Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Had last years batch on tap at Dirty Truth, this years batch was fortunate enough to make it to CT. I Picked up a 750ml bottle from Manchester Wine & Liquors @$10.99 ++.
Pours a bright golden orange with a thick foamy head that disappears a second longer than instantly. Sparse, large bubbles of carbonation rocket to the surface.
Nose is full of honey, some of that described ancho chili detected in the back as well as a possible amount of bittersweet chocolate.
Full-bodied with a slick, creamy texture.
Honey sweet upfront with some fruity character and a hint of vanilla extract. The brew is pretty light in terms of flavor so it drink very quickly for a 9% beer. A bit refreshing with subtle cocao nib bitterness in the end. The chilies come out more in the aroma and in the flavor as it warms. Cocao is more detectable as well. There is some spiciness that numbs the palate a little. I'm not sure if that is from the chilies or the abv but there's a little hum. The beer drinks more like a liqueur than a beer.
The ingredients were used subtly in the brew. There is much less chocolate than I expected, however this is a very interesting beer
08-01-2009 18:48:10 | More by SteveO1231
4.08/5 rDev +6%
750 mL bottle
A: Slightly hazy golden amber under a small and short lived white head. No lace, no retention.
S: Sweet malt, a bit toasted, a certain spicey chile character, not vegetable like just a little heat, a bit of herbal quality to it as well. Aroma is a little like a marzen.
T: Sweet again up front. Earthy in the middle, again the spice kicks in and is never vegetable like. Malt backbone is pretty strong as it last until the end. Chile heat remains in pokes its head in at the very very end and is very welcome. It's actually a little remarkable the heat. It seems to first and a little harder between on the way to stomach. The heat that pops up on the tongue is very mild. I think that if the two were reversed (big heat on tongue, milder heat on the way down) it would be a little off putting. Alcohol character is fairly big. There is a certain flavor there that is hovering between fruity and slightly off.
M/D: Medium body, medium carbonation. I would say the drinkability is pretty good based on the uniqueness of the taste alone.
A very interesting beer. Where the aroma and taste seem to lack, they more than make up for in uniqueness. You get something new nearly every sip (which may or may not be a good thing at that particular sip), but will be intriguing none the less.
08-01-2009 00:20:42 | More by NCSUdo
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a DFH Pint Glass:
Appearance: Pours a murky light gold in color, small size head builds and dissapates fairly quickly. Lacing and retention look great all around, soapy and thick on the glass. Didn't expect this color for Theo but nice all around.
Smell: First aromas that hit the nose is a strong amount of malt spice, yet a nice boquet of fruit florals, light and pronounced. Some banana, mango, ginger and a nice dose of honey as well. No chile like aromas in the nose to be found but I'm sure like any DFH brew I'm gonna get blasted in the taste category. Very inviting in the nose.
Taste: Lightly spiced in the malt reigon, I get a nice sense of chile peppers here up front, small bits of cocoa can be found up front as well but not as pronounced as I depicted, this has more of a pronounced fruit profile if anything. I get more banana here, some lightly spiced esters, and a nice dose of alcohol. A very interesting taste to say the least. The finish consists of a blast of honey, some saffron, a little burn from the chile's (I can feel my stomach and throat starting to heat up as I get towards the end of my glass), and a nice consistent dose of some bready malts. Very tasty!
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, stiff maltiness keeps this brew in check from getting too wet on the tongue, bitterness is here but not overly exuberant. Very light and refreshing for a 9% brew!
Drinkability: I can see this as being one of DFH's stabs at a Hefe, as it has alot of light, banana like properties infused here, more so then I get any cocoa or chile properties (although the chiles really hit the palete hard after a couple good gulps). This brew is overly sessionable, very easy to get down and has the right stuff to keep me wondering throughout the whole beer. If this wasn't $12.99 I would make this a regular in my rotation of brews to pick up, but either or, I was very happy I tried this and it confirms my conclusion that Dogfish Head is definetley my favorite brewery. If you see this one the shelf this summer, pick it up and try it. This one will go excellent with some spicy seafood (crab meat with Old Bay seasoning) or even a light pasta dish. Overall another weird, yet perfect effort from Sam and the Dogfish boys.
07-30-2009 02:07:51 | More by thespaceman
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
On tap @ the Copper Mine Pub (North Arlington, NJ) on 7/24/09. 8 oz pour served in a Chimay glass.
Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber, with a big foamy finger off-white head. Retains around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving some solid spotty lacing back. The aroma is sweetly spicy in the nose, with notes of cocoa, honey, citrus, and finally, a tickle of chile powder. There is a certains denseness to the nose here, but it is in no way indicitive of the higher ABV that is present.
The taste is cocoa and honey that combine to give this a sticky sweet base, with some additional fruity esters mixing in. The chiles catch fire in the finish, really putting a fairly intense dry lingering spiciness on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick and relatively lower feeling carbonation in the mouth, which compliments the bulk of the sweetness in this. Also, the ABV is extremely well hid in this. There a bit of heft but this is definitely a steady sipper.
I always find it interesting that Dogfish comes up with these wacky extreme beers that always (for good or bad) seem to end up tasting just the way they were shooting for. This is no different, with honey, cocoa, and chile all prominently being on display. Tasty stuff!
07-28-2009 16:40:45 | More by Kegatron
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
This poured a clear dark gold with lots of quickly dying off-white head. It smelled like mild copper hops and dirty barley malt, with a bit of earthy chile peppers. It tasted like earthy caramel malt with rusty copper hops and sweet creamy yeast and cocoa powder, with a bit of chile peppers and must. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a mild aftertaste. Overall this beer definitely tasted like it was brewed from an ancient recipe. It was very interesting to try once, with nice cocoa subtleties. It had solid body and hid the alcohol well. But the flavor wasn't the cleanest or as succulent as I hoped, instead becoming pretty dull after about half the glass. So finishing the bottle was actually somewhat tedious. Novelty more than quality or drinkability.
07-28-2009 04:03:34 | More by Pencible
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
Much lighter in appearance than one might expect. A crisp amber-gold that is slightly cloudy. A lively foam head forms but disappears entirely almost immediately.
A complex, sweet smell with notes of chocolate, honey, bananas and a slight spicy note hiding beneath. Not overpowering at all.
There are so many layers to the taste of this beer it is not even funny. The first impression is a very sweet, almost candy-like cocoa and grape flavor. This fades quickly into an extremely sweet and warming rush of alcohol, which slowly fades into a pleasant, spicy herbal aftertaste. Lots of different tastes to pick up on here, and I've never tasted a beer that changes in taste so dramatically as it goes down. It's interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it or not.
The carbonation goes away so quickly it is almost like drinking a very heavy, flat beer. Certainly a thick feel to it.
To be honest, I will probably have trouble finishing the bottle. The alcohol and the chiles combined make it an EXTREMELY warming brew, and I can already feel it filling my stomach. Not that drinkable. To be enjoyed in moderation.
I was so intrigued by this supposedly ancient recipe that I had to try it out. I'm not sure I would buy it again. Between the high price tag, and the extremity of its flavors, it definitely strikes me as a novelty brew as opposed to something one would regularly drink.
07-27-2009 02:16:28 | More by hossua34
4.72/5 rDev +22.6%
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.
07-27-2009 01:11:41 | More by CheckMate
4.85/5 rDev +26%
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!
07-27-2009 00:41:53 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured into a glass goblet (Dogfish "Signature Glass")
A: Much lighter than expected...when you hear chocolate you think dark. The color is a light coppery gold - like dark honey. White head is nice at the pour, and dissipates quickly. No lacing. Slightly hazy.
S: A little bit of cocoa powder, a little bit of chile, and some kind of a grapey-bubblegumy note in there as well.
T: Complex. It took me a while to decipher what I could. There is a burst of sweetness at first with some notes of dark cocoa and something fruity...can't put my finger the fruit(s) though. The sweetness is balanced nicely first by a nice crisp hop bite and then warmed up right away by the chilies. Those Mayans and Aztecs knew what they were doing.
M: Wow. What would be an otherwise typical mouthfeel (bright with good carbonation, a little chewy) is transformed into a truly unique experience by the ancho chilies. You don't notice it at first, but after a few sips, your mouth and throat start to feel the heat and warm-up a bit. It's awesome! The heat balanced with the cool temperature of the beer and it's fruity qualitites is perfect.
D: At 9%, you expect a pretty big beer. Don't get me wrong, this is a big beer...but it doesn't really seem that way while you're drinking it - it goes down fast...be careful!
Note: This beer has the greatest label art I've ever seen.
07-24-2009 23:22:08 | More by Tromba
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
This is a beer I have been waiting a year to try and the anticipation was killing me not to bust one open while it was still warm after finally acquiring 2 of them.
Bottle reads: "Ale brewed with natural flavors (honey, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, ancho chilies, & ground annatto).
