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


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RATINGS: 1399   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   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%

sailracer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sailracer (459) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Tap. Wow- definitely reminiscent of banana bread. Very spicy and sweet. Maybe good for a cold Winter evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (2905) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
Light clear golden body white head. Aroma of banana and sweet candy. Taste is also banana but different like banana Runts candy, sweet, bubblegum and a touch of metal. Okay.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WABeerFiend (350) - - NOV 23, 2015
Best by 03.25.16. Poured from a 12 oz bottle on 11.17.2015. A: Strong banana bread, including spices. A: Very thin head recedes to spots of bubbles. Crystal clear light brown body. T: Banana bread with spices. Artificially sweet banana flavor lingers forever. P: Heavy mouthfeel with crisp bubbles. O: It’s too sticky sweet. The hop flavor on the back end mixes strangely with the artificial sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (1029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle @Poker night (ratings backlog). Pours amber with a white head. Nose is banana, a touch more banana and then a lot more banana, its great it smells just like banana bread. Taste is more of the same, it does what is says, this beer tastes like banana bread.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekstr1der (217) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Something to try once, the aroma is pretty accurate and enjoyable. Pours light amber with minimal off-white top. Flavor is a little watery - more malt could really enhance this thing. Finish is fairly clean with some lingering banana. This stuff is okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ursa93 (3) - SLOVENIA - NOV 10, 2015 does not count
caramel, bread, citrus, banana, hazy, orange, rocky head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, fizzy, long finish, creamy,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpreo (2185) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Good beer. Banana and beer go very well together. More breweries need to join the craze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljthiessen (901) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is ripe banana, a bit artificial but not entirely, some caramel. Flavour is not nearly there. Some banana, but mostly a thin macro-lager flavour with a slightly metallic edge and corn notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierdimpfe (51) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2015
Clear amber color with a poor head. Faint sweet aroma of banana, toasty bread with some toffee. Taste of grains with faint subtle sweet taste of banana, caramel, with a hint of citrus. A little light with good carbonation. Short mouthfeel with a more bitter alcohol finish. Aftertaste of banana bread. Overall, the aroma and taste is great, but it’s a very light beer. Missing some body and a little freshness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
painterchiv (5) - - NOV 3, 2015 does not count
A: medium amber, 1 finger fizzy head / S: banana, yeast, fruitcake / T: banana, cream, roll cake, malt, light hop presence / M: smooth, light body, light carbonation, slightly warm / O: was’t too bad for a novelty beer but one bottle was enough, dull, too thin

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sccp1910 (106) - BRAZIL - NOV 2, 2015
Aroma e sabor com notas de banana, deixando uma sensação suave e um bom paladar. Cerveja leve e saborosa.

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