Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 1274   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
dextermorgan (92) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Smell carries just enough banana to be a promising beer, but the overall taste is watery and underwhelming. Neither enough beer or fruit flavor to make drinking it worthwhile.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DANEgerous (90) - Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Aroma: Holly smokes batman it smells like ale and bananas! Appearance: Burnt orange thin white head. Taste: Well if i was to say it does not taste like banana bread i would be a liar it does in fact taste nearly identical to Banana bread. Palate. Average in all regards. Overall: I am so torn as a fantastic ale it is nothing to write home about but it flat out NAILS what it is going for with an exclamation point the bottle say it is going for the "Liquid bread" feel with banana flavor IE "Liquid banana bread" and damn if it does not deliver to the point you wish you just has some crumpets, bacon and eggs with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Pours a golden amber, with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bananas overpower, with not much else discernible. Flavor is a rather different matter as yeast dominates. A faint sweet banana taste lingers in the background with some subtle maltiness. Mouthfeel is crisp, with sharp carbonation. In sum, a bit of a disappointment; would have been better if the taste matched the aroma. Worth a try, but pales in comparison to dunkelweizens for banana flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Studentofbrrs (90) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
A banana filled aroma with a little hop, is a clear dark golden color, tastes distinctly of banana bread, it is a smooth enjoyable beer, good to the last drop!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours a light bronze color with a thin white head. Aroma is bready malt with banana, spice and a small bit of pumpkin. Taste is biscuit malt with banana. Mild bitter finish. Medium-light bodied. Kind of a gimmick, but it is unique. Adds a bit of variety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VAAC (86) - Middlebury, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2011
I love banana bread (but hate banana NUT bread, so even better), so of course I picked it up. The aroma is of sweet banana bread, duh, but with a hint of alcohol. Duh. A nice golden maple color, with a quickly dissipating head. The taste is actually dominated more by a sweet caramel/butterscotch flavor and alcohol, with just a hint of bananas. It was only okay at best.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Pours a peachy pale color clear, white head caramel and apricot in aroma, sweet cotton candy in flavor, smooth thin body, drinkable...oh ya, like Gewn Stefani said, this shh is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Druid (85) - Wamuran, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2013
Excellent amber coloured beer, with a nice fluffy head that dies rather quickly. The obvious banana bread aroma is accompanied by toffee and caramel tones. The taste was rather metallic/medicinal that was a real let down. Overall an interesting beer but this one will be the only one I’ll probably ever drink.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Jay_Dubbz (85) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Draft beer poured at Bar-Ly. Nose hits the banana bread theme spot on. Taste was like banana bread flavored water without much real emphasis on beer. --you've been Dubbed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ferox (84) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2003
Nice aroma. Bland appearence, dissapointing flavour. Mnassive hints of banana (obviously) in the aftertaste. Novelty beer.

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