Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Join The Buzz! Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

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

Not Rated.
Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding AleWells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

115 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 115
Hads: 606
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 23
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Erik-P on 11-26-2013

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (47) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 115 | Hads: 606
Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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.... (576 characters)

Photo of Bear1964
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a stemmed glass showed a dark brown/ruby ale with a small off white 1 finger head, aroma hold sweet Carmel and toasted malts...releasing more as it warms. The Carmel toffee comes out as it warms as well, toasty flavor but missing the creamy pudding anywhere that I could taste. Had a medium to light mouthfeel as with Brown Ales, flavors are there but I might have to revisit this one again (3 more in the fridge) to have the toffee and pudding happen. Overall a little let down with the total flavor since the Banana Bread beer by Wells was right on spot, still glad I picked it up as I love to try new brews. (644 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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. (2,430 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,775 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (434 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (546 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (298 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of scottwood
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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). (564 characters)

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (883 characters)

Photo of lilithdana
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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. (294 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber brown with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells sweet and toffeeish immediately. Almost an artificial smell to it. So much so that I expected a very sweet beer. Beer itself is not sweet at all and so it makes my taste buds a bit confused. Not much body or carbonation. Feels a bit thin. Overall a nice sweet smelling beer that is lacking in taste. (380 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (1,792 characters)

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

pretty nice caramel chocolate cake aroma, with a bit of cola thrown in. It taste petty much like it smells just to a lesser extent all around. Some roasty coffee flavors as well. Think it would be much more appealing overall if it was a bit creamier, maybe nitro or something. Also, never a fan of adding caramel color. (319 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tried this as part of a mixed six. I tend to like sweet beers so decided to give it a run. Good looking beer that has an interesting smell that is nothing special. Taste was very good, probably what some like but not what I was looking for. While a good beer it was nothing that I would probably buy again. (306 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red-brown color with great clarity. Head is ill formed and short lived. Thin, wispy lacing.

S: toffee, butterscotch, and thick sticky caramel all over the nose. That's pretty much it.

T: Faint cocoa powder, thinly nutty. Huge wave of toffee and butterscotch. Grassy flavors if you look for them. Maybe a little steely? Grainy finish with lots of butterscotch and toffee.

M: Light-medium body. Thin and emaciated malt body, sticky and artificial sort of feel. Strongly prickling carbonation.

O: I've never had sticky toffee pudding, but the rich and sticky dessert qualities of this beer are not lost on me. That part of the brew comes across quite obviously. The beer beneath is rather lacking however. If you have a big sweet tooth, this might be a guilty pleasure sort of beer for you. Otherwise there's not a lot offered here. (882 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours medium brown in color. Fairly thin, big soda bubbles, and a moderate tan head which falls quickly. Based on the name, I was hoping for a big stone fruit and raisin aroma, like some kind of 5% barleywine. Nope, aroma is quite faint, and suggests lager to me (schwarzbier? maybe Newcastle?). Flavor is where all that action is. The first drop on my tongue suggests caramel. Well, specifically, cream soda. But beyond that, sweetness wise, there's very little there. I get a little bit of hops in the middle of the palate. Which I guess is nice to keep this in balance, because there's obviously some unfermentables here. But between the mellow flavors and decided un-mellow carbonation, I don't think this beer succeeds in living up to its namesake and inspiration. It was a fun enough gimmick but not worth seeking out.

Yeah, totally cream soda. Not that high brow stuff either. Think A&W.

Bottle dated 12/11/14. Don't know if that's MMDDYY or DDMMYY but either way that's a long way in the future for a 5% ale. (1,058 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep brown/mahogany, clear, with a few lazy bubbles rising. Virtually no head, disappointingly. Labeling is goofy, but gets one in the mood for a rich toffee dessert.

S: Significant hops, to the contrary of the intended styling. Some sweet caramel/toffee malts in there too. Everything seems a little watered-down.

T: Yeah, it's sweet caramel/cream pudding, but the hops are still too present in the finish. Makes it more of a classic, balanced beer, but that's not what I was looking for. And those looking for a balanced beer will also be disappointed. Nice try, though.

M: Too effervescent and light-bodied to imitate pudding, not creamy (further hurt by the lack of head).

O: Everything seemed hastily put together; not enough caramel/cream aroma or flavor, too much hops, not thick or creamy at all. It did have moderate components of toffee pudding, but ultimately came up quite short. Stick to their more on-target, cheaper, more available banana bread beer if you're looking for the alcoholic liquid recreation of desert food. (1,041 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (444 characters)

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