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

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RATINGS: 1355   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%


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Golden color - medium head. Yeah, it smells like banana bread alright. Taste is kind of thin and off-putting. Bananas, yeast and not much else to go on. Intereting gimmick, but Iíll pass next time.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Banana aromas like a hefe, bready and yeasty. Pours cloudy amber. Smooth malts and BANANA, almost artificial flavors, bready and yeasty. Interesting not great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Dark golden colored with large, thin head. Light lacing. Very light taste. The aroma and taste are naturally, stong banana. SOmehow this one seems thinner than the one I had in the past.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3515) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
Sweet nose of banana and bubblegum.Taste is more banana, but more dry than the nose suggests. Odd hop finish

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goblincat (387) - Westland, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2007
The aroma is a strong candy banana. The taste is a very strong banana with the hint of bread creeping around in there. The finish comes off with a very small hint of bitter, as the commercial description indicates. Kind of a gimiky idea, but interesting enough to try.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dwyerpg (4789) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Smells like banana bread. Taste like banana bread. Really, though, itís much better than I anticipated. The 2 oz. sample was enough though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5073) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle at The Spread Eagle, Camden. Pours amber with a goo, creamy off-white head. Exciting fruity caramel aroma, but banana is quite prominent. Flavours are moderately bitter with banana shining through. Some caramel as well. Drinkable.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2007
Thanks to pascual for sharing. Some head to it, lots of banana aroma, some banana flavor, some spice,eh... ok.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonnybravo845 (5) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2007 does not count
light amber color with a small short lived head. yeast and banana aroma. clean and smooth but minimal banana flavor. slight bitter background and light carbination. to me it is just missing something

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark golden color with a small white head. Aroma of some banana and nutmeg. Spicy taste, with some clove and cinnamon. Smooth banana and vanilla taste. Lots of banana, but not overpowering. Malty finish, but not a very rich palate overall. It was nice to try, but I canít see myself drinking too many of these in my lifetime.


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