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

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 20
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Erik-P on 11-26-2013

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Reviews by 1000lbgrizzly:
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep brown/mahogany, clear, with a few lazy bubbles rising. Virtually no head, disappointingly. Labeling is goofy, but gets one in the mood for a rich toffee dessert.

S: Significant hops, to the contrary of the intended styling. Some sweet caramel/toffee malts in there too. Everything seems a little watered-down.

T: Yeah, it's sweet caramel/cream pudding, but the hops are still too present in the finish. Makes it more of a classic, balanced beer, but that's not what I was looking for. And those looking for a balanced beer will also be disappointed. Nice try, though.

M: Too effervescent and light-bodied to imitate pudding, not creamy (further hurt by the lack of head).

O: Everything seemed hastily put together; not enough caramel/cream aroma or flavor, too much hops, not thick or creamy at all. It did have moderate components of toffee pudding, but ultimately came up quite short. Stick to their more on-target, cheaper, more available banana bread beer if you're looking for the alcoholic liquid recreation of desert food.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Wells & Young's Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale a couple weeks ago for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I passed this beer up a few times just because I assumed it was going to be a pretty sweet beer and very sweet beer's aren't a really my thing, but in the end I thought I should still give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a crimson mahogany color that took on more of a crimson color when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of spotty lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a big toffee, light butterscotch and light caramel like aromas being the first to show up and they actually give this beer a candy toffee like aroma. Up next comes comes a little bit of that English Brown Ale base with some toasted malts, sweet malts and English yeast aromas coming through. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that lived up to the name.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that leads right into the English Brown Ale base which is lighter than it was in the aroma and the sweet malts really don't show up too much this time around. Up next comes the toffee which still sticks out the most with those light caramel and butterscotch aspects showing up in the background. On the finish there's no bitterness and it gets a little watery with a nice toffee like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but it wish the taste was much more robust like the aroma was, it kind of got a little watery.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty average example of an English Brown Ale, the base beer was noticeable, but it didn't come off as a great example of the style, but the toffee did work well with it and it didn't completely take it over. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, slightly creamy, not too filling, but the taste didn't do a great job at holding my attention and I think one bottle is enough for me, I don't have any urge to drink another. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, to me those were the highlights of this beer and they were both good. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they just weren't as good as I hoped they would be and since they took the lighter approach there wasn't a lot of flavors that made me want to come back for more. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's a little pricey for what you get and I don't think I would recommend it as a good example of the style, but it may be worth a try to see how you feel about it. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer, if the taste was more like the aroma I know i would like it more, but as it is it left me wanting more from this beer. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery or of the style, I would say it's right in the middle between a English Brown Ale and a dessert beer and that's a little confusing. I appreciate you guys doing something a little different, but in the end, this beer just wasn't for me, better luck next time guys.

Photo of soulgrowl
2.14/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Photo of otoolman221
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bland but when mixed half and half with the wells banana it's a lot better.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and bread--not as strong smelling as I would have thought

Taste: toffee, sugar, raisins, breadiness

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: This one is interesting. I do get toffee and light pudding, but maybe not the stickiness. The taste is very much front-forward and is not as strong as the beer lingers. I would get this again if it was offered, but prefer the banana bread beer

Photo of GOBLIN
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appears a deep crimson brown hue with a beige flowing head, fine speckled even lacing on the sides of my glass. Aroma has a candy like toffee/caramel note with a bready base ale lying underneath the flavor additions. Flavors are very tame a dirty muddled roasted malt layer, finishing earthy with a metallic penny like flavor. A hint of caramelized sugars/toffee the nose carries out the Sticky Toffee Pudding much better than the palate picks up those flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied mild carbonation a bit of astringent metallic notes lingering between sips. Overall a very forgettable beer, I don't even think the same folks who go crazy over their banana bread beer will think much about this offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Dark clear brown body with a modest, semi-durable head.

