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


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RATINGS: 1282   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
One word: WEIRD! Not bad, necessarily, I just don’t know what to make of it. If you’ve ever been sitting around, eating banana bread, and thought to yourself, "This is pretty good, but it would be even better if I could have this without chewing AND it would get me drunk!" than this is the beverage for you. If not, this is probably not be for you. Bananas explode out of the glass in the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours a golden clear color with a white-tan foamy head. The aroma smells of the obvious banana with a medium touch of malt. On first taste the banana really comes out with a sense of sweet sugar. Moving into the bottle a bit of fresh hops notes arise with more malt on a light tip. Definitely one to try out!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anders37 (16719) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Clear copper colour with very small tan head. Banana aroma. Banana bread flavor with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2006
Bottle. Distinct banana aroma, slightly sickening. Clear copper colour, very small white head. Banana flavour, but not overly so. Quite malty with medium bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pilsnerrogge (2500) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2006
Dark amber coloured with a weak head. Artificial banana aroma. Quite sweet banana flavour with notes of honey and dough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5613) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2006
Bottled. Darka mber, no head. A lot of banana in both aroma and flavour. Decent maltiness with some faint nnotes of hop too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
First thing is the malt charateristic is really weak and bland. The flavor is completely dominated by banana spiciness, tastes rich, but overly infused and artificial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Dark golden with medium head. Aroma is malty, with an abundance of banana bread and spice. Flavour is malty sweet but a tad artificial tasting.

   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 (7844) - 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.

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