Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 769
Hads: 2,162
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 246
Gots: 331 | FT: 1
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: slvrmon82 on 03-21-2008

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!).

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Photo of caminiti
4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best beer ever.
Pretty much, in my opinion.
Poured a crisp gold or honey color, not at all what I expected, which was somewhat darker. Slight head that almost immediately vanished. The smell was crisp cocoa, not chocolate, and not soon forgotten. Taste was a crisp very lightly sweet, a little honey, then cocoa, again, not the sweet cocoa, though. Crisp on the tongue, and real easy to drink, disquises the alcohol content. If it wasnt so damn expensive (about $13 at Westmere Bev in Albany) I would drink it every night, and now I cant even find it.
In a word, bestbeerever. (577 characters)

Photo of Topheropolis
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I treated myself to this for New Years Eve. Unfortunately I didn't make it due to the 3- 750ml strong ales I started with. So it's my New Years Day Ale. It has a nice chocolatey, citrus nose with a perfect balance of cocoa, chilies, and honey on the pallet. Delicious! (268 characters)

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Beautiful ight amber color. Barely any head, just a few bubbles floating on the top.

S-Sweet flowery honey aroma. I've had honey beers before but this one is the best.

T-Sweet, flower honey, cocoa, chilies build slowly and you can feel the heat after awhile.

M-Light body and great carbonation

D-Very easy drinking and an interesting brew. (345 characters)

Photo of badgustav
4.86/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had the 2013 in 2015, so aging may impact the flavor.
Aroma - fascinating spice, hints of chocolate, strong anise, and a very light malt
Look - hazy copper with a rocky, lasting head
Flavor - malty, spicy, notes of cocoa, chili, and cinnamon. Complex and interesting
Overall - drink this, it's fascinating (306 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.84/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained at the Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. Pours a hazy dark golden-amber body with a half inch of off-white head. Aroma consists of pepper, cinnamon-like quality, with chocolate, bubblegum, nut, and banana. Hot pepper, coming off as a cinnamon like quality, with a fair bit of bubblegum, nut, banana, with come cocoa in the undertones, with some notes of fruitiness. Surprisingly light-bodied with ample carbonation. No alcohol flavor or hotness to speak of, but the alcohol effects definitely make themselves known... Dangerously drinkable, unique, and complex - unlike any beer I've had. I definitely am impressed - if only this had been approved for NH! Really really good stuff - another slam-dunk for DFH! (728 characters)

Photo of guedesigns
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Lightly Cloudy, light head, soft amber in color.

S: Slight cocoa aroma with a bit of spiciness. You can smell the typical grainy aroma that every dogfish head brew has up front, it is followed by a mild pepper and almost tart or sour smell. but not over powering by any means, just right.

T: AMAZING! I have a favorite chocolate. That chocolate has red chilies infused in the cocoa. This reminds me of it, but without the spiciness. I absolutely love the taste of this beer. It's dry, not sweet, but it does have sweet aftertones. WOW! I just took another swig, and all I can say is wow! It almost tastes like it was aged in oak.

M: Refreshingly carbonated, not too much, not too little. it coats your mouth and leaves a light bitter/sweet aftertaste. It's a full beer, but not like a cream ale, however just shy of one.

O: I have never had a beer that compares to this one. It is one of a kind and will set the bar for those who wish to recreate it. I am absolutely in love with this brew. Thank you dogfish for yet another amazing beer. (1,049 characters)

Photo of gipzy
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - wonderful honey orange color, head generous medium rich cream , dissipates quickly

Smell - sweet and floral / hints of cocoa

Taste - sweet and very mild pepper spice; complex to start and then fades to a second wave of sweet undertones.

Mouthful - medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability - For me always a "good night in" turn-to beer. Impress your friends and conversation starter beer. wonderful! (422 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
4.79/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden orangish hue with a thin lacing.

Smell: This one is so complex and have never smelt anything like it before! Honey, cocoa, chilies and something akin to apple. This is so inviting.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Much like the nose attested to, but lighter and more compact, the taste is refreshing with an undercurrent of the chilies just lingering in the background. This is a near perfect melding of flavors and ingredients. The alcohol in the background is the only thing that reminds you that this indeed is a beer, while the honey, chilies and cocoa tell you that your onto something more than just beer. No one taste element overpowers another. If this is in fact a 9% abv, it is the most well-hidden alcohol that I've ever encountered. This sweet nectar goes down as smooth as honey. The body is thin and light for the abv %. Simply amazed with this one. I feel like I should be drinking this out of a gold chalice or a hollowed out skull....something truly fit for this beer of gods.

