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


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RATINGS: 1355   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RobertGBG (109) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
Smell of candy-banana, plain in taste some bitterness, taste of unripe banana

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottled(568ml). ĖClear amber coloured, pale brown head, banana tooth paste nose. Malty and strong fruity, mostly banana, aroma with slight bready notes. Drinkable but not so good in overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
If I were to rate this beer on aroma alone, itís off the charts! Indeed, the aroma of this beer is bananaís, some chocolate (think chocolate dipped bananas) and sugar. Since we all want to taste the thing, the review goes on. Appearance is a dark caramel color, almost like coke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Flavors donít match up with the aroma, but there is definitely banana on the palate. However itís not real balanced and I didnít get much of the "bread" part of the beer (perhaps my senses were still reeling from the banana overload in the nose). Slightly sweet, carbonated and kinda harsh. I think once a year of this is good for me. Not a beer in the daily line-up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3883) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Dark brown amber beer with a light bubbly brown head. It smell was sweet banana with a yeasty aroma. Taste was bread like and banana with a hint of malt finish. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3192) - 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 (14937) - 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 (6466) - 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 (2961) - 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 (2458) - 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.

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