Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,315 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,315
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 oberon
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a near pitch black color with huge oof-white head I had to wait a few minutes to drink it so the head could go down,smell was of deep roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.Taste was coffeeish and roasty with some earthiness lingering in there as well.A nice complex stout but a little watery.It is slightly different then the bottle I had a few months ago not quite as chocolaty,not sure if this was an older bottle or a different recipe.

Photo of RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, in the body with a decent head that went down quick and clean.

Smell – The dark roasted coffee flavors are here in force along with a hint of chicory. If you’ve ever had chicory in coffee before, this one is close.

Taste – This one delivers. The coffee is big and prominent. This is more like drinking an iced coffee than a beer. The malt is present though and very flavorful. The cocoa powder compliment rounds out the taste.

Mouthfeel – Thinner than I would have preferred but otherwise good in the mouth. It has the creamy texture of a cold, pressed cup of coffee with a little sweetness to soften the bite.

Drinkability – This one went down nicely and helped cool my mouth in between salsa tastings.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thin red brown body with a short lived, carbonated head. Aroma is almost all coffee with just a pinch of nuttiness and smoke. Flavor has no distinguishing chicory, however, tons of roasted coffee and some vanilla and banana notes are present. Dry but unbalanced. Too thin and not very exciting.

Photo of tectactoe
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours thick and dark, black with hints of brown; quickly dissipating, tan colored head comprised of big bubbles. The aroma up front is very pleasing - "real" chocolates, deep, deep chocolate candies and cocoa beans, bittersweet. Roasted malts, of course, are abundant in their most raw form. Sweetness can be detected on the nose, as can a touch of smokiness. Surprisingly thin body, especially since the pour looked to be quite thick. Roasty up front, touch of smoked wood chips which is quickly displaced by sweet chocolate flavored malts; some cocoa beans, light coffee flavors. Quite a heavy floral hop flavor profile, which is always nice to balance things out in a stout. It might actually be a little TOO prominent near the end, but maybe I'm just being nit-picky. The smokiness comes back a bit in the aftertaste - I guess that's the "chicory", although I never would have guessed chicory of it wasn't in the name of the beer. Medium-high amount of carbonation.

Eh, this one is okay. It was good at first, but I kind of started to grow tired of it. It wasn't offering anything more as it went on, and it kind of got one-dimensional and boring. Nice hop profile, but actually kind of weak on the malt robustness I was expecting.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the most interesting stout have had in a while partly because it wasn't very interesting. There was definately no "thud" as the pour hit the bottom of the glass. I felt this was a lighter bodied stout, somthing that I am not used to be offered in the winter months. The lack of distinct smell definately allows the flavor to ambush you. The pour left a relatively indiscript dark brown stout in my glass topped with a tanish head. The first sip is fantastic with no unpleasant lingering of flavor on the back of your tongue. The mouth feel is as average as a stout's could be, again allowing the flavor to be the star. This was a terrific beer that I enjoyed over the several days that it remained on tap. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone for drinking or braising!

Photo of weatherdog
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Bottled on 10/31/08 so beer was about 15.5 months old at time of drinking

It pours a deep rich brown with a cappuccino colored head that dies quickly into a perimeter of bubbles around the glass.

The nose seems like a nice marriage of dark malts, licorice, subtle coffee. A nice sweet smell is on the back end

The taste starts with a little bit of roasted malts and coffee like flavors then transitions into a real unique kind of taste that i can only describe it is it reminds me of the way a beer tastes when it's been oak aged but without the wood taste. I mean by that it gets kind of dry in the middle and sucks the rest of the flavors away. It finishes pretty dry in the mouth despite a nice sweetness up front. It's quite unique and still pretty strong after over a year in the bottle. I am getting some age and oxidation of this beer but it isn't over the top at this point but I do not see it getting any better. I'd say 12 months is a good lifespan.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, practically black, with a very light brown or off-white soapy head of perhaps 1-2 fingers. Nice retention of several minutes and some nice lacing.

There is plenty of dark roasted coffee on the nose with some interesting earthy notes in there.

Dark roasty malted flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Some subtle sweetness is in there as well that adds to the mouthfeel and works to bring everything together. There is some bittering but it's hard to tell if it is from the roast or from whatever hops were used. There is a touch of pine-laced hops in the finish but the linger is all dark bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is good, not too heavy but well matched for the flavors. The carbonation matches well and only lends to the decent mouthfeel.

Overall this is another great product from Dogfish Head and I would expect nothing less. A very good brew and recommended to anyone out there that enjoys a good coffee stout.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The DFH Chicory Stout pours into my SN tulip glass a deep charcoal black with a half inch of bubbly khaki head that recedes to a cap over the brew. Aromas feature dark, roasted, slightly smoky malts along with raisins, baking cocoa and earthy coffee. Smells fresh with a slight vinous background.

