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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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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of jtladner
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of champ103
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of 57md
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jondeelee
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of BrianScottK
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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