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


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RATINGS: 1361   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
drpimento (2458) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2007
BANANAS! bOOM!!! Intense banana aroma up opening the bottle. Not much head, no lace. Flavor is very banana and even surprising a touch bitter and dry. Not a great finish. Having this at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, WI USA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Different. Buying this one, I knew it would be different. I wasnt expecting anything great, I was more curious than anything. Opened it, and poured it immediately. Wow, great aroma of banana, nuts, bread, and light citrus. Smell is the best part. Appearance was ok, not much head retention or lacing. Taste is ok at best. Rich in malt and a bit of Goldings to back it up....kind of funny tasting. Worth trying once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
[400-20070705] 1pt3floz. Yeasty banana aroma with malt. Clear, bright orange brown body with a big medium-lasting fluffy off-white head. Strong banana and creamy yeast flavour. Smooth medium body. Nice texture, interesting to try -- it really is like liquid banana bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2007
Light copper coloured body with a short head. Banana aroma which carries well into the taste without overdoing it, hint of cinnamon, fairly light in body and easy enough to drink just the one of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
500 ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear dark gold to light copper colored body under a fizzy off-white one finger head. Lots of fine carbonation. Aroma is well, all bananas, whatís more to say? Very much like those Laffy Taffy candies. A little nutty and toasted maltiness below. Quite unusual flavor. Very much like very over-ripe brown bananas that have reached their height of sweetness just before rotting. Toasted grainy crystal malt base with a lingering band-aid laced finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a bit of a grainy huskiness on the finish. Moderate soft fizzy carbonation. An odd treat. Doesnít rate too well, but I actually enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle. Interesting concept for a beer. Letís see if they can pull this off, shall we? Amber pour with a delicate, bubbly white head. The aroma is sweet and bready with banana, much like banana bread. Taste has minimal hop bitterness along with bready malts, banana creme, and sweet malts. Very much a soft banana bread flavor. Body is light-medium. Soft bubbles throughout. Ends with more banana, bready malts, soft hops and sweet fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle at home. Nice orange colour, fast-receding head. Fruity, banana aroma. Oily, fruity flavour with big banana finish. Spicy finish. Big sugary, bubblegum banana flavour. Tried to drink this once in Notting Hill, so finally closed the book on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (2989) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
A nice and different beer. Aroma of banana and some malt. Pour was a light brown with a little off white head with no lacing. Taste was of sweet banana and some caramel. Very wet finish. I drank this while watching 4th of July fireworks on my deck and it both quenched and satisfied. Probably would have scored higher had I liked bananas. I just kept telling myself it was a hefe :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear orangeyt amber with almost no head. Nose is beery and bananas. Flavors is sweet banana taffy up front only to transition into a bitter, beery finish. I have been wanting to try this one for a long time, unfortunately it was somewhat disappointing. It was thin and not a rich banana flavor then spirals into this dry, bitter finish. I wish it had remained as it started.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle, poured a dark amber with a white frothy head. A ciderish aroma, with apple and some sourness. Some banana flavour, but a with a sourness that is a little astringent. Sweet, quite fizzy and yeasty.

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