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

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RATINGS: 1439   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
stravale (3150) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle from Tesco Longford [070314] Rate #1800
Amber,clear, decent frothy head, some lacing
Aroma - Typical skunky light damage nose gives way to quite intense sweet banana custard, with a soft caramel undertone. (-2 for clear bottle)
Taste of soft caramel malts, prominent soft sweet banana, dab of spicy hop, straightforward beer, taste gets better with the drinking
Palate - Soft carb, medium to light body, oily. Fairly sweet palate. Finish as main flavour, touch dry, slightly metallic, soft bitter, sweet banana
Overall - I always avoided this beer and expected it to be crap and I don’t care for clear bottles with that horrid smell on pulling the cap off, but the sweet banana comes thorough in the end and it’s a fairly pleasant if slightly artificial soft banana taste.

2.9
exeter (538) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Poured a light amber colour with fast disappearing head and no lace. The beer had the banana flavour down pat and maybe some vanilla. The problem for me was there seemed to be a bit of Euro-skunk in the background. It was good enough to have again, especially to find out if the skunk is normal.

2.9
Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours a clear copper with a frothy and lacey white head. Aroma of skunk, banana, caramel and light vanilla. Taste is banana, caramel, skunk, light struck off flavors and a nice crisp and dry finish. Was expecting this to be sweeter but it’s nice that it’s more like banana nerds than banana pudding... However the clear bottle is killing this beer with the light struck off flavors and aroma. This would be a great after dinner beer if it was bottled in a dark brown bottle or can.

2.9
Malrider69 (179) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours a golden/copper colour with a medium white head that thins quickly. The aroma is of bananas and other sweet, fruity esters. There is the slight flavour of bananas and malt with a slightly bitter aftertaste which is not overly palatable. Overall this beer is nothing special.

2.9
leosanches (12) - - MAR 21, 2015
Cerveja dourada e translúcida, com espuma persistente, clara sem formação de halos. O aroma é totalmente dominado pela banana, sendo impossível notar outras influências. O sabor é curioso, não se sente o álcool e o sabor da banana predomina todos os sentidos da cerveja. Apesar da espuma presente, ela não é cremosa e quase imperceptível ao tomar. Ponto positivo é o toque aveludado e suavidade que favorece que a drinkability. Apesar disso, é enjoativa é difícil de ser tomada em boa quantidade. Acredito que possa funcionar bem como sobremesa, ou acompanhando alguma dessa, de modo a complementar o sabor. Ruim para acompanhar alimentos salgados, porém talvez caia bem com queijos fortes para equilibrar o sabor.

2.9
redders1974 (1702) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
Smells very strongly of banana the taste is also bans but not overpoweringly so tastes a bit 1 dimensional the alcohol is well hidden nice on a spring day but wouldn’t like more than one in evening.

2.9
skatanarchy (212) - - APR 26, 2015
찰스웰스 브루어리-바나& 브레드 비어 5.2% ABV 병을 따자마자 확실히 풍기는 바나나브레드- 검게 변하기 시작하는 묵은바나나-알& 감도는 바나나의 향. 마시다 보면 바나나향이 재빨리 사그라든다.재& 개성으로 오바하며 뒷통수 후려치는 컨셉이라기 보단 그냥 재밋네, 가끔씩 마실만하네 정도의 벨런스를 잡은 맥주. 렉싱턴,켄터키,

2.9
Satyroneto (402) - BRAZIL - SEP 3, 2015
Cor de ouro envelhecido com tonalidade alaranjada; brilhante e cristalina com perlage intenso; espuma de leve tonalidade amarela, média formação e persistência duradoura de uma camada de 2-3mm de espessura; lacing pouco/razoável. Aroma de banana e bolo de banana e um pouco de caramelo no 2º plano deixando o aroma um pouco enjoativo, doce demais. Sabor com início de caramelo evoluindo para um intenso banana (vide aroma) com final um pouco picante e levemente amargo; o amargor não eh suficiente para equilibrar o dulçor da cerveja; retrogosto de bolo de banana e leve amargor. Corpo leve e média carbonatação.

2.9
ljthiessen (1510) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is ripe banana, a bit artificial but not entirely, some caramel. Flavour is not nearly there. Some banana, but mostly a thin macro-lager flavour with a slightly metallic edge and corn notes.

2.9
dfearnley (2405) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass Yeah, banana alright, which overpowers most of the rest of the aroma other than ’English Ale’, so perhaps bread and grains too. Crystal clear amber with a thin and creamy white head and decent effervescence. Taste is banana, grains, a little bitterness. Not that good, if I’m honest.


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