jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper colored. Nice white head, decent lace. Big sweet nose with honey, some nutmeg, chocolate and others. Medium bodied, honey, cocoa, pepper spiceness catches the palate and back of throat, actually helps balance a bit. Gets a bit syupy as it warms. Its pretty decent. Tough to rate but unique, interesting and above all else, I think thats what they were shooting for. Good job. Sadly, not really worth $13 a 750ml.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 750ml bottle. Pours a surprisingly light - amber/orange color with a large head. Surprisingly non-aromatic. Tastes very smooth up front (almost lager-like) with lots of honey. There is a somewhat understated sweet chili-pepper and spice taste at the back end. I’m assuming the ’sweet’ is the chocolate, but it’s not chocolate the way modern people think of chocolate. Very interesting concept, but somewhat disappointing outcome.
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Tony @ OTH.
Pours clear blonde, white head.
Aroma of cocoa powder,puffs.
Taste, I was really amazed by the nice balance of the chilles spices and cocoa powder. The beer is very sweet with honey and cocoa nibs. While not overbearing, the chocolate was subtle and gave the beer a really nice mouthfeel.
The chocolate also had a nice light bitterness coupled with the spices.
Alcohol was not so present. Medium body.
Overall an amazing beer with good execution by Dogfish.
Not as off-centered as many of their other beers, makes this one very enjoyable and drinkable.
17thfloor (2442) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[says 9% on the bottle, hell it even says it on the picture there] Pours a glowing bronze with a very fine small white dense froth and all sorts of sediment. Light aroma is tart, some botanicals, very faint honey and cocoa nibs. Completely unique flavor, some tartness, very light honey sweetness, a fair amount of cocoa nibs. I really like the way the tart acidity plays off the saltiness of the chocolate. The chilies appear a bit in the finish. No sign of alcohol whatsoever. Medium/light body, light mouthful, soft sizzling silky carbonation, crisp and lightly creamy. A lot are saying that it’s tons of ’honey,’ while true thats the first flavor, its not sticky, nor cloying and is actually in good moderation.
tgncc (3035) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I should admit now that I have a fondness for traditional ales, and a great respect for those who try to make them. I feel these beers really connect us to the history of beer. I try everyone of these I can find. With that said, my rating below reflects this. A pale orange color with a strong white head. Not a strong aroma: a smattering of cocoa powder, corn, honey, malts. The flavor is chocolate, corn, malt, not much spicyness. The finish contains some chili spicyness, and a warming from the alcohol. Wierd and interesting beer. Definite similarities to the pale lager, with its use of corn adjuncts, and straw/orange color. Very interesting to try, but having done so, I wouldn’t actively seek it out again.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jspook30 (2) - , Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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?"