Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 1270   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%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mockba (78) - DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
I dont like fruit-beer at all, so this is difficult to get good points. But this beer was not to awfull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2007
On tap at the winking lizard - Bland, boring, unexciting, and not worth the time, trouble, or the money. It was watery and bland with a slight artificial banana aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 19.25 oz. brown stubby bottle. best before 11/30/07. Poured out a light caramel color, with a flat white head. Aromas are of bananas, solvents, banana extract. Flavors are of banana extract, some chalky malts, and a dirt finish. A little too dry for my palate. Thin body, watery mouthfeel. OK to try once, but nothing to go out of your way for.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle, poured a dark amber with a white frothy head. A ciderish aroma, with apple and some sourness. Some banana flavour, but a with a sourness that is a little astringent. Sweet, quite fizzy and yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sssamcz (6) - Berkhamsted, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007 does not count
Bizzare beer. Initial aroma is definitely banana. Inital taste on the palate is quite nice, rounded, bready, then the banana aftertaste hits you.... not for me...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatguyRacer (158) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours a thin dark golden amber with a thin head the dissapeared quicly. Overwheming smell of bananas and alcohol. Flavor was also of bananas and alcohol. Tasted started off very ale like than the nasty banana flavors finished it off. Iíll probably never drink this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ALLOVATE (2380) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2008
From notes alone. Tasted October ’07
íVibrant, sweet and finely pronounced aroma of fresh baked banana bread leaps from the glass - it certainly harnesses the quality well. A soft herbal hop note comes in, but a solventy tickle mars it from being too sumptuous and grounding. Pours a striking golden amber, translucent and short of carbonation. The head nothing to right home about; a thin, soapy pad, off-white and lasting. It starts pleasant in the mouth, but it quickly drowned by some nasty additions. Dull banana and caramel turns to a heavily buttery, slick, acridly tannic and drabby, light bodied, watery palate. The swallow is tangy yet drawn, luckily little sticks around. Makes you squirm with each mouthful. How could the aroma promise so much, the palate deliver so little. Not good at all!!í (568ml, 13/12/07, The Beer Store Morley)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 Pours a clear copper with minimal white head. Aroma is bananas, bananas, bananas! Crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Flavor is strong bananas and a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. I donít know, going from the strong sweet banana to a bitter end doesnít really do it for me. I was hoping for something with more spice or better balanced. Got worse as it warmed up. DNF.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
farry (12) - copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2009
golden yellow almost no head.Sweet and bitter at the same time.Lots of carbonation.Not for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madvike (2692) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Wow...not good. I thought this might a fun beer, but it ended up tasting medicinal and artificial. The banana smell and taste is totally fake, like banana candy or banana flavored syrup. And thatís what the beer feels like in your mouth -- syrupy. It just tastes wrong, like a light lager with banana syrup infused in it. Eww. I need to go brush my teeth now.

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