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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle StoutThomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 244
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 6.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 02-05-2012

Our sweet stout is made in collaboration with Connecticut's favorite chocolatier, Munson's Chocolate. Copious amounts of oat malt produce a silky, full bodied beer laced with hints of roast and chocolate derived from dark malts. Each sip ends with a mild chocolate bitterness from Munson's proprietary cocoa powder, added generously to the brew. To round out this beer, we add several pounds of cocoa nibs at the end of fermentation to provide a fresh chocolate aroma.

20 IBU
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Photo of jc911s
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, great taste and aroma, good head, no aftertaste.
Excellent with pork, chicken, and especially bacon, as a snack.
great to braise with, and use it with my pork ribs, and pork loin, with my homemade BBQ
sauce, which has a chocolate, chilli, bacon fat and tomatoe base.

So far, my # 1 chocolate beer! (314 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about a beer of this name.
A:Appearance is a dark chocolate body with a 2 finger creamy fluffed head that stays throughout.

S: The smell is of chocolate milk with a hint of caramel and toffee malts. Really something to look forward to.

T: The taste is out of this world. Roasted, dark chocolate malts are present throughout with a hint of coffee at the end.

O: Overall A perfect chocolate stout, even if it is out of season. Compared to other chocolate beers I have had, this one is on the tops. A great anytime dessert beer! (544 characters)

Photo of FatSean
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20oz Northern Brewer Lager Schwilling Glass.

Black. Blacker than a trillion midnights. Tan head lasted longer than expected, some lacing even.

Smells like semi-sweet cocoa. This should be good!

Tastes like chocolate. I've had many beers with chocolate in the name and description but this is one of the best.

Mouthfeel was decent. I was expecting a bit more body, but they can't all be gems.

Great brew! Not sure if I'd want more than one or two in a sitting but definitely something you should try if you like chocolate to any degree. (554 characters)

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%

Who wouldn't want to try something named Chocolate Truffle Stout. That's like having 3 holidays all on the same day!

The color was a really dark brown and almost black with more of a coffee smell than a chocolate smell but it was a bit on the cold side. Either way the smell was pleasant.

It wasn't overly full in my mouth but also wasn't thin which was ok as I like a drinkable stout and not something that kicks me in the face. Smooth may be the right word. I could taste the chocolate both during the drink and during the aftertaste but the coffee seemed to still be there as well. A little mocha love mixed in there for good measure. A bit on the sweet side which I enjoy in a chocolate stout with just enough bitterness to balance it out.

In a new world full of chocolate beers this one stood out for me and I will certainly be back for more! (851 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02/20/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Top notch. The bittersweet elements of the chocolate used are fantastic with the sweetness of the stout. Big fan. (151 characters)

Photo of JoshJayne
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh bottle dated only days before tasting. (Late February). Poured into a shaped pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown with a dark tan head that hangs around. Nice sticky lace after a few sips.

S: As expected, wonderful aroma of chocolate and roasted, not burnt, malt. Well balanced, no artificial chocolate smell or anything oppressive.

T: Ahhh! The aroma didn't let me down! A very well constructed stout base with a pleasant hint of chocolate aftertaste. There is a great roasted character and noticeable presence of chocolate malt along with the actual chocolate.

M: Silky, well carbonated for the style, not too sticky or too thin either.

O: Overall a great stout... with chocolate. Hooker built a great flavored beer without skimping on the base style. Very drinkable. I was surprised how easy drinking it was. Now that I've tried it alone, I want to try it again pairing it with various foods. Well done! (919 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new brew from Dino! Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer arrives a rich deep brown with a nice 1.5 finger khaki colored head, nice retention and lacing. The nose is rich and powerful: milk chocolate,cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, nice. More approachable than expected. The flavor is more of the same. Likely the richest beer I've ever had! The roast and chocolate blend terrifically with a gentle sweetness and mild bitterness. Creamy and smooth the beer finishes with a lingering milk chocolate flavor. Wee carbonated, very nice. Overall, this is a serious treat! Very enjoyable! (599 characters)

Photo of Beericjb
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was right up my alley.

