt, with sharp bitter finish. Some vegetable flavors are detectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CanIHave4Beers (4026) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Strong biscuty and toasty smell, with a little hop aroma. Dark amber color, with a head that isn’t much to speak of, leaving virtually no lace. Taste is strong, nutty, biscuty, dry, some notes of dry fruit and vanilla. This is pretty malty but certainly not too sweet. Palate is sharp with lots of carbonation. A very nice winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle thanks to John. Clear chestnut-colored pour with big off-white head. Slightly buttery, malty caramel nose; slightly roasty. Sour metallic notes on the palate. More caramel, some light spice. Confusing to my palate. Odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2009
bottle poured a copper brown color with an off white head that layer the top. aroma has sweetness, nuts, earth, toffee, and some spice. mouth feel is medium but coats well. flavor has some burnt sugar, dark malt, earth, and bitterness. interesting full flavor combination but i cant quite get around this one.

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