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Theobroma | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

very good
776 Reviews

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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!).


Added by slvrmon82 on 03-21-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mr. Goodbar's. Golden body. Expected hotter peppers but it was muted, more cinammon and cloves. Little head. More like a roobis tea with flavouring addd to a beer. So-so drinkability. Not for everyone. Average mouthfeel. Might be better on cask.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

A: thin head and no lacing really on a clear bright golden with slight copper hue body.

S: caramel malts, toffee and cocoa.

T: The cocoa and honey notes are excellent and mesh very well. There is a light chili spiciness throughout greatest in the finish. Sour citrus notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very interesting beer which changes quite a bit as it is enjoyed. One of the better ones of the series.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the more interesting archeological dogfish brews. the pour is a really bright bronze color, with a lot of suspended spent yeast, looks like a snow globe. short white lace rests on top. the nose is sweet and floral from the honey, with a touch of smoke and spice from the ancho peppers, and some unique earthy character, which i can only imagine comes from those annatto tree seeds. the flavor really features the honey, theres a mild sweetness throughout, with some undertones of raw cacao, but no decadent chocolate to this at all, more of an organic bitterness like cocoa powder. the chili pepper flavor is very mild, and really only comes into play in the finish, providing just a touch of warmth, which combined with the alcohol actually produces a beautiful conclusion to this beer. the mouthfeel works, it could stand a little more carbonation i think, but the body is soft and round, plenty drinkable. definitely one of the better beers in this series of old world recreations.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first picked up this beer and read the description of it on the label I assumed it was going to be a dark beer. Turns out I was completely wrong and it poured out as a really vibrant orange color. I can only assume that this beer has more surprises in store for me. The smell of the beer had some earthy chocolate aromas coming off of it. I wasn't able to pick up much Chili pepper on the nose though. The taste of the beer gives off that same bitter earth chocolate note with just a hint of the pepper in the background. It's a very subtle chili beer, not one of those that is undrinkable because it's like drinking fire. The mouthfeel of this brew has a good thickness to it much like DfH's big bottles. Overall I really enjoy this beer quite a bit, I don;t buy it too often but I feel like I want to have it again sometime soon.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured a clear light golden yellow in color with only a few bubbles floating on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the nose, which has light aromas of honey and grapes.
T: Like the smell, flavors of honey and grapes dominate the overall taste. There are some hints of chili peppers and cocoa in the finish.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a touch of carbonation. The finish has a very mild amount of dryness and a bit of heat from the chili peppers.
D: Although the alcohol is masked rather well from the taste, this beer still tastes strong and is one that needs to be sipped given its amount of cloying sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is more like a 'kitchen sink' beer than a chili beer. It's got all the crap that the ancients could think of, including a little bit of malt. The beer has a bright copper-amber hue at first, but poured a hazy rusty hue toward the end of the bomber. Head formation was fair, as well as retention and lacing. Rich aromas of honey, chocolate, toffee, and molassas fills the nose along with herbal and perfumy notes. Flavors strongly favor the honey and mask a lot of the malt base. Very sweet to taste with a powerful underlying taste of cocoa, almonds, pecans, and cashews. Again, hints of corriander, orange peel, cherries, cumin, and a flowery note give the beer a lot of complexity. Flavors of the chilis gain intensity and are noticed going into the finish. The beer's weight favors the honey as well, but allowing a soft malt blend to substantiate the beer. Quite warming from mid-palate on from a blend of the chilis and alcohol. The heat never offends but does give the beer a little something extra. The chilis also seem to balance the sweetness with the low hop (if any) additions. A very nice experimental beer. I'll have to see how this one ages out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky head; average retention and a few squiggles of lace here and there

Smell: Clearly meadlike, with plenty of honey, and the cocoa powder is also discernable

Taste: Sweet, graham cracker malt and vanilla, up front, with a growing honey character; by mid-palate, the malted milk and ancho chile flavors arrive in force; cannot detect the nutmeggy annatto flavor other than through the power of suggestion; after the swallow, the chile and chocolate flavors persist and blend with the honey; memorably hot finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; rather creamy; with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting how the hotness of the chile takes on the role of the bitterness of the hops in modern beers; worth a try but not sure I would want to re-visit very often

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a medium pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Chiles and staled grain is not as interesting as I had expected. Taste is more geared toward Chiles then anything else and chocolate notes are very hard to distinguish. Body is about average with OK carbonation and no sign of alcohol. I kind of understand the experience but I am not sure why someone would want to drink this more then once.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like DFH's labels a lot - next texture, solid, informative, and attractive. And now for another of their trips back in time...

