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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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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 19
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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2/5  rDev -46.5%

drummermattie02, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of 57md
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

57md, Jul 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

VictorWisc, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

420Rick, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Hanzo, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
3.48/5  rDev -7%

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.

jondeelee, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

azathot, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%

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.


woosterbill, Jun 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

cornpone, May 19, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Finally a beer that I can smell! Cocoa (obviously) and burnt toast on the nose. A slight bittersweetness on the fore with hints of orange or lemon-peel. A great silky-smooth moutfeel that really coats your mouth and lingers on the tongue. The chocolate or cocoa, rather, doesn't really come in until the very end of the finish. It's truly a bittersweet chocolate flavor only a few full seconds after you swallow.

BrianScottK, May 09, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: dark brown. Good bit of transparency around the edges. Tan head that recedes pretty quickly.
Smell: typical stout roastiness with as expected an evident, though not terribly rich, chocolate.
Taste: very much as the nose predicts.
Overall: a tasty enough good, not great effort. Glad I tried. Might pick up again, might not.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

bespin15, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

BrewBra, Apr 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

thegerm87, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

HattedClassic, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

redfox405, Apr 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

lic217, Apr 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

SuomiHobbit, Mar 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

tlang803, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

hkyplyr73, Mar 22, 2013
Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.