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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

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | 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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-03-2014 02:01:22 | More by weeare138
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DLSheidy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

01-23-2014 02:41:23 | More by DLSheidy
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nootch23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-21-2014 20:45:47 | More by nootch23
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-11-2014 02:17:52 | More by JakerLou
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:27:47 | More by SawDog505
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 00:08:52 | More by DrJay
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-30-2013 01:33:04 | More by hoppymcgee
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dlindsay79

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-19-2013 14:30:24 | More by dlindsay79
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bcapon

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-05-2013 23:59:28 | More by bcapon
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ejane

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +33.3%

10-20-2013 19:41:41 | More by ejane
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jtladner

District of Columbia

2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 01:20:45 | More by jtladner
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abkayak

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-07-2013 16:59:30 | More by abkayak
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-29-2013 02:55:42 | More by DrunkinYogi
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IrishColonial

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

08-25-2013 01:02:39 | More by IrishColonial
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champ103

Texas

3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:10:40 | More by champ103
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drummermattie02

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.7%

07-27-2013 14:06:00 | More by drummermattie02
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 03:00:53 | More by 57md
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20%

07-05-2013 04:44:52 | More by VictorWisc
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420Rick

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-28-2013 20:26:26 | More by 420Rick
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-25-2013 01:24:24 | More by Hanzo
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-22-2013 05:15:04 | More by JTomczak
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 17:30:30 | More by jondeelee
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azathot

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-16-2013 02:59:00 | More by azathot
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-03-2013 00:27:47 | More by Chugs13
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 23:59:16 | More by woosterbill
Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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