Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.18/5 rDev -5.1%
Best before 9/10/14.
Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that has a decent caramel and toffee aroma but the taste is oddly metallic and detracts from the drinkability.
12-29-2013 05:06:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
So, riding on the heels of their "Banana Bread Beer", Well's newest dessert-infused flavor of sticky, toffee pudding manifests itself in ale form. So what's not to like with a sticky ale, a toffee ale, or a pudding ale? I can't wait to see how well this English Brown Ale manifests these savory-sweet flavors.
Its frothy appearance is heady with a heavy cream lace. Its fluid retention ebbs and flows with each swirl of the glass as its lace is just as sticky as the name suggests. Its mahogany brown body beneath is clear but dark, casting chestnut ribbons in its most prism manner.
Its decadent sweet is highly laden with toffee, sugar maple, deeply seared caramel and sweet spice cake as a savory and succulent scent pours over the nose. Any hop presence is slight of flowers and informs its sweet bouquet.
And its taste starts out sweet and savory as well- but the sweetness hits a halt as the taste enters the middle palate and ends right there- what insues is only a common toasty, nutty, and dry taste that causes a long bridge across the middle. Finishing with woody-type bitterness and a taste of grape-skin, its nutty and coffee-like finish is short and modestly bitter.
Its medium-full body shifts quickly, leaving behind a short-lived carbonated creamy-sweetness and favoring a drying malt presence full of char, toast and grain-derived astringency. Any warmth is hidden inside its grainy toastiness while a linger of wood and seed persists.
Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale is a tale of two tastes- its early flavor sells its namesake well while the promise of any "stickiness", "toffee", or pudding" never makes its mark on the middle palate, late palate, or on the beer's mouthfeel. Its gotta do better to make the taste more consistent- those threads have got to follow through!
04-02-2014 07:01:29 | More by BEERchitect
3.29/5 rDev -1.8%
$2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a perfectly clear, dark brown body with a medium-small, off-white head. No appreciable lacing.
Smell: A little toast, some roast, a hint of fruit, a few loose coins procured from between the couch cushions, and a layer of sweet-scented toffee flavor.
Taste: A lightly sugary, sweet beginning with the toffee flavoring additive (though, thankfully, it's not too sweet). Some roast, some raisin, some nuttiness. Low metallic astringency mars the taste and rides out the meagerly sweetish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: As with the Wells Banana Bread, it's another tolerable, one-time, flavored beer for me. Saleswise, it lacks the "whaaaa?" factor of the Banana beer.
02-23-2014 00:55:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
500ml, seemingly melting-toffee soaked bottle, with Doctor Seuss-friendly copy type.
This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two bulbous fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and a tad creamy ecru head, which leaves some streaky coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of sugary caramel/toffee/treacle/butterscotch in spades, right off the bat, with some warm raisins and prune associated dark fruitiness, suggestions of bittersweet chocolate, hearty crackers, root beer, and earthy, musty, and leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - intense caramel/toffee sweetness, a strangely, um, 'balancing' bitter astringency - one mostly bready cracker, metallic hard water, and leafy hop in orientation - and more weird sarsaparilla and organic root beer earthiness.
The carbonation is on the light side, in an understated, playfully frothy manner, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth and creamy, and one might expect, until that weird, multifaceted bitterness alights upon the scene. It finishes off-dry, as the initially hale and hearty toffee pudding sweetness comes to terms with its lack of overbearing stature. Don't weep for it.
Well, this offering certainly brings the toffee, and a few of its less illustrious friends, but eventually succumbs to a not altogether pleasant, and sort of tacked-on drying binge. Yes, there is a disjointed thread running throughout, like two sides that can't seem to just their shit together and work things out. Ah well - I'm sure I would have be wanking on about the lace of balance otherwise, so, damned if you do...and so on.
07-25-2014 04:46:55 | More by biboergosum
3.33/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
01-26-2014 19:27:32 | More by WVbeergeek
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
BBD of 11/20/14, so I'm thinking this at least 4 months old, but I could be wrong...
Pours a super effervescent scarlet with 2 fingers of tan head. Nice lacing & head retention
S: Huge toffee presence, a little bit of woody hops.
