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.
TimE (3143) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep amber color. Very thin head. Malty nose with lots of cacao, chillis and hints of marmalade. Very low carbonation and this beer has integrated well over five years. Slightly sweet, oranges and chocolate dominate mouth but well rounded and slight hint of pepper. Warming cacao and chilli finish. Very nice and aged well. Nice
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-17-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a golden amber colored brew with a small white head. The head faded fast to give only a lighter amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was bready with some notes of a yeasty smell. With the strong bread aroma were notes of chili and a bit of honey. While it is a cocoa brewed beer, I did not detect much in the nose at all. While not much cocoa, it was a nice aroma none the less
Taste – The bready flavor with some sweeter fruit and honey flavors start out in the taste. A lighter cocoa and yeasty taste come quickly to the taste, but never grow very strong. The bready flavor remains relatively constant throughout, but the cocoa and fruit start to fade more toward the end when some chili spiciness as well as a lighter herbal tastes come to the tongue. In the end a dry and spicy crisp flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the just above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that was just below average. The light enhancement of creaminess was nice for the lighter cocoa, chili and honey flavors but not too heavy to take away from the great drinkability that the slightly lower then average carbonation level provides.
Overall – This was a very tasty beer with nice flavor transitions a great flavor profile and a good easy drinking feel. Well worth a try.
ttutony (651) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange color with essentially no head. A little lacking in the aroma department. Some sweetness on the palate with a slightly spicy combination of flavors from the chilies I assume. This is an interesting concept for a beer but it fell a little short in the execution for me.
micieli6000 (27) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy hazy orange gold color with very little head. But it more than makes up for it in taste. Such a smooth tasting beer. The aroma is amazing. As it warms u get a great scent of honey. Dogfish has hit a homerun with this beauty.
pivo (2561) - GERMANY - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light hay nose, some herbs mixed in there. Lovely organy color with a low scumy head. Complex tastes in the middle with a sweet honey base supporting it all: cocoa, vanilla, spices, pepper. Leaves a light coating on the lips like a lollipop. Fully body, and well balanced but not a beer for everyone. It definitely stands well on its own -- a good sipping beer.
YogiBeera (2470) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy light orange amber color loaded with sediments. Medium foamy head. Very light hay, herbal nose. Light cocoa, red pepper, caramel taste with little spicy aftertaste. Interesting. Mellow light alcohol taste.
Tonkun (847) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Amber pour with a nice white head. Spice, grape, citrus, cocoa, honey, lemon. Medium body. Nice sweet spicy body. Nice
beerbaaron (1210) - Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unclear burnt orange amber. Fizzy dissipating white head. Aroma is malty, honey, chilies, some spice. Interesting flavor. Chilies are definitely a key player. Mild spice. Some overripe fruitiness. Some alcohol there but nothing to indicate the 9%. Lighter medium body. Really unique. A Ponderous recreation.
solidfunk (3889) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2014
0.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Different but interesting and not bad. Pours cloudy golden without head or lacing. Some sweetness. Light cocoa. Light sour finish and some citrus here. Tap at Rehoboth Beach brewpub.
MarinEvelyn (544) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
smooth sweet honey lives in perfect harmony with tangy chilie spices. A little cocoa, well made.