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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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3.44
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Photo of avalon07
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: As expected, toffee dominated the aroma, overwhelming any other ingredient. Great if you like toffee.

T: Tasted of toffee (a lot of it), and a hint of malt. While this is classified as a brown ale, it did not have the typical nuttiness. There's a definite thinness to the flavor, including the amount of toffee, which is very much frontloaded. An average flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a thin, watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer isn't nearly as bad as the ratings imply, it's still very uneven.

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Photo of Mojo
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Wicked Weed Snifter

A - deep mahogany brown pour with a minimal head, no retention, and no lacing.

S - rich toffee and caramel with a hint of chocolate

T - caramel, toffee, cola, chocolate, and a bit of a tangy note.

M - Nice smooth feel, with a slight butterscotch aftertaste

O - very drinkable but honestly very average.

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Photo of magpieken
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

500ml bottle. BB11/09/14. Poured an enticing bright, amber brown with frothy beige head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and raisins. On tasting it, the most noticeable thing is how watery it is. An initial hit of molasses sweetness gives way to an unappealing hint of bitterness. Creamy texture but the body is oh, so light. I was hoping for something luscious and decadent (a bit like a sticky toffee pudding), instead I got a watery English Brown with some caramel essence. Not happy Jan.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got a sample of this brew from my buddy who worked in a liquor store. I was mildly interested since it was English and the title was unique. Side poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a decent brown color with little head or head retention. Packaging is mediocre at best, nothing real exciting. Pours very clear, you can see right through it.

Smell - Smells of a huge bar of toffee, just like the packaging. Caramel and hints of chocolate, along with a marked sweetness throughout the nose. Very impressive, certainly the best part of the beer.

Taste - The taste of this beer, when compared to the nose, falls flat on its face. Strong malt character is much more prevalent, the toffee, caramel, and sweetness fading from the nose to the palate. While those elements are present, they are not near as strong in the taste as they are the nose.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat light and thin. Conducive to the style, similar to Newcastle or something of that nature. Not very impressed.

Overall - This beer elicited a collective "meh" from me and my co-conspirator. It isn't bad, but it isn't great either. Just mediocre. I certainly wouldn't buy it again, and I am glad we didn't pay for it.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Appearance: Cola colored, sizable head that dissipated after perhaps a couple of minutes. Lacing and collar present.

Smell: Smells like dessert! Drool worthy notes of vanilla, banana, rum, and caramel.

Taste: Caramel, banana, toffee, walnuts, and spiced bread. Yummy.

Mouthfeel: As could be expected a bit sticky, but not in a bad way.

Overall: An excellent dessert beer. Great for what it is, but one and done unless you are in the mood to sit and eat an entire can of frosting. If the latter is the case then you may want to bring home a six of this.

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Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear despite being a dark red-brown with lots of highlights, this beer certainly doesn't have the thickness or body it might if it was Americanized. It stays true to form, as it should. The head is light-medium brown, thick and dense though not huge. It's tall enough, though, and keeps its form well while dropping to a heavy, craggy foam that deposits legging pretty thickly.
The smell is pretty much what I hope for. Toffee is prevalent, soft, creamy and very mildly smoky and just right with the sweetness. It keeps its English character, some mineral, very light earth but kept back, and a hint of leaf to attribute to a very light hoppiness. The pudding is front and center, and I like it a lot.
The flavor doesn't quite translate so fully, but only on account of the malt and hop character coming out more strongly. it doesn't overshadow the toffee pudding by any account, but the mineral aspects and the dry leaf are enough to distract from it somewhat. It loses a little of the sweetness with that leaf and mineral, too.
The feel is the traditional light medium of an English brown. Some dryness brings a bit of slightly chalky character after a sweet start, though the sweetness is never lost. It's pretty smooth, with a nice creaminess underlying a soft crispness. The mineral aspect sometimes feels like it thins out the body at points in some English ales, and it does ever so slightly here. Well done, though, all said.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of dogglebe
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up two of these beers at a local beer shop; I wish I bought more.

