RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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%

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sethdude (708) - 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.

brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2008
very English tasting, very malty and doughy, hints of nuttiness and burnt caramel. Not a bad beer but nothing to go out of your way to acquire.

aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Mine is a differnt label with a sled pulling in to an Inn, the label refers to it as a "special ale" but other ratings seem to right on. Citrisy mixed with dark fruits, strong alcohol taste like a tripple. Very nice drink.

BigBen2120 (687) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Second in a row Shipyard Winter beer of the night... Translucent dark copper body with a finger of offwhite head. Diacetyl dominates the aroma with just hints of hops, alcohol, and malt. Roasty or toasty flavor. Not quite as roasty as a porter, but not that far off. Diacetyl is also a big player in the flavor, but does not overwealm the roastiness, but rather enhances. Hints of alcohol are also present. On the heavier side of medium-bodied. A very solid, very tasty brew. I’d definitely get this one again.

BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
boston tea party delayed due to heavy snows and christmas jeer. not a bad brew. amber, foamy head with a roasted bitter/dry burnt leather and caramel. a little fizzhop. I definately didnt taste anything *holiday* about this though.No real christmas associated spices or such.

Delirium (673) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark amber-brown with a moderate beige head. Aroma is sweet butterscotch malt, bread, a bit of nuttiness, and some spices. Flavor is mainly sweet butterscotch malt with some nuttiness, tempered a bit by a little woody spiciness and a bit of alcohol sharpness. Despite the butterscotch sweetness, oddly dry mouthfeel, with a mildly astringent finish. Not quite sure what to make of this, but interesting enough.

BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Semi sweet almost cola flavor with some spices, chocolate and caramel. A nice winter beer.

buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Thanks to porterhouse for this one. Pours a darkish hazy copper with a massive off white head. Aroma is a nice mix of spices, malt, and citrus. A light soapy hint. I usually do not like Holiday spice beer but this one is quite good. Everything is nice and mild. Flavor is once again mild spice, malts, and hops. Nothing fancy.

mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Had a bomber in the back of the ol’ beer fridge that I had forgot about since the Holidays. Pours reddish-mahogany hue with a fairly persistant off-white head. Attractive dark fruit and caramel aromas dominate. Palate is smooth, but seems a bit thin for a winter brew. Flavors of fig, raisin, caramel and sweet crystal malts; tasty, but all a bit reserved. Alcohol never really shows up. A somewhat surprising slightly bitter hop finish sneaks in. Good, but not in the same league as their Longfellow.

Stldsf1 (659) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Nice holiday ale. Typical winter spices with a bit more hoppy punch. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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