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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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Reviews: 64
Hads: 244
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 6.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | 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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 244
Photo of Kooz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Looks beautiful in my fluted pint glass!

Smells of chocolate, malt, and molasses, very nice.

This is a complex chocolate stout--it tastes slightly sour at the start, then blossoms into a chocolatey-but-not-sweet, rich, somewhat mellow beer. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is the only weakness in this beer. It's not bad, it could just be a bit fuller.

It is a nice beer, better than most chocolate stouts I've had. It could have more body, but it is pleasant. The actually chocolate flavor is impressive, as so often there is a hint of cocoa flavor or a light chocolate scent at most. I recommend this highly. (660 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors, having never tried this before and wondering if would be any different than the myriad of other Stouts lining the shelves this time of the year. I hadn't had too many beers from Thomas Hooker but I loved the Liberator Dopplebock and hoped that this would be on a level similar to that. While this wasn't a bad beer, this may have been one of the most mellow dark beers that I've had in a long time, if ever. It almost reminded me of a Milk Stout, but just wasn't quite sweet enough to fall into that category.

The pour to this was dark brown, with a somewhat nice head that faded quickly. Not a lot of lacing to be seen either but there was enough carbonation to be felt throughout my drinking session. Lots of milk chocolate here along with some molasses and vanilla. This wasn't creamy but didn't have the fermented chocolate and booze that characterize so many beers of this type. The aftertaste was just a tad bitter with some soda-like carbonation lingering, leaving a light impression on me.

In terms of alcohol, this was one of the lightest Stouts that I've had, but there's just enough here to make its presence felt. It was nice to have a beer that was easy to drink but still dark enough to be a Stout, without being full of booze, licorice, or lactose. It wasn't enough to warm me up tonight but certainly put a smile on my face as I kicked back and enjoyed it. This is a subtly enjoyable beer. (1,444 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (615 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Uses Munson's Chocolate.

A: Pours jet black with a light brown one finger head. This turns thin
fast and leaves no lacing.

S: A mixture of strong chocolate flavors, from sweet to bitter.

T/M: Starts out bitter with roasted chocolate malts. After this a
smoother milk chocolate feel and taste comes in. The finish is
slightly bitter as some of that stronger cocoa linger.

O: A solid Stout that relies heavily on the chocolaty taste. Still
a beer worth tasting.

Cheers! (497 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about a beer of this name.
A:Appearance is a dark chocolate body with a 2 finger creamy fluffed head that stays throughout.

S: The smell is of chocolate milk with a hint of caramel and toffee malts. Really something to look forward to.

T: The taste is out of this world. Roasted, dark chocolate malts are present throughout with a hint of coffee at the end.

O: Overall A perfect chocolate stout, even if it is out of season. Compared to other chocolate beers I have had, this one is on the tops. A great anytime dessert beer! (544 characters)

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%

Who wouldn't want to try something named Chocolate Truffle Stout. That's like having 3 holidays all on the same day!

The color was a really dark brown and almost black with more of a coffee smell than a chocolate smell but it was a bit on the cold side. Either way the smell was pleasant.

It wasn't overly full in my mouth but also wasn't thin which was ok as I like a drinkable stout and not something that kicks me in the face. Smooth may be the right word. I could taste the chocolate both during the drink and during the aftertaste but the coffee seemed to still be there as well. A little mocha love mixed in there for good measure. A bit on the sweet side which I enjoy in a chocolate stout with just enough bitterness to balance it out.

In a new world full of chocolate beers this one stood out for me and I will certainly be back for more! (851 characters)

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with rich brown highlights if held up to the light. A few millimeters of cocoa brown head disappear in seconds. Lacing slides down sides of glass and is re-assimilated into beer.

S: Chocolatey but with a subtle tinny-ness and hay.

T: Coffee wrestles with notes of dark chocolate, with the coffee having the upper hand at first but the chocolate coming out on top as it warms up. Roasty, almost smokey bitterness lingers at the back of the throat after each sip.

M: On the heavy side of medium. Call it rich with some cocoa grittiness.

O: Another chocolate beer. It's good but the field of choco-beers is filling up pretty rapidly, and I can't think of any way this separate from the pack. A nice dessert beer, but I don't see it catching on permanently and am willing to wait for winter for Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock to get my chocolate beer fix. (859 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of claytri
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a rich chocalot brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma was chocalot malt. The taste was a bit more coffee than chocalot, which given the name, disappointed. The feel was light and a bit watery. A decent chocalot stout, but the name promised a bit richer more chocalot taste than was delivered. (310 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new brew from Dino! Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer arrives a rich deep brown with a nice 1.5 finger khaki colored head, nice retention and lacing. The nose is rich and powerful: milk chocolate,cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, nice. More approachable than expected. The flavor is more of the same. Likely the richest beer I've ever had! The roast and chocolate blend terrifically with a gentle sweetness and mild bitterness. Creamy and smooth the beer finishes with a lingering milk chocolate flavor. Wee carbonated, very nice. Overall, this is a serious treat! Very enjoyable! (599 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of Pahn
2.09/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. After really enjoying the Munson's beer brittle my grandmother got me (made with "Thomas Hooker brewed Lager"), figured I'd try Hooker's end of the collaboration.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch light tan head that dissipates immediately and lacelessly. Pours black with red highlights. Leaves a streak of lacing now and then.

Smell: Raisinets. Milk chocolate. Halloween makeup.

Taste: First sip: lots of chocolate up front and in the middle. Raisinets finish. These flavors aren't bad, but I'm hoping to taste some beer on the next sip.

A bit of roasted malt comes out along with the mouth-coatingly strong chocolate. Hint of that halloween make-up smell as a taste in the aftertaste, which is pretty disgusting.

Not very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The vessel is good, but its cargo is not.

Overall: It takes a deft hand to combine strongly flavored ingredients like chocolate and beer. Such dexterity is not in evidence here.

Another reminder of why I've avoided this local brewer for so long. Have a bottle of Liberator to review later that could very well be redemptive, but Chocolate Truffle Stout isn't getting my hopes up. (1,203 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +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. (1,261 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,230 characters)

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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