The color was a dark brown with a dark beige head. Nice mix of big and small bubbles.

The toffee aroma comes out and grabs you by the nose hairs. It was a very enjoyable sweet character with plenty of malt in the background. The same goes with the flavor. There was definitely a lot of toffee in this beer but it didn't make it cloyingly sweet. It was just right.

I can't imagine drinking bottle after bottle of this, all night, but it's definitely worth having one or two of.

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Photo of stufff
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It smelled delicious, had an initial taste that was kind of bitter, then a really sweet aftertaste that was exactly like toffee. It was really weird. I wish I tasted more toffee when it was still in my mouth, the difference between that and the aftertaste was too extreme.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a dark brown, with a small head. Aroma is -- sweet. Very sweet. Like unwrapping a toffee candy, and sniffing it. Flavor is packed with toffeeness, but fortunately it's not cloyingly sweet. It's rather one-dimensional though. It's all toffee all the time. Ok, I've tried it, I can pour this out now.

(Given to me a few months ago, it's sat in my fridge ever since, until now. Very odd beer. I guess it's aimed at toffee fans)

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark brown, almost black body with ruby coming through when held up to light. A cream colored head leaves minimal spots of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, but mostly loads of caramel and toffee.

Taste: Tons and tons of caramel and toffee, and some bready notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin.

Overall: Really tasty and full of caramel, not cloying. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes: Best by 01/24/2015

A: See through brown to ruby red. Produced a nice 2 finger head of slightly off white.

S: Very sweet smelling. Bursts of chocolate and caramel.

T: I get caramel everywhere - front, middle, end and aftertaste. I am not sure I get much else. Maybe some malty notes.

M: It goes down smooth. Not overly carbonated.

O: It's a caramel bomb! (is that a thing?) I expected some off or weird flavors. It is very unique - but not bad. I think this would be a decent dessert beer - I can't think of a lot of other occasions that would warrant this beer. For some reason the taste reminds me of the holidays. So I will amend that and say that this might be nice any time you think you'd like to drink egg nog.

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Photo of Tone
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, sugar, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale malt, strong sugar, strong sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, sugary sweetness dominates both aroma and body. This is a subpar beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky Toffee Pudding pours a dark and deep brown color with a long lasting tan head. There is a sweet creamy aroma, with big sweet toffee notes. The taste has a bitter and nice malty bite, then finishes very creamy and sweet with lots of toffee flavors near the end. Good creamy flavors, good feel, nice flavors. Overall, the name doesn't lie, taste like toffee pudding.

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Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark brown in color with a very generous amount of tan head on the top. The head is fluffy, and plentiful.

S: There is certainly a bit of Toffee in there, but the main aroma I am picking up is a huge hit of cream soda. Smells like cream soda, and a little bit of a popcorn smell...

T: Toffee, and caramel, with a good hit of cream soda in there as well. There is a little bit of a bitter hit in the finish.. certainly an interesting brew...

M: Very light in body, carbonation is very high.

O: Overall, this is a very interesting beer.. it's a combination of an English brown, and a watered down version of burnt cream soda.. Interesting, but not something I would repeat.

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Photo of tronester
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, very dark reddish mahogany with a creamy off-white head. Smells of vanilla, brown sugar, and of course, toffee. Taste begins with some bittersweet toffee, then some roasted grain, and then some vanilla. The finish is tart, with a bit of an odd sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a decent beer, though the toffee flavor just seems out of place in a brown ale.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- clear dark caramel. Slight head.

Aroma- sweet butterscotch pudding.

Taste- Begins big and sweet with clear sticky toffee pudding taste then smooths out to a every so slight dry and bitter hop note. A very interesting and unique brew.

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/23/2014.

