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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HoppyScallywag (309) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Dark red, amber color. Hints of chocolate and hints of molasses.....very much like a porter. Yuengling porter comes to mind. Not a very heavy beer. I could drink several. I would get it again if in the mood ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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. Aromas are of light malts, there is something sweet we cant 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.

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 doesnt seem balanced. A little funky at the end. Totally missing the malty flavors I was looking for in this beer.

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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Letting it warm to somewhere in the 50 degree range really improved the scent and taste, where a half hour ago I had nothing positive to say. Still, its on the mild side across the board -- caramel on the nose and the palate with a mildly spicy finish. Not bad but unremarkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 I was especially impressed by this Cask-conditioned pour of this English-style Ale. Strong syrupy malt nose. Roasted nuttiness. A bit of cider to the taste. At first sweet, subsiding to a slight sour. Oatmealy. Served at room temp as well! Crisp, slightly bitter finish!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigben873 (219) - 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


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