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


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RATINGS: 1400   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Pours a transparent golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of banana much like banana runts...malt and spices. Flavor is banana, sweet malts, bread and spices. No false advertising here, this is a interesting brew......glad to have tried it but I wouldnt seek it out on a regular basis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Aroma is, you guessed it. Storng banana. The color is so light it looks anemic. Flavor is overwhelmingly banana. This should be a fruit beer instead of a strong ale

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghawener (1542) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle: Intense banana aroma, real banana bread aroma and taste, truly liquid bread. Drank in San Diego as part of a different styles tasting. this was different in a good way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
50cl bottle from Sheps Deli (St. Pete, FL). Pours a generally clear light brown leather tan color with a thick and foamy off-white head that settles slowly and laces the glass. Aroma is fake banana extract, some mild floral sweetness, some hints of spice, coconut, nuts. Flavor is decidedly banana and bread with some hints of sweet malt, coconut, raisins, ginger, some faint phenol notes. Generally light body with a watery mouthfeel and a sweet, banana finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours gold/orange with small off white head. Smells like bananas and soft malts Tastes like bananas and a soft hint of spicy bread in the aftertaste. Impressive in the fact that the beer tastes exactly how the name suggests, but since I am not and fan of banana bread, this beer was a nice treat, but not up my alley. I would strongly recomend this beer for any fan of banana bread. I am glad i tried this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle purchased at Wegman’s in Johnson City, NY. Pours clear amber, off white head. Aroma is banana bread and malt. Flavor is the same and hoppy with a weird chemical finish. Pretty gross.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours gold with a big head. Aroma is sweet with lots of banana. Mouth feel is lively with a good amount of carbonation. Flavor is one sided with not much else going on besides the banana, which I guess is the point after all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tgncc (3036) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
The appearance is strange; a little like a soda (?!?!), it has an orange/ginger ale sort of color. Weak head, no lacing. Cool smell, bananas dominate, along with grainy malts. It has an aroma faintly like a cross between hefeweizen and an English pale ale. The mouthfeel was surprisingly watery. The flavor was mainly caramelized malts, not much in the way of hops. the flavor was a bit weak. A little sting on the tongue is from the carbonation. The finish is gone from the palate in a flash. I’m glad I tried this, but I wouldn’t buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1318) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2008
This is one of the only beers that I like that comes from the good ole’ U.K. Anyways, the aroma is pretty good, the beer actually smells like banana bread! I love how they were able to capture that. I was expecting more of a wheat flavor, or stout because I think the beer is too thin for what it is. This beer is has a transparent copper look to it. Looks ok I would venture to say. Thin head that sticks around the edge of the top. The head that was all over the top quickly faded away. The beer looks ok. It is different from what I expected. The banana flavor stays with the beer while I am tasting it, but that subtle hop and malt flavor kick in to throw the whole thing out of whack. I would like it to be maltier and sweeter if you ask me, and for the beer to be a bit thicker that way I can get the bread feel of the beer. Overall, this beer isn’t bad at all. I wouldn’t say that this is a favorite of mine, but given the fact that the brewers were attempting to find that banana bread taste this is pretty, pretty, pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2008
Bottled 50cl. It pours a clear copper beer with a small head. The nose is of glue, banana and herbs. Very sweet taste. Light bitterness. Not much lacework. Very low carbonation. Medium bodied. Metallic finish with residual sugars. Poor

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