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

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 606
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 23
Gots: 166 | 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 HarryPotHead
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Was leery about trying this....The name sounds disgusting enough. Received in a mix n match 6 pack for Christmas and thought I would give it a try. Was pleasantly surprised. Low marks for appearance because I couldn't coax a head out of this with the hardest of pours. Mouth feel was rather thin and disappointing as well. Smell was excellent ...lots of vanilla but kind of one dimensional. Taste of sweet vanilla...no bitterness and very drinkable. Wish I had a few more of these. This thing had an awful label tho...lol. (531 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Wells! I am in love with their Banana Bread Beer and now this as well. It pours a deep but brown color and immediately you catch the aroma of toffee and caramel. The taste gives off a sweet nutty character, but a dry finish makes it perfect... Not too sweet, just enough. I really enjoy the refreshment of this beer. This should be a desert beer after any good meal. I highly suggest trying this one! (434 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 Mthom
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little thin, as others have noted, but surprisingly not-too-sweet. In fact, there is an overriding bitterness that makes it all the more drinkable. The toffee smell hits immediately, but taste-wise is not too cloying. Nice carbonation, good cling on the glass. Mighty impressive for a UK beer attempting the "craft" market. I'd drink this more than I should! (365 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown color with light tan head. Toffee and pudding notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some light sweetness and a little bitterness. A nice balance between the two. (202 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 Jon_Hendricks
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a dark, almost cola color.

Overall: Not a prominent toffee taste, there is a sweetness with gives flavors of butterscotch candy and creamy butter. Also a little bitter. Okay to try for a novelty beer but not something that I would get again. (263 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brownish clear. with a medium beige head, light lacing. A pleasant aroma of toffee pudding, butterscotch and caramel fill the senses. The aroma carries over to the taste with a flavorful sweet toffee, butterscotch upfront that slowly mellows out on the end with some caramel malt and mild bitter notes for balance on the end. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation, some stickiness on the lips. The finish same as taste with some lingering toffee and butterscotch flavor. This is a good flavorful brew that actually follows thru with its namesake. Overall a tasty and enjoyable brew (607 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,121 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 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 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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,513 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 Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 22/03/15, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a dark and clear ruby-brown color with a tiny fizzy white head that dissipates almost instantly, leaving nothing behind

S- butter toffee aroma is definitely noticeable up front with aromas of salty butter and melted toffee/caramel. Nutty english malt aroma from the base beer mixes with butterscotch candy

T- the toffee isn't as prominent in the taste, there is a sweetness with gives flavors of butterscotch candy and creamy butter. The base brown ale is a little thin, there are some nutty traces but more malty notes would help compliment the sweetness.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy and sticky mouthfeel with a slightly viscous finish

O- a nice concept, but the base beer needs to be a little bit maltier to hold up to the sweetness. Still pretty drinkable though (872 characters)

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 hophugger
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amazing reddish-brown clear color, wow!!!. Aroma of caramel cream, nice !!!. Ok head and average lacing. Tastes of coffee, toffee and whipped cream, pretty awesome balance and I think this is my dessert. Feels ok on the palate and finishes with a touch of burnt caramel. (270 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Wells & Young's Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale a couple weeks ago for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I passed this beer up a few times just because I assumed it was going to be a pretty sweet beer and very sweet beer's aren't a really my thing, but in the end I thought I should still give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a crimson mahogany color that took on more of a crimson color when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of spotty lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a big toffee, light butterscotch and light caramel like aromas being the first to show up and they actually give this beer a candy toffee like aroma. Up next comes comes a little bit of that English Brown Ale base with some toasted malts, sweet malts and English yeast aromas coming through. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that lived up to the name.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that leads right into the English Brown Ale base which is lighter than it was in the aroma and the sweet malts really don't show up too much this time around. Up next comes the toffee which still sticks out the most with those light caramel and butterscotch aspects showing up in the background. On the finish there's no bitterness and it gets a little watery with a nice toffee like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but it wish the taste was much more robust like the aroma was, it kind of got a little watery.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty average example of an English Brown Ale, the base beer was noticeable, but it didn't come off as a great example of the style, but the toffee did work well with it and it didn't completely take it over. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, slightly creamy, not too filling, but the taste didn't do a great job at holding my attention and I think one bottle is enough for me, I don't have any urge to drink another. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, to me those were the highlights of this beer and they were both good. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they just weren't as good as I hoped they would be and since they took the lighter approach there wasn't a lot of flavors that made me want to come back for more. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's a little pricey for what you get and I don't think I would recommend it as a good example of the style, but it may be worth a try to see how you feel about it. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer, if the taste was more like the aroma I know i would like it more, but as it is it left me wanting more from this beer. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery or of the style, I would say it's right in the middle between a English Brown Ale and a dessert beer and that's a little confusing. I appreciate you guys doing something a little different, but in the end, this beer just wasn't for me, better luck next time guys. (3,625 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 Bouleboubier
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