Like the name, the aroma features toffee and promises a sweet ale; probably too sweet,
Fortunately, that is not the case as this ale is only mildly, and appropriately, sweet, with a solid, medium-dark malt base. Toffee and butterscotch dominate the nose, while the flavor adds a hint of dairy (pudding).

O: not great, but doesn't disappoint.

Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear despite being a dark red-brown with lots of highlights, this beer certainly doesn't have the thickness or body it might if it was Americanized. It stays true to form, as it should. The head is light-medium brown, thick and dense though not huge. It's tall enough, though, and keeps its form well while dropping to a heavy, craggy foam that deposits legging pretty thickly.
The smell is pretty much what I hope for. Toffee is prevalent, soft, creamy and very mildly smoky and just right with the sweetness. It keeps its English character, some mineral, very light earth but kept back, and a hint of leaf to attribute to a very light hoppiness. The pudding is front and center, and I like it a lot.
The flavor doesn't quite translate so fully, but only on account of the malt and hop character coming out more strongly. it doesn't overshadow the toffee pudding by any account, but the mineral aspects and the dry leaf are enough to distract from it somewhat. It loses a little of the sweetness with that leaf and mineral, too.
The feel is the traditional light medium of an English brown. Some dryness brings a bit of slightly chalky character after a sweet start, though the sweetness is never lost. It's pretty smooth, with a nice creaminess underlying a soft crispness. The mineral aspect sometimes feels like it thins out the body at points in some English ales, and it does ever so slightly here. Well done, though, all said.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml, seemingly melting-toffee soaked bottle, with Doctor Seuss-friendly copy type.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two bulbous fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and a tad creamy ecru head, which leaves some streaky coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sugary caramel/toffee/treacle/butterscotch in spades, right off the bat, with some warm raisins and prune associated dark fruitiness, suggestions of bittersweet chocolate, hearty crackers, root beer, and earthy, musty, and leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - intense caramel/toffee sweetness, a strangely, um, 'balancing' bitter astringency - one mostly bready cracker, metallic hard water, and leafy hop in orientation - and more weird sarsaparilla and organic root beer earthiness.

The carbonation is on the light side, in an understated, playfully frothy manner, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth and creamy, as one might expect, until that weird, multifaceted bitterness alights upon the scene. It finishes off-dry, as the initially hale and hearty toffee pudding sweetness comes to terms with its lack of overbearing stature. Don't weep for it.

Well, this offering certainly brings the toffee, and a few of its less illustrious friends, but eventually succumbs to a not altogether pleasant, and sort of tacked-on drying binge. Yes, there is a disjointed thread running throughout, like two sides that can't seem to just get their shit together and work things out. Ah well - I'm sure I would have been wanking on about the lack of balance otherwise, so, damned if you do...and so on.

Photo of nsg_beer_doc
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's almost like drinking a beer'd version of brown sugar....so good...definitely not a strong brew and not something that will win "best beer" since it doesn't fit the stereotypical bourbon barrel aged or india pale ale mold but if you're looking for something unique, this will fit the bill

Photo of Paponetti44
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Couldn't finish this one. Cream sodaish taste was just a little too overwhelming. Not a fan

Photo of hreb
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours medium brown in color. Fairly thin, big soda bubbles, and a moderate tan head which falls quickly. Based on the name, I was hoping for a big stone fruit and raisin aroma, like some kind of 5% barleywine. Nope, aroma is quite faint, and suggests lager to me (schwarzbier? maybe Newcastle?). Flavor is where all that action is. The first drop on my tongue suggests caramel. Well, specifically, cream soda. But beyond that, sweetness wise, there's very little there. I get a little bit of hops in the middle of the palate. Which I guess is nice to keep this in balance, because there's obviously some unfermentables here. But between the mellow flavors and decided un-mellow carbonation, I don't think this beer succeeds in living up to its namesake and inspiration. It was a fun enough gimmick but not worth seeking out.

Yeah, totally cream soda. Not that high brow stuff either. Think A&W.

