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

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 604
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 22
Gots: 164 | 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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Photo of corywalston
1.74/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

A. Average poor 2 inch of head. The color is dark amber but the head is white/tan like a pilsner. I suspect food coloring.
S. Sweet, soy sauce, artificial chocolate, Very sweet.
T. Watered down, artificial sweetener. Taste like a weak Bud Light with the fake chocolate flavoring they put in chocolate yogurt. I suspect the main ingredient is rice. With an after taste of cigarette butts.
M. Watered down and over carbonated. I can still taste the cigarette butts.
O. Not very good, not worth trying for $11 a 4 pack. And the cigarette butt stays with you for a while. (567 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
2.14/5  rDev -38%
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 Syncro-Vox
2.16/5  rDev -37.4%
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 magpieken
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

500ml bottle. BB11/09/14. Poured an enticing bright, amber brown with frothy beige head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and raisins. On tasting it, the most noticeable thing is how watery it is. An initial hit of molasses sweetness gives way to an unappealing hint of bitterness. Creamy texture but the body is oh, so light. I was hoping for something luscious and decadent (a bit like a sticky toffee pudding), instead I got a watery English Brown with some caramel essence. Not happy Jan. (485 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, sugar, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale malt, strong sugar, strong sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, sugary sweetness dominates both aroma and body. This is a subpar beer. (446 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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. (1,425 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up up a bottle a few weeks back. The label and description easily caught my eye. Figured it was worth a shot. Stamp date on bottle neck says 14/12/14.

Poured into my Stella glass appears a clear Amber with nice off-tan head. Smells of butterscotch and sweet candy. Tastes initially sweet but quickly changes to a thin, watery, slightly bitter bland beer. Hints of butterscotch in flavor, but mostly a bland bitter beer.

Quite disappointed for what I thought this would be. Worth a shot, but for only one time. (520 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
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 VelvetExtract
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Body of the beer is brown but clear. Head is tan and readily and steadily laces the glass. The nose is very sweet and brimming with sugars, caramel, breads and toffee, of course. I decide that one hefty sniff is enough to know what I am getting into and dive right it. Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, mild chocolate. Sweet breads. Generic sugar candy. All sweet. Body isn't very heavy but it feels a bit sticky and sugar-grainy. Splitting a 12 oz. was the right choice here as this is not the type of beer that tends to impress me (that being beer intended to solely taste like a food or another liquid). Hopefully won't be drinking this again. (651 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark brown in color with a very generous amount of tan head on the top. The head is fluffy, and plentiful.

S: There is certainly a bit of Toffee in there, but the main aroma I am picking up is a huge hit of cream soda. Smells like cream soda, and a little bit of a popcorn smell...

T: Toffee, and caramel, with a good hit of cream soda in there as well. There is a little bit of a bitter hit in the finish.. certainly an interesting brew...

M: Very light in body, carbonation is very high.

O: Overall, this is a very interesting beer.. it's a combination of an English brown, and a watered down version of burnt cream soda.. Interesting, but not something I would repeat. (681 characters)

Photo of kim_thayil
3/5  rDev -13%

i don't know, man.

it really does smell like toffee pudding. but it seems a little too gimmicky to me, maybe.

i taste the toffee and that's cool and all, but it quickly seems like a watery beer in your mouth and you're over the novelty of the idea by the time you're halfway through the glass.

i wouldn't buy it again. (324 characters)

Photo of hockeyrichard
3/5  rDev -13%

It's a let down compared to their banana bread beer, I would drink it if someone bought it for me but I won't purchase this beer again, I was expecting a thicker sweeter beer. It's a tad sharp on the tongue and goes down smooth with a bit malt. I have no idea how they came up with this name. I taste no toffee or pudding, it's thicker but I was expecting more out if this. (373 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3/5  rDev -13%

Pours a medium brown color with a slight head. The aroma is bold with toffee ans hints of pudding. The taste is dry and not as bold as I expected. The flavors are weak bit it does deliver an interesting flavor. (210 characters)

Photo of TATTSNSNAPBACKS
3/5  rDev -13%

It taste as it's labeled. My girlfriend loves Wells Banana Bread beer so i got this for her to try. i had a sip and it was too sweet for my liking, but she on the other hand liked it (182 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Surprised to see this at my local was gonna pick it up tomorrow from favourite bottlo but couldn't resist the thought of it tonight and on pour its a very dark brown hue with creamy one finger head and some subtle lacing,the smell reminds me of a subdued creme brûlée from southern tier along with toffee malts and a slight herbalness,for a beer trying to represent a pudding the mouthfeel doesn't do it justice it's just medium bodied and moderately carbonated and the tastes are basically a really malty English brown ale with strong tastes of toffee,caramel,milk chocolate,dark malts and finished with a watery caramel finish and overall yeah it's not for me and definitely doesn't live up to what they say on the label and i won't be buying again cheers. (760 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown to the point of being black and only showing brown hues when light passes through. Good thumb of a light-tan head. It leaves foamy lacing on the glass.

