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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2071) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2008
750 ml bottle split in tumbler. Hazy copper with lasting ring. Spicy grainy woodsy aroma. Medium sweet honey with grainy grassy lingering woodsy (chili?) bitterness. Medium-full body, medium low carbo. NIce texture. Too much of that bitter spicy stuff for me, but not bad overall. These crazy creations always worry me a bit, but they are always a little better than I expect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1435) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2008
750mL bottle. Bottled in: 2008. Pours a slightly murky copper with a big light-tan head. Hints of cocoa, chili powder, and some honey in the subtle aroma. Moderately hefty body. Syrupy sweet upfront with a good bit of honey, some caramel, and cocoa. Chocolate comes out more as it warms. Transitions to some spiciness with hints of chilies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2008
750ml bottle from Phhd, thank Ethan. Shared at my halloween tasting 2009. Pours orange with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and spicy, overall totally strange nose, but good. Taste is spiced and strange but not bad, very interesting and spicy and very nice. Unique brew with lots of bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
On tap at Brickstore. Poured dark amber with a white head. Aroma of cocoa, spice, malt. Taste is a little more spiced, with chocolate. Mouth and taste are a little along the lines of a tripel, with the spice and chocolate. A different type of beer. Not a bad drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - 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 (972) - 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.

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