elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dogfish Head Theobroma pours a clear dark amber, with a medium-sized white head that quickly dissipates. Still, this is a one beautiful beer in the glass, not at all what I expected (dark brown-black) for a beer that was supposed to be a chocolate beer. Aroma is practically nonexistent, though.
As for flavor, this is one of the most unique beers I have had in my 10 years of drinking--the flavor of chile predominates. Not the heat of chile, but definitely its flavor. Behind that is a subtle cocoa, with some accompanying honey flavor and a mild, undefined fruitiness. As for alcohol, this is one clean tasting beer. I think that the flavors blend well, but was hoping for a bit more cocoa; it just seemed lacking in that department. I agree with those who have noted this beer has a mild flavor.
Palate was okay, with a mild effervescence to match the flavor. Overall, this is truly one of Dogfish Head’s most unique beers, far more so Midas Touch or Chateau Jihau. I expect opinions to be split on this one, separating DFH’s critics from its fanboys (and I’m a self-professed fanboy). Still, this beer is so different that it warrants at least one try. Don’t know if I’ll drink much of Theobroma, as I was expecting something a bit more chocolaty. But I certainly appreciate the effort and the spirit of experimentation shown by DFH with this one.
jmccullough916 (7) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 served in a tulip glass
Appearance - hazy gold with a light white head.
Aroma - light chili and chocolate with some herbal notes
Taste - honey. More chocolate and chile. I'm still getting that strange herbal note. My guess is that it's the annatto.
Mouthfeel - medium body with tingly carbonation. Strangely refreshing.
Overall - definitely one of the better pepper beers I've had. The ancho is subtle and it plays very well with the chocolate and honey. I expected this beer to be darker, but I'm glad it's not. I think the specialty elements would've gotten muddled up with too much malt.
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pjames317 (38) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from April 2013. Pours a full bodied orange, similar in appearance to a DIPA. Musty with cocoa powder and a saffron/hibiscus-like indistinguishable aroma. Unbelievably unique and complex. Smooth mouthfeel at first with hints of cocoa nibs, caramel malts and honey. Finishes clean with a pleasant zing from the chilis. Alcohol content virtually undetectable. Chili heat creeps up to the tip of the tongue with additional sips. Interesting to say the least. If you have an adventurous palate definitely seek it out.
bierkitty (153) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange amber and almost clear with a quickly vanishing head. I picked up a little cocoa on the aroma. Cocoa and a trace of chiles dominated the flavor. Not bad tasting, alcohol was well disguised, but I was expecting something with a little more substance and flavor.
Enwiebe (67) - - MAR 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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TomTron (358) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
joshwoodward (489) - - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bomber. Solid, though more interesting than delicious. Slight burn. Not too boozy.
AirForceHops (2722) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
dfinney23 (1440) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1347) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
wildbeercat (339) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.