maxwelldeux (4033) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Pours a near black color with a thin tan head. Nose is heavily laden with banana. Taste is the same - there is little else to the beer aside from the banana. Fun gimmick, not a great drink.
crossovert (8496) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweeter one here. The fruit notes are second to the chocolate but they provide nice support.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Good flavor, but way too sweet to warrant an entire bottle/glass, which is saying something since I generally welcome "dessert stouts."
Slipstream (2145) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Also at Capone’s Thanksgiving event. Here is the dark side of the banana, if you please. This has lots of tangy, aromatic banana flavor, which blends in nicely with the mellow stout flavors. I look forward to trying more releases from Thomas Creek.
dmac (4438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Capone’s Black Friday event. Poured a pitch black body with an average ense foamy dark beige head. Aroma of rotting bananas, dark chocolate, wet toast, marshmellow, dark fruit skins, dark chocolate cake batter. Medium/full body with full carbonation, a lingering bubbly carbonation and aftertaste. Flavor of rotting banans, roastiness, dark burnt toast, slight dirty coffee and some chocolate. Interesting stuff.
PhillyCraft (3636) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones. Murky black pour with coffee colored creamy head. Aromas and taste are bannana candy, roasty coffee, chocolate, and figgy raisins. Very light carbonation with a soft palate. Interesting brew.
Damico (2766) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear black oil in color with a small burnt caramel head. The sweet delicious aroma of artificial bananas is up front but not much else. The flavors bring the banana in the forefront and then bitter chocolate and dryer ending. Not amazing, but quite nice.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
I don’t know why I grabbed this but it caught my eye on a beer run. It turned out to not be a terrible release. Maybe in the future I will grab the couple of smaller format bottles that are available as well.
Aroma / Appearance - Traces of carbonation escape from time to time. The base is a reddish brown with little to no head. Chocolate, bananas, whipped cream, and other flavors nail the aroma exactly including a generous heaping of warm syrup.
Flavor / Palate - Melted sundae with an emphasis on bananas, chocolate, and raisins roll across the palate. Cold black coffee aids in the transition to a dry finish. Reminding me a bit of a flat Dr Pepper, the finish is novel and sweet. While not a beer that I’d drink often (if other breweries attempted it) I think it does shake things up after more normal interpretations.
glennmastrange (2368) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. moderate toasted and dark chocolate for the malt, faint resin for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with hints of ripe banana (is that possible?) faint sour milk and tobacco. Head is large, frothy, light brown with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and lightly to moderately bitter.. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and finishes a little sticky. A bit of a novelty, but this Sweet Stout still works well.
bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice but weak, it smells like roasted malt, dried bananas and chocolate. I think the taste is the mostly like the aroma, but luckily the flavors are stronger in comparison. I taste roasted malt, bananas and chocolate, but there’s also some dark fruit noticeable too. However, the banana in this brew wasn’t as strong as I was expecting it to be. With that being said, it’s still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s slick, smooth and goes down easy. Moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew. I’m not sure if I’d buy it again at $12.49 a bottle, but I’m glad I tried it.