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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
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | 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 Pahn
2.09/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of willic
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Before we get started here, please understand I am not a fan of any flavored beer...

A - Looks rich, creamy, SUPER dark with a nice lacy, frothy head.

S - Smells super sweet and chocolaty... super chocolaty, a little yeast in the back of the whiffer.

T - Overpoweringly chocolate. Overpoweringly sweet chocolate, way to much for me.

M - Feels super creamy and smooth, nice level of light carbonation, perfect for a dessert beer.

O - I would prefer a little less chocolate and maybe some more dark roasted malts to balance the sweetness. Many chocolate stouts have off flavors such as bitterness, not this beer.

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Photo of jtladner
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and clear with faint edges and a fine tan cap. Thin head that stuck around for a while and left some spots on the glass. Roasty aroma, coffee and cocoa, kind of like chocolate cake. Sweet lactose up front, cocoa and semisweet chocolate, slight hop character with mild to moderate bitterness mostly in the finish. Medium plus body with medium to low carbonation, a bit dry with a hint of alcohol, decent texture. Pretty good, but it didn't feel completely melded together. I'd hesitate to let it sit though, for fear of losing some of the rich character.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown but sits opaque black in my vintage Magic Hat glass (I say vintage because it lists MH seasonals Jinx, St Gootz, HI.P.A. and Hocus Pocus). Georgia clay colored head that collars by mid glass. Leaves a few lacey drips.

Smells like Hershey's chocolate syrup. That's about it.

Again, Hershey's sysup dominates. Chocolate is good in a chocolate stout but how about some roast malt for balance, darker caramels for intrigue. Body is on the lighter side, maybe a tad slick.

A light and friendly chocolate stout as opposed to a dark an indulgent version. Would be great if the base beer was improved upon.

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Photo of claytri
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a rich chocalot brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma was chocalot malt. The taste was a bit more coffee than chocalot, which given the name, disappointed. The feel was light and a bit watery. A decent chocalot stout, but the name promised a bit richer more chocalot taste than was delivered.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black oil colored with a little foam remaining. Sweet chocolate smell. Like a box of candy. Taste is on the lighter side - very thin with a light chocolate & coffee layer. Fast finish. Small lingering hop at the end.

Good taste, not at all hearty for stout. The chocolate is nice, but the finished product is just ok.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Truffle Stout opens to a sweet, chocolaty aroma, instantly reminiscent of milk chocolate bars, sugary hot chocolate, and cocoa-dusted truffles. There’s a strong heavy cream aroma that supplements the chocolate, adding layers of milky, fatty sweetness. All of this rests atop a stout bed of ash, coffee, and chocolate malt, as well as thick brown breads, rising whole wheat dough, floury baguette, and toast crust. The few fruit esters that make it though the chocolates and ashy breads are figgy in nature, with hints of date. As a whole, there are some nice aromas in here, and the initial chocolate-based aromas are very pleasant and reminiscent of fine desserts. However, the aromas as a whole are quite weak, and fade with relative quickness, leaving the beer with a distinct cola-like overtone.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the chocolate blasts noted above, with milk chocolate and cocoa-dusted truffles dominating, though here the chocolate takes on less of a sweet note, and more of a dark one, as of 70-80% dark chocolate bars. These notes mix with the ash and coffee, supplemented by thick brown breads, toast crust, and cereal grains. In subsequent sips a good bit of the initial nuance of the beer is lost, and the chocolate and bread notes mix with bits of toasted nut and heavy vanilla, as well as strange and faint threads of lemon-lime, to again leave the beer with a distinct cola-like overtone. The aftertaste does bring back a heavy ashy note, which mixes with the colas, as well as an onset of light grapefruit and pine from the hops, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there are good notes in here, but they seem to clash with each other, as if too much is going on. The beer is also slightly watery in mouthfeel, and the flavors weaker than they could be (especially those of the underlying stout), both of which contribute to the cola-like overtone.