This beer pours a hazy pale orange-amber hue, with one finger of thin fizzy white head, which disappears rather quickly, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of sweet, fruity honey, almost like Concord grape juice, and musty, grainy malt. The taste is more sweet earthy honey, that grape rope licorice, mild indeterminate spice, some very faint chocolate, and soft, feathery malt. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, fruit-like, and generally smooth. It finishes sweet, but moderately so, the honey's temperance aiding in that respect.

Like their Midas Touch, the wine aspect of this beer is hard to ignore, especially in this case, where we were overtly promised chocolate and chilies. A tasty affair, to be sure, but the chili spice is just a little too reserved, and the 'poor man's saffron' probably just gets lost in the fray.

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Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Map Room.

Served in a fluted tulip glass. It was light orange with a high level of clarity. Visible streams of carbonation and a lasting head. There was a little bit of broken lacing around the edge.

Aroma wasn't all that complex or unusual. Overripe fruit esters, some faint background maltiness.

Earthy flavors presumably from the cacao nibs or chiles, or maybe annato seed. No tingle or heat from the chile, but there was that herbal earthiness that hinted at it. Some dried orange peel, with mild bitterness there also.

I guess I was hoping for something exotic, and it just seemed a little half-hearted. Carbonation was light and carried it nicely, but I didn't want any more after the one glass.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tangering with a white head. Lots of sweetness in the aroma--sweet malt, some breads, honey, spices, and a bit of chocolate. The taste is very similar with a lot of sweetness balanced out by quite a bit of spiciness. Both the flavors are fairly extreme but balance well. Some cocoa in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and quite carbonated; the spices linger on the tongue and create a dryness after the swallow. Fairly complex.

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Photo of oberon
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have been wanting to try this beer for awhile,I picked it up today and well...I wish I hadnt spent the money I did for it.Poured a clear golden with no head what so ever,it looked flat.Aromas are fruity with a light shot of spice,not like ancho's though,more heat than expected.Very light chocolate on the palate with the alcohol showing thru,the chile comes thru in the aftertaste.Eh not what I thought it would be,the spicey burbs are the best thing about this beer in my mind.

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Photo of nickfl
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head on a clear, deep golden body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Moderately fruity yeast with earthy, floral honey. Very mead-like.

T - Honey and brown sugar up front. Muddled spices in the middle, clove, cinnamon and allspice in small amounts. The finish is dark and thick with more honey and quite a bit of dark chocolate with earthy red pepper.

M - Medium, yet very oily, body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Like all of DFH's ancient ales, this is a weird one. The spices are muddled and really don't come off very well, but the chocolate is very nice and, oddly, adds a lot to the mouthfeel. This is almost like a spiced holiday version of Midas Touch. Worth trying... once.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish amber with a thin white head which fades rapidly. Smell is interesting - sweet flowers/fruity, malt, with a little cocoa. As it warms there is an increasing honey presence. Taste is just strange - sweet and mildly peppery with a faint cocoa and chili spice. Some yeasty dryness to the finish. Just generally odd to me and not sure what to make of it. Expecting more chili and chocolate here. Probably one and done for this.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sunny Sunkist tangerine with light showers of fine yeast. With cocoa powder and cocoa nibs as ingredients, I was expecting the beer to be much darker. The ecru-ivory colored cap is on the crackly side and isn't very sticky. A few sorry scraps of melty foam are all that make it to the glass.

The nose is different in a way that is hard to put into words. It's fruity and spicy, although none of the rather unconventional ingredients are appreciated per se. I'm probably talking myself into smelling the cocoa powder. In the end, the aroma isn't very interesting, which is the one thing that I thought this ale would have going for it.

The story behind Theobroma's inspiration and creation is available at the top of this page, so I won't recount it here. Suffice it to say that this is another one of those Dogfish Head historically-accurate brews that could have done anything from succeed admirably to fail miserably. It does neither, but it comes disappointingly closer to the latter.

Carob (or malted milk) is the first flavor that engages the taste buds. It's quite an odd vibe coming from such a lightly colored beverage. Honey contributes a light sweetness without adding much flavor. Ancho chile adds a modest amount of heat and possibly a little earthy flavor as well. Annatto is supposed to be slightly sweet and peppery, but then how would one know with honey and chile peppers in the house?

In the end, the flavors never really come together into a unified whole and simply aren't interesting enough to make me want to keep on keepin' on. Historical interest aside, this simply isn't very good beer. On a positive note, almost no alcohol is appreciated on the palate. The central nervous system is another matter entirely.

