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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
azzie (458) - - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle 0,5l. Crystal amber liquid with small unsteady head. Light to medium body, medium to heavy carbonation. Strong banana aroma, like artificial one. Light sweetness. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reimer96 (1511) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours a clear copper with a frothy and lacey white head. Aroma of skunk, banana, caramel and light vanilla. Taste is banana, caramel, skunk, light struck off flavors and a nice crisp and dry finish. Was expecting this to be sweeter but it’s nice that it’s more like banana nerds than banana pudding... However the clear bottle is killing this beer with the light struck off flavors and aroma. This would be a great after dinner beer if it was bottled in a dark brown bottle or can.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
omanson (49) - - JAN 3, 2015
Une odeur forte de banane. Une robe classique et un gout fade accompagnés d’arome fruités un peu absents. Une finale courte et sans saveurs. Bière proche de la mongonzo banane qui ne vaut pas non plus le coup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
exeter (454) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Poured a light amber colour with fast disappearing head and no lace. The beer had the banana flavour down pat and maybe some vanilla. The problem for me was there seemed to be a bit of Euro-skunk in the background. It was good enough to have again, especially to find out if the skunk is normal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamestulloch (2110) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle, gift from Andrew. Clear amber body with a thin white head. Lie carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of banana bread, copper and milk chocolate. Flavour of chocolate banana sweets and metal. Thin body with a watery texture. No fizz. Nice for the first few sips then it gets a bit cloying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Smells of wheat and banana but slightly artificial like the difference between fresh bananas and banana oil. Color is orange/amber with a strong taste of banana pudding to my palate. Not overly sweet like I thought it was going to be a good desert beer but not something you would want all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kleschyshyn (3) - - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
I had very high expectations for this beer. The banana taste was more subtle than I expected it would be. I found that the taste of this beer grew on me as I drank more of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Berzollaj (2) - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Medium dark Amber beer with a distinct banana smell to it. Smooth taste with a hint of banana. Interesting but good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blechmikov (4) - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
banana, bread and hoppy aroma. cloudy light brown appearance. Taste is slightly sweet and enjoyable. Lots of pleasant aroma during drink. Can sense the "banana bread" on the aftertaste. Medium body average carbonation, nice finish with the banana bread as stated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
RKYNBR1FAN (1) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
I went into this beer thinking I wasn’t going to like it, we’ll I was pleasantly surprised. I would drink it again.

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