Sticky Toffee Pudding
Eagle Brewery

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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #319
ABV:
5%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,345
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 15.85%
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
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Notes: 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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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 330ml/11.2 fl oz. Brown glass with a pry-off crown cap.

5.0% ABV.

Sticky toffee? Definitely - and, shockingly, it doesn't taste artificial. Could have better depth of flavour, but the toffee they're after is there in spades. Caramel, brown malt sweetness, faint herbal hop character, pudding-like tangy flavour, vanillin.

Balanced albeit simplistic, nailing its gimmicky titular flavour with aplomb. They accomplished what they set out to, though I wouldn't call the mouthfeel sticky per se. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, not unrefreshing, well-carbonated.

A drinkable gimmick ale that I'd revisit and certainly a better beer than I expected given its premise. But it's far from a top tier beer regardless of how one approaches it style-wise.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Dec 18, 2019
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James94 from England

3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Ruby red, good one-finger head, decent lacing
S: Toffee, buttercream, cake, something vaguely skunky
T: Toffee, light malts
F: Quite watery, with not much flavour or body. Pretty easy to drink.

O: 3.25

Dec 07, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber to brown. No head. Very little carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of molasses, vanilla and coffee.

Taste is a bit sharp and astringent. Molasses and vanilla come through. No noticeable sweetness.

Full bodied mouthfeel and a bit creamy.

The name sounds better than it tastes. Glad I tried it but I won't rush out for more.

Sep 27, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this beer at the Blackstone Pub & Eatery in Gadsden, Alabama. It poured a clear rich mahogany with thin off white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had Heath bar flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet toffee presence throughout. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer and great for last call...or after dinner.

Aug 01, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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.

Apr 30, 2019
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jbclib7285 from Georgia

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.

Jan 06, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

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.

Dec 18, 2018
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BishopJ from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 27, 2018
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Offa from California

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.

Nov 04, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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.

Aug 21, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 26, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

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.

Mar 31, 2018
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Krajnyak from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 04, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

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.

Nov 18, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 23, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Sep 25, 2017
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briandschorr from North Carolina

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.

Aug 28, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

May 24, 2017
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

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.

May 21, 2017
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vinicole from England

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.

May 20, 2017
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

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.

May 14, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

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.

Mar 25, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

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.

Dec 15, 2016
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Kimbo_slice17 from Florida

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.

Sep 27, 2016
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

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.

Sep 11, 2016
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Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 776 ratings