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

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding AleWells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 636
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 34.59%
Wants: 24
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Mthom
4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little thin, as others have noted, but surprisingly not-too-sweet. In fact, there is an overriding bitterness that makes it all the more drinkable. The toffee smell hits immediately, but taste-wise is not too cloying. Nice carbonation, good cling on the glass. Mighty impressive for a UK beer attempting the "craft" market. I'd drink this more than I should!

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
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 Antc2382
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
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 JPowell712
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Wells! I am in love with their Banana Bread Beer and now this as well. It pours a deep but brown color and immediately you catch the aroma of toffee and caramel. The taste gives off a sweet nutty character, but a dry finish makes it perfect... Not too sweet, just enough. I really enjoy the refreshment of this beer. This should be a desert beer after any good meal. I highly suggest trying this one!

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Photo of HarryPotHead
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Was leery about trying this....The name sounds disgusting enough. Received in a mix n match 6 pack for Christmas and thought I would give it a try. Was pleasantly surprised. Low marks for appearance because I couldn't coax a head out of this with the hardest of pours. Mouth feel was rather thin and disappointing as well. Smell was excellent ...lots of vanilla but kind of one dimensional. Taste of sweet vanilla...no bitterness and very drinkable. Wish I had a few more of these. This thing had an awful label tho...lol.

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Photo of dogglebe
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up two of these beers at a local beer shop; I wish I bought more.

The color was a dark brown with a dark beige head. Nice mix of big and small bubbles.

The toffee aroma comes out and grabs you by the nose hairs. It was a very enjoyable sweet character with plenty of malt in the background. The same goes with the flavor. There was definitely a lot of toffee in this beer but it didn't make it cloyingly sweet. It was just right.

I can't imagine drinking bottle after bottle of this, all night, but it's definitely worth having one or two of.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky Toffee Pudding pours a dark and deep brown color with a long lasting tan head. There is a sweet creamy aroma, with big sweet toffee notes. The taste has a bitter and nice malty bite, then finishes very creamy and sweet with lots of toffee flavors near the end. Good creamy flavors, good feel, nice flavors. Overall, the name doesn't lie, taste like toffee pudding.

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Photo of scottwood
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge toffee/caramel aroma initially, though after pouring it fades quickly to merely prominent rather than excessive. Not much head retention. Surprisingly easy to drink -- sweet but not cloying or thick. Balanced enough to be more than a one-time novelty, but not so balanced that it fails to distinguish itself as a unique style. The sweetness and aroma make it appealing to people who ordinarily don't ilke beer (this is the first time my wife asked for a bottle of a beer I had her taste), while still being appealing to people who do like beer (me, at least).

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
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 nsg_beer_doc
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
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

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Photo of datalager
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body has a nice dark walnut color, pale head lacks froth. Smell is subdued, although toffee definitely appears above the bitter English style hops as it warms. Flavor is very good from the start, much like an English brown ale. Solid mouth feel with a good balance of carbonation and viscosity. This was my first. I'm actually heading to the fridge for another as we speak. Good beer.

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Photo of Minkybut
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees not knowing what to expect from a beer with a name like this. The beer poured an amber color and poured an amber head. The head was nice and big. The beer smelled like vanilla, but the taste of vanilla was not overpowering like the vanilla porter I have had from another company. Toffee also was in the smell and taste with a bit of maple taste. The beer had great lacing and I love the taste. I would buy again.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ver dark brown with a thin off white head.

The smell is sweet caramel, toffee, vannilla and custard.

The taste is much like the smell, toffee, vannila, the finish is a little weak.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, I think if they had gone bigger with the abv and had some more body it would've been even better.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 4/11/14. Comes in a 4-pack and my buddy gave me a bottle last night to try. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown in color with a very small head that doesn't last long. Some light spotty lacing.is seen. The aroma is very nice of toffee and roasted malts. The taste of caramel & toffee hits your tongue up front. A slight bitter finish is noted. As for "sticky' & 'pudding', not really. Not sweet at all either. Overall, it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
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 tone77
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark brown, almost black body with ruby coming through when held up to light. A cream colored head leaves minimal spots of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, but mostly loads of caramel and toffee.

Taste: Tons and tons of caramel and toffee, and some bready notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin.

Overall: Really tasty and full of caramel, not cloying. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of MattwyLee
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Davideo
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sweet malty beer with some bitterness but not too much. Toffee is very discernible. Not heavy like I thought it'd be. If you like sweet beers, you'll love this one.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Double Barley Brewing soda-can shaped glass. Bottleneck says 28/04/15.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Rich, sweet aroma of toffee (surprise, surprise), brown sugar, caramel candy (think sugar daddies) and butterscotch.

T- Taste isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma as the toastiness of the malt actually shines through and is then followed by the toffee sweetness, ending up at a caramelly aftertaste. Has a cream soda quality to it when all is said and done.

M- Standard brown ale feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Just like with the Banana Bread beer, the aroma is very powerful and convincing while the rest of the beer leaves me going "eh." Not as bad as the score lets on, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Bear1964
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a stemmed glass showed a dark brown/ruby ale with a small off white 1 finger head, aroma hold sweet Carmel and toasted malts...releasing more as it warms. The Carmel toffee comes out as it warms as well, toasty flavor but missing the creamy pudding anywhere that I could taste. Had a medium to light mouthfeel as with Brown Ales, flavors are there but I might have to revisit this one again (3 more in the fridge) to have the toffee and pudding happen. Overall a little let down with the total flavor since the Banana Bread beer by Wells was right on spot, still glad I picked it up as I love to try new brews.

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.