Chocolate Truffle Stout | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

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

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 285
Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the sultan of stouts, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of rich chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, but much less pronounced than the aroma, some lactose. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At last, my final Hooker of the day! It has been a phenomenal Happy Damn You for Being with the Best Multiple New Hookers with Tea on Sunday When There's Beer, Bro. Woody! (Week 687), I CAN assure you. They came & went, some more memorably than others, but all were a good time.

From the CAN: "Character: Sweet and Velvety"; "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."; "A sweet Connecticut collaboration with Munson's Chocolates Three Generations of Chocolatiers - Est. 1946".

I was very curious to drink this one from the moment that I spied it in a CAN at the FGBS. It just seemed so unique in terms of this brewery so I began with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Once it was properly deCANted, I performed a vigorous in-glass swirl to get things stirred up. This resulted in just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky. deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention that left behind moderate lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ruby highlights only at the edges. Nose was so rich with chocolate that I initially thought that I was smelling fudge! Mmm. Mouthfeel was big and thick, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue! The taste was sweet chocolate, very dessert-like & while not my bag, righteous for the style. It was like liquefied fudge brownies. Wow. Finish was sweet and to me, more of either a novelty or a dessert beer. YMMV.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany body with tan head

Smell - chocolate fudge, caramel

Taste - chocolate fudge, melted chocolate ice cream

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, chocolate sweetness upfront, slight bitterness on the back end

Overall - decent dessert beer here

Price Point - $2.29/12 oz can

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Photo of JosephKiley
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Sweet, chocolatey deliciousness. A true dessert drink. Pours an opaque black with a thick, brown head. Smell is of roasted chocolate malt and cocoa. Taste follows the nose, with the malts complimenting the addition of actual chocolate from a local chocolatier. Nice break from the complex, hoppy IPAs I'm used to drinking. I would definitely recommend to any chocolate lover. Maybe not the most impressive stout.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods.

A - Dark brown colored pour with dense tan colored lacing.

S - Chocolate fudge, brownies, and cream. Very nice nose!

T - Follows the nose very closely. Fudge brownies, milk chocolate, some light char, and nice lingering chocolate bitterness.

M - Big medium to full body, slippery and a little frothy.

O - This beer is better than the overall score, IMO. 'Haven't had many beers from Hooker so far, and so far, enjoying this one!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. "Chocolate Truffle Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating, maybe this bottle just got missed
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes: Dark brown body beneath a frothy head of tan. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, some cold black coffee. Medium-bodied with a median carbonation. Flavor follows the aroma with some added hop notes, which to me seem out of place, and a light fruitiness that gives it a little more dimension and kind of reminds me of a chocolate-orange creamsicle, but not necessarily orange, just the idea of the fruit component. Chocolate and gooey fudge remain the main component. The alcohol also has a presence but doesn't directly show. I'm guessing that with the moderate bitterness it helps to dry the finish as it doesn't come off as sweet. Pretty nice, this could have been underdone, or overdone, but they've kept it right in the middle. I still see it as more of a dessert beer though; I doubt I'd have one of these out at the pub.

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Photo of zshaft
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours nice black with faint chocholate nose. taste is bitter chocholate intensifying as the beer is consumed and while reaching the end palate. mouthfeel is so thin that it takes away from what could be a much better beer. very one dimentional and not recommended. there are much better stouts out there

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Photo of wattoclone
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice sweet chocolate taste in an easy drinking stout. Will not have any problem finishing a six pack of this one. Great thick head with a sweet chocolate finish. Not as rich as one would expect for a 7.1 ABV beer, but extremely smooth and enjoyable nevertheless. Priced right for a chocolate stout.

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Photo of Antc2382
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into non-tulip wine glass. Ate with Tate's chocolate chip cookies. Nice pairing!

A: fairly nondescript, it looks like a common stout. Very dark like a deep burgundy wine. No light gets through this bad boy.. Opaque. S: bitter chocolate, semi-sweet, faint grass. T: actually it's faintly hop forward to me at the outset. You then get the strong roasted malt body, finished nicely with a nice cocoa powder. Goes great with the cookies, blends beautifully. F: smooth for a larger abv. Feels like it could hit you on the first sip by mellows out. O: this is actually the first Hooker beer I've tried and I like it. I love chocolate stouts and this is a good one.

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Photo of willic
2.48/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Before we get started here, please understand I am not a fan of any flavored beer...

A - Looks rich, creamy, SUPER dark with a nice lacy, frothy head.

S - Smells super sweet and chocolaty... super chocolaty, a little yeast in the back of the whiffer.

T - Overpoweringly chocolate. Overpoweringly sweet chocolate, way to much for me.

M - Feels super creamy and smooth, nice level of light carbonation, perfect for a dessert beer.

O - I would prefer a little less chocolate and maybe some more dark roasted malts to balance the sweetness. Many chocolate stouts have off flavors such as bitterness, not this beer.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown with lighter brown at the edges; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a thick collar; sheets of lacing, but they disappear quickly;

S: milk chocolate with a touch of coffee behind it;

T: follows the nose up front; more roasted toward the end; light to moderate bitterness on the finish; 30 seconds after the swallow, it tastes like an old fashioned chocolate malt;

M: a little thin; moderate carbonation;

O: flavor isn't very complex; aroma is the best part;

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Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a Xmas gift from my mom I believe. I'm just going to assume it was and say thanks Mom. Haven't had ol Hooker in awhile. Bottled on date is 12/2/14.

A - Black pour into a mason jar with a nice finger of light brown head. A swirly cap and a good amount of lace dots left by the end.

S - Straight up chocolate chips and cocoa nibs come to mind. Good and authentic without approaching cloying. Bready pastry-like notes.

T - Still very much about the chocolate and cocoa nibs, but now with strongish roasty coffee tones, some dark fruit cutting through as well. Some hop bitterness, bready and biscuity malt.

M - Bitter from roast+hops which seems to intensify with warmth, lowish carbonation, good body overall, pretty easy-drinking, not as rich or dessert-y as expected for a truffle milk stout but that's fine.

O - Pretty nice chocolate flavor (particularly in the scent) which gets a little overtaken by the roastiness when it comes to the taste, wish it was a little more harmonized there but a solid stout overall.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a khaki colored head that was pretty thin. The smell was great with chocolate being the center star and then the earthy scent of truffle started to come through. The taste was heavy with milk chocolate and a bit of vanilla came through strong in the start and then the earthy spices making for a mellow finish. Very good but a little filling to have more than one at a time.

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Photo of GregJ
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot/milk chocolate is the dominant aroma. Roasted malts, a little smokey/burnt, chocolate ruffled that is present but not over-powering. Finishes with a light body, medium to light carbonation and maybe a light hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Usually not a fan of the Hooker line but this one was tasty and I would buy it again.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +19%

02/20/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Top notch. The bittersweet elements of the chocolate used are fantastic with the sweetness of the stout. Big fan.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Foxwoods in Alta Strada. ABV: 7.1%

Very dark pour with a small head. No distinctive smell (but I had a cold and was stuffed).
Mouthfeel was clean and not watery. Flavor from the first touch on the tongue. It was different than a "normal" stout. I didn't realize it when I ordered it but the style is a milk/sweet stout. Makes sense now. For that style it was a very good. I'll have to try it again now that I know what to expect.

◦Malts: 2-row pale, oat malt, chocolate malt, crystal malt, melanoidin, roasted barley and black patent
◦Hops: Northern Brewer, Fuggles, Goldings
◦Other: Munson's cocoa powder added to the boil and Munson's cocoa nibs added to the fermenter

◦Original Gravity: 1.070
◦Finishing Gravity: 1.022
◦IBU's: 20
◦Calories: 233
◦Carbs: 27

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Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Born on" December 10th 2013.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith nonick.

a: Black with faint ruby highlight at the bottom when held to light. Topped by a half finger thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and

s; Chocolate and black coffee.

t; Follows the nose and adds a significant hop bite which lingers at the sides of the tongue at first but mellows out later. Rather bitter finish also smooths somewhat after awhile.

m: Medium with occasional hints of wateriness.

o: A very good chocolate stout. The inclusion of Munson's cocoa adds a nice touch to an otherwise decent stout.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of jtladner
2.76/5  rDev -27%
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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Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of jondeelee
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.


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Photo of BrianScottK
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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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