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

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RATINGS: 1374   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ALLOVATE (2650) - 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)

2.2
   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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madvike (3105) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Markys (64) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
Aroma of malt and banana. Flavor of malt, bananas and wet socks. Iíll not buy more of this in the future.

2.2
   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 canít even taste hops or wheat or anything else resembling "bread". Finish is quick and dull. A boring beer but hey...if you like bananas...youíll probably enjoy it.

2.2
   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. Itís huge on the malt front and that followed up by some fruit. You get huge bready notes. The warmer the beer getís the sweeter it gets. Itís 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. Itís just too sweet in the end.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Light tan body didnít 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.

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jeremyh70 (889) - 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

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Darwenus (659) - 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. Iíd recommend that anyone looking for a beer with a banana bread quality have Samuel Smithís Imperial Stout instead. For my money there is a stronger, richer banana bread quality there than there is here.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 4/20
Chuckyan (1) - repentigny, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013 does not count
Bottle, Surprising beer with good sweeteness but lack of balance and offer a strong bitter aftertaste. Bubble gum, nuts and fruits


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