Overall: I'm not one to exclaim exaggerations about beer. I usually tell it like it is, and I've got to say, this is one of the best beers I've ever encountered! It's just so seamless and exciting, while retaining a historical blueprint. It's like discovering the past but in a tactile way. DFH you've really outdid yourself this time! I applaud you on this off-centered, but wholly grounded beer. Thank you. (1,411 characters)

Photo of Minotaur
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A snowy night and a bottle of aged Theobroma. With the ingredient list the expectation is of a chocolaty dark beer. Poured into a tulip glass.

Instead it is a orange amber with a half a finger head that quickly evaporates, only leaving a thin lacing. Bubbles persist through out the glass.

The aroma is sweet and thick: it has a distinctly tropical - muted mango like, with the slightly spicy pepper smell.

The taste is wholly unique. It is mead-like, with plantain-banana flavors. There is a persistence of alcohol but it all appears very mild. The cocoa taste provides a thick body and bitterness beneath the honey flavor; there is some semblance to mead but it is distinctly beer-like in mouthfeel and consistency. As you drink down the glass the rich chocolate taste becomes more pronounced and heavier on the tongue, but it is a bitter and mellow flavor: not as sweet as the aroma. The pepper zip kicks in on the back of the tongue. While I often drink big beers, this one is hitting like a hammer.

This beer is luxurious, unique and amazingly well crafted. It is for slow sipping but the sparkling, sweet nature of it also makes it highly drinkable. (1,159 characters)

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a crown capped large format bottle, a bit north of fridge temp, into a tulip. Liquor is medium amber, a bit hazy (maybe the bottle had been a bit disturbed), with a fairly small head that falls apart quickly. No lacing at all. Lots of very small bubbles racing to the top. The nose is a complex yet balanced amalgam of chiles, earth, and bitter chocolate, which follows through to the palate. A slight honey character comes through midway through, with a nutty roastiness showing up as well. The finish is dry, with a cocoa and dried chile note. Although this seems like it should be muddled, it somehow manages to achieve a nearly perfect balance. The chile flavor is obvious, but there is only the subtlest hint of heat. This is an outstanding, if very difficult to categorize, beer. Surprisingly drinkable. (821 characters)

Photo of Zetcha7x
4.76/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bomber purchased from Wegman's...I think. pouted into a chalice

A-golden yellow color with raising carb bubbles and a finger of fluffy white head. Not what I was expecting from a beer brewed with Aztec cocoa powder and cocoa nibs.

S-probably the best smelling beer that I have encountered. immediate cocoa powder, notes of honey, bready yeast. Unfortunately I have no idea what an Annatto seed smells like so I cant pick it out.

T-almost as great as it smells, a rich sweet taste yet crisp, chocolaty taste, the honey is there, very subtle chili flavor,

M-light-medium body, soft carbonation, little alcohol feel.

O-not at all what I was expecting, but that turned out to be a good thing. I really enjoyed the chocolaty taste without the weight of a stout. And again one of the best smelling beers I've had. drinks very easy for a 9% beer. This beer is a perfect example of why I love Dogfish Head. (905 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on: 4/29/13) into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A- Conservative pour yields a hazy, burnt orange hued beer with nothing more than a 3/4 finger's worth of a frothy, white head which dissipates quickly. Nucleation in the glass maintains a meringue-like film on top for the duration of the glass. 3.75

S- So insanely complex that I pick out something different every time. Cocoa powder is immediate, but then notes of honey, aromas of banana/clove (courtesy of the yeast, no doubt), a hint of juniper berry-like citrus and then a hint of an earthy/woody character (that can only be assumed to be courtesy of the Annatto Seeds) are all detectable on the nose. Aside from the chocolate components, I find there to be a striking similarity to the aroma profile of Immort Ale (of which I had a bottle from the 2014 batch only yesterday). 5.0

T- Simply amazing execution of flavors and is nothing less than stupefying on the palate. Honey/Malty sweetness hits first and is met quickly by some spiciness. Mid-palate, things transition to a significant presence of cocoa to help dry things out. A hint of citrus pops just before a delicate heat from the Ancho chilies which hits the back of the mouth. 4.75

M- Carbonation is adequate enough to open the palate to allow appreciation of all the flavors from the adjuncts used. Theobroma's drinkability is insanely high due to the fact that the body falls on the lighter side of medium and the 9% ABV is completely imperceptible. 4.75

