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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This beer is based on chemical analysis of pottery fragments found in Honduras which revealed the earliest known alcoholic chocolate drink used by early civilization 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 (food of the gods) is brewed with Aztec cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, honey, chilies, and annatto (fragrant tree seeds). Theobroma is 9% ABV and will be available in Champagne bottles by late spring 2008.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, touch of chocolate, maybe some spice. Flavor is honey, spices, caramel and in the background, chocolate, though not as pronounced as I had hoped for.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2008
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body with light carbonation. Intense sugary cocoa aroma. Dry-sweet cocoa and ginger taste with malty alcohol notes. Hot mouthfeel, kind of spicy. Hot dry gingery aftertaste with cocoa notes. Nice, interesting. (0.75l bottle from KnutAlbert.)

3.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Unique. On draught at Birreria Paradiso. No aroma. Light body, taste of bittersweet chocolate, with a malty finish. The chillies come in at the very end. Fascinating.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle. Luminescent orange-gold with fizzling white head that disappears fast. Great color. Chili is evident retro-nasally. Also a very pure whiff of chocolate. The certain smell of quality chocolate. Is more subtle, refined, and complex aroma than expected. Honey is evident but is subtle and integrated like the spicing. Highly carbonated, like soda water. Great flavors! The most successful wacky DFH beers I’ve had by far. The chocolate character is excellent, and appears when you least expect it. Lingers. A very odd, exciting sensation to have chocolate flavor pure without being accompanied or carried by roasted malt. Brilliant accomplishment there, and highlight of the beer for me. Delicately sweet, reminds me a lot of Mayan hot chocolate because of the balancing warmth of the chili. I believe this to be a polarizing beer, with some people not so enamored by it and only finding it "interesting," for me it is interesting and delightful, a joy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
It has a nice slightly hazy amber color, and a very thin white head. Quite attractive. Aroma is a mild spicy fruitiness, the honey lends itself here, similar to a Belgian. There isn’t much notice of the cocoa or chilies in the aroma, so the beer comes off as pretty standard. Flavor really surprised me. Its got no normal hop bite, but a real spice zing at the end, I can only assume the chilies are doing their part. The flavor really comes off as a complex, rich and off-beat blend of malt chewiness, honey sweetness, and a little of hearty herb flavors. This isn’t something that I would go for everyday, but it is wonderful experience to see what ’beer’ may have been like.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
750ml bottle courtesy of GMCC2181. Pours a cloudy amber with a 2 finger off white head. Nose is floral hops, spice and cocoa. Taste is honey, light tart citrus, cocoa and some very light chili in the finish. Light-to-medium mouth feel. Very unique beer. Thanks for sending it G-whizzle.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jefcon (1325) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Hazy, dusky gold with very little head and no lacing. Aromas are lightly of cocoa and honey, but with a generic malt sweetness that seems a little bland. Cocoa dominates the front end of the palate; chilies provide some heat on the back end. In the middle is a thin, basic ale. Alcohol makes the palate especially slippery, and I am not sure I would give this effort another try.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle, Thirsty Monk, Asheville (for $23!). This was not as odd as we were expecting. Hints of chocolat and just touch of chilie, but much more understated than I was expecting. Some hint of blueberry, too. I liked this, but I was expecting more weirdness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (11770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Very orangey colour with some particulate matter. The head died quickly. Vaguely crackery aroma with light chocolate accents. Toasty, earthy character with light bitterness and a hint of honey. Rustic concept, polished execution, works on neither level.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle. Mostly clear deep orange-gold color, very little head present. Mostly sweet heavy aroma, a slight hint of something that reminds me of tree bark. Pretty mild taste considering the ingredients, very sweet and honeyed, the chile is barely detectable. Really just tasted like a typical ale made with honey. Mild overall and disappointing.


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