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


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RATINGS: 1307   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cschwall (3) - - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
Surprisingly good! Tastes like banana bread and both me and my girlfriend enjoy it (didn’t think I would)!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Draft sampler pour at Face to Face Beerfest ( f2f.org ): gigantic dicetyl and vanilla room deodizer aroma that follows in flavor; leanest body. Worse than artificial flavor in double-cream soda (if there is such a thing).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atheist_Peace (977) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Clear brown/amber pour with very minimal head that leaves almost no lace. Nose is a mix of sour grainy notes and banana bread with a lot of cola type notes. The banana bread comes through a lot better on the palate but there’s still a lot of underlying cheap grain notes. I wouldn’t pay for this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
COMRADEJOSH (305) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MojKufelekPL (212) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAY 23, 2014
Klarowne, jasne piwo o ładnej pianie. W aromacie słodkie, bananowe z delikatną nutą żelaza. W smaku zaskakująco mocno goryczkowe bez słodkich akcentów. Dosyć lekkie w odbiorze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkmagus82 (1823) - - MAY 19, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-18-12 - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance - A nice golden color with a white head that fades to give a thin persistent foam with a little bit of lacing. Smell - Banana aroma is huge up front. While it is a bit of an artificial banana flavoring aroma, when mixed with the bready malt aroma, it is very nice. The banana, coupled with the breadiness and a little bit of sweet caramel make for a very nice smell. Taste - Upfront the flavor has a more of a sweet taste of caramel and banana. The breadiness comes in quickly however giving a more banana bead like flavor. While not the most potent flavor, the banana bread persists, but the sweet of the bread flavor fades over time to a more buttery and malty flavors toward the end. Mouthfeel - A moderate body with a medium level of carbonation. Nothing fantastic, but seemingly quite fitting for the beer. Overall - The aroma of the beer is fantastic and in some ways sets you up for a disappointment in the taste and feel. I just expected something more chewy and bananay in taste; more banana bread in nature. Worth a try, but not something I would go to on any regularity.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joejames (179) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle to shaker glass. Pour deep golden. Not much head, no lacing. Smells like banana. Tastes like bananas Light carbonation, light body. Watery. Finishes semi-sweet. Well I tried it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edsspoon (537) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle - Pours amber with a fizzy white head which rapidly disappears. Aroma of bubblegum, flowers and yeast. Taste is indeed banana - but more like foam banana sweets (the ingredients list includes both bananas and flavouring) - some bready aroma and yeast, but it’s weak and watery. Some bitterness and oak. Light sweetness. Light body, medium to strong carbonation. It’s a shame because this has potential to be a great beer but it tastes so watered down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xmrcifuplzx (7) - Janesville, Wi, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2014 does not count
Pours a nice color but does not have enough carbonation. Smells delicious and tastes pretty good as well. I think overall this beer could be improved though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Padchenko (92) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 11, 2014
500ml bottle, 5.2%. A nice beer with strong banana aroma. It tastes very like banana bread so is very well named. Pleasant to drink and easy on the palate. A good effort!

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