Now lets bust this puppy open and give her a try!
Pours an interesting semi-clear orange color with a 1/2 inch fizzy head that receeds very quickly. No lacing to be found at all.
Take a deep smell...nothing. Take a nice gulp and swirl it around... hummm interesting. Take a few more sips and sniffs...THERE it is!!! The cocoa reveals itself and my goodness is it nice. It is not an intense, nose clogging chocolate smell but a very mild and very enjoyable cocoa scent. Living in PA I have visited the Hershey's chocolate factory and the powder cocoa is exactly what this reminds me of (but in a beer form.) My this is an awesome smell, how did they do that. OK enough about that great cocoa smell, what else does it have to offer. Yeah the honey is there in the nose as well, but not as grand. It also has a bit of spice that is quite bitey, but I cant identify what that smell is, maybe the chilies?
Now lets set focus on the mouth. Up front it has a nice sweetness but right away you notice that there is not much carbination with this beer. There is an almost overwelming sense of warmth. It could be the 9% abv, or it could be those chilies....heck probably a combination of both that makes your mouth tingle with enjoyment. Overall it is interestingly balanced. From the sweetness up front to the mild bitterness to the warmth at the end, I really enjoyed this beverage.
This is nothing as I had imagined it would be, it is better.
07-24-2009 21:49:40 | More by stakem
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Three fingers of quick fading straw tan head shrinks to just a skim in about a minute. Body is a light amber orange tone that is almost syrupy. Nose has tones of rhubarb, honey, marmalade and faint spices. On first sip the honey sweetness is quite noticeable as it is thick and syrupy. A raw veggie feel is long on the palate in the middle of this beer. A very slight spicy feel that resembles good fresh garden grown peppers. The veggie meets spice feel really builds on the mouthfeel as you continue to drink and actually makes the mouthfeel very pleasant. This beer really grows on you as you drink and makes it very nicely drinkable.
07-24-2009 18:23:17 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
A - One finger of white head on a clear, deep golden body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.
S - Moderately fruity yeast with earthy, floral honey. Very mead-like.
T - Honey and brown sugar up front. Muddled spices in the middle, clove, cinnamon and allspice in small amounts. The finish is dark and thick with more honey and quite a bit of dark chocolate with earthy red pepper.
M - Medium, yet very oily, body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.
D - Like all of DFH's ancient ales, this is a weird one. The spices are muddled and really don't come off very well, but the chocolate is very nice and, oddly, adds a lot to the mouthfeel. This is almost like a spiced holiday version of Midas Touch. Worth trying... once.
07-24-2009 04:22:38 | More by nickfl
3.58/5 rDev -7%
Big ol' DFH 750ml poured into a big ol' nonic pint.
A- Fizzy, crackly carbonated pour that yields a decent sized white head that had moderate retention but it faded into absolutely nothing. I mean this beer looks flat as it sits in my glass. Its a clear amber with yellow highlights.
S- The smell is pretty weak. Ive been letting it warm up to see if itll help but it hasnt done much. The nose eerily shares some characteristics of their Sah'tea, which is strange because these two beers are worlds apart. Im getting notes of honey sweetness and some cocoa behind that.
T- Verdy eenturesting! Crisp. The front is smooth and malty. The chillies come out toward the middle and the finish is on the dry side leaving hints of cocoa behind.
This is weird, I can feel some chili warmth in my throat as if Im eating some hot wings. Its exacerbated by the alcohol, even though its not coming through in the flavors much at all. I love this part of the beer.
M- Moderate carbonation, moderate body, just a moderate mouthfeel, unless you can count the spiciness left in the back of the mouth as mouthfeel, then that brings it up alot. I'll leave it at a 3.5.
D- Pretty good drinkability. The alcohol isnt really apparent but be careful trying to drink a whole 750 of this stuff.
I bought this along with the Sah'tea which I had a few days ago. I expected to like the Sha'tea better than this, but Im very pleasantly surprised with Theobroma. The Sah'tea was a drain pour for me but I have no qualms with this beer.
07-24-2009 03:24:14 | More by MbpBugeye
3.3/5 rDev -14.3%
750ml bottle poured into tulips.
A = Clear, honey, orange, gold liquid with a relatively good sized white head that settles in but also recedes pretty quickly until there is only a slight amount of bubbles sitting on the surface in the center covering maybe 25% of the total surface.
S = Some slight smell of dried chiles -- maybe ancho -- and also some very floral hints with a touch of honey, there is a certain sting to the smell when breathed deeply which is interesting because there is really no bite to speak of in the taste of mouthfeel.
