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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 656
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 34.78%
Wants: 25
Gots: 193 | FT: 0
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Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Erik-P on 11-26-2013

Two of the things Britain is renowned for across the globe are traditional ale and puddings. Following the success of Wells Banana Bread Beer comes the latest addition to the exquisitely crafted Wells ales range – Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale.

Wells has been using age-old traditional brewing methods to perfect its ales since 1876 and Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale is made to those same exacting standards. It is brewed with our own accredited Natural Mineral Water and the choicest English ingredients. As a result, it delivers all the satisfying, complex taste you’d expect from a true beer but with a unique, indulgent twist.

Using traditional British desserts as our source of inspiration, we discovered that the natural, rich flavours of Sticky Toffee Pudding could be exquisitely combined with darker malts to create a truly distinctive ale. With toffee and caramel hints and rich fruit aromas, Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale is an intensely satisfying beer.
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Photo of stevoj
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Beautiful sweet, sticky, dessert aroma, but doesn’t live up to the expectations of the nose. Pours a clear dark brown with a ring of airy head, taste is sweet but flat, with some burnt sugar flavor. Finishes fast, mild sticky coating on the tongue.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dessert beer. It has an overwhelming smell of toffee or caramel. It has a cola color and it's somewhat light. The taste is not sweet but definitely caramely. I probably wouldn't order this with dinner because I'm not sure what I'd drink it with but I would definitely suggest it for dessert. I would not put this on draft but I would use this for a dessert beer for a tasting.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. It pours a cola-brown color with a frothy one-finger khaki head and lacing. The smell is very sweet caramel, one of the sweetest beer smells I've experienced. The taste is equally unusual with strong caramel and malt. The initial sweet, nutty taste quickly gives way to a sour, even bitter, finish. It's a mild ale, pleasantly carbonated, and very easy to drink with a low ABV of 5%. Overall, this ale is basically a novelty. It might be better on draught.

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Photo of WyattBurp
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic at proper temperature. Aroma is caramel, with brown sugar overtones. Flavor is a good balance of dark toffee, caramel, with a hint of vanilla. Not overtly sweet; has a nice crisp finish, with a final hint of mild bitterness that lingers deliciously.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with off white head. Aroma is all caramel. On the palate it is not as sweet as the name would imply, but the burnt caramelized flavor is dominant. Unfortunately, there is a simultaneous bitterness that detracts from the impression that the label so effectively markets. Toffee yes, but bitter instead of sweet. Not as thick as a "Sticky Pudding" either, but rather thin. Not Callard & Bowser toffee, but more like a Dark Chocolate Heath bar.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.36/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had from the bottle, Madison's Hoboken, NJ

A: the weakest area here, it's a watery looking brown ale, not ugly but you may get worried without tasting it. S: amazing. Burnt brown sugar, smells like the classic dessert. T: love it! It really tastes like a toffee brown ale. Sweet but so good. Didn't feel too artificial to me. F: velvety, so crushable. Deadly in a way, it was almost too easy to drink. O: for you sweet tooths, like me, this is a dream come true. It's an awesome dessert beer that qualifies as a real treat. I recommend it.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, little head.
Smell is quite sweet, lots of sugar and molasses.
Taste is sweet n sour.... Lots of sugar and toffee and almost burnt treacle, with a somewhat sharp note at the end. A little bit of a mishmash.
Mouth fell nice n full bodied.
Nice beer but more of a novelty...

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-clear amber color with a decent enough transparency around it. A two finger white foamy head gazed over the beer and dissipated in a slow wake (die, head, die, I wanted to say, boy did that go slow). Sticky lace weaves around the glass.
The smell, would you guess it to be "toffee?" Eh, who would have thunk (inserts sarcastic rolling eyes emoji right here). Other than that, light nuttiness with some toast, marshmallow, and vanilla, it smells really nice.
The taste is immensely sweet through guess what: exactly the toffee. Nutty aspects along with the toast, marshmallow and vanilla stay very subdued.
The mouthfeel, well, one could say that could leave a bit to be desired as it's extremely wet with a misguided slick and hollow cavity to it. I would have thought with toffee, nuts, toast, marshmallow, and vanilla, there would be some kind of substance to this thing. Well, not exactly.
Overall, well, my impression is that the smell and taste have it nailed down, but the mouthfeel, well, if Wells & Youngs beefed it up on the palate, this could definitely be an award winner, IMO. Me, I'd probably still come back to this.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wells Sticky Toffee pudding whateverthefuck.

