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

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RATINGS: 1254   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%


hogan873's rating

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
Gold-amber body with a very thin white head. Powerful and mouth-watering aroma of banana bread, right down to the spices and nuts. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and sparkly. The flavor is much lighter than I expected, base on the aroma. Slightly more bitter than sweet, like a banana that’s not quite ripe. A bit of an astringent aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and that aroma keeps bringing me back. Good and interesting beer.


3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doykodymr8 (8) - - JUL 11, 2014 does not count
Surprisingly good! Tastes like banana bread and both me and my girlfriend enjoy it (didn’t think I would)!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Howlader (660) - - JUL 11, 2014
500ml bottle served in a pint glass at Bier Baron in Washington DC. Not that banana flavoured.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle from Philly Steak. Nice notes of banana and bread. No synthetic fruit taste, body was a little thin, but the flavor was refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1219) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Pours a dark golden color with white head. Bananas are all over the nose, some cloves and bread too; follows onto the palate. Finishes with sweetness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roxtersoxter (259) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Pours clear amber with small tan head out of bottle. Aroma of bread, wheat, and slight hint of banana. Flavor identical to banana bread with a finish of beer. Not a bad beer but I usually don't like to drink my banana bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JHeath99 (793) - - JUN 20, 2014
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours amber with a bit of off white head. Aroma of yeast, bread malts, and bananas. Taste is like a watered down version of the aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cschwall (3) - - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
Surprisingly good! Tastes like banana bread and both me and my girlfriend enjoy it (didn’t think I would)!

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Draft sampler pour at Face to Face Beerfest ( f2f.org ): gigantic dicetyl and vanilla room deodizer aroma that follows in flavor; leanest body. Worse than artificial flavor in double-cream soda (if there is such a thing).

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atheist_Peace (927) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Clear brown/amber pour with very minimal head that leaves almost no lace. Nose is a mix of sour grainy notes and banana bread with a lot of cola type notes. The banana bread comes through a lot better on the palate but there’s still a lot of underlying cheap grain notes. I wouldn’t pay for this again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
COMRADEJOSH (287) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 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.


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