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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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Aroma: Honey, pollen, slightly spicy. Appearance: Thin white head, golden amber body. Taste: Very interesting, honey, floral, caramel, slight bit of cocoa. not getting the chili though or any spice Palate: Coating, rich, low CO2. Overall: Very cool beer, love the idea of DFH replicating these ancient brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enwiebe (60) - - MAR 27, 2014
3/27/14. Bomber. Hand it to Dogfish to create a beer that is very hard to line up against standard styles. Pours with a frothy head that quickly dissipates. Light spicy nose with no hint of hops in nose or mouth. Tastes almost like a spicy cider. A bit of chili burn and just a hint of coca. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTron (355) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Hazy orange pour with a thin, white head. Decent mixture of cocoa and spice in the nose but not pungent. Rather interesting flavors mixed in this one. Cocoa is definitely floating in there but its definitely an odd concoction. Definitely some spices bouncing around and some faint sweetness as well. At 9% I would have pegged this for something between 5-6% so the alcohol is hidden quite well aside from the belly burn. Solid offering but also a bit of a novelty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwoodward (485) - - MAR 10, 2014
From a bomber. Solid, though more interesting than delicious. Slight burn. Not too boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2014
750 ml bottle. Bottled in 2012, yep a tad old. Orange color with any head. Aroma is cocoa powder, chili peppers and honey. The flavor upfront with honey and chocolate with a grainy body. The pepper still is pretty strong in the finish causing the texture to end dry. Lighter body and light carbonation.The 9 % is hidden under the chocolate and chili but the flavor overall is rather weak. If the ancient Mayan’s really had this as their beer I feel sorry for them. Is this a novelty beer? Yes, it sure is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Pours clear gold with a fizzy, peach-tinted head. Aroma of cocoa, bread and honey. Taste is malty with cocoa and indistinct herbs. Faint chili in the finish. Very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1326) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2014
Shared at Ajen’s Farewell. I was expecting a dark beer but it poured a surprisingly clear light copper color with a nice white foamy head. Cocoa, mead/honey aroma. The taste is cocoa, honey and light chilly very subtle with no real heat. Very nice. Much less chocolatey than I expected but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wildbeercat (338) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
750ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cool. Aroma: Odd. Very, very odd. I have never smelled anything like this before. Actually, it does remind me of how Rogue’s 19 Colonies Mead smells, so I’m going to assume that the aroma is mostly honey, and the unknown remainder is the annatto. Appearance: Hazy, orange sun-burst colored body, with a slowly dissipating, white head. High amount of visible carbonation. Low amount of lacing. Taste: Definitely some honey and annatto going on here too. Just a low, subtle cocoa note throughout. The flavors are smooth, gentle, and blend into each other well. I do feel an extremely mild spice tingle on my gums. Palate: Medium bodied. Supple. Low carbonation. Moderate length on the finish. Overall: Not what I expected at all! Gentle, well-rounded, and delicious. Smooth as butter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Valgreen (459) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle @ Maxi. Clear orange, small white head, some lacing. Aroma, lots of honey, flowers, perfume, malty, spices. Taste, malty, honey, spicy, some cocoa, fruity. Some chilie in the aftertaste. Quite carbonated. Interesting beer, but probably wouldn’t buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JHeath99 (483) - - FEB 14, 2014
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours a light gold with a very thin layer of cream colored head. Aroma of sugar and sweetness. Taste of sugar and alcohol. Not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A: It pours golden, with a slight haze, hundreds of tiny bubbles quickly ascend to the medium-thick head which quickly faded. S: A wonderful scent was given off by this beer, honey, cocoa, bread and a slight hint of the 9% alcohol presented itself to me at the end. T: crisp and clean malt, subtle cocoa with a little bit of alcohol. So complex and yet delicate and light, one of the most thought-provoking and wondrous beers I’ve tried. O: This beer is stellar in my opinion, everything, the history, the taste, the way it looks in the glass as you pour it, even down to the label fuels my senses and I am always disappointed when my bottle is empty. Some people have made mention of the lack of hops flavor or smell… well, it doesn’t because it’s not supposed to. I’ve had this one many times and often selfishly kept it to myself not allowing others to try but yet I don’t have it often. Those whom I have introduced it to have loved it as well. Excellent beer and a must try. -BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

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