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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

Chicory StoutChicory Stout

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3,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 3033
Reviews: 1362
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%

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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Chicory was one of the first beers we started brewing at our pub back when it opened in 1995. It's a dark beer made with a bunch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort and licorice root. We use whole-leaf Cascade and Fuggle hops, as well as pale, roasted and oatmeal grains.

21 IBU

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Photo of lochef81


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This stout pours a near black color with a small off white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing. The nose is packed with bitter roasted coffee and bitter dark cacao. The mouth is smooth and surprisingly light. I actually wish it had a little bit more body. The flavor follows the nose with an abundance of bitter coffee and chocolate as well as burnt dried fruit and a little sweet malt to balance the bitter. This is a very well crafted stout and quite easy to drink. I look forward to enjoying it again down the road.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 05:34:23 | More by lochef81
Photo of illpass78


4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a thin tan head. The bottle says "a bone white head," but it's definitely darker. It's might've been my pour, but I expected more head. Still, looks attractive.

Aroma: I should preface this by saying it probably smells like whatever the hell chicory is. Coffee absolutely dominates the nose, which also has a dark baker's chocolate punch. You just know this is going to taste like rich, black coffee.

Taste: And it does. The taste follows the nose, with black coffee and bitter, dark chocolate dominating. Finishes strong. Packs a hard bitter chocolate punch, like biting into 100 percent cacao chocolate. Some hop bitterness is noticeable, and appreciated. Seems more bitter than the lowish IBU, but that could be the combination of hops and coffee. A darn good coffee stout. Again, I don't know what to look for regarding chicory, so I can't speak to the signature flavor.

Mouthfeel: Solid body. Thick and full without being unbearably heavy.

Overall: What can be said about this that hasn't been already? It's a tasty, complex stout that was on the shelves long before most of the popular dark beers that saturate the market contemporarily. Worth your money.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:25:29 | More by illpass78
Photo of Offa


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not outstanding, but it's a very enjoyable stout with some nice character.

Black, it has a medium tan head soon thinning to thin lasting veneer of foam & then to rich foamy ring, wisps.

Aroma is roasty signed, caramelised prunes, hint of Jamaican dark rum, singed pine, hint of coffee candy and chicory.

Taste is as aroma but with more noticeable chicory coffee element (but still very light), singed prunes, slightly winy, slightly on sweet side but mostly balanced, firm, but a bit two-dimensional. Light herbaceous peppery bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:54:43 | More by Offa
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, almost black in appearance, small mocha head. Decent amount of lacing and head retention
It is sweet with hints of coffee and roasted malts
Medium mouth feel, sugary sweet almost sticky. Coffee and roasted malt are present on the palate along with fruit. Good combination and good flavors and balance
This is a very good beer, I thoroughly enjoyed this offering. Not to heavy, easy drinking and a lot of well-balanced flavor.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:33:31 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
Photo of cyclonece09


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head. Smells of chocolate and candy, like toffee or caramel. Tastes of coffee with slight taste of caramel and chocolate. Beer is medium body good carbonation good finish. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 21:11:02 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Jadjunk


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"A rich, dark brew smoothed out with a touch of roasted chicory and organic Mexican coffee. Goodness beneath a bone white head." Brewed in the style of an American Stout with chicory and coffee added. At one time Dogfish Head's recurring winter seasonal, Chicory Stout was retired following the 2012-2013 winter season in 4 pack bottle formats and is currently relegated to limited draft at the brewery's draft house.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a mocha cream head of a fizzy foam consistency over a deep roast brown body, near black. Lacing is thick and clingy and retention is good. 4

(Smell) Medium roast malt, earthy moderate roast coffee with mild acidity, unsweetened cocoa nibs, caramel malt sweetness, some light licorice. Aroma is light and curious. Body is light-medium at boldest, slightly earthy over bitter over sweet and generally mild-mannered with few aromatic flaws. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Medium thin coffee, roasty and earthy pairs fairly with the medium roast malt. To a lesser extent, some dark fruit pairs alongside the coffee, perhaps chicory for a very subtle brush of uniqueness. The density of flavor is fairly mellow for this beer even with all the unique ingredients it carries. It could manage a bit more sweetness or body as the acidity and earthy bitterness happen to stand out significantly well. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Light, mildly dry, slightly chalky, moderately acidic. Carbonation adds some peculiar liveliness with a crisp fizz and a frothy texture. Body is light/medium for an American Stout, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. 3.25

