Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding AleWells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

124 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 124
Hads: 636
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 34.59%
Wants: 24
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (48) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 124 | Hads: 636
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.

 540 characters

Photo of heygeebee
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

 285 characters

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

 1,192 characters

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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..

 2,223 characters

Photo of RJIV
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

 226 characters

Photo of VTR
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

 463 characters

Photo of Malt_Man
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

 565 characters

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.

 462 characters

Photo of kitschiguy
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
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.


 622 characters

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.

 608 characters

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.

 397 characters

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.

 150 characters

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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

 557 characters

Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
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!

 560 characters

Photo of davidbiss
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

 314 characters

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.

 352 characters

Photo of justinp444
3.44/5  rDev 0%
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.

 291 characters

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.

 240 characters

Photo of beerdrifter
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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

 869 characters

Photo of soulgrowl
2.14/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

 1,217 characters

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark mahogany red in color (very dark brown when viewed from afar) and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving thick lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toffee are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of toffee-infused cola along with faint hints of butterscotch.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied but a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I got the toffee but I didn't get much of the pudding or any of the stickiness in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

 710 characters

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.

 364 characters

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was a fun beer, albeit somewhat unimpressive. It's a deep, dark caramel color with a tiny amount of caramel colored head. The aroma is that of cream soda and vanilla. Taste is much the same. It's very sweet, caramel and toffee are super prominent. There is very little alcohol to hide in this one. It feels thick and creamy, again hitting a serious cream soda vibe for me. It would be a great dessert beer, but it is pretty one-noted and leaves something to be desired.

 474 characters

Photo of Syncro-Vox
2.16/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice amber color, slightly turbid, with a rather short head that dies down quickly.

Smells sugary, kind of like cream soda.

Tastes sugary as well, kind of like cream soda. If it weren't for the mouthfeel, which is a bit more like beer than cream soda, I might have thought this was cream soda. You know, the color is pretty similar to cream soda as well. In fact, the whole experience of this beer is very reminiscent of cream soda.

This is beer on training wheels. If you really like cream soda and are interested in getting into craft beer but could never handle those yucky beer-flavored beers, meet you new favorite beverage! As for me, though, I'd prefer to keep my pudding and beer separate from each other.

 724 characters

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

 292 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.