T = The taste kind of let me down on this one as I enjoyed the look and smell after I had poured it and let it sit for a short while. Tastes include a sweet honey flavor, very light tastes grilled sweet peppers. No real strong chocolate flavors which surprises me somewhat. Maybe I am just not concentrating enough on them.
M = Medium to medium heavy body, smooth mouthfeel, fair mouthcoating.
D = This is not difficult to get down, but I find myself losing interest pretty quickly,
07-23-2009 21:16:04 | More by Traquairlover
3.33/5 rDev -13.5%
I bought this from Trenton Road Takeout in PA. Well this is the first time I've had a chile beer and now probably my last.
Poured a hazy orangish color with a white fizzy heading.Disinigrated to nothing,left no lacing and no livliness to this brew.
Smell is very sweet slight bubblegum aroma detected also a very subtle chocolate nib aroma is present. Kind of perfumy as well.
Taste starts out smooth and kind of hoppy and then a spicey burning sensation in the middle of the throatis left after the first sip.Also a yeastiness kicks in on the backend.
Mouth is medium bodied little carbonation. Finishes clean but with a slight spicy kick.
Drink is average at best for me.
I was not at all impressed with this one.
07-23-2009 20:43:17 | More by TheFightfan1
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
had on tap at sunset grill & tap in brighton
pours nothing like i thought it would. poured a straw blonde color with a very small head. strange...i guess they used more chilis on this one
can't smell very much....maybe it's too cold. lots of malts, some chili is there in the background. can't smell any chocolate or hops.
tastes good. has a really crisp taste to it. lots of subtle chili flavors, but not enough to kill it. the hops make a presence in the flavor, giving this brew a nice solid finish. i can taste some coca powder, but no typical chocolate malts that you'd find in your average stout. pleasantly surprised.
drinkability is good, but the taste doesn't impress me enough to want more.
overall- like it or hate it, you have to give dogfish head credit for this one. it's not a bad beer, it's just wasn't really what I was expecting. This is also one of my first chili beers, so it's difficult to say if it's really better than others. In short, this one is worth picking up if you like DFH or something different.
07-23-2009 15:06:07 | More by tzieser
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
Theobroma poured a honey/orange color which was slightly cloudy and had a nice finger of light orange fine bubbled head. The head was short lived and left no lacing on the wall of my pint glass. I shared this ale with a good friend.
The aroma was of orange blossom, green grass and a slightly musty note.
The flavor was sweet honey upfront with a hint of muscat grape, followed by orange. There was a nice malt note which added dimention to the sweetness. I didn't taste the chilies but I did feel a burn. I couldn't say that I identified the flavor of cocoa nibs but there was a coating sensation on my tongue reminiscent of chocolate.
The mouthfeel was rich and full. There was a coating on my tongue which was reminiscent of the type of coating you get when eating chocolate. Ther was also a capsiasian burn with built gradually as I finished my pint. It began as a faint tingle, almost like a weak ginger ale bite, and developed into a mild burn which left me wanting more.
The drinkability was OK but given the burn that I began to develop on my tongue, I am not sure if a second pint would have tasted as good as the first.
07-22-2009 20:29:47 | More by ABOWMan
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
My 100th beer and I'd be darned if it wasn't a chocolate one Not what I expected for chile beer though. Color i orangish gold with a thin white head Has dogfish over the top smoothness. Taste is pepper following sweeter tn I thought it would be cocoa. It was a bottle my brother split with me but I think I could do a whole botlle its hust that smooth and a fairly good taste.
07-22-2009 01:36:11 | More by hdofu
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
A- Pours golden in color with a thin white head.
S- Smells like powdered cocoa and some other non-descript spiciness.
T- Taste is subtly WONDERFUL, like nothing I've had before. Flavors of dry cocoa and chocolate liqueur are met with a honey-like sweetness. The heat from the chillies emerges in the finish, which is an exciting sensation juxtaposed against the 55 degree temperature of the beer itself.
M- Medium bodied and slightly oily. Again, a great contrast between the heat of the chillies and the cool of the beer itself makes for a unique sensation!
D- I could drink several glasses of this stuff, it's just too unique!
07-20-2009 23:09:10 | More by jgasparine
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured into a perfect pint glass. It's a clear orange with no lacing or head retention, very similar to champagne.
Honey sweetness, a sour fruit note, and chocolate hit the nose.
