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Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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87
very good

1,876 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 183
Gots: 201 | FT: 2
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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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/30/08. Rating #600!! Bottle. Pours a surprising light orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of light fruit, honeysuckle, and a hint of cocoa. Quite sweet and inviting. Flavor is similar with lots of sweetness and honey and a spicy chile finish that leaves my mouth and throat feeling hot. Not much of a cocoa presence though, other than a slight tinge of cocoa powder. Very smooth. A unique beer for sure but the flavor is a little lacking. Quite a sweet beer and yeah, the alcohol does catch up to you!
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 22:41:09 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden amber color with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate and sweet malts. A bit of honey and the chile peppers come through as it warms. Tastes a bit vinous. I pick up chocolate and caramel, honey, a weird spice that I assume is annatto. The peppers come through a bit as it warms but they are really faint. Thick syrupy body and mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Very interesting brew that is quite complex. I expected more chocolate and peppers. This is a beer I'm glad I tried, but probably wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 22:44:10 | More by johnnnniee
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SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours flat. A dark mead, crystal clear. Minimal carbonation accompanied by light scent. Aroma of honey covered apples. Initially hits honey, dry mead. A space is reserved for flowers with white petals. Then the chilies go, reminiscent of Mexican food, followed by a touch of cocoa. A special offering to be admired and a worthy contribution to the illumination of the sacred ales of the past. Can simplicity be confused for complexity? Of course, and in the simplicity a window of exceptional ale is revealed.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 03:31:11 | More by SeanRedd
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JRed

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey hue with small fleeting white head. A very distinct aroma of honey, lemon zest, pomegranate and chilies. Light in body and flavorful until the end. Notes of spiced honey, floral, lemon zest, chilies toward the finish and a splash of chocolate syrup that hides behind the other ingredients like a shy child behind a parent. A great drink for any season and could accompany many desserts like a flan or even an apple pie. There's a great balance of sweets and sour in this brew that could confuse your head for a while but after indulging in this decadence it becomes clear that there is no beer like this in the world.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-26-2008 03:17:59 | More by JRed
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good experiment from dogfish head and one I wouldn't mind having regularly. Not nearly as outlandish as it's ingredients would have you believe with only a light hint of the chili peppers and chocolate. Tastes a little boozy a first but goes down easier as you go along. I only wish they had smaller bottles.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-25-2008 00:42:30 | More by sonicdescent
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mbrasi

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Pours golden with small floaties suspended in the brew. The head dissipates fast and there is a little lacing left. Aroma is sweet, spice and a little fruity. Fairly dull on the palate, the carbonation is non existant, but still thick enough to not be watery. Flavor is different. I can taste chilis, honey, and spice. Not really hot but the flavor of chili is there. Not getting any cocoa though. I can drink this beer but I have no desire to get it again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-22-2008 23:40:16 | More by mbrasi
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wheelinshirt

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Capped 750 mL bottle, awesome label, purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem for $10.50.

Pours a clear golden orange with a modest white head that sports moderate retention and lacing. I happened to drink this with a friend while watching the beer episode of HowStuffWorks that focused on DFH and Theobroma in particular. They explained that the reddish color was important to symbolize the blood of the human sacrifices that would be given an alcoholic chocolate beverage mixed with the blood of previous sacrifices to give them courage. The appearance, then, is very successful. It looks like a bit of blood mixed with honey. And it is not nearly as gross as that all sounds.

The nose definately sports the ingredients listed on the label. Honey sweetness, subtle cocoa powder, restrained hot pepper. I am not familiar with annatto seeds, so I can't really comment. This beer smells very good and isn't the bruiser that one would expect from a chocolate/chile/annatto/honey beer.

Taste follows the smell. The honey makes it taste sweet without being sweet. It is fairly dry, the chili isn't as forward as I would like--it could use a bit more but too little isn't as bad as too much. I really like this beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

The most noticeable thing about the mouthfeel is how clean the finish is. With all of those different ingredients I expected it to linger, burn, or something but it doesn't. The body is medium light, ample carbonation, no complaints.

