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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1305   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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%


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5702) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 1 pt 3.25 oz sturdy bottle. Medium copper colored pour, spritzy white head that fades rather quickly. Aroma of bananas of course - the artificial flavor type - like water taffy or bubble gum. Banana-like essence carries over to the flavor as well. If you close your eyes, you can taste the banana bread - not the kind made by your mom with week old bananas, but the kind found in a grocery store. Gets better as it warms - some nuttiness comes through with some citrusy bitterness making its way through. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and turns somewhat metallic near the end of the bottle. Not bad for a novelty beer.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Dear God! What a wretched concoction. Tastes like banana zest - not the meat, not the peel; the bland strings you pull off the fruit. Yipes. Not sweet, just shelly and hollow.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3883) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
500ml bottle; Nose of banana and some vanilla cookie breadiness; copper with a small off-white head; flavor of banana bread, some sweetness, and light hop bitterness; wish I had some of the cask version to try!

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sssamcz (6) - Berkhamsted, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007 does not count
Bizzare beer. Initial aroma is definitely banana. Inital taste on the palate is quite nice, rounded, bready, then the banana aftertaste hits you.... not for me...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 22, 2007
500 ml bottle, best by 11/30/07. Clear amber with an off white head. Nose really is banana bread, with a tinge of tropical fruitiness. The banana flavor falls off in the flavor a bit, taking a back seat to the bready flavors and sweet malt. A light bitter nuttiness in the finish. Interesting, well done, but not really up my alley.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bronze, slightly cloudy with a gorgeous creamy-frothy head. Aroma of mild fresh banana, quite natural smelling. I am astonished at how natural tasting the banana is in this beer. Medium-bodied with a perfect malt backbone to support the banana flavor and some wheatiness. Would only suggest they use more biscuit malts to increase the breadiness, which was faint at most.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Light golden color, thin white head. Nose is mostly banana flavored laffy taffy with small hints of yeast. I have a hard time believing REAL bananas were used in the brewing process. Light in body with a sweet and sour finish. Not what I expected. Pretty terrible.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2727) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle - Medium head, small but static head. What an aroma, real banana, not synthetic though, smells like over ripe bananas with a floral bouquet. Initial taste is that of banana however that soon fades and the hop malt flavour shines through with a sweet, long finish. Very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle, $3.99 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Pours light amber with an inch of white head. Smells just like banana bread. Flavor is banana bread... wow, they nailed what they were going for. Spices & bananas just in a liquid form. Nice.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
copper beer. banana aroma. banana taste. light carbonation. not my thing. should’ve had a bell’s.


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