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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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.

Added by Erik-P on 11-26-2013

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +25.7%
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 -12.1%
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 +24.3%
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 +26.3%
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 +1.4%
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 +7.2%
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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Photo of plumberman63
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

medium/dark brown. Smells like a heath bar with alcohol. Taste kinda the same, not really to my liking. Tried it over ice cream, that was a bad idea, yuck got really bitter.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.39/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark copper body with small off-white head than dissipates quickly; some lacing on what's left

Smell: sweet candy smell of butterscotch and vanilla extract; interesting...more so for a pancake

Taste: just awful. I don't even know how to describe it. Maybe this one's oxidized or something. It just tastes like a weak beer with artificial flavors pumped in. I think I've had a soda that tastes a bit like this.

Mouthfeel: very thin

Remarks: got it just because. Won't buy it again. Was going to rate the taste lower, but it's not undrinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BB 08.04.16. Consumed 05.04.16.

A: Dark ruby coloring is nice, medium dense, with a thin, creamy walnut toned head that was slightly holding. Minimal icing with a whispy, weakly holding band. Carbonation factor was moderate.

S: Toffee and tapioca pudding aroma. Sweet glazed brown sugar and apple brown betty. Warm pie filling with hints of lemon meringue pie and a finish of fresh banana yeastiness, all of generally good strength.

T: The flavor was sweet as the nose, toffee-caramel, toasty sweet munich malting, and donut glaze. Brown sugar sweetness, dry chocolate and baked dough rounds things out.

M: The mouthful was adequate, perhaps the better point of the drink, nice feel, tingly and alive with a malty, syrupy depthness.

O: This is a sweet dessert style beer, where the packaging (bomber), seems a bit much to tackle by ones self. Multiples are not welcomed, but in more moderate sizes and as a dessert style beer by itself it proposes an interesting flavor and style. Unique for a try, gimmic, but wouldn't seek out a second time.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ok this one pours a clear dark copper color with tinges of brown, red and caramel coloration in the background. There seems to be plenty of robust carbonation floating to the top in fast form and the head takes on a sponge toffee like texture that could also be associated with soap film. Awesome lacing that just like the name of this suggests, is sticky and has a holding grip on the side of the glass! Well done!

S- There is huge amounts of sticky toffee pudding aromas, butterscotch, rum & butter, huge vanilla latte, brown sugar malt...not a whole lot else....it smells just like the actual dessert. No bitterness/dryness on the finish....full, robust and sweet sums it up!

T- Alright....the flavors follow the aromas rather well, but in a much more muted fashion, which I think is actually a good thing! Prominent flavors of brown sugar, caramel/toffee, syrup riddled bread, rum & butter, butterscotch....big vanilla flavors as well. The big difference is on the finish...no real hop bitterness, but in more of a true English Ale fashion, this finishes dry and clean, which balances all of the sweetness out

M/O- Lighter in body than I expected and the carbonation is aggressive, as it first looked. I quite like this and appreciate that it's not as sweet as I thought it would be...however...I don't think I'd have more than one of these in a sitting...definitely a nice dessert brew and I'd enjoy it again for sure....a unique take on a Brown Ale and well done...tastes like a beer version of the classic dessert!

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Photo of Slack
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish to amber and clear with maybe a ¼ inch of head.

Artificial aromas of butterscotch and toffee.

Taste is similar to the smell but the addition of hops makes it bittersweet.

Carbonation is lower and the body is medium.

A novelty beer that sounds better than it tastes.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 1.83/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.163/oz) at Giant Eagle, Meadville, PA
11.2 oz bottle marked 24/03/16 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma very strong toffee
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular three to four mm ring and thin layer with some large bubbles
Lacing excellent – wide bands of tiny bubbles, slowly opening into curtains
Body dark brown, nearly opaque, slight chill haze, some effervescence
Flavor very heavy toffee flavor with a slightly bitter ending; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate thin, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

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Photo of stevoj
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Beautiful sweet, sticky, dessert aroma, but doesn’t live up to the expectations of the nose. Pours a clear dark brown with a ring of airy head, taste is sweet but flat, with some burnt sugar flavor. Finishes fast, mild sticky coating on the tongue.

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Photo of ordybill
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Douglasville, GA. The appearance is a dark brown with a small off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee, caramel and some vanilla extract. The taste matches the aroma and is rather thick for the palate.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dessert beer. It has an overwhelming smell of toffee or caramel. It has a cola color and it's somewhat light. The taste is not sweet but definitely caramely. I probably wouldn't order this with dinner because I'm not sure what I'd drink it with but I would definitely suggest it for dessert. I would not put this on draft but I would use this for a dessert beer for a tasting.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. It pours a cola-brown color with a frothy one-finger khaki head and lacing. The smell is very sweet caramel, one of the sweetest beer smells I've experienced. The taste is equally unusual with strong caramel and malt. The initial sweet, nutty taste quickly gives way to a sour, even bitter, finish. It's a mild ale, pleasantly carbonated, and very easy to drink with a low ABV of 5%. Overall, this ale is basically a novelty. It might be better on draught.

