Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
(best by Dec 14 2014 - poured into a balloon)
A: dark leathery brown with a slight haze... cappuchino-like foam, in color mostly...
S: almost artificial/extract caramel-coffee... perhaps a faint whiff of dark fruit esters (perhaps from dark sugars added)... almost a doppelbock-like (i.e. Celebrator) rich, cocoa-dusted malt character, though quite apparently not from decoction or other artful technique
T: caramel-syrup infused, hazelnut coffee... tastes like a Dunkin Donuts beer... mildly roasty (or rather burnt sugar?) with an arguably herbal bitterness pervading the finish through the aftertaste... are the flavorings there to cover up the decay of old malt?!... a bit too much is going on here - I love it when a brewery doesn't list an available beer on their website, let alone any ingredients, or hints thereof... a caramel-coffee brown porter, in total
M: right away, a degree or two thinner and more well-attenuated than the deceptive aromas suggest... soft, fuzzy carbonation blurs out much of whatever roundness or viscosity exists
O: gimmicky, niche, not all that it could be... it's a shame that these are the ilk of ales that W&Y seems to want to push over here (Double Chocolate, Banana Bread... likely by virtue of their popularity)... could this be construed as an insult to Americans... I'd be curious to talk with one of their US reps to see what's up with this crap... not that I'll pass up a Bombardier in protest any time soon
08-28-2014 04:47:35 | More by Bouleboubier
3.25/5 rDev -3%
330ml bottle split between two Georgetown samplers. Date is 22/03/15. I presume that is "best by", since it is in the future.
Pours dark but slightly translucent. Clear, small light beige head. Relatively still. Smell is very puddingy (I think tapioca), caramelly. Wife thinks it smells very toffee-like. It does smell very sweet. Some surprisingly roasty characteristic.
Taste is sweet, burnt caramel, almost flan-like. Mild, with a strange sort of lagery characteristic. Watery. Some good characteristics, and some bad.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, it's not too bad. It's interesting, but not great.
08-24-2014 23:34:06 | More by snaotheus
3/5 rDev -10.4%
It's a let down compared to their banana bread beer, I would drink it if someone bought it for me but I won't purchase this beer again, I was expecting a thicker sweeter beer. It's a tad sharp on the tongue and goes down smooth with a bit malt. I have no idea how they came up with this name. I taste no toffee or pudding, it's thicker but I was expecting more out if this.
08-24-2014 21:15:18 | More by hockeyrichard
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from 330mL bottle into a dimpled mug.
Appearance: rich brown hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence, although it's almost too dark to see it. Head is a thin layer of ivory foam without much staying power. I quite like the color.
Smell: very sweet toffee and caramel aroma; it's absolutely as-advertised. That said, it's almost cloying in its sweetness; it's closer to cola syrup than beer.
Taste: less sweet than the aroma, with a little bit of offsetting earthiness and bitterness, but still too sweet. It definitely has that classic brown ale flavor underneath, however.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess indeed. It works well with the beer's dessert qualities.
Overall: this has the sweetness of a sweet imperial stout but the complexity of a subtle brown ale; the mix is not entirely a success. For those who like dessert beers, however, this is definitely worth a try.
08-22-2014 21:17:03 | More by flagmantho
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours a three finger khaki head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. dark brown color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Toffee nose and flavor is toffee then some hop bitterness. Not bad but a one time good deal for me. $3.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.
08-15-2014 22:30:13 | More by jdhilt
3.75/5 rDev +11.9%
Well, cheers to the new rating system. Rated taste, smell, appearance and mouthfeel out of five and divided by four to get the overall rating. Here goes.
A: One inch head with decent lacing. Dark-brown in appearance but some light gets through the glass. Beer has a red hue when held up to a light source. Overall, nothing special. 3.5/5
S: Actually, I think the beer is rather good. Tons of milk chocolate, caramel and toffee. Lots of crystal malt and brown sugar. There's almost no bitterness, but I do detect some coffee notes. 4.5/5
T: Good. The taste follows the nose with lots of toffee and caramel. Also detect lots of milk chocolate. However, the beer does contain some bready yeast which detract somewhat from the malt flavor. It's also somewhat watery. 4/5
M: Not very good. Watery and not creamy enough. However, most Wells beers are like this so oh well. 3/5
O: Good with some drawbacks (too watery; mouthfeel lacking). Will buy again sometime in the near future, though. Glad to have tried it. 3.75/5
08-15-2014 21:40:27 | More by leantom
2.8/5 rDev -16.4%
Bottle: a stumpy 500mL embossed brown bottle with a stylish label that depicts the tastiest thing in the universe: sticky toffee pudding. Make that into an ale properly and I think we're onto a winner.
Appearance: looks pretty decent - pours mid brown with ruby-brown highlights across the profile. Limited lacing with a small off-white head that drops to a thin ring, leaving limited lacing.
Aroma: a small amount of biscuit malts with what is most definitely a sticky toffee pudding aroma. A pity it is so extremely light an aroma. Hopefully better and stronger on the palate...
Taste: ...but no. A fairly soft toasted malt with a touch of toffee. An over-riding metallic fug really ruins the whole experience. Not a great beer at all.
Aftertaste: gets a bit worse on the finish - more metallic fug with an awkward bitterness. Surely this beer is meant to be sweet??
Mouth feel: moderate- to-higher in feel with a moderate spritzing carbonation.
Overall: this beer is a huge disappointment. Considering how well the British normally do malt-based beers, I saw the label and name, and immediately fell in love with a fusion of my two favourite things - sticky date / sticky toffee pudding and beer. Unfortunately, this is an awkward, bitter and metallic-tasting disaster, rather than a sweet and heart-melting beauty. Add a price of AU$92 for an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL bottles, and this one is a definite no-go.
08-14-2014 10:44:28 | More by SmashPants
3.31/5 rDev -1.2%
Picked this up a while back at Top Hops in New York, having never had this before. I expected it to be a lot like the Wells Banana Bread Beer and for the most part, that turned out to be the case. It was thin, not terribly sticky, and too strong when it came to the toffee flavor, and there was even a hint of the banana bread in the midst of this. It also didn't feel like an English Brown Ale and I was quite surprised to see this classified as such when I finally got around to reviewing this on here!
The pour to this was somewhat decent, as the dark, nutty hue complemented the thick head nicely. The foam quickly settled and didn't leave any rings of lacing down the side of my pint glass. This was also a bit more clear than I expected, as a fair amount of light was able to shine through the beer when I held it up. As for the taste...well, it was one-dimensional. Lots of toffee sweetness without the stickiness. Some banana, cola, and molasses flavor too, but they were weak as some yeast stuck around in the aftertaste. It wasn't that appealing and the type of bread that it reminded me of was of something mass-market. The carbonation was not strong either and had there been more, it would have easily (and thankfully) scrubbed the flavors down after each sip. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
At least the alcohol wasn't detectable in this - had it been, it would have made this even less impressive than it was. As a novelty, I liked this but it was hard to take seriously as an English Brown Ale or a dessert beer. This would be be suited for washing down something sticky and toffee-flavored but as is, this was too weak to fully enjoy by itself. Worth a go once just to see what any fuss would be about.
08-13-2014 20:24:25 | More by JerzDevl2000
Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
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