Theobroma | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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!).


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Reviews: 781 | Ratings: 2,218
Photo of cbl2
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/27/2008 $14.99 750 mL 9.00% Bottled in 2008.


Pours a crystal clear orange brown topped by a huge 2 inch tight white head that is extremely slow to settle, leaving behind a beautiful lace when it does.


A touch of nutmeg and chocolate with a bit of a spicy burn from the ancho chile.


Nice chewy, yet smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of honey and grapes, reminiscent of Midas Touch are then cut with a blast of subdued spicyness that builds in intensity. A subtle chocolate presence appears in the finish, with notes of hot cocoa. Alcohol is nicely masked. All in all a nicely balanced beer and a return to historical fashion in the vein of Midas (I didn't care for Jihua).

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Photo of pwoods
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beachbum1975 shared this with me at his house, thanks a bunch!

750ml brown DFH wine style bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an orangy light copper with a bit of murkiness. A good head pours and holds for a little bit. No lacing.

S: Some starchy, rooty veg. A touch of cayenne spice in the back but not heat in the nose. Some biteless anise.

T/M: More of the starchy and potato like veg. Definitely more of the pepper spice and thankfully lacking almost all heat. Not really picking up on much chocolate... maybe a touch of sweetness and very slight milkiness. Body is medium with subdued carbonation.

D: Very interesting and tasty enough. 9% is a bit limiting but it's nearly undetectable and drinks pretty easy. Glad I got to try it but I'll probably trade mine.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.52/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a 750ml of this anticipated beer at Dutch's in Hyde Park. Jay, the owner said he just got this off the truck yesterday. Shared with pwoods at my place.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy, rust yellow with a nice creamy off-white head that disappears quickly.

S: After a good roll in my glass, I smell a murky, earthy, musty blend of undefinable scents. Smells also included cinnamon and a strange lingering spiciness, almost like pepper.

T/M: Surprisingly light-bodied with a fair variety of flavors including mild cinnamon, muted anise, earthy hops, mildly toasted malts. The finish was warm (almost spicy). As the beer warmed, the alcohol became more prevalent. This reminds me of the 2006 vintage of Three Floyd's Munsterfest - lots of earthiness.

Overall, this was unique beer and I am glad I had the opportunity to try. Would I buy it again? Probably not, no thanks - too light bodied and strange for me...

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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New York City premeire of this brew - on tap at the East Village Tavern. First 25 people got a DFH snifter - I was #4!! Cheers to DFH!

Pours a very fine 1 inch head that slowly recedes. There is a nice lacy sticking all the way to the bottom of the glass. Color is a light orange and slightly hazy. A woderful looking brew.

Never smelled anything quite like this before. Dry cocoa powder followed by sweetly spicy smell from the annato (sp?) and chiles. There is a faint husk in the back - but quite pleasing.

Tastes like chocolate covered chipotle chiles!! Though not in a very strong way at all. This brew has two completely different tastes as it moves from front to back. At first you get sweet and subtle chocolate and malts. This is followed by a very subtle chipotle chile feel. I like this very much as compared to other chile beers - others seem to assertive and spicy. A nice hop character (also subtle) rounds everything out. 10% ABV?? Never noticed it - in the smell or taste. Impressive. Meduim bodied and dry, this brew goes down real smooth.

Drinkability is fantastic given the chiles and high ABV.

Hands down the best chile beer out there.

Nicely done DFH, when are you bottling?

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap at the rehoboth brewpub, this was a very interesting experiment and something i'd get again. billed by the server as a chili and chocolate beer, i expected something dark, roasty, and spicy. what arrived, however, was a clear gold, viscous-looking beer with a nice creamy white head and thick lacing. pale malty dough, honey, and floral notes in the bouqet with a hint of cocoa butter preceded a taste of prominent fresh sweet malt that led to a semi-drying finish. nice bit of cocoa butter on the back end along with some vague spice. rich, full mouthfeel with just the right level of carbonation. this surely doesn't seem like the 10% we were told it was.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From dogfish's 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, honey, chilies, and annatto (fragrant tree seeds).

Theobroma is 10% abv and will be available in Champagne bottles for an August 2008 release.

Just went on tap at the dogfish brewpub with a release in bottles in August. It is absolutely amazing. It is the pilot batch but it is worth the drive to taste at the brewpub. It is a hazy golden color. Nice inch head that stays with you.

The smell is very chocolate but also kind of yeasty. I was amazed at the taste. It is lighter than I imagined. Lots of chocolate with lots of honey and this almost anise flavor (annatto). At the end is a lingering spiciness. It is an in depth beer for sure. Check it out and cant wait till I dont have to drive when it is bottled this summer. Keep it up dogfish!!!!

Drinkibility was not as good because it was so sweet.

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