BackyardDogs (41) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Excellent stout. Pours dark with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate with slight hint of banana. Nice balance of both in the taste. Fresh from keg. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ordybill (1746) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Poured from the tap at the brewery into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet malt, chocolate and banana. The taste matched the aroma. A very good beer. Cybercat (5747) - Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Smoky, chocolaty aroma has a strong overtone of banana - hey, I love bananas. It pours a deep, warm sable with a decent tan head that doesn’t last but leaves some decent lacing. Smoky flavor has chocolate and banana notes - banana split indeed! - plus hints of caramel, bread and coffee. It is a little sweet, but not cloying, and rather lip-smacking. Smooth, heavy texture is a bit syrupy and somewhat fizzy, leaving a satisfying smoky, tingly finish with a strong banana note. Go bananas over this one! ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
750ml bottle - Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. A pesky bottle to get into. The wire on the cage had been way over twisted, I just had to cut it off. The rubber cork was crammed too far into the bottle, requiring a wine open to wrestle it out.
Slipstream (2612) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
Appearance: Slips out a black body with a couple of inches worth of craggy, tan-hued foam.
Smell: Sweetish, smelling of shaved semi-sweet chocolate, but also roast and just-cut, ripe bananas. Lesser notes of dark, plum-leaning fruits and caramel.
Taste: Sweet, roasted malts with flavors of chocolate syrup, caramel, smoky-toned molasses, burnt toast, and modestly roasty coffee. A few dark fruits to latch onto, but, then the banana comes in. It’s a bit slight, for me it’s ample, but, with a yellow label and a big-ass banana-woman hybrid, you may be left wanting a bit more. Again, it was enough for me. Then, as the banana slowly dies away, it’s back to the chocolate coated roasted grains until the smooth, yearningly creamy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soft mouthfeel.
Overall: It’s not overtly banana-esque, like that Wells Banana Bread Beer, as the subtler banana inclusion has some strong, roasty malts to compete with for your attention. I enjoy it - passable banana flavors over a solid stout.
Also at Capone’s Thanksgiving event. Here is the dark side of the banana, if you please. This has lots of tangy, aromatic banana flavor, which blends in nicely with the mellow stout flavors. I look forward to trying more releases from Thomas Creek.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
This poured out as a nice looking black beer with a brown colored head on top. The retention and lacing was decent. The smell of the beer gives off a big banana aroma, there is also a big amount of chocolate on the nose too and some sweetness of the malt as well. The taste of the beer is sweet, it's loaded with chocolate and banana just like the nose. It's got a touch of roasted nuts in the finish but upfront it's very sweet. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation on this one. Overall I think that a serving of this beer should be on the smaller side and should be served as a night cap due to it's dessert like quality. I wouldn't drink an entire bottle of this, the 5oz. I had today was more than enough to get the idea of what this beer had to offer.
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Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ting. Splotchy lacing left behind.
Sweet chocolate malt aroma that’s balanced out by the banana and subtle roast character. Very desert like with lots of chocolate, banana and vanilla bean countered by lightly roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. Smells somewhat artificial but is still very inviting.
Medium bodied with a really strong sweet dessert presence. Lots of vanilla, whip cream and especially banana. There’s even some cherry and chocolate ice cream flavor with subtle roast underneath. Faint hints of coffee bean, oatmeal and burnt toast. Really good dessert beer but very sweet and one dimensional. I can see how some people would find this unappealing or too gimmicky but I really enjoyed it for what Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Color is black, almost flat, headless. The aroma is not too heavy, rum, brandy, and burnt sugar. Slight roasted bananas, caramel. Flavor is mostly caramel and hot fudge, like a lighter version of the Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Really tastes of Banana’s Foster more so than a banana Split. Shared at Curtis’s (Nashville’s Sweetwarer Representative) tasting. pnesbit (96) - Marietta, South Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma of a slight sweet bananna paired with toasted malts. Taste had a lot less of the banana than did the aroma and expectation. Other tastes of chocolate and malt. Over all very good beer but as every other person has said .. not the easiest to get into. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Pours unclear black oil in color with a small burnt caramel head. The sweet delicious aroma of artificial bananas is up front but not much else. The flavors bring the banana in the forefront and then bitter chocolate and dryer ending. Not amazing, but quite nice.