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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1362   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled, Pasteurised.
This dark golden coloured ale hugs the palate with great intensity. Its malty aroma is complemented by the gentle nose of Banana. Its flavour unfolds with a sensual sparkle and a smart crispness, which balances its aroma perfectly. Tropically fruity; its ripe banana flavour, emphasised by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas and finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.
2005 Recipe changed from 5.5% to 5.2%


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
aracauna (3237) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Pours a dark, crystal clear copper with a large head. The aroma is a shock of banana, which first comes across as fairly genuine, but on closer inspection has a bit of an artificial quality to it. There is a slight nuttiness to the malt, giving the banana bread gimmick support, but it falls flat in the flavor as it finishes very dry. It would have been more satisfying if it had been a bit chewier in the mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AMN (127) - Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Orange-amber body, head disappeared. Flavor was exactly as promised; nothing more, nothing less. Carbonation was a little high, but definitely worth trying.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Pours a light amber with a smallish head. Aroma of banana, nuts, and bread. Nice sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3516) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle, best by 3/31/09. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet banana. Flavor is really like biting into a piece of banana bread, perhaps a little sweeter (like banana laffy taffy). Not as good as I remember from my early beer days, but still a tasty treat.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle, best by 31/3/09. Pretty much as advertised in the aroma! Heaps of sweet bananas on bready malt. Flavor quite sweet, which is of course to be expected with all those bananas, but it still gets a bit out of hand. Cloying and at the same time metallic notes come out from another end of the spectrum. Expected this to be a fun novelty beer that gets poor ratings on here just because it is said novelty beer, but I guess it really is pretty poor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2008
bb 03/31/09. Clear orange-red color with a finger of lumpy off white head, nice retention no lacing. Aroma of thin malt and bananas. Light spicy yeastiness to give it a good breadiness. Taste is more bananas but nothing to give it a bready body dissapointing slight clove and yeasty spice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Poured into an English pint glass to an amber coloured beer. Thick white head that quickly vaporized to just a thin covering. Aromas of plums and bananas. Initial taste of yeast followed by a slight banana flavor. The finish was a little disappointing; no body nor taste at all, sort of just hanging from the banana flavor. Interesting beer.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ALLOVATE (2595) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2008
From notes alone. Tasted October ’07
’Vibrant, sweet and finely pronounced aroma of fresh baked banana bread leaps from the glass - it certainly harnesses the quality well. A soft herbal hop note comes in, but a solventy tickle mars it from being too sumptuous and grounding. Pours a striking golden amber, translucent and short of carbonation. The head nothing to right home about; a thin, soapy pad, off-white and lasting. It starts pleasant in the mouth, but it quickly drowned by some nasty additions. Dull banana and caramel turns to a heavily buttery, slick, acridly tannic and drabby, light bodied, watery palate. The swallow is tangy yet drawn, luckily little sticks around. Makes you squirm with each mouthful. How could the aroma promise so much, the palate deliver so little. Not good at all!!’ (568ml, 13/12/07, The Beer Store Morley)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4789) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Pours deep amber into an English pint. Pancake head recedes to skim surface. Over-ripe banana aromas. Crisp and clean upfront with a dry, sour banana peel finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle - pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of bananas and some spices. Flavor is sweet, not as much banana flavor as the aroma hinted at. Strange mix of hops, banana flavors, sugars makes for an almost chemical like flavor.


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