Bottle dated 12/11/14. Don't know if that's MMDDYY or DDMMYY but either way that's a long way in the future for a 5% ale.

Photo of Jack_Chloe
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice, sweet start, but an artificial aftertaste. 2.5 out of 5.

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pedophiles dream come true. Candy in a bottle. we'd all get in the van for this except David, he is holding out for Ryan's buckeye.

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 11/20/14, so I'm thinking this at least 4 months old, but I could be wrong...

Pours a super effervescent scarlet with 2 fingers of tan head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Huge toffee presence, a little bit of woody hops.

T: Toffee, dryness, a bit of boozeyness, weird. Caramel & woody dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, boozey &

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, turns prickly as this warms

A nice dessert beer, crank up the ABV a point or two & dial back the fakey caramel& this would've been much better. Was hoping for so much more....

Photo of hophugger
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amazing reddish-brown clear color, wow!!!. Aroma of caramel cream, nice !!!. Ok head and average lacing. Tastes of coffee, toffee and whipped cream, pretty awesome balance and I think this is my dessert. Feels ok on the palate and finishes with a touch of burnt caramel.

Photo of lelepat
4.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting, delicate brew from Wells

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark nutty brown that is translucent when held up to natural light

S: Very sweet toffee smell, caramel, vanilla extract, butterscotch. It's all there!

T: Cocoa up front, with a strong malted barley taste, finish is slightly bitter but some toffee notes balance it out. Tastes a bit metallic to be honest. Not as sweet as it's smells (which is probably a good thing).

M: Mouthfeel is full, very little carbonation. No head whatsoever, and lacing isn't present.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber brown with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells sweet and toffeeish immediately. Almost an artificial smell to it. So much so that I expected a very sweet beer. Beer itself is not sweet at all and so it makes my taste buds a bit confused. Not much body or carbonation. Feels a bit thin. Overall a nice sweet smelling beer that is lacking in taste.

Photo of Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 22/03/15, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a dark and clear ruby-brown color with a tiny fizzy white head that dissipates almost instantly, leaving nothing behind

S- butter toffee aroma is definitely noticeable up front with aromas of salty butter and melted toffee/caramel. Nutty english malt aroma from the base beer mixes with butterscotch candy

T- the toffee isn't as prominent in the taste, there is a sweetness with gives flavors of butterscotch candy and creamy butter. The base brown ale is a little thin, there are some nutty traces but more malty notes would help compliment the sweetness.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy and sticky mouthfeel with a slightly viscous finish

O- a nice concept, but the base beer needs to be a little bit maltier to hold up to the sweetness. Still pretty drinkable though

Photo of KYGunner
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The color was dark brown and resembled a cola but the head was weak and had little retention.

The scent is spectacular with a sticky toffee pudding aroma, then again that does make sense.

The taste is sweet with a toffee and molasses flavor. There's a bit of bready, I guess you could call it a pudding like malt. Rather one dimensional but really good for dessert.

The feel is so thin and carbonated, almost abrasive, that it actually detracts from the dessert qualities.

Wow, what a wierd experience. Highs and lows and a feel that actually ruins the flavor. I love this whole craft thing!

Photo of Frozetoes
2.12/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not at all to my taste. Sweet/bitter and just too - I don't know - unbeer like. Had 1/3 of a bottle and had to dispose of the rest.

Photo of tone77
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong with butterscotch pudding. Taste is butterscotch, toffee, some sweetness, unique and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth mouth and overall, if you are looking for something different, this is worth a shot.

Photo of Samp01
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brownish clear. with a medium beige head, light lacing. A pleasant aroma of toffee pudding, butterscotch and caramel fill the senses. The aroma carries over to the taste with a flavorful sweet toffee, butterscotch upfront that slowly mellows out on the end with some caramel malt and mild bitter notes for balance on the end. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation, some stickiness on the lips. The finish same as taste with some lingering toffee and butterscotch flavor. This is a good flavorful brew that actually follows thru with its namesake. Overall a tasty and enjoyable brew

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