The drinkability of this one is excellent. I could have easily and gladly finished a whole 750 by myself, which isn't something I would normally say about such a big beer. It shows both courage and restraint. A real work of genius from Sam and DFH brewery.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-20-2008 16:49:06 | More by wheelinshirt
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AMoceri7

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have to say, I was thoroughly interested before buying this. But would have passed knowing what really lied behind this brew. I had the option between this or DFHs World Wide Stout. Wish I would have bought the stout.

A: Expected brown (chocolate) but received a beautiful honey color. No other way to describe it. Nice head and lacing that fades after a bit.

S: Pilsner-like. Eh, lots of wheat overtones and hard to pick out anything it describes. Not much at all and what I do smell I dont like. Maybe some faint chile but that may be the imagination.

T: Smooth with a bite. The bite might very well be the chile peppers seeping through. White muscat grape, honey with just a pinch of spice. The chocolate is very light and the farthest thing from entertaining. As it is faint, the chocolate is an obvious dark bitter bakers chocolate flavor. Although the chile is nearly unnoticeable in the taste or smell it is most obvious in the ructus relieving itself through the nose and mouth. No real obvious hop or malt character to it. None the less unimpressed with the flavor administered by this beer.

M: The carbonation compliments all flavors but dont let it fool you into thinking there is more to it than what is there. Smooth and inviting but never pays up.

D: Not bad, just like the rest of the beer, just nothing special. Finishing the wine like bottle tonight (trying to) to erase the 15 bucks I spent on it and move forward. But would do that either way.

Overall: For Dogfish Head standards, and standards that Sam himself has set with other incredible beers, this ranks in the "probably wont buy again" category and one you wouldnt be bragging about to your buddies. If you are thinking about buying it and are in love with Sams other beauties like Indian Brown Ale, Palo Santo Marron, 90 Minute IPA, Punkin Ale, Midas Touch or Raison D'Extra, this might not be your brew. This doesnt explode, not to say explosion is always good, but doesnt even meet the silent killer category.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-20-2008 08:40:45 | More by AMoceri7
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froghop

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy orange with a small egg-shell head, fizzy, some lacing.

smell is of white pepper, malt, some honey.

taste is creamy at first then becomes thin, spice, malt, honey, wood, and some cocoa.

overall i dont get the chili at all, but the cocoa is present in small quantities, the flavors do go well together one not overpowering the other.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-17-2008 04:06:43 | More by froghop
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joeack

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown with very small. Smell was sweet with raison and maple syrup overtones. Taste was sweet and the hney flavor is most dominant did not detect any chile at all. After it warmed up a bit the spice came thru somewhat. OVerall a good brew and nice for sipping on a cold night

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-16-2008 01:22:29 | More by joeack
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tsreynolds

New York

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the best tasting beer that I have ever had.

Appearance - A medium to light brown haze. It pours a two finger head but it didn't last long. The lacing remained on the glass throughout.

Smell - Hints of chili and chocolate.

Taste - At first I was overwhelmed by the chocolate taste which then changed to a sweet and spicy flavor. The aftertaste left you wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel - It was nicely carbonated and light in the mouth.

Drinkability - I could easily drink this all night. I had one then switched to another beer but found myself craving another and quickly switched back. Ended up having four by the end of the night. With the high abv I obviously was feeling good after four.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-11-2008 19:36:46 | More by tsreynolds
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Bigeter

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very pleased to actually find this beer and moreover happy to have gotten to drink it.

A- Pours a golden brown with a nice amount of head that dissipates at an above average rate.

S- Has unique sweet smell of honey but it is not overwhelming, you can also smell the cocoa and chili pepper if you are careful.

T- This is truly unique I was able to taste the both the cocoa and the chili peppers. A slight bitterness at first but the flavors come out as soon as I began to swallow. All the flavors seem to balance with each other very well.

