Brigadier (3205) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle
I am still not sure why I picked this up but the novelty wore off soon after taking a sip. This is a beer that makes you wonder what was going on in the head of the brewers as they were putting together a recipe. The final product is a near disaster that you should stay away from. At $12.99 it isnít the most expensive mistake you can make but unless you have a use for 2/3rds of the bottle Iíd suggest picking up something else.
Aroma / Appearance - Bubbly, the bottle foamed the second it was exposed to air. After a few minutes enough headspace formed to safely pour a glass. The resulting liquid was a carbonated golden bronze with crisp white peaks. It smelled as if somebody had poured a banana cupcake into the glass. Sweet with the smell of cheap frosting and banana chips the aroma is still somehow decent enough to merit a closer inspection.
Flavor / Palate - Fermented laffy taffy (complete with wrappers) filled the mouth upon taking a sip. Sugary and sweet like an alcopop gone wrong the beer begins to fall to pieces at this point. Whatever respect I had evaporated along with the remainder of the bottle as it went down the drain. There are plenty of worse beers out there with more pronounced flaws but the timing on this could not have been worse. Thank goodness others brought solid beer to get the palate back into focus.
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, Iím gonna say right off the bat that I liked this WAY more than I thought I would. Definitely smells like banana, though maybe in a slightly artificial way, like perhaps Now or Later or Runts candy. Flavor is banana - banana bread, actually - with notes of vanilla and walnuts and toast. Pretty enjoyable, actually.
alexsdad06 (6730) - Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by a local BA member. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a medium sized thin white head. The aroma is sweet bananas and some additional green fruity notes (apples?). The flavor is banana, yeast, additional fruits with a doughy maltiness. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. This was not as bad as advertised, but still is nothing more than a novelty.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GBBF 2010, 3rd Aug 2010. Cloudy orange. Great nose - banana and sultanas as promised. Incredibly drinkable - fruity yet not over sweet. Still very beery/ Perfect liveliness on the tongue. A real surprise find of the festival for me.
jtclockwork (10443) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2010 Bottle. Pours orange with white head. Lots of sediment. Nose of farmhouse, basement aromas and tons of banana. Taste is like a banana farmhouse ale. Some raisin. Very funky.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a very drinkable and surprisingly decent banana/raisin beer. Itís a slightly hazy wheat beer with quite a bit more alcohol punch. Aroma is of strong estery banana, vanilla, clove, and hints at barnyard. Carbonation is effervescent and it keeps a thick cap of dense white foam. Slightly creamy initial mouthfeel gives way to a fairly dry finish. Tastes a bit astringent, a little tart, and even slightly metallic, the banana character is overwhelming and definitely is the focal point of this beer.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Capped 750ml from MJRBC. Hazy, dirty gold with a white head. Strange overripe banana and dust nose, some light citrus fruit notes. Taste is strange - the banana comes through is spades, strong and sweet, but the dustiness and the fruitiness does not work for me here. Tough to rate, really, seems well done but doesnít "work".Not dring=king another anytime soon.
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden orange with small white head. Aromas of banana (runts), fruit and spice characteristic of Belgian yeast. Taste is mildly sweet, mildly tart, with notes of banana and other fruitiness typical of a golden ale with a mildly spicy finish. Light to medium body with prickly carbonation.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a cloudy brown-yellow with a small dirty-white head, and a little lacing.
smell is of ripe banana cream pie, some spice, and malt in the back.
taste is of banana, some malt, some spice, and a touch of vanilla, ends creamy with a predominate banana aftertaste.
jkwalking05 (4155) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma is of banana and caramel. Taste is of banana laffy taffy, caramel, sugar and banana bread.