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

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RATINGS: 1498   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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%

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0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2009
Frightingly clear with a small, big bubbled off-white head. Aroma is banana and metal, flavour is light with synthetic banana, especially in the horrible finish that truly overstays its welcome. Mouthfeel is rather light, doesnt disturb me, carbonation is fine, doesnt distrurb me. Flavour and aroma disturbs me.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sigmund (6977) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2009
500 ml clear bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 5.2%. Deep golden to amber colour, moderate white head. Fairly strong artificial banana aroma, not very pleasant, kind of sickly actually. The flavour is somewhat better than the aroma, notes of artificial "banana" candy throughout, but the sweetness is not overpowering, and there are notes of malts, toffee and hops too. The finish is reasonably hoppy. Would I drink it again, if for free, in order not to insult the host? Yes I would. Will I (ever again) pay good money for it myself? No way!

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dragonblaze99 (353) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2009
Banana oil aroma. Light mahogany, medium white head. Flavour is rather hoppy, with a slight banana tang. Somewhat watery and overcarbonated. Bitter banana finish. Not a happy marriage of flavours here.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
The aroma is mostly fake banana (think banana candy) with some malt and spice backing. Thankfully this doesnt transfer into the flavor, though its also far from spectacular. The flavor is mostly malt with a slight banana aftertaste and just a hiiiiiint of spices. Nothing special.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Pours a vibrant copper with standard white head. Aroma goes with whats advertised: banana bread and malt. The banana is intense, smelling almost like banana taffy. Initial flavor of malt, a bit of hops, and a lingering banana finish. Tastes more like a cheap pale lager as I continue: more corn, grain, and stale hops. A bit thin, watery, and bitter of stale hops. It went downhill after sip one.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Had this at a beer tasting and my low expectations were met. This stuff is not not my thing...I dont like bananas in the first place so this kinda ruins something I do like...BEER! Even if I did like both....say like chocalate ice cream and real spicy chili.....doesnt mean i want them in the same bowl...kinda gross.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2009
Interesting beer with banana all over the place. Actually better than the expectations (low). The banana flavor is there all right, but it marries the malts and hops pretty good. Fun to have tried it, but its going to take a while before I buy it again.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle, thanks Fredrik. Pours a golden color with a small head. Aroma is lightly malty, but dominated by, surprisingly, banana. Flavour is likewise with lots of matured bananas and some light caramel. Light bodied, quite smooth mouthfeel. Fun to try one time, but I cant say I like it. It is what it is.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbill (3615) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2009
16.9 oz. bottle that I received as a gift. Pours a crystal clear gold with a thin-moderate linen white head that lasted through the first two sips and left a few specks of lace. The aroma is filled with bananas and malt and is very inviting. The flavor begins with that same solid dose of banana, along with some weak malt. This gives way to a sharp, crisp, dry finish that is basically devoid of flavor. What happened to the banana? I was expecting a good deal more body out of this beer and a bit more sweetness as well. The banana flavor without the rich texture just didnt work for me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (5545) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Does have a slight essence of banana in the olfactory. A darker tinge of clear pale yellow in the color. Taste does have that banana in it, hard to beleive and it does not taste artificial. Barely any carbonation. Hard to beleive this is styled as an english strongy, its only 5%. Yes, has a dry finish to it, not really sweet, just banana. Quite interesting and unique. Gets better as you near the end of the half liter, odd shaped, bottle.


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