F- Smooth and creamy but don't be fooled, this beer is still 9% by volume and its above average body is quite noticeable. The light carbonation however makes those strong characteristics ever so right.

D- This beer is quite good but after all too much of a good thing can happen. I could see the unusual flavors and high alcohol becoming less and less favorable if you were to drink multiple bottles in one sitting.

DFH seems to have found a very unique style and I look forward to the next batch this summer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-10-2008 23:27:05 | More by Bigeter
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Patrick999

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the reasons why we love Dogfish Head - high-concept beers like this one. I speak of beers that not only function as drinkable beers, but also as conversation pieces at the dinner table. There are several such examples, but few have engendered in me as much anticipation as Theobroma. I've been waiting. I finally found it, nestled scatter-shot amongst the other large bottles at my local liquor store.

I won't speak of the retail price. I'll just say that it wasn't at all cheap, even by Dogfish Head big beer standards.

Searching for an appropriate drinking vessel, I pulled out my Chimay chalice. A careful pour yielded about a thumbnail of thin, rapidly-dissipating foam that leaves behind little to no lacing. Held to the light, the body glows orange-red.

The nose is reminiscent of those Keebler chocolate-covered wafers I used to like as a kid. Another deep inhalation gives me some spice-bread Belgian-esque yeast aromas. As the beer warms, I begin to pick up some ancho chile pepper, slightly smoky and rustic. It's a strong, unique aroma. Is it a chocolate beer? A chile beer? Or perhaps some leftfield Fantome-type saison interpretation, with the kitchen sink thrown in for good measure?

Oddly enough, the first thing I notice about this beer upon my palate is some sort of tree nut, like a pine nut. That must be the annatto talking. It's quite nutty, upon first impression. If I didn't know it was annatto I'm tasting, I'd swear this was brewed with pine nuts. The beer warms, and the other flavors begin to reveal themselves. A strong cacao flavor asserts itself - I don't know that I've tasted such a raw, high-quality dark chocolate in a beer before. Warming further, the ancho chile contributes a little burn, while the not-overly-sweet honey helps tie these flavor components together. I almost forgot that this was 9% ABV, but the alcohol is there, buried way underneath, should you wish to go looking for it.

Have you ever had Dagoba organic chocolate bars? If not, search them out. They make one with a very high percentage cacao content from Mesoamerican beans, spiked with chile peppers. This beer reminds me a whole lot of that chocolate bar...and that is a good thing.

Feel-wise, there is a quick bite of carbonation that releases to a slightly viscous consistency. This seems appropriate - I don't think I'd want this to be a saison-like explosion of carbonation.

I didn't want to share this, and you won't, either....at least not your first bottle. More than likely, you'll want to pay attention and savor every drop of the unique contents within this 750ml bottle. In the sense that it has kept me interested, making me write this lengthy review, drinkability is good. In the sense that it is more expensive than most top-shelf Belgians, drinkability stinks. However, this "beer" is good enough that I will be buying another bottle, price be damned. You simply have to appreciate the quality ingredients, research, and execution that went into a drink like this.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-09-2008 17:14:28 | More by Patrick999
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a reddish tint to it and two inches of dense light beige head. Head settles slowly but eventually leaves just a thin lace and not a whole lot of stick.

Smell is quite sweet, with lots of honey in particular. Other than that there is some smoky pepper and earthiness. Interesting woodsy aroma, as well. I can definitely tell there are peppers in this as they have a nice smokiness to them. I don't really get much cocoa that stands out on its own, but it's a nice complement to the peppers.

Taste is not as sweet as the smell, but still has a nice honey sweetness - it just never gets bothersome or even close to cloying. There's also a lot more depth of flavor than there was smell. The other main flavors are a sweet and smoky flavor that is also somewhat earthy and woodsy - products of both the peppers and the cocoa, which really complement each other nicely. There is really only a very subtle spice, and the peppers overall taste a bit like a mild version of a chipotle. Very interesting flavor.