A: pretty much black with a creamy tan head, some nice lacing

S: mmm... chocolaty aroma smells so good

T: wow this beer is delicious. Nice and malty as a stout should be with big chocolate flavor. Nice balance of bitter and sweet.

M: Really creamy and nice, but not quite as thick as I was expecting.

O: This beer was great! I am really into my coffee/chocolate stouts, so this was perfect for me. A nice change from my regular Sierra Nevada stout I usually get. I had only had Hooker's Watermelon Ale (yuckkk), but when I saw that they collaborated with the delicious Munson's chocolatiers, I grabbed a six pack of this, and was found that Hooker can make a great beer. I ended buying 2 more 6 packs (one for the girlfriend for valentine's day) since they were flying off the shelves If you like stout (especially chocolate stouts) then this beer is for you. I hope to see this again next winter. (935 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little bit of a dark mocha head, some lacing with a deep brownish body.

Smells of milk chocolate or cold 'hot chocolate'. The truffel comes through as it warms. Some British stout like sweetness is there as well.

Tastes like a nice American stout with a shot of real chocolate sauce. The truffel like chocolateness is more present as this warms, the balance improves with temp as well.

Medium bodied, medium carbing, a touch of a clean bitterness keeps this one in check. It's fairly clean in the aftertaste yet some
coco powder remains to keep it interesting.

Overall this is a great beer just in time for the chocolate holiday of the year. This beer is a great new beer from hooker, let's see them keep up with the innovations. I'd buy this again.

$2 a single (774 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, milk chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of sweet milk chocolate that dominates the taste as you would expect. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly comes in next. The hops presence is very mild but is exactly where it should be for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid chocolaty stout that is worth drinking for a long time. (921 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to get this straight from the source. Another brand new beer for CT this weekend.

A) Totally black tan head.

S) Chocolate (what else)!

T) Chocolate dominates... this is the reason for this beer. The chocolatier that they utilized is a local CT. one. There is a nice sweetness to this without it being too much of a sugar bomb.

M) Creamy, this is chocolate milk for adults.

O) Great beer which is slighly sneaky on the ABV! (435 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another Stout to try! Yipee! And this one with the famed Munson chocolates
As soon as I opened the cap, I could feel and smell Chocolate!. No question about chocolate here.
This one poured a nice dark typical stout and had a semi-white creamy head.
But it was the aroma that got to me first. One nose into the glass and I was Hooked!
The initial taste was what I expected. Good full chocolate flavor and the nice burnt grassy feel of stouts. This beer tasted like many of the Russian Imperial Stouts I have tasted. Like this one, it had a good amount of carbonation, but not too much to distract the overall flavours.
Once you tasted this and it was in your mouth, you didn't know if you should chew the chocolate or just slowly swallow it.
Love the after taste. It was a chocolate lover's heaven. My only criticism, is that since I do a lot of cooking, I could not detect any truffle in this brew. Truffles have a distinct odor and taste, but I did not get any of that here (974 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a nice surprise.
Typical stout appearance. Near black in color with a light tan head.
The head was quite fizzy and dissapated rather quickly but never quite disapeared.
It has a nice chocoatey smell.
I am not familiar with the Munson's Chocolate that is used. I guess Munson's Chocolate is a big deal in CT.
Taste is mostly chocolate with some roasted malt flavor with a bitter sweet finish.
The best thing about this chocolate stout is that is not overly sweet or chocolatey.
According to the bottle, this beer is 7.1% ABV. I did not notice any alcohol in the flavor and I am quite surprised the ABV is so high.

