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


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RATINGS: 1478   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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%

hfmejias' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hfmejias (1273) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Poured a clear brown (dark copper) with a little white head. Strong bananas (very nice) Aroma. Taste is sweet, banana, little bit of hops and maybe some nutty tones. Nice Novelty beer but that’s pretty much it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jwitt223 (23) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Banana fades fast in this lackluster stepsister to their organic chocolate stout. the aroma (or lack thereof) is where this beer falls short.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (2910) - ESTONIA - OCT 7, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber beer, medium white head. Nose is nutty, toasty, malt, ripe banana sweetness. Flavor is malts, toffee and overripe banana, sweet; finishes with hop bitterness and some more overripe banana. Fizzy, sweet, banana-y. Better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 12 oz can.Lives up to its name ... This is like drinking a lager and eating banana bread but without the baking or chewing. Of course, actual banana bread can be much better than here; still, an impressive execution of the concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PugUglyBrewer (183) - - OCT 7, 2016
This one goes bananas!!!... and then that is about all the complexity. Auburn highlighted gold color in the appearance. The head is fluffy white and bublbly from the strong carbonation. Fresh banana on the nose and the pallets. Some toast and slight creaminess inbetween. Would be really interesting as a brown ale or Porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jerm719 (168) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Nice nose. Good body. Bananas, nuts, malt and water, lots of water. Pretty good but its very watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AntonyWilson (147) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 30, 2016
500ml Bottle: Pours a clear copper with good frothy white head. Aroma of ripe bananas and slight maltiness. Tastes slightly sweet but finishes dry with a definite artificial banana flavour. Bitterness is medium to low with a medium body. Low carbonation. Definitely not a sessionable beer, but a nice once-off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
makromaniak (157) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2016
bananas is the first taste....followed by lightly sweeted malts and a pretty firm bitter...one of the better banana beers i’ve had...pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
teamsale (193) - Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle pours a clear copper with a thin white head and light lacing. Odd aroma of banana. Flavor is banana and soda with a light metallic taste. Leaves a light beer metallic orange aftertaste. Mediocre at best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cajun (411) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Bottle - Pours a dark gold to amber, white fizzy head. Unmistakable banana bread nose. Flavors of banana bread, light fluffy pancakes, bubblegum, a hint of vanilla, but mostly that medium malty mouth. Mild hops. Aftertaste of baseball card bubblegum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerclubsa (87) - Strand, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 19, 2016
Pours a dark golden, very clear with a very loosely packed off white head and lacing. Aromas of spiced caramelised bananas. Palate is medium light, with medium carbonation. Flavour is caramelised banana with bready malt and very light bitterness. Slightly watery, but otherwise does what it says on the label. Couldn’t drink a lot but really does taste like banana bread.

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