This is a medium body, and the feel is very smooth. Carbonation is pretty light, and it finishes clean.

This is one of the most interesting brews I've had in a long time. I like it. It's very different, and a really cool idea by DFH. This is definitely something that every beer geek should try. Pick it up.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-05-2008 01:40:31 | More by number1bum
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trbergman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Finally entering this from notes taken at Sunset Grill on 10/5/08.)

Poured from 750mL bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours an amber color with fine bubbles and two fingers of dense, off-white foam.

Smell - Honey, sweet, floral.

Taste - Bitter hops at first, with a mead-like honey taste in the middle. The chili spice is evident in the finish, but very mild, building on the palate over time. Chocolate is hard to detect.

Mouthfeel - Round and medium-bodied.

Drinkability - Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but one glass lends a healthy buzz. Flavorful, but a bit taxing to finish off a full bottle. (Having subsequently shared two other bottles, I can say that this is much better enjoyed one glass in a sitting.)

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-02-2008 22:47:16 | More by trbergman
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. 12/01/08.

Pours a clear golden orange color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is mostly chili pepper with cocoa and honey mixed in.

Taste has a lot of powdered cocoa and roasted chili pepper. Sweet malt, caramel, honey, and biscuit/bread are also present. The taste is fairly sweet but not cloying. Slight floral herbs and spices in the finish. There's a lingering tobacco aftertaste.

Feel is thick, smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is a bit low and it's a bit heavy. There's a bit of heat from it from the peppers, but it's not an alcohol type of heat. Drinkability is kinda low for me. It's too heavy for me to drink a lot of it. I think a 750ml bottle is a bit much for one person. I recommend splitting this with friends.

Overall, a very interesting beer. It tastes different from anything I've ever had. It's definitely worth a try, but it is a bit expensive (~$13 for 750ml).

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

12-02-2008 03:51:02 | More by bkilpatr
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Bung

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light brown pour. White head with a minimal amount of lacing. Interesting aroma, sweet cocoa and honey. Rather lively in the mouth, but not over carbonated. Not as sweet as the nose would suggest, more like accents to standard roast malt and piney/citrus hops. Some roast nutty like spice in the finish. Reminds me a bit of a nut brown ale with some cocolate mixed in. Definetely very interesting and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-30-2008 20:50:01 | More by Bung
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bhalter8

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle bought at Toco Giant here in Atlanta, poured into a goblet. Pours a perfect , rich Amber color, lighter than expected (although not sure how I could have expected much given the style). Apparent carbonization led to a medium head, only slightly off-white. The smell is very faint, I can detect the cocoa, but nto nearly as much as you might expect reading the label, and considering DFH history of some overwhelmingly, sweet brews. The taste is solid, but once again, not too strong. The cocoa and honey hints are there, but do not take over the flavor of the ale. For the last time, I was surprised by the lack of overwhelming sweetness and chocolate. Pleasantly surprised though, as it led to a slightly more drinkable style that usual, in my opinion, for DFH. The relatively light carbonization also led to the muted mouthfeel. An interesting beer to try, but certainly not going into the rotation.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-28-2008 21:41:01 | More by bhalter8
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cjgator3

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a brownish amber with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pretty faint, with some fruitiness and hints of cocoa and just a touch of chili's. I would like to see the aroma a little more aggressive, but the faint flavors that are there are very interesting.

T- The taste like the aroma features some chocolate and caramel. There is also just a hint of spiciness as well. There is a very faint lingering heat from the Chili's that is pretty interesting. The taste is very unique, unlike anything else I have tried.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Theobroma is very drinkable for a 9% ABV beer. The beer gets much better as it warms up.

