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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle (Kings Head, Oxford) Very banana-ey, competant bitter, but the banana sweetness drowns the malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (11786) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 Medium bodied English styled ale with an earthy banana taste. It’s another one of those "love it" or "hate it" beers. I loved it. Has a cereal feel to it. Rating: 4.5 Rated 10/18/09 Pours amber with white head. Nose is slight banana. Taste is malty with banana and bread tones. Re rated: 3.6 (I was way off with my initial rating. I’m not sure why) 5/22/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (11760) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering light amber head. Aromas of banana, carmel and a hint of nuts. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, carmel and light banana with a crisp lightly sweet finish. Smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pinball (11704) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2009
bottle bought from fakta allerød apr.22 clear amber/brown with a small thick white head. some lacing.strong aroma of organic ripe bananas, with a malty bitter beer background. flavor i s sweet ripe mashed banana, bitterness from the beer. after a short while it gets "enough".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
19.25oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and bright copper color with effervescence. Aroma is banana, medium malt-bread, perfumy. Taste is banana, spices, medium malt-bread, perfumy, some nutty, metallic/astringency, some light hops. Light side of medium body. Dry finish. Trade with jwc215.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11644) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2006
Very strong banana flavour that tends to be rather like perfume, a little fake and exaggerated. Good, but too short middle taste, ended with another dose of banana in the aftertaste. A curiousity though not a great discovery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
A nice amber ale with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, a sweet cloying banana, chemical and solventy. In mouth, a sweet caramel malt with sweet mashed bananas, light astringence, cloying. Tasted Dec. 25 2011. BB 07-03-12. Bottle from LCBO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Dark golden colored with large, thin head. Light lacing. Very light taste. The aroma and taste are naturally, stong banana. SOmehow this one seems thinner than the one I had in the past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11065) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2003
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Bottled: Very special beer. Pours a clear amber colour. Medium lasting head. From there on its all about banana. Aroma, flavour and palate is owerwhelmed with banana, which in the end actually becomes too much, because nothing else is really going on. But in small doses this is a quite funny and tasty beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle purchased at the Wet Grocer in Gunnison, CO. Pours clear amber with an average, rocky, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, meal), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of banana. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

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