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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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4.7
JJAlexander (46) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2010
caramel, bread, toast, herbs, dough, banana, vanilla, amber, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, long finish,

4.7
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2013
I could write about aroma, taste, appearance and overall impression as I usually do but this beer deserves more. I donít know how they did it but from first sip to last I was treated to a flashback to memories of warm banana bread at family meals and gatherings. Enjoying this beer was like taking a walk down memory lane to simple pleasures and comfort. Well done!

4.7
azaflatlander (1) - Fredonia, Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
I like to try new and different beers. Often times the trial beer gets dumped out. I Tried this then first time this weekend. It was a real treat. You can smell a faint banana aroma. It goes down very smooth its not sweet has no bite or bad after taste. Its pretty pricey but I would buy it again.

4.6
Tricountybeer (167) - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Pours a thin dark golden amber with a thin head the dissapeared quicly. Tasted started off very ale like than the banana flavors finished it off. medium body, slick feel, long finish, interesting beer

4.6
TXTripletMom (5) - - APR 11, 2014 does not count
I am quite literally, bananas, for this beer. Do take the time to drink it from a proper beer glass (drinking this in the bottle though tastey wonít open the full range of flavors). Youíd expect a beer named for a banana bread to be cloyingly sweet, however, this offers a nice balanced savory note with a hint of banana and a very well rounded complexity. Not too sweet, not too tart, not too bitter. This beer is fabulous. Itís my new, go-to beer. When others taste too bitter, too sweet, too --- anything. Wellís Banana Bread Beer tastes like absolutely heaven (and the grocer says itís been very popular-- others must agree).

4.6
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Bananaís. Clear dark golden colour with excellent head. Banana, particularly banana lolly flavor. Light body with lowte medium carbonation. Nice on-off but not a session beer.

4.5
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Pours a transparent golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of banana much like banana runts...malt and spices. Flavor is banana, sweet malts, bread and spices. No false advertising here, this is a interesting brew......glad to have tried it but I wouldnt seek it out on a regular basis.

4.5
bburychka (55) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2009
While I couldnít drink many at one sitting, the banana smell and flavor make it extremely interesting.

4.5
Papillon (400) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
500 mL Bottle. I was advised not to chill this beer too much so I chilled it to basement temperature. Gold-amber body with a fizzy white head settling to a foamy film leaving lots of fine spotty lace. Bananas dominate in the aroma with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and a hint of bubblegum; the combination reminds me of an ice cream parlor and candy store. I am enraptured by the taste of this one: it opens up with a nice and very pronounced malt-hop combo, then the bananas and hints of butterscotch and vanilla come to join the lingering hops in the aftertaste, and then there is the unsweetened bubblegum finish -like when the sweetness of your bubblegum expired and it was now just the right consistency for blowing those big bubbles that then burst and coated your face. Bonus points for the uniqueness. Attention Beer Gourmets: wanna try this?

4.5
Dieselbeard (1) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2013 does not count
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


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