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Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale

Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Based on the Great British pudding, full of rich sticky toffee-ness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3029) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle, brown pour with off white head, nose and taste are both caramel and toffee, sweet and awesome

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
2014-12-12. Dark brown small quick beige head. Aroma o sweet sugary malt and treacle. Flavour is similar, sweet malty core sugary toffee and caramel. Average plus body has light carbonation. Okay, too sweet for me right now. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (2753) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2014
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roast with some toffee and caramel hints. The taste was roasty and had a very nice delicious caramel aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (790) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Aroma is very rich dark sugars, molasses, caramel and creamy toffee. Taste is a bit more subtle that the aroma alludes to. Light roasted malts, caramel and a deep toffee presence.light basic bitterness on finish. Some unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Appearance is a clear copper body with a creamy white head that retains fairly poorly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leomeireles (1) - BRAZIL - NOV 30, 2014 does not count
Cerveja gostosa, com ótima aparęncia, aroma agradável, porém deixou a desejar no sabor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1800) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Yeah sure there are a lot of caramel notes in this, but it has a bit of metallic back bite I wasn't fond of. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle at Moriartys. Clear dark caramel pour. Expectedly full of toffee flavor. Pulls in the pudding element. Dark caramel chocolate cake. Some mild ascetic notes towards the top. Basically a boozy plum pudding. Some earthy floral hops underneath. Maybe a bit too much like a dessert to take seriously, but in balance, not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1628) - - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark ruby/cola with almost no head. Aroma is butterscotch, toffee and creme brûlée. Taste follows and adds a healthy dose of cream soda. Thin wispy mouthfeel. I shouldn't like this because it's too sweet and a little muddled, but it encompasses a lot of different flavors that I enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1247) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2014
I like it when a beer states its mission right in the name, and with a name like “Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale,” you definitely have some expectations going into it. I’m not sure this beer lives up to its name perfectly, but it does a good job in trying to do so. Yes there’s a sweet toffee taste to it, but there’s also a slightly generic palette lingering underneath as well. It’s good but not great.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a mason jar. It had an expiration date of 4/28/15 and cost $3.99 ($0.36 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark chestnut/maroon hue, but still transparent. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Candy-like toffee aroma, though it seems a bit faux. A standard pub ale scent is noticeable in the background.

Taste: As soon as the beer hit my tongue I immediately started looking for the toffee pudding flavor, but it didn’t emerge until the back of the swig. The beginning is a rather familiar British pub-style ESB brew. Darker malts such as Maris Otter and some specialty malt character, but just a mild dessert-like flavor. I even get some bitterness at the apex; it’s mild but it’s noticeable (I’m actually impressed a novelty beer like this would even bother with hops). On the backend the confectionery sweetness of toffee and caramel suddenly emerges and it’s quite tasty… at first. My palate grew accustomed to the flavor rather quickly, so instead of sip after sip of liquid dessert it become an ESB with toffee flavoring implied. I also noticed a bit of a tangy astringency which is something usually found in old bottles, but this seems to be relatively fresh. While not off-putting in any way, it has a ways to go to be as delicious as the label makes it look.

Drinkability: I usually describe a beer as being “sticky” when it’s a high-gravity brew (from all the natural sugars). In the case of Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale it’s actually quite light in body since it’s only 5% ABV. The mouthfeel is crisp, maybe even a little too thin. It finishes mostly clean with just a slightly dry and tangy sensation in the aftertaste. It works as a liquid dessert, but might be better if paired with a rich, heavy dessert.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Geraint & Helen (thanks both!) had this at Merton Beer Festival Mtg at Lynn and Barry’s Wednesday 19th November 2014. Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Well this does exactly what it suggest i.e it is a sweet, sticky very good beery interpreatation of a sticky toffee pudding (its uncannily accurate) however its not totally my thing. A5 A4 T6 P3 Ov11 2.9

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