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


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RATINGS: 1310   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%

Davhgbrew's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2013
The aroma right after pouring in the glass was very bold w/ banana. This brew has a nice red appearance with a huge off white frothy head. Very smooth drinker which doesn’t overwhelm with banana flavor like I thought it might. I’m not a huge banana flavor fan, but this beer is done very nicely and I would definitely be willing to enjoy it again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamestulloch (1586) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle, gift from Andrew. Clear amber body with a thin white head. Lie carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of banana bread, copper and milk chocolate. Flavour of chocolate banana sweets and metal. Thin body with a watery texture. No fizz. Nice for the first few sips then it gets a bit cloying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Smells of wheat and banana but slightly artificial like the difference between fresh bananas and banana oil. Color is orange/amber with a strong taste of banana pudding to my palate. Not overly sweet like I thought it was going to be a good desert beer but not something you would want all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kleschyshyn (3) - - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
I had very high expectations for this beer. The banana taste was more subtle than I expected it would be. I found that the taste of this beer grew on me as I drank more of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Berzollaj (2) - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Medium dark Amber beer with a distinct banana smell to it. Smooth taste with a hint of banana. Interesting but good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blechmikov (4) - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
banana, bread and hoppy aroma. cloudy light brown appearance. Taste is slightly sweet and enjoyable. Lots of pleasant aroma during drink. Can sense the "banana bread" on the aftertaste. Medium body average carbonation, nice finish with the banana bread as stated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
RKYNBR1FAN (1) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
I went into this beer thinking I wasn’t going to like it, we’ll I was pleasantly surprised. I would drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkoNm (774) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a clear amber color, topped with a nice, although rather small white head. Bready aroma with some likeable banana notes. Malty taste, somewhat bready, again with banana notes in there. Light bitterness, but some banana notes still left in there. I like it, not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheCaptMatey (112) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Poured a light amber colour with a thin head. Aroma is of light bready notes and clove. Flavor is of bready malts, banana and nuts. Light to medium bodied brew with a slight creamy texture and light bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
coranc (35) - IRELAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear filtered amber colour. Aroma of bananas, faint spice/clove, bread. Think this one is just not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DomD (102) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Very slight aroma of banana with some bread. Pours a clear light amber colour. Light bitter taste. Light body, creamy texture, with a definite banana finish. Interesting.

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