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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,372
Hads: 3,334
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 113
Gots: 276 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 1,372 | Hads: 3,334
Photo of mzwolinski
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this beer after trying Dogfish Head's World Wide Stout and Brown ale. It poured black with a very thin, wispy head. The aroma was dominated by roasted malt and hints of coffee. So far so good. Once in the mouth, however, I was immediately let down by the watery body. The flavors are all suggestive of a hearty brew -- a sweet toffee-like malt up front, followed by roasted malt flavors and a mild, slightly woody taste (from the chicory, I assume). Hop bitterness in the finish is very mild. Grainy and woody bitterness lingers on in a fairly pleasant aftertaste. Drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of maxpower
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black in color, average sized light brown head. Strong roasty coffee aroma, somewhat thinner than I expected, light body with a watery mouthfeel, Good burnt coffee flavor and slight bitterness, so it has St. John's wort, I am not sure what St. John's Wort taste like.
I don't really care for this one.

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Photo of aaronh
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This deep brown, almost black beer pours with a thin, tan head that recedes to nothing in short order. The aroma is somewhat hoppy, with roasted coffee notes. The first taste is big on the coffee, with some roasted malt behind it. Subsequent sips reveal more malty sweetness, while the coffee notes subside a bit. There is also some nice hop bitterness to balance out all the strong roastiness from the chicory and the malt. The body is rather light, reminding me more of a lager than a stout. The finish leaves nothing on the tongue, while the aftertaste has a touch of hops and some lingering coffee notes. This is an interesting beer that drinks rather easily. Perhaps a bit more maltiness would balance this beer a little better. A decent beer, worth enjoying when you're in the mood for something different.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

almost black with a nice tan head that leaves sticky lace all over the glass. aromas of coffee, chocolate, and sweet caramel pour out at you.

this beer has a wonderful arrangement of dark malts with a great roastiness throughout. it has nice coffee and chocolate flavors that dominate, but there is a lot of sweetness to it also. it is very rich and creamy smooth, just a great stout to drink.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A darkish-brown voluminous head forms quickly as the deep liquorice black beer is poured from the Bottle. The head soon fades and wanes to a thin vicar’s collar that in time forms an even thinner halo, and a broken scummy surface head.
Nose is of a freshly roasted deep coffee, smooth and rich smelling, fantastic aroma. The beer itself is almost black, but it does let light through the edges of the glass revealing a dark brown hue. Sadly, the lack of a head spoils the overall appearance for me though.
Tastes are quite reticent, laid back and thin. I was anticipating so much after the strong aromas. I was also expecting much more mouthfeel and a thicker deeper body. A coffee introduction leads to a mild roast middle. The finish is dry and very short, it does not last long. Not much to report on this beer really, rather a let down and a big disappointment.
The overall feeling of this beer for me is that it is well balanced but somewhat lacking for a Stout. It lacks mouthfeel and depth of taste and character to be ranking amongst the better Stouts that I have had. That said, nonetheless, this is a beer obviously made from high quality ingredients and it is well balanced and drinks well.
Its not one that I would buy again though, for the price, there are much better Stouts out there for my liking.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, beer? Coffee? I could smell the coffee beans the moment I popped the top off this bottle. Pitch black with a sticky ivory lace head. A burnt aroma flows forth as well.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth and stout-like. Coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruits are the dominant flavors here. A tad thin for a stout, and it could use some more hop flavor, although there is some present. Nothing stellar, but certainly an above average stout.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask-conditioned; primed with maple syrup, and with honey rum oak chips (from their distillery) added to the cask. Hazy mahogany in color with very little head. Limited aroma. The body is thin and the carbonation is low, but it's quite smooth in the mouth. The flavor offers a soft maltiness with a mild maple syrup note. It's very dry and lightly astringent. The rum character is quite clear. One of the more interesting characteristics is a mild roastiness that almost appears smoky in the finish as it combines with the alcohol notes of the rum. A totally different beer from the bottled version. Absolutely unique. A nice experiment but it just doesn't seem to hit the mark. Still, it's probably worth trying if you come across a cask of it as it is so remarkably different.

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Photo of MJR
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown with a bubbly, tan head that leaves before the party is over. Is there a Dogfish Head beer that can actually hold a head...I'm beginning to wonder?

Smell: Roasted grains and coffee. A touch of chocolate too, though not as strong as the other scents.

Taste: Goes down with coffee and roasted grain flavors. I also detect some chocolate and caramel hints. Decent complexity but the coffee flavor slightly overpowers all others.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side for a stout. Going off mouthfeel alone, I would swear this is a substantial brown ale...this is a stout?

