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

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RATINGS: 1518   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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2.8
cheap (5863) - 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.

4.5
bburychka (55) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2009
While I couldn’t drink many at one sitting, the banana smell and flavor make it extremely interesting.

2.3
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2009
Bright gold colour with thin white hea, have chocolate/banana aroma, very much like a perky nana. Thin body, dry finish. More of a gimmick type beer.

2.6
VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUL 13, 2009
First brew reviewed after spending 260$ at the beer store in Vegas...
This won’t be good... Poured out a orange honey coloured beer with a small off white head with ok retention and some ropy lacing... jesus...I chose buying this over the Rare Vos! Well, it smells exactly as advertised - sickly sweet fresh bananas, slight almond and maybe walnut... who knows. All I know is that there is a nutty something in here. The taste is an interesting blend of banana, well balanced spice, soft bready malts... what do you know - this taste pretty good after all. The problem here is that I always get a big whiff of the ick bananas and that pretty much ruins it. Brain says there is a faint chocolate but I refuse to believe it. Good carbonation but I got gasses out and bloated. Pretty creamy feel though. Ends dry with perfect soft bitterness. Never ever again will I spend money on this.

3.3
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2009
500mL bottle: appearance is amber bown with off white head, aroma of bananas and caramel and malt, flavor is somewhat bland, can tastes the bananas but they just don’t come in like they should.

3
DeanF (2465) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2009
Tastes just like beer infused with banana bread, which isn’t so bad at all when you think about it. Otherwise it’s just a typical lager and nothing special.

2.9
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
I find banana flavored beers very strange, this one doesn’t let me down. Clear amber pour, white head. It does taste and smell like banana bread, malt, light spice, caramel, and some hops. Pretty thin. Wierd.

2.8
fonefan (49437) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ home.
Clear medium amber orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, banana sweet, "skumbananer".. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate spicy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft. [20090510]

2.8
hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle… Clear amber ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. I’ll be darned if it doesn’t smell like banana bread. The aroma is subdued, but the banana bread is in there along with some medium-roast malts and hints of peppery hops and caramel. Light-bodied with fizzy carbonation. There’s definitely some essence of banana in the flavor. Otherwise, it’s just well-balanced, but bland and thin – refreshing, however. Short, crisp clean finish. A nice beer to drink at the beach, which I did. Bottle courtesy of otakuden!

2.4
myliverhurts (3) - IRELAND - JUL 10, 2009 does not count
appearance: amber with off white head that dissipates quickly. aroma: ripe banana, grassy hops. flavour: caramel, hops, banana. palate: medium body, good carbonation. finish: quite bitter


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