S: It smells like butter toffee. There's no other way to put it. It has a very nice sweet caramel scent to it, with vanilla and butter. It's strong enough to notice it as soon as I put my nose near the glass.

T: At first I notice a roasted bitterness, followed by a sweet caramel flavor. It doesn't taste as rich as it smells. The roasted bitterness is not overly strong but it does seem to outshine any other flavors that might be in there. It's a bit disappointing to come from the scent to a flavor that is lacking quite a bit.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thin but not dry...just thin. It has good carbonation but it just needs more body.

O: Overall it's an alright beer, but it's very misleading. When I read "Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale" I want something that tastes like caramel and is sweet, low on bitterness, with a thick mouthfeel that sticks to the tongue. This delivers none of that. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear dark crimson with some tan head.
S: It smelled like cooking vanilla, with some molasses and sweet bready malt.
T: It tasted like cooking vanilla and cream soda, with some sour lager yeast. It had an artificially sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Thin body.
D: This was an odd brew, with a scent and taste that didn't fit the target character. The body was weak, and the finish wasn't very smooth, so it wasn't so easy to drink. This seemed like the sort of beer that an American brewery like Southern Tier could have nailed, but Wells really missed the mark. (609 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.99. According to the stamp on the neck, this is meant to be consumed by “12/11/14”, or at least I presume so, unless this is a born-on date and the bottle was delivered via time machine.

Poured a dark, cola-ish color, with a sudsy light tan head. Quite a bit of lace.

Sugary and mineralish in the nose. I get a little toffee, some butterscotch, some cocoa and what smells like the aroma of Dr. Pepper as well.

The taste is like the smell, sugary with a mishmash of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, cocoa and that soft drink from Plano.

The body was somewhere between light and medium, with a thin, watery mouthfeel.

Tolerable in one 11.2oz serving, but I’d not want to session this, at least not without a dentist appointment to follow. I’ve never had a “Sticky Toffee Pudding,” but if this is a good representation of what one tastes like, then I’ll add it to the list of English foods best avoided – not a short list. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.25 - Straight out of the bottle the color resembles that of brown whiskey. Pours to an extremely dark ruby and mahogany brown. Formed about a fourth finger of lightly tan head that dissipated almost immediately. No lacing left behind. Deducting points for this is with a beer of an ABV this low, the weak head potential and retention is inexcusable, but the color is fantastic.
S - 5 - Holy hell, this has got to be one of the most delicious aromas I've ever smelled on a beer. Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, sweetened cream and butter. Reminds me A LOT of Founder's Backwoods Bastard or Rahr & Son's Bourbon Barrel Winter warmer.
T - 2 - Completely dropped the ball. I wanted the taste to match the aroma so badly. Decently sweet malts upfront, which quickly end on a bock and slightly metallic finish. There are some extremely distant notes of toffee in the background, but they taste savory, as if all the sweetness was extracted from it.
F - 3 - Decent medium to medium/thin mouthfeel.
O - 2.5 - What a total let down this beer was. The aroma was SO promising. This beer simply needs more sweetness, a lot of it. The aroma is as decadent as be, but misleading as well as the beer is hardly sweet at all. (1,267 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.07/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a fail. It smells a bit like the pudding it's supposed to evoke, but the taste is of burnt sugar with a watery aftertaste. Very thin and one dimensional, and a disappointment. I wasn't expecting this to be earth-shaking, but I did at least hope it would have some body and substance. Oh well. (305 characters)

Photo of stufff
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It smelled delicious, had an initial taste that was kind of bitter, then a really sweet aftertaste that was exactly like toffee. It was really weird. I wish I tasted more toffee when it was still in my mouth, the difference between that and the aftertaste was too extreme. (272 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark copper with a fading head.
Nose shows golden syrup, bready malt, caramel, raisins and toffee. Very sweet-smelling.
Flavours are not as sweet with some caramel and toffee but also a harsh roasted note that doesn't quite fit in. Also some brown sugar.
Body is too light for the flavours. (296 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Well’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, and a reddish-brown, dark appearance, with tight little bubble streams noticeable on the sides of the glass. Some lacing is noticed. The aroma is of sweet, caramel, toffee, pudding cake. The taste is similar, but one will pick up some water. Not much bitterness is noticed, here. Mouthfeel is light to watery, and Well’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale finishes dry, easy going, and very dessert like. It’s an excellent gimmick beer, but probably just average for beer, overall.

RJT (557 characters)

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.