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Photo of fank2788
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
After a somewhat aggressive pour this beer turns out very dark brown, just a shade lighter than black, with a light khaki head of about one finger. The foam falls to a thin layer of bubbles with a bit of lace on the sides of the glass. As the name suggests chocolate is in the smell but it isn't alone as there is also a standard compliment of dark and roasted malts typical of a dry stout but overall everything is a bit subdued. The taste is a bit of chocolate both from the added chocolate and chocolate malts along with a good deal of bitter roasted and black patent malt. Hop flavor is nearly non existent but it is still somewhat bitter to astringent due to the malt. The body of this beer is quite light which surprises me for a stout of this style, I'd expect something a bit fuller. The finish is slightly bitter and rather dry as astringent bittering from the roasted malt comes through, again I'd rather something a bit sweeter for this stout. Overall this is slightly above average. It is an interesting concept but suffers because the stout isn't right too best accentuate the chocolate. A sweeter, fuller and more complex (maybe higher alcohol?) base would have benefited this one.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with rich brown highlights if held up to the light. A few millimeters of cocoa brown head disappear in seconds. Lacing slides down sides of glass and is re-assimilated into beer.

S: Chocolatey but with a subtle tinny-ness and hay.

T: Coffee wrestles with notes of dark chocolate, with the coffee having the upper hand at first but the chocolate coming out on top as it warms up. Roasty, almost smokey bitterness lingers at the back of the throat after each sip.

M: On the heavy side of medium. Call it rich with some cocoa grittiness.

O: Another chocolate beer. It's good but the field of choco-beers is filling up pretty rapidly, and I can't think of any way this separate from the pack. A nice dessert beer, but I don't see it catching on permanently and am willing to wait for winter for Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock to get my chocolate beer fix.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

born on February 3, 2012

A: Looks like a stout.

S: Thick chocolate, but when I swirl and sniff too much, I get a really odd, plasticy smell the reminds me of horse manure (although it doesn't actually smell like manure--it's quite odd but unwelcome nonetheless).

T: Lots of chocolate that is neither very sweet nor bitter, then roasted malts with a touch of balancing bitterness (I'm not sure if it's char or hops). No manure on the taste. This is very chocolatey, and it's definately a dessert beer, but it's not cloying.

M: Pleasantly medium-full, suiting the chocolate well.

O: Not a style I ordinarily go in for, but this is an enjoyable beer. One does the trick though.

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Photo of socon67
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black pour with a cola colored foam. Minimal foam retention. No lacing of note.

S - Scents of cocoa beans, roasted malt, and caramel. Very sweet and sugary.

T - Up front chocolate flavor that blends in with a toasted malt taste. There is a slight note of coffee and dulce de leche. Throughout the taste, this is a sweet stout.

M - Kinda thin for my liking, and the flavors do not stay. This just feels a bit weak. And with the sugar notes, its a bit too sweet to have a second.

O - This is a novelty sort of beer. I like Munson's Chocolates and some of the Thomas Hooker beers, but this is not their best showing.

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Photo of GregJ
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a good tan rocky head, some lace.

Maybe I've got this too cold. Barely any nose on this. Dark roasted malt, a little cocoa powder.

This drinks a bit like a coffee or chocolate porter. Malt forward, with good french roast coffee notes. Bitter chocolate essence, and more bitterness. As the palate clears, the chocolate nib element becomes very noticeable. Some slight sweetness, but this is more bitter dominant. Nice bitter cocoa finish.

A little thin in the mouthfeel, slightly watery. But, it helps because of the chocolate notes.

Overall, likable, with a decent balance and intensity in the chocolate department. I think a six pack would get old fast, but still worth a try.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown. Good bit of transparency around the edges. Tan head that recedes pretty quickly.
Smell: typical stout roastiness with as expected an evident, though not terribly rich, chocolate.
Taste: very much as the nose predicts.
Overall: a tasty enough good, not great effort. Glad I tried. Might pick up again, might not.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown. Thinner tan head leaves a bunch of remnants on the glass. Opaque.

