Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,316
Reviews: 1,379
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 260 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-06-2001

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 AricGresko
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chicory stout had incredible coffee flavors and smells that really makes it stand out among other stouts

Photo of Cook82
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great smokiness and coffee flavors. This one surprised me

Photo of pat61
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black opaque ½” head dissipates to a film, off-white head, lacy.
S: Chocolate, coffee, creamy nose with a variety of spices and dried fruit.
T: Coffee, some roast, chicory, hints of cherry, a dark dried fruit.
M: medium full body, very creamy and smooth, medium fine bubbles, a touch of astringency from the chicory.
O: Big flavor especially for the abv.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fair. A slight dryness. Odd taste for a stout that I dint find complimentary for a stout....likely the chicory.

Photo of thomseye
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Interesting, yet unbalanced. Tastes like the name suggests.

Photo of JoeH51
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great flavor, one of my favorites.

Photo of Coffdaddy
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wish they still sold this in bottles. It's likely a great candidate for 750ml bottles.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of smoke and coffee. The taste was very smokey with all of the great chicory coffee coming through on the end to make this a very tasty beer. I also liked that it was low alcohol which allowed me to enjoy several.

Photo of bigdaddyhizows
2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted like a dirty ashtray

Photo of kim_thayil
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

i like a lot of their beers and i was excited when i was given a couple of these in a mixed 6 pack as a gift. i drank one a few months ago and didn't really enjoy it. i am drinking the second one now and got on here ready to say how i really don't like it that much but this second one isn't quite as abrasive to me as i remember the first.

it's still not a favorite but i was ready to give it like a 2.75 or 3 and give it the "would not buy again" line, but now it seems to taste a little more coffee-ish, which i always like. also more chocalatey. i remember there being something particularly ... i don't know, like i said, "abrasive" about it before. it seems a little more mellow now. i recognize that the taste i didn't like (which i can't put my finger on so i'm guessing it's the chicory taste) is present, but not as up front and in-your-face as i remembered it being.

nothing spectacular. but i'm going 3.25 now instead of 2.75 or 3. i wouldn't turn it down if offered to me.

Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

As with many DFH beers I am rating now, had this numerous times. This review is on tap on this date:

Pours almost straight black with light tan head that holds pretty well. The smell is almost all roasted malt, and I definitely get the coffee scents equal to or even over the roasted malts.

The taste is even more coffee-based than the smell, which works quite well for me. If you like your coffee with cream and sugar, this won't work, but if you can appreciate a dark, bitter coffee straight, the flavors could work quite well for you. The body is actually medium light.

This tasting was more impressive than I recalled, reversing the normal trend for re-tastes. I'll have to give this another shot to see if it holds up year after year.

Photo of MikeRusso
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Not a bad beer, but you really need to like chicory. The coffee notes and smell is nice. A bit too much chicory favor for this guy.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Coffee black with a tan one finger head that dissipated to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Strong chicory, smokey, toasty, leather, licorice, espresso.

T: Like drinking a strong cup of chicory coffee. Smooth. Dark chocolate. A dry finish. A terrific sipper.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: If you like coffee-infused beers, this one is a stand-out. The chicory reminds me of a Community Coffee New Orleans blend. Recommended.

Photo of seedyone
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

03/28/12 An astringent, dry finish. A bit of a surprise. It appears the bitter of the hops has been replaced with the astringency of the chicory. I know chicory is used in New Orleans as a flavor enhancer for coffee & DH brags of it in their blurb, but it was not particularly coffee-ish.

Photo of Neorebel
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DFH Chicory Stout has a rather good appearance, with a nearly opaque deep brown color and a 1/8th inch frothy tan head. The aroma is wonderful with plenty of roasted grains coming through, as well as chocolate and a certain dash of's almost 'peppery.'
The flavor does not disappoint, with ample amounts of coffee as advertised, more roast, and a somewhat spicy, bittersweet chocolate finish. It is surprisingly full flavored for such a low ABV beer! I cannot differentiate between the Chicory and coffee flavors personally. Overall, the only weakness is a somewhat thin mouthfeel, which is a small gripe for such a great beer. I purchase this one without hesitation anytime I see it on the shelf!

Photo of fscottkey
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Tap pour - Dark black almost no head - just a thin brown head.

S: Coffee and chocolate

T: Same as the nose but more intense bitter coffee flavors. The bitter mellows a lot as the beer warms.

M: Not too carbonated. Not quite as chewy as a beefier stout. Smooth mouthfeel.

O: Patience is rewarded. On a cold tap pour there are a lot of bitter coffee notes. As it warms all of the notes are in harmony and it is delicious!

Photo of lochef81
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of ConradKenney
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious brew. Tons of coffee flavor in your face (when fresh). My only knock on this is that it's a bit thinner than I prefer.

Photo of illpass78
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of cyclonece09
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of lwillitz
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of tomciu
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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