That's The Ticket
J. Wakefield Brewing

That's The TicketThat's The Ticket
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #749
ABV:
13%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,863
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 7.35%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
61
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J. Wakefield Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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That's The TicketThat's The Ticket
Notes: Formerly Golden Ticket

Brewed with chocolate, caramel and sea salt
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of kitch
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a MBCC 2018 stemmed tasting glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with only a very thin mocha brown head that stuck around throughout while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, caramel and vanilla dominate with hints of coconut and roastiness. A bit like chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Taste: Chocolate and sea salt are strong, cacao, vanilla, lightly bitter dark chocolate, and hints of coconut, caramel and alcohol poking through.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy, full bodied, with low carbonation.

Overall: I thought that the sea salt was too strong. Normally I love caramel salted chocolate, but in this case, the strong sea salt combined with the booze and maybe even the light bitterness just didn’t work together as well as it could have for me.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has sweetened coffee, fudge and brownie notes. Taste has bittersweet chocolate, brownies and cocoa shake.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours with a dark and deep black hue, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells surprisingly salty- I figured the sea salt would be an afterthought. There's lots of creamy milk chocolate and bittersweet caramel on the nose. Unfortunately, I don't get any coconut on the nose.

The taste also has no coconut, which is disappointing. The sea salt and caramel are definitely the dominant, and kind of obscure whatever the (very sweet) base beer should taste like. The sea salt does help dry the beer out a bit. There's lots of chocolate, too, but I'm not sure if that's the flavor addition or it's just a particularly chocolatey base stout.

This is medium bodied, a little syrupy, and pretty creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is pretty solid, but I don't think the base beer is strong enough on it's own.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into an IPA glass because why not. Had this fresh at the brewery, but held onto this dessert stout for too long and am enjoying it around 8 months later.
Deep black color with a tan head that lingers, and leaves marks of lacing around the glass.
Aroma is super rich of chocolate and caramel, slight roasted notes and some alcohol, and a hint of coconut which I remember being a bit more present when I had this fresh.
I think This is the richest beer I've ever tasted. The salted caramel flavor jumps out. Chocolate ice cream Sundae with gobs of salted caramel poured on top. Honeycomb too. Just incredibly decedent, never had a beer that packed adjuncts in so well and powerfully.
Only knock on it is, after some age the sweetness might cross the threshold as I drink, and I feel like my teeth are coated in sugar, much like after having a decedent chocolate caramel cake.
Overall it's an extreme beer, that hides the alcohol very well on the palate despite showing some heat on the nose.

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Photo of JFresh21
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

That's the Ticket (2018): rating 4.65
I had this beer at a festival and expected it to suck like the Golden Ticket version from a couple years back. It did not suck, actually it was amazing. Nice thickness, the lightly salted finish made me want to go back for more. I went back and got another pour, still great.


Golden Ticket: rating 3.5

This beer is simply too sweet. I split a bottle and after a few ounces, I did not want anymore. Flavors are solid, but it tastes like you brewed a stout and then squeezed a bunch of liquid caramel in it. Would not drink again.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

well done, especially for an "entry level" stout--strong flavors of chocolate, caramel, and coconut, with a crips salty finish.....all the flavors are well-balanced and done well.... Very concentrated and somewhat sweet---def. drink over a couple of nights, or share among friends.... tasty!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

seriously one of the best adjunct imperial stouts i have ever had, if not one of the best beers overall. no kidding, this is a masterpiece, and while i liked all the beer we drank here and the ones we brought home, this was the head and shoulders winner, regardless of the absurd bottle price, not a shade of buyers remorse! deep dark chocolate pour, not stupidly thick, but with this shaving cream textured light brown colored head that posts up an inch high and never recedes a lick, like soft serve ice cream on top of this thing. medium luster, pretty in the glass. aroma and flavor show an incredible relationship between the base beer and the adjuncts, almost like the extras are an essential and indispensable part of this thing, like imperial stout base would be a shell of itself without these things. i think the caramel is cool, its sweet and buttery, and definitely impacts the texture, but more on that later. the coconut is probably most subtle, especially in the flavor, a faint hint of toasted coconut and a little of that suntan lotion concentrated thing, but its flattering. salt is weird in the style but absolutely critical, it brings out these extras at unique moments, little climaxes the whole time its in my mouth, we owe that to the salt. the dark malt and the chocolate are great together too, and there is no doubt this is a really sweet beer all the way through, but there is enough roasted grain character to balance it, albeit in a huge way, and make it drinkable. the texture though, oh my gosh the texture! its perfect, i almost never give perfect scores in any category, but this cannot be beat, and is almost as good as anything could be on the palate, weighty but somewhat airy too, best of both worlds, pillowy soft though too, literally feels like a jet puffed marshmallow, covering every nook and cranny of my teeth, roof of my mouth, and the whole throat going down. its so intriguing to me, maybe the caramel does this, the butter, but it glides and it expands and contracts and has so much character to it, more than just beer, really, its divine and unforgettable. not the kind of beer i often choose, the adjuncts are driving me crazy lately, but this is insane. hides its strength well too, i get just enough of it, and it lingers long after the swallow. absolutely amazing beer, i am confident that there is nothing at all like this out there anywhere. positively some of the best beer in existence right now! my favorite beer from our florida vacation, and we had some monsters...

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Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black in color.

Thick and sweet. Lots of salted caramel and chocolate. Hershey's syrup. Rich. Wish the coconut would show more.

This is full bodied. Sweet, thick, and rich. Ends clean.

Well done! Very awesome beer!

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That's The Ticket from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 61 ratings