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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4223) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (2954) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jspook30 (2) - , Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2008 does not count
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?"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2008
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2008

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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2008
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
bottle. Seems that native South Americans in 300 bc liked their beer to taste like budweiser with chocolate syrup. Another dfh catastrophy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle this was weird. A dark amber body with a thin white head. Chili pepper, chocolate powder, and something sweet. Caramel and chocolate malt, spice, honey, and sugar.

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