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Photo of WyattBurp
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic at proper temperature. Aroma is caramel, with brown sugar overtones. Flavor is a good balance of dark toffee, caramel, with a hint of vanilla. Not overtly sweet; has a nice crisp finish, with a final hint of mild bitterness that lingers deliciously.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.34/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Much better on the second sampling a year later. Pours a dark brown with off white head. Aroma is all caramel. On the palate it is not as sweet as the name would imply, but the burnt caramelized flavor is dominant. Great dessert beer, lie Callard & Bowser toffee or Dark Chocolate Heath bar.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.36/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had from the bottle, Madison's Hoboken, NJ

A: the weakest area here, it's a watery looking brown ale, not ugly but you may get worried without tasting it. S: amazing. Burnt brown sugar, smells like the classic dessert. T: love it! It really tastes like a toffee brown ale. Sweet but so good. Didn't feel too artificial to me. F: velvety, so crushable. Deadly in a way, it was almost too easy to drink. O: for you sweet tooths, like me, this is a dream come true. It's an awesome dessert beer that qualifies as a real treat. I recommend it.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, little head.
Smell is quite sweet, lots of sugar and molasses.
Taste is sweet n sour.... Lots of sugar and toffee and almost burnt treacle, with a somewhat sharp note at the end. A little bit of a mishmash.
Mouth fell nice n full bodied.
Nice beer but more of a novelty...

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-clear amber color with a decent enough transparency around it. A two finger white foamy head gazed over the beer and dissipated in a slow wake (die, head, die, I wanted to say, boy did that go slow). Sticky lace weaves around the glass.
The smell, would you guess it to be "toffee?" Eh, who would have thunk (inserts sarcastic rolling eyes emoji right here). Other than that, light nuttiness with some toast, marshmallow, and vanilla, it smells really nice.
The taste is immensely sweet through guess what: exactly the toffee. Nutty aspects along with the toast, marshmallow and vanilla stay very subdued.
The mouthfeel, well, one could say that could leave a bit to be desired as it's extremely wet with a misguided slick and hollow cavity to it. I would have thought with toffee, nuts, toast, marshmallow, and vanilla, there would be some kind of substance to this thing. Well, not exactly.
Overall, well, my impression is that the smell and taste have it nailed down, but the mouthfeel, well, if Wells & Youngs beefed it up on the palate, this could definitely be an award winner, IMO. Me, I'd probably still come back to this.

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Photo of Raime
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wells Sticky Toffee pudding whateverthefuck.

After a long fourteen hour shift and about 4000 post work calories consumed, it is most certainly time for a night cap. Grabbed this bottle a few nighta ago for $2.50. Sounded quite tasty but we shall see how thinga turn out. Enough talk, let's drink.

Look - Poured from a twelve lunce bottle into a tulip because I'm feeling like an aristocrat tonight. Poured a very deep though clear amber with a two finger off white head that stucks around tightly and eventually dies down to a large cap of froth amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be non existant as the beer is gazed upon through the glass. Eventually the head dies down to a thick and very sticky ring around the top of the swill. A good amount of sticky lace is left remaining

Smell - Toffee is huge in the nose as expected since it is one of theain ingredients listed on the bottle. Nutty aspects with a slight toastyness and just a smidge of slight roast. The pudding aspect is also apparent though not exactly prevelant by any means. I hope the pudding develops more in the flavor portion of this beer.

Taste - Once again a large dosage of toffee leads the way with the toasted nuttyness. The pudding aspects become quite apparent and it js tapioca in nature. The pudding flavor really sticks around for what seems like forever. Just a touch of fudge like chocolate. Good tasting though I wish the pudding flavor were stronger. Beer is not as sweet as the name would lead you on to believe .

Feel - The feel is quite watery and the body is quite thin though not like other beers of this lower ABV range. Carbonation remains very light in the mouth and the pudding aspect coats the entirety of the mouth. Beer swallows rather slick and goes down easily. No cloyingly sweetness is present.

Overall - Overall it's actually a pretty alright dessert beer. Not filling like a huge chocolatey stout but enough to please that after meal sweet tooth you may have. At $2.50 a bottle I honestly doubt I would buy this again seeing aa there are better options available in the price range. Though I would have again if it were handed to me. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own judgement..

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Photo of RJIV
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Water like consistency with a brown color with a slightly foamy head. Smells of toffee sweetness. Tastes like drinking a lightly flavored toffee seltzer. The beer is thin, watery, and utterly forgettable.

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