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

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Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two of the things Britain is renowned for across the globe are traditional ale and puddings. Following the success of Wells Banana Bread Beer comes the latest addition to the exquisitely crafted Wells ales range – Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale.

Wells has been using age-old traditional brewing methods to perfect its ales since 1876 and Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale is made to those same exacting standards. It is brewed with our own accredited Natural Mineral Water and the choicest English ingredients. As a result, it delivers all the satisfying, complex taste you’d expect from a true beer but with a unique, indulgent twist.

Using traditional British desserts as our source of inspiration, we discovered that the natural, rich flavours of Sticky Toffee Pudding could be exquisitely combined with darker malts to create a truly distinctive ale. With toffee and caramel hints and rich fruit aromas, Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale is an intensely satisfying beer.

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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 768
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L- Dark chestnut red, clear, pours with 1Cm fine pale tan head, very slowly reducing. Later to lacing.
S- Prominent toffee scent, over a mild toastiness.
T- ...follows the smell, clearly toffee'ish going into a nutty toastiness.
M- The somewhat richer than usual taste on top of 5% ABV yields something that feels like it could be higher than that. The balance is quite clever, the nutty toastiness balances the immediate toffee side.
O- How do you rate a beer that I now see is marked 'Beer with toffee flavouring'? I note that's flavouring instead of 'flavour' - presumably an ingredient - yet the only ingredients listed are hops (fuggles and goldings), malts (ale, crystal and chocolate) and barley. Where does the 'toffee flavouring' feature, I don't see it? Added to which...
The front main and neck lables say 'Eagle Brewery'. The micro-printed rear lable says it's brewed by 'Marston's (Eagle Brewery, Bedford, MK40 [etc])'. Marston's took over previous brewer Wells & Young's Ltd., who were based at the Eagle Brewery, in 2017. Confused, I am? But it's too much smoke+mirrors for me. Interesting trying it, but I prefer knowing what is in the beer I'm drinking.
Bought from BeersOfEurope. 500ml, BB: 31/3/2020.

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Photo of jbclib7285
2.18/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

The banana bread beer by Well and Young's is better. I was hoping to enjoy this more than I did. the look. smell and taste were all very average. The feel though..

Feel: watery and empty. This is what i disliked the most about the beer. With toffee pudding in the name I was expecting something more substantial. Felt cheap.

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Photo of dcotom
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know I'm going off the reservation with this one, but it delivers what it promises and in a big way. Sampled cold from a tumbler, poured from 11.2-ounce bottle. Dark chestnut colored body, with a thick tan head. Good retention and lacing. Huge aromas and flavors of toffee and caramel, like a dessert fresh from the oven. Medium mouthfeel, not too sweet and just a hint of bitterness. Well balanced. Sticks to the palate on the finish, leaving a pleasant aftertaste. Better when served cold. This is some delicious stuff, well deserving of a place on your holiday table.

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Photo of BishopJ
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look—good, nice brown ale color.
Smell—toffee sweetness predominates, followed by the bitter ale. If you like sweet in your beer, you can enjoy it here.
Taste—two tastes in a row. You taste the toffee first (reminded me of Universal Studios’ Butterbeer), with a quick ale bite at the end.
Feel—smooth, low carbonation as expected in a British bitter.
Overall—bitter is my favorite type of beer, so imagine my thrill of finding this at my local. I’m not a fan of anything too sweet and this beer sort of splits the difference. I can well imagine that this beer might polarize folks into two camps. Not sweet enough for some and too ‘twee’ for others. I enjoyed it, though. Would be a great beer over dessert or at the end of a long day.

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Photo of Offa
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Unlike the Banana Bread Beer, which was surprisingly good, this I found to be pretty bad.

Dark brown, small pale tan head soon thins to foamy ring, wisps.

Aroma is brown bread, dark dried figs, DR.Pepper, a bit sweet in an odd way, with some toffee/caramel. Pretty good.

Taste is odd, acridly shapr very burnt sugar, bitter, dry, thin of feel and character.
It does have something of a sticky toffee pudding character in smell, if not taste.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent English brown ale pours a
medium dark murky brown with a very nice head of off white foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and displays some excellent lacing.
nose of nutty malts and toffee with touches of brown sugar. Flavors are
pretty much a let down from the nose with muted toffee and subtle cream
with touches of weak brown sugars and a more assertive hop that was
not detectable on the nose which is odd for an English ale from such a
great brewery. Very effervescent mouth feel; medium light body, medium
high carbonation that is bubbly, and a seltzer water like finish.

Overall, a decent brown but outside the norm for the style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium raisin colored pour with toffee colored lacing.

S - Sugary candied toffee and caramel cream aroma.

T - Starts with a quick hit of candied caramel toffee cream which quickly gives way to some delicate roast bitterness that carries through until the end. Ends with mild bitterness, some dark fruit, and a hint of caramel toffee and some sugary cloying on the very back of the tongue. Some light earthiness.

M - Medium body.

O - Glad to have tried once.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from just over room temp. Pours a nice brown with good head. Nose is pretty spot on - toffee pudding! That's pretty much all I get, other than chocolate. Taste is not quite what I expected. A bit bitter up front, with a weak toffee pudding flavor. Kind of like a weak burnt brown sugar, but bitter. Could definitely be sweeter and thicker. Higher ABV would have done wonders. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. Overall, not horrible.

