Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle StoutThomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
hookerbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
266
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Another Stout to try! Yipee! And this one with the famed Munson chocolates
As soon as I opened the cap, I could feel and smell Chocolate!. No question about chocolate here.
This one poured a nice dark typical stout and had a semi-white creamy head.
But it was the aroma that got to me first. One nose into the glass and I was Hooked!
The initial taste was what I expected. Good full chocolate flavor and the nice burnt grassy feel of stouts. This beer tasted like many of the Russian Imperial Stouts I have tasted. Like this one, it had a good amount of carbonation, but not too much to distract the overall flavours.
Once you tasted this and it was in your mouth, you didn't know if you should chew the chocolate or just slowly swallow it.
Love the after taste. It was a chocolate lover's heaven. My only criticism, is that since I do a lot of cooking, I could not detect any truffle in this brew. Truffles have a distinct odor and taste, but I did not get any of that here

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Photo of Kooz
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Looks beautiful in my fluted pint glass!

Smells of chocolate, malt, and molasses, very nice.

This is a complex chocolate stout--it tastes slightly sour at the start, then blossoms into a chocolatey-but-not-sweet, rich, somewhat mellow beer. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is the only weakness in this beer. It's not bad, it could just be a bit fuller.

It is a nice beer, better than most chocolate stouts I've had. It could have more body, but it is pleasant. The actually chocolate flavor is impressive, as so often there is a hint of cocoa flavor or a light chocolate scent at most. I recommend this highly.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors, having never tried this before and wondering if would be any different than the myriad of other Stouts lining the shelves this time of the year. I hadn't had too many beers from Thomas Hooker but I loved the Liberator Dopplebock and hoped that this would be on a level similar to that. While this wasn't a bad beer, this may have been one of the most mellow dark beers that I've had in a long time, if ever. It almost reminded me of a Milk Stout, but just wasn't quite sweet enough to fall into that category.

The pour to this was dark brown, with a somewhat nice head that faded quickly. Not a lot of lacing to be seen either but there was enough carbonation to be felt throughout my drinking session. Lots of milk chocolate here along with some molasses and vanilla. This wasn't creamy but didn't have the fermented chocolate and booze that characterize so many beers of this type. The aftertaste was just a tad bitter with some soda-like carbonation lingering, leaving a light impression on me.

In terms of alcohol, this was one of the lightest Stouts that I've had, but there's just enough here to make its presence felt. It was nice to have a beer that was easy to drink but still dark enough to be a Stout, without being full of booze, licorice, or lactose. It wasn't enough to warm me up tonight but certainly put a smile on my face as I kicked back and enjoyed it. This is a subtly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of b2hogan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing. It is pitch black with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet chocolate truffles, roasted coffee, and smells like Hershey chocolate milk.

Taste: Chocolate milk stout. That's all I have to say.

Mouthfeel: creamy chocolaty smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and deliciously good.

Overall: A nice stout. The Munson's chocolate adds a nice feature to this stout.

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Photo of Paul68
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown. Thinner tan head leaves a bunch of remnants on the glass. Opaque.

S-Liquified chocolate all the way. Loads of melted milk chocolate.

T-Upon first sip, I was really impressed by the clarity of the chocolate flavor. Melted milk chocolate in its purest form of imitation. Each sip went downhill for me however. It was a bit too much and it became somewhat cloying by the end.

M-Creamy. Felt far fuller than a sub 6% brew.

O/D-Would have liked this a lot better via a beer flight than a whole pint. It was just too concentrated. I can see why this would be a hit with someone who craved such a chocolatey brew.

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Photo of marley81z28
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Thads324
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Label reads 7.1% abv. Born on 12-18-2012.

Very dark chocolate brown. Almost black. Small finger of light peanut brown head. Kind of gauzy with some lacing. Nose of roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, a little peat, vanilla, and faint coffee.

Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt up front. Some milk chocolate sweetness and a little caramel fill in. Peaty, and even a bit smoky (flinty), especially toward the finish. Light roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness into the finish. Semi sweet chocolate and vanilla bean linger. Medium-full body with a slightly syrupy feel. Nicely done!

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DCav
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of FrankL66
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of socon67
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black pour with a cola colored foam. Minimal foam retention. No lacing of note.

S - Scents of cocoa beans, roasted malt, and caramel. Very sweet and sugary.

T - Up front chocolate flavor that blends in with a toasted malt taste. There is a slight note of coffee and dulce de leche. Throughout the taste, this is a sweet stout.

M - Kinda thin for my liking, and the flavors do not stay. This just feels a bit weak. And with the sugar notes, its a bit too sweet to have a second.

O - This is a novelty sort of beer. I like Munson's Chocolates and some of the Thomas Hooker beers, but this is not their best showing.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mnrider
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Uses Munson's Chocolate.

A: Pours jet black with a light brown one finger head. This turns thin
fast and leaves no lacing.

S: A mixture of strong chocolate flavors, from sweet to bitter.

T/M: Starts out bitter with roasted chocolate malts. After this a
smoother milk chocolate feel and taste comes in. The finish is
slightly bitter as some of that stronger cocoa linger.

O: A solid Stout that relies heavily on the chocolaty taste. Still
a beer worth tasting.

Cheers!

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Photo of FutureOBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of anelson86
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of msondel
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tsm2011
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color—traces of red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly dominated by chocolaty flavors and also has some hints of cocoa powder.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good amount of chocolate flavors without really having any sweetness. It is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark reddish brown when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark chocolate with some lighter amounts of sweetness.

T: The flavors start out with some dark roasted, almost burnt malts that give a slightly bitter coffee taste. Next there is a pretty strong flavor of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. There is also a light amount of milk chocolate sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth.

O: Certainly the best offering I have had from this brewery and it is definitely enjoyable. I would get this beer again but it is more of a sipper than a session beer. Nice complexity of different chocolates in the taste and smell.

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