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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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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 244
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | 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:
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 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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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 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 Durge
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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 tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.


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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown pour with a mid-sized dense light brown head. Retention is quite good with nice lines of lacing as it is consumed.

S: Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee, like a cold glass of mocha. Strong roasted malt char is present as well - almost smells like burnt wood.

T: Strong coffee and roasted malt. Some nice creamy milk chocolate follows it. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Quite smooth, a touch thin.

O: Not a bad chocolate stout. Pretty simple, surprisingly heavy on the bitter coffee and roast (given the name) but the chocolate is there to help balance it out decently.

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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 sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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 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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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 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 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 Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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