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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,290
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 243 | 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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Ratings: 3,290 | Reviews: 1,374
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Sunset Bar & Grill on March 13. Poured a dark midnight brown. Slight white head. Nose was of fresh brewed medium roast coffee and cocao powder. Flavor was all blended. Macho coffee tones with a bit of cream. Lots of roasted barley and even a bit of oat-iness. Very full body, really streches out the taste buds. Slight bitterness from the roastiness.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this beer says exactly what it is...a stout with chicory and a touch of organic mexican coffee. Ummm Cafe du monde. i had this beer at the 9:30 club in D.C. about 5 or 6 months ago and have been hunting for a six pack ever since...here I sit with the first bottle(dogfish is not available in SC).

Poured from a 12oz bottle into the dogfish shaped pint glass.
It pours a blackish color with hints or brown and red. The head is a dark coffee color and was at least an inch tall, unlike the label's description of a bone white head. The coffee colored head left a nice bubbly lacing around the entire glass.

Smell is of chicory, undertones of coffee, sweet roasted malts and nice bit of hops.

Taste: the taste of chicory hits the tongue first. There light hops fill out the body, and there is a nice clean finish that has wonderful coffee characteristics.

Mouthfeel/drikability: This is fairly well carbonated for a stout. That makes it very drinkable for me, it just feels lighter. Medium bodied for a stout and does not hit the stomach too heavy I love this beer it is excellent!

Photo of crwills
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last bottle of this -- bought two or three at Circle Liquors in Pennington, NJ.

Poured a very opaque black into a pint glass. Small, light brown head that fades fast. I thought this was odd, considering the bottle says "Goodness beneath a bone-white head." Bone white? Nope, definitely not. Anyway...

Smell is chocolate and banana, and not much coffee at all, even though there's some actual coffee in there. Cherries or raspberries. OK, maybe a bit of strong coffee -- shows up more as it warms.

Taste is definitely coffee and quite bitter hops. I bet the IBUs on this are fairly high. Some sour cherries, completely unsweetened chocolate. Butter or cream -- a very thick, coating mouthfeel that maybe lowers drinkability a bit.

Overall not bad, and I might buy it again if I saw it, but definitely not something you'd want to drink too frequently.

Photo of Enola
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is more the color of a porter. It has a tan colored head. The smell is herbal and slightly of alcohol. The taste is roasted roots. I can taste the similarity in this to the chicory found in salads. It comes through well in this beer. The mouthfeel is fair. The roast flavor lingers in the aftertaste. I could drink these again. This beer reminds me more of a porter. Another good offering from Dogfish Head.

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

"..Under a stark white head..." What on earth? Why does the bottle say that? This beer's head is, paradoxically, one of the darkest browns I've seen poured in recent weeks.

It is just a few millimeters, over a nice black body which reveals ruby highlights during my standard one-candlepower stout test, and leaves little to no lacing, soon fading to a thin brown ring.

Coffee and molasses are the dominant scents, a blended dark-sweet-bitter.

Chicory is a coffee substitute, and I can taste it in the flavor - it's actually a pretty interesting additive, because it compliments the natural stout flavors without doing anything unnecessary or wacky. The taste is coffee, dark chocolate, with slight earthy notes and a twang of bitterness.

Tangy-bright mouthfeel, medium-full body.

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 MSchae1017
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a dark brown almost opaque with deep red highlights and a decent sized tan head that doesn't lace but leaves a little film the whole way down the glass. The smell is mostly a mix of dark chocolate and coffee roasted malts. The taste is primarily dark chocolate and coffee along with some faint hop bitterness but unfortunately this is a little weak on the flavor. There is a good thickness and carbonation. Overall it is a drinkable beer. This is a good stout but a little mild and not very challenging on the palate.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours very black (had a porter last night, this is definitely darker)

Smell: woodsy smell with lots of coffee and oaky flavors

Taste: chocolate and coffee in flavor. very very delicious as a late nightcap drink

Mouth: easy on the mouth

Drinkability: very very good, well worth a nightcap drink. best stout this year easily.

Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flat pour. Nearly perfect opaque black but there's no head, no fizz, a litle lacing. And this is in a narrow stout glass, too.

A very oaky smell. Nice. Deep nodes of harsh roasted malt and coffee and some oatmeal tossed in for good measure. Not too hard, not too complex, but pretty darn good.

Sweet and sour burn malt up front. You know that almost fiery feeling you get while drinking a strong Imperial Stout? This is like that, pretty much, only reall weak. It's acidic but somehow very light. Kind of like hot sauce without the hotness. Grows sweet near the middle and ends on an oatmealy grain (which is probably the chicory).

