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

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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Based on the Great British pudding, full of rich sticky toffee-ness.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Pours a clear brown in the glass. Aroma is simply... toffee. Awesome... Flavor is more toffee but not as sweet as expected. I’m surprised with this, I expected a very sweet beer but that’s not the case. Overall, waay better than expected. I’d buy it again...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4566) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arrachtas (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
I love British beers and British deserts; when I saw this in the store last Christmas, I knew I had to try it, particularly as it was made by a reputable brewery. When I first poured the beer, I was struck by two things. To start, it certainly smelled like sticky toffee; we often talk about beer having a sweet or caramel smell for some of the more malty brews, but this one puts that usual description out to pasture - this smelled like liquid caramel, warm and inviting - good! The appearance was where things started to go amiss; the beer was very flat, and almost oily in appearance - not inviting in the least. Sadly, the taste mirrored this appearance, as it was a flat, cloying, almost syrupy sweetness, set against a bitter, unintegrated malt and hop background. The beer sounds like a great idea, and there are indeed some very well done sweeter beers (Young’s Double Chocolate comes to mind), but this one seems like the brewery took a modest ale and poured sugar into it. I wanted to like this, but sadly did not.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
halfonit (1319) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale huh? Must be a killer brew right? Well lets see. Pours a dark brown/amber color with a thick off white head. Aroma is of sweeter malts, pudding, caramel, vanilla, and candy corn. Carbonated and oily palate. Flavor is much more bitter than I was expecting after smelling such sweetness. Sweeter malts, toffee, caramel and toffee are present. Leaves a bitter sweet caramel malt finish. Different. I can see this being a chick brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deaconmike (468) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Clear dark brown with reddish tint. Thin tan head. Lots of sweet toffee and caramel in the aroma. On the tongue, plenty of sweetness and flavors that mirror the aroma, although not as bold as the aroma. Finish is dry. Body is a bit on the thin side with just a little fizz. Interesting tasting beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Beautiful clear red mahogany with fleeting beige head. Very little nose, but hints of doughy malt and, well, toffee. Flavor is also lacking, with dry bready malt dominating. Little yeast or hop character. Just a little toffee in this beer, some caramel maybe too. Basically a dry brown porter. Was hoping for something heavier and sweeter. Good drinkability. I've had better gimmick beers.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lemke10 (964) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Pours a medium brown color with a slight head. The aroma is bold with toffee ans hints of pudding. The taste is dry and not as bold as I expected. The flavors are weak bit it does deliver an interesting flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
500ml brown bottle. Clear brown with a small cap of tan foam. Nose has caramel/toffee sweetness, brown sugar, chocolate. Taste has chocolate, dry roast malt, caramel. Finish is chocolate, a little touch of hops. Better than expected.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6201) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
500ml bottle: BBD 7th Apr 2015 drank at home for ’pudding’ on 15th Sep 2014. This worked, the Brentwood brewed ’Chockwork Orange’ I had with it did not. I really liked the sweetness of this caramel and toffee flavoured beer it really does remind you of the dessert it is named in honour of. Rich, smooth and almost sickly, but my sweet tooth lapped it up.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2014
11.2 oz bottle, from my local Kroger. Date on bottle reads 22/03/15. Clear dark red brown color. Thin khaki head. Some short ropes of lace. Pretty awesome toffee pudding nose, and flavor. Some toastiness. Moderate sweet taste. Light to moderate bitter. Not bad. Pretty fun, enjoyable stuff. Like the Banana Bread beer, this delivers on bringing that unique, specific flavor. ESB was a nice choice for the base... Not as sweet as expected, a nice bitter balance to the taste. Artificial-tasting flavoring, but it’s a pretty enjoyable flavor at the moment. A little more body would have been nice, though.


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