After a long fourteen hour shift and about 4000 post work calories consumed, it is most certainly time for a night cap. Grabbed this bottle a few nighta ago for $2.50. Sounded quite tasty but we shall see how thinga turn out. Enough talk, let's drink.

Look - Poured from a twelve lunce bottle into a tulip because I'm feeling like an aristocrat tonight. Poured a very deep though clear amber with a two finger off white head that stucks around tightly and eventually dies down to a large cap of froth amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be non existant as the beer is gazed upon through the glass. Eventually the head dies down to a thick and very sticky ring around the top of the swill. A good amount of sticky lace is left remaining

Smell - Toffee is huge in the nose as expected since it is one of theain ingredients listed on the bottle. Nutty aspects with a slight toastyness and just a smidge of slight roast. The pudding aspect is also apparent though not exactly prevelant by any means. I hope the pudding develops more in the flavor portion of this beer.

Taste - Once again a large dosage of toffee leads the way with the toasted nuttyness. The pudding aspects become quite apparent and it js tapioca in nature. The pudding flavor really sticks around for what seems like forever. Just a touch of fudge like chocolate. Good tasting though I wish the pudding flavor were stronger. Beer is not as sweet as the name would lead you on to believe .

Feel - The feel is quite watery and the body is quite thin though not like other beers of this lower ABV range. Carbonation remains very light in the mouth and the pudding aspect coats the entirety of the mouth. Beer swallows rather slick and goes down easily. No cloyingly sweetness is present.

Overall - Overall it's actually a pretty alright dessert beer. Not filling like a huge chocolatey stout but enough to please that after meal sweet tooth you may have. At $2.50 a bottle I honestly doubt I would buy this again seeing aa there are better options available in the price range. Though I would have again if it were handed to me. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own judgement..

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Photo of RJIV
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Water like consistency with a brown color with a slightly foamy head. Smells of toffee sweetness. Tastes like drinking a lightly flavored toffee seltzer. The beer is thin, watery, and utterly forgettable.

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Photo of VTR
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looking for a sweet beer I decided on this. Come on the name is intriguing. The smell is right on with its name and that was nice. So the first sip was intriguing, It was sweet I could taste caramel and toffee. The body seemed too watery for what I was getting in the taste, I somehow wished it would be thicker. This beer was enjoyable to sip and a definite desert beer. For what it is and what they were looking to accomplish I think they did a good job.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

L) Dark ruby brown, clear, thin bubbly film.

S) Very sweet fudge-like smell. Maybe a hint of beer in there somewhere!

T) Not too sweet at all, so that is the first fear out of the way. Main flavour is moderately sweet fudge-like, with faint hit of English hops at the back of the mouth. Not out of balance but not any strong flavours.

F) No cloying aftertastes, fairly muted carbonation.

O) A bit pointless, but not horrible. If you like stick toffee pudding, just go and buy some and eat it.

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Photo of MattwyLee
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a slowly dissipating head.
Really sweet aroma; toffee is definitely there, with slight hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.
Taste is slightly lighter than the smell; kind of watered down. I got a bit of metallic taste at the beginning. Very little hops.
Really light mouthfeel with small amount of carbonation.

Would have it from time to time, as it kind of feels like drinking a soda. It would not be my go to 'sweet' beer.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a very nice dark ruby brown with a very nice, tight, fluffy head.

Nice aromas with toffee and chocolate as expected.

Medium palate is smooth and well-rounded with lots of toffee and chocolate and some slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was ok if but left me wanting more - slightly watery.

Would probably be good for a desert beer but not for me - not sweet enough!

I tend to stay away from flavoured beers or anything with anything added. Not sure why - I guess I'm a bit of a purist but overall, this is a very enjoyable, sessionable beer.


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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn stemmed flute.

a: Clear copper/ruby with an inch and a half offwhite head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Butterscotch pudding.

t: Fairly intense toffee/butterscotch notes follow - and overwhelm - what seems like a mild caramel malt base. Sweet finish with lingering toffee notes.

m: Light to medium, good body and huge carbonation tingle.

o: An interesting novelty dessert brew, somewhat like drinking candy but not in a cloying way. Gives the impression of being "chewy" even though the body is not terribly heavy.