Dry and warming, this is a solid if unexceptional winter stout.

Photo of Byeast
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured opaque black with a 1 inch head of "bone white" color. Smell is light and creamy , with fresh roasted coffee , slight chicory , bit of herb, and slight chocolate. Taste is of the organic coffee ,some dark chocolate , bit of roasted maltyness , and just a tad bit of hop bitterness from the fuggle and cascade. Mouthfeel is smooth with very light carbonation, slight dryness and a light tart-wheat aftertaste. I find it to be very quaffable. I also like that they include a bit of oats in their grist list.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. bottled on code is smudged and not legible. I can make out 2005 but that is it.

Dark brown in color, with a tanish head.

aromas of roast coffee, sweet malt, oatmeal.

Flavor is coffee, oatmeal, slight liquorice, and sourish kind of flavor I assume is the chicory. I’ve never had chicory so I don’t know what it tastes or smells like.

Palate is silky and full

finish is long and dry

Photo of bearrunner44
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Opaque blackness. Mocha-brown head. There's plenty of head, but it's pretty airy and thin.

Smell- Sharp, burnt coffee notes. A slight twinge of sourness takes some of the bite out of the roasted aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied. Carbonation is sharp and a little fizzy. Smooth and syrupy-sweet at first; molasses-like. Then, a wave of juicy bitterness takes over. The bitterness is fairly dry and smoky at first, but it becomes more herbal later on. Quite astringent. A lot of different flavors are in play here.

Verdict- It's certainly one of the more interesting stouts I've had. The sharply herbal flavor in the finish isn't usual for the style; it's a little much, but I like that they're thinking out of the box with this stout.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitive black. Light brown head with flares of lace-stick.

Robusta coffee grounds on the nose and not much else, unfortunately. Toasted nuts. Kiss of green hops.

Taste is bitey coffee again with spikes of clashing hop-cones. Finishes barely passable with dark-chocolate in watery coffee.

Overzealously carbonated and too thin for the rushing hop-oils and rubbery biting coffee roast tastes. Maybe good for iced coffee fans? The first let down i've ever had from DFH, but still much better than most breweries which is either a really huge complement to DFH (intended) or a major diss to most breweries (also true).

Photo of EStreet20
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A - A nice opaque black with a very large tan head. The head bubbles like crazy. Not much for lacing but some small patches do stay on the glass.

S - A lot of roasted coffee is in the smell. Nice roasted malts in the the nose, the smell is someone faint but definitely nice.

T - A very roasty bitter taste. Like a nice dark cup of coffee. The chicory does lend a bit of a smoked flavor to it as well. Not a bad tasting stout.

M - Very thin. It actually seems really off in this compartment to have such a light bodied feel for this flavor. A nice full bodied, thicker composition would suit this one better.

D - The flavor is definitely nice and is complex and different enough to make you want to sip this one. However it's way too light in the mouthfeel and I think this makes the drinkability suffer. I;d go for a different style if I wanted this light of a mouthfeel.

Notes: Once again DFH makes a beer very different from other beers in the style. However I think this one falls a little short after being very promising on the eyes and the nose.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle serving. Bottled on 9/13/05.

Dark, opaque brown body with a tan finger of head. Not "bone-white" as described on the label, but a nice head nonetheless. A good looking brew.

Smell is malty chocolate with distinct bitterness. A little light in the nose, I thought.

Flavor is roasty-malt stout with both bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Quite good, and quite different from most stouts.

Mouthfeel is thin. Could have much better body.

Drinkability is good. It goes down easy enough, I'm just not sure that I like it enough to want to drink more than 1-2.

Another good effort from DFH, I still prefer their IPAs to the specialty brews.

Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. This pours out with an absolutely Enormous rocky off-white head that laces the sides of the glass wonderfully. Delightfully appetizing spicy coffee malt aroma. Bitter coffee flavor, though not too roasted, is the prominent flavor. Hop bitterness is present though low, but overall bitterness is strong. Finish becomes increasingly acidic after a few drinks. Good body with moderately high carbonation.

Excellent beer craftsmanship, as expected, from Dogfish Head. I'm not usually a fan of chicory or coffee, but this beer is unexpectedly yummy.

Photo of PeatReek
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12-oz bottle, packaged on Dec 5, 2005.

Appearance: It's a stout, it's black. Peering through the lower corners reveals some ruby/brown highlights. Head is a little lighter tan than many stouts, and condenses to a 1/4" lid of big, chunky bubbles.

Aroma: A bit yeasty at first, resolving to a round sweetness. I notice a bit of a bitter espresso-y scent after a few sniffs.

