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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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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | 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 metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

metter98, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.8%

JAHMUR, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 13, 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 Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Rattle N Hum, NYC, NY

Despite the bartenders' suggestions to skip this one, I decided to go for a sample. And it really wasn't as bad as they said it was.

Poured a dark brown color, deep and nearly opaque, with a thin cap of tan head. Aroma was pretty chocolaty, lesser notes of caramel and cream. Taste was similar, sweet chocolate, caramel creme candies, cappuccino...overall a pretty sweet beer, with a touch of roast in the finish. Where this one suffered was in the mouthfeel. It was nice and tasty, but quite thin in body, definitely more of a porter than a stout. The beer was served somewhat chilled, and I actually think that was a good idea. I liked it overall.

Rifugium, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

smcolw, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate truffle stout eh? How can I not give this one a try? Picked up a six pack for $7.99 back home in CT. Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Taste is medium bodied, smacks you with chocolate malts upfront, nice hoppiness on the back end. Super smooth and drinkable. Not too sure about the truffle part.. but one of the better chocolate stouts I've had, solid beer.

oriolesfan4, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

weeare138, Feb 03, 2014
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 Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Billolick, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

rab53, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +7%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

DrJay, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

tobelerone, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of drummermattie02
2/5  rDev -46.5%

drummermattie02, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +7%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

vfgccp, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Durge
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Durge, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of champ103
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

champ103, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 2012-02-09. Sampled on March 6, 2012. It pours a very dark, rich chocolate black with a moderate, short-lived mocha head. Brewed with seven malts you get the chocolate, oat, and dark malts right up front on the nose with this acidic hop bite around the back. The body was thin the medium, which was a slight letdown. The bold flavor begins with sweet chocolate and cocoa then goes bitter and ends nearly dry. Its name sounded much more enticing than the experience but it was still a decent enough beer.

puboflyons, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

woosterbill, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

alexgash, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

tigg924, Mar 21, 2012
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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.