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

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding AleWells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 637
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 34.59%
Wants: 24
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Double Barley Brewing soda-can shaped glass. Bottleneck says 28/04/15.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Rich, sweet aroma of toffee (surprise, surprise), brown sugar, caramel candy (think sugar daddies) and butterscotch.

T- Taste isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma as the toastiness of the malt actually shines through and is then followed by the toffee sweetness, ending up at a caramelly aftertaste. Has a cream soda quality to it when all is said and done.

M- Standard brown ale feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Just like with the Banana Bread beer, the aroma is very powerful and convincing while the rest of the beer leaves me going "eh." Not as bad as the score lets on, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me.

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Photo of Act25
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Weird beer. But NOT nearly in the lower depths of St Johns Mango. It's actually a nice dessert beer, tho not for me.

A Wells makes a similar "Banana Bread Beer". This one is flattish, no lasting head, and while a bit of lace, not enough for a sticky ale.

S Not nearly enough aroma. The flavors jump out on the tongue not the nose. Sugary.

T Abundant flavors swell sweet first, then toasty, hazel nutty, and and roasted dry taste. I think it's a fine see-saw from toffee to roast wood and burnt chestnuts. But it's for a winter evening, last beer and/or with cake.

F Medium-full body shifts to roasted wood, nuts, char. Which is again - interesting.

Dont write this off, try it. Original and balanced enough to be a great winter warmer without too much alcohol and a good dessert beer.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.06/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark nutty brown that is translucent when held up to natural light

S: Very sweet toffee smell, caramel, vanilla extract, butterscotch. It's all there!

T: Cocoa up front, with a strong malted barley taste, finish is slightly bitter but some toffee notes balance it out. Tastes a bit metallic to be honest. Not as sweet as it's smells (which is probably a good thing).

M: Mouthfeel is full, very little carbonation. No head whatsoever, and lacing isn't present.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark brown producing only a finger of frothy, tan, rapidly diminishing head that leaves a thin cap & slim surface ring & otherwise little lacing. Aroma is vanilla extract, butterscotch & toffee with vinous & acetic hints in a brown ale base. Taste is fronted by creme soda vanilla, butterscotch & toffee on toasted brown bread & a hint of cocoa mixed in mineral water with much less acetic & no vinous hints, finishing with roasted nuts & a note of bitterness thrown into the mix. Aftertaste is creme soda, burnt malt/cola caramel & light bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, watery but smooth & thinly creamy.

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Photo of Irrationalist
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We got this as a gag and were quite surprised that it was actually rather good! I think drinking one is more than enough but its kind of like drinking dessert instead of eating it.

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Photo of Davideo
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sweet malty beer with some bitterness but not too much. Toffee is very discernible. Not heavy like I thought it'd be. If you like sweet beers, you'll love this one.

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

Fun try. Cola, not much head, less lace. Sweet nose. Taste is best part, sweet, but not too cloying. Mouth thin, not very balanced and a one off try.

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Photo of datalager
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body has a nice dark walnut color, pale head lacks froth. Smell is subdued, although toffee definitely appears above the bitter English style hops as it warms. Flavor is very good from the start, much like an English brown ale. Solid mouth feel with a good balance of carbonation and viscosity. This was my first. I'm actually heading to the fridge for another as we speak. Good beer.

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Photo of HarryPotHead
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

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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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Photo of Mthom
4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
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!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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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 woemad
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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

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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 kim_thayil
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of corywalston
1.74/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.