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


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RATINGS: 1286   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2406) - 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 (2927) - 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 (6108) - 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 (7894) - 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 (7203) - NUNEATON, Top 22, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Clear dark amber color with a medium white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is of course all bananas. Medium-bodied, and the banana character luckily is not as dominant in the flavor as it is in the aroma. However it is still a lot of banana, along with a bit of malt and nuts. The finish is fruity and nutty. I was nervous trying this but it actually turned out better than expected. I still wouldnít make it a regular purchase though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4197) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Strong banana popsicle aroma. Good embossed bottle, tea-colored and clear, oatmeal head. Dry. Banana popsicles, medium bittering. Rather one-dimensional and bland. Novelty, but no knockout here. Aftertaste is very banana bread-esque.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Svesse (6163) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2006
(Bottled) Colour is dark amber, with a foamy, but quickly disappearing, head, leaving little laces. Nose is rather malty, but dominated by the odd aroma of ripe bananas, however a bit candyish, like marshmallows. Fruity, but slightly artificial. Taste starts malty, with the same slightly artificial banana aroma, however not as dominant as in the nose. Starts slightly sweet, but turns drier as the malt and hops come to the fore towards the finish. Strange notes of Dr Pepper as well. Medium bodied. Somewhat bitter-sweet, rather chemical finish with the bananas and hops battling it out (battling is probably too strong an expression). Not at all unpleasant, but Iím not really convinced.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 568ml bottle, fridge-temp. Colour ruby, cognac. Small head that turns into a cloud. At first the aroma has some banana in it, but after some sniffs it starts smelling more and more of chemicals. Pleasant on the palate, turns into foam in the middle. The aroma is strong on hops but the banana is less evident, just like in the case of Youngís Double Chocolate. Interesting, once.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Pours a light amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is of bananas, nuts, and sweet malts. Flavor is really strong of bananas. Very interesting taste to this one, Iím still not entirely sure why I bought this one but itís better then I expected. Not sure if Iíll ever buy this one again.

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