Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Chicory StoutChicory Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,372 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,372
Hads: 3,336
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 114
Gots: 277 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chicory Stout Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,372 | Hads: 3,336
Photo of patre_tim
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

 551 characters

Photo of Wutah
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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 ;)

 540 characters

Photo of artoolemomo
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

 1,394 characters

Photo of Roguer
3.51/5  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.

 567 characters

Photo of JAFoley
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

 376 characters

Photo of leaddog
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

 453 characters

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

 1,188 characters

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

 362 characters

Photo of silverking
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

 503 characters

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.69/5  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.

 522 characters

Photo of macrosmatic
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 890 characters

Photo of MistahBeah
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Motor oil black. There was a nice head at first but it has very little retention. Some of the tan head remains on the edge of the glass but most has just disappeared. Nice looking beer but nothing unexpected

Aroma: Roasted coffee. Some bitter dark chocolate. Earthy hops. Some charred wood. Subtle and subdued

Taste: Almost a chalky bitter chocolate completely coats the palate. Watered down black coffee. Some smokiness. Not overly bitter but not sweet at all. Fairly one dimensional really

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin. Smooth for a stout but the chalky feeling isn't very appealing. A bit like an antacid. Watery. Nothing special

Overall: This stout has an interesting flavor profile from the chicory. Other than that it is nice and smooth but pretty bland overall. A bit bitter. Not a go-to stout by any stretch for me but try it out. I respect dogfish head enough to say that

 889 characters

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chicory Stout has an attractive yet unspectacular label in the traditional DFH fashion. Label gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, web info, brewery info, and has the DFH logo. Love the copper look to the cap!

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 10min before pouring from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Chicory Stout pours out a deep brown almost black with a 1 finger golden brown head of medium tightly packed density. Head retention was a respectable 2min 39sec before fading to a thin frothy coating and a nice thick ring. Very good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of deep roasted coffee almost espresso like, which is very dominate in the nose. Chicory Stout also has an earthy woody aroma to it. The deep roast may be the chicory because from what I've read on chicory it gives off an aroma similar to coffee but more roasted.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of a slightly chocolate malt with hits of an earthiness that gives way to a bit of sweet molasses or brown sugar that turns to a woody smokey coffee finish. Very interesting.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: A thicker medium bodied feel with a very smooth feel. Drinkability would be medium for anyone who does not like coffee but for those that do love roast this is highly drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was a very complex and unique offering that seemed to get some low scores on BA but I thought was very good overall. A different take on the coffee stout. This is classified as an American Stout at 5.2% ABV. Consumed 2/26/13.

 1,521 characters

Photo of dheacck11
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pitch black with a burnt brown tinting. Minimal mud colored head, fading rapidly.

Nose is massive with smokey hickory, malts, and a soft, sweet whiskey booziness.

Taste, following the nose, is really disappointing. Little bit of smoke up front with a fairly mild malt. Some scant coffee notes, finishing with a soggy bourbon flavor.

Feel is medium bodied. Just to thin to support the beer.

Used to love this stout. Now that I've had better, and seen more of what else is out there, returning to it is disappointing. It's just too thin and lacking the robust flavor that other stouts do so well. It is smooth and drinkable, but compared to what else is available, meh.

 680 characters

Photo of Roman5150
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

bottle into snifter

appearance: pitch black with off white 1 finger head

smell: coffee, roasted malts, espresso, licorice, slight anise, dark chocolate, vanilla

taste: subtle roasted coffee flavor, a bit watery due to lower abv, but decently flavorful. Some licorice and dark chocolate notes round out the taste.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, thin bodied

overall: A decent offering from Dogfish Head, nothing I will go out of my way to seek out, but a decently well balanced coffee stout thats quite different from anything else.

 533 characters

Photo of seydou
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark cola colour with a tan head, more bubbly and poppy than a Guiness-type cover. I don't get a strong scent of anything, except a pretty standard stout coming through. Tastes dark, partly bitter, more beery than I expected. Lingers a while. Sits in the mouth and gets stronger. Only flavor note I can pick up is a little coffee. Not bad, not amazing.

 370 characters

Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out with a one finger light tan head. The beer is pitch black.

The aroma has roasted chocolate malt aroma. Very typical of a stout. There’s also an earthy, woody quality in there along with a coffee aroma too. However, it’s not deep and hugely roasted. Slight hint similarity to Palo Santo Marron. Just a wonderful smelling beer.

This stout is pretty interesting. It hits first with a roasted chocolate malt stout flavor, then it turns into a bit of a oatmeal or milk stout creaminess. It has a lot of black coffee flavor. Then it really has a wood flavor.

It’s actually really enjoyable because the bitterness really makes you want more. It reminds me of an IPA in the sense that you keep wanting to sip more because of the aftertaste. The body is thinner for a stout, but that’s expected a beer with a 5.2% ABV beer.

The finish with this is root, earthy soil bitterness. It’s extremely herbal of chicory. Not for those not used to herbal remedies or that kind of Eastern/alternative medicinal flavor. The beer is actually really complex for a low ABV stout.

