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:
#9,608
Reviews:
779
Ratings:
2,214
pDev:
14.81%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
275
Gots:
371
Trade:
2
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Photo of Jamstone714
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbranna1
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mcloud2
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AJmon13
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
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....

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Room Temp into a mug at 7 months
A: odd head formation in recession, fizzes up and out almost like a soda, deep clear amber

S: instantly honey in the nose, subtle fruit and peppers

T: a hint of latin peppers thoroughly perplexing taste, touches of sweetness, something that hints a heat and a touch of bitterness but also a fruit note thats pleasant but ambiguous, heat builds and blends with the honey with each sip, a twinge of copperishness

M: a tad hot and dry

O: one of the strangest beers I have ever tasted, it is interesting and pleasant, the light hints of pepper are interesting an enjoyable, it almost tastes like a belgian ale without the service of the yeast, not entirely sure what to make of it, it's a perplexing, tangy brew, and in the end that may very well be the problem, it is in many ways too strange to recommend, it's not that it's bad, it's just that the flavors are too strange and the way that they blend is too balanced to create an interesting contrast between them. try it, or don't it's not derivative of anything enough to contribute to any larger conversation, and not amazing enough to return to, so perhaps, try it once, that should be enough.

PS: oddly enough I just had a feeling about drinking this at room temp, and it payed off majorly, it was the perfect temp to enjoy this, also, shit drinks like fucking water, be careful

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Photo of BanditoJunkie
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter glass. It pours a cloudy golden honey color with some floating citrus sediment but virtually no head or lacing. The aroma features citrus and spice. but is fairly subdued. The first taste is some sweet honey and sour blood orange, but the chili dominates. There is faint touch of cocoa at the finish. It's well carbonated and the 9% ABV is well masked. Overall, this is a very interesting ale. We think it would pare well with sushi or other seafood.

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Photo of jrob21
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.06/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NatSmith
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheHopsman
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mwt
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours cloudy dark orange with a nice white head. Smells of light chocolate with spices and very slight fruitiness. Tastes of chocolate and spiciness, not overly overt, but adds a bit of a bite. Beer is medium bodied, good carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Lynn
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcrawford
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jlabs
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jhavey
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgillespie
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Super hazy gold with a thin white head. Not filtered.

Smell: Chilies at first, then a hint of cocoa. Strong.

Taste: A ton of flavor, cocoa flavor, but not like sweet chocolate, hint of honey, and a pepper taste from the chilies.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: A nice beer from Dogfish Head. Interesting history and a great flavor.

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Theobroma from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 2,214 ratings
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