17thfloor (2413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[says 9% on the bottle, hell it even says it on the picture there] Pours a glowing bronze with a very fine small white dense froth and all sorts of sediment. Light aroma is tart, some botanicals, very faint honey and cocoa nibs. Completely unique flavor, some tartness, very light honey sweetness, a fair amount of cocoa nibs. I really like the way the tart acidity plays off the saltiness of the chocolate. The chilies appear a bit in the finish. No sign of alcohol whatsoever. Medium/light body, light mouthful, soft sizzling silky carbonation, crisp and lightly creamy. A lot are saying that it’s tons of ’honey,’ while true thats the first flavor, its not sticky, nor cloying and is actually in good moderation.
tgncc (2508) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I should admit now that I have a fondness for traditional ales, and a great respect for those who try to make them. I feel these beers really connect us to the history of beer. I try everyone of these I can find. With that said, my rating below reflects this. A pale orange color with a strong white head. Not a strong aroma: a smattering of cocoa powder, corn, honey, malts. The flavor is chocolate, corn, malt, not much spicyness. The finish contains some chili spicyness, and a warming from the alcohol. Wierd and interesting beer. Definite similarities to the pale lager, with its use of corn adjuncts, and straw/orange color. Very interesting to try, but having done so, I wouldn’t actively seek it out again.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Tom for the bottle! Clear copper body with a rich white head. The smell is full of chocolate and spice, with lots of weird undertones - caramel, bread, and cake batter. The taste is actually pretty boozy with sweet honey and bitter chocolate notes. The finish reminds of an American lager with some corn and veggie notes. The spice comes through well in the very end. Very interesting to try but not to have more than once.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap@ monks. Nose is full of corn, or as the Aztecs said, maize. Good flavour of chili in this beer, with a warming finish. There is a pleasant chocolate component, but DMS kills the finish.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from kingdom; The aroma is chocolate with honey, corn, and a touch of chili. The appearance is amber/orange with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it’s very interesting.
Palidor19 (2847) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a winner, lots of malts and nice balance sweetness, slightly cloves with other herbs and a very mild touch of pepper. the carbonation is lively around the entire beer. A must have.
jspook30 (2) - , Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Type : Bottle
Very nice unfiltered look as i went trough the bottle not as much from the beginning but the end was more unfiltered. Aggressive pour had medium head which was gone quickly. The Redish Golden Orange color is pleasant. And the smell is slightly malty.
Taste: Unique. This is a term that couldn’t describe this beer in any other way. Honey is promenade with a hint of Chocolate and hidden chilies in the end.
After taste: a lingering mix of honey and chilies is left over.
Over all: This beer is different and somewhat hard for me to find in my area. I would like to try this on tap and see if it is any better but this better is a good experiment. Not the beer that’s "hey want to sit down and enjoy a Theobroma and watch the game?"
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours thick and is golden in color. The head is sizable after an aggressive pour but not lasting. This one smells very sweet. Lots of honey and just the faintest touch of chocolate. The flavor is sweet as well. Loads and loads of honey, some light melon, a touch of chocolate and a very faint hint of pepper. I would’ve liked the chillies to have more bite to round this one out. As it is, I’m reminded of a Belgian Gold more than anything else. An interesting experiment.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dogfish Head Theobroma pours a clear dark amber, with a medium-sized white head that quickly dissipates. Still, this is a one beautiful beer in the glass, not at all what I expected (dark brown-black) for a beer that was supposed to be a chocolate beer. Aroma is practically nonexistent, though.
As for flavor, this is one of the most unique beers I have had in my 10 years of drinking--the flavor of chile predominates. Not the heat of chile, but definitely its flavor. Behind that is a subtle cocoa, with some accompanying honey flavor and a mild, undefined fruitiness. As for alcohol, this is one clean tasting beer. I think that the flavors blend well, but was hoping for a bit more cocoa; it just seemed lacking in that department. I agree with those who have noted this beer has a mild flavor.
Palate was okay, with a mild effervescence to match the flavor. Overall, this is truly one of Dogfish Head’s most unique beers, far more so Midas Touch or Chateau Jihau. I expect opinions to be split on this one, separating DFH’s critics from its fanboys (and I’m a self-professed fanboy). Still, this beer is so different that it warrants at least one try. Don’t know if I’ll drink much of Theobroma, as I was expecting something a bit more chocolaty. But I certainly appreciate the effort and the spirit of experimentation shown by DFH with this one.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Theobroma pours a nice light hazy light amber. The nose is very mild and it’s hard to make out the ingredients mentioned. Taste is a bit of the same,very smooth and not bad tasting just mild. This brew is soft and although not my favorite DFH brew it’s worth your own opinion!