Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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2.08/5 rDev -44.4%
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. After really enjoying the Munson's beer brittle my grandmother got me (made with "Thomas Hooker brewed Lager"), figured I'd try Hooker's end of the collaboration.
Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch light tan head that dissipates immediately and lacelessly. Pours black with red highlights. Leaves a streak of lacing now and then.
Smell: Raisinets. Milk chocolate. Halloween makeup.
Taste: First sip: lots of chocolate up front and in the middle. Raisinets finish. These flavors aren't bad, but I'm hoping to taste some beer on the next sip.
A bit of roasted malt comes out along with the mouth-coatingly strong chocolate. Hint of that halloween make-up smell as a taste in the aftertaste, which is pretty disgusting.
Not very good.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The vessel is good, but its cargo is not.
Overall: It takes a deft hand to combine strongly flavored ingredients like chocolate and beer. Such dexterity is not in evidence here.
Another reminder of why I've avoided this local brewer for so long. Have a bottle of Liberator to review later that could very well be redemptive, but Chocolate Truffle Stout isn't getting my hopes up.
04-03-2012 02:23:52 | More by Pahn
District of Columbia
2.71/5 rDev -27.5%
Bottled in Nov. 2012 and opened in Sept. 2013. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a very small brown head. The initial smell was nice, dark malt with a little bit of coffee, but as it warmed up I started to notice a little sourness. The sourness definitely came through in the taste also. I think I must have gotten a slightly infected bottle, unfortunately. It seems like it would have been a pretty nice stout otherwise. I didn't really notice any chocolate, but that could have been related to the infection. I look forward to re-reviewing this beer if I find a good bottle.
09-15-2013 01:20:45 | More by jtladner
3.19/5 rDev -14.7%
Thanks to Dajtai007 for the bottle.
A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Some ruby around the edges. A one finger tan head forms with poor and disappointing retention. A bit of lace is left down the glass.
S: The nose is quite inviting. Toasted malts, light coffee. Sweet to lightly bitter chocolate. Very pleasant.
T: It falls apart here. Some roast and bitter coffee. Hardly any of the pleasant chocolate character. Acrid, and a tiny metallic flavor.
M/D: A thin and watery body. To much prickly carbonation. Not hard to drink, though I can't see myself coming back that often. I also wish the alcohol was a bit lighter for a simple Milk Stout.
Pretty ho hum. I don't like the tiny metallic flavor. Not out right bad, just average and nothing I would recommend.
07-30-2013 00:10:40 | More by champ103
Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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