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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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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 19
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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JTomczak

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

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

Massachusetts

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.

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Kentucky

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.

Cheers!

06-01-2013 23:59:16 | More by woosterbill
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-22-2013 17:59:05 | More by NJBeer265
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cornpone

New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

05-19-2013 20:22:25 | More by cornpone
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BrianScottK

New York

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.

05-09-2013 01:32:51 | More by BrianScottK
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

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.

04-23-2013 23:41:35 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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bespin15

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-22-2013 02:17:25 | More by bespin15
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BrewBra

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

04-15-2013 22:52:24 | More by BrewBra
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-11-2013 00:51:20 | More by Atomicskis5
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

04-09-2013 00:30:43 | More by thegerm87
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

04-08-2013 02:58:57 | More by HattedClassic
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

04-07-2013 22:09:35 | More by redfox405
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lic217

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-01-2013 00:19:22 | More by lic217
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-26-2013 01:11:52 | More by SuomiHobbit
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tlang803

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-25-2013 01:31:15 | More by tlang803
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hkyplyr73

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-22-2013 19:26:20 | More by hkyplyr73
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quakeroatmealstout

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

03-18-2013 03:18:16 | More by quakeroatmealstout
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elowan

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-16-2013 19:22:26 | More by elowan
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-11-2013 20:44:59 | More by zillo043068
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Billolick

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

12 ouncer, "born on 12-27-12" etched onto the neck of the bottle.

Pours near black with a dark khaki head, leaves a nice looking fine film, collar and ample low sheeting and spots of lacing.

Dark bitter chocolate on the nose.

Flavorful sweeter stout, with more dark chocolate and a moderatly dry dusty hop finish. Chocolate lingering on the palate. Well done and well worth a try.

03-09-2013 15:34:50 | More by Billolick
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Ralphs66

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-04-2013 00:41:59 | More by Ralphs66
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

03-03-2013 17:59:21 | More by tmars13
Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.