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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. It’s 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (702) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Nice dark color with poured. Off white foam head that is small and sparse. Nice roasted nut aroma. The flavor is that of nuts and dark chocolate. A very nice Christmas beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1213) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2011
A clear, mahogany pour with a creamy, tan head. The aroma has raisin, toffee, and some nuts. The medium body has a slick texture with average carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with some dark fruit flavor and a little alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spilledpint (346) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Sam’s. Ar: Up front, toffee and nutty notes. Ap: Pours a clear dark brown-copper with a nice, frothy 1" head. Great lace rings. T: Strong toffee nutty flavors. Finish has some pine, and maybe even a touch of booze. P: Creamy body, moderate carbonation. O: Pleasantly surprised with this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1146) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
355ml bottle. Pours a deep red/orange amber with a moderate creme brule head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is toffee malts and a little spice. Flavour is brown sugar and molasses malts with some nuttiness and hops on the finish. Palate is dry and creamy smooth. Overall, better than I was expecting. A solid winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours a dark amber color with only a minimal white head. Nose is malts yeast and nuts and taste is nutty and smooth. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Fairly dark clear amber pour. Cream head. Malty aroma, sweet and roast, some spice. Surprisingly solid medium body. Malty, caramel/toffee with nice spice and christmas sugar cookie accents. Not as much hop presence as some Christmas ales, which I found nice. Clean finishing and very drinkable. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this and was pleasantly surprised.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pours ruby amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma of maple syrup, cedar, floral hops, fruit and toffee. Taste is slightly bitter with thick malt balance. Thick texture, smooth mild carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theOptimator (288) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Aroma is heavy butterscotch/diacetyl, caramel, biscuit. Appearance is brownish ruby red. Clear with small whitish tan head. Taste is butterscotch forward, some biscuit nutty, caramel. Hint of roast. Also a bit of alcohol. Bitterness present but a malty beer. Palate is medium full. Rich unique butterscotch is heavy and lingers with nutty biscuit. Overall a very nice beer. Pleasant and rich. Rich diacetyl you will only get from this brewer. Maybe could improve with a bit of aging, but still very ready to drink now.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2342) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2014
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, spice and toffee. Taste is malty, floral and caramel.


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