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

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RATINGS: 1259   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2007
This is IMO basically a gimmick beer. It looks "ok’,smells of mild malt and artificial bananas. This would be better on a cool autumn night with the mouth feel. Taste wise it reminds me of a beery version of a cereal Jimmy Durante was hawking back when I was a kid. Grains and artificial bananas,add in some nutty malt and a tich of syrup..There ya are.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Medium gold with thin white head. Yeasty banana aroma. Taste is primarily thin and watery, but the finish is clearly banana on exhalation. $4/16.9

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bov (9255) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2007
clear amber colour and a little fading foam; phenolic with strong notes of banana; sweet and slightly tart with a moderate malt body; slightly dry finish with hints of caramel and banana

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2727) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Pours a light amber color with a strong aroma of bananas and malts. Taste is an interstesting combination of banana bread, yeast and malts. In the absence of a good banana bread....

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Body-clear caramel body with a thin ring of bubbles and a very flimsy film of bubbles. Nose-well, I’ll be damned-it smells like banana bread-bananas, cinnamon, run. Taste-big surprise here-it tastes like banana bread-medium to high CO2, ginger, bananas, thin, Sulphur, low-medium bitterness, nutmeg, allspice, slightly astringent. Has a small medicinal bite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2452) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Large white head, fair retention with bits of spotty and stringy lacing. Dark gold color, a pretty brew. Plenty of nanner in the nose and surprisingly, the bread! Light vanilla notes as well, pretty cool! Body is light, somewhat watery unfortunately. Lightly sweet malts scratching their way out from under the estery bananna flavors. The bread is surprisingly there also which makes this an intersting brew. Dry, lightly fruity finish. I,ll admit it,s not much as far as beer goes but damn if it dont taste like bananna bread which i do love. Nifty brew!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle sampled from Capones. Pours copper with a small light tan head. Aroma of (that’s right you guessed it) banana bread. The flavor well is once again banana bread, finishes with a light hoppy presence.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Medium copper pour with minimal head. Aroma is banana bread, some hops, some malt. The palate is medium, with a pretty authentic banana bread flavor, plus some malty notes and subdued finishing hops.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Surprisingly good! I made sure to check the bottling date, and at less than a month old I picked it up. Not terribly attractive pour, light golden, fizzy, thin white / tan head. Smells like fresh beer and quite noticably like banana bread. Taste was sweet, slightly creamy, with a golden honey ale in the background. Nicely balanced banana flavor. Will try again!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
POD (198) - USA - MAY 29, 2007
Couldn’t resist this beer when I saw it in the cold beer section of the store. I drank this one ice cold. Appearance is copper orange with a creamy tan head. Aroma is 100% Banana Bread, which I love. The brew has a watery mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation. Flavor is ripe banana with a hint of nuttiness. The finish goes tart, then bitter. This ale is a fantastic relaxation beer to be enjoyed with any salty snack of your choice. I liked it and would drink it again.


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