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Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 212
Gots: 267 | 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!).


(Beer added by: slvrmon82 on 03-21-2008)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 to a pint glass

A- pours a light golden amber w a thin white lace, some visible carbonation and some floating particles, very pretty beer

S- smells of honey, cocoa, eucalyptus, licorice, toffee, slightly medicinal, some apricot, a touch of ginger, some banana and clove

T- taste is so much different than the smell, some sweet malts up front, then a big smokey blast mid sip, tons of spice, so cayenne, chili, and pepper, finishes with the sweetness of honey

M- light on the feel and body, despite the 9%, spicy, and dry

O- interesting brew, tons of flavors constantly changing in the mouth, if this is what the ancients brewed, beer must've been amazing!

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Poured this Chile Beer from a bottle into a pint glass. Awesome story behind this brew, says the beer is "The Food of the Gods". Brewed with Aztec cocoa powder and nibs, Askinosie Chocolate, honey, ancho chilies and annatto.The recipe is based on chemical analysis of pottery fragments found in Honduras, which scientists claim is the earliest known alcoholic chocolate drink.

Awesome story aside, this beer poured a hazy golden color, produced a thin white head and, featured average retention and it left some lacing behind. The aroma consisted of cocoa, spicy pepper and honey. Medium bodied, there is a foundation of cereal grains, sweet honey and dark fruit. Spicy pepper, nutmeg- smooth choclate and subtle hints of chilies. Beer warms at the finish-dry- Overall, awesome beer- I was expecting a bit more heat from the chili peppers but still highly recommended.

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Poured a hazy golden orange with a frothy one and a half finger bright white head, moderate lacing and some sediment.

Aroma of honey , malts and yeast, did not pick up any cocoa or chiles.

Taste starts slight sweet with honey, malt with a slight hint of chocolate. As the beer comes to room temperature, the spiciness of the chilies come to the front.

Mouth Feel was medium body, lots of carbonation, smooth then spicy.

Overall this was a very interesting beer that begs you to ask where is the chilies in this beer? Then as the beer warms you go from a balance of sweet honey and chocolate to nice spicy chilies. An enjoyable beer.

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Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.