T: Toffee, dryness, a bit of boozeyness, weird. Caramel & woody dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, boozey &
MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, turns prickly as this warms
A nice dessert beer, crank up the ABV a point or two & dial back the fakey caramel& this would've been much better. Was hoping for so much more....
05-02-2014 05:34:44 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
Purchased this at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.
The color is cola brown with thick pale beige cap with fine bead lace sticks in spots. The smell is sweet and caramel with a slight hint of spice with an almost cola-like scent with dark sugar, toffee tinges. The smell leads to the feel which is not as inviting, yet has a high carbonation making it feel lively. There is a malt sweetness and slight dry spiciness with a mildly chalky aspect in the finish.
The taste is good with moderately sweet malt flavors which have both caramel and dark sugar in the sort of nutty way with some chewy malt roastiness and slight raisin in the yeast with gentle hint of spice. Overall I was glad I tried this, but probably won't order this or pick it up again since it is more of a novelty similar to the double chocolate in my opinion.
04-08-2014 00:08:35 | More by Slatetank
3.45/5 rDev +3%
Not expecting much from this except an overly sweet mess.Wow, best by date too, 20/11/14, many months away luckily.
Pours and off-white fizzy bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, super dark just about black beer, light lacing,
Nose brings super sweet candy, tons and tons of toffee and caramel, just like a pile of toffee and caramel thrown out by some carnival stand at the end of the week, it even had a bit of a creamy pudding like note, plenty of flan and creme brulee sweetness, caramelized candied brown sugar, and, um, nothing else, literally.
Taste is quite sweet but not quite as sweet as I expected, but tons of sugar and candy, lots more toffee and caramel, caramelized brown sugar, creme brulee and flan again, and just sugar on top of sugar. Again it does bring a little creamy pudding and almost bread pudding flavors, but not a lot, actually a mild eggy pudding note. Plenty more caramlized sugars and candy lingering on the sticky sweet finish, again nothing else except candy, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and a little pudding.
Mouth is med bod, sticky and syrupy, decent carb.
Overall, on the fence, it delivers what it promises so if you expect anything outside of a sticky toffee pudding beer you're just playing stupid. Although, not quite as super sweet diabeetus as expected (like Southern Tier Creme Brulee), but still quite sweet.
04-07-2014 00:43:47 | More by jlindros
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
A bottle was opened for sharing at Pin's. It caught my eye, so how could I say no? Darker copper color, clear, with a small tan head that sank to a ringlet, leaving a few dots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was sweet with toffee and vanilla. Taste of caramel malts, sweet toffee, butterscotch candy, maple syrup toasted cereal grains; finished off a bit nutty, with almost no hop character to speak of at all. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was thin, but with a residual sticky-sweet sensation, carbonation was on the lower side. Overall, I'd say it's worth a try, but really just more of a novelty. I'd imagine this would go good with a plate of Belgian waffles though! Also would probably be interesting to try from a cellar-temp cask.
02-05-2014 01:10:09 | More by Rifugium
3.74/5 rDev +11.6%
It just goes to show how prevalent a beer is on the market when I buy one and my local, in-person trader, tone77, also shows up with one for me in his basket. Not to worry as I have another local, in-person trader to whom the extra one will be delivered.
From the bottle: "Full of rich sticky toffee-ness": "Based on the Great British pudding"; "'Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale' with natural flavour and caramel colour added."
I held nothing back on my pour and was rewarded with two fingers of dense, rocky, light-brown head with decent retention for my trouble. Color was a deep brown (SRM = X) with garnet highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was sickly sweet, really quite like sticky toffee pudding. Butterscotch is not the precise term for the smell, but it drops you off in the neighborhood. Mouthfeel was medium and (thankfully) the taste was nowhere nearly as rich as the nose led me to expect. That said, it was still quite sweet, very much like liquid caramel or toffee. No hops were harmed in the production of this brew, that's for sure. It was not cloyingly sweet, but the longer that I drank through the 330 ml involved, the more that I was thankful that there was not more of it. The beer finished in the semi-sweet range, not enough to be considered downright sweet, but still much more sweet than I would ever find enjoyable.
02-15-2014 01:02:58 | More by woodychandler
3.06/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
05-05-2014 03:13:01 | More by Georgiabeer
Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.