(Overall) Chicory Stout is a well-intentioned take on diversifying the ever-popular American Stout, but certain to get mixed results. The coffee flavor presents itself quite well even against the roasted malt, but the remaining body is conspicuously shallow and the sweetness very mild, confusing the intent of this beer. With ingredients like chicory root not making any significant impact to the flavor, there isn't a lot of draw to Chicory stout. It is arguably one of Dogfish Head's more curious beers, and while I don't find it unenjoyable, it doesn't hold up all that well against the ever-improving lineup of world-class stouts that have gained attention since Chicory Stout hit the market. 3.5

Dogfish Head Brewery's
Chicory Stout

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:29:39 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of lwillitz


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - ruby black body under 2 fingers of medium tan, decent web of lace

S - coffee, sweet caramel, lactose

T - coffee, dark chocolate, touch of caramel, smoke, herbal notes, bitterness from hops and from roast malts

M - smooth medium/full body, medium/high carbonation

O - A decent stout, but the bitter and astringent flavors seem overdone.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 22:52:15 | More by lwillitz
Photo of tomciu


3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head is a little thin. Very very minimal lacing. The color is much too light and the mouth feel is too thin. The carbonation is a little overpowering. I get chocolate in the taste but the coffee is very shy to non existent, though I do like my coffee presence to punch you in the face. Well balanced for the most part and smooth. The smell leaves much to be desired. Overall an okay stout that's easy to drink and a good introductory stout to those who don't drink them.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 23:16:19 | More by tomciu
Photo of Sparkyinsurf


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1. Light head and low carbonation. It makes it up with the taste. "which is most important"

2. It smells like a solid stout but nothing more " where is the coffee or chocolate smell that i love in a stout"

3. Taste great, isn't this where the rubber meets the road?

4. A little weak on the pallet but still had a nice after taste.

5. 4 of 5 a definite great superior rating. But I've had better.

Overall its worth the price of $2.50 for a 12oz beer.


Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:30:57 | More by Sparkyinsurf
Photo of Hsraiders9688


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance :
Dark black color with light brown colored head (very thin but long lasting head)

Deep coffee smells there is some sweetness and nuttiness in the back ground but very subtle

So I take a mouth full and quickly forget I'm drinking a beer... The taste is black coffee... And pretty decent coffee at that. Mouth feel is very nice thick enough to coat the mouth.. No metallic or carbon in it.

All in all I really like this beer I could drink this with breakfast and forget I'm drinking a beer... This beer is very drinkable and refreshing.... I will recommend this beer to many of my friends

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 05:41:21 | More by Hsraiders9688
Photo of maximum12


3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a fridge-cleaning week in a while, & with Darkness Trading season upon us, time to make room for new arrivals. 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is stout black. Despite knowing what I'm searching for, the only stimulation by nose is getting is via some soft roast & a touch of black licorice. Very tame.

Chicory Stout causes the word 'thin' to leap to the forebrain. Sharp roast kicks the ball off nicely, but then the music stops. Malt sweetness, hints of black licorice if I really put my imagination into it. But is thin, thinner than most porters, with the body of a starving supermodel. Which I suppose makes it easy to drink; the rare stout that would fit into a barbecue under the hot summer sun. Which I'm not enjoying right now, thank you.

This beer is like that stop at Arby's when you're on the way up to the lake: mediocre, functional, unexciting, but serves it purpose. Nothing interesting here. Right down the double-yellow line of average.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 03:11:40 | More by maximum12
Photo of jmw4437


3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black color as one would expect. Head is minimal, almost nonexistent, with a tan beige color. What head the beer had quickly dissappated to leave a small ring around the entirety of the glass.

S: Initially sweet with a chocolate essence which fades into a more coffee, caramel, roasted scent. Almost seems to have a bit of a chocolate-milk scent as the glass is brought to your mouth.