Very enjoyable and makes for an excellent dessert beer. (691 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Back Stage restaurant in Torrington, CT this intense stout is a deep opaque black color with a thin but steady light brown head and good lacing. The aroma brings deep and delicious chocolate malt and cherry liqueur. Nice. The first taste introduces a definite coffee hit quickly followed with loads of more chocolate. There's a curious but likeable
Alka-Seltzer touch that leads to a slightly grassy bite and cherry sweetness. The grass bite carries an herbal hop sort of quality that I like very much. It's nearly full bodied yet has a low carbonation, somewhat aqueous feel. It's all good with this flavorful brew. (631 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a 0.3 cL stemmed glass.

A: Pitch black with faint ruby highlighted edges when held to the light. A one-finger head of frothy, tan foam builds to a thin layer of carbonation which forms a slight, creamy ring around the glass.

S: Loads of cocoa powder, coffee beans, roasted malts and sweet, dextrose-filled aromas to go with a bit of burnt, earthy smell.

T: Nice, sweet and chocolatey up front with some initial malt bitterness derived from burnt, specialty black malts. A slow warming bitterness builds towards mid-palate, with another quick hint of dark cocoa nibs before spiking with a chocolate-covered orange rind bitterness. This fades to a bittersweet, malty and roasty finish.

M: Rich, smooth and full-bodied stout with a balanced, herbal bittersweetness to cut through the robust, chocolate and coffee notes of the malt.

O: Finally, a stout from Hooker, Munson's Chocolate Stout is a nice dessert beer option at a deceptive 5.9% ABV. Its a relief to see them take on a style they were albeit willing to conform to their standards. That is to say, the brewery is probably not going to be launching a "big beer" series anytime soon, so it's nice to see their offering for this uniquely Americanized style done well. (1,261 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grew up eating Munson's chocolates so I was really excited to try this collaboration. 12 oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Born on: 02/02/2012

A - Pitch black body with a small light khaki head. Dies down rather quickly and forms some light edging. Moderate amount of lacing. Fairly thin consistency.

S - Incredibly sweet milk chocolate followed by lightly bitter roasted malt. Really great combination. One of the best chocolate notes I've smelled in a stout.

T - Same as the nose. Starts off with rich and sweet milk chocolate which fades into roasty dark malts. The finish is of cocoa powder. This is a very sweet beer, but not in a cloying or overpowering way. Very clean and simple flavor profile which evolves a bit as the beer warms. Mouth feel is a bit thin, but being a lower ABV stout I wasn't expecting motor oil.

O - I went in with high expectations and I have to admit this beer was a success. The body is a bit thin, but the nose and flavors capture the awesomeness that is Munson's chocolates. Its listed as a spring seasonal on Hooker's site so hopefully this will return next year. (1,115 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled a few of these drafts at Home restaurant in Branford while meeting with a friend. The beer arrives in a pint glass chilled. The beer is a dark cola brown with frothy tan head of about .5 cm.
Aroma is roasted malt, dark cocoa bean and some brown sugar. Seems about right for the style, the roasted notes are dominant by far.
First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation and general smooth texture.
Flavor is heavy on roasted malt and dark chocolate. Almost coffee noted with the deep roast, the flavor is more robust than I anticipated and is very enjoyable for the beer. Some sweet notes come through on the finish and there is a slight palate coating quality to the beer.
I have recommended this one to others and think you should try it to as it is a winner as a stout in my book. (811 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, "born on 12-27-12" etched onto the neck of the bottle.

Pours near black with a dark khaki head, leaves a nice looking fine film, collar and ample low sheeting and spots of lacing.

Dark bitter chocolate on the nose.

Flavorful sweeter stout, with more dark chocolate and a moderatly dry dusty hop finish. Chocolate lingering on the palate. Well done and well worth a try. (384 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: big cocoa, sweet and dark chocolate, roasted malt

Taste: big cocoa, sweet and dark chocolate, roasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness, moderate carbonation, very rich yet still light bodied

Overall: Like opening a box of Valentine's Day chocolates. One of the better chocolate beers out there because the chocolate is so complex and rich. Yet the beer element here is also nice and complex. Due to its richness, I only want one or two per sitting, but would get this again. One of the better beers coming out of Connecticut. (670 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with a one-inch beige head. The head settles a little but never fully goes away. Rings of lacing.

