Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.8/5 rDev +13.8%
Wells they're at it again; beers with artificial flavouring. I'm personally of two minds about it, on the one hand they're bringing out beer flavours that make intriguing propositions, but on the other hand they could have just as easily made a banana bread beer using natural ingredients (like using wheat instead of barley or corn), and their beers aren't as full flavoured as one would expect given the adulterants. Perhaps this time though they've delivered on a label promise?
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Certainly looks the part with it's deep clear caramel body and 1cm tan head, the quintessence of toffee pudding in liquid form.
S: Aroma is on par as well; full sweet toffee notes play off with caramel, sticky dates and a hint of freshly baked bread yeast lingers in the background. Actually you could say this aroma is as close to a label promise as one could get, more so than all the other Wells offerings.
T: Wells I think they got it this time! The flavour is sticky toffee pudding in liquid form (with a caveat I will mention in the mouthfeel). As above full sweet toffee notes play off with caramel, sticky dates and a hint of freshly baked bread yeast. It's also quite moreish, apart from a distracting bitter note in the after taste, normally beers need a bitter hop note at the end but with this brew it's a distraction. One other thing I will mention - the sweetness is not at all cloying.
M: And now the caveat with this ale: it's too watery. Aside from this it is mid to light bodied with medium carbonation.
D: Overall I'm finally impressed with a Wells brew, this one delivers, albeit with some minor annoyances in the after taste and mouthfeel. Personally I thought it could cloy a bit more, as it is the "sticky" in the name is misleading, sorry Wells if you're going to call something sticky it better damn well be sticky. Again I believe that the flavours of this beer could have been produced without adulterants; perhaps in a different style such as a Belgian dubbel or tripel (for sweetness) with a strong crystal malt presence? The only place the added flavouring really shines is in the aroma.
Food match: Complementing this with a sticky toffee pudding would be interesting, otherwise roasted pork or pulled pork would work well with this, along with some German cuisine like pork neck or knuckle... yeah I seem to have a pork fixation with this brew for some reason.
04-15-2014 02:50:09 | More by doktorhops
2.93/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
04-14-2014 17:11:09 | More by teromous
3.15/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours dark brown color with huge billowy tan colored foam of a head. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of sweet sugary smells. The sweet are mainly of a toffee and caramel nature as may have been expected from the name. Other sweet smells are there as well however with a milk chocolate, light vanilla, and moderately strong maple syrup smell all that as well. A bready and lighter roasted malt smell mixes with the rest to produce an almost toffee-griddle cake like smell on this one. It is quite inviting overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat watery roasted malt and sweeter toffee flavor. These two flavors create a base for the brew remaining relatively constant throughout the taste. A lighter vanilla and maple syrup flavor join the taste more toward the middle to the end of the flavor profile. A light level of an earthy and grassy hop come to the tongue at the very end of the taste, leaving a watery and sweeter maple-toffee flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thin and watery with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A higher carbonation would have matched well all the sweet flavors and lower abv. of the brew, all while a thicker body would have given it more of a “pudding” like taste. Overall the feel was a bit disappointing in light of a brew that is mimicking a dessert.
Overall – Nothing too fantastic here. Sweet and sugary, but way too weak overall in body and feel. Not really one I would likely go to again unless on nitro, which I think may really fit this beer rather nicely.
04-14-2014 01:50:19 | More by Darkmagus82
3.56/5 rDev +6.6%
A chestnut brew, with a light tan head that leaves some lace, this beer is interesting. It has an enticing aroma...toffee, sugar, sweetness, cream, caramel....not a normal beer aroma. The taste is not as sweet as the smell leads you to believe. It has a mild spiciest and a more than expected hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a lot lighter than expected...the beer could do with a bit more body. Still, very interesting and enjoyable.
04-12-2014 20:08:04 | More by Suds
3.85/5 rDev +15.3%
Sampling right now on 4/11/14. Comes in a 4-pack and my buddy gave me a bottle last night to try. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brandy snifter glass.
Pours a dark reddish-brown in color with a very small head that doesn't last long. Some light spotty lacing.is seen. The aroma is very nice of toffee and roasted malts. The taste of caramel & toffee hits your tongue up front. A slight bitter finish is noted. As for "sticky' & 'pudding', not really. Not sweet at all either. Overall, it wasn't too bad.
04-11-2014 22:13:09 | More by BeerWithMike
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
A friend of mine gave me this to try.
The body is a dark brown, almost cola like with no head to it. The aroma has a sweet coming from from it. The taste is sweet with some coffee coming through and some roasty ness to it. Mouthfeel is ok and overall it is a good beer. Could be a nice desert beer.
04-10-2014 19:54:39 | More by chefhatt
District of Columbia
3.55/5 rDev +6.3%
A: this beer pours a little too clear (read: thin) brown. There is a medium-bubble head that quickly dissipates despite what looks lik strong carbonation. There was some lacing.
S: the name of the beer kind of as it all. Toffee sweetness with a bit of coffee. In some sniffs, I get impression of a hint of some smokiness that I can't explain or consistently replicate.
T/M: again, the name hits the flavors, although I might argue "sticky" doesn't quite fit. This beer is a little light in feel, but the sugary tastes are balanced surprisingly well with the (English-leaning) bitterness to qualify (in mind) as a beer versus a novelty "malt beverage". I actually tried holding my nose and drinking it and found it an enjoyable dark-malt English bitter beer, if mildly watery.
O: if you can get past the name and pre-conceptions and consider it as an English-style beer, I think you might be mildly surprised (assuming you enjoy or appreciate similar beers). However, it's still no more than a decent, balanced (per my definition) offering.
04-10-2014 02:42:05 | More by cjgiant
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
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 +3.3%
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
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-06-2014 16:26:55 | More by barczar
4.13/5 rDev +23.7%
Huge toffee/caramel aroma initially, though after pouring it fades quickly to merely prominent rather than excessive. Not much head retention. Surprisingly easy to drink -- sweet but not cloying or thick. Balanced enough to be more than a one-time novelty, but not so balanced that it fails to distinguish itself as a unique style. The sweetness and aroma make it appealing to people who ordinarily don't ilke beer (this is the first time my wife asked for a bottle of a beer I had her taste), while still being appealing to people who do like beer (me, at least).
04-05-2014 07:10:56 | More by scottwood
3.33/5 rDev -0.3%
I have got to say even though sweet dessert beers tend not to be my preference, i was excited to give this one a try. I am a fan of Well's Banana Bread so hopes were high. Smell is great sugar, toffee, even an aroma that invokes thoughts of pudding or more accurately cakes and baked goods. Nice lacing of white foam as it settles in a snifter. Initial taste is pretty spot on sweet, viscous enough to make you think pudding but not overall, and the flavor hits. Second taste and on it begins to lose my attention the flavors dissipate, the mouth feel begins to be much to thin to carry the big flavor it wants to, Also carbonation is somewhat tricky it seems too much when the beer tastes thin and lacking in the beginning. Overall interesting and hope they tweak the recipe and release it, also since everyone else is barrel aging some nice bourbon barrels might make a great beer.
04-05-2014 02:33:55 | More by jkeefe1800
3.25/5 rDev -2.7%
The coffee flavor is felt at the end of the drink. Good color. The aroma is intense. Not a cloying flavor. Drink on hot days is not advisable. I was not going to like me, but it's a very enjoyable drink. The label has a striking design. The bottle could be bigger. The price is very affordable.
04-05-2014 02:06:45 | More by lilithdana
Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
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