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

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 639
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 34.59%
Wants: 24
Gots: 179 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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, as 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 get their shit together and work things out. Ah well - I'm sure I would have been wanking on about the lack of balance otherwise, so, damned if you do...and so on.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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....

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 12/14/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, grass, light fruitiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English brown ale. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Dark clear brown body with a modest, semi-durable head.

Like the name, the aroma features toffee and promises a sweet ale; probably too sweet,
Fortunately, that is not the case as this ale is only mildly, and appropriately, sweet, with a solid, medium-dark malt base. Toffee and butterscotch dominate the nose, while the flavor adds a hint of dairy (pudding).

O: not great, but doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer sounds good right about now. A dessert sounds sound right about now. Why not mix the two together? Wells may have the answer with Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale. Coming out of a 330 ml bottle, onto the beer:

Amber brown colored with hues of toasted orange. Its body is translucent, the head semi-creamy and half an inch thick, and a few spots of lace which cling to the glass. I get the smell of a pleasing dessert from this beer. The caramel accents are sweet and succulent, a note of milk chocolate, and butterscotch. If it tastes like it smells, I have a winner.

The taste doesn't hit the crescendo of the aroma, though it still is a pleaser. The base beer tastes like a bitter-style, while above hit strong caramel and butterscotch flavors. A wave of bittering hops and minerals cleans up the sweet flavor and leaves a vague bitterness and musty aftertaste. Despite being inspired after a pudding, the beer is light bodied and has a gentle buzz of carbonation bubbles.

Wells does dessert, and it's a modest example. It's refreshing to see a change from the common chocolate infused dessert beers on the market.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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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!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark red brown with a thin light tan head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma is appropriate, lots of sweet toffee, hints of nuts, brown sugar. Flavor is mild toffee, lightly nutty, light caramel malt, surprisingly light flavored. Light to medium bodied. The flavor is as expected, lots of caramel and dark sugar, but not as cloyingly sweet as one might fear. Unfortunately the good choice of sweetness level seems to come at the expense of flavor intensity, it tastes good, but almost watered down and finishes rather abruptly, although there is a mild lingering toffee aftertaste. An interesting light ale with interesting flavor, but needs a bit more intensity. A pleasant one to try, but probably not to revisit.

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Photo of Tone
2.58/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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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 bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, stamped with 09/10/14 which I assume is the best by date. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red/brown color with almost a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing. Aroma is very sweet, the brew smells like toffee, butterscotch, and caramel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's some chocolate and toasted malt noticeable too. Just like the aroma, it's a very sugary, sweet tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was OK, but I'd only recommend this if you like sweet tasting beers. $2.99 a single.

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Photo of avalon07
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with minimal tan head that dissipates to nothing.

Rummy, cola notes precede slightly nutty, buttery toffee, accompanied by a hint of prune in the aroma.

Flavor is very buttery throughout, with heavily toasted malt forming the backbone, finishing slightly spicy with clove. There's a bit of a tangy character that counters the sweet toffee. Nuttiness lingers in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch watery, with moderate carbonation.

Could use a bit more malt backbone, but the toffee definitely dominates. Not overly sweet at all. Certainly a guilty pleasure of a beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.