Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 1432   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2009
I thought this was a really good beer. Pours an orange color with minimal head. A little lacing but not too much. Aroma of exactly what it says, bananas, bread, yeast, and even a little nutty aroma. Very smooth. Very well done.

sound67 (784) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2009
50cl bottle. Medium, creamy white head that collapses quickly, deep amber colour. Strong ripe banana smell, with malty background. Taste is surprisingly unobtrusive - banana is clearly there, but well-balanced against a malty nuttiness and a pleasant hoppy finish. A "fruit beer" where the fruit don’t interfere with the beer character. Drinks like a good mainstream bitter, only with some banana added. I’m pleasantly surprised, but perhaps I shouldn’t be: Wells and Young always make good beer!

spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours a pale copperish/dirty water body with a thin bubbly quick head. Aroma is banana, yeast and fresh bread. Flavor is bananas and malt with a crisp bitterness. Sweet malty finish. Medium bubbly bodied. There is some nice banana flavor but its more artifical than true. Solid beer. Yet another fruit to add to the list of fruit flavored beers out there.

SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brownish copper color with almost no head. Nose is banana laffy taffy and a light biscuit. Palate is filmy and fizzy. Leaves a film on the throat. Flavor is more banana extract and some biscuity malt notes.

thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2009
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a light orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The strong aroma was all banana and noticable as soon as the bottle was opend from over a foot away. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish. The palate was off-tasting strange and weird with a odd combination of banna and malts. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and banana. Not one that I would buy again.

mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Light copper color with a thin white head. Aroma of bananas with hints of hops and cloves. Flavors of bread, yeast and bananas with a bit of caramel malt.

MoritzF (10095) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2009
(bottle) Clear, amber to copper colour with a short tanned foamy head. Sweet and mildly malty, distinctively banana-fruity taste which covers almost everything else but is at least quite natural. Quite rounded bitterness-sweetness ratio, medium bodied with a well-carbonated crispy carbonation. Banana is dominating the taste while the mouthfeel is almost dry; bitter-sweet and quite lasting finish. One-dimensional but pretty drinkable. 10.IX.09

SmallOne (79) - SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2009
Aroma of banana. A taste of banana. and a small aftertaste of banan. It also has a bitter taste of ale and soem malt. It has a good balance in it. But the aroma is a tad to much for my taste.

obguthr (6659) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Immense banana aroma with doughy undertones. Immaculately clear dark golden, thin white head, some lacing. Tastes just like banana bread even down to the walnut finish. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a beer as well conceived. I absolutely must try the cask version. Good balance and well crafted. Were the banana esters a function of hefe yeast instead of additives, I would absolutely give this a 5.0. Since it wasn’t, I still gladly offer my 4.4 to improve its standing.

Davros (3282) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2009
Light copper pour, great creamy persistent head leaving some lacing. Aroma is completely dominated by bananas. I don’t understand why they bottled in clear glass, and this beer was completely skunked. The banana reminds me of those sweets from back in the days, very sweet and artificial. There’s also some bready malt in the background. More artificial banana in the taste along with weak grainy malt and a mild boring bitterness. Not sure mixing banana with beer really works in this regard. Watery. Needs more body. Very interesting beer, but I think it would have worked better with something like a wheat beer.

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