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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
727
Reviews:
149
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 9/10/14.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that has a decent caramel and toffee aroma but the taste is oddly metallic and detracts from the drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark mahogany red in color (very dark brown when viewed from afar) and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving thick lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toffee are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of toffee-infused cola along with faint hints of butterscotch.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied but a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I got the toffee but I didn't get much of the pudding or any of the stickiness in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml, seemingly melting-toffee soaked bottle, with Doctor Seuss-friendly copy type.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two bulbous fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and a tad creamy ecru head, which leaves some streaky coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sugary caramel/toffee/treacle/butterscotch in spades, right off the bat, with some warm raisins and prune associated dark fruitiness, suggestions of bittersweet chocolate, hearty crackers, root beer, and earthy, musty, and leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - intense caramel/toffee sweetness, a strangely, um, 'balancing' bitter astringency - one mostly bready cracker, metallic hard water, and leafy hop in orientation - and more weird sarsaparilla and organic root beer earthiness.

The carbonation is on the light side, in an understated, playfully frothy manner, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth and creamy, as one might expect, until that weird, multifaceted bitterness alights upon the scene. It finishes off-dry, as the initially hale and hearty toffee pudding sweetness comes to terms with its lack of overbearing stature. Don't weep for it.

Well, this offering certainly brings the toffee, and a few of its less illustrious friends, but eventually succumbs to a not altogether pleasant, and sort of tacked-on drying binge. Yes, there is a disjointed thread running throughout, like two sides that can't seem to just get their shit together and work things out. Ah well - I'm sure I would have been wanking on about the lack of balance otherwise, so, damned if you do...and so on.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 12/14/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, grass, light fruitiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English brown ale. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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3.47/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle was opened for sharing at Pin's. It caught my eye, so how could I say no? Darker copper color, clear, with a small tan head that sank to a ringlet, leaving a few dots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was sweet with toffee and vanilla. Taste of caramel malts, sweet toffee, butterscotch candy, maple syrup toasted cereal grains; finished off a bit nutty, with almost no hop character to speak of at all. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was thin, but with a residual sticky-sweet sensation, carbonation was on the lower side. Overall, I'd say it's worth a try, but really just more of a novelty. I'd imagine this would go good with a plate of Belgian waffles though! Also would probably be interesting to try from a cellar-temp cask.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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