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


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RATINGS: 1471   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Color is copper with a mediocre head. Aroma is of malt and banana with some nuttiness. Taste is sweet with banana, malt and nut flavors dominate. Slighly thin body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours a light amber color with thin white head that fades quicklt. Aroma is of unripened banana and light frassy hops. Taste is much the same with a one sided flop of banana. Blech! I guss there is a market for this crap but not me. To try this, mush a banana in you bud light and enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Huge blast of banana,like someone shoved a banana up each nostril, somebreadiness does make its way through,would not classify this as a "gentle nose". Taste is rather smooth banana and grain malt,you at first do get the impression of banana bread,but then this bitterness finishes it off ,like in addition to the banana ,you are now sucking on the peel,i like bananas but in a softer way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2008
330ml Bottle - By the Bottle - Vancouver, WA
Aroma – Deep Banana aroma with some malts. Fun Beer.
Appearance – Amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor – Nice banana flavor through out. This was a fun beer to drink. Had the banana bread flavor and was a beer. It was a great concept and need to try once. Not bad either.
Palate – Good Mouthfeel, Nice texture and finished dry.
Overall – A very fun beer and the flavor was pretty good. I liked this beer. Great idea and gets you talking at the beer tasting table.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Bottle. Copper caramel color with small head. Sweet aroma of banana and pie crust/cookie dough. Tastes almost exactly like it smells; faint bitterness at finish. Soft and mellow mouthfeel. Big banana flavor but not cloying or annoying. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - 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 (2180) - 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 (8155) - 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 (1941) - 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.

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