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

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RATINGS: 1501   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Golden copper pour into thick, foamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly into heavy ring of lacing around the glass. Carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass into a lingering pool in the center. Aroma of bananna, malty bread and sticky sweet (candied?) citrus. Initial flavor of bananna (bananna taffy???), vanilla, and spice (allspice or nutmeg?) that lingers to malty, slightlywatery mouthfeel and a dry balanced finish.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Surprisingly the aroma is that of really good banana bread... Smells quite good... pours a mostly clear brown/amber with a tiny head.... Aroma is of banana, nuts... Taste of banana up front, but followed by a somewhat medicinal unappealing finish with some notes of metallicness... Incredible potential, though it ends up a bit gimmicky...

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Sampled at Forest City in CT. Appears dark gold with a clear body and large head. Aroma of banana cream pie and fine sugar. This beer starts with sweet malt and ripe banana but comes unraveled by the mid-palate, which is a watery, minerally, and semi-bitter mess. Finishes with slight bitterness and hardly any lasting impression.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2770) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a just a few bubbles floating around the surface that quickly disappear. Aromas are impressively full of bananas (can smell from a distance.) A closer examination reveals some bananas and malt with a little bit of alcohol or something slightly chemical. Flavor is just what you might predict from the nose... banans and malt with some chemical like alcohol. Id guess life would be complete without every trying this, but hey... might as well be adventurous.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (6235) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 Ive wanted to try this for a while, but then again, I can be a glutton for punishment. Smells OK, but the banana flavor seems overowering and even a bit artificial. Not as sweet as I had feared, but not very good, either.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
6ROW (461) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2009
brilliant amber color with persistent 4 finger head . sweet banana and malt aroma, strong ripe banna taste. add to your sideshow beer list!

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2009
My wife bought this for me LOL Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass produced a finger worth of white head that turned into a thin lace on top of an amber brown body. The aromas of banana and, bread wow what a concept. It did smell good I will give it that. It tastes like banana too, so if you like that you will enjoy it. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. The beer is very unique, I will say that much. It was worth trying but I dont think I could drink more than one at a sitting.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Sample from January 24, 2009 Beer Club meeting. Yellow color with orange hues. Slow carbonation. Smells JUST LIKE banana bread! Flavor is the same, but very spiced.. so much so that it seems too complex for my tongue. I think its one of those things thats better smelled than tasted. Like... some perfumes smell nice, but you definitely dont want to drink them.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottled. Poured clear lighter orange with a well-retained cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up banana-flavored Runts with a little clove and nutmeg you may find in banana bread.. very sweet and perhaps I shouldnt have liked it, but it was intriguing. The flavor was sweet as well with toasty, sticky banana at the core.. light sourness and herbal accents at the edges, picking up steam as it warmed.. the finish was a bit astringent with more of the Runts. Medium-bodied and kinda sharp on the palate.. OK overall.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2009
Not acceptable. Tried to pair this with fresh baked banana bread and it was awful. Pours and tastes like a skunky pilsner with the aroma and cloying flavor of underripe bananas. Seemingly void of malt and a source of sweetness.


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