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

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RATINGS: 1351   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
v64 (134) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Yeasty aroma (with bananaish overtones of course) with a small, offwhite head. Light copper in appearance. Taste is similar to the aroma; mostly malty with a hint of banana. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A light beer overall, worth trying once, but nothing too special.

2.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - APR 29, 2012
Smells like banana bread. Tastes pretty decent, too. Not very carbonated though. Still, generally a solid beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Poured into an English pint glass to an amber coloured beer. Thick white head that quickly vaporized to just a thin covering. Aromas of plums and bananas. Initial taste of yeast followed by a slight banana flavor. The finish was a little disappointing; no body nor taste at all, sort of just hanging from the banana flavor. Interesting beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shooter42 (131) - California, USA - APR 20, 2013
Decent but not a beer I will drink again. I taste more bubble gum then banana and lacking the malt I was expecting. Too light and strange with a ginger aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alexi91 (129) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Bottle. Locale: House (Bristol). Sweet banana flavour, mid-to-high carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AMN (127) - Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Orange-amber body, head disappeared. Flavor was exactly as promised; nothing more, nothing less. Carbonation was a little high, but definitely worth trying.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2004
One pint brown bottle 5.2% Vol. Poured a clear ruby with quickly diminishing off-white fizzy head. Banana vanilla malty aroma. Bitter banana unbalanced flavour, slightly sour. Needs a little sweet spice. Watery mouthfeel with short bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ndfreak77 (126) - USA - MAR 6, 2015
Golden yellow . Aroma of banana and wheat. Tastes of sweet banana. Not bad.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
demannu (126) - New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2015
Sweet banana bread flavor. Very watery feel. Little to no aroma. It accomplishes the flavor they were after but failed to incorporate it into an enjoyable beer.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Brown beer with thin head. Banana aroma. Banana taste that is awful. Yuck! This is a drain pour for me.


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