(best by Dec 14 2014 - poured into a balloon)

A: dark leathery brown with a slight haze... cappuchino-like foam, in color mostly...

S: almost artificial/extract caramel-coffee... perhaps a faint whiff of dark fruit esters (perhaps from dark sugars added)... almost a doppelbock-like (i.e. Celebrator) rich, cocoa-dusted malt character, though quite apparently not from decoction or other artful technique

T: caramel-syrup infused, hazelnut coffee... tastes like a Dunkin Donuts beer... mildly roasty (or rather burnt sugar?) with an arguably herbal bitterness pervading the finish through the aftertaste... are the flavorings there to cover up the decay of old malt?!... a bit too much is going on here - I love it when a brewery doesn't list an available beer on their website, let alone any ingredients, or hints thereof... a caramel-coffee brown porter, in total

M: right away, a degree or two thinner and more well-attenuated than the deceptive aromas suggest... soft, fuzzy carbonation blurs out much of whatever roundness or viscosity exists

O: gimmicky, niche, not all that it could be... it's a shame that these are the ilk of ales that W&Y seems to want to push over here (Double Chocolate, Banana Bread... likely by virtue of their popularity)... could this be construed as an insult to Americans... I'd be curious to talk with one of their US reps to see what's up with this crap... not that I'll pass up a Bombardier in protest any time soon (1,458 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

330ml bottle split between two Georgetown samplers. Date is 22/03/15. I presume that is "best by", since it is in the future.

Pours dark but slightly translucent. Clear, small light beige head. Relatively still. Smell is very puddingy (I think tapioca), caramelly. Wife thinks it smells very toffee-like. It does smell very sweet. Some surprisingly roasty characteristic.

Taste is sweet, burnt caramel, almost flan-like. Mild, with a strange sort of lagery characteristic. Watery. Some good characteristics, and some bad.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, it's not too bad. It's interesting, but not great. (614 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 flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

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. (938 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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. (309 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Well, cheers to the new rating system. Rated taste, smell, appearance and mouthfeel out of five and divided by four to get the overall rating. Here goes.

A: One inch head with decent lacing. Dark-brown in appearance but some light gets through the glass. Beer has a red hue when held up to a light source. Overall, nothing special. 3.5/5

S: Actually, I think the beer is rather good. Tons of milk chocolate, caramel and toffee. Lots of crystal malt and brown sugar. There's almost no bitterness, but I do detect some coffee notes. 4.5/5

T: Good. The taste follows the nose with lots of toffee and caramel. Also detect lots of milk chocolate. However, the beer does contain some bready yeast which detract somewhat from the malt flavor. It's also somewhat watery. 4/5

M: Not very good. Watery and not creamy enough. However, most Wells beers are like this so oh well. 3/5

O: Good with some drawbacks (too watery; mouthfeel lacking). Will buy again sometime in the near future, though. Glad to have tried it. 3.75/5 (1,044 characters)

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