O- Say what you want, but DFH is one (if not the most) innovative large-scale American craft breweries and continues to deliver time and again. Theobroma is no exception and is my hands-down favorite offering from their Ancient Ales series (with Sah'Tea ranking as a close second). Furthermore, this also ranks highly on my list of all-time favorite beers. Even with almost 9 months of age, I absolutely love this beer. However, I will be anticipating its release in 2014 to experience this one fresh. 4.75 (2,021 characters)

Photo of Fastwalker19
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unfiltered craft goodness. Heavy and light simultaneously. Cacao enhances the beer and leaves a clean finish. Most pepper or other flavor additives leave an unpleasant and overpowering aftertaste. But DFH has avoided this and provided us with a true nectar of the gods. (270 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark golden honey color with half of a finger of white head that quickly dissipated into a thin crown/halo of white bubbles.

Aroma: Strong aromas of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked bread. I also get lots of floral notes such as straw, clover, freshly cut grass. There’s also notes of honey and caramel-like sweetness, chocolate, spices such as black pepper, chilies, and a touch of cinnamon. Smells delicious!

Taste: Just as delicious as the aroma! Sweet honey and citrus upfront and Belgian yeast. A lot of spice. Black pepper, honey, herbs. Then comes the spicy “heat” (more like pleasant tingle on the sides of the tongue) of the ancho chilies. Finally, the chocolate aftertaste that finishes long and pronounced, but slightly bitter and not overpowering or sweet. This beer is extremely well balanced between the chili, the chocolate and the honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall thoughts: From the way the beer is described on the label, having been brewed with cocoa powder and nibs, Askinosie Chocolate, honey, ancho chilies and annatto, I was expecting a dark beer, like a Mexican mole sauce, and the dark golden honey color totally surprised me and the surprises kept coming. I found this beer extremely complex and exceptionally good. (1,489 characters)

Photo of allthatAles
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: hazy, Golden honey hued. head formed and well structured. breaking down slowly.

Nose: delicious, it reeks of honey with slight hint of malt and ghostly imprint of hops. it also has nuance of creme

Mouth: absolutely heavenly! Honey/malt and cocoa on the front, ancho chile and hops in the middle as it gives way to creme, cocoa, honey warming on the way down thanks to the chiles and the 9% ABV

This is in my opinion the best offering i've sampled from DFH. though, i have yet to enjoy the pleasure of the midas touch and based on the concept of it i wonder how the two would stack up against one another. (614 characters)

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: It pours golden, with a slight haze, hundreds of tiny bubbles quickly ascend to the medium-thick head which quickly faded.

S: A wonderful scent was given off by this beer, honey, cocoa, bread and a slight hint of the 9% alcohol presented itself to me at the end.

T: crisp and clean malt, subtle cocoa with a little bit of alcohol. So complex and yet delicate and light, one of the most thought-provoking and wondrous beers I’ve tried.

O: This beer is stellar in my opinion, everything, the history, the taste, the way it looks in the glass as you pour it, even down to the label fuels my senses and I am always disappointed when my bottle is empty. Some people have made mention of the lack of hops flavor or smell… well, it doesn’t because it’s not supposed to. I’ve had this one many times and often selfishly kept it to myself not allowing others to try but yet I don’t have it often. Those whom I have introduced it to have loved it as well. Excellent beer and a must try.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ (1,025 characters)

Photo of CheckMate
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA - split with BA MrHurmateeowish. pours a murky amber color with about a half inch of off white head that quickly dissipated. scents of citrus, pineapple, and spices. tastes of pineapple, pepper, chile peppers, vanilla, and banana. moderate to high carbonation. a good tasting beer, i won't lie it's beginning to give me heart burn from the spicy Chile peppers Dogfish Head uses, but it's a really well made beer. after the first sip i was blown away by this beer. the heartburn is worth every sip of the beer.

Cheers! (578 characters)

Photo of hippityhophead24
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice almost golden, yellow color. Which I would assume is from the annatto. Big frothy head about two finger widths high. Very nice carbonation.

Smell: Hints of spices, honey, sweetness, and a slight cocoa sent. There are some other aromas that I could not identify.

Taste: When it first hits the tongue you get a honey sweetness. After that, you get a spicy mid tone finished off with the chocolate that slightly dries the tongue.

Mouth feel: Has a nice smooth feel on the tongue. Very smooth, slightly bubbly on the rest of the mouth. Nice medium body, not too light, yet not very heavy. Nice carbonation.