First sip brings a roasty, toasty maltiness along with a mellow smoky coffee flavor. There's an interesting earthy cocoa flavor that I'm guessing is from the chicory. Hints of vinous dark fruits and raisins appear again in the background along with some hops. Somewhat dry and slightly pasty. Lingering chalkiness and an astringent character that makes my mouth tingle. An interesting stout.

Mouthfeel is pleasing with good body and a vibrant carbonation that propels each sip. An enjoyably different stout that I wouldn't mind enjoying on occassion. Fairly easy drinking. I'd say this one is worth your time.

Photo of nickadams2
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Dark brown body with a thick cinnamon colored head that settles into a creamy ring with good retention.Lacing coats the glass.

S_Roasted malt,brown sugar,cocoa and molasses with a touch of coffee.

T_Rich roasted malt,brown sugar,bitter dark chocolate, and creamy caramel. Hint of burnt espresso beans.

M _More carbonation than expected of the style but very creamy and medium to full bodied.

D_ Delicious and drinks very easy.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a mildly exciting beer. It was a black color with a coffee-colored head. The odor was all dark chocolate and coffee. It tasted like black coffee with a little chocolate and hops in the background. It was smooth and rich, but I think I expected more from it.

Photo of warnerry
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/4/11

A - Pours black with two fingers of brown head that leaves some lacing as it goes.

S - Earthy roasted malts and chicory. Not much else.

T - Coffee much more apparent in the taste than the smell, followed by roasted, slightly burnt, malts. A bit too ashy for my taste, but not horrible.

M - Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel with some subtle lingering bitterness.

O - A decent stout, but not something I would go back to. The over roastedness isn't a flavor I find appealing.

Photo of grynder33
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass very dark, had a surprisingly big head,slighly malty sweet aroma,slightly sweet malty taste with a sharp smokey punctuation of what I assumed to be chicory, really somewhat bitter.Its nice, different perhaps a little to bitter for me.

Photo of marvin213
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing I notice about this pour is the sound of its fizz--ample carbonation, I suppose. A full five minutes after the pour, carbon dioxide bubbles still head to the surface. Quite simply, it's black like a stout. Lacing is average. All in all, this is an average-looking stout. +0.5 for the DFH font--I'm notorious for including the label/bottle in my appearance rating.

The first smell I got was Mexican coffee--pleasingly so. When I dip my nose into the glass, I smell the roast. With help from the label, I identify that as chicory. After a quick glance at what chicory is, my next aroma descriptor is herbal. I like it, and it's certainly more unique than the look.

I like the taste. The roasted taste sorta sits on my lips, and I enjoy its presence. It's a nice Mexican coffee taste that I probably enjoy more in this cold beer than I would in a hot coffee pot. The roasted chicory taste really smoothes out things. I can't help but wonder how this would work with more ABV. I guess I'm used to big-boy coffee imperial stouts that offer more bang and more warmth. I'm debating whether a stout at 5.2% ABV and what I'm guessing is 300 calories is worth it to me...then I look it up and see 185 calories/12oz serving! That's impressive. Surely that's not characteristic of a stout? Still, I can picture myself enjoying this beer at Christmas with chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

The mouthfeel is average. The aformentioned carbonation does what you'd expect as you hold the beer with mouth closed. +0.5 for the roasted lip-taste sensation. I like the taste of this beer, and I'm almost giddy it's "only" 185 calories. To me, it's another unique and worthwhile effort from Dogfish Head. I mean--Mexican coffee/roasted chicory! Now only if I had an imperial DFH coffee (maybe oatmeal or maple syrup) production to review....

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lactose and sweet chocolate with some coffee and leather and smoke. It's pleasant at first but becomes more metallic and leathery as it sits.

The flavor is a bit subdued - chocolate malts with a little coffee and some strange bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. Some off notes keep it from being better. I'd like to see more coffee.

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i had been eyeing dogfish head's chicory stout for awhile at my local package store and decided to give it a shot:

Appearance- mocha colored head, almost inch thick, strong lacings. coffee black color, after head settles it really looks like a glass of coke.

Smell- smells like burnt coffee with hints of dark chocolate. i really had to get my nose into this beer to coax the smell out but pleasant once it hit the nostrils. very smoky.

Taste- cold bitter coffee and smoky at first which leads to a chocolately sweet finish, really earthy. alcohol is not really present. aftertaste is strange and very strong.

Mouthfeel- medium body with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability- this beer is fairly drinkable especially if you really enjoy coffee and i could see myself drinking this once and a while but i would definitely have to be in the mood for it. it is not a standout stout but worth a try.


Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a short description of the beer and its ABV (5.2%) but no freshness date.

Appearance: Its body has a very dark, nearly opaque deep brown color with a dark tan head on top. The pour gave me a tall head with great retention. It is also good at making lots of slippery lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of deep roasted malty goodness with light notes of wood and smoke. A very slight earthy hop presence is also noted.

