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


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RATINGS: 1287   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
Smell of candy-banana, plain in taste some bitterness, taste of unripe banana

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Light golden color, thin white head. Nose is mostly banana flavored laffy taffy with small hints of yeast. I have a hard time believing REAL bananas were used in the brewing process. Light in body with a sweet and sour finish. Not what I expected. Pretty terrible.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
gam (3254) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2008
Medium head gold coloured beer good carbonation.Aroma hops,banana,malt.Flavour banana watery taste,nothing else coming through,slight hops bitter,candy note,sugar,Finish boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2009
Bottle. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma: banana and malty sweetness. Taste: Like a rather watery, metallic, english ale at first, then comes strong bananaflavor and sweetness. You must really be a banana kind of guy to like this beer. Not my cup of tea at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Thought this one might surprise me, but nope. It pours a clear orange color with no head. Aroma is more of a banana jolly rancher, than it is a true banana bread. The aroma is very strong and almost gives you a false hope. Then you are hit with a flavorless, yet metallic taste, followed by a bad banana candy aftertaste. I saw nothing that worked well with this beer. End result was a beer that I certainly did not want to drink.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
natejgood (391) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Pours a clear light amber color with a very thin white head. This beer smells strongly of artificial banana, much like a banana in a package of runts candy. This is a small I like, but maybe not from a beer. The beer also tastes a bit like artificial banana flavor, however I think most of that may be from the extremely strong aroma. The actual flavor is a bit closer to an actual banana and isn’t at all unpleasant. However, I think the aroma of this beer kind of ruins it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
luttonm (2259) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle shared at the "Great British Weekend" event in Belgrade. Uncannily tastes like the ex-Yu candy ’krem banana’, which I personally despise. Sweet, sickly. Coppery pale, clear bottle. Artificial banana all the way through. I don’t like bananas and I don’t like this. Usually ’banana bread’ is an insult I’d levy at a beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DuffMan (6802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 You know the little yellow marshmallow banana candies you could buy for 2 cents each when you were a kid? That is what this beer smells like. And tastes like. Not good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
loeffler (16) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Nice amber color but virtually no head. I gave it some extra points but it is a very weak beer overall. Smells and tastes more like candy banana flavoring than banana bread. Acutally, I’d describe it as tasting more like those candy circus peanuts than anything. Very light body and a lightning quick finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
[500ml bottle, gift from Maureen & Dave - cheers!] Clear copper, minimal head. Smell completely dominated by fake banana. Initial taste also fake banana, but some cardboard and malty bread emerge after a while. Sweet, but not in a sickly way - it somehow just about balances out the sweetness with the malt. Instead its the grotesque and all dominating banana flavour that makes you feel ill - and repeats on you all night. I would agree with those who say this should be classed as a fruit beer. It proves that banana and beer is simply not a working combination - I would imagine that this sells on the novelty factor alone as I cannott imagine anyone becoming a regular drinker.

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