Overall: This beer was a treat I shared with a good friend. I think it was a very interesting beer that I was super excited to try and share. I would definitely purchase this offering again. Great, interesting taste, nice color, and great exotic spice, chocolate, and sweet tones.

Glasswear: 750ml bottle poured straight into Goblet (962 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy orangish gold under a thin fizzy off white foam collar that quickly dissipates.
S: Honey on the nose and as it warms more cocoa and chile notes come forward.
T: Honey and more cocoa than the color would suggest on the palate but it is also lighter and subtler than you would find in a chocolate stout. The chile produces an interesting heat emphasis but fortunately there is very little of the vegetal quality from the chile that shows up in some chile beers.
M: moderate carbonation and medium to medium light body.
O: The beer is good at refrigerator temperature but it improvessignificant in the 50s F. this is unusual, very well done, balanced and enjoyable. (680 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of all as a big chile head myself who loves hot peppers and hot sauces and has had other chile beers both good and bad, this is simply not a chile beer! The classification here of it on this site as a chile beer should be changed ASAP. This is most likely an herbed/spiced beer or an ancient herbed ale. I mean think about it, this beer is not like Rogue Chipotle Ale, which is a true representation of a good chile beer. Even Ed's Cave Creek chile beer, shitty as it is in my opinion, is in some ways more of a chile beer than this one. Just because this beer has a hint of chile in it, and chile sweetness at that not even a spicy chile flavor, does not make it a chile beer! However this is a really kick ass beer! I sent a request about a week ago now for the classification to be changed, but to no avail thus far. Anyways onto the review, which is from my notes seeing as how I drank this about 12 days ago now. Also the picture of the bottle of beer posted here was taken by my good friend Jon (imaguitargod) at my house on the evening that we split a bottle of this.

Split a bottle of this with a friend recently. Poured into my pint glass. This beer is a cloudy copper/amber color. the white frothy looking head was an inch thick when poured that settled to a very nice surface coating with very nice lacing several minutes after being poured. Aromas of cocoa and honey are present, followed by a slight smell of sweet spice. the taste is pretty much the same, a malty honey flavor along with strong hints of cocoa and a slight, earthy sweet chile flavor, but there is no burning spiciness or heat, as there is in say Rogue Chipotle Ale. Rounded out with a slight toasted biscuity flavor. Has a crisp and smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A great beer all around Extremely easy to drink, the 9% ABV is very well hidden indeed. Seeing as how my friend and I initially paid $22.00 for a bottle of this to go at bar we were at recently, I am damn glad I was able to another bottle to age for only $12.00 A truly fantastic and unique beer here!

Eric (2,085 characters)

Photo of ManiacalBilby
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Taken from my notes on June 15th.

Appearance- What?! I was expecting darker. Nice honey color with about a fingers worth of off-white head forming out of a 3/4 pour from the bottle into a snifter.

Smell- Mostly honey. Just a little bit of chile. 

Taste- Mostly honey again with cocoa coming next and I could feel the chile heat in the throat after the swallow. Chile and cocoa became more apparent upon the sip as it warmed. Very balanced for the intense flavors involved. Loving this. 

Mouthfeel- Somewhat thin but not in a bad way. Carbonation is medium and feels appropriate.

Overall- Great beer. This is something I picked that would have shocked me if if I didn't enjoy it. I've seen ratings all over the place for this beer. Give it a shot and decide for yourself.  (782 characters)

Photo of grssmnperez
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had bomber dated from 2009 that i had cellaring in the wine cooler for 1 yr. opened and was hit with an awsome aroma of honey and spice! While pouring could see some hints of sediment from age and the color had changed from fresher batches that i've had throughout the year. The amber color had turned a beautiful orange and upon tasting was hit with awsome honey and coco flavor. I was dissapointed with the chile which didnt come through. I just seemed to want more and more and it was not dry @ all! Overall, and awsome expirience with age! Well worth the wait! (564 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 10-28-08

Eye: Cascading head, nice formation especially for a brew that has no widget. Retention needs work. Lacing needs work as well, so far the initail head on the pour was good but the head quickly fell to a more "comfortable" size but continued to diminish. Color is that of a dark mead...dark gold, hints of orange, maybe even some very light brown shades in here. When held to the light the color is more of a dense gold. This beer is hazy. Every aspect of the brew is appetizing with the exception of the head and the lacing...its nine percent, so retention shouldn't be a trouble...I've seen bigger beers hold a head, maybe its the other things in there, honey-chili-cocoa perhaps..