 1,090 characters

Photo of alex_hart
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, thick black with a thin, 1/4 finger mocha head. Looks like dark roasted coffee.

Smell: Quite sweet. Oatmeal, coffee, and maybe even a bit of sweet molasses. Looking forward to sipping this when it warms a bit.

Taste: A slight black coffee-esque bitterness on the tip of the tongue before it smooths out to creamy oatmeal and roasted coffee. A bit of that sweet molasses from the nose is present as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I expected, but it still has that creaminess that any stout lover craves. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall: This is a delicious and unique beer that is definitely worth a try. DFH rarely goes wrong, and this is one of their classics.

 712 characters

Photo of screamking
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours almost black with a one finger shade darker than khaki head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and coffee. Very pleasant and recommend this for a breakfast beer, if you have breakfast beers.

Lots of chocolate in the taste as well. I'm really surprised at the level of chocolate in this, I've had RIS's with less. Small hints of bitter roasted coffee but mainly just chocolate. You also get some teases of rasian, but nothing fully develops. The taste doesn't linger long, it actually goes away quickly. Mouthfeel is very crisp and carbonated, also very thin and light bodied. This isn't bad and for the right price could be very attractive.

 688 characters

Photo of tviz33
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A- Pretty much black with about an inch of tan head and decent lacing.

S- Yep, that's coffee alright. A little chocolate comes out as well.

T- Again, lots of coffee with some chocolate to back it off. The flavor seems just a bit off, but it's different and I like different. Other than that, it's pretty well-balanced between malty and hoppy.

M- Bubbly and creamy feel. Medium body. The alcohol is barely noticed.

O- I'd recommend it to someone looking for a novelty stout. It's better on tap, so I'll be having one of those again.

 573 characters

Photo of jmendels
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up with high expectations. I've enjoyed every Dogfish Head beer I've had, and this one is no exception. It is a palatable yet imperfect beer. Like most stouts, it pours a dark brown, neighboring on black. Its head is caramel in colour and small in size. The nose immediately reminds you that this is indeed a chicory stout; it has a strong roasted coffee character. The mouth feel is smooth and well balanced, but the coffee notes seem to overtake the other flavors of the malt.

If you're looking for a good coffee stout, this is a good choice and is certainly one of the better beers I've experienced with coffee themes.

 639 characters

Photo of ChugMan
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Food Pairing - Chocolate brownie was...weird with this. The smokyness of this beer is undoubtedly strange, and played with the brownie flavor in unusual ways. Not entirely good or bad, just yeah. Strange. Otherwise, the chocolate flavors went pretty well with this stout.

A - Nearly opaque, deep molassas-brown body. Bubbly head which vanished quickly. No lacing.
S - Coppery, deep dark rich roasty smoky aromas. Chocolate, toffee, rootbeer candy, cold coffee. Singed caramel.
T - First impression was of sweetness and smoke. Seriously like exhaling a hit of something charred, not unpleasant but surprising for a beer! Quickly gives way to the splenda-like sweetness as the smoke retreats into the nose. Then, just as it feels like it's building to something more, it's over.
M - Disappointing. Tastes watered-down, like someone chopped the legs out from under its potential.
O - While a unique experience with that oddly authentic smoky quality, there's just not quite enough here for me to get very excited about. Then again I don't have much appreciation for coffee so some of this beer's finer points may be lost on me. May be very well paired with certain foods. Not bad, just not quite as good as I'd hoped- especially from this brewery.

 1,248 characters

Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although have enjoyed on tap in Delaware, this is my first bottle purchase and the mouthfeel strikes me as thinner than I remember.

Pours a decent dark chocolate colour with a minimal coffee-coloured frothy head that disappears fairly quickly. The aroma is coffee and chicory-forward – it’s quite distinct - with roasted dark malts and some coffee grounds rounding out the background. Flavours are also coffee and chicory focused, overwhelming the licorice or other ingredients suggested by the notes above. Roasted oak and other earthy tones are present in the finish, which is nicely dry and lingers for an impressive length of time.

Not earth shattering or with the taste bud "wow" factor of some of DFH's other beers, but a very nice pint that I would recommend to any stout drinker.

 793 characters

Photo of danmcg62
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice dark black color with a thin tannish head. Nice looking stout.

S-Big roasted notes up front, roasted coffee, nuts, dark chocolate, chocolate covered raspberries.

T-Big roasted character again with a little bit of smoke at the back of the throat. Roasted coffee, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, chocolate covered raspberries. Very tasty beer.

M-Thick, milky, smooth

O-Overall this is a very solid stout. Flavorful and drinkable.

 445 characters

Photo of arfenhouse
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with khaki head. Retention is a bit poor.

S: Big on the coffee. Milk chocolate. Roasted malt.

T: Coffee and chocolate. A little bit of bitter grain. Chocolate herbal aftertaste. Pretty sweet overall.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation. Wet.

O: Decent coffee-foward stout.

 288 characters

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