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

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RATINGS: 1448   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%


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
bottle. pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head. it smells just like banana candy. a bit of banana in the flavor as well as some nuts mingled in with hop bitterness. has a very crisp feel, maybe it is a bit too cold. finishes dry. not the best beer I have ever had but what more do you want from a beer that claims to be brewed with bananas.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2008
bottle- like a homebrew experiment gone somewhat wrong, but still resulting in a drinkable beer. Just way too many unfermentables in there. And I got the banana a bit, but whereís the bread. This thing is really thin as well. Disappointed.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
Big bottle purchased in Spokane. Aroma as I pour is indeed banana bread. Closer to the glass it is more like raw dough or beer. Moderately lasting head on dark amber. Tropically fruity. A bit metallic. The lighter body allows room for the banana bread flavours but somehow the beer seems to demand a sturdy malt base. A lot of bitterness like too many peels and not enough bread.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Pours darker gold with a frothy white head. Aroma of...banana bread. Nuts, ripe bananas, and liquor in the nose and in the taste. KInd of grainy, and the banana taste seems a little sickeningly sweet towards the end. Overall, much better than I expected.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
unrulythings (73) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2008
pours a dark orangish red color with a decent sized head. aroma is sweet - definitely banana-ish with malty characteristics. flavor is surprisingly not too overwhelming with banana flavor. tastes like a banana liquor. not bad, though Iíd been eyeing this over and over at the beer store, intrigued by it, though I probably wonít buy it again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Clear light amber with an ok head. Smells of banana bread, however scent is slightly strong and artificial. Taste is dry and nutty with banana flavors present.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tenderstone (25) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Another fine selection from 99 Bottles in Federal Way. Pours gold with a quickly vanishing head. Banana is apparent at the first sniff, then blends to a light fruit scent. Strong banana flavor, with a balanced malt. Hop finish is a welcome contrast to the sweet flavor. The medium palate works well for this beer, as a thicker one might overwhelm the tongue. If youíre looking for a beer to go with a fruit dish, this might not be too bad of a choice. But Iíll have to try that combination to be sure.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Golden colored, minimal foamy head. Aroma is banana boat sunscreen. Flavor is light malt and sweet banana. I like the idea behind this beer, and it didnít turn out too bad. Soft on the palate, somewhat light bodied. Overall seems alright.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Pours a clear copper with very little head. The bit of head that is there is white foam but very quickly dissipates. Aroma is definite bananas. The first thing that comes to mind is Banana Boat sun block. Definite malts. Flavor is of banana and sugar with hints of vanilla and walnuts. Banana bread is the best way to describe the flavor. What is surprising is that it really isnít an overly sweet beer....banana flavors and spice but balanced by the malts. Medium carbonation and light body.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3765) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
19.25 oz bottle-A clear copper body with a small white covering for a head. Aroma of bananas and slight malt. Taste of this light to medium bodied brew is of banana on the front end then it goes into a different banana taste on the back end. Does finish dry. Not a bad brew.


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