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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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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 02-05-2012)
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark reddish brown when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark chocolate with some lighter amounts of sweetness.

T: The flavors start out with some dark roasted, almost burnt malts that give a slightly bitter coffee taste. Next there is a pretty strong flavor of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. There is also a light amount of milk chocolate sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth.

O: Certainly the best offering I have had from this brewery and it is definitely enjoyable. I would get this beer again but it is more of a sipper than a session beer. Nice complexity of different chocolates in the taste and smell.

dbrauneis, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not normally a summer beer, but a cooler night so hopefully this hits nicely.

Pours a darker mocha colored creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with pot marks and nice lacing, over not quite pitch black but very dark colored beer.

Nose brings nice chocolate, cocoa nibs, lots of very dark chocolate, mocha, and a bit of roast with hint of coffee. There is some dark caramel and a soft fluffy nougat like center with a hint of bready malts and creamy.

Taste starts creamy but follows with roast, a bitter slight acrid burnt coffee flavor with over roasted malt that was not expected. Then chocolate, some very bitter dark chocolate, light mocha and creamy milk chocolate but not as much as the nose. A light caramel and just a bit of earthy spicy hops. Finish is drier, slight acrid over roasted coffee, and light mocha, little caramel and burnt coffee lingering, with a touch of bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied, creamy and rich, decent carb.

Overall it would be really nice if not for the burnt acrid roasted flavor. Nice chocolate, creamy, drinkable, nice malts other than the acrid roast.

jlindros, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of schuler
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

schuler, Today at 04:02 AM
Photo of GregJ
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot/milk chocolate is the dominant aroma. Roasted malts, a little smokey/burnt, chocolate ruffled that is present but not over-powering. Finishes with a light body, medium to light carbonation and maybe a light hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Usually not a fan of the Hooker line but this one was tasty and I would buy it again.

GregJ, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

seedyone, Nov 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

DrunkyBuddha, Nov 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jpd7374, Oct 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

pwdiamond, Oct 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +4.8%

Wsherry1, Sep 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Nichols33, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

NorCalAussie, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

BrooklynPanch, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

malfunxion, Aug 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

hit728, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

cvengeance, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

Arch578, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

SuperHop18, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

MandoMaster, Jul 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

BierBliss, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

psdriscoll, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Foxwoods in Alta Strada. ABV: 7.1%

Very dark pour with a small head. No distinctive smell (but I had a cold and was stuffed).
Mouthfeel was clean and not watery. Flavor from the first touch on the tongue. It was different than a "normal" stout. I didn't realize it when I ordered it but the style is a milk/sweet stout. Makes sense now. For that style it was a very good. I'll have to try it again now that I know what to expect.

◦Malts: 2-row pale, oat malt, chocolate malt, crystal malt, melanoidin, roasted barley and black patent
◦Hops: Northern Brewer, Fuggles, Goldings
◦Other: Munson's cocoa powder added to the boil and Munson's cocoa nibs added to the fermenter

◦Original Gravity: 1.070
◦Finishing Gravity: 1.022
◦IBU's: 20
◦Calories: 233
◦Carbs: 27

ExtraStout, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.