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


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RATINGS: 1432   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sssamcz (6) - Berkhamsted, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007 does not count
Bizzare beer. Initial aroma is definitely banana. Inital taste on the palate is quite nice, rounded, bready, then the banana aftertaste hits you.... not for me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 22, 2007
500 ml bottle, best by 11/30/07. Clear amber with an off white head. Nose really is banana bread, with a tinge of tropical fruitiness. The banana flavor falls off in the flavor a bit, taking a back seat to the bready flavors and sweet malt. A light bitter nuttiness in the finish. Interesting, well done, but not really up my alley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3723) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bronze, slightly cloudy with a gorgeous creamy-frothy head. Aroma of mild fresh banana, quite natural smelling. I am astonished at how natural tasting the banana is in this beer. Medium-bodied with a perfect malt backbone to support the banana flavor and some wheatiness. Would only suggest they use more biscuit malts to increase the breadiness, which was faint at most.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Light golden color, thin white head. Nose is mostly banana flavored laffy taffy with small hints of yeast. I have a hard time believing REAL bananas were used in the brewing process. Light in body with a sweet and sour finish. Not what I expected. Pretty terrible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2862) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle - Medium head, small but static head. What an aroma, real banana, not synthetic though, smells like over ripe bananas with a floral bouquet. Initial taste is that of banana however that soon fades and the hop malt flavour shines through with a sweet, long finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1802) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle, $3.99 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Pours light amber with an inch of white head. Smells just like banana bread. Flavor is banana bread... wow, they nailed what they were going for. Spices & bananas just in a liquid form. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
copper beer. banana aroma. banana taste. light carbonation. not my thing. shouldíve had a bellís.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2007
letís see, aroma of banana, after-taste of banana, not real carbonation throughout but a good head, dark hue, sweet, would try again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
snargles (23) - wouldntyouliketoknow, Maine, USA - NOV 7, 2007
The best banana beer iíve tried,not that iím into that sort of thing,not that thereís anything wrong with that..ití just...get a bottle,try it but take it easy with it and sandwich it in with other full-flavor ales.the banana taste is actually a lot lighter than you would expect after a sniff,,,but ítis still strong,it still blows away 90% of fruit íeavy lambics

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Lucked into this one during a slow night at The Aldgate when the owner pulled it out and let the few of us there have a bit. Reddish orange with a small head. Aroma is sugary banana, some malts. Medium, smooth body. If youíve ever had the banana flavored Runts candy then you know what this beer tastes like. Slightly bitter, sugary finish. Interesting to say the least but there is no way I could down a whole one of these.

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