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

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RATINGS: 1517   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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WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
Truly hateful. Surprisingly hateful, given that there were many favorable reviews from RB-guys whose opinions I trust and value. Nose of chemicals and artificial banana goop. Gorgeous clear dark orange body with a small white head ... if I got to look but did not have to drink this would be ok. Taste of spoiled bananas, bubble gum, and more chemical goop. Surprisingly thin, dry, tanic and astringent finish. Actually pretty awful.

2.5
rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 500 ml bottle. Cardiff, Wales. Dark amber with medium off-white head. Dried banana aroma with syrup and black pepper. Flavour is banana and hints of black pepper. Alcohol also present and some bitterness. Fair trade bananas, that’s good. Interesting idea but no need for me to buy again.

3
SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 5, 2009
TAsted LIKE BANANA bread. sweet, banana smell and taste. Worth trying. I probably wouldn’t get this again, but it was interesting to taste.

3.3
illidurit (2338) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Pours a clear light amber with a frothy but somewhat fizzy beige head. Nice pure banana oil aroma, similar to banana flavored candy. I also get some brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices. Flavor has some banana, but it’s more pithy than sweet and there’s not a lot of it in the first place. An earthy hoppiness and bready malts make up the bulk of the flavor, presumably because the base beer is an ESB. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a beer named after a rich and chewy confection. Carbonation is a little too high. Not bad.

2.9
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2009
bottle from midway mart in denton, tx. poured a dark gold with a white head and looked quite effervescent. aroma of banana, spice, pepper, nuts??? interesting for sure. flavor was bland with banana, cereal, and some metallic. light body and high carbonation. blah........

2.6
vikingguy (1103) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours an deep copper with quick diminishing bubbly head. Aroma is strong banana’s and some spiciness. Flavor of artificial banana, spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ends with a slight bitterness. Palate reminds me a lot of pumpkin ales...it has the same buttery/oily texture. Overall, I was disappointed...I love banana’s, but this tasted so artificial.

3.2
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle best by 31/07/09. Poured amber with a tall frothy off-white head that has some lasting and left good lacing. Aromas of banana and wheat. The flavor found mainly banana with a candy like presents and light wheat. Light body, sweet, and slightly tingly.

3.4
jb (3251) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
An interesting ale brought to my attention by Ron. Smell at 1st is grassy then overwhelming ripe bananas take over. Palate is similar but opposite, starts with ripe banana, then switches over to hops , quite a bit for an English-style. A pleasing product. Byt the way this is copper colored with minimal head and lacing.

4.1
mkel07 (5960) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2009
500ml bottle. Very unusual beer. Deep copper colour with very strong banana aroma that assaults the nose as you pour. Thin white head with sweet banana notes. Everything about bthis beer is bananaish.

3.7
convex (31) - Wroclaw, POLAND - MAR 22, 2009
This beer thoroughly succeeded in what it set out to do, that is, to be banana bread in a bottle. There are much better beers out there, but in the exclusive "tastes like banana bread" group, this one takes top marks. It’s definitely not one that you want to plan an entire evening around...


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