theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Punked! Bastards sold me last years version. It was refridgerated so its stil pretty good. Dark amber color, small head. Spicey aroma, maybe a little peppery. Full bodied, malty, smooth. Spices are very understated and blend well with the beer. Pretty nice. Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
It poured a dark brown,clear ale, with a light tan,creamy head. A strong malt taste is followed by a balancing hop hit. A true winter seasonal, strong flavored and warming. Heavy mouthfeel with a long lasting aftertaste. Great palate with a lip-smacking, multiple mouth swallowing after each sip. Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
Poured with a white soapy head, an ominous sign of things to come. Something unpleasantly chemical in both the flavour and aroma - kind of pine-sol, left a detergent fealing on the tounge. Syrupy sweet. Similar to but worse than Rouge’s Santas Private Reserve. craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Poured a clear, dark amber with a thin light tan head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, raisin, with a bit of earthiness. Taste is coffee, caramel, herbs, with a strong bittersweet finish. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Deep amber color with a medium to thin body, this one tasted of toffee and caramel and maybe a hint of maple. It may only be September, but it gave me a nice dose of early Christmas spirit.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
The Prelude Special Ale pours a reddish-amber color with a nice frothy head. Good lacing left behind by the mostly lasting head. Light carbonation in the body. Aroma’s are of light malts, there is something sweet we can’t put our sniffers on, and a faint hint of alcohol. Intial taste is a fleeting sweet that quickly steps aside, being ushered out by a light bitter finish. Light carbonation on the mouth with a watery feel. A slight charcoal taste is left behind. 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 doesn’t seem balanced. A little funky at the end. Totally missing the malty flavors I was looking for in this beer. 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 bigben873 (249) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Aroma - Musky aroma
Appearance - Medium clear brown, light head
Taste - tastes like a nutty, bitter porter
Palate - medium body, light carbonation
Overall - Not my style of beer Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Better than I expected, came in a winter sampler pack. Has a spicy kick to it, with a long lasting oily aftertaste. Welcome winter brew.