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


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RATINGS: 1254   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle. Medium dark color. Aromas of banana and a little malts. Taste is weak malty and banana with a touch of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (7664) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 First rating.
(Bottle at Score Sportsbar in Gothenburg, Sweden)
Golden honey color, with a small white head. Very much ester banana sweet scent. Clear banana in the flavor. Good bitterness. The banana is not as dominant in the taste as in the scent.

Second rating.
(Bottle from a friend from London)
Clear copper color, fluffy white head. Huge banana and a bit metallic scent. Fruity banana taste. Weak mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1110) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
A dark chocolatey brown beer with a thick creamy head. A distinct banana nose, and a sweet malty aroma follows. Quite a dry hoppy flavour with the hint of bananas again. A rich malty sweetness to the finish. (Bottle).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2006
Deep amber colour with a small off white head. Malty and sweet aroma with lots of banana fruityness. Malty and fruity sweet flavor with a light banana note. Dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 You know the little yellow marshmallow banana candies you could buy for 2 cents each when you were a kid? That is what this beer smells like. And tastes like. Not good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 [bottle from ASDA] Aroma smells like a high school science experiment with esters. reeks of fake banana, pear drops, phenols.weak body, finish has upfront sweetness and a slight bitterness. nasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11114) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2006
Very strong banana flavour that tends to be rather like perfume, a little fake and exaggerated. Good, but too short middle taste, ended with another dose of banana in the aftertaste. A curiousity though not a great discovery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle 30/10/2002 Amber coloured fruity banana. Slightly bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1123) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2006
Smells like candy bananas. Very weak head. Gentle mouthfeel with a nice trailing banana-ey flavour (strangely enough!). I have mixed feelings about fruit beers and lean towards disliking them, but this one aint bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2006
Aroma of pear drops and banana bread. Taste is similer though some sort of banana milk shake kicks in. Very drinkable for being 5%.

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