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


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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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%

TravHimself's rating

   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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
coyforce (676) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2015
This beer has a strong metallic flavor that hits the tongue quickly but the aftertaste is mild banana. Overall OK but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hippoman (111) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle from Bargain Booze, New Mills, Derbyshire. Pours dark amber with thin but lasting white head. Aroma is sweet malt and ripe banana. Banana is less strong in flavour but still present with short bitter finish on smooth palate. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mehinaman (8) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2015 does not count
Very good beer. The banana flavor is very subtle so the beer is not too sweet at all. Overall it’s very crisp and refreshing. Great summer day beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emusche (57) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Pours amber with a frothy creamy head. Aroma is awesome bananas and heady malts. Taste doesn't match scent, much more bland. Not bad; definitely not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JulioRangel (26) - - JUN 19, 2015
Sabor de banana rançosa. Aroma de banana bastante destacado. Cerveja sem corpo. Alto drinkability. Cor acobreada. Espuma de baixa persistência

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Austin_Ripper (56) - Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2015
A very good desert beer, would not recommend drinking more than one because of the sweetness, absolutely work a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (2302) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015

Lukt: Frukter, malt, banana og en anelse karamell.
Utseende: Fin mørk gyllen farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynt skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Noe syrlig fruktig smak, banan, tyggis og en anele karamell.
Hvor: Kjøpt/Nydt@The Great Beer Bar, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@5,2%, Når@15.06.2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KoRoBeNiKi (93) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Large amount of banana flavor with some extra bitterness at the end to help balance out the sweetness. Easy drinking, It’s what it says it is and it somehow works...somehow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
euniceradio (176) - Colton, California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle to cervoise. Dark copper color. Off-white head dissipates to ring. Aroma of banana, spice, caramel. Taste is caramel malts with banana bread, banana candy, some spice, and cracker. Medium mouthfeel. Okay carb. Finish is like banana bread with a bit of cereal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
popkow (301) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle pours a minimal tan head on a nice amber body without any lacing. Smells of malt and yeast. Taste of a water soaked banana bread. Very thin body.

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