Overall, the concept of this beer is very interesting and it does get some points for being original. It is definitely a beer that is worth trying for it's uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-27-2008 05:34:59 | More by cjgator3
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden orange color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is pretty light, it smells like chocolate and honey, not much else from what I can tell. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like chocolate, mild chilies, honey and a fruity taste that I'm not exactly sure what it is. Overall it's a unique flavor, that's about the only way I can describe it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit dry in the finish and has soft carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and not hard to drink. This isn't what I expected at all, I thought the chocolate and chilies flavor would be stronger. But with that being said, I liked it a lot. It's quite an interesting brew, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-27-2008 00:27:50 | More by bluejacket74
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Domingo

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even if you don't like something from Dogfish Head, you at least have to respect what went into it.
So far I haven't been a huge fan of their ancient brews, but I think this one's the exception.
Pours a murky beige color that reminds me a little of a old-style hefeweizen.
Texture on this is pretty thick.
Smells a little like a Yoohoo. Milk chocolate, honey, and a little bit of frutiness that I can't identify. Maybe lychee? Not picking up much flavor or heat from the chilis, but maybe they're producing the vague fruity flavor I pick up? Pretty sweet, but I think that's intentional. Milk chocolate flavors without sweetness tend to get lost a little.
I split a bottle of this and I probably could've polished it off myself. It's fairly potent, but it doesn't really let on that it's 9%.
Of the historical brews from DFH, this one's by far my favorite.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-24-2008 19:52:57 | More by Domingo
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FordBrewing

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been eagerly searching for this when a friend came across a few bottles and surprised me with it one evening.

Pours a mostly clear, orange body with creamy white head that quickly diminishes, with fair lacing. The first thing you notice with this beer is the smell. Notes of chocolate, cocoa, and a bit of honey are quickly evident. Unfortunately as great as this smells, it is lacking in taste. It is medium bodied with an almost creamy texture and average carbonation. It almost comes across as chalky on the palate.

The same friend that brought me this bottle described it as "like drinking a bowl of halloween candy", and I would have to agree. The cocoa aroma and taste are great, but that's about where it stops for me. A good, but not great experiment by Sam and the folks at Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-24-2008 19:28:01 | More by FordBrewing
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, some chili's, coco. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of chili's. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew, quite different to say the least. Thanks Tim.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-23-2008 20:18:25 | More by Wasatch
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Goliath

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch cream colored head. Retention is somewhat poor, although not horrible. It leaves no lacing behind however.

The aroma is decent, and there's actually something in the nose that reminds me of macro lager. But the nose is somewhat sweet, with a bit of sugar and of course chocolate. There's a little bit of spice in the nose as well. Kind of a light biscuity malting too.

The taste is really interesting. It's somewhat sweet, with notes of sugar and cocoa. The ancho chile is very mild, but certainly discernable. A pale malt profile brings in a touch of bread. Very unique. some of the flavors just give me a fake extract feel, like child's drink.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is low to moderate. Really interesting flavors indeed. I'm never a huge fan of their archaeological beers, but I like the idea of doing them which goes a long way for me. I do think it will be rather difficult to finish this champaign bottle by myself though, and really wished I had waited to share this with a few friends. Even a 12 oz pour may prove to be a difficult feat.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-22-2008 21:41:02 | More by Goliath
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PEBKAC

New York

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

VSK night at The Blind Tiger. Had this during last year's VSK, & don't remember much except not being wowed by it. I was actually eying the Midas Touch just as it was erased off the chalkboard & had to call an audible before the bartender lost interest. Conversing with all the DFH groupies in the audience, I couldn't remain blissfully ignorant, so I went with it.

Seven bucks for 12oz pour of this milk chocolate-colored brew. A thick, yet porous head, the fat from the cocoa skims the top just like the hot stuff.

Smell was dusty with cocoa, & lighthanded with the chilies, giving a smokey bitterness that tries to sharpen up the nose.
Very soft... but way too subtle.

Taste was much of the same. Not enough cocoa to keep it from being watery sadly. Slightly smokey & stillborn chilies, the honey does come through, but with everything else so muted, it doesn't help much. A flash of alcohol & bready malt finish things up without much commotion.

Boring, along with the usual DFH specialty pricetag would probably keep me from having this again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-21-2008 19:44:31 | More by PEBKAC
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