Taste/Palate: Its medium to full body has lots of malt depth and complexity. The base has deep roasted maltiness with a slightly smoky/woody coffee like character. As it warms on the tongue the middle brings out sweeter notes of brown sugar, caramel and molasses in the malt. Underneath all this is a light herbal/dried leafy hop presence that adds a hint of bitterness and touch of dryness to the finish. The finish is still leaning more on the sweeter roasted malty side however.

Notes: I find this beer to be very interesting and well crafted!!!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is dark, black with a decent white head that resides to the side of the glass

The smell is sweet and malty with a roasted in the end

it took me a few mouth fulls to get any chicory taste its masked by the roasted barley and coffee. it makes itself apparent in the very end. i wish there was more.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark with only the faintest of light able to somewhat peak through when held up to light. Nice frothy, dark tan head sits atop the brew for good.
Smells extremely roasty, bbq, smoked meats, yet sweet.
Taste is charred meat, extremely roasty, chicory, smoky, malty, hop bitterness in the finish to balance everything out. Finishes pretty dry, perhaps a little too carbonated for the style. This would go great with any BBQ dish. Enjoyable.

Photo of Guden
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep black with dark brown highlights. Light tan head is small and fades quickly leaving a bit of lace.

S- A bit like a can of coffee grounds with definitive roast and light ash qualities. There is also wood, earth and chocolate. Very complex.

T- Similar to the nose, the coffee qualities of the malt and chicory dominate with a bit of woody and even fruity character also shining through. Very harmonious balance of elements. Finishes with a slightly sweet herbal quality that I find soothing.

M- A bit thin and low on carbonation. Making this more mouth filling with some chewiness would have enhanced the "stoutness".

D- This is a really nice beer. My first thought upon trying it was "why don't all stouts have chicory?" it's that good. While the thinness of the mouth leaves some to be desired, I wouldn't change a thing about the flavor.

Photo of mikechance
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A --- Pitch black with a nice 1/4 foamy head

S --- malt, some sweetness such as prunes

T --- Chocolate, complex malts, pepper, spice

M --- Smooth, creamy, lightly but nicely carbonated

O --- Very good beer. While others seem to strive more sweetness and an after dinner style this one works well with dinner. I will definitely try it with a good BBQ soon.

Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with “Packaged In” date on the side of the label.

Appearance: A shade or two lighter than pitch black. Pale tan lace that is sticky and densely rocky.

Smell: Dark breadiness, blend of chicory and coffee in the nose as well as some unsweetened dark chocolate. Malt sweet slathered with a conglomeration of roasted grains and a hint of charcoal.

Taste: Roasted grain and humbly astringent coffee flavours upfront. Medium to full bodied, smooth and crisp with a slight buttery mouth feel. Malty sweet with mild molasses, sweet coffee and dark chocolate on the tongue. Astringent flavours grow a bit and are a little bothersome, hops are vague and leave a bitterness that is a bit oily and joins up with the roasted flavours well. Touch of smoky charcoal flavour middle to end, a touch of buttery diacetyl makes its way to the taste bud to further confuse the palate.

Notes: An ok coffee stout, some flavours just don’t seem to mesh well together. Astringencies get in the way and become a nuisance to drink.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with some orange hues around the edges when held to the light. Two finger tan head is probably the largest I've seen from a DFH brew. Considerable patches and sheets of lace were left behind on the glass.
Aroma was subdued for a stout, with notes of roasted coffee and some smokiness about the only things to tempt the nose.
Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, actively carbonated, but surprisingly light bodied for the style.
Taste was bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and some campfire smoke. The light body seems out of place here. The hops offer adequate bitterness, but the chicory seems to be missing in action.
Overall, a slightly above average stout, but the DFH Worldwide Stout is far better in all respects.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours dark and chocolate, dark tan head, leaving nice lacing. Mocha in the nose, chocolate, coffee and sweet malt flavor notes. NIce smooth silky mouthfeel, medium bodied. This stout is on the sweet side, with some nice roasted malt notes iwith a long smooth finish. More quality brew from DFH

Photo of warriorsoul
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one over at a neighbor's place while our kids played together...not a bad thing.
Black in color with very little light able to pass through...some cherry highlights and a full finger of tan head. The lacing was spotty as I worked my way through the pint.
Chocolate malt, semi-sweet with some roasted character that called me in for closer inspection.
Flavor is excellent...not overly sweet, but had a crap load of malt to add some sweetness. Nice addition of chocolate with just a hint of coffee. The chicory flavor is perfect to complement the style...add a roasted, smoked flavor that makes me want to enjoy a couple of these around the fire.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is sublime...high drinkability for me, just not on this day.
Another winner from DFH...can't believe I've ignored this one for so long.

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black, no head, no carbonation

Smell: roasted chocolate malt, sweet coffee, and a ouch of pepper

Taste: dark chocolate and light coffee

Mouthfeel: I love it, heavy at times, cold carbonation, a bit watery at times, and a slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: I could have two to three...I will have this again..The flavor is good and the mouthfeel is exceptional.

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Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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