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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | 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 pastafarian
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of agreenman19
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Cstromberg57
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with a one-inch beige head. The head settles a little but never fully goes away. Rings of lacing.

S: Hot cocoa mix, roasted malts, faint charcoal, earthy yeast. Citrusy hops, and only the faintest whiff of vague fruit.

T: Cherry-like estery tastes open, but are quickly overtaken by tastes of cocoa powder and roasted malts. Charcoal and a faint kiss of smoke. Baker's chocolate too. Quick, subtle flash of lemony citrus and a touch of hop oils. Long finish of charcoal, smoke, and cocoa powder.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Very slightly viscous, creamy, and silky. Low carbonation.

O: Does it taste chocolatey? Certainly. Does it taste like a truffle? Not really. Still, there's a lot to like here and not much to critique. A great dessert beer.

Notes: Surprised that this one didn't hit our market sooner, with all the other chocolate beers conveniently arriving around Valentine's Day.

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3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of PeteTheBeerDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jefftuck47
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Joev_84
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of fank2788
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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 +6.7%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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
3.96/5  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 -20%

Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.