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

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RATINGS: 218   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2186) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle: Rich, mahogany pour, deep brown with very slight ruby tones, topped with a timid, bubbly beige head. Aroma is actually quite lovely on this one. Smells like a caramel flan dessert, drizzled with vanilla cream... Heavy caramelized, residual sugar, some eggy bread & cake-y notes, whipped cream, finishing with toffee & nuts. Sweet, very dessert-like, & very nice. Taste leaves a bit to be desired, unfortunately. Not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe... Light caramel malt, faint cocoa dust, toasty biscuit notes, very timid vanilla, some dry nuts in the finish & the smallest inclusion of earthy hops. Touch of cola, toffee, & earth linger in the aftertaste. Light, soft mouth feel. The aroma trumps the taste in this beer... Smells great, tastes decent.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1708) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1567) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1225) - 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 ďSticky Toffee Pudding Ale,Ē you definitely have some expectations going into it. Iím not sure this beer lives up to its name perfectly, but it does a good job in trying to do so. Yes thereís a sweet toffee taste to it, but thereís also a slightly generic palette lingering underneath as well. Itís 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 didnít 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; itís mild but itís noticeable (Iím 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 itís quite tastyÖ 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 ďstickyĒ when itís a high-gravity brew (from all the natural sugars). In the case of Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale itís actually quite light in body since itís 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7616) - 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 Barryís 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer (2194) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
Mahogany pour with a frothy white head and clinging lace. Toffee, caramel aroma. Rich and tasty but maybe only have one. For a gimmick beer its actually rather good. Does what it says on the tin, but in alcohol form. Tidy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (783) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2014
11.2 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours dark brown, clear, small off white head that left a couple of spots of lacing. Aroma is definitely toffee and some malts. Flavor is malts, caramel, some vanilla maybe, and a touch of bitterness towards the end. Not bad, drinkable and enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (1208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle. At a bar. Poured brown with tan head. Aroma really sweet maple. Light carb med bod taste similar.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1029) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Pours a clear dark amber color with a caramel colored head. Coffee putting is noted in the nose. Smooth and full-bodied.The name of the beer describes its flavor perfectly.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tessic (887) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
This ale poured a nice dark amber colour with a nice tan coloured, frothy head. Scents include caramel, butterscotch, rum and butter, wine, just to name a few. First swig was expectingly sweet but it wasn't as syrupy as thought. Flavors of coffee, rum and caramel with a little bitter aftertaste. Rum flavours on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1049) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Another very unique and tasty beer from the makers of the Banana Bread Beer. Pours a a deep reddish brown with a grey head. Smells incredible, toffee and vanilla and nutmeg. Creamier taste then the banana, but maybe not quite as consistent. Upfront there isn't much to it, All the taste comes in at the finish, mostly toffee and pudding, with spices and exact toffee aftertaste. Had in the bottle.


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