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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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Lukas

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-03-2012 02:14:20 | More by Lukas
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CJS

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-02-2012 19:04:47 | More by CJS
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: gold, no head, no lacing. Nice color.
S: notes of honey, malt and spice. Not bad.
T: sweet at front with honey, not picking up on the chocolate. The chiles are evident at th back. Nothing special.
M: high carbonation and medium bodied. Finishes dry and hot.
O: not my style. Too much going on and not a fan of chiles in brew. Hot finish and I can't dectect the cocoa.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 00:14:25 | More by Infamous7100
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ChrisH1024

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to briefly describe this. Overall, the appearance is light and gold with little head. It smells very sweet but finishes with spice. I get sweetness and honey in the beginning with spice at the end. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated. Overall, it may be because I didn't know what to expect, but I feel like this beer isn't what I was expecting in a beer that came recommended. Average for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 00:04:42 | More by ChrisH1024
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BubblesInMyBeer

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-01-2012 18:05:44 | More by BubblesInMyBeer
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-31-2012 21:33:51 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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ejfreed

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-31-2012 20:02:39 | More by ejfreed
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jklecko2

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

10-30-2012 19:11:42 | More by jklecko2
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-30-2012 15:37:37 | More by sendbeer
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seplo

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-29-2012 20:05:51 | More by seplo
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prisoner1572

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

10-29-2012 15:44:09 | More by prisoner1572
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Cambo04


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-29-2012 15:10:09 | More by Cambo04
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socon67

New York

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light copper color. Visible carbonation and slight lacing. Cloudy look.

S - Smells of spices and vanilla. Behind that some cocoa powder is present. There is a bit of a hoppy presence. The blend seems like I've walked into a florist.

T - Not all that impressed. First, the spicy feel seems misplaced a bit. Very convulated, and it seemed to take over the chocolate and vanilla flavors that smelled so nice. There is almost no heat from the chilies. It shouldn't be considered a chile beer.

M - Medium feel that masks its ABV well. The spice gets a little tedious on this one. I'd have hoped it could be toned down. Balance is a bit toward the extreme side. It is however, a good beer to pair with food.

O - I tend to like the DFH experimental beers, but this one I'll pass on. It just seemed a bit of a mix-match that didn't do any one thing really good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 02:17:57 | More by socon67
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PacNWDad

Washington

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

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a large snifter. Nice amber, honey hue, with some cloudiness from the yeast. Modest amount of lace on the side of glass. Aroma is strong malt and almost winey. Strong alcohol overtones. Chile pepper becomes apparent in the flavor. Very sweet, not a highly hopped or floral beer. Some bitterness from chocolate nibs. Very robust mouth feel with some heat due to alcohol and peppers. Overall a very unusual and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:28:10 | More by PacNWDad
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Blixa

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-25-2012 00:50:29 | More by Blixa
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usaftenor


3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-24-2012 23:20:44 | More by usaftenor
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-24-2012 18:23:56 | More by Navalartichoke
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DMacQ

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-22-2012 19:47:31 | More by DMacQ
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Antp

New York

2/5  rDev -48.1%

10-22-2012 18:58:43 | More by Antp
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username

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-21-2012 18:42:06 | More by username
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mcdsports

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-21-2012 02:00:12 | More by mcdsports
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aflies

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-20-2012 02:55:22 | More by aflies
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Surprised to see it's so light. A hazy glowing orange color with a white head.

Aroma: A dusting of cocoa powder and just a hint of the chile addition.

Taste: Bight palate at first and then you get the cocoa and the heat from the chiles hit you in the aftertaste. Very interesting beer. No hop presence so that low 8 IBU rating is right on. Can't detect the 9% ABV at all except in the heat on the aftertaste (but that might just be the chiles). The palate is basically 40% chocolate, 40% chile, and 20% miscellaneous beer flavor (other malts, yeast, etc).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sort of soft but not creamy. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: It's not everyday you see a light colored chocolate beer, so that's unique in itself. This is an all around interesting and likable beer. Would I drink it again? Maybe, if it was shared among friends or in otherwise small doses.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:56:37 | More by JamesMN
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TsunamiShirahime


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-18-2012 04:44:43 | More by TsunamiShirahime
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fooziex

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-18-2012 02:15:16 | More by fooziex
Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.