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

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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Erik-P on 11-26-2013)
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doktorhops

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +13.8%

Wells they're at it again; beers with artificial flavouring. I'm personally of two minds about it, on the one hand they're bringing out beer flavours that make intriguing propositions, but on the other hand they could have just as easily made a banana bread beer using natural ingredients (like using wheat instead of barley or corn), and their beers aren't as full flavoured as one would expect given the adulterants. Perhaps this time though they've delivered on a label promise?

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Certainly looks the part with it's deep clear caramel body and 1cm tan head, the quintessence of toffee pudding in liquid form.

S: Aroma is on par as well; full sweet toffee notes play off with caramel, sticky dates and a hint of freshly baked bread yeast lingers in the background. Actually you could say this aroma is as close to a label promise as one could get, more so than all the other Wells offerings.

T: Wells I think they got it this time! The flavour is sticky toffee pudding in liquid form (with a caveat I will mention in the mouthfeel). As above full sweet toffee notes play off with caramel, sticky dates and a hint of freshly baked bread yeast. It's also quite moreish, apart from a distracting bitter note in the after taste, normally beers need a bitter hop note at the end but with this brew it's a distraction. One other thing I will mention - the sweetness is not at all cloying.

M: And now the caveat with this ale: it's too watery. Aside from this it is mid to light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: Overall I'm finally impressed with a Wells brew, this one delivers, albeit with some minor annoyances in the after taste and mouthfeel. Personally I thought it could cloy a bit more, as it is the "sticky" in the name is misleading, sorry Wells if you're going to call something sticky it better damn well be sticky. Again I believe that the flavours of this beer could have been produced without adulterants; perhaps in a different style such as a Belgian dubbel or tripel (for sweetness) with a strong crystal malt presence? The only place the added flavouring really shines is in the aroma.

Food match: Complementing this with a sticky toffee pudding would be interesting, otherwise roasted pork or pulled pork would work well with this, along with some German cuisine like pork neck or knuckle... yeah I seem to have a pork fixation with this brew for some reason.

04-15-2014 02:50:09 | More by doktorhops
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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

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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

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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.

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.