Dogfish Head Theobroma

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Type: Vegetable/Spice/Herb Beer
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  • 4.2/5 
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Availability: Limited release, 750 ml bottles Release Date: August 2008 Theobroma This beer is based on chemical analysis of pottery fragments found in Honduras which revealed the earliest known alcoholic chocolate drink used by early civilizations 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 (translated into 'food of the gods') is brewed with Aztec cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, honey, chilies, and annatto (fragrant tree seeds). Theobroma is 10% abv and will be available in Champagne bottles for an August 2008 release. Special kegs from our test batches may be available earlier in the year at Dogfish events around the country... keep yer eyes peeled!

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  • Aug 13, 2011
    TheCorkStops (70)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Barley Wine
    3.5
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    When I opened this I expected a thick, dark, syrupy type of chocolate beer. I was very surprised at what I saw. Theobroma is a dark amber, rusty color. It is fairly clear, but has a little bit of haziness. The foam is very lite and short lived. The bubbles arise throughout the duration of my experience, but not overly carbonated at all.

    The smell is sort of an off-sweet, with just a tiny bit of bitter chocolate aromas. Now that I read the description on the Dogfish website, I can pick out notes of honey too.

    Aside from the fact that its not at all what I expected, I like this beer a lot. Its light enough that drinking a big glass was not hard to do, but had enough flavors to keep me interested. It does taste a little bit of chocolate, but just a touch of that bitterness you get from really dark chocolate. I guess I should say it tastes less like chocolate and more like real cocoa.

    Just to test my theory, I saved a little in the bottle for the following evening. Now that I know what to expect, I liked it a lot more. The first sipping I was really expecting that chocolate stout beer that pours out like tar. This was definitely a cool experience from the Dogfish Head Ancient Ales series.
  • Aug 4, 2009
    generallee (311)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: Fall beer lovers
    3.9
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    Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint 9.4oz bottle into a pint glass.

    Appearance: The body has a dark golden honey color with a slightly hazy appearance and some fine sediment floating in it. Its head is light tan in color, average in size and slowly fades down to just a small ring of slick lace.

    Smell: The aroma has hints of light sweet honey and malts.

    Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a pleasant honey and malty sweetness with just a mellow hint of chocolate. There is also a hint of chili flavor with is very mild and complementary. Its texture is smooth and slick on the palate with light carbonation and a solid well rounded medium body.

    Notes: I was looking for a bigger, bolder chocolate flavor with spicy kick of chili. I was surprised to find a very subtle mellow brew that still a pleasure to drink.