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


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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vyvvy (3992) - 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 that’s very phenolic, light malt and over spiciness. The finish has sour licorice, mineral water and lots of astringency. Not one to seek out.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
glennmastrange (2255) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle. Moderate straw for the malt, light herbs and leather for the hops and yeast, with red wine and solvent in the background. Head is small, white, fizzy with no lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear copper. Flavor starts moderately acidic and lightly bitter then the long finish is lightly acidic, moderately bitter and a little sour. Palate is light to medium, watery with a fizzy carbonation. It finishes lightly astringent and dry. I had some expectations for this beer, but it just may have been a bad bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Bottle. Just too rich for my blood. No discernable aroma. Nice ruby-read color. Strong and towards the bitter-end of balanced. Boozy. Possibly a good example of a style that I don’t really like.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rader58 (779) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Pours a clear, dark mahogany color. Aroma of molasses, roasted grain and dried fruits. Has some slightly woody characteristics too. Flavor is roasted grain with some molasses. The middle and finish has a slightly bitter and sourness. Up front this beer is okay, but the finish just isn’t complimenting the beer correctly. It is too bitter for an English Strong Ale.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5332) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle shared with Andrew and Brendan. Pours a clear amber body with no head, light lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and spice. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky with notes of sweet caramel malts, light spice and sugar. Nothing about this beer really stands out, very plain but not offensive.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gizmo_ber (157) - - DEC 11, 2013
Strong cinnamon flavor in this ale. I wish there was a little more going on, but it’s pretty one note.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Bad Christmas cookies…Burping hop flowers and sleepy butterscotch…Yawn…

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Thick, bitter and slaty, like molasses. But not in a good way. This tastes some old cure-all wonder drug from the old west. It’s pretty darn gross. Bottle from Whole Foods, Miami Beach.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Special.... Snowy scene on the bottle with horses and shit... Like they still do anything? Prelude to what???? Not that great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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