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RATINGS: 352   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2002
Not my favorite Shipyard brew I must say. Cheers!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Reddish amber hue, good head formation. Caramel, sugarry aroma, mildly burnt. Smooth palate, mild caramel, mildly toasty. Smooth easy drinker, but a little lifeless.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Thanks to matta for this one. Pours a the color of black cherry Kool-Aid. The head was full of fizz and left as quickly as it came. Big malt aroma that presents cherry, burnt sugar, and woodiness. The flavor is maple, vanilla, toast, tin, and hop bitterness. The palate is very thin and fizzy. I would probably pass on another.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
irishpenguin13 (33) - Lady Lake, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2006
what a tasty treat. its hard to find this where i live. to me, its something to look forward to every year like most seasonal brews. quite bitter and has a pleasant appearance and flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours copper with beige head. The aroma is very caramelly with some odd grassiness and a metallic tinge that I associate with most Shipyard beers. The flavor is caramel, copper, mild grass. Not among my favorites.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper with a thin straw-colored head. Spice, nut and caramel nose. Medium body and carbonation. Lightly sweet taste, with more toffee, maybe some butterscotch, orange spice and a bit of fruit. Dry, woody, pine finish. Credible I guess, but Iím finding it kinda hard to get exited about this one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
Chalk up another average at best beer. Pours a dark brown color with minimal head. Malty with some sugar spicy flavor in there and slightly sour finish. Itís decent and warming but nothing too great. It was however $5 for a six pack so the price was very good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6927) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear deep coppery color with a large tanned head that deflates to about half volume. Roasted malt and something akin to roasted nuts on the nose. Medium body with a bit of sweet malt. Finishes with a bit of a burnt note that seems out of place in a beer I can see through.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anderson01 (210) - Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Strong floral nose that follows up with caramel, kettlecorn, and butterscotch aromas. Burgundy in color. Okay head at the beginning, but decipates rather quickly. For some reason the lacing seems to hold its own. There is a hint of spice. Starts bitter and ends sweet. Overall it is an alright beer.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 26, 2013


Thereís no way itís just 6.7% ABV. I wonít believe it.

Hereís a simple rule, for Winter Warmers, Doubles, Imperials and other Strong Ales: Beer shouldnít sear your nostrils or your mouth. Whatís really at fault here are my expectations and the thought that hereís supposed to be a warming booziness. Instead for some reason itís cold. Real cold that shoots straight from the glass up the nose and doesnít improve with the first or second sip.

Toffee, pomegranate juice and rubbing alcohol mix awkwardly in a fine mahogany glaze.

Itís Chimay PremiŤre without the distribution or the flavor.

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Hayward Abbey Rating: 72


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