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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours amber with a fizzy white head. Smells of chocolate, pepper, some spice. Tastes spicy with some heat, a touch of chocolate, some nice bitterness on the finish. Unusual and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pours orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma is big time cocoa and chilies. Flavor is more of that chili spiciness along with a touch of honey, alcohol, and cocoa. Very unique and complex. I’m enjoying the novelty of this but for some reason its not blowing me away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pours a honey amber with a medium white head. You can actually distinctly pick out a lot of cocoa and chilie aromas. The cocoa smells a lot like powdered hot chocolate. Much lighter body then I was expecting. The cocoa shows up as a bittersweet dryness in the finish. The rest of the body is made up of a light honey slightly herbal character. Interesting flavor but a little week. Kudos to Dogfish though, cool idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Pours a ruby orange in color with no head that forms too long on the pour. Smell is very floral with a good amount of honey. Taste is fairly sweet, light and refreshing. I’m getting a bit of light fruit as well. Really clean and amazingly non-cloying in the mouth. I’ve taken several sips of this beer and still can’t figure it out. There’s just so much going on in this beer that it keeps it interesting. Good and very interesting beer, but not setting the world afire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hapjydeuce (969) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. This one appeared to be a hot item at the Dogfish booth. Yellowish color with medium carbonation. Sweet aroma of honey and earthy spices. Cloyingly sweet flavors that conflict between spicy chilies and sugary honey. Overall a strange brew yet intriguing to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
75cl bottle from Party Pak Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a hazy golden color with a thick and oily head that settles quickly. Little head retention or glass lacing. Aroma is slightly musty with spice, safron, slight sweetness, earthy. Flavor is much of the same with generally earthy notes, hints of Asian spices, some fresh red grape, grass, and a just a hint of bitterness. Medium body with a quick, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2008
THOUGHTS: Not at all what I was expecting. Didn’t get much of any of the ingredients listed at first, except for the hone. Slight spiciness started to come out more as it warmed. Slight chocolate and cocoa came out even later. It also had that certain sweet Dogfish aroma to it, but I was surprised by a very slight funk at the end. OK beer, but one of my least favorite DfH beers. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light to medium golden orange with a large, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was mostly honey; ever so slight chocolate, slight funk from either yeast or the seed added; also chili peppers. The flavor was mostly honey; and also spices and slight chocolate. The finish was of average duration. The light to medium body was a little syrupy with tingly carbonation and a light astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4624) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Enigmatic and interesting beer. It pors a golden-copper color with an energetic, oily white head. Aroma is slight cocoa powder with earth, spice, honey, and an almost metallic touch. Flavor is earthy with sweet notes. The chiles and chocolate compliment each other for a unique mix. I would drink it again, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma contains notes of chocolate chilies, grass, and some light pale lager aromas. It pours a slightly hazy amber with lots of fine sediment and a large yellow-tinged creamy head. The flavor starts with some light chocolate and sweet lager flavors. The chilies are noticeable in the background that slightly increases in the finish and mixes with some faint grassiness. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2008
750ml Bottle: Lightly sweet aroma. Smells of honey, grains, light cocoa, light chili, and some floral notes. Poured amber in color with a small, fizzy, off-white head that disappeared immediately. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of cocoa, grapes, honey, grains, sugar, wood, maple syrup, slight spices, and slight alcohol. Medium body. Tingly, then sticky/dry texture is a bit thin. Average carbonation. Sweet, honey finish is chalky. I could not taste the chilies, even though I did smell them.

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