Drinkability: O.k. for what it is. I wouldn't go out of my way for one of these, but at the same time, I wouldn't pass on it if one was placed in front of me. It just doesn't hold my attention...there are far better stouts out there.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown beer, but not as black looking as most stouts, had a thinner than expected tan head that faded very rapidly.
Sweetened cold coffee aroma, with just a hint of the burnt smells you would find in a dry stout.
Flavor was good with notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, but the body seemed a bit thin.
An ok beer, but there are better stouts to be had, this was a bit of a disappointment after having tried the Dogfish Immort Ale.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. I still have not had the WWS yet but this seemed like a good lead-in. Poured a dark brown color with little head and lacing. Roasted coffee flavor with a dry finish. Not as good as the other beers I have tried from Dogfish Head but not a bad Stout.

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Photo of Mick
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, deep brown almost black ink in appearance. Strong coffee aroma. A strong chicory presence throughout. Reminded me of the chicory coffee sold throughout New Orleans. Roasted coffee/chicory flavor with highlights of bark/woodsy tones. Light body, poured with a very thin head. Overall a nice stout. More along the lines of a coffee porter

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Photo of ADR
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, one of my liquor stores is finally stocking Dogfish (Bighuge got me a Raison d'Etre earlier)...

Clear but very dark color, a little ruby at the bottom. Respectable head of 1/2 inch of tan with some brown streaks. Aroma of malted milk. OK body and mouthfeel, just a speck of coffee flavor overlaying a dark caramel tone. I was surprised at the lack of dark roasted coffee and other bolder flavors. This beer is pleasant, drinkable -- but ultimately disappointing in its lack of depth and flavor.

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Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This stout has a nice thick lasting head and deep brown color which, interestingly, is revealed ad bright red color when held up to a light. The aroma of this one is hard to place. There is a malty dark deep malty waft and what my brother described as "a spice that belongs on red meat". This one has a good amount of bitterness for the style. Definitely different, but not something I would try again from a bottle.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Stout? More like a mocha porter. The addition of coffee made this too thin to be a stout. This beer tastes pretty good but got a low review from me due to the adjuncts used. I hate it when brewers add coffee or chocolate to get a desired flavor. These flavors can be acheived by the types and amount of malts used (like SN Porter or Rogue Shakespear Stout). Also, I don't want my beer to be drugged with caffiene!!! At least the description on the bottle stated that it had coffee added unlike some other beers.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle claims "bone white head," but actually it's quite tan and short-lived. Interesting stout, with some great coffee flavors and some dark bitter chocolate. I think it could stand a bit more of a sugary flavor. The beer is quite bitter, initially from hops but then a lingering, rooty finish that I'm not wild about. Very thin body, it grips the tongue but lets go too quickly. Some very good flavors, esp. coffee, but eventually the beer veers off to a greasy, dirty taste that I can't recommend.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell of roasted malt and hints of coffee. Black/opeque color with a moca colored head. Sweet roasted malt flavor with hop bitterness. Slight acidity/sourness with a vague coffee finish. This one is very complex.. and you will enjoy it more and more the deeper into the glass you go... and yes even when you have your second....

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Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this sucka on tap.... Rich dark brown color; small fine head which left a bit o' lace down the glass. Nose had roasty coffee-choco notes, a tad bitter. Thought some hops broke through. Almost-medium body/tongue-wise. Taste started with more roasty/toasty grainy flavors and bitterness. Again, felt hops come through at the end, albeit on the sourish/bitter side. Decent bier, but not a headline-grabber.

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of inebrius
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting mix of roasted barley and coffee to finish. Aftertaste lingers awhile like a good espresso. I liked it, but I don't know if I could drink too much of it. Seemed a bit meager in body for a stout.

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

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Photo of Murph
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black/brown with only the faintest bit of light getting through in the corners and a nice creamy head that sinks but never disappears completely and a nice clinging lace. The smell is of roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter from the chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and very smooth and it is a very drinkable stout. This beer reminded me almost of a cross between SA Cream Stout and Redhook Double Black. Since I really like both of these that is definitely a very good thing. I really liked this stout, about the only improvement I could think of was to thicken the flavor some and make it a little creamier.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near opaque in color with a creamy brown head with little retention. Aroma is a little on the sweet side for a stout. I get licorice and coffee on the nose. A nice lace is formed while drinking this beer. Creamy texture. Pretty interesting taste. Different than most stouts I've tried. While it is bitter, it doesn't seem like a roasted malt bitter so much, but rather, some exotic coffee bean bitterness. I also get some licorice on the buds. This stout has a little fire. I like it, don't love it.

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Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle touts flavors of coffee and chicory with a bone white head. Poured a beautiful black, with a tan head. I got no coffee in the flavor at all. I've had chicory coffee, but I don't know that I would recognize it in a beer. Fairly thin for the style, but was exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Hard to pigeon-hole. Not dry or smoky like an Irish stout, not particularly sweet or creamy like an English, certainly not dense like an imperial, and not hyper-hopped like many American interpretations. This is simply one of those beers that is so enticing that, before you know it, you are looking at the bottom of an empty glass. When I finished the first I was eagerly anticipating the second. I don't find a lot of stouts with that kind of drinkability.

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Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.