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

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Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

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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#43,831
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
746
pDev:
15.74%
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Photo of jason_nwx
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Beersnake1
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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 TheBrewsky
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpaceBeagle
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Krajnyak
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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 jcbogantes
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcubz
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hcproff36
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GreyGooseStout
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
1/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Stay away fucking disgusting.

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Photo of jhart96
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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 dandy14
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
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 OzmanBey
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of cynewulf
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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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3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of briandschorr
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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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2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +12%
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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