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

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding AleWells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale

Brewed by:
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 Malt_Man
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

L) Dark ruby brown, clear, thin bubbly film.

S) Very sweet fudge-like smell. Maybe a hint of beer in there somewhere!

T) Not too sweet at all, so that is the first fear out of the way. Main flavour is moderately sweet fudge-like, with faint hit of English hops at the back of the mouth. Not out of balance but not any strong flavours.

F) No cloying aftertastes, fairly muted carbonation.

O) A bit pointless, but not horrible. If you like stick toffee pudding, just go and buy some and eat it.

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Photo of MattwyLee
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a slowly dissipating head.
Really sweet aroma; toffee is definitely there, with slight hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.
Taste is slightly lighter than the smell; kind of watered down. I got a bit of metallic taste at the beginning. Very little hops.
Really light mouthfeel with small amount of carbonation.

Would have it from time to time, as it kind of feels like drinking a soda. It would not be my go to 'sweet' beer.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a very nice dark ruby brown with a very nice, tight, fluffy head.

Nice aromas with toffee and chocolate as expected.

Medium palate is smooth and well-rounded with lots of toffee and chocolate and some slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was ok if but left me wanting more - slightly watery.

Would probably be good for a desert beer but not for me - not sweet enough!

I tend to stay away from flavoured beers or anything with anything added. Not sure why - I guess I'm a bit of a purist but overall, this is a very enjoyable, sessionable beer.


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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn stemmed flute.

a: Clear copper/ruby with an inch and a half offwhite head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Butterscotch pudding.

t: Fairly intense toffee/butterscotch notes follow - and overwhelm - what seems like a mild caramel malt base. Sweet finish with lingering toffee notes.

m: Light to medium, good body and huge carbonation tingle.

o: An interesting novelty dessert brew, somewhat like drinking candy but not in a cloying way. Gives the impression of being "chewy" even though the body is not terribly heavy.

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of sweet, flavored beers; that said, this is a good one. Beautiful color when poured into a mug--dark amberish brown. 1/2" beige head which dissipated significantly within a minute or so. You will definitely get all the sweet flavors you expect, but it's a little bitter if you drink it cold. Drink this one at room temperature and it will prove to be a good alternative to the norm.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit too sweet, but tasty. I might drink it again. It's a basic ale with flavor. At first taste it is pretty good, but the aftertaste does linger.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, brought home especially for my wife (who likes dark beers, and the sticky toffee pudding we had while in England).
Pours clear, brown orange color with a foamy, tan head. Foam settles to a thin film, webbing of lace.
Smells quite sweet, caramel and toffee.
Taste is much the same, caramel, toffee, toasted malt. Mild amount of hop bitterness that keeps it from being overly sweet or cloying.
Lower level of carbonation gives a smooth mouth feel, medium body.
A unique concept, nice for an after dinner drink with (or instead of) a desset

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells very sweet the toffee and caramel are strong scents. Smelling this makes me think Brach's caramel candy. There is a little chocolate and vanilla in the scent. Little bit of a butterscotch scent.

Starts out bittersweet, toffee lingers on the tongue. Lots of toffee and butterscotch flavor along with a stout bitterness. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a try it once to see what it tastes like beer. It probably IS the #1 Bitter Toffee and Butterscotch flavored ale from Britain!

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Photo of davidbiss
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The toffee taste is not over the top, but it is rather strong. Enough to make you consider it after the first taste. If expecting a darker and heavier brew it may feel a little light. It is smooth and very drinkable. If you like a sweet toffee flavor, this is yours. For me, it was too much sweet-like flavor.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Brown amber, some head which leaves as quick as it comes.

S: Toffee, Caramel, Cream

T/F: Caramel and toffee, butterscotch?. Light feel thought would be heavy wish it was

O: I could see myself buying again, smells better then it taste which is not a bad thing though I expected more. More flavor, more feel to accompany the amazing aroma this had.

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Photo of justinp444
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown amber with a thin quickly dissipating head. Smell is of toffee, caramel, vanilla, pudding, butterscotch, sweet cream, and cream soda. Taste of cream soda, with a minor butterscotch notes, and caramel. Lots of alcohol and a rather thin mouth feel leave a lot to be desired.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straight up amazing aromas coming off this beer. Unfortunately the smell doesn't translate into the flavors. Not a bad thing at all . . . Just wish the taste and feel were able to keep up with the nose. Good beer, I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Beautiful dark mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is hugely malty with tons of caramel and toffee along with hints of brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, brown bread, and nuts. The taste mirrors the nose, dominated by the caramel and toffee, along with hints of molasses, butterscotch, cream soda, brown sugar, vanilla, butterscotch, nuts, and just a touch of cocoa on the finish. The mouthfeel is moderately thick and syrupy with medium carbonation, less sweetness than expected, and decent drinkability. Overall, much better than I had thought it was going to be. Expecting a gimmicky, cloying beer, but instead got a malty and flavorful, albeit leaning towards sweet, and solid beer. Pleasantly surprised.

cream soda

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.14/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sticky toffee pudding. My favorite British pudding.

It looks more or less how you'd want a beer with this name to look; deep brown sugar brown with a respectable ivory-colored head with a nice sheen and okay retention. It does seem a bit too clear, if that makes senses; I'd hoped for a bit more viscosity/opacity. It smells full-on with the toffee, but in a weirdly artificial way, like someone dropped a Caramello bar into a Newkie Brown. Lots of Dairy Milk and Nestle butterscotch chips, not a lot of the deep, rich allspice-and-date notes I'd hope for in a real sticky toffee pudding.

