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

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RATINGS: 1420   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoutgirl86 (6) - Kitchener, Ontario, - JUN 2, 2012
Unique. It is much like the tastes of a descent, but not outstanding, ale was mixed with a descent, but not outstanding, banana bread. Sweeter then the average beer, but not overly so. Was quite pleased as I expected something overly sweet and artificial, and got something which was very balanced and reasonably complex.


3.4
sebsky (158) - ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2017
500 ml bottle @home,bb 24/03/2018. Dark amber,clear,streams of bubbles. Medium off-white head,medium retention. Banana,toffee aroma. Banana bread taste. Medium bitter finish.

1.9
AnG_BrgNor (759) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2017
Well. Its a lot of banana here. Banana all the way. There is also a kind of edical taste, like the dentist some years ago. Now Ive tried it and iam not impressed.

2.3
k_gadeberg (77) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2017
On bottle. Pours golden, without head. Lots of co2, first bitterness, then a watery kind of banana taste. Notes of bread and yeast, really a beer that splits people, either you like or hate it.

3.1
Stultus (173) - ESTONIA - JUL 28, 2017
Pours clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of malty syrpuy caramel and banana. Taste is malty sweetish followed by light bitterness and then a medium banana sweetness.

1.8
HULK777 (608) - - JUL 18, 2017
Sweet candy banana aroma with hints of sugar cake. Sweet, watery, banana taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
alexmate (201) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2017
This is a love or hate it beer, Captured the banana bread taste with bready malts. Has a natural dry banana taste rather than a synthetic syrupy taste. It’s quite sweet with some Muscovado sugar and light bitterness on the aftertaste. Tried around 2008.

5
HopsDoctor83 (16) - Walsall, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2017 My favourite liquid pudding tasting of bread, dough, banana, amber, clear, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, lively, long finish, nice after taste. Good any time of the day

4.2
joshterschoell (3) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2017 does not count
Wonderful taste. If there was a mead/chunky breadlike consistency, you would think your eating blended banana bread. Delicious dessert beer. I recommend cleansing the pallette before enjoying. No hangover effects, so enjoy, but don’t drive.

3.5
AleRider78 (1333) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2017
Pours a frothy average amount of head but goes away quickly and leaves very little. Fairly weak lacing. Has a golden amber colour. Definitely has a banana like aroma, slightly bready and herbal hops. Flavours are quite distinctly banana bread, toffee sweetness with notes of caramel and spices. Slick oily mouthfeel with a prickly sensation. Slight bitterness. Really good sweet beer that’s not too offensive or over the top with the banana, but 1 or 2 will suffice in one sitting.

3.3
17Beer (368) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Bananas and toffee scents. Pours a honey brown with a dissipating off-white head. Lots of lacing. Banana flavors are not overwhelming and sit nicely with a steady ESB underneath. Dry mouthfeel with above average carbonation. Nice as a novelty.


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