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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Thanks to tytoanderso for this brew. Pours slightly burnt orange with a small head that fades fast. Aroma is largely of honey, caramel, white chocolate, some distant toast, a light amount of chili peppers on the occasional whiff, and traces of the cocoa even less often. Taste is dominated by the honey with other notes of toast, grapes, white chocolate, with the occasional trace of chili and cocoa. The exotic flavors are remarkably subtle. The chili finally appears a little more assertively in the finish with a sort of honey meets sourdough bread and crust aftertaste. Honey becoming bitter and spicy. Palate is a little odd. Well carbonated, but it’s oily and a little sticky. Fairly thick. This is not as interesting as the ingredients make it out, but it’s still nice, like a carbonated mead with a light spice finish. I’d rather have Jiahu though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4364) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Light amber in color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is of chilis, honey and cocoa. Taste is the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianDorry55 (358) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
750ml from GMCC in trade. Thanks Gabe! Pours orange-brown, with a think white head. Aroma is...WHOA! Weird. Strong cocoa, some of the chillies coming through. When you look at this beer, the last thing you expect to smell is chocolate, but its a pretty cool aroma. Flavor is again really weird. The cocoa is dominant...honey, grapes. None of the 9% alcohol comes through. Very drinkable, but there is a weird mouthfeel...bit of a cocoa aftertaste. The last style that this beer should fall under is "traditional"...this is probably the weirdest beer Ive had...But its interesting and I like it...its definately worth trying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle from Sean. Thanks, at least you were able to carry this one back for me. I am surprised the plane could take off after you filled it with tears. Pussy. Anyway, this beer is supposed to be some elaborate concoction based on its deScription; however it falls short. To me this tastes smells and looks like "beer". It could be in a generic can that says Beer across the front of it, and that would about sum it up. All of the elements listed are very subtle, and actually I cannot pick up alot of them. Chiles? Uh? I get corn, alcohol, and some grape flavor or something, similar to Midas Touch. It is drinkable in every way, but it doesnt stand out as being something very original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (5222) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2009 Pours ale color. But when you drink, you get lots of chocolate and honey. Cocoa. A very interesting beer that defies its look. You expect a stoutish color. You get pale ale color. ..Ok...it’s a little later...and I have to rerate. All that chocolate is giving away to grape! And not just grape, but artificial soda grape. The beer does not improve with warming and starts to let down seriously.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Pours a clear amber, big frothy off-white head, leaves a spotty film of froth on the glass. Aroma is led by grass, with some tootsie roll chocolate following that up. In the mouth, there’s a little bit of apple on the front, but the main body is grass, tea, and hay, a strong bitterness of raw vegetables, finishes with some chocolate, and a lingering warmth that might be alcohol and might be chiles. The vegetation and the heat are overall reminiscent of radish, and not really in a good way. Somewhat more than a medium body, warm on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Bottle way back at new years. Burny Malt flavor. The chilies provide for a pleasant aroma. Nice chololate. Dig it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5582) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Gold/red pour with white head and lace. Aroma of abv, light malt. Flavor hints of light malt an after taste of pepper. Decent carbonation and mouthfeel. Not as show stopper but not an undrinkable offering either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle at Novare Res. Hold the phone. This is insane. This beer pours an unassuming deep reddish color. The nose is kind of foreign, and actually a very stark contrast from the beer taste. But the flavors...my god. Let’s see what I’ve got here, chili peppers, semi-sweet chocolate, honey. Holy what a mix! This is fantastic. I’d love to have this again. Great work DFH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Sampled at 45 degrees. Pours an orange amber with a slight haze dissipating white head. Aroma of honey and holiday spices. Medium bodied that approaches a syrupy texture. Pale malt backdrop with honey at the forefront, complimented an aggressive but not overdone spiciness. The cocoa and annatto add some nuances to the mix. Finish has some accents of wood and just a hint of alcohol. Nothing really stands out on the palate, instead combining to create what comes across as a spiced holiday wheat wine. I was expecting a bizarre and unique beer based on the deScription, and this did not quite do that. No chocolate bomb here. However, I did enjoy the beer and I think it’s worth trying at least once.

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