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

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RATINGS: 1498   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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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2013
Id heard that this tasted artificial, like somebody squirted some extract into the barrel. On that front, I didnt think so - the flavour of banana tasted good and worked well with the toasty finish. There was something else sweet in there, though, which didnt feel necessary at all. I didnt have a problem with the way it was brewed, but ultimately I wasnt expecting much from a banana flavoured beer. It was about as enjoyable as I could have hoped for.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gschrade (1058) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2017
I got this at Randall's. Pours amber with a thin white head. Taste mild banana, mildly sweet, smooth. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1957) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 15, 2017
Pretty good. Obvious banana aromas with some sweetness. Same again to taste but at a lower intensity. Quite dry. Very pleasant quaffing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (4787) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Drinks Express, Low Fell, Gateshead. Amber coloured with a thin white head. It has a malty and banana flavour with vanilla and more sweet banana on the finish. Rather like an alcoholic banana malt loaf. Good.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kwik-lime (1783) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle to finish off craft beer advent calendar. Ended up leaving it til last expecting it to not be my thing, and it wasnt really. A fairly bland, low carbonated bitter with a somewhat artificial seeming banana finish. Not great.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Nikokaoja (86) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - JAN 2, 2017
13. 12. 2016, Ljubljana, Ico's place. Bottled. Really not my cup of beer, to artificial taste and aroma, not pleasant at all. A real downer since I'm a big heffeweizen fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Niko100 (2770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Dark amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, & ripe bananas; Flavor of malt, bananas, some caramel, and grain; Finish is slightly bitter; The palate is a bit watery; Different - the aroma is the best part.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UjoKlobasa (767) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle. Chestnut color, clear liquid, white head. Aroma of malt and banana. Ok, but not my cup of coffee.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vells (1674) - Rga, Latvija, LATVIA - DEC 13, 2016
Feels banana-ish with some cinnamon adjunct, some maltiness, caramel, some floral hops. Moderate sweetness with ultra light bitterness. Decent, but not mine

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
visionthing (4956) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 8, 2016
50cl bottle from Kaubamaja, Tallinn. Pours clear dark golden to amber, with a modest off-white head. Certainly banana on the nose as I pour. Fruity and malty, fair amount of ripe bananas and some caramel too. Does actually remind me of banana bread. Sweet and somewhat unusual, but fairly drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (668) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 8, 2016
The banana doesnt seem like real banana and more candy sugar like fake banana. I likes the colour really liked the amount of bitterness and carbonation, but that banana is well over the top and insistent that its a beer that ends up hard to take seriously.


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