Taste: The round sweetness comes through up front with a hint of nutty breadiness as well. The sip evolves into a mild roast barley flavor, and then I suddenly realize it tastes like a nice, dark-roasted coffee. But it blends in very well; this certainly doesn't taste like someone brewed a stout and tossed some coffee in. No substantial hop flavor at any point.

Mouthfeel: a little thin and the carbonation fizzed just a bit too long, but wasn't so strong as to overpower the nice coffee/chickory taste at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: not too strong, with a nice mellow aftertaste: I could take at least a couple of these.

Photo of geetlord
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber color with a thin creamy head. The aroma was malty with some light coffee scent. The flavor was of medium bitterness, smooth, creamy, yeasty like fresh dark bread, mild coffee flavor and a variety of spices. I found this to be a very drinkable stout.

Photo of Conrad
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice opaque black. The head was thick with big bubbles that faded to a pretty collar. The head was not bone white as advertised on the label, but more tawny, or cafe au lait.
Smell: Even with my uneducated sniffer I could pick up on the coffe and roasted toasted malt. Quite pleasing, if you like coffee.
The taste was a bit flat for a stout. The coffee/chicory taste filled the mouth, not just one area of the tongue. I have never tasted chicory, so I can't comment on it's strength or purity. During the Civil War when coffee was in low supply, people used chicory as a substitute, so I guess it's pretty close to actual coffee. The adjuncts take away from the experience rather than add to it.
Finish: The taste remained with me until the next sip, and so on to the bottom of the glass. I could even taste it several minutes after the last gulp.
Mouthfeel: Thin for a stout, but with good effervesence.
Drinkability: One is enough. This is not an offensive brew, but I like my beer to tast like beer, or stout to taste like stout. If I want coffee, I will go to Tim Horton's.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Dogfish Head Chicory Stout pours out a nearly black color with a large tan head, which fades to a thin layer of foam after a couple minutes. The aroma is mainly chocolate and coffee. Sweet coffee flavor, but missing the roastiness that I expected, which leaves this beer a little too sweet. The finish is brief and unmemorable. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, and the carbonation is too low. Just an ok stout, but worth trying at least once.

Photo of Tim2000
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

355 mL brown bottle.

Pours an inky black with a thin tan head that dies down to a collar pretty quickly.

Aroma is of roasted grains, burnt toast and an unfamiliar smoky, woody smell that I assume must be the chicory.

Coffee dominates the flavour, along with some smokiness. This is a very dry stout with an acidic, sour finish and a burnt bitterness. Body is quite thick, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

I've heard great things about Dogfish Head, but this is a big disappointment.

Photo of cracgor
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours out dark black with a nice lightly tanned head. It never pours tall or strong, but it lingers and keeps the small halo of bubbles around the edges of the glass I have come to love. It smells a sweet stout with a strong, bitter chocolate like aroma. It has a different taste than I expect. Not really deep in complexity. There is a strong chocolate aftertaste. The flavor at the beginning is different. I have never had any chicory before. It isn't earthy really. Maybe it is a little woodsy tasting, sort of a coffee bitterness. Not the most exciting stout I've ever had but it is decent. It has a mouthfeel that is just a bit too watery and light for what I would expect. It is a fine beer that I wouldn't feel bad trying again, but it just doesn't have anything that makes it special.

Photo of funkengruven
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this on the bottom shelf at the local liquor store and figured i'd give it a try. Bottle says: Bottled on 07/15/05. Bottle opened with a loud fast snap, with a cloud working it's way out of the bottle, eminating smells of chocolate and coffee. Poured a deep black with a tan, relatively fast forming foamy head, which slowly but surely dissipated.

Taste is a little sour, with subtle notes of mocha. Not terrible, but i've had better. Extensive carbonation make the mouthfeel of this brew a little difficult, but not unbearable. It's drinkable, This is not a horrible beer but it's not something I'd go out of my way to get again though.

Photo of AlexJ
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been a long time since I've had one of these, time for a re-visit. Dark, ruby rimmed black pour with a small tan head that settles into a thin, whispy veil leaving scant amounts of lace.

Aroma is darkly charred malts, strong coffee notes, a hint of licorice, and dark chocolate.

Flavor has a bit of dark malt flavors that are quickly washed over by a rush of chicory and brewed coffee notes. Chocolate flavors are minimal and there is a somewhat piney hop flavor in the finish. A tad one-dimensional IMO.

Body is barely medium, not as hearty as I recall it being. Overactive carbonation gives it a fluffy mouthfeel.

Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not as good as some for the other beers from this brewery, but i'd have it again.

Dark color, little head.

Has a bite with some malt and hops evