Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle StoutThomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet 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

Added by jimmy82063 on 02-05-2012

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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 68
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled a few of these drafts at Home restaurant in Branford while meeting with a friend. The beer arrives in a pint glass chilled. The beer is a dark cola brown with frothy tan head of about .5 cm.
Aroma is roasted malt, dark cocoa bean and some brown sugar. Seems about right for the style, the roasted notes are dominant by far.
First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation and general smooth texture.
Flavor is heavy on roasted malt and dark chocolate. Almost coffee noted with the deep roast, the flavor is more robust than I anticipated and is very enjoyable for the beer. Some sweet notes come through on the finish and there is a slight palate coating quality to the beer.
I have recommended this one to others and think you should try it to as it is a winner as a stout in my book.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Rattle N Hum, NYC, NY

Despite the bartenders' suggestions to skip this one, I decided to go for a sample. And it really wasn't as bad as they said it was.

Poured a dark brown color, deep and nearly opaque, with a thin cap of tan head. Aroma was pretty chocolaty, lesser notes of caramel and cream. Taste was similar, sweet chocolate, caramel creme candies, cappuccino...overall a pretty sweet beer, with a touch of roast in the finish. Where this one suffered was in the mouthfeel. It was nice and tasty, but quite thin in body, definitely more of a porter than a stout. The beer was served somewhat chilled, and I actually think that was a good idea. I liked it overall.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good head that leaves streaks of lace. It settles to a layer of rim bubbles. Dark brown where only a touch of light passes along the edge.

Mild aroma of semi-sweet mocha. Little cream.

This is a sweeter stout, but there's an element of sourness I hadn't expected. I'm noting a bit of dry raspberry as well. Thin bodied and highly carbonated. Semi-sweet cocoa finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jc911s
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, great taste and aroma, good head, no aftertaste.
Excellent with pork, chicken, and especially bacon, as a snack.
great to braise with, and use it with my pork ribs, and pork loin, with my homemade BBQ
sauce, which has a chocolate, chilli, bacon fat and tomatoe base.

So far, my # 1 chocolate beer!

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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a nice surprise.
Typical stout appearance. Near black in color with a light tan head.
The head was quite fizzy and dissapated rather quickly but never quite disapeared.
It has a nice chocoatey smell.
I am not familiar with the Munson's Chocolate that is used. I guess Munson's Chocolate is a big deal in CT.
Taste is mostly chocolate with some roasted malt flavor with a bitter sweet finish.
The best thing about this chocolate stout is that is not overly sweet or chocolatey.
According to the bottle, this beer is 7.1% ABV. I did not notice any alcohol in the flavor and I am quite surprised the ABV is so high.

Very enjoyable and makes for an excellent dessert beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Durge
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Back Stage restaurant in Torrington, CT this intense stout is a deep opaque black color with a thin but steady light brown head and good lacing. The aroma brings deep and delicious chocolate malt and cherry liqueur. Nice. The first taste introduces a definite coffee hit quickly followed with loads of more chocolate. There's a curious but likeable
Alka-Seltzer touch that leads to a slightly grassy bite and cherry sweetness. The grass bite carries an herbal hop sort of quality that I like very much. It's nearly full bodied yet has a low carbonation, somewhat aqueous feel. It's all good with this flavorful brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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