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


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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (3235) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 3, 2015
Bottle, bbd 21.3.15 Dark bronze - brown with a white head. Indeed banana, some cinnamon and clove, but mostly banana in the nose. Tastes very fruity, ripe banana, some toffee. Full body, mildly carbonated, surupy mouthfeel and banana finish. Very banana-ish then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
custardtrout (7) - - APR 2, 2015 does not count
A good light body beer with a refreshing taste, not over powered by the banana a good blend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1631) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
500ml bottle, work leaving present. Sparkling orange gold colour, white foam head and aroma of banana, fruity, vanilla. Taste is sweetish bready malt & banana flavour, with caramel, toffee, vanilla notes and light bitterness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bready earthy finish. Quite OK.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bennetporter (352) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Well, it’s definitely a banana bread beer. Overly sweet focus on banana flavor without really holding up the beer end of things. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rustbucket0873 (300) - Krikville, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Pours light clear brown. Almost like black tea. With no head. Aroma is banana, and slight caramel. The flavor is banana, Apple, and caramel. Its ok. I wouldnt go.oit of my way for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
leosanches (27) - - MAR 21, 2015
Cerveja dourada e translúcida, com espuma persistente, clara sem formação de halos. O aroma é totalmente dominado pela banana, sendo impossível notar outras influências. O sabor é curioso, não se sente o álcool e o sabor da banana predomina todos os sentidos da cerveja. Apesar da espuma presente, ela não é cremosa e quase imperceptível ao tomar. Ponto positivo é o toque aveludado e suavidade que favorece que a drinkability. Apesar disso, é enjoativa é difícil de ser tomada em boa quantidade. Acredito que possa funcionar bem como sobremesa, ou acompanhando alguma dessa, de modo a complementar o sabor. Ruim para acompanhar alimentos salgados, porém talvez caia bem com queijos fortes para equilibrar o sabor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle tasted at home. Pours a clear amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma has quite a bit of banana, lightly nutty, caramel, some sweet bread. The flavor has banana, lightly nutty, caramel, some strange bitterness that seems out of place, hints of metallic and chemicals, all in all, about what I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DIBBLE (102) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Reddish golden beer with small off white head that retains a thin covering throughout. Well carbonated. Aroma of banana flavoured sweets and hopped beer. Flavour is like banana cake. Initially like a heavy desert but there’s a metallic bitterness that offsets the sweetness and seems a bit at odds with the rest of the package. Bready dry finish is light and moreish. Takes a while to get used to but overall enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
willycoolj (2) - WALES - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
The best beer I have had, fantastic nom nom nom 🍻👍👅

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (1030) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Aroma of cheap banana bread. Leaves, malt and spice. Flavor is artificial banana but not overpowering with sweetness like so many other over aggressive fruit beers. Alcohol feel is short and flawed.

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