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

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RATINGS: 1512   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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2.8
weitz15 (581) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Orange color, but the aroma here is amazing. Perfect banana bread scent, leading me to believe that the taste will be similar. Boy, was I wrong. This tasted crisp and acidic, with no fruit flavor at all. Disappointment.

2.8
bubbleflubber (2211) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2010
Interesting rate here. Pours golden-amber into the glass with a sudsy head that leaves soapy window-wash lace. The nose in indeed of ripened (maybe a bit processed) banana. The flavors are more of banana essence than substantive malts, which provides for a hollow mouthfeel. Some peel in the finish, with extremely active carbonation and a dry texture. This is truly a decent "what if" idea, but doesnít completely translate to the palate like Iím sure it did in concept. Bold try, but a novelty.

2.8
PanMarek (423) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2010
I picked this up on a whim. The banana aroma is stronger than the flavor. The flavor is dominated by the hops and the banana appears more as an aftertaste. It was surprisingly and pleasantly crisp. I was expected more sweetness. I would recommend it to someone looking for an unusual beer, but I donít imagine I will seek it out myself.

2.8
Sdaniel90 (1080) - Mexico City, MEXICO - AUG 5, 2010
Bottle, 50cl. Pours a clear, copper colour with a modest, but fluffy tan head. Aroma reeks of banana, and spices. If I were blindfolded and told to tell what kind of beer this was, based only on smell, Iíd say it was an extra fruity weissbier. Taste is smooth but light, a touch watery. Nice banana finish with some bitterness, though not much else. Lacks a malt backbone, and more flavour. Wouldnít buy again.

2.8
Arkolm (19) - USA - AUG 21, 2010
Poured a bright amber, with a foamy cream head. Fades rapidly. Slight aroma; sweet, mildly clovey. Taste is strongly of bananas, with gum and vanilla. Carbonated. Not much body. Not bad at all, but I too would prefer a thicker body and less carbonation with this theme.

2.8
markas101 (2435) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2010
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Amber coloured, perhaps a slight yellow hue (or my imagination). Banana aroma, reminds me of penicillin I got when a kid. A somewhat overly banana flavour, seems artificial, but had to try it.

2.8
ExpendableHero (916) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Copper colored beer with a thin, white head. Skunky aromas with slight whiff of banana. Very highly carbonated. This all led me to worry it was just a banana lager. Well, it is more than that, but not much more. Bitter/skunky taste gives way to a rich, and very smooth banana bread flavor. This was a really nice detail. It is kind of like drinking a pale lager(a decent one)spiked with banana flavors. Refreshing, and surprisingly good.

2.8
undercurrent25 (2130) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2011
Smells and tastes like bananas, some caramel in there too, only a slight bitterness on the palate

2.8
ElDesmadre (3626) - Mikołůw, POLAND - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle. Moderate brown with small but sustaining head. Aroma is - surprise - mainly bready malt and bananas, with the addition of some caramel, vanilla, cinammon and even some grassy hops in the background. Smells very good, unfortunately tastes worse. Quite watery with malt and bananas that could have been more pronounced, some toffee and spices. Moderately bitter with grassy hops. The taste feels empty and unbalanced and falls way short of the aroma. There should be more bananas and more bread in there.

2.8
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle/50cl - Pours a darkish amber in color with a very small head. Aroma has lots of candy sugar, brown sugar and, of course, bananas with just a hint of vanilla. Flavor is pretty much the same with some sweetness and just a hint of the hops to keep it from being too cloying. Not exactly my favorite, but very interesting none the less...


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