Theobroma | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

very good
2,210 Ratings

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The appearance was very nice. It is a bronzed orange color; which was very unexpected and it had a nice 1/2-3/4" head with nice lacing. I loved the smell. It had a very spicy smell. I could smell the chilies. The chilies were also very apparent on first taste. At first I wasn't sure I liked the chili flavor but the subtle chocolate on the back end made it very nice. The spiciness also added to the mouthfeel of the beer. The tight carbonation with the spice of the chilies gave it a very zingy feel on the tongue which was surprising. Overall I think this beer was a big surprise from the pour to the finish, but it was a surprise I enjoyed.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tasted on draught at the Tap House over 20 minutes.
This is another Dogfish creation whose appearance, for me is the most enjoyable element. It pours a light hazy orange-bronze with a thin ivory head that is fed by ample rising carbonation to maintain a collar... but the retention is poor with little lacing.
The nose is very perfumey, to me, with only a little room for warm biscuit notes and a hint of peppery heat.
It delivers an unexpected flavor burst as soon as it crosses the lips. The chilis are very forward and bind the dry cocoa in their smoke all the way through a sharp finish that's estery and alcoholic--a culturally relevant mouthful, but out of balance.
Despite the visible carbonation, it doesn't dance much on the tongue. Heat from the ethanol is more pronounced, with an ontherwise light feel.
This is another wacky beer-like creation from this brewer that assembles the elements of a distinct foodstuff to stuff in a glass and float a head on it. The ingredients are there, and it's a creative effort, but the blend just doesn't produce a good brew; I feel like I've been given some variety of Aztec medicine, instead.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color. Good amount of carbonation. Little head retention. Just a white rim. Hazy

Smells a little funky. Biscuity. That Belgian yeast aroma. Faint cocoa. Surprising how little like chocolate this is so far considering this is a recreation of the "premiere chocolate beverage of the gods." This smells a lot like a Long Trail brew

Tastes bready at first. Then a big hit of sweetness. Definitely honey and some bittersweet cocoa. The finish is floral, earthy, and spicy. The chili peppers linger on the tongue and in the throat with an increasing heat.

Coating and spicy tingling. The spice and heat is pleasant and warming

This is a unique beer. Lots of levels. Sweet and spicy. A nice dessert beer

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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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Theobroma from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,210 ratings.
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