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of sweet, flavored beers; that said, this is a good one. Beautiful color when poured into a mug--dark amberish brown. 1/2" beige head which dissipated significantly within a minute or so. You will definitely get all the sweet flavors you expect, but it's a little bitter if you drink it cold. Drink this one at room temperature and it will prove to be a good alternative to the norm.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit too sweet, but tasty. I might drink it again. It's a basic ale with flavor. At first taste it is pretty good, but the aftertaste does linger.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, brought home especially for my wife (who likes dark beers, and the sticky toffee pudding we had while in England).
Pours clear, brown orange color with a foamy, tan head. Foam settles to a thin film, webbing of lace.
Smells quite sweet, caramel and toffee.
Taste is much the same, caramel, toffee, toasted malt. Mild amount of hop bitterness that keeps it from being overly sweet or cloying.
Lower level of carbonation gives a smooth mouth feel, medium body.
A unique concept, nice for an after dinner drink with (or instead of) a desset

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells very sweet the toffee and caramel are strong scents. Smelling this makes me think Brach's caramel candy. There is a little chocolate and vanilla in the scent. Little bit of a butterscotch scent.

Starts out bittersweet, toffee lingers on the tongue. Lots of toffee and butterscotch flavor along with a stout bitterness. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a try it once to see what it tastes like beer. It probably IS the #1 Bitter Toffee and Butterscotch flavored ale from Britain!

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Photo of davidbiss
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The toffee taste is not over the top, but it is rather strong. Enough to make you consider it after the first taste. If expecting a darker and heavier brew it may feel a little light. It is smooth and very drinkable. If you like a sweet toffee flavor, this is yours. For me, it was too much sweet-like flavor.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Brown amber, some head which leaves as quick as it comes.

S: Toffee, Caramel, Cream

T/F: Caramel and toffee, butterscotch?. Light feel thought would be heavy wish it was

O: I could see myself buying again, smells better then it taste which is not a bad thing though I expected more. More flavor, more feel to accompany the amazing aroma this had.

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Photo of justinp444
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown amber with a thin quickly dissipating head. Smell is of toffee, caramel, vanilla, pudding, butterscotch, sweet cream, and cream soda. Taste of cream soda, with a minor butterscotch notes, and caramel. Lots of alcohol and a rather thin mouth feel leave a lot to be desired.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straight up amazing aromas coming off this beer. Unfortunately the smell doesn't translate into the flavors. Not a bad thing at all . . . Just wish the taste and feel were able to keep up with the nose. Good beer, I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Beautiful dark mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is hugely malty with tons of caramel and toffee along with hints of brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, brown bread, and nuts. The taste mirrors the nose, dominated by the caramel and toffee, along with hints of molasses, butterscotch, cream soda, brown sugar, vanilla, butterscotch, nuts, and just a touch of cocoa on the finish. The mouthfeel is moderately thick and syrupy with medium carbonation, less sweetness than expected, and decent drinkability. Overall, much better than I had thought it was going to be. Expecting a gimmicky, cloying beer, but instead got a malty and flavorful, albeit leaning towards sweet, and solid beer. Pleasantly surprised.

cream soda

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.14/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sticky toffee pudding. My favorite British pudding.

It looks more or less how you'd want a beer with this name to look; deep brown sugar brown with a respectable ivory-colored head with a nice sheen and okay retention. It does seem a bit too clear, if that makes senses; I'd hoped for a bit more viscosity/opacity. It smells full-on with the toffee, but in a weirdly artificial way, like someone dropped a Caramello bar into a Newkie Brown. Lots of Dairy Milk and Nestle butterscotch chips, not a lot of the deep, rich allspice-and-date notes I'd hope for in a real sticky toffee pudding.

Tastes like butterscotch candy, but somehow dry. Like Werther's infused into a dark lager. Like Vanilla Coke. Like Southern Tier's Creme Brulee, stripped of its richness and depth. In other words, it kind of sucks. The aroma makes it sickly; the mouthfeel makes it anemic. It's not a good match. I really don't know what they're going for here. If you want a beer that's meant to be a drinkable STP, don't hold back; let me have that stickiness, that complexity, that heft. Or, failing that, let me have some hops. There are basically none here.

I would say this is a disappointment, but then I didn't really have high hopes.

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
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