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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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Puss Gutt99 (206) - Oldtown, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2002
didnít strike my fancy maybe because i had it with Italian Cuisine

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
12 oz bottle, best by 9/06-pours a big, foamy, rocky tan head that retains. Clear dark amber color with effervescence. Aroma is malt, sweet, touch of bitter hops. Taste is malt, bitter, then sweet starts to come through but the alcohol overrides the sweetness. The malts and hops are close to balancedÖ

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Initially looks great ... clear reddish chestnut brown with a huge yellow to tan head with huge bubbles that burst audibly. Head vanishes too fast, leaving only a trace of lacing. Toffee and some strangely sweet fruit ... strawberries or cherries? A bit thin in the mouth for a winter ale, not especially hoppy, maybe a little ginger spice that no one else seems to be commenting on. // Has gotten worse in the past half year. Does not age well. Nasty finish. And yeah after the finish is gone there is an artificial minty after after taste. Into the sink it goes.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours a dark amber, light brown with a slight creamy looking head. The nose is all malty with a little spice. Has a nice hoppy bite but doesnít seem balanced. A little funky at the end. Totally missing the malty flavors I was looking for in this beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2008
(bottle - 12 oz) Deep red pour with a puffy tan head. Aroma is a mixture of sweet caramel malts and a touch of hops. Some fruit in the aroma as well. Flavor is very hoppy at the beginning with a light malt backbone and a bitter finish. Not really expecting all the hops.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
strongpieman (1499) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Toffee brown color, clear, light head very nutty taste, a bit overpowering and sour taste. Not a real enjoyable choice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2014
August 10th, 2012 - I always struggle to say something intelligent about ESBís. Compared to the emotional charge that a deep, leathery, and well aged stout can imbue, ESBís seem sort of plain. Theyíre not a let-down, and often match the drinking environment better than the best sours or IPAs. But thereís hardly anything to say. The median ESB is the mean ESB is the modal ESB, with only slight variation, but thatís not so for Shipyardís Prelude Ale. Itís a tanned leather brown with an unfiltered murkiness, which gently perfumes the air with an exceptionally sweet aroma: crunchy leaves, clove, cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices. The first smell is divine, the second less so. The sweetness very quickly and aggressively becomes cloying, as it does in the flavor, where a combination of a sweet nuttiness and straight sugar make a fairly overeager ESB into anything but a sessionable drink.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2006
22oz bottle. About 9 months old at consumption. Pours a dark copper color with a white foamy head. Nose is very malty and lots of caramel, light hop hint. Palate is syrupy carbonated. Flavor is that of an awful after dinner mint, the kind that has the chocolate coating, except this didnt have the chocolate coating, just the awful mint center. Hints of caramel and sweet malt were also found, but the mint stood out the most. Finish was a bit heavy on the sugar and syrup.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2007 bottling, best before Oct 08. This English Strong Ale pours a dark amber brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and some spices. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and semi sweet. The hops are earthy and ďdirtyĒ. The spices donít seem to do much more than dirty up this beer. Itís a touch cardboardy and vegetative, and need to be a little sweeter to balance things out. Mellows a little as it warms, but still there is something seriously wrong with this beer. Thinks itís more of a recipe thing than a bad-brewing thing but still, something ainít right. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly biter and spicy.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Another one from Shipyard that delivers like almost all the others. Pours bronze with a dense tan head. The aroma has light cinnamon, bit of butter and some bread. Medium / thin body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with sharpness thatís very phenolic, light malt and over spiciness. The finish has sour licorice, mineral water and lots of astringency. Not one to seek out.


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