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


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RATINGS: 1499   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dieselbeard (1) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Banana bread in a bottle. Floral banana notes in both aroma and taste, supported by a bed of bready malts. Notes of brown sugar and buttery nuttiness linger at the sides, creating an overall profile of fresh-buttered banana bread with an added sprinkling of brown sugar for good measure. Nothing overpowers, and every note works hand in hand with each other in both aroma and taste. Mouthfeel begins crisp at the tip of the tongue, but mellows in a rich smoothness by the end of the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikbo (122) - - JAN 23, 2017
Color mbar com espuma blanca abundante no muy duradera. Aroma intenso a banana. Sabor ligero a pltano y toques dulces acaramelados. Fcil de beber.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1960) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (4793) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Nikokaoja (88) - 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

   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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
visionthing (4957) - 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.

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