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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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85
very good

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | 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 fank2788
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room, Middletown, CT
Served in a pint glass

Dark brown/black in appearance. The oily liquid was topped by a small, frothy, saddle brown head that quickly faded to a flimsy collar.

The aroma was loaded with chocolatey goodness. Rich, sweet and smooth. Very fudge-like. Lots of vanilla. Some sweet cream. So simple yet so good.

Chocolate came through strong in the flavor profile as well. Good amount of roasted and caramel malts on the front end. Some black coffee in the center. Touch of vanilla. The finish, however, was so roasty, acrid and bitter that the beer tasted burnt.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly typical for the style, but the liquid did have a nice creaminess to it.

As a child, I grew up eating Munson's Chocolates during the holidays. I find it funny now to be drinking a beer made with chocolate from this family-owned, Connecticut-based company. All in all, a nicely done stout. Hopefully this is only the start of Hooker Brewing's attempt to add some long needed diversity to their current lineup of beers.

Photo of JoshJayne
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh bottle dated only days before tasting. (Late February). Poured into a shaped pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown with a dark tan head that hangs around. Nice sticky lace after a few sips.

S: As expected, wonderful aroma of chocolate and roasted, not burnt, malt. Well balanced, no artificial chocolate smell or anything oppressive.

T: Ahhh! The aroma didn't let me down! A very well constructed stout base with a pleasant hint of chocolate aftertaste. There is a great roasted character and noticeable presence of chocolate malt along with the actual chocolate.

M: Silky, well carbonated for the style, not too sticky or too thin either.

O: Overall a great stout... with chocolate. Hooker built a great flavored beer without skimping on the base style. Very drinkable. I was surprised how easy drinking it was. Now that I've tried it alone, I want to try it again pairing it with various foods. Well done!

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in my first trade. Thanks davey101!

A- Pours a Deep brown, pretty much black color with a tan foamy head that is small but retains well. Decent lacing.

S- All chocolate maltiness. Big up front as the bottle is opened, but calms down a bit in the glass. Pretty mush straight chocolate scent.

T- Big, but not overpowering, chocolate flavors are prominent. Not a ton of sweetness in the chocolate, more of a dark chocolate flavor. Some burnt flavored malts back up the chocolate to give a little backbone.

M- On the lighter end of stout. High in carbonation, but not out of line for other stouts in the 6% ABV range. Adequate weight to support the flavor profile.

Overall, this is an average to slightly above average chocolate stout offering whose flavor is terrific, but it's scent and appearance are nothing special.

Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev +7%

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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Born On Date of 2012-02-15. Pours a blackish dark brown with no head. No lacing. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate truffles, and some coffee. Tastes chocolatey. Flavors of vanilla, coffee, some marshmallow, and truffle. Mouthfeel is a bit light and thin for the style but it still works. This is an easy drinking stout that isn't so chocolatey it slows you down. Overall, an interesting collaboration well executed. Worth seeking out.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Dope
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of PeteRiz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of datalager
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Ray7233
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of mdebonee
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Donsmitty
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little bit of a dark mocha head, some lacing with a deep brownish body.

Smells of milk chocolate or cold 'hot chocolate'. The truffel comes through as it warms. Some British stout like sweetness is there as well.

Tastes like a nice American stout with a shot of real chocolate sauce. The truffel like chocolateness is more present as this warms, the balance improves with temp as well.

Medium bodied, medium carbing, a touch of a clean bitterness keeps this one in check. It's fairly clean in the aftertaste yet some
coco powder remains to keep it interesting.

Overall this is a great beer just in time for the chocolate holiday of the year. This beer is a great new beer from hooker, let's see them keep up with the innovations. I'd buy this again.

$2 a single

Photo of Beericjb
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was right up my alley.

A: pretty much black with a creamy tan head, some nice lacing

S: mmm... chocolaty aroma smells so good

T: wow this beer is delicious. Nice and malty as a stout should be with big chocolate flavor. Nice balance of bitter and sweet.

M: Really creamy and nice, but not quite as thick as I was expecting.

O: This beer was great! I am really into my coffee/chocolate stouts, so this was perfect for me. A nice change from my regular Sierra Nevada stout I usually get. I had only had Hooker's Watermelon Ale (yuckkk), but when I saw that they collaborated with the delicious Munson's chocolatiers, I grabbed a six pack of this, and was found that Hooker can make a great beer. I ended buying 2 more 6 packs (one for the girlfriend for valentine's day) since they were flying off the shelves If you like stout (especially chocolate stouts) then this beer is for you. I hope to see this again next winter.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of silentjay
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pitch black with a smallish mocha head that quickly recedes to a spattering of film, but leaves lots of lacing behind.

Definite bittersweet cocoa aroma, chocolate liqueur, charred malts, a bit of day old coffee.

very chocolaty up front. hershey's syrup, but a bit of bitter cocoa powder. nice balance of bitter and sweet chocolate flavors. some dark roasted coffee and malts. very chocolaty but not too sweet.

a bit thin bodied with subtle carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

pretty good. I've had much worse chocolate stouts by more highly acclaimed breweries. Good job, Hooker! Make this regularly.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

much anticipated

A - black, like a moonless night deep in a cave in the heart of mordor black, wells up over two fingers of dark tan chocolate milk head that fades slowly to a thin lacing

S - I'm expecting, um...., chocolate, and yup, dark chocolate, some mocha and malt hints, but supreme chocolate dominates hands down

T - chocolate acid/alcohol flavors up front, definitely resembles a dark chocolate mocha combo. If this were blind, I would guess this was a chocolate/coffee beer and a porter even. Not that the description is inaccurate at all.

M&D - the body is much thinner than I expected, it honestly seems more like a porter to me, or at least porters I have had, It has a mild acidic bite a tasty brew, but not the bomb I had expected. Regardless, a delicious well-brewed beer.

Photo of FatSean
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20oz Northern Brewer Lager Schwilling Glass.

Black. Blacker than a trillion midnights. Tan head lasted longer than expected, some lacing even.

Smells like semi-sweet cocoa. This should be good!

Tastes like chocolate. I've had many beers with chocolate in the name and description but this is one of the best.

Mouthfeel was decent. I was expecting a bit more body, but they can't all be gems.

Great brew! Not sure if I'd want more than one or two in a sitting but definitely something you should try if you like chocolate to any degree.

Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.