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Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,867 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 177
Gots: 201 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Theobroma is a celebration of chocolate, the food of the gods.

This Ancient Ale is based on chemical analysis of pottery fragments found in Honduras that revealed the earliest known alcoholic chocolate drink used by early civilizations to toast special occasions.

The discovery of this beverage pushed back the earliest use of cocoa for human consumption more than 500 years to 1,200 B.C. As per the analysis, Dogfish Head's Theobroma (translated into "food of the gods") is brewed with Aztec cocoa powder and cocoa nibs (from our friends at Askinosie Chocolate), honey, chilies and annatto (fragrant tree seeds).

It's light in color, not what you expect from your typical chocolate beer (not that you'd be surpised that we'd do something unexpected with this beer!).

8 IBU

(Beer added by: slvrmon82 on 03-21-2008)
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CrystalShipMS3

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one really needs to warm up a bit. If it's ice cold you won't be picking up any of the heat from the chili.

After a very aggressive pour straight to the bottom of a glass it left a one finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer of haze.

Very bready smell some very mild astringent medicinal aroma balanced out by a slight sweetness from the honey. Alcohol esters are there too, but in a good way.

Taste? I love it. Many complex flavors here. First a rush of sweetness, then upon inhaling you taste bready yeast flavors. The cocoa is just barely there in the finish which is also quite bready, but spicy. The heat from the chili is very present in the lingering spicy, dark cocoa after taste. So very unique, which is what I enjoy about this beer.

I thought at first it might be too bubbly, but the effervescence helps to hold up the prickly alcohol. The mouthfeel is, in the end, very pleasant. Somewhat dry finish which I believe is from the yeasts.

Overall I love this beer and recommend you try it, if nothing else then for it's unique character. I'd like to have a bit more heat from the chilies and a bit more chocolate, even though these flavors are present at the end.

Sip this one slowly and don't be afraid to let it warm up and breath just a bit before you drink. I know I'll be coming back for more, this is on damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:30:58 | More by CrystalShipMS3
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Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
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