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

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RATINGS: 1432   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Satyroneto (273) - BRAZIL - SEP 3, 2015
Cor de ouro envelhecido com tonalidade alaranjada; brilhante e cristalina com perlage intenso; espuma de leve tonalidade amarela, média formação e persistência duradoura de uma camada de 2-3mm de espessura; lacing pouco/razoável. Aroma de banana e bolo de banana e um pouco de caramelo no 2º plano deixando o aroma um pouco enjoativo, doce demais. Sabor com início de caramelo evoluindo para um intenso banana (vide aroma) com final um pouco picante e levemente amargo; o amargor não eh suficiente para equilibrar o dulçor da cerveja; retrogosto de bolo de banana e leve amargor. Corpo leve e média carbonatação.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YigSvartka (269) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Vanilla, banana, caramel scent. Light and refreshing akin to a lager. Carbonation present, little hops, banana/caramel very prominent. The flavour is interesting, but itís too short lived and artificial banana is all it has to offer. Still good though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MRMedellin (269) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - MAR 19, 2014
Strange beer, I donít know if it can be considered a fruit beer. When is poured an orange beer is seen with a small and unstable foam head which dissipate very quickly leaving just a small ring. The aroma of course has increased banana notes and also some bubble gum and vanilla, sadly those ones overcome on the malt or hops ones. In palate has a light - medium body, the malt is felt slightly, and the bitterness of the hops to, but I think the banana flavor is too much and almost kills the others, leaving an artificial sensation in the mouth.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Pours copper with nose of the label, Banana bread. The taste is a little flat, but like drinking a liquid banana bread...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Color is caramel brown. Smells like Banana Bread, Tastes like banana bread. Dam, banana bread in a glass! Whoot Whoot!

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2011
Yep it tasted like banana bread and that was the point. Didnít really like it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a brown translucent amber color, aroma is well...banana. flavor is english mild style with banana...onteresting novelty not bad though

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2009
Pours copper with a small white head mostly lasting. Aroma of sweet banana gum ans some green fruits. Nice flavor of banana but after a while it feels a bit artifical. Fairly dry finish with a nice bitter punch. All together much banana, not so much else in there, but still very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Golden copper pour into thick, foamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly into heavy ring of lacing around the glass. Carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass into a lingering pool in the center. Aroma of bananna, malty bread and sticky sweet (candied?) citrus. Initial flavor of bananna (bananna taffy???), vanilla, and spice (allspice or nutmeg?) that lingers to malty, slightlywatery mouthfeel and a dry balanced finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Clear light amber color. Spicy banana aroma, malty, maybe some raisins. Mild spices upfront followed by banana and more spices in the finish. Toffee and a hint of dark fruits round out the flavors. Smooth medium bodied and enjoyable.


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