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

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RATINGS: 1412   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%


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MojKufelekPL (230) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAY 23, 2014
Klarowne, jasne piwo o ładnej pianie. W aromacie słodkie, bananowe z delikatną nutą żelaza. W smaku zaskakująco mocno goryczkowe bez słodkich akcentůw. Dosyć lekkie w odbiorze.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Strong, fruity banana scent, but more like banana flavored bubble gum rather than just banana. Taste is also a little artificial, and very fizzy. Mealy aftertaste. Not the worst thing ever, but works much better poured in a chocolate flavored stout than straight up.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - FEB 8, 2010
500 mL bottle pours copper with minimal off white head into a pint glass. Very banana-y aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon. In the taste, the bananas are quite artificial, as a friend pointed out, like a banana Popsicle. Slight spice and wet bread. Weak finish/weak body with a slick mouthfeel and a medium level of carbonation. Interesting, not bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2010
I heard mixed opinions about this "interesting" concoction. Most notably the differing perspectives of the banana flavor. Specifically, whether it was a real, fake, or rotten banana flavor. I found a bottle at a local retail shop and decided to find out for myself. First off, yes (for those of you who are wondering) it actually tastes like banana "bread?" beer, a true mix of both. Iíd have to say that the banana flavor itself is a bit of a mix between real and fake flavoring, but there was no detectable trace of "rotteness." (such as in Sam Smithís organic strawberry beer.) Perhaps different batches do, but not this bottle. Its, um... worth trying once, just to say youíve had it. Not bad, but... well, not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
they mean business when they say banana bread. It tastes like my mother just took it out of the oven and put it into a bottle

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 11.2 oz. bottle (wtf with that?) Let me start off by saying that the deScription is EXACTLY bang on. So, deep gold brew with minimal, dissipating head with gentle nose of bananas. Duh. Taste is also bananas but more subtle than i dared hope. Very enjoyable. Well done. Crisp, fizzy palate.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2003
I smell..... banana. Oh my god, loads of banana. It tastes like banana too. There is an aftertaste of beer too. Quite like this. Couldn't eat too many though. This is a unique beer. AC/DC rocks. Sorry couldn't help it, got the music up loud here!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2009
I guess Iím biased but I loved this beer. It is literally the closest thing to drinking banana bread. Pours with a thick, rich head that just unleashes an aroma of fresh banana bread. The flavor does change from taste to after-taste and the banana flavor conflicts with the hops a little bit. If you like banana bread, you have to try this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fevernova (221) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2009
500mL Bottle -- Pours brown with an off-white head. Where it smells just like banana bread it tastes more like banana peel. The flavor is bitter and off-putting.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Pours out dark amber with a thin white head, and the banana smell and taste is there in full. Itís almost like drinking a banana flavored soda with just a hint of beer at the end. I could drink this all day


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