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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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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%


2.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle to pint glass. Pours golden in color with no opacity. No head and no real detectible carbonation. Smells heavily of bananas and yeast. Lots of bananas on the tongue. Very sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Is exactly what it says. Canít go wrong with something that tastes exactly like explained. If you donít like banana bread, donít get it.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2009
Smells and tastes exactly as it should, just like a banana. Too dry and highly carbonated overall. The initial banana taste is ruined by an overly dry finish. Excellent banana taste but the finish ruins this beer for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Bought a 4-pack of this from Shakespeareís English Pub in Sarasota, FL. Poured into a Tulip glass and enjoyed over an hour of time while watching the bowl games last week. Appearance- Bronze color with almost no head. Smell- Of course banana but also smelled extreme amount of malt. Taste- Tasting the bananas for sure and a hint of vanilla. Will be wondering next time what other tastes come out, but awesome! Mouthfeel- Light Bodied and had a vanilla finish! Very different. Drinkability- Wells really hit it on this one! I could only drink one glass of this beer because of how different it was. Probably would give you a stomach ache if you had too much of it! Tough to say this beerís drinkability.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2009
A nice orange brown with a creamy white head. Nose is full of banana. Smells just like the banana flavored Laffy Taffy. Flavor is malt with a banana undertone. Aftertaste is kind of astringent and the beer as a whole could use a little more sweetness. Very interesting. I wish more brewers would experiment with different flavors like this.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kchampagne (112) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours a copper color. Little head and a aroma is of slight bananas. Not as much as I was expecting. The mouth feel is watery and the flavor definitely has hints of banana. Nothing crazy about this beer.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Single bottle for 2.99 as part of a sampling party I hosted. Of the 18 beers sampled, this finished dead last. The smell was great, but the taste was completely underwhelming. Not much of a bread taste & it seemed like the banana was just added in like sugar would be in coffee, almost a syrup taste. I like banana bread, this wasnít anywhere close.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chalicemaster (111) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2013
Iíd heard that this tasted artificial, like somebody squirted some extract into the barrel. On that front, I didnít think so - the flavour of banana tasted good and worked well with the toasty finish. There was something else sweet in there, though, which didnít feel necessary at all. I didnít have a problem with the way it was brewed, but ultimately I wasnít expecting much from a banana flavoured beer. It was about as enjoyable as I could have hoped for.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Padchenko (111) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 11, 2014
500ml bottle, 5.2%. A nice beer with strong banana aroma. It tastes very like banana bread so is very well named. Pleasant to drink and easy on the palate. A good effort!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2005
This is an alright beer, not overly heavy with the bananas but at the same time I donít think I could drink more than a pint of the stuff before it gets sickly. Drank from a (British) pint bottle.


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