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. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours mahogany w/ a good frothy head. Decent hangtime leaving the classic fluffy ring and canopy. Aromas of roasted nuts and molases. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers that are soft as cotton. Nutty I say, this brew is just nuts. A moderate roast and mild hopping make this brew very enjoyable. Flavors of vanilla, roasted coffee bean and cocoa push forward w/ a few stragling darkfruits. The finish is bittered nicely. This is a very enjoyable winter brew. Highly recommended. BREWMUSKCLES (2759) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2009
bottle says best by 3/2008 well its still quite good. hint of raisin and toasted bread and soy sauce with a toasty hop finish that is quite endearing. good little kick with aged caramel in a bit of rum with that aforementioned hop finish flavor too bad it was one of a kind at the palisades in Jersey City. hey someyomes you just get lucky! Dark and dank looking with that bit of nuttiness . philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Shipyard Brewing Company, LLC.--The Shipyard Prelude Special Ale 2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Beer of the Month Club Selection January. 2007. Foamy lacy dense off white head. Settling sediment hint. Clear deep amber red color. Malty floral fruit hop winter spice front. Creamy thick sweet cloying caramel mild toffee toasty doughy bisquit spiced body. Mild tangy malt hop fruit end. ESBish. Sampled 4/29/2008. superspak (6228) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/28/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, floral, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English strong ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.