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


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RATINGS: 1294   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 (3287) - 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 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2008
Clear deep amber with medium head. Sweet with fairly artificial banana and caramel notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
fidelis83 (1975) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pours a somehow dull, though not at all hazy darkish amber with a 1 finger white head that fades somewhat quickly to a thick creamy skim. Aroma is Banana Laffy Taffy, a little toast, passion fruit, banana bread, a little toasty and caramel, planty hops. Flavor is overripe banana without the sweetness, toasted sweet bread, nutmeg, a little dry toast and some dry nuttiness and some spicy hops. This beer would have been much better with some body and more sweetness to the flavor. I really can’t stand gimicky beers that suck.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2009
bottle thanks to zinister’s friend. Pours a dark amber with a beige head. Nose is of fingernail polish. Yuck! Taste is not much better. definitely tasted like chemicals and an intense artificial flavoring. Mouthfeel was thin. this was a drain pour!

   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 (393) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
GJF (1258) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2011
I generally found this horrid. It has an interesting (but artificial and overpowering) aroma. The appearance is nice as well, but I found the flavor almost undrinkable. Overpowering with syrupy banana flavor. Not for me.

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