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Photo of Krajnyak
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice color, no head or retention to speak of. Taste is fair. Toffee flavor is there, but not balanced at all. Slightly sharp finish, which I would not have expected. Should have seen maltier and sweeter. Overall, only fair.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with mild head and sticky lacing. Nose is toffee, caramel, brown sugar. The taste follows the nose, my only issue is I am getting a real harsh bitterness that lasts and is killing the beer. The flavors seem ok but I am getting a terrible burnt overtone that sort of ruined this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Charles Wells "Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale"
330ml brown glass bottle, "Best before... 20/04/18..."
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Look: Clear dark russet brown and orange body beneath a two finger thick head of densely creamy khaki colored foam. Excellent head retention and very good lacing.

Smell: Clean. Caramel sugars. Sweet bread. Yeasty character with a touch of fruit.

Taste: As the aroma suggests but fuller. Not too rich though, although bit sweet. Some vanilla that wasn't found in the nose. Moderate bitterness. Surprisingly dry in the finish given the sweetness that's there upfront.

Feel: Medium-light in body and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: Going beyond a dessert beer, where it would clearly work, it's a bit sweetish but you could enjoy one at any time. Two in a row might be stretch unless you've got a bit of a sweet tooth, but at the very least it's interesting.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant mahogany with a light tan cap that drops quickly

S: smells like sticky toffee pudding with a trace of moist dark bread

T: has a rich, viscous toffee pudding flavor with a trace of tea-like bitter on the finish with a touch of astringency that adds dimension and provides some balance

F: full body with medium to medium low carbonation

O: The beer gets points for outrageousness of concept and drinkability.

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Photo of briandschorr
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer at Noni Bacca in Wilmington, NC. As a lover of sweets, the label called out to me. Try me! You've all been there. Anyway, this beer is, for me, a great dessert pairing beer. The color is like a slightly watered down cola. The nose is toffee and not much else. The fruit notes came through but not enough. The dark malts should result in a creative and tasty ale but this bottle did not deliver. The feel is mild carbonation with a bitter finish and a tad thin. I have to give this one another try as BIQ (bottle in question) may have been old.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a much, much better ale than the ratings.
Here is my main reason to appreciate Sticky Toffee Pudding: it is audacious and gets away with it because Wells knows what they are doing. Most American extreme interpretations of the styles of other traditions (or beers that seem to be inventions without a tradition to build on)... well, those somehow often lack integrity. But Wells' top three rated brews are all dessert-related (which I point out that the Brits are not known for.) Sticky Toffee is their 5th most rated ale and it is convincing. (I've only eaten sticky pudding once and, frankly, I prefer the ale.) Be that as it all may....
Looks like a very dark ale with lots of lovely lace crowning the top of the glass.
As for Smells, I get a nose full of this dessert... and it does not seem too sweet.
Tastes are slightly less successful. While the hops need to come in to play to prevent this ale from becoming a sugar and malt bomb... hops typically like to steal the show... if the brewer lets them. To Wells' credit, they restrain this hops tendency and Pudding wins.
Feel on a dark 5% understandably seems thin. But the finish is strong because this is a sweet beer for sweet people.
Also, I Had Sticky Pudding with about 7 ounces of Newman's Os (Paul's oreos). So if I ever come down from this sugar high, I will consider revising this review and rating.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look and smell of this beer are as advertised: sticky toffee pudding. The taste is similar to the smell, but just a little bit more subtle. It is quite tasty as a dessert brown, but I am not sure that one would drink multiple sticky toffee pudding ales.

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Photo of vinicole
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Very dark brown. Fine frothy head that settles to a wispy layer.
Rich sweet caramel aroma. Sponge pudding.
Sweet. Tastes like the smell but not as fulsome. Vanilla present. The saccharine flavour is dispersed by a bitter finish.
Unexpectedly thin.
Quite a decent dessert beer.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost heaven in a bottle. Rich brown. Caramel and toffee blast not to sweet or sugary. A delicious treat on a good desert beer. Fairly smooth in drinking this beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear uby brown with a small head. The aroma features lots of English toffee, caramel, banana, bubblegum and a lot of brown sugar. The flavor is much drier than the smell, with dry caramel, toffee, and a woodsy hop finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thin with low creamy carbonation. Overall this is a really nice beer - it smells very sweet, but drinks dry, with a set of very enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of donspublic
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1/2 finger light tan head, little retention, nice lacing. Dark brown in the glass, some light is peaking thru. Smells of toffee and caramel, with some bready malt peaking thru. Taste is initially sweet malt on the front, the caramel and toffee flavors come out in the middle and it finishes with a mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a little light but if you want a caramelish brown ale then this is for you.

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Photo of Kimbo_slice17
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice body with a beautiful caramel color. Not overwhelmingly sweet-with hints of butterscotch. Essence of caramel and hunts of banana with a tiny hop finish. Delicious-would drink more than one.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

medium/dark brown. Smells sweet and of toffee like the name would suggest. I just don't think the flavor carries over into the beer that well. It instead takes like a thin brown ale. Not terrible, but great, either.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from 12 oz bottle. Very sweet. Delicious, but not sure if I'd want to have too many of these. I would definitely recommend trying it at least once though.

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Photo of tmist
4.37/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticky Toffee Pudding Addle has a butterscotch pudding aroma and taste with a malty ending and very lightly carbonated mouthfeel. It's quite nice, though I think I like Wells' Banana Bread a little bit more.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Date is illegible.
Clear amber brown body with little foam.
Wells nailed the caramel, almost butterscotch, aroma and taste, however it has no body. It's disapointing. Sticky toffee and pudding all imply a thickness that is missing.

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Photo of Buck89
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazel brown color, slightly hazy. Small light tan head with modest lacing. Big caramel and toffee on the nose. Taste followed suit, but was fairly bitter up front, with toffee notes but also coffee and burnt toast. Medium bodied and lightly carbed. Overall a pleasant beer and curiosity satisfied.

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