T: Bold chocolate and coffee ring true again with the addition of the very slightest smokey earthy taste.

M: My initial concern for lack of carbonation was disproved here. The beer drinks smoothly but the carbonation nips at the tongue just the slightest bit.

O: Overall while it seems to be a good stout and all the parts come together to play a decent concert, it is not something that I will rush back to all that soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:29:54 | More by jmw4437
Photo of Furlinator


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with one inch of tan head and good lacing.

Smell is mainly black coffee grounds with some burnt wood and faint dark fruit.

Taste follows smell. I'm picking up mostly black coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is as close to a cup of black coffee as you can get in a stout without being labelled "imperial", "double" or "Russian imperial". My go-to morning stout without the high ABV of the aforementioned styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:28:31 | More by Furlinator
Photo of Mavigo


3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from Tom's in East Lansing. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color, which is almost opaque and has a short beige head that lasts but moment, leaving no lacing.

S: Smells of barley, oats, malts, brown sugars, dashes of coffee, has a woody aroma to it

T: Tastes of barley, malts, brown sugars, dabs of coffee, a pretty standard and slightly unoriginal stout to me but it's fine.

M: Full bodied with medium amounts of carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

O: Overall this was a fairly unoriginal, that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it, but this being my first Dogfish head brew, I was hoping it would blow me away but it didn't. Regardless, it's still good so thus I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 15:21:06 | More by Mavigo
Photo of patre_tim


4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, filtered with no visible carbonation, a finger of mocha head.

S: Coffee, chicory, smokiness, woody barrel aged character, cedar.

T: Woody cedar evergreen taste, chicory, coffee, smokey, citrus orange quality, orange peel.

M: Medium thick body, medium low carbonation. Somewhat resinous.

O: An extremely complex and delicious brew! The evergreen notes, smokiness and slight orange quality bring out depths of flavours that make me want to keep on drinking this one. Delicious b itself, would pare well with game.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 12:36:52 | More by patre_tim
Photo of Wutah


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- It was a very dark pour with a good amount of tan head that dissipated quickly.

S- Smells malty and carmel is very abundant. Smells pretty sweet and a bit of a scotchy undertone with a bit of coffee and chocolate.

T- Taste was up front a bit dimey but led into a nice malty braised smoky on the front tounge and a bit tangy and dark on the back part of the tounge.

M- Perfect mix of thick and thin

O- One of my favorites because it is malty and smooth. It is complex and a great brew even while being inside the AC in the summer ;)

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 21:49:00 | More by Wutah
Photo of artoolemomo


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up some head which has little retention. The head is not bone white; it is rather a tan/beige while the body is an opaque dark chocolate black. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Fairly weak from the glass. I get some roasted malt notes but that is about it. It's better from the bottle- strong roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. A bit of cloying sweetness that seems to come from the licorice root. This will be an unwise purchase if this is reflected strongly on the palate.

Taste- Mostly coffee with the cloying sweetness hanging around the edges. It isn't really licorice- it has an odd sourness to it. No indication of hop bitterness. Fairly thin and simplistic flavor profile at the moment. Some vinous qualities to it- both white and red grape. Mellows at bit and starts to show some much needed balance. However, it's still just an above average beer. Hints of licorice on the finish but not enough to annoy my taste buds. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but a little thin for a stout. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. Nice grittiness imparted by the oatmeal matches well with the dry finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing, a little boring. About 2 bucks a bottle but I would pass on this in the future.

Overall- Mediocre to slightly above average. I would give it a try. Though it might not be my thing, it might be yours.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:02:24 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of Roguer


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely opaque black, slight hints of red or brown. Small dark brown head that quickly fades to a thin rim. Thin but wide lacing.

S - I first noticed a red wine scent. Dark chocolate, and coffee, but not strong. Minor alcohol aroma.

T - Slightly sour on the tongue, followed by bitter chocolate and coffee. Not extremely bitter, with slight spices.

M - Fairly thin, especially for a stout. Hides the alcohol well, slightly oily, but not unpleasant. No sting.

