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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4920) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2008
A strange aroma and flavor of hairspray. I dont pick up the chocolate at all, but there is some light spice, from the chilies I assume. Orange in color. Dry with light spices. I usually like their traditional beers, but this one didnt work out so well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2008
pours a semi-hazy orange with a small egg-shell head, fizzy, some lacing. smell is of white pepper, malt, some honey. taste is creamy at first then becomes thin, spice, malt, honey, wood, and some cocoa. overall i dont get the chili at all, but the cocoa is present in small quantities, the flavors do go well together one not overpowering the other.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2008
750ml bottle. Aroma of dusty cocoa, honey, nut, flowers, spices, burnt caramel, faint alcohol, sweetness, clay, almost mead-like in some ways. Medium amber color with a very sparse head. Flavor is lightly sweet, malty and earthy, some chocolate but only mild pepper, which is no doubt a wise decision in the end, and plenty of honey-nuttiness on the finish. Lightly warming, smooth, low in effervescence and just a bit syrupy, full-bodied. Quite interesting and tasty. Thanks to theisti.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2008
This beer pissed me right off. How do you advertise a beer based on an Aztec cocoa drink and have it taste nothing like chocolate? This is honey water, and its awkward for the price tag.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3451) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy of bvc. Bottled 2008. Pour is mostly clear golden, with a smallish off white head. Aroma of the cocoa, vegetable pepper, and some cooked cabbage. Taste is the cocoa, with a grainy mouthfeel. Pepper subtle spiciness can be detected in the aftertaste. Palate is chalky, a bit drying. This was interesting, certainly like nothing I have ever had before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2008
750 ml bottle shared by theisti. Pours a clear golden orange with a thin whitish head. The nose is an initial hit of chiles with a subtle sweet cocoa following. Light-bodied and creamy-slick with a moderately chalky finish. The flavor more-or-less follows the nose with a light floral note thrown into the mix. An interesting beer, but I cannott imagine drinking an entire 750 of this by myself. This is one to be shared, and thanks for sharing it with us, Tim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle graciously shared by nbutler11 at his table read party. Very disappointing color. A clear medium brown like aged cider. We were hoping for something darker and thicker after all the talk about c nibs and Aztecs. Nose of honeycomb and taste of the same with browned apples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours a clear, rusty, caramel brown color with just a thin, fleeting, off-white head. Minimal spotting noted on the glass. Aromas show mostly caramel sweetness, hints of cocoa, honey, and orchard fruits seeping through. Floral hop notes and traces of leafy spices show as well. Flavors follow suit, devoid of the chili pepper heat we are promised. It seems that the sweetness of the honey and the caramel drown out most else, cocoa barely fighting its was through. Medium bodied, with active carbonation, the palate just seems to be lacking. I am not overly impressed with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Clear light brown pour. White head with a minimal amount of lacing. Interesting aroma, sweet cocoa and honey. Rather lively in the mouth, but not over carbonated. Not as sweet as the nose would suggest, more like accents to standard roast malt and piney citrus hops. Some roast nutty like spice in the finish. Reminds me a bit of a nut brown ale with some cocolate mixed in. Definetely very interesting and worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to Badgerben for sharing this! Foggy golden pour with a medium size head. Complex aroma, but all I can identify is fruit and pepper. Flavor complex as well, but lighter than I was expecting. Mostly pepper and honey with no sign of the cocoa.

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