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

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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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%


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.

3.1
   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.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RobertGBG (109) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
Smell of candy-banana, plain in taste some bitterness, taste of unripe banana

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Very drinkable and tasty. This beer probably wonít blow anyone away but itís definitely banana flavored and it serves its purpose well.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
The beer poured a light golden color with a frothy white head. Smelled like youíd expect heavy banana and yeasty wheat. Tastes the same. Not for me. just has nothing better going for it other than tricking me into buying it when really what i wanted was a slice of grandmas banana bread...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crispi (107) - AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2011
bottle. pours with a frothy head, rapidly disappearing. pours clear dark amber. not a lot of aroma, until tasted - and then had heaps and heaps of banana and butterscotch. slightly bitter hoppyness, and carbonated. no lasting mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Motobashi (106) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Expected to smell bananas but don"t. Slight lemony somewhat earthy aroma. Nice clear amber colour. Moderate head. Not quite a medium body, clear taste of banana, but not overpowering. Somewhat creamy texture with lively carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Generally a nice flavour. I might get it again sometime.

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2008
*did not like would never buy!* aroma: hair salaon perm, banana candy, some banana flavored tart demon lurks in the background. OH MY!! looks: who cares at this point, after that smell. taste will tell the tale. flavor: ICK, i am afraid i now have a banana demon in me, fake chemical banana and sun tan oil bad bad results. a faint hint of actual banana bread pops out for maybe 3 seconds after you sip it. palate: thin water. OA: oh no no no, if it was not so mild and watery i would have wanted to give it a negative number. its mildness keeps it from making me gag.


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