Nose: Honey is very forward in this brew, reminds me quite like the aroma of a mead. Not smelling any cocoa or ancho chile aromas...perhaps once the beer warms a bit. Overall sweet aroma, pretty much dominated by honey. Still after warming considerablly I cannot get anything but honey, all the flavors found in the taste don't come through in the aroma...perhaps its better that way, more of a surprise. Either way it still smells great.

Tongue: Here's what I get: Honey sweetness, followed by cocoa that hits on the rear sides of the tongue (and the soft palate, roof of the mouth) and is in turn followed by a subtle chili spiciness that sits right in the middle of the tongue-following the length of it-leading to the finish which returns to the cocoa and sits in the mouth for the aftertaste. What I find cool about this beer is that all three of these big flavors have their moment in the limelight, however, they all remain in the mouth. During the aftertaste, once the beer has been swallowed, mead-like sweetness is still felt and tasted on the tip of the tongue, chili down the middle crease of the tongue, and cocoa at the back corners of the tongue. All three together, very distinctly sit upon different sections of the tongue and each can be picked out individually, however its the taste of the whole that is neat, try not to concentrate on any one of these tree different flavors...This is a beer that I really do like, great offering from DFH, extreme as usual and tasty as usual. I'll prolly pick up some more bottles before they're all gone, I've already two in the cellar.

edit: make sure that this one is more on the warmer side, if it is too cold then all you'll get is the honey, it tastes great even at room temp...well not 80 but maybe 60. However it is much more refreshing cool, and at the perfect temp it all comes out.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The 9% abv is hidden extremely well. And despite the fact that I cannot taste any hops in this beer, or really even feel them (as in bittering) this beer is extremely well balanced. The chili gives some spiciness in flavor and feel (the feel of dry powder on the tongue...impossible feel to describe but its hinted at in this beer..), the cocoa gives some dy character and some perceived bitterness as it sits along the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth, and the honey provides sweetness. Finish is semi-dry. Body is medium, some weight added by the honey, carbonation is perfect playing off the honey so well. This is one that is dangerously drinkable. If you like Midas Touch, or if you Like mead I guarantee you'll like this one as well. (3,334 characters)

Photo of elton044
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first foray into Chilean brews and I was not disappointed by any stretch of the imagination.

This brew poured a relatively clear amber, leaning ever so slightly toward the redder side of the 'amber' spectrum. The carbonation was pleasantly active in this one! The sound was almost as enticing as the smells I soon made note of. This level of carbonation led to a moderate, cream-colored head.

To be honest, I had to revisit the smell of this creation several times. A touch of sweet honey and chocolate notes, expectant wheat notes, a sharp caress of chilies, each exhibiting an ebb and flow of its own; a give and take with one another that I found complex and scintillatingly intoxicating. All intertwined to create a cornucopia of pleasing scents.

This is one that I can't say enough about the taste. It seemed to know my palate almost better than I did. Initially, there's a nice sweetness, presumably from the honey, that very quickly yields to medium-bodied chocolate tones. Almost immediately, a bit of the chilies danced across my tongue - just enough to provide an intriguing tingle here and there. The overall flavor progression bordered on perfect.

The level of carbonation didn't interfere with the flavors in the least. To the contrary, it very much added to them. Instead of fighting with or masking the flavor tones as in some other brews, the carbonation in this one served purely as a vehicle for each stage of the flavor progression. Precisely as it should be.

Several reviewers have likened this creation to chili-infused chocolates. While some of the basic characteristics are indeed similar, this brew elevates the combination to an entirely new level. I highly recommend this brew - and that's not the hobby anthropologist in me being duly enthralled with the basis for the creation of this brew talking either. (1,850 characters)

Photo of bierguru
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Amazing!!
this beer is exactly what i have been talking to my friends about one with spice

the beer pours golden and doesnt keep its head a light film stays

smell: its got a heavy sweet and spicy aroma

my first couple of tastes i just sipped and swallowed with that i just got fore taste of the sweetness from the honey and then a kick from the chilies (but not overbearing just a hint)

after the first tastes i started to let the sip linger in my mouth thats when i started to get that chocolate taste after i swallowed

the texture that was left was as if i had let a piece of chocolate melt in my mouth

in both these different sips the spice near lingered but rather can and went however after my third glass from the 750 mL bottle i did start to get a burning sensation in my chest (and no its not intigestion lol)

the beer was amazing and i suggested it to all further more if you are going to want to eat w it i suggest some sort of red meat or perhaps a chocolate covered chicken (996 characters)

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Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
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