Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.24/5 rDev -3.3%
I got a sample of this brew from my buddy who worked in a liquor store. I was mildly interested since it was English and the title was unique. Side poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
Appearance - Pours a decent brown color with little head or head retention. Packaging is mediocre at best, nothing real exciting. Pours very clear, you can see right through it.
Smell - Smells of a huge bar of toffee, just like the packaging. Caramel and hints of chocolate, along with a marked sweetness throughout the nose. Very impressive, certainly the best part of the beer.
Taste - The taste of this beer, when compared to the nose, falls flat on its face. Strong malt character is much more prevalent, the toffee, caramel, and sweetness fading from the nose to the palate. While those elements are present, they are not near as strong in the taste as they are the nose.
Mouthfeel - Somewhat light and thin. Conducive to the style, similar to Newcastle or something of that nature. Not very impressed.
Overall - This beer elicited a collective "meh" from me and my co-conspirator. It isn't bad, but it isn't great either. Just mediocre. I certainly wouldn't buy it again, and I am glad we didn't pay for it.
07-29-2014 03:48:26 | More by TheCondor
3.79/5 rDev +13.1%
Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Appearance: Cola colored, sizable head that dissipated after perhaps a couple of minutes. Lacing and collar present.
Smell: Smells like dessert! Drool worthy notes of vanilla, banana, rum, and caramel.
Taste: Caramel, banana, toffee, walnuts, and spiced bread. Yummy.
Mouthfeel: As could be expected a bit sticky, but not in a bad way.
Overall: An excellent dessert beer. Great for what it is, but one and done unless you are in the mood to sit and eat an entire can of frosting. If the latter is the case then you may want to bring home a six of this.
07-28-2014 19:03:12 | More by Roxie_B
3.91/5 rDev +16.7%
Clear despite being a dark red-brown with lots of highlights, this beer certainly doesn't have the thickness or body it might if it was Americanized. It stays true to form, as it should. The head is light-medium brown, thick and dense though not huge. It's tall enough, though, and keeps its form well while dropping to a heavy, craggy foam that deposits legging pretty thickly.
The smell is pretty much what I hope for. Toffee is prevalent, soft, creamy and very mildly smoky and just right with the sweetness. It keeps its English character, some mineral, very light earth but kept back, and a hint of leaf to attribute to a very light hoppiness. The pudding is front and center, and I like it a lot.
The flavor doesn't quite translate so fully, but only on account of the malt and hop character coming out more strongly. it doesn't overshadow the toffee pudding by any account, but the mineral aspects and the dry leaf are enough to distract from it somewhat. It loses a little of the sweetness with that leaf and mineral, too.
The feel is the traditional light medium of an English brown. Some dryness brings a bit of slightly chalky character after a sweet start, though the sweetness is never lost. It's pretty smooth, with a nice creaminess underlying a soft crispness. The mineral aspect sometimes feels like it thins out the body at points in some English ales, and it does ever so slightly here. Well done, though, all said.
07-25-2014 21:16:51 | More by Brenden
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
4.24/5 rDev +26.6%
I picked up two of these beers at a local beer shop; I wish I bought more.
The color was a dark brown with a dark beige head. Nice mix of big and small bubbles.
The toffee aroma comes out and grabs you by the nose hairs. It was a very enjoyable sweet character with plenty of malt in the background. The same goes with the flavor. There was definitely a lot of toffee in this beer but it didn't make it cloyingly sweet. It was just right.
I can't imagine drinking bottle after bottle of this, all night, but it's definitely worth having one or two of.
07-19-2014 14:15:04 | More by dogglebe
Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
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