Sammys (427) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 25, 2000
A decent brew, but I thought it was a little bit on the bland side. Balance was on the malt side, but the flavor was a bit dissapointing given the brewer. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Deep amber color with a thick head and good lasting lace. Slightly sweet malty aroma with a sweet malty flavor quickly turning very hoppy. Medium bodied and dry. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Pours clear brown-copper color, has an average white lasting head, light malty caremel, nutty aroma. Malty flavors of candy caremel and nuts, has some strange off flavors, mabye a bit unbalanced, light body, with the hops noticable in the finish, not all that great, some doesn"t seem right. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2003
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Malty nose with light mustiness. Deep brown/red color. Nutty taste, not that interesting sharp ending. jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Pours a nice clear amber color with a dense medium light tan head with great lacing. Well balanced aroma, lots of malt with a nice citrusy hop aroma. Taste is quite similar, malty up front with a mild alcohol burn, a nice hop bite gives way to a malty aftertaste.
jimhilt (2626) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Pours with a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light - medium carbonation. Deep clear amber color. Nose is soapy??. Starts with hops and malts; finishes with a hoppy/soapy overtone. Medium bodied. The ABV is currently 6.8%. $2.89 for a 22oz bottle. DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 27, 2004
So this is a bottle thats a year old, and Im currently pissed at it because it was so fucking fizzy that half overflowed into my lap. Very malty aroma, lots of sweet brown sugar with some caramel in there as well. I might smell a tad of cinnamon in there. Perhaps some sour fruits as well. Mildly hazy gorgeous garnet ruby color with an aforementioned bastardly huge off-white head. Kind of watery funky rubber taste to start. Finishes with a battle of hops and roasted chocolate malts and it just cannot make up its mind. This beer is meandering. asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Almost clear, dark amber with off white, bubbly flanel cover. Spicy caramel- butterscotch aroma with some hops bitterness and notes of pine, ginger, juniper, and maybe even cinnamon. Plenty of bitterness from hops comes in at first sip in conjunction with diacetyly caramel malt. I found this a bit unpleasant, but it subsided a bit to let through watermelon, pine, raising, and a nutty sourness. Medium body, medium carbonation, a touch astringent. 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. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2007
12 oz bottle via Malt of the Earth Beer club. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a huge beige head. It is hard to detect much aroma in or under the head, but i think there is some toffee, vanilla and cinnamon. And it pretty much tastes the same way as it smells, with some cardomom, some roastiness and some earthy hops in the finish as well. Moderate carbonation. Medium body.