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Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,908 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 192
Gots: 218 | FT: 3
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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Satan70

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-03-2012 17:18:11 | More by Satan70
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bobotron

Oregon

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-02-2012 20:14:04 | More by bobotron
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-02-2012 01:08:50 | More by Chugs13
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dkw0063

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-01-2012 15:35:08 | More by dkw0063
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rolive

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-27-2012 20:10:04 | More by rolive
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LSLarry64

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

11-27-2012 16:31:35 | More by LSLarry64
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Somewhat cloudy orange colored body with a thin white head.

S- Honey, cocoa, citrus, spices, hint of chile.

T- Honey definitely comes through first with a strong ginger-like taste as well. A slight chile taste comes in the middle, with some chocolate powder in the finish. Surprisingly subtle flavors besides honey.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, good sipper.

O- Nice beer, but nothing stands out. Definitely not chile-forward.

11-23-2012 18:45:26 | More by stephenjmoore
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MarioM

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2012 20:55:53 | More by MarioM
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Bills453

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

I must say that this is the last beer we tried during a nights tasting, I was pretty well along into the stages of drunkeness, and I'm going to copy my notes exact because I just now reread them and they're pretty fantastic.

Appearance - ancient hefeweizen

Smell - faint honey

Taste - it tastes like the drink of the gods. Honey, cocoa, chile powder.

Mouthfeel - smooth and chunky sediment.

Overall - I very much enjoyed this beer and look forward to having it again!

11-22-2012 13:39:31 | More by Bills453
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JimmyCop

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

11-21-2012 00:29:52 | More by JimmyCop
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jratt79

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

11-18-2012 00:37:26 | More by jratt79
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TheSteak22

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-17-2012 19:51:54 | More by TheSteak22
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Caedus

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a standard tulip glass

A: A murky orange color, lots of microbubbles streaming up, no head retention.

S: Tons of honey is immediate, bits of cocoa on the back end with just a hint of chilies after the beer warmed up.

T: Well Balanced, nothing too complex but the flavors present were very nice. The honey and chilies really pull through, just a bit of spices with some bread on the palate.

M: Lots of carbonation, medium bodied feel.

D: Very nice, very smooth, well balanced, very much enjoyed.

Full review here: http://bit.ly/UJV5gP

11-16-2012 09:04:26 | More by Caedus
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wembly13

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-14-2012 23:06:10 | More by wembly13
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SeamusDoyle

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

The aroma contains notes of chocolate chilies, grass, and some light pale lager aromas. It pours a slightly hazy amber with lots of fine sediment and a large yellow-tinged creamy head. The flavor starts with some light chocolate and sweet lager flavors. The chilies are noticeable in the background that slightly increases in the finish and mixes with some faint grassiness. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

11-14-2012 22:06:33 | More by SeamusDoyle
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-14-2012 02:52:59 | More by ralphw56
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-13-2012 19:52:07 | More by imperialking
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

11-12-2012 16:31:29 | More by oriolesfan4
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abex44

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-12-2012 02:01:06 | More by abex44
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Robdrinx

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-10-2012 23:21:34 | More by Robdrinx
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metalblack


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

11-10-2012 23:08:53 | More by metalblack
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steph1974

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-10-2012 22:49:53 | More by steph1974
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minterro

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Bought several months ago at spartan spirits, kinda pricey so wanted to save it for a special occasion. I believe this week warrants that... tests Wednesday, thursday and the GRE this morning, what a hell week.

A&S: transparent light orange/yellow colored head comes in pretty light. not very lively and not much head (very fizz and white but dies really quick). Lots of unfiltered particles on the bottom. the smell is very tropical tasting: honey, citrus, and some spices.

T&M: Going into this beer I wasn't sure quite what to expect as far as the chocolate tones, i knew they were going to be different but not sure how. lots of complexities to this one. upfront im getting a lot of white wine. Midway through the taste and after sometime for warming im getting more of the chile and honey tastes. Alcohol and a light hint of coco in the back end.

Overall: I'm liking the idea of dogfish head ancient brew series, and I'm going to give this beer a nod of approval mostly because it tastes like nothing I've ever had before, the only down side is this beer was quite expensive in my neck of the woods, I don't know how it was priced elsewhere but here I was looking at over 15 for a bottle.

11-09-2012 19:46:21 | More by minterro
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tbone1384

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-09-2012 14:39:43 | More by tbone1384
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-07-2012 20:11:12 | More by CB_Crowe
Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
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