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RATINGS: 807   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5343) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2008
750mL Bottle. Pours clear golden body with no head, some lacing. Aroma is honey and cocoa. Taste is sooo strange - cocoa, molasses, maybe some honey too. No alcohol in the taste - says 9% on the bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kapusta (87) - Dover, Delaware, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Hazy orange/light brown color (not what I anticipated) from the description. Aroma was herbally and spice, with a faint cocoa scent. Flavor was spice and sweet, with some dry cocoa. Flavor seemed a bit raw, but I really enjoyed it. Said that this first batch of 1,000 cases was only going to be sold at the brewery (limit 4/per person). I enjoyed this thoroughly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2385) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2008
On tap at the Dog Fish head brew pub. Copper pour with a mild honey and pepper aroma. I was surprised that it was 10% alcohol because they hid it very well. It had a mild bitter finish and some odd spice. It was ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2008
750. Amber in color with a small to medium off white head. Aroma of mild chocolate, alot of caramel and spice, faint anchos- raisins, and earth. Taste is sweet with caramel, a touch of chocolate, and the raisiny- earthy anchos come into play mid palate. The spice is powerful in the flavor, and overall is sweet and I found it to be a bit muddled. I have a hard time getting into these DFH specialty beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2008
2008 Bottle, 750ml. Honey, amber color with a thick off white head. Aroma is an immediate let down - herbal mostly, some light malt and crystal hops maybe. Some cocoa and annatto barely makes it through. The chile is the easiest to pickup. Ugh. The flavor is similarly unremarkable. Quite sweet with tannic spiced notes that still end up watery some how. Slight chile leftovers in the back of the tongue. I don’t know how the "traditional ale" category is determined, but this doesn’t seem to fit. More of a spiced beer to me. I do appreciate the origins of the beer, and the effort that DFH goes through to make brews like this, but that’s about it for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Had this on tap at the Brewery in Milton, DE. with all the verbiage about cacao nibs and ancient brewing techniques and yadda yadda, I have to say that this wasn’t even close to what I was expecting. Poured a hazy golden color, not the darker color I was expecting, and had a lot more spicy notes with just an undercurrent of chocolate, again not what I was expecting. It was really tasty, but I’ll re-rate when I can find a bottle of it. Unfortunately the bottles were sold out at the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2008
On tap at the brew pub. light copper/orange pour with a small white head. Aroma is of chocolate, fruit, some sweet honey and some wood. Taste is lots of chocolate and sweetness from the honey. Also, some vanillia and alcohol. Alittle spice flavor from the pepper. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4484) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2008
On tap at Rehoboth Brew Pub. Pours a lightly hazy brownish/orange with a small bubbly off white head that went away quickly. Aroma of cocoa, dark fruits, honey, nuts, grassy, some vanilla notes, licorice, earthy and woody. Flavor of honey, light chocolate notes, slight pepper with just the hint of some burn, slightly hot alcohol, vanilla, nuts, herbal, earthy, some wood, nuts and toffee. Really a lot going on here. Quite pleasant yet big flavor. Not really sure Ive really ever had anything quite like it. Might not be your everyday go to beer. But its quite enjoyable. A good one for them to put in the 750’s, excited to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
Draft, at University of Pennsylvania Tasting 3/15/08. Poured hazy yellow-golden with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma of cocoa, earth, and chili powder. Flavor was initially on the sweet side, with honey, wheat and mild cocoa. Chili joins the palate towards the finish. Another interesting experiment from DFH. Flavorful and refreshing, I look forward to trying this in the bottle. Reminiscent of the Fantome chocolat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
On tap @ Rehoboth Brewpub. Cloudy golden color w/a slight head & good lacing. Sweet, grassy aroma. Somewhat winelike, flavors of honey, white grapes & banana, didn’t really taste any cocca, I’d call it more a touch of a white chocolate. Reminded me of a Belgian Blonde. Had a lot of carbonation to it. Kind of different; seems like I end up saying that a lot about DFH stuff! I wouldn’t drink this all the time, but it would make a good before or after dinner drink (that’s whan I had it). Alcohol was very well hidden.

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