S-Liquified chocolate all the way. Loads of melted milk chocolate.

T-Upon first sip, I was really impressed by the clarity of the chocolate flavor. Melted milk chocolate in its purest form of imitation. Each sip went downhill for me however. It was a bit too much and it became somewhat cloying by the end.

M-Creamy. Felt far fuller than a sub 6% brew.

O/D-Would have liked this a lot better via a beer flight than a whole pint. It was just too concentrated. I can see why this would be a hit with someone who craved such a chocolatey brew.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors, having never tried this before and wondering if would be any different than the myriad of other Stouts lining the shelves this time of the year. I hadn't had too many beers from Thomas Hooker but I loved the Liberator Dopplebock and hoped that this would be on a level similar to that. While this wasn't a bad beer, this may have been one of the most mellow dark beers that I've had in a long time, if ever. It almost reminded me of a Milk Stout, but just wasn't quite sweet enough to fall into that category.

The pour to this was dark brown, with a somewhat nice head that faded quickly. Not a lot of lacing to be seen either but there was enough carbonation to be felt throughout my drinking session. Lots of milk chocolate here along with some molasses and vanilla. This wasn't creamy but didn't have the fermented chocolate and booze that characterize so many beers of this type. The aftertaste was just a tad bitter with some soda-like carbonation lingering, leaving a light impression on me.

In terms of alcohol, this was one of the lightest Stouts that I've had, but there's just enough here to make its presence felt. It was nice to have a beer that was easy to drink but still dark enough to be a Stout, without being full of booze, licorice, or lactose. It wasn't enough to warm me up tonight but certainly put a smile on my face as I kicked back and enjoyed it. This is a subtly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges. There are two thick fingers of beige head that retains itself for quite some time. The nose is roasty with a touch of dark chocolate. Surprisingly, the taste is a bit flat. I am not really getting any chocolate up front; perhaps there is a faint chocolate essence on the finish. The roast profile is fairly weak and the entire offering is a bit thin.

This tasting experience started out terrific, but ended as a downer.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of mnrider
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Uses Munson's Chocolate.

A: Pours jet black with a light brown one finger head. This turns thin
fast and leaves no lacing.

S: A mixture of strong chocolate flavors, from sweet to bitter.

T/M: Starts out bitter with roasted chocolate malts. After this a
smoother milk chocolate feel and taste comes in. The finish is
slightly bitter as some of that stronger cocoa linger.

O: A solid Stout that relies heavily on the chocolaty taste. Still
a beer worth tasting.


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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color—traces of red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly dominated by chocolaty flavors and also has some hints of cocoa powder.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good amount of chocolate flavors without really having any sweetness. It is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good head that leaves streaks of lace. It settles to a layer of rim bubbles. Dark brown where only a touch of light passes along the edge.

Mild aroma of semi-sweet mocha. Little cream.

This is a sweeter stout, but there's an element of sourness I hadn't expected. I'm noting a bit of dry raspberry as well. Thin bodied and highly carbonated. Semi-sweet cocoa finish.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 12/10/13.Pours near completely black with a half of inch tan head, that leaves behind some webs of lace. Smell is bakers chocolate, coffee, vanilla, biscuit, and caramel. Taste is all of that, but chocolate dominates and isn't that aggressive, still a nice milf flavor. Body is on the thin side for a stout, nice amount of life, mildly dry, and extremely drinkable. This far from earth shattering, but it is a pleasant almost session able stout.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing. It is pitch black with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet chocolate truffles, roasted coffee, and smells like Hershey chocolate milk.

Taste: Chocolate milk stout. That's all I have to say.

Mouthfeel: creamy chocolaty smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and deliciously good.

Overall: A nice stout. The Munson's chocolate adds a nice feature to this stout.

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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