The mouthfeel is no great shakes either. It's medium in heft, is somewhat slick, and lacks bubbles, which leads to a lack of volume and a shortage of creaminess. It looks like 'look', also known as appearance, is the highlight.

Theobroma is not one of Dogfish Head's better efforts. I appreciate that Sam likes to push the envelope (and I applaud him for it), but good beer has to be the end result or nothing else matters. For my money, Chateau Jiahu is the much better 'ancient civilization pottery fragment residue recreation' beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Copper Mine Pub (North Arlington, NJ) on 7/24/09. 8 oz pour served in a Chimay glass.

Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber, with a big foamy finger off-white head. Retains around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving some solid spotty lacing back. The aroma is sweetly spicy in the nose, with notes of cocoa, honey, citrus, and finally, a tickle of chile powder. There is a certains denseness to the nose here, but it is in no way indicitive of the higher ABV that is present.

The taste is cocoa and honey that combine to give this a sticky sweet base, with some additional fruity esters mixing in. The chiles catch fire in the finish, really putting a fairly intense dry lingering spiciness on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick and relatively lower feeling carbonation in the mouth, which compliments the bulk of the sweetness in this. Also, the ABV is extremely well hid in this. There a bit of heft but this is definitely a steady sipper.

I always find it interesting that Dogfish comes up with these wacky extreme beers that always (for good or bad) seem to end up tasting just the way they were shooting for. This is no different, with honey, cocoa, and chile all prominently being on display. Tasty stuff!

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego. Attractive amber color in the small snifter. Well-carbonated but appropriate to this strong sipping beer.

Tangy, fruity, and interesting at first sip. The chile is quite mild, but there is a hint of heat after sipping for awhile. Warm and rich, fairly sweet. The cocoa flavor does not stand out by itself at all, but seems to help this whole peculiar concoction hold together. Richly flavored with the honey adding to the sweet and fragrant notes, but not overly honeyed.

Really quite tasty and one of the better of the strange range of Dogfish brews. I was happy to try it on tap.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly effervescent, golden-orange body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Coarsely chopped chile peppers smothered in an overkill amount of honey. Other notes of fragrant, over-toasted seeds, a winelike fruitiness, and last (as well as regrettably least) is cocoa. I'm sure the chocolate will wholly redeem itself in the flavor.

Taste: Spicy, heat-bringing chilies mixed with with a large enough jug of honey to make even Pooh-bear blush. Sip after sip it's never more than slightly sweet. Sadly, there's only a distant, vague, possibly even imagined hint of cocoa. The vaguely nutty annatto is, at times, slight or effusive. I'm over here biting my lip in anticipation of a cocoa return, but it's looking bleak. Meager amount of bitterness. Splash of white wine. Fleeting hint of undercooked waffles and fruit just before hitting the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: These droll historical renditions peak my interest every time and always make for a ripping good time. Chateau Jiahu was mighty fun. Didn't we have one hell of a time with Midas Touch? Though, it is true I was ready to behave like a petulant child for want of more chocolate.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the DFH website:
"This beer is based on chemical analysis of pottery fragments found in Honduras which 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 1200 BC. 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). Theobroma is 10% abv and will be available in Champagne bottles for a September 2008 release.

... I had no idea that this beer existed until I saw the bottle on the shelf, and when I read the label listing "...cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, ancho chilies, & ground annatto" I was quite excited. I thought of dark milk chocolate with chilies - yum! But what I skipped right past was the "honey", and there's more honey to it than cocoa. Oh sure it's there (as are the chilies in a perfect quantity!), but I'd have liked to have more chocolate flavor. Surprisingly, perhaps - or perhaps not - the annatto comes through loud and clear. It's kind of nutmeg-like, and it lends a nice, kind of earthy or woody edge to the beer. But I'm getting way ahead of myself...

To re-start off, as usual, DFH has created a great label. I love the Mayan/Aztec look to it, and the cartoonish (and even sexy) girl rounds it out perfectly.

It's a slightly hazy deep-amber beneath a creamy head of off-white. The nose is enticing with a combination of clear pepper, cocoa, and honey. You'd have to know the annatto was in there to associate it. Or maybe not.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body and creamy with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is at first sharply fruity and honeyish. It quickly yields to maltiness, woodiness, and cocoa-notes accented by nutmeg (annatto). The malt is rich, toasty, and somewhat similar to Vienna malt... kind of like a 'beefed-up' Maerzen. The pepper kicks in just as it crosses the palate, and then lends a minor burn to the swallow and the lingering, surprisingly cocoa-ish finish. There are some grassy notes, but whether they come from hops or something else is a bit of a mystery. Overall, the combination of honey, fruitiness, cocoa, chilies, and spice is quite intriguing! They don't exactly come together in a perfect balance, yet that gives it some charm, and to a certain extent, even greater depth of character. It's unusual, and complex, even though all of the flavors are pretty boldly right out there.

