Theobroma | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

TheobromaTheobroma
BA SCORE
3.85/5
2,214 Ratings
TheobromaTheobroma
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by slvrmon82 on 03-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,590
Reviews:
779
Ratings:
2,214
pDev:
14.81%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
275
Gots:
371
Trade:
2
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Photo of robrio89
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of _nickg_
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of briandschorr
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Catfishhunter
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!

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
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

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Photo of Jjwilli2
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wpreynolds
1/5  rDev -74%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of ChrisHanna
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therubicon
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JulianBaughman
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zythophile
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.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GoBeerGo
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 2,214 ratings
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