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Theobroma - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,096
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 227
Gots: 282 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: slvrmon82 on 03-21-2008

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!).

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark golden honey color with half of a finger of white head that quickly dissipated into a thin crown/halo of white bubbles.

Aroma: Strong aromas of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked bread. I also get lots of floral notes such as straw, clover, freshly cut grass. There’s also notes of honey and caramel-like sweetness, chocolate, spices such as black pepper, chilies, and a touch of cinnamon. Smells delicious!

Taste: Just as delicious as the aroma! Sweet honey and citrus upfront and Belgian yeast. A lot of spice. Black pepper, honey, herbs. Then comes the spicy “heat” (more like pleasant tingle on the sides of the tongue) of the ancho chilies. Finally, the chocolate aftertaste that finishes long and pronounced, but slightly bitter and not overpowering or sweet. This beer is extremely well balanced between the chili, the chocolate and the honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall thoughts: From the way the beer is described on the label, having been brewed with cocoa powder and nibs, Askinosie Chocolate, honey, ancho chilies and annatto, I was expecting a dark beer, like a Mexican mole sauce, and the dark golden honey color totally surprised me and the surprises kept coming. I found this beer extremely complex and exceptionally good.

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Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,096 ratings.