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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1311) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle, courtesy of UncleJedi from TBS Secret Santa - thanks Jim! Pours a dark black, as youíd expect, and smells faintly of the bananas I was promised. More coffee and chocolate in it than banana, I think. Nothing too crazy, but still good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2012
750mL bottle, caged and corked. Corked with a synthetic cork, the longest Iíve seen and hardest to remove. Black pour, brown head. Aroma of burnt grains. Tastes of charred malts, burnt grain, licorice bitterness. No detection of banana, except for maybe some banana peel bitterness. Sharp lingering roasted bitterness lingers on the palate for a while. Not what I was expecting, perhaps more chocolate, less roast, sweeter and less dry. Oh yeah, and banana.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (4007) - - JAN 16, 2012
the most difficult cork ever. near black with ruby highlights and a very small tan head. light coffee and dark chocolate nose. the flavor has lots of chocolate and roasty malts, lesser notes of coffee and booze. mild notes of unripe banana show after it warms but are very hard to pick up before warming. carbonation is on the sharp side for me. medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1813) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Color is black, almost flat, headless. The aroma is not too heavy, rum, brandy, and burnt sugar. Slight roasted bananas, caramel. Flavor is mostly caramel and hot fudge, like a lighter version of the Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Really tastes of Bananaís Foster more so than a banana Split. Shared at Curtisís (Nashvilleís Sweetwarer Representative) tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Rich thick pour. A tan head. Black! I smell stout but nothing else. It tastes like a stout, too. Kind of disappointing in that it has no banana or cream. Still, it is good. Light chocolate and roasted notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
@GABF-on tap-pours black with a tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate syrup-dark malt. Taste is sweet chocolate syrup-dark malt, some banana, spice hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4288) - Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Smoky, chocolaty aroma has a strong overtone of banana - hey, I love bananas. It pours a deep, warm sable with a decent tan head that doesnít last but leaves some decent lacing. Smoky flavor has chocolate and banana notes - banana split indeed! - plus hints of caramel, bread and coffee. It is a little sweet, but not cloying, and rather lip-smacking. Smooth, heavy texture is a bit syrupy and somewhat fizzy, leaving a satisfying smoky, tingly finish with a strong banana note. Go bananas over this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4927) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Aroma is bready and malty. The flavor is malty and a bit of bananas and a hint of chocolate. Not too bad, the bottle is a pain to open though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
750ml bottle - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. A pesky bottle to get into. The wire on the cage had been way over twisted, I just had to cut it off. The rubber cork was crammed too far into the bottle, requiring a wine open to wrestle it out.

Appearance: Slips out a black body with a couple of inches worth of craggy, tan-hued foam.

Smell: Sweetish, smelling of shaved semi-sweet chocolate, but also roast and just-cut, ripe bananas. Lesser notes of dark, plum-leaning fruits and caramel.

Taste: Sweet, roasted malts with flavors of chocolate syrup, caramel, smoky-toned molasses, burnt toast, and modestly roasty coffee. A few dark fruits to latch onto, but, then the banana comes in. Itís a bit slight, for me itís ample, but, with a yellow label and a big-ass banana-woman hybrid, you may be left wanting a bit more. Again, it was enough for me. Then, as the banana slowly dies away, itís back to the chocolate coated roasted grains until the smooth, yearningly creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Itís not overtly banana-esque, like that Wells Banana Bread Beer, as the subtler banana inclusion has some strong, roasty malts to compete with for your attention. I enjoy it - passable banana flavors over a solid stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Pour is dark brownish black with a nice off white head, aroma has notes of some chocolate, toffee, and hints of vanilla, and a slight hint of banana in there as well. Taste was not quite as good as Iíd thought, banana slightly in there but really just chocolate, vanilla and toffee making a sweet slightly dry stout.

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