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


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RATINGS: 1480   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%

chalicemaster's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2013
I’d heard that this tasted artificial, like somebody squirted some extract into the barrel. On that front, I didn’t think so - the flavour of banana tasted good and worked well with the toasty finish. There was something else sweet in there, though, which didn’t feel necessary at all. I didn’t have a problem with the way it was brewed, but ultimately I wasn’t expecting much from a banana flavoured beer. It was about as enjoyable as I could have hoped for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nordic (448) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle. Amber color, small head. Aroma: strong banana, sweet caramel, lemonade. Taste: bitter, banana hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
darbeer75 (562) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Aroma:like banana Laffy Taffy, which is not a recommendation; Appearance: clear amber pour with white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: malt mixed with Laffy Taffy and some additional spices; Palate: medium-light body with short finish; Overall: no interest in trying again.

   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 (2914) - 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 (4338) - 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 (192) - - 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 (170) - 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 (154) - 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.

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