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Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,955
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 195
Gots: 226 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ale207, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

chrismel, Jan 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

PackerBacker, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle from Frugles.

A - Deep amber orange with brown overtones, thin head that quickly dissipates. The sound of the pour was sizzling. Was not expecting a beer with "cocoa" to be this color.

S - Cocoa, mild peppers. Some floral aspects.

T - Interesting. Starts off with the cocoa and honey, then you get the pepper bite and aftertaste on the finish (which could be mistaken for alcohol burn,which may be in mix), with some malt flavorings

M - Solid. The carbonation is on the low side, but it has enough to keep it sharp and give it some sizzle at the finish.

O - My first thought was that a beer with peppers, cocoa, and "ground annato" might be potentially disturbing. I was wrong. The cocoa is not overpowering, and with the honey, balances out the chilies and spices really well. An interesting and well done offering from Dogfish.

Apellonious, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

bbrown12, Jan 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Yabev15, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Charlie_Hoss, Jan 02, 2013
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4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I treated myself to this for New Years Eve. Unfortunately I didn't make it due to the 3- 750ml strong ales I started with. So it's my New Years Day Ale. It has a nice chocolatey, citrus nose with a perfect balance of cocoa, chilies, and honey on the pallet. Delicious!

Topheropolis, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

NYR_Rob, Jan 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

RastaHolden, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Raynae, Dec 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

johnsonni, Dec 27, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger bubbly cream-colored head. Decent retention but no lacing. Clear but some floaters make their way into the glass as the pour nears the end of the bottle.

S – Caramel malt, cocoa, chili peppers, a little bit of coffee, and maybe some cinnamon.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt quickly followed by spicy chilies and cinnamon. It eventually mellows into bittersweet cocoa.

F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky mouthfeel, and a spicy finish. Some spice and sweet cocoa flavors linger and pair well with the heat from the chilies and maybe from the alcohol.

O – This is an interesting brew. Like a lot of DFH beers that I’ve had, it’s somewhat underwhelming after reading the explanation on the bottle. The cocoa is only subtly noticeable while the chilies seem to take the forefront. Even after looking at this as a chile beer, I’ve had better examples of the style. Nevertheless, it’s a tasty and drinkable beer.

BlackBelt5112203, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

mattyb85, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jbarra101, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MikeRoni, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

trevorpost, Dec 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ThisWangsChung, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

IanWingy, Dec 25, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How in the heck is it that I have never before reviewed this beer?!? I must be slipping ...

My initial pour netted two fingers of foamy, fizzy French Vanilla-colored head with moderate retention. Color was a deep golden-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a spicy pepperiness that seemed to tickle the back of my throat. Mouthfeel was medium and the way that the spice was muted yet present and discernible was quite unexpected. I seem to remember it as much more pronounced but this was really pleasant. The chocolate seemed to get lost in the mix as I really did not perceive it until the extreme finish. The finish itself was dry, but not gaspingly so, as one might expect from the presence of chile. Good stuff!

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

dsshuck, Dec 24, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is a 2010 vintage from my cellar. I drank it tonight to celebrate the world not ending and the Mayans being wrong after all. Poured into my DFH snifter. Carbonation definitely has diminished over the two years. Bright orange colored body, which was not what I expected from a beer brewed with chocolate. Smell was sweet. Taste was very interesting. The honey was really up front, followed by the hint of chili at the end. This beer is what would happen if DFH made a mead. Mouthfeel was smooth and dry. I give this beer extra points because it surprised me but I still liked it.

morebeergood, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

SportsandJorts, Dec 22, 2012
Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,955 ratings.