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

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RATINGS: 1473   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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%


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2009
bottle poured a light amber color with a thin white head and a small amount of fine carbonation. aroma has fresh mashed banana, sweet tropical fruit, custard, and dough. very interesting and does not have that extract thing. light mouth feel does come off on the thin side. flavor again has fresh banana, dough, light yeast but without banana, and some slight bitterness. finish is short and just lacks much to be of interest. well worth trying but not sure i will revisit this one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Pours a crystal clear light brown color with a small white head. Aroma is very heavy banana, yes a bit candy-like but honestly I don’t feel its too overwhelmingly fake, but strange definitely. Some malt and other fruits are also present although hidden behind the banana. Flavor is mostly banana as expected. Hints of sweet citrus in the finish and a slight bitterness that lingers. Some grainy malts which make the the bread portion of the name. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I dont altogether hate this beer like some do, but it feels too one dimensional, like it needed some other bit of complexity or a hop character.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
wheresthepath (2122) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
[500ml bottle, gift from Maureen & Dave - cheers!] Clear copper, minimal head. Smell completely dominated by fake banana. Initial taste also fake banana, but some cardboard and malty bread emerge after a while. Sweet, but not in a sickly way - it somehow just about balances out the sweetness with the malt. Instead its the grotesque and all dominating banana flavour that makes you feel ill - and repeats on you all night. I would agree with those who say this should be classed as a fruit beer. It proves that banana and beer is simply not a working combination - I would imagine that this sells on the novelty factor alone as I cannott imagine anyone becoming a regular drinker.

3.3
   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.

2.8
   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

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghawener (1567) - 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.

2.9
   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.

3.9
   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.

1.6
   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.

2.8
   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.


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