Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Chile Beer
Ranked #7
Ranked #18,854
3.85 | pDev: 14.81%
Feb 14, 2021
Mar 21, 2008
Very Good
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Aug 22, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by Gemini6 from Michigan

May 05, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Mar 19, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

May 14, 2019
Rated: 3.18 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a snifter due to the ABV.
The appearance was a mildly dark orange murky milky color almost light brown color with a small cap of a little white foamy head. This swiftly fell off to barely leave any lace.
The aroma had some milk chocolate, honey and chili peppers. With some warmth, the chocolate subsides and let's the honey and chili peppers take a firmer hold.
The flavor started off sweet with the honey and chocolate but leans into the chili peppers as I continued on. Mild aftertaste of honey, cocoa powder and chili pepper.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Chili pepper heat is noticeable but not burdensome. Good carbonation and ABV. Mild finish of chili pepper heat and honey, some dry cocoa powder substance.
Overall, I need to find more of this style as at least this one was very well done.
Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 4 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by robrio89 from Connecticut

Oct 01, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by _nickg_ from New Jersey

Aug 08, 2017
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Reviewed by briandschorr from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Don't let the nose fool you. Sorry, this was my least favorite part. This beer is complex. A great head, good lacing and a wonderful taste. The honey overpowered the chocolate for me and I also noticed a mild heat in the aftertaste. As a fan of chocolate beers this is one of the best I have ever tried. If you are looking for a unique experience then this is well worth a try.
Aug 03, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Catfishhunter from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
One of my favorite beers. Has been awhile since I have had it but the cocoa and pepper presence are apparent in this beer. As always with dogfish beers, the mouthful is good and substantial. Beer pours a dark golden brown color. Light head and good carbonation. Tough to explain this one and it may not be for everyone but it is a deliscious beer imo!
Jun 23, 2017
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Reviewed by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
2009 backlog. 14 oz sample from a 750ml bottle. Smells like a cinnamon roll. Thin head, moderate lacing. Tastes like holiday cookies, except it starts out sweet and ends spicy. I fucking loved this beer. Dogfish head never ceases to amaze me with their experimentation.
Jun 14, 2017
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear medium golden brown pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of chunky sediment at the end of the pour.

S: Sweet and fruity mixed with vegetables and chilis.

T/F: Semi-sweet and tart... honey and mild citrus/kiwi. Cocoa is present at the finish and there is some chili flavor with a very mild burn (more a tingle) in the aftertaste. Complex... floral and spicy... aromatic. Definitely warming... finish is sticky and leaves you wanting a bit more.

O: I've had this a few times and every time I walk away with a different experience/opinion of the beer. Complex as hell.... it's not really a Chile beer... although there is some VERY mild heat in the aftertaste... more an herbed fruit beer. One to experience, and it changes character nicely with age. I wouldn't want a steady diet of this but can definitely appreciate what it brings to the table and what DFH has accomplished here and I'm raising my overall rating accordingly.
Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.62 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Dec 26, 2016
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Rated by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Has a very strange aroma, but decent taste. Do not be discouraged by smell alone
Dec 19, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by Jjwilli2 from New York

Nov 25, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 1 by wpreynolds from New Jersey

Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by ChrisHanna from Virginia

Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Jun 23, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

May 27, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania

May 06, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Dark gold color, seems like it might be filtered, the clarity was pretty good, mild white 1/2" head. Aroma was very mild, I expected a bunch of cocao or chocolate, but that wasn't really here.

Taste gave way to the honey sweetness more than anything chocolate. They hype up all this chocolate discussion on the label and then it falters in the mouthfeel. Disappointing. Just they talk about chocolate and chiles and all I come up with is some sweetness and golden promise. Alcohol drank every bit like it was 10%+ and the format definitely makes it so this won't be a repeat purchase.
Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by therubicon from Delaware

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 3.27 by JulianBaughman from Pennsylvania

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by AD17 from New Jersey

Mar 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
ttle Date: 6/26/14
Palate Contaminants: a nice steak

Okay, not sure how well this is going to go. I didn't realize how old the bottle was when I bought it.

Appearance is a murky gold, with some visible particulates. There's virtually no lacing.

Smell is heavy, freshly ground coffee. There's also a bit of weizen aroma.

Taste lines up with the smell pretty well, but there's dark chocolate present. This is somehow very earthy without any woodiness. There's bitterness, but it's not bitter. There sweetness, but it's not sweet. Good idea, but unless the taste decay happens in only a few months, I don't know how much backing it up a year would help. Maybe it's the greatest thing in the world when it's only a day old.

Feel is slightly carbonated. The particulate matter doesn't stand out.
Mar 19, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by Jackalope1977 from Michigan

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by GoBeerGo from New Hampshire

Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Skellbop from New York

Mar 07, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by Jamstone714 from Florida

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by mbranna1 from Michigan

Feb 01, 2016
Rated: 4.62 by mcloud2 from North Carolina

Jan 30, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by AJmon13 from Ohio

Jan 28, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from Total Wine-Claymont. Complex character with lots of unique ingredients. Kudos to DH for bringing history to life. hard to describe, but worth the effort....
Jan 19, 2016
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