A very unique brew indeed. The slight sourness it nice, and the chile is not overwhelming. Instead, it creeps up on your tongue at the end of each sip with minimal heat and some bitterness from the cocoa nips. The body is very light for a 9%er, making this more sessionable than expected.
Overall, DFH you are a crazy bunch. This beer was full of surprises. As a big fan of peppers, this beer was something I needed to try. I expected it to be much darker, which is wasn't. Also, the pepper as an accent to the beer rather than the focus was very pleasing. I liked more as it warmed up and the creativity.
07-20-2009 22:28:10 | More by mikey711
4.08/5 rDev +6%
Appearance - Amber, almost honey colored.
Smell -Some sweetness. Some spice.
Taste - Much like the nose but with a hint of chile going down. Reminds me of Midas (except for the chile).
Mouthfeel - Medium. Light carbonation.
Drinkability - Very drinkable. Wouldn't have guessed 9% ABV.
07-18-2009 23:38:03 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured into a pint glass. Not quite what I expected when I read of the chocolate in this brew. Color is orang-coppery! Pretty descent head. Good amount of carbonation bubbling up. Head dissolves quickly. Smell is mostly sweet. Taste is different than I expected as well! I was expecting something more along the lines of stout. Nope. It's quite nice though. Mildly sweet, bready malts, hops are subtle. Peppers really make their presence known! Wow! My lips are tingling after each sip! I think if they touted the pepper more on the label, it might scare some people off, but it works well!
Drinkability is good! It's not something I'm going to drink everyday, but I don't think that's the point of these Dogfish Head extreme brews. Definitely a must try! A very good beer to bring to a party or beer tasting!
This paired very well with the andouille sausage I had for dinner tonight!
07-18-2009 22:16:24 | More by Deus1138
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
Super disappointed. I thought this was goign to be a dark. More chocolate and maybe a porter type beer. Not at all....
appearance: golden and lager like, fast bubbles rising from the bottom.
smell: slight chocolate cocoa. That all Im smelling
taste: Tad bit of sweetness from the honey and a slight taste or cocoa. I didnt taste the chiil but I can feel the heat going down a little bit. Kinda of interesting... Not overwheling at all and it's the major purpose of the beer.
mouthfeel: thin... high carbonation
drinkability: different from what I expected but this is a beer is different and a solid selection. This will not be a everyday beer.
07-17-2009 22:47:55 | More by CampusCrew
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.
A- Pours a vibrant, glowing amber/orange. Initially, there is a healthy two fingers width of white head, but this dissipates almost instantaneously.
S- Not terribly complex. Detecting some sweetness from the honey and a subtle hint of spices. Beneath it all you can also pull out a bit of the cocoa nibs.
T- A lot different than what I was expecting based on previous chile beers I have had. A combination of honey sweetness and bready caramel malts. The chile is really noticeable at the end of each sip with a bit of the cocoa nibs. In fact, the heat from the chile is mostly felt afterwards in the chest and throat. That being said, it was the perfect amount of chile without becoming offensive.
M- Medium body feel. Decent amount of carbonation.
D- As far a DFH specialty beers go (i.e. Pangaea, Sah'tea, etc.) this was one of the more drinkable offerings. I wouldn't want to drink a whole bottle by myself, but if I had to I could. I think this is mostly due to the fact that the amount of chile they put in was just right.
Overall, for being a chile beer I was pretty impressed. I have had the opportunity to have several offerings of various chile beers from other breweries and this was easily the best one.
07-17-2009 15:30:35 | More by rhinos00
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
Been waiting almost 8 months for this, ever since I saw that I missed it last year. Is it worth the wait?
Appearance was lighter than I thought it would be, a medium yellow color, clear, with a half finger, fast and fizzy head that made quite a bit of noise. Wow, that was one sentence too.
Aroma had hints of cocoa, with some peppery spiciness (black pepper), honey, and lighter malts. Pretty good. I really don't smell chili peppers.
Taste was slightly sweet, with definite honey present. Very light hints of cocoa, and lightly smoky. Mild chili pepper notes, but very very light. I didn't really get any heat. All that being said about the taste, it really was not that impressive. It reminded me of Pangea. Kind of had a Belgian pale ale quality, and overall I wasn't impressed.
Mouthfeel was pretty good, well carbonated and light.
Drinkability... well, it was OK, but overall, I wouldn't seek it out again. It wasn't the most pleasant experience to finish the bottle. Better than Steel Reserve, but still I had to drink it rather quickly.
07-17-2009 01:55:07 | More by connecticutpoet
Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,927 ratings.