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


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RATINGS: 1414   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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%

zinvegas' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zinvegas (10) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Aroma was malty, but with more hoppiness than I had expected. Poured from the bottle a dark, but translucent amber, with very little head. Taste was incredibly malty, but had a nice, bitter hop balance to it. Didn’t really get a lot of banana until the finish, which is a pleasant, ripe banana flavor which lingers for quite a while.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Fukito (995) - Santiago, CHILE - FEB 13, 2016
Clear shinny dark golden wirh a small white head. Aroma is banan with some burnt carsmel. Flavor is ripe banana with some booze. Too sweet and artificial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gallan1 (5) - - FEB 12, 2016 does not count
roasty, banana, vanilla, brown, clear, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, light body, creamy, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ecook90 (24) - Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Very smooth and amber in flavor. Little to no head. But tastes and smell like banana bread without any bitterness to be found. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1232) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2016
on tap at Dog & Bull in Croydon - nice hint of banana in the aroma. Decent banana flavor. Nice amber color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonestGriff (29) - Birkenhead, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Was dreading this banana beer sounds wrank, but is really nice deep malty beer with a hint of banana, smells sweet, not keen on the colour, will defo have again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerowl80 (69) - - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is bready and malty with a hint of banana. The flavour of the banana comes through in the taste together with a touch of bitterness. I kinda think I shouldn’t like this but I do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Campsalot2 (2) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2016 does not count
Smells and tastes like banana bread! Bit of a "sting" on first taste, but easy to drink.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mcberko (11214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
500mL pours a fairly clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is hugely skunked, with pot, skunk cabbage and some strange herbal vegetal notes. Flavour is totally different, with notes of butterscotch, banana, and vanilla. Very bready with a dominant vegetal and banana finish. Not an atrocity, but it’s really bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3801) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle from OPC in Busan for 5200 KRW, served in a pint glass. It pours an orange Amber with a light beige head. The aroma is fruity banana bread. Light bodied and incredibly fruity banana with malty caramel and bready notes. Tasty and it is what it says it is. A fun wacky beer in my opinion though not one I'd drink regularly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yy0pp (1078) - - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber color with white head. Aroma - Banana (of course), candies, vanilla. Taste - Heavy cloying sweetness, banana, nuts, grain.

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