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


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RATINGS: 1365   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Pours light amber with a small but lingering white head. Nose is bananas, as advertised, with slight maltiness/weak hops. Flavor is virtually 100% banana....I can’t even taste hops or wheat or anything else resembling "bread". Finish is quick and dull. A boring beer but hey...if you like bananas...you’ll probably enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2010
The flavor is very rich. It’s huge on the malt front and that followed up by some fruit. You get huge bready notes. The warmer the beer get’s the sweeter it gets. It’s pretty sweet overall. The aroma gives you some strong banana and a good amount of malt. The aroma is the best part of the beer. Pours a light brown color with a thin ring of head. Very little lacing and moderate carbonation. It finishes with a little pepper taste that tends to linger on your palate. This beer is pretty different overall. I was excited to try it but felt a little disappointed. It’s just too sweet in the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Light tan body didn’t produce any real head to speak of. The banana in the aroma is pretty bright...the nose is this beers most redeeming quality. Flavor is dull and lacking any real complexity. No caramel, brown sugar, or toffee. Thin and boring...drain poured.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jeremyh70 (882) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Smells like banana bread. Taste like banana at first but overpowered by peppery taste and could have been sweeter. Terribly thin mouthfeel and pale color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Darwenus (648) - Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Thin, light brown body with a faint head. The aroma smells strongly of artificial banana flavor, kind of like Jello pudding. The flavor is a very mediocre pale ale with that strong, synthetic banana taste overtop. I’d recommend that anyone looking for a beer with a banana bread quality have Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout instead. For my money there is a stronger, richer banana bread quality there than there is here.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Argonian (280) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish body, with a low white head that diminishes quickly, leaving a fair lace. Faint malty aroma, but the highlight is obviously the taste. Banana is obvious enough, unique in it’s own. Average to high carbonation, watery texture, thin bodied. Not something noteworthy, but it’s definately unique.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
markoijelena (1151) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle 0.5l at the Great British Weekend event Belgrade Serbia.Pour it clear orange color with small white head.Taste of candy krem bananica.Banana, sweet and thick.I don’t like this expirement

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
omanson (49) - - JAN 3, 2015
Une odeur forte de banane. Une robe classique et un gout fade accompagnés d’arome fruités un peu absents. Une finale courte et sans saveurs. Bière proche de la mongonzo banane qui ne vaut pas non plus le coup.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
A very strange beer indeed! Amber color with small head. A hint of banana in the nose wich becomes more dominant as you "tune in" to it. In the flavor the bananas are more dominant. It is an interesting mix, but not a beer i would buy again...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
scotty (1089) - SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2005
Surprise, surprise, it does actually smell of bananas..well,banana bread actually. Palate is pretty bland, as it warms up there is a strange artificial flavour that isn’t banana...dont like this much..

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