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Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,003
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 198
Gots: 240 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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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.

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Bomber, poured into pint glass (not the best choice, but all I had to work with).

A: Pale gold, hazy, lots of sediment, loud soda-like carbonation that quickly fades away.

S: Grapes are the main element to the nose, as best I can tell. Maybe a little honey. This bottle may be a little past its prime (it was the last one, rescued from a midtown Texaco...?!?)

T: Very complex and sweet, grapes up front, fading into honey and just the faintest wisp of cocoa. The chile shows up as a little warming sensation in the back of the throat. Keeps you interested till the last sip.

M: Initially light, smooth and foamy but finishes with a little syrupy honey-like character.

O: So much going on with this beer. It needs to be experienced, not consumed with a meal or as part of a tasting flight; this beer demands individual attention. That being said, it is an experience like no other. Leave your preconceived notions at the door.

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S - Has a nice aroma of honey with a very small amount of cocoa.

T - You get a brief taste of cocoa followed by a honey taste. The peppers settle smoothly on your tongue and stay there along with a hint of cocoa which make it very nice.

M - Nice and creamy

O -This is a very unique beer for me and it took a few sips for me to truly appreciate it. I really love the spice of this beer and it is truly enjoyable to sip from a snifter.

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Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,003 ratings.