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Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,876 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 183
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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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/4 liter bottle, poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: The worst part of the beer. Hardly any head at all, and looks to be a thin amber/honey color. No lacing, and you can almost see very fine carbonation.

Smell: I get more in the smell than most of the reviews. Honey, a background cocoa (having had some very cocoa-tasting cigars really helped pick this out), and upon deep inhales, I get some heat likely from the chiles.

Taste: One of the most oddly delicious brews I've ever had. Honey up front, but not overly so (a muted honey sweetness), followed up with a hit of slight chile taste, but then you get the bitter chocolate/cocoa powder which cotes the palate and smooths everything out.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than it looks, a very slight heat from the chiles, and a very active, fine carbonation. A tiny bit of alcohol heat. Different, but in a good way.

Drinkability: Good, I agree with the previous reviewer, I think this would pair perfectly with a good Pad Thai! Really a must try just for the unique nature of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:14:59 | More by JWU
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Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.