Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.4/5 rDev +1.8%
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 +4.8%
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 +12.3%
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 -16.2%
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 -0.9%
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
3.33/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: As expected, toffee dominated the aroma, overwhelming any other ingredient. Great if you like toffee.
T: Tasted of toffee (a lot of it), and a hint of malt. While this is classified as a brown ale, it did not have the typical nuttiness. There's a definite thinness to the flavor, including the amount of toffee, which is very much frontloaded. An average flavor.
M: A fair amount of carbonation with a thin, watery finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This beer isn't nearly as bad as the ratings imply, it's still very uneven.
08-12-2014 15:25:59 | More by avalon07
3.56/5 rDev +6.6%
12 ounce bottle -> Wicked Weed Snifter
A - deep mahogany brown pour with a minimal head, no retention, and no lacing.
S - rich toffee and caramel with a hint of chocolate
T - caramel, toffee, cola, chocolate, and a bit of a tangy note.
M - Nice smooth feel, with a slight butterscotch aftertaste
O - very drinkable but honestly very average.
08-09-2014 04:40:28 | More by Mojo
Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
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