O - This is a very drinkable Stout. That said, it is not remarkable either.

Bottled in May 2011.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 13:59:52 | More by Roguer
Photo of JAFoley

New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - "Goodness beneath a bone white head"? If by white they mean dark tan, then I would agree.

S - Coffee beans and caramel

T - Strong coffee flavor and breadiness. Very sweet and almost tangy in the aftertaste

M - Deep and oily mouthfeel and a nice light amount of carbonation

O - I like this quite a bit, will definitely be picking more up as the season moves into fall.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 19:18:20 | More by JAFoley
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours a dark cola brown with half a finger of white bubbly head.

Smell- roasted malts, coffee bean, roasted chicory.

Taste- Similar to the smell but the flavours are more predominate. Also get some nice pleasant bitter notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall- It was nice to to get the bitter and mellow flavours from this stout . The smell is sweet but the taste is more bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 18:08:19 | More by leaddog
Photo of LambicPentameter


3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a brown 12 oz bottle into a standard 20 oz tumbler glass. Bottle is stamped "BOTTLED IN 2012", and this is a fall seasonal, so last year's batch.

Appearance - Pitch black, with an ever-so-slight hint of dark brown mahogany where light seeps through the head. Head is one finger and toasted marshmallow shade of tan, dissipating to a healthy layer of bubbles after 3-4 minutes. Lacing is healthy and clings for quite awhile.

Smell - Roasted malt, licorice, faint cocoa bean and maybe a hint of coffee. Honestly expected more of that roasted coffee element from the aroma. More dark chocolate than coffee.

Taste - Coffee is more present now, appearing up front with some notes of dark fruit--maybe black currant or acai beery. Now with some more rustic tree bark characteristics, presumably from the chicory. Earthy and rich.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a lingering, coating effect. Drying finish with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good stout, but not one that particularly knocks my socks off on any front. I expected more from a stout billed as containing chicory and Mexican coffee, so while it was very drinkable and tasty, there are others I would pick up first.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 02:32:54 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; beige head, small, dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet malt; chicory; coffee; roasted nuts

Taste: Bitter roasted grains up front; coffee notes in mid; dry finish; no chicory notes in flavor; ok, but not something I'd buy again

Remarks: gets better as it warms up; did not score A, S, T, M at that time, so disregard those scores.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 21:03:14 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of silverking


3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown with red highlights, and one finger of rocky tan head. Head retention is excelent and there are well defined rings of lace.

S- Deep, smoky, roasted coffee. It has a chocolate note that seems a bit out of place.

T- Sweetened coffee, light acidic note mid palate. there is a touch of cloying chocolate in the finish that gets washed away by pure black coffee.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation. velvety.

O- I love coffee and chicory, but this beer didn't have me fully convinced.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 19:24:13 | More by silverking
Photo of Heavenisbeer


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aged 8 months to the day.

A: Deep mahogany, with a mocha (wouldn't say 'bone white') head that dissipates to a tan halo. Moderate lacing.

S: I actually do get some chicory in the nose, along with light toffee, bitter chocolate, and coffee.

T: Sweetened chocolate, a touch of vanilla, bitter coffee, dark malts, and grassy hops in the finish. Slight metallic linger, which is somewhat off putting.

M: The mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing--watery, with some light carbonation. Would love for this to have more body.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:29:43 | More by Heavenisbeer
Photo of macrosmatic


3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown to black, nearly opaque, with a thin tan head that fades quickly to floaters of foam. Some visible bubbles of carbonation near the top.

S: Chocolate, a modest amount of coffee, and a bit of nuts and toffee. As it warms, maybe just a hints of mild dark fruit.

T: Dark roasted malts, significant amount of black-bitter coffee, hints of caramel and cinnamon, and just a bit nutty. Roasted bitterness stays into the hang.

M: Fairly thin body for a stout. Minimal alcohol presence, although it does become more noticeable as it warms a little. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Well, this is a bit of a departure for Dogfish Head in my experience. I usually really enjoy or really dislike their beers. This one - nothing real special, but nothing particularly offensive. Just forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:43:08 | More by macrosmatic
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Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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