Without question, and regardless of anything else, I'd have to say that this is one of the most unique beers on earth at this point in time!!! That's not too unusual for DFH, however, as I think they did that years ago with Immort Ale. And there have been quite a few more in between. That said, it's a bit of a 'must-try'. Beyond that, it's actually pretty drinkable. At 9 or 10% abv, it's small glass fare, meant to be savored not quaffed, and a bottle can be split between 2 - 4 people easily. Not to be missed!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as night, with nothing, not a drop of anything coming through the other side of this beast. The delicate and evil reverse cascade of the deep chocolate colored head just sealed the deal as it rose up to nearly an inch it stays, never settling more then a couple of inches

The aroma was heavenly. Rich cocoa layered upon warm roasted coffee with touches of chili and sice are what comes across at first. Warming though brings out all the subtleties and richness that I would have come to expect. Cinnamon and vanilla and fighting it out to provide a hint of sweetness and character. Each sip seemingly more complex then the one before. It is literally just a bath in warm, malty flavors

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/3/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a small wine glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, fruit, caramelized malts, some hops and a hint of smoke.

T: The taste starts out much sweeter than I expected with flavors of citrus, caramel and spices. Then a hearty malt character comes in and is followed by a good hops presence. I didn't get much honey or chocolate out of it, but there was just a subtle amount of smoke and heat in the background. There's a mild alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, nice representation of style without over-powering you with the chili pepper heat, it's not a beer I could drink consistently but it's a good diversion from your typical beer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 4/29/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of honey, toast, bread, cracker, orange, pear, apple, grape, nuttiness, herbal, floral, chile pepper, light cocoa, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; with good strength. Taste of honey, bread, cracker, orange, pear, apple, grape, toast, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light cocoa/chile pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light chile pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, bread, cracker, pear, apple, grape, orange, herbal, floral, light nuttiness, light cocoa/chile pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick/creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice ancient ale style. All around nice balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV, A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a light golden amber sort of color with a short lived white head.

S: For a chile beer with so many special ingredients, I don't get much out of the nose. Some light fruitiness, almost melon-like, with some corn, perhaps. I don't really pick up any chile or cocoa, etc.

T: The flavor is similarly lackluster. A definite sweetness that is somewhat like apple juice. The chile flavor is mild at best, and the cocoa is barely noticeable.

M: The body is on the lighter side of medium with a lively carbonation. Probably the best thing about this beer.

D: I suppose I'm glad this beer wasn't horrendously bad like it certainly could have been. But, it wasn't really any good either.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA

Not too bad, but probably nothing I'd try again. Maybe if the chocolate flavor was a little more pronounced.

Poured unexpectedly light, as a hazy amber-brown with a white head. Malty nose with some spice and just a touch of coffee and cocoa. Taste is pretty mild, good hop/malt balance, but unfortunately, I detected very little of cocoa and chili, which are supposed to be the signature ingredients. Chocolate was just barely present in the background. Medium mouthfeel with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not too impressed with this beer, but it was somewhat drinkable, and I'd like to sample it again.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Atlantic Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled from the 750ml into a willybecker.

A - A light russet amber which is mildly hazed w/ rocky eggshell head. The bead is unevenly sized w/ mild lace stickage

S - A light fruity scent of honey w/ subtle fruit nose w/ light toast and hint of pepper w/ a floral accent

M - The feel is light for the strength w/ creamy and fruity tinges and mild heat of alcohol and spice. The gentle toast texture and light caramel smoothness comes through as it finishes

T - The flavor has light chile notes and mild floral honey flavor w/ a nutty cocoa tinge w/ slight creamy yeast taste. The flavor of honey is prominent w/ a light floral hint which seems to segue into the chili taste that is slightly spicy and also gives a light tingle in the back of the throat.
The cocoa is more floral and nutty than roasted. Theobroma has a slightly crisp taste w/ dry effect of the honey and spice adding a nice sweet/spicy counterpoint in the flavor. A nice balance and complex with a sweet overtone. The cool thing about the flavor to me is how the chile is the star and the cocoa really plays as anchor w/ the honey

D - One of the best 'experiments'w/ honey, cocoa and chile to me. The taste has great interplay yet still is a drinkable beer I could enjoy this frequently and think anyone who likes honey and chile together would enjoy it. I find the mix of sweet/spicy in flavor/feel/aroma interesting-highly drinkable!

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