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

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RATINGS: 1374   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%


ajmkendrick's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajmkendrick (23) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Anyway this beer has a golden hue with just a touch of amber and a thin off white head. For a beer it smells peculiarly of banana. This beer tastes mild and slightly sweet with the obvious taste of banana, which isnít as strong as the smell, along with a hint of vanilla that seems to be tempered just a little by the bitter hops. It is smooth and creamy almost velvet on the palate. This is not an everyday beer. As a change of pace I loved it though! It doesnít taste exactly like banana bread, if it was thicker with a little more toasted grain it might take on the nutty taste necessary to mimic walnuts, but that aside it was still an enjoyable brew. Interestingly, if you want to taste more banana let the beer warm up a little.


1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Hopmaestro (641) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2015
Itís not very often the old Hopmaestro pours a beer into the sink, but this is one of few. Maybe itís not the beers fault , but I canít stand liquid banana. Sweet aroma of synthetic banana. The banana is strong in this one, too strong. And too sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. A: Malty sweetness, bananas, a slight nuttiness and not much hop character to speak of or maybe just a slight peppery spiciness from the hops. A: Pours and dark amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates too quick. T: Cloying banana flavor, like banana candy. Some astringency on the finish. P: Thin consistency, almost watery. Highly carbonated. Crisp finish. O: Overall, a disappointment, even though my expectations were not particularly high. I like banana bread a lot, but I think I will stick to the real thing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (523) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2015
Aroma of caramel and banana. Amber with a off-white head. Medium + sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a average to soft carbonation. Overall a nice, and quite easy drinkable English Strong Ale with a touch of banana.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Leafs93 (1894) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Pours amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma is banana bread, caramel and earthy. Taste is sweet with some faint bitters. Medium bodied, smooth and overall decent though the sweetness would limit it to one bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bhenning (12) - Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Nice amber appearance. Decent head off the pour. The banana notes are there but subtle. Just a personal preference, but would like this beer a bit sweeter to match its name. Good flavor though for someone who prefers just a touch of a special flavor. Beer was a tad flat, but I could blame my local liquor store. I can't always trust that their "cold beer" section hasn't been skunked somewhere along its journey. :) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
axl (206) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2015
Clear brown with white head. Aroma is sweet banana candies, foam banana and banana peel. Taste is thin and sweet with banana candy and brown bananas as well as slight malts. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SiviS (25) - - AUG 8, 2015
Has a little banana flavor. I was expecting more. Little bit bitter at the end.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
BirdKiller (1) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2015 does not count
Smelled skunk as soon as I opened the bottle. Taste alright, nothing special, donít think Iíd buy this again.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ferris (7970) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle - Biscuit and banana. Clear gold with a decent beige head. Sweet candy banana and light bitterness. Not a fan.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (205) - - AUG 4, 2015
5.2%ABV. Poured out of the bottle a dark clear amber color. 14ļSRM. Nose is full of sweet darkly roasted malts and of course, banana or banana-like esters. There are also hints of sweet pipe tobacco. Has nice nutty flavor like toasted almonds, lightly browned wheat toast, graham crackers balanced with some bright carbonation, not overwhelming. Finish is slightly woody with nutmeg, cloves and of course a slightly sweet vapor on the tip of the tongue. Strangely goes on the favorites list.


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