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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%
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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%


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Month of March head cold led to laying off tasting any beer until sense & smell returned. I had days to think about which beer I wanted to taste first, and the Charles Wells Banana Bread beer was calling my name. Ratings and reviews can have the ability of influencing a first impression: low ratings & poor reviews build low expectations, which is why this intruiging beer was somewhat of a pleasant surprize. Multiple reviewers have been likening the aroma to banana laffy taffy dropped into a beer, but that sells this product short I feel. I'd like to note that bananas have never been a fruit that I have enjoyed by itself, though I have always enjoyed banana flavored foods (pudding,bread, candy,sugary bubble gum from childhood days). The folks at Charles Wells claim to use "freetrade bananas" in their recipe, and fresh bananas are what I smell along with the typical malty attributes when taking in the aroma. I find the banana aroma is evenly balanced with the maltiness of this British import: those claiming the banana aroma/flavor is underdone would likely to be the first to complain if it were stepped up a notch. Looks like a garden variety British Ale, and it pours like a typical creamy British Ale as well. Carbonation seemed pretty slight to me, and it delivered a malty caramel banana flavor across my palate along with Bavarian soft pretzel dough and just a hint of alcohol detected. I was not blown away by the melding of flavors but it was not unpleasant either.At no point did it taste like an artifically sweetened banana flavor by my account, and I think they did a good job with that aspect of the brew. I can't imagine too many folks reaching for a second Banana Bread Beer after finishing the first one, but I would like to raise an interesting point at this stage in the review: one other reviewer made the observation that they enjoyed this beer as an in between when switching beer flavors from one to another. The concept is an interesting one because the finest multi course meals I have eaten in my life utilized sorbet to cleanse the palate between courses. I mention the sorbet/palate cleanser concept because I followed the Banana Bread Beer with a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (my third bottle of the six pack), and found myself completely blown away with the flavor of the sculpin IPA, whereas the first two samples of that same six pack struck me as merely average. Could it be that the Banana Bread Beer sets the palate up for a new beer flavor? Based on my experience, I say it does.Worth a try just for the uniqueness alone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
coyforce (676) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2015
This beer has a strong metallic flavor that hits the tongue quickly but the aftertaste is mild banana. Overall OK but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hippoman (111) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle from Bargain Booze, New Mills, Derbyshire. Pours dark amber with thin but lasting white head. Aroma is sweet malt and ripe banana. Banana is less strong in flavour but still present with short bitter finish on smooth palate. Enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mehinaman (8) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2015 does not count
Very good beer. The banana flavor is very subtle so the beer is not too sweet at all. Overall it’s very crisp and refreshing. Great summer day beer

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emusche (57) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Pours amber with a frothy creamy head. Aroma is awesome bananas and heady malts. Taste doesn't match scent, much more bland. Not bad; definitely not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JulioRangel (26) - - JUN 19, 2015
Sabor de banana rançosa. Aroma de banana bastante destacado. Cerveja sem corpo. Alto drinkability. Cor acobreada. Espuma de baixa persistência

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Austin_Ripper (56) - Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2015
A very good desert beer, would not recommend drinking more than one because of the sweetness, absolutely work a try.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (2302) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015

Lukt: Frukter, malt, banana og en anelse karamell.
Utseende: Fin mørk gyllen farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynt skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Noe syrlig fruktig smak, banan, tyggis og en anele karamell.
Hvor: Kjøpt/Nydt@The Great Beer Bar, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@5,2%, Når@15.06.2015

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KoRoBeNiKi (93) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Large amount of banana flavor with some extra bitterness at the end to help balance out the sweetness. Easy drinking, It’s what it says it is and it somehow works...somehow.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
euniceradio (176) - Colton, California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle to cervoise. Dark copper color. Off-white head dissipates to ring. Aroma of banana, spice, caramel. Taste is caramel malts with banana bread, banana candy, some spice, and cracker. Medium mouthfeel. Okay carb. Finish is like banana bread with a bit of cereal.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
popkow (301) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle pours a minimal tan head on a nice amber body without any lacing. Smells of malt and yeast. Taste of a water soaked banana bread. Very thin body.


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