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


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RATINGS: 1466   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
19.25oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and bright copper color with effervescence. Aroma is banana, medium malt-bread, perfumy. Taste is banana, spices, medium malt-bread, perfumy, some nutty, metallic/astringency, some light hops. Light side of medium body. Dry finish. Trade with jwc215.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2008
purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington. pour is a clear orange with a creamy yellowish head, some lacing. smell is banana, some nuts, bread dough, actually first sniff is just like moms banana nut bread. taste is thin, over ripe banana, some nuts, touch of spice, bread dough, ends a little dry and a bit tingly in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
ok, lets start with aroma, it smelled like banana bread, how could it be any better. Second, there was just enough hint of banana bread in the flavor that truly made it an enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth (yet again). Pours clear deep gold and has a thin white head. Wow. The aroma is all ripe banana. Big banana that can be smelled from across the room. I do get a bit of Belgian yeastiness and spice in there too trying to be heard over the pile of ripe bananas. The taste is nice with yummy ripe banana and a bit of sweet malts that are just noticeable. Nice refreshing taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Orangey-copper in color, clear, with a frothy egg-white head that is mostly lasting. Ripe banana aroma is quite striking - the banana aroma is strong and rather one-dimensional, but hints of nuts (pecans? walnuts?) sneak in in what I suspect is largely a figment of my imagination. Flavor is highly malty, sweet breadiness really sells the "banana bread" aspect. Slightly herbally yet spicy hops hit at the tail end of the flavor profile. Mild-to-moderate carbonation, fairly full mouthfeel helps sell the feeling you are drinking bread. Quite good, personally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
broncoman (8) - new monmouth, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2008 does not count
sweet caramel/banana aroma. light head, soft carbonation. dark lager with mild banana flavor. good novalty beer, not to be taken seriously.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2008
I actually really enjoyed this one... smelled and tasted JUST like banana bread like my mom makes. Pours a very bubbly amber color with a medium shite head. 1 pt. 3.25 oz. bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Brown beer with thin head. Banana aroma. Banana taste that is awful. Yuck! This is a drain pour for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Pours chestnut brown with a beige head. Aroma is banana, brown sugar and nutmeg. Medium body, very creamy and smooth. Tastes like a banana nut muffin. Banana, spice, malts, and for some reason I tasted apple cider about every other sip. A very good beer that tastes a little different with every sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth. Golden pour with a sudsy, very creamy looking head. About 1 finger thick, dense and very bubbly. Decent retention but not much lacing. Nose of banana liquor, somewhat artificial, sweet grains and some other fruity notes. Flavor is banana Now and Laters, Joe pointed it out and damn if it isn’t true. Also get some sweet grains like the aroma, but this is mostly a banana show. Light to medium bodied, somewhat bland and flat on the tongue, just a bit unexciting to drink. Medium length finish, banana candy and a blast of sweetness. Might be a bit too sickly sweet to drink as a session beer, but I could easily drink a couple of these once in a while. Damn, this was a lot better than I expected, and a lot better than it’s rated here. I would keep this around if it was available here.

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