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


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RATINGS: 1281   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Iím not an overly huge fan of fruit beer, but I do enjoy one every now and then. This beer is a nice, deep amber color with slight amount of carbonation. It smells and tastes just like a warm loaf of banana bread sitting on the table - real bananas with ever so slight bread and nut flavors lingering around. It has a nice, full palate with a pretty sweet finish. The banana flavor tastes genuine, not artificial in anyway. I think this is a wonderful brew that is truly unique and really underrated. 19.25 oz bottle, $6.75 at the Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13562) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2006
Bottled. Clear, deep golden beer with a small off-white head. Ripe bananas and notes of other tropical fruits in the aroma. The flavor is mostly banana too, but with some malt and hops. Lightly sparkling, medium body. I am surprised to learn that I like this one, even though Iím not fond of ripe bananas. (060713)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of jerc. I canít believe we followed a Dark Lord with this?! Well itís totally different thatís for sure. Pours a clear orange with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma of banana, malt and...ah hell, never mind trying to be technical, it smells just like banana bread. The flavour, yup, banana bread. Light to medium bodied. If you like banana bread then this is the beer for you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
This beer gives you just what it says--banana bread. The aroma is all banana, and nothing else. You canít get a hint of hops, malt or alcohol out of that baby if you sniff all day long. The taste is so interesting--full of bananas and a definitely bread type taste to it as well. It has a very lingering aftertaste that doesnít sit well in my opinion. I love all things banana, but I will stay away from this brew in the future."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of jerc. Gimmicky or not, Iíve wanted to try this one, so thanks to Jeremy for the chance. Bright amber colour with a small head. Lots of banana on the nose, with a hint of skunk (fíing clear bottle!). Tastes so much like banana bread, itís uncanny. Itís a little weird, and could use some more body, but ultimately I ended up enjoying it much more than I expected I would.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a trace of lace. Chrystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Strong banana nose. Starts as a malty/hop mix but then the banana flavor kicks in, a strange soapy banana aftertaste. $4.09 for a 19.25oz bottle from Johnís Market Place Tigard, Or.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
How do you follow up a Stone Old Guardian and a Dark Lord? With banana bread of course! Bottle shared with Jerc, GregClow, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy, Jerís bottle. Wonderful aroma- strong sweet banana bread - and a hint of skunk from the clear bottle. Orange, small white head. Tastes like....banana bread! Just a little too thin unfortunately - watery makes it seem pretty forgettable. Interesting stuff that delivers what it promises, just too bad there wasnít more beer to go with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
Bottle (500ml - clear). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - jercís bottle. Poured clear amber with a small off-white diminishing head. Aroma of banana (okay, sweet enough to be banana bread) - a little nutty, sweetly malty but a hint of skunk Iím afraid - damned clear bottles! Tastes the same - banana bread, some mild actual hop character on offer, less skunk than the nose - still very sweet. Average body, leaves a sweet cloying aftertaste, nicely carbonated, almost sharp; not bad - banana bread, dessert in a (clear!) bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Brown body with a small white head. Just a hint of skunk brands the aroma with the stain of the brewerís poor choice of a clear bottle. Mild banana and sweet bready malt are quite pleasant. Tastes like banana bread, much more so than I expected. Bit of malt, very minute skunk. Touch light on the body, light sweet aftertaste. Courtesy of the Ebden Delivery Service

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2006
Clear amber-brown pint bottle. Aroma is candy and banana, flavour little more banana-like than some of the fruitier Weissbeers. The finishing bitterness imparted by the hops (Challenger, Golding) counters this nicely, but there is a stale woodiness in there also bordering on the offensive. Aftertaste is breadily malty. Maybe one to re-sample on draught.

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