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


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RATINGS: 1510   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDD89 (12) - young, - FEB 25, 2014
It has a slight banana lolly aroma. Little to no head. The taste remimiscient of banana lolly mixed with real bananas and a slight bready/biscuity taste. Aftertaste is smooth with an average bitterness. Something different to have a crack at but couldn’t drink more than one or two in a row.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jorn69 (3037) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2017
@ Havregatan 20170525. Bottle (330 ml) from Systembolaget. Courtesy of Totte. Malty and bready with some light roasted notes, ripe banana, artificial feeling, mid sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, mid bitter and malty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
the_beergery (31) - - MAY 19, 2017
330 ml bottle ageing in the fridge for a few months, so may have been a bit past its peak. Pours a hazy amber tone with a strong white head of foam. The froth dissipates relatively quickly leaving some sticky lacing, but reappears with swirling later. Unfortunately, I don’t detect the fabled bananas and bread in the bouquet, which I find are dominated by the traditional ale aromas - cereal, bread and dough in an earthy sort of way. In the mouth, however, a light taste of bananas is detectable, though it does not last too long before it is subsumed under the malty ale flavours. Overall, it tastes lightly sweet, with an average level of carbonation. Mouthfeel, however, is rather thin and a bit watery, hence a bit of a let down at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (1092) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours a clear amber-orange with a small, short lived, off-white head that laces. Sweet aroma of overripe bananas and bready malt. Sweet flavour of bready malt, banana, toffee, sugar, corn and vanilla with a dry, bitter finish. Light to medium body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomHendriksen (434) - NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2017
Fles gedronken in Budapest, geprobeerd met Roelzie1986 en Koenvd bij beer point.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrewtoremember (1) - Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2017 does not count
Delicious! I was recommended this at an office party and I fell in love with it. Easily one of my favorites!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSensei40 (1) - - APR 2, 2017 does not count
It tastes exactly as it sounds. Like banana bread soaked in a nut brown ale. Very little bitter taste with a clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ehaak26 (466) - - MAR 17, 2017
Pint Night at Pazzo’s. Aroma is pretty much exactly like banana Runts, taste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
autos5 (213) - Szczecin, POLAND - MAR 11, 2017
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirstyrabbit (1847) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle. Pale copper body, small head. Aroma has light caramelly malts, vanilla and some banana. Sweet caramelly taste with added banana and vanilla. Much lighter than expected. Mouthfeel is fizzy like a lemonade. I don’t like English ales to be watery and fizzy. Reminds me of a certain local lemonade. Underwhelming. I don’t think "steely dryness" should be a desired quality in a beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
japppp (104) - FINLAND - FEB 26, 2017
50cl bottle. Amber color with white head. Aroma has lot of almost artificial banana. Taste has banana, some malt and slight bitter finish.

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