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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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2.9
AntonyWilson (363) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 30, 2016
500ml Bottle: Pours a clear copper with good frothy white head. Aroma of ripe bananas and slight maltiness. Tastes slightly sweet but finishes dry with a definite artificial banana flavour. Bitterness is medium to low with a medium body. Low carbonation. Definitely not a sessionable beer, but a nice once-off.

2.1
jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Flavored beer. The sweetness of the aroma is over powering. The sweetness of the taste is almost sickening.

3.4
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2012
The perfect breakfast beer. One is good, two is alright, any more and it gets to be a bit much.

3.5
mcmisko (358) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Pours with a small thin head that disappears quickly. Smells like a lot of ripe bananas! I love the smell. Taste like caramilized sugar, bananas and spice, this quick fades and leave you with a weak weird after taste. I really enjoyed trying this bear, but would not enjoy it often.

3
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Pours clear amber with small tan head out of bottle. Aroma of bread, wheat, and slight hint of banana. Flavor identical to banana bread with a finish of beer. Not a bad beer but I usually don't like to drink my banana bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2007
Fascinating the first couple of sips. Aftar that the banana, banana and more banana get a bit overwhelming. It says in the commercial description that is the beer has a gentle nose of banana. Well, not as gentle as a monster truck show. but close. Glad I had it though, now I can go on with my life.

3.2
anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Copper-orange in color with a thin white head. Decent lacing. It does have a clear appearance to it. Obviously it has a strong aroma of bananas. There is a hint of nuts in the aroma. Caramel and melted butter are also noticeable in the aroma. It taste like burnt banana bread. It gives you that nasty aftertaste like burnt toast. For the first second in your mouth it was actually good but quickly turns bad and stays that way through the finish.The taste gives you the feeling that the beer is flat. Overall the aroma was the only thing it had going for it. Everything else was a let down.

4.1
swapp (356) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - MAR 12, 2013
if you vant something diferent this one is just for you. great taste of bread and bananas mixed with bitter. once you try it it gives you the taste that you never for get it

3.3
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2013
16.9fl.oz / 500ml bottle into a shaker. Served cool. Aroma: Bananas! Really nice banana smell. Backed up by a sour yeast and some malt. Appearance: Clear amber with a dissipating, light and foamy white head. Taste: The banana is more subdued in the taste than it is in the aroma. It is balanced quite nicely with a nice mild maltiness. Palate: Medium body. Pretty short, dry and malty finish. Kind of watery maybe. Overall: A pretty fun beer! It is what it’s advertised as. I want to make chocolate chip banana bread using this beer and see how fantastic it turns out.

3
Padchenko (355) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 11, 2014
500ml bottle, 5.2%. A nice beer with strong banana aroma. It tastes very like banana bread so is very well named. Pleasant to drink and easy on the palate. A good effort!


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