Tastes like butterscotch candy, but somehow dry. Like Werther's infused into a dark lager. Like Vanilla Coke. Like Southern Tier's Creme Brulee, stripped of its richness and depth. In other words, it kind of sucks. The aroma makes it sickly; the mouthfeel makes it anemic. It's not a good match. I really don't know what they're going for here. If you want a beer that's meant to be a drinkable STP, don't hold back; let me have that stickiness, that complexity, that heft. Or, failing that, let me have some hops. There are basically none here.

I would say this is a disappointment, but then I didn't really have high hopes.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of Dave1999
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ver dark brown with a thin off white head.

The smell is sweet caramel, toffee, vannilla and custard.

The taste is much like the smell, toffee, vannila, the finish is a little weak.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, I think if they had gone bigger with the abv and had some more body it would've been even better.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was a fun beer, albeit somewhat unimpressive. It's a deep, dark caramel color with a tiny amount of caramel colored head. The aroma is that of cream soda and vanilla. Taste is much the same. It's very sweet, caramel and toffee are super prominent. There is very little alcohol to hide in this one. It feels thick and creamy, again hitting a serious cream soda vibe for me. It would be a great dessert beer, but it is pretty one-noted and leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of Syncro-Vox
2.16/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice amber color, slightly turbid, with a rather short head that dies down quickly.

Smells sugary, kind of like cream soda.

Tastes sugary as well, kind of like cream soda. If it weren't for the mouthfeel, which is a bit more like beer than cream soda, I might have thought this was cream soda. You know, the color is pretty similar to cream soda as well. In fact, the whole experience of this beer is very reminiscent of cream soda.

This is beer on training wheels. If you really like cream soda and are interested in getting into craft beer but could never handle those yucky beer-flavored beers, meet you new favorite beverage! As for me, though, I'd prefer to keep my pudding and beer separate from each other.

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Photo of nsg_beer_doc
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's almost like drinking a beer'd version of brown sugar....so good...definitely not a strong brew and not something that will win "best beer" since it doesn't fit the stereotypical bourbon barrel aged or india pale ale mold but if you're looking for something unique, this will fit the bill

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Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Double Barley Brewing soda-can shaped glass. Bottleneck says 28/04/15.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Rich, sweet aroma of toffee (surprise, surprise), brown sugar, caramel candy (think sugar daddies) and butterscotch.

T- Taste isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma as the toastiness of the malt actually shines through and is then followed by the toffee sweetness, ending up at a caramelly aftertaste. Has a cream soda quality to it when all is said and done.

M- Standard brown ale feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Just like with the Banana Bread beer, the aroma is very powerful and convincing while the rest of the beer leaves me going "eh." Not as bad as the score lets on, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me.

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Photo of Act25
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Weird beer. But NOT nearly in the lower depths of St Johns Mango. It's actually a nice dessert beer, tho not for me.

A Wells makes a similar "Banana Bread Beer". This one is flattish, no lasting head, and while a bit of lace, not enough for a sticky ale.

S Not nearly enough aroma. The flavors jump out on the tongue not the nose. Sugary.

T Abundant flavors swell sweet first, then toasty, hazel nutty, and and roasted dry taste. I think it's a fine see-saw from toffee to roast wood and burnt chestnuts. But it's for a winter evening, last beer and/or with cake.

F Medium-full body shifts to roasted wood, nuts, char. Which is again - interesting.

Dont write this off, try it. Original and balanced enough to be a great winter warmer without too much alcohol and a good dessert beer.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.25 - Straight out of the bottle the color resembles that of brown whiskey. Pours to an extremely dark ruby and mahogany brown. Formed about a fourth finger of lightly tan head that dissipated almost immediately. No lacing left behind. Deducting points for this is with a beer of an ABV this low, the weak head potential and retention is inexcusable, but the color is fantastic.
S - 5 - Holy hell, this has got to be one of the most delicious aromas I've ever smelled on a beer. Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, sweetened cream and butter. Reminds me A LOT of Founder's Backwoods Bastard or Rahr & Son's Bourbon Barrel Winter warmer.
T - 2 - Completely dropped the ball. I wanted the taste to match the aroma so badly. Decently sweet malts upfront, which quickly end on a bock and slightly metallic finish. There are some extremely distant notes of toffee in the background, but they taste savory, as if all the sweetness was extracted from it.
F - 3 - Decent medium to medium/thin mouthfeel.
O - 2.5 - What a total let down this beer was. The aroma was SO promising. This beer simply needs more sweetness, a lot of it. The aroma is as decadent as be, but misleading as well as the beer is hardly sweet at all.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark nutty brown that is translucent when held up to natural light

S: Very sweet toffee smell, caramel, vanilla extract, butterscotch. It's all there!

T: Cocoa up front, with a strong malted barley taste, finish is slightly bitter but some toffee notes balance it out. Tastes a bit metallic to be honest. Not as sweet as it's smells (which is probably a good thing).

M: Mouthfeel is full, very little carbonation. No head whatsoever, and lacing isn't present.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark brown producing only a finger of frothy, tan, rapidly diminishing head that leaves a thin cap & slim surface ring & otherwise little lacing. Aroma is vanilla extract, butterscotch & toffee with vinous & acetic hints in a brown ale base. Taste is fronted by creme soda vanilla, butterscotch & toffee on toasted brown bread & a hint of cocoa mixed in mineral water with much less acetic & no vinous hints, finishing with roasted nuts & a note of bitterness thrown into the mix. Aftertaste is creme soda, burnt malt/cola caramel & light bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, watery but smooth & thinly creamy.

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Photo of Irrationalist
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We got this as a gag and were quite surprised that it was actually rather good! I think drinking one is more than enough but its kind of like drinking dessert instead of eating it.

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