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


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RATINGS: 1400   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   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%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Larry_Duffman (192) - - OCT 19, 2015
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a light copper color with a fizzy white head and some lacing. The aroma was a bit skunky with banana and bread notes. The taste is banana, bread, and nuts. The palate is a bit thin. This was a fun beer. It could’ve been better though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2002
Really nice banana smell and taste. Not too sickly, with a good balance between ale flavours, strength, and fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheCaptMatey (191) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Poured a light amber colour with a thin head. Aroma is of light bready notes and clove. Flavor is of bready malts, banana and nuts. Light to medium bodied brew with a slight creamy texture and light bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2012
Took a little for the aroma to hit, but smells of banana nut. The taste is stronger banana than I expected with a hint of nutty flavor behind that. Decent, but feels more like banana flavor added to a lager than one that is brewed with hints of banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours light amber in color with a small white head. Aroma of amber malts and banana. Flavor is slightly hoppy with a banana aftertaste. The carbonation in this beer really adds to the aroma but takes something away from the flavor and mouthfeel. Not bad once you have a few swigs though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Poured clear deep copper with a slight touch of orange. The head was white and left a ring around the glass and minimal lacing. Notes of yeast, malt, bread and ripened bananas. This is a light to light medium bodied ale with plenty fruit notes and a slight hint of nuts. It is everything the label says. Expectation meets reality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2010
Amber pour with a small white head. Aromas are full of banana bread, malty and slight sweetness. Flavors are bitter at first and then full of banana. Finishes dry. Medium bodied. Not as much banana as I was expecting and ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
I actually enjoyed this one. I am typically not a fan of "fruit" beers but this one was nice. Bottomline: if you like bananas; you will like this beer. If you don’t like bananas; don’t even think about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Pours a dark brown, with a pleasant aroma of Bananas and grains, not sweet or over powering, nicely balanced. Taste is of toasted grains with a banana after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Aroma really smelled like my moms banana bread. It’s appearance was clear brown. It’s taste was very sweet. The palate was average with a bitter finish. Overall I enjoyed this beer. It wasn’t my favorite but I liked it.

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