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


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RATINGS: 1274   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
StuffWine (128) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
Poured an attractive light-red amber with average head that diminished to an oily slick. Aroma of sweet banana but not so much of bread, touch of vanilla and bubblegum. Taste initially of light sweet malt, moving to a mouthful of banana and bubblegum, finish is long and distinctly resembles the aftertaste from eating a slightly under-ripe banana.Creamy on palate, though a bit thin bodied, good length to finish. A solid novelty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WhoU (116) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle Makro Cape Town. Pours clear copper honey orange with light head and medium carbonation. Aroma is banana caramel sweets and custard. Taste is sweet and very light bitter. Overall slight artificial with sweet and banana but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1538) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours the color of weak tea with a 1/4" off white head. Aroma is bananas and nuts, flavor is same. Banana bread in liquid form, perhaps with addition of a bit of vanilla. Thin, dry palate. Meh, ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YigSvartka (58) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Vanilla, banana, caramel scent. Light and refreshing akin to a lager. Carbonation present, little hops, banana/caramel very prominent. The flavour is interesting, but it’s too short lived and artificial banana is all it has to offer. Still good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (3819) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle 50cl, a clear dark amber beer with good head. Nose is on over ripped banana. Aroma is on caramel, candied banana, bubble gum notes, grassy hops, floral, bit unusual, ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle from Tesco Longford [070314] Rate #1800
Amber,clear, decent frothy head, some lacing
Aroma - Typical skunky light damage nose gives way to quite intense sweet banana custard, with a soft caramel undertone. (-2 for clear bottle)
Taste of soft caramel malts, prominent soft sweet banana, dab of spicy hop, straightforward beer, taste gets better with the drinking
Palate - Soft carb, medium to light body, oily. Fairly sweet palate. Finish as main flavour, touch dry, slightly metallic, soft bitter, sweet banana
Overall - I always avoided this beer and expected it to be crap and I don’t care for clear bottles with that horrid smell on pulling the cap off, but the sweet banana comes thorough in the end and it’s a fairly pleasant if slightly artificial soft banana taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1000) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Nice & solid little tasty beer. Interesting banana aroma. Decent copper pour & smooth clean taste. Kind of a 1 trick pony but it works!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: At a bbq in Hong Kong.
Appearance: Clear golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Sweet, banana.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Banana, sweet, hops, somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anthony850 (250) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
In bottle banana taste great for making beer bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TonyHiscox (1) - Harlech, WALES - FEB 26, 2014 does not count
Far and away my favourite Beer, Tasty Alcoholic with a pleasant after taste

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