S: Hot cocoa mix, roasted malts, faint charcoal, earthy yeast. Citrusy hops, and only the faintest whiff of vague fruit.

T: Cherry-like estery tastes open, but are quickly overtaken by tastes of cocoa powder and roasted malts. Charcoal and a faint kiss of smoke. Baker's chocolate too. Quick, subtle flash of lemony citrus and a touch of hop oils. Long finish of charcoal, smoke, and cocoa powder.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Very slightly viscous, creamy, and silky. Low carbonation.

O: Does it taste chocolatey? Certainly. Does it taste like a truffle? Not really. Still, there's a lot to like here and not much to critique. A great dessert beer.

Notes: Surprised that this one didn't hit our market sooner, with all the other chocolate beers conveniently arriving around Valentine's Day. (964 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in my first trade. Thanks davey101!

A- Pours a Deep brown, pretty much black color with a tan foamy head that is small but retains well. Decent lacing.

S- All chocolate maltiness. Big up front as the bottle is opened, but calms down a bit in the glass. Pretty mush straight chocolate scent.

T- Big, but not overpowering, chocolate flavors are prominent. Not a ton of sweetness in the chocolate, more of a dark chocolate flavor. Some burnt flavored malts back up the chocolate to give a little backbone.

M- On the lighter end of stout. High in carbonation, but not out of line for other stouts in the 6% ABV range. Adequate weight to support the flavor profile.

Overall, this is an average to slightly above average chocolate stout offering whose flavor is terrific, but it's scent and appearance are nothing special. (842 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Black body with brown glints around the edges; one-finger head of tan froth. Mediocre retention and very light lace. Pretty standard.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Kind of midway between dark and milk, with a nice faint hint of spice. Quite inviting.

T: More complex here, with cocoa powder up front giving way to dark-chocolate-covered-raisin sweetness, a bit of coffee, some Whopper-esque maltiness, and a spicy, chalky finish. It's great up until the back end, which is just ok.

M: Hugely frothy medium body. NIce and creamy, but a little too explosive.

O: I wasn't expecting much out of this, having never had a positive Hooker experience in the past, but this is really quite nice. If you like chocolate stouts, then give this one a shot.

Cheers! (814 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Label reads 7.1% abv. Born on 12-18-2012.

Very dark chocolate brown. Almost black. Small finger of light peanut brown head. Kind of gauzy with some lacing. Nose of roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, a little peat, vanilla, and faint coffee.

Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt up front. Some milk chocolate sweetness and a little caramel fill in. Peaty, and even a bit smoky (flinty), especially toward the finish. Light roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness into the finish. Semi sweet chocolate and vanilla bean linger. Medium-full body with a slightly syrupy feel. Nicely done! (615 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Born On Date of 2012-02-15. Pours a blackish dark brown with no head. No lacing. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate truffles, and some coffee. Tastes chocolatey. Flavors of vanilla, coffee, some marshmallow, and truffle. Mouthfeel is a bit light and thin for the style but it still works. This is an easy drinking stout that isn't so chocolatey it slows you down. Overall, an interesting collaboration well executed. Worth seeking out. (474 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Born on" December 10th 2013.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith nonick.

a: Black with faint ruby highlight at the bottom when held to light. Topped by a half finger thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and

s; Chocolate and black coffee.

t; Follows the nose and adds a significant hop bite which lingers at the sides of the tongue at first but mellows out later. Rather bitter finish also smooths somewhat after awhile.

m: Medium with occasional hints of wateriness.

o: A very good chocolate stout. The inclusion of Munson's cocoa adds a nice touch to an otherwise decent stout. (614 characters)

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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