19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Re-examined 01-09-2008: Agree with most my rating, pick up a lot of fig in this that I did not the first time as well as a subdued peppery spice.
Really enjoyed the flavor of this ale. Heaping helping of roast malt flavor with lots of nuttiness and a nice mellow hoppy finish. Some roasted coffee hints as well. Medium-to-light bodied with too clean of a finish - would have prefered it to leave more of an impression on my mouth. Very dry as well, which was okay given the the heavy dose of toasted malts. Good looking too, maybe should not have been filtered but a very nice deep amber colour. puboflyons (3434) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2007. 1 pt. 6 fl oz (US) big bottle series. Pours a handsome ruby-rusty-brown with a puffy, foamy tan head. The head lingers for most of the session. Smells a bit like honey and nuts. Hops are noticeable. Solid mouth feel and bold flavor. I notice something a little fruity. Dry after finish. This is one fine holiday brew. yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Pint on tap at The White Wolf Café in Orlando. My brother in law and I ducked into this nice little café while the wives were antique shopping. We liked this beer enough to have a couple. They had other Shipyard offerings on tap which we also tried (Pumpkinhead, and Export), but the Prelude was easily the best. This was a very dark amber beer with a small beige head, Nice aroma of sweet, bready malt. Flavor was caramel and malt with a good hop flavor and light bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth came through. Very nice and enjoyable English Strong Ale. timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Fairly dark clear amber pour. Cream head. Malty aroma, sweet and roast, some spice. Surprisingly solid medium body. Malty, caramel/toffee with nice spice and christmas sugar cookie accents. Not as much hop presence as some Christmas ales, which I found nice. Clean finishing and very drinkable. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this and was pleasantly surprised. SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 4, 2008
murky amber copper under a medium sized creamy beige head. earthy malt, fresh minty hops, and caramel in aroma. flavors of caramel, hops, herbs, earth, and licorice. good stuff.
thornecb (5920) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Pours mahogany into a trappist glass. Head quickly recedes to form large bubbles on the surface. Dark caramel and pit fruit aromas. Sweet upfront with dark pit fruits, turning fizzy and resiny, dry hop in the finish. 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. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pours ruby amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma of maple syrup, cedar, floral hops, fruit and toffee. Taste is slightly bitter with thick malt balance. Thick texture, smooth mild carbonation. theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Aroma is heavy butterscotch/diacetyl, caramel, biscuit. Appearance is brownish ruby red. Clear with small whitish tan head. Taste is butterscotch forward, some biscuit nutty, caramel. Hint of roast. Also a bit of alcohol. Bitterness present but a malty beer. Palate is medium full. Rich unique butterscotch is heavy and lingers with nutty biscuit. Overall a very nice beer. Pleasant and rich. Rich diacetyl you will only get from this brewer. Maybe could improve with a bit of aging, but still very ready to drink now. edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2014
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, spice and toffee. Taste is malty, floral and caramel.