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RATINGS: 800   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 heads 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2008
I don’t even know how to rate this....seeing how I never had a beer like this before... spicy chocolaty goodness....interesting and strange

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6854) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours mildly hazy deep gold with thin off white head. The aroma is different than I was expecting with flower notes, herbal rose pedals, apricots and some mild chocolate goodness. Very interesting. The taste is much the same with varied light fruitiness, honey, hints of chocolate and shrubby flowers. Very well hidden ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2401) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours with a three finger, cream head that fades quickly and leaves traces lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium body. Sweet spicy nose. Flavor is a sweet, smooth, some cocoa, honey but can’t taste the chilies. The early Hondurans (1200BC) had something going here. Worth trying even at $12.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, Me

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2945) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
<i>750 ml bottle</i>

Another turn of the leaves brings the latest experimental Dogfish Head release. I am usually wary given the price tag but decided to bite the bullet one last time. As it turns out they’ll have to crank out an exceptional beer at $14.99 to get me to come back. There are too many other options at that price point that don’t fall short. Mediocrity at $6.99 is fine; being average and trying to charge more than $13 is not.

<b>Aroma / Appearance</b> - The very lively carbonation decorated the sides of a reddish oak body. Graced by a bubbly white head it smelled of honey, spice, pepper, cherry extract, and cocoa powder. The total experience wasn’t bad but I kept thinking it could have had more of an impact than it did.

<b>Flavor / Palate</b> - The bubbly mouthfeel presented what was thin for a 9% ABV beer. Honey, nutella, and green pepper yielded to a spicy aftertaste and finally a dry finish. If it were solid as a six pack for $9.99 this wouldn’t be such a letdown and I might give it higher marks. However at more than $13 I can’t justify the disappointment.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (874) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle, at WeeHeavySD’s Halloween tasting, with thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours a clear, deep amber, with a white ring. Big sweet aroma, of malt, spices, citrus, peach, and honey. Taste is sharp and sweet, of malt, honey, spices, banana, citrus, and peach, the cocoa and chilies come through nicely. Hides the alcohol well. Manages to have both nice carbonation and be dry. Lingering sweet spiciness. Very strange and very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle shared by a local. Poured a clear, bright orange-yellow color with a thin off-white head that faded to a ring. Aroma of chocolate, chili powder, and honey. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with a light fruitiness and some honey that transitions into a moderate cocoa presence and a light hint of chile. Finishes lightly dry. Low carbonation, smooth on the palate. Different and interesting at the very least. I applaud DFH for going outside the box and trying new stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma has just a hint of chocolate, honey, and spicy yeast. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. I was expecting something more bold but it was still a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2008
I really enjoyed this. I’m not sure why. It had a very bitter chocolate taste that came out in the aftertaste. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Fruit, caramel, honey. It has a very earthy quality to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
750ml bottle; Nose is caramel, apple, whaet bread, and a light alcohol note; clear copper with a medium, glass-lacing beige head; flavor is fruity with some cocoa and a little warmth from the chilis; finish is a little alcohol and some cocoa nib notes! Unusual and quite drinkable although I wished for more of the chilis and chocolate showing up; it actualyy is fairly mild yet potent with the 9% ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2008
750ml bottle shared with ealdent (and a non-ratebeer-ian). It pours a deep, clear gold with a thin white head. The aroma is like a big, malty, strong lager - some crisp and sweet malts, subtle apple. The flavor starts malty and tasty with toasty, bready, and sweet-malt notes - perhaps some caramel. Once the palate acclimates to the beer, nuances emerge - like the strong cocoa taste at mid-palate. There is also a very subtle heat that complements the cocoa - as if a small drop of Lindt’s Chili chocolate were added to the beer. The finish is full and malty with some chocolate notes. Actual chili flavor is pretty much non-existent - just super-subtle heat. The mouthfeel is rich and full with a medium level of carbonation. Overall, a very tasty golden ale. The cocoa and chili flavors were much weaker than I was expecting (hoping) considering this supposedly started life as an attempt to recreate Aztec chocolate drinks (which, I believe, was more like thick, unsweetened hot cocoa).


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