I don’t often have beer at breakfast, but on Christmas morning, I made an exception. With the smell of freshly-baked cinnamon buns in the air, I sat down with my family for a Christmas brunch after opening a round of presents. The Banana Bread beer wasn’t a gift – but a suggestion – sprung from the fact that my brother had never tried this beer, and that it would be great to complement the fruit we’d be having.
I shared the sampling glasses of this brew with my family, and then took a deep whiff. It smells heavily of banana and cloves – but not of the typical esters alone. It had a very warm banana aroma.. I can only liken it to cooked Bananas Foster. Having not read the label of this brew fully, I pondered how they got SO MANY banana notes into the aroma of the beer. Then I looked at the label and it changed my mind instantly. The label says that they add “fair trade bananas and banana flavoring.” Sounds delicious and I couldn’t wait to try it.
The taste is of a little malt, spice but an aftertaste of artificial bananas. The artificial flavor, however, isn’t unpleasant – and it reminds me of the sweet taste of yellow pieces of candy necklaces from childhood memories. It is pleasant and has a very nice backbone of swet malts. It isn’t very sweet but is warming, and brings a bit of comfort in a glass. It does get better as it warms, and I’d have to say that this is better than what I expected for one with kind of a novelty flavor. Very nice. Though, I know very little about the brewery or if they have any other offerings – though I think they also make Young’s Chocolate stout – another “literal” but satisfying flavored brew.
A nice one if you see it – and a nice complement to breakfast. Happy Holidays everyone!