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

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RATINGS: 1331   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%


TravHimself's rating

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TravHimself (38) - mebane, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Poured from a pint bottle into a goblet ...pours a rich amber with a nice head that seems to be gone in seconds ...smell is of baked bread and a lot of banana ...taste is very much the same as the smell... loads of banana and a nice malt back bone and a small touch of hops this beer is a great break away from my go to beers ...all in all pretty damn tasty ....cheers


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alexi91 (5) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015 does not count
Drank directly from the bottle at home. Sweey banana flavour, mid-to-high carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AbbeyRoade (435) - Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Actually does have a nice legitimate banana aroma and flavor. This flavor is mixed with nice spicy hop and a it of malt backbone to come out with a pretty even-keel brew that isn’t bad at all.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Malrider69 (61) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours a golden/copper colour with a medium white head that thins quickly. The aroma is of bananas and other sweet, fruity esters. There is the slight flavour of bananas and malt with a slightly bitter aftertaste which is not overly palatable. Overall this beer is nothing special.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vinivini (539) - BELARUS - FEB 13, 2015
Deep orange. Minimal head. Nice lacing. nose of candies, banana, lemonade. Light to medium body, Medium sweet cola-like taste. A hint of bitterness. Quite a unique brew.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
WilltheMoth (5) - Minehead, Somerset, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2015 does not count
It really didnt taste brilliant. I could probably finnish off a half pint but no more than that. The palette too wasn’t brilliant and left a horrible after taste. I found that it really doesn’t go well with a donner kebab with garlic Mayo. I was quite disappointed really. Although it started off well, until you could really taste the bannana. It would probably go very nicely with bannana cake/ bread or anything with banana in it. Overall, I wouldn’t drink it again

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
shaynsawchuk (599) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
500 mL bottle. Pours amber with a thin white head. Weirdly metallic on the nose, then bready malts and synthetic banana flavor. Dry and thin with moderate carbonation and a tinny finish. Awful.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GTAEgeek (1343) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Bronze color, with a small, beige head. The aroma is fake banana, cloves, brown bread, and syrup. Very sweet, with a little yeastiness. Medium body, and a bit sticky. Overall, this a tasty, but gimmicky beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pour out of bottle, clear orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of banana, honey, touch of grass, slight biscuit and bread, hints of yeasty notes as well. Taste is a mix of bread, biscuit, some caramel into hints of grass, nice banana and banana bread notes with a hint of nuts, finishing sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (444) - - 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 (43) - - 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.


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