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


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RATINGS: 1252   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%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2006
The name of this beer is completely apt. Big banana influence in the nose. I can taste the bananas, the bread the nuts. The banana influence is a bit overwhelming, but there is a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Pours a peachy pale color clear, white head caramel and apricot in aroma, sweet cotton candy in flavor, smooth thin body, drinkable...oh ya, like Gewn Stefani said, this shh is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
flemmingwillum (978) - Nysted, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2006
Golden colour with a stable head, however it is not very dense. The aroma is with only a little banana, but also pretty sourish, like a pilsener. The body is quite average, and the flavor is with a lot of banana which seems a little artificial, like marshmellows with banana flavor. It finishes a little dry with a good amount of hops, and the aftertaste is again marked by the hops, but with a little banana, too. This beer could easily have been sweeter, for example it could have been really exciting with some chocolate-flavor in it. There is an interesting idea behind this beer, but it should have evolved into something much more exciting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (782) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Bottle. One of my old favourites...Dark brown med off white head. Banana, malt and a bit of hops in aroma...and of course: banana. Taste is just what you’d expect: banana, malt and a nice, fresh hoppiness though it also has elements of metal. Re-rated this: BANANA! That’s about all I got to second time I took notes. Rated it lower before (5-3-5-3-10), but there’s just something magical about drinking this one. Nostalgia probably. Must have had it on a night out on a smoky bar at the first rating or something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark ambery orange. No head. Very carbonated appearance, bubbling away. Aroma is of hops, yeast, malt, and some banana-sugar-sweetness. Taste is sweet hoppy malt mix, with banana after the initial bitter bite. Wholesome thick yeasty taste. The palate, in contrast is thin, and an aftertaste is nigh-on non-existent. Quite nice, if too gassy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gethinbeer (2115) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
From bottle. Wow this beer actually smells of banana but turns a little foisty. Clear orange amber with thin head. I have to say this beer is unique for me, a fruit beer that actually does taste like what it says. Its banana with a bitter tang. Little gassy. I would love to rate this beer higher as it is banana beer, however Im not a lover of bananas. Sorry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 19, 2006
There is a nice banana aroma with a little bit of caramel malt. The color is a nice dark golden with a huge white head of long lasting duration. The flavor of banana dominates but no other flavors, whether malt or hop, can be detected. The mouthfeel is somewhat weak and watery in texture.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
Smell of candy-banana, plain in taste some bitterness, taste of unripe banana

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ogivlado (5539) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottled(568ml). –Clear amber coloured, pale brown head, banana tooth paste nose. Malty and strong fruity, mostly banana, aroma with slight bready notes. Drinkable but not so good in overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
If I were to rate this beer on aroma alone, it’s off the charts! Indeed, the aroma of this beer is banana’s, some chocolate (think chocolate dipped bananas) and sugar. Since we all want to taste the thing, the review goes on. Appearance is a dark caramel color, almost like coke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Flavors don’t match up with the aroma, but there is definitely banana on the palate. However it’s not real balanced and I didn’t get much of the "bread" part of the beer (perhaps my senses were still reeling from the banana overload in the nose). Slightly sweet, carbonated and kinda harsh. I think once a year of this is good for me. Not a beer in the daily line-up.

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