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Photo of Minkybut
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees not knowing what to expect from a beer with a name like this. The beer poured an amber color and poured an amber head. The head was nice and big. The beer smelled like vanilla, but the taste of vanilla was not overpowering like the vanilla porter I have had from another company. Toffee also was in the smell and taste with a bit of maple taste. The beer had great lacing and I love the taste. I would buy again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Priced at $3 for an 11.2oz bottle. 14/12/14 on the bottle, so it's probably pretty fresh. Wells' Banana Bread beer I thought was pretty decent, if a bit artificial. This was kind of expensive, but I was intrigued by the idea.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave a crystal clear ruby brown color with almost no head at all. Audible carbonation as well, which I wasn't expecting.

Smell: It smells just like something that I can't pinpoint. Caramel candy bar, melted down? Toffee's obviously very apparent in this beer. A lot of that, with some roasted malt undertones. Nice aroma on this one, even if it doesn't have particular depth.

Taste/feel: Shit, that's disappointing. Smells really good, but the second this beer touched my tongue, I was let down... especially for the price. The name suggests that this beer may be thick and creamy in texture with a low carbonation -- and very sweet. This beer is none of that. There's a pretty high carbonation with a surprisingly light feel, and a neutral sweet/bitter thing going on. The thing that really gets me is that this tastes... cheap, when the price surely isn't. There's a toffee/caramel sort of flavor there slightly throughout the sip, but definitely not as much as I had hoped. Finish is clean and tastes fine, but this beer's not at all what I was expecting.

It's just a mediocre-at-best brown ale with some fairly subtle toffee pudding sorts of qualities. This beer doesn't taste bad by any means. It's incredibly drinkable, and certainly pretty unique in its flavor, but for the price and idea of this beer, I was expecting something far different. If somebody like Founders or some other sort of critically acclaimed brewery were to make a beer like this, it surely wouldn't turn out like this. Again, it's not a bad beer, as it's drinkable and fairly tasty at 5% ABV, but... really? $3 for a single bottle? Wouldn't buy it again. It tastes fairly cheap for a not cheap price.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The color was dark brown and resembled a cola but the head was weak and had little retention.

The scent is spectacular with a sticky toffee pudding aroma, then again that does make sense.

The taste is sweet with a toffee and molasses flavor. There's a bit of bready, I guess you could call it a pudding like malt. Rather one dimensional but really good for dessert.

The feel is so thin and carbonated, almost abrasive, that it actually detracts from the dessert qualities.

Wow, what a wierd experience. Highs and lows and a feel that actually ruins the flavor. I love this whole craft thing!

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and bread--not as strong smelling as I would have thought

Taste: toffee, sugar, raisins, breadiness

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: This one is interesting. I do get toffee and light pudding, but maybe not the stickiness. The taste is very much front-forward and is not as strong as the beer lingers. I would get this again if it was offered, but prefer the banana bread beer

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a fail. It smells a bit like the pudding it's supposed to evoke, but the taste is of burnt sugar with a watery aftertaste. Very thin and one dimensional, and a disappointment. I wasn't expecting this to be earth-shaking, but I did at least hope it would have some body and substance. Oh well.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Dark colour, mild head, medium carbonation. Pleasant toffee fragrance. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, yet peppy. Good ale flavour. Sweet at the front, more bitter at the back. Notes of toffee, caramel.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 11/20/14, so I'm thinking this at least 4 months old, but I could be wrong...

Pours a super effervescent scarlet with 2 fingers of tan head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Huge toffee presence, a little bit of woody hops.

T: Toffee, dryness, a bit of boozeyness, weird. Caramel & woody dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, boozey &

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, turns prickly as this warms

A nice dessert beer, crank up the ABV a point or two & dial back the fakey caramel& this would've been much better. Was hoping for so much more....

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Photo of Bear1964
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a stemmed glass showed a dark brown/ruby ale with a small off white 1 finger head, aroma hold sweet Carmel and toasted malts...releasing more as it warms. The Carmel toffee comes out as it warms as well, toasty flavor but missing the creamy pudding anywhere that I could taste. Had a medium to light mouthfeel as with Brown Ales, flavors are there but I might have to revisit this one again (3 more in the fridge) to have the toffee and pudding happen. Overall a little let down with the total flavor since the Banana Bread beer by Wells was right on spot, still glad I picked it up as I love to try new brews.

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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.
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