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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout

Beer:  Chocolate Truffle Stout
Brewery: Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Style: Stout
ABV: 5.9%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Flute
Drinking Establishment: Pint, Jersey City
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion: Laura, Ally’s awesome sister

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark, almost opaque, with slight amber edging.  Half-inch beige head that recedes quickly.
Scent: Roasted malts, cocoa, and hazelnuts, with a slight note of alcohol.
Flavor: A classic chocolate nut flavor, with notes of roasted coffee in the aftertaste.  As it rests, the aftertaste turns a bit sour, but the other flavors become more prominent.
Feel:  Smooth and thin.  Low carbonation.
Concluding remarks: Although more bitter than what one would expect from something deemed a “Chocolate Truffle,” this Stout from Connecticut-based microbrewery Thomas Hooker does remind us of a chocolate-covered espresso bean, thanks to cocoa nibs and cocoa powder from local CT chocolatier Munson’s Chocolate.  As with most Stouts, definitely don’t drink it ice cold; the flavors emerge as the beer mellows.
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Rogue Double Chocolate Stout

Beer:  Double Chocolate Stout
Brewery: Rogue Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.0%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: 10 oz. snifter
Drinking Establishment: The Iron Monkey, Jersey City
Primary Consumer: Ally

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Opaque, pitch black.  Thin tan head that quickly recedes to a ring of creaminess around the edge of the glass, with some lacing.

Scent: Milk chocolate, with a slight note of alcohol.  Kind of like walking into the chocolate factory in Hershey, PA.

Flavor:  Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.  There is a slight roastiness, with perhaps a mild hop aftertaste–or more like the bitterness of semi-sweet chocolate.

Feel:  Smooth, medium body.  Low carbonation.

Oh my god.  If chocolate milk and beer had a love-child, this would be it.  The Rogue Double Chocolate Stout evolved from Rogue’s first rendition, the Chocolate Stout, and is flavored with imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate.  It won a gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Championships, and it was well earned.  The sweet aroma compliments the flavor well, but the mild bitterness prevents it from being too sweet.  The result?  The perfect beer for someone like me, with a sweet tooth the size of Russia.

Concluding remarks: A delectable, well-balanced brew that makes a great beer-instead-of-dessert kind of drink.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Beer:  Black Chocolate Stout
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.00%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, NYC
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Opaque, near black in color; or, more appropriately, dark chocolate.  1 1/2-inch dense but frothy head, mocha in color.

Scent: Like a dark chocolate-covered cherry!

Flavor:  Bittersweet initially, but the bitterness melts away as it rests.  The chocolate is definitely more of a semi-sweet or Baker’s chocolate.  There are also notes of coffee, even chicory.

Feel:  Creamy and thick.  Low-to-moderate carbonation, with a tickle at the end.

Concluding remarksThe Black Chocolate Stout, one of Brooklyn Brewery’s winter seasonals, is dubbed “famous” and “award-winning” by the brewery…and we can see why.  This tasty beer gets an award of 4-and-a-half Pint Glasses from us; although, if it tasted as good as it smelled, it’d probably earn a full 5.

It should be noted, also, that we went back for seconds. And that’s saying a lot, considering we were at a beer bar with a number of rare Belgians on tap that night.

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