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

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RATINGS: 1323   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%


kchampagne's rating

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kchampagne (112) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours a copper color. Little head and a aroma is of slight bananas. Not as much as I was expecting. The mouth feel is watery and the flavor definitely has hints of banana. Nothing crazy about this beer.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (415) - - JAN 24, 2015
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%

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pacv27 (12) - - JAN 21, 2015
A bit too carbonated. Thin mouth feel. Initial taste of bananas and then spices. However after a few sips it becomes repetitive. Also leaves a sticky feeling after each sip. Interesting but not sessionable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
veceo (677) - CROATIA - JAN 18, 2015
Clear amber color, thin white head. Lots of banana in the nose, almost like Bananko. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Taste is mainly sweet with malts and banana, and some hoppy bitterness with a slight apple touch that resembles cheap industrial lagers. Decent beer, better than expected. Not really sure about this STRONG thingy, though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1406) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2015
7/4/7/3/16. Bright amber. Frothy white head. As expected, Nice little banana bread aroma. Flavor follows. Lighter body. A little citrus sorta twang. Not a crazy/extreme concoction. Nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dresden (997) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
I’ve kind of avoided this beer, it doesn’t sound appealing but I was a bit surprised. Sweet banana aroma, almost fake but not bad. Very sweet, word banana like medicine and some light malt. Ok if you’re into this, I’m just not

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voodoo (379) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Poured a clear orange color with a healthy white head which lingered a bit.......aroma of banana bread (surprise) slight malt tones......taste is real banana, breadiness, crisp, finishes clean, pleasant. Surprisingly enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
HammerTroll (623) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 15, 2015
Not a great looking, clear golden color, minimal white head. Banana and malt aroma. Taste is also banana, but not hefe-like banana, more like banana candy. Interesting stuff.
(0,5l bottle)

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
stout94 (4) - - JAN 14, 2015 does not count
Didn’t meet my expectations what so ever. Very sweet and hard to drink the full bottle in one sitting. Aroma: Smells like banana as you would expect, very sweet, hints of toffee Appearance: Pale + Clear with not much of a head to speak of. Taste: Overly sweet. Hints of banana and toffee. Palate: Silky in the mouth. Long finish. Overall: Wouldn’t recommend, too sweet.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Timber01 (10) - - JAN 7, 2015
Had a buddy bring me one of these and it was slightly sour but not outdated, I would hope I could chalk it up to being a bad batch or a co2 issue during bottling I would like to try it again to have a comparison

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
azzie (329) - - 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.


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