Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale
My Charles Wells Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (5.0% alcohol by volume) was bottled nearly a year ago. It certainly smells like sticky toffee pudding with a trace of moist dark bread and a hint of oxidation aromas (faint wet cardboard). It pours brilliant mahogany with a light tan cap that drops quickly. It has a rich, viscous toffee pudding flavor with a trace of tea-like bitter on the finish with a touch of astringency that adds dimension and provides some balance. There is rich moist cake in the background. It has a full body with medium to medium low carbonation and very mild warming. This very rich beer really does capture the essence of sticky toffee pudding without being cloying or offensive. There is just the right touch of hops for balance. The beer is a little long in the tooth and some wet cardboard oxidation flavors peak through but it is still drinkable. I rate it 80 for outrageousness of concept and drinkability.
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