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


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RATINGS: 1383   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
This Ale pours a deep orange gold color from a 500ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with lots of banana and some nutmeg. A light to medium bodied ale. The malts are fruit, caramel and sweet, with some banana flavor. The hops are mild and earthy. Its kind of mild and light, and has some banana bread quality to it, but sorry to say, its really kind of boring. AH well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle. Aroma was as advertised... fairly strong banana. The taste had the flavor of banana bread, but was just kind of blah. Not terribly great carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle - pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of bananas and some spices. Flavor is sweet, not as much banana flavor as the aroma hinted at. Strange mix of hops, banana flavors, sugars makes for an almost chemical like flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vikingguy (956) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours an deep copper with quick diminishing bubbly head. Aroma is strong banana’s and some spiciness. Flavor of artificial banana, spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ends with a slight bitterness. Palate reminds me a lot of pumpkin ales...it has the same buttery/oily texture. Overall, I was disappointed...I love banana’s, but this tasted so artificial.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (36244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 23, 2009
58.6 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a slowly diminished white head. Aroma is sweet and slight rotten banana. Fruity banana flavoured, yet with a vague residual sweetness and somewhat dry and slight bitter. Bitter and dry finish. Slight metallic touch - DNF.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CanIHave4Beers (3621) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2009
This was better than I suppose I would have expected. The aroma is strongly sweet with artificial banana notes. The beer is a clear golden color with a good tight head. The beer is sweet and tastes a bit like banana runts, but there is a mild hoppiness that compensates for some of the odd flavoring making this halfway drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1908) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma is roasted and sweet banana. Tste is very sweet, with caramel malt, some banana, and spice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VertBaconStrips (2206) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
First brew reviewed after spending 260$ at the beer store in Vegas...
This won’t be good... Poured out a orange honey coloured beer with a small off white head with ok retention and some ropy lacing... jesus...I chose buying this over the Rare Vos! Well, it smells exactly as advertised - sickly sweet fresh bananas, slight almond and maybe walnut... who knows. All I know is that there is a nutty something in here. The taste is an interesting blend of banana, well balanced spice, soft bready malts... what do you know - this taste pretty good after all. The problem here is that I always get a big whiff of the ick bananas and that pretty much ruins it. Brain says there is a faint chocolate but I refuse to believe it. Good carbonation but I got gasses out and bloated. Pretty creamy feel though. Ends dry with perfect soft bitterness. Never ever again will I spend money on this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
redtechnj (271) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Beautiful amber/copper color with little head and lacing. Aroma of banannas and malts. A banna flavor with a sort of acidic/tart aftertaste. I like to try a new/original take on a beer but this isn’t one that I would recommend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Can’t say I am a huge fan of the banana bread beer. It is well done, smells and tastes just like banana bread, I just had a hard time with something so sweet. I was expecting banana, but this was a bit too much.

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