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


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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Based on the Great British pudding, full of rich sticky toffee-ness.

Davhgbrew's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davhgbrew (943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Dark copper/light brown color. Aroma of vanilla and creamy caramel. Huge sweet caramel flavor upon first sip. Middle is moderately bitter, body is slightly creamy medium. Low to moderate carbonation. Finish has big vanilla and caramel/toffee as well in the final breath. This brew is pretty nicely balanced and not nearly as sweet or syrupy like I was expecting. Just a solid low alc Sessionable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Choos (617) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2014
Aroma: actual caramel toffee App: dark red, tan head, sheet lacing Flavour: buttery toffee with some hop character Palate: finishes with hop bitterness and popcorn notes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-14-14- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours dark brown color with huge billowy tan colored foam of a head. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of sweet sugary smells. The sweet are mainly of a toffee and caramel nature as may have been expected from the name. Other sweet smells are there as well however with a milk chocolate, light vanilla, and moderately strong maple syrup smell all that as well. A bready and lighter roasted malt smell mixes with the rest to produce an almost toffee-griddle cake like smell on this one. It is quite inviting overall. Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat watery roasted malt and sweeter toffee flavor. These two flavors create a base for the brew remaining relatively constant throughout the taste. A lighter vanilla and maple syrup flavor join the taste more toward the middle to the end of the flavor profile. A light level of an earthy and grassy hop come to the tongue at the very end of the taste, leaving a watery and sweeter maple-toffee flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thin and watery with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A higher carbonation would have matched well all the sweet flavors and lower abv. of the brew, all while a thicker body would have given it more of a “pudding” like taste. Overall the feel was a bit disappointing in light of a brew that is mimicking a dessert. Overall – Nothing too fantastic here. Sweet and sugary, but way too weak overall in body and feel. Not really one I would likely go to again unless on nitro, which I think may really fit this beer rather nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1456) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2014
12oz brown bottle from Cost Plus World Market. "Rich sticky toffy-ness" is right! The gimmick works, but it’s kinda a "one and done" for me. Not a delicious, easy-drinking beer in its own right. Opaque dark reddish brown colour, persistent beige foam and lace. Intense caramel sweetness, reminiscent of root beer soda and of course actual sticky toffee pudding. Aroma much better than the taste. Lots of residual sweetness but lighter than expected body, strong carbonation, acidic bite. In the same vein as Southern Tier Crème Brûlée stout, but not nearly as well-crafted. I get what they’re doing here, but still didn’t care to finish the whole bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
llcooldave (1101) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2684) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arrachtas (10) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
halfonit (1169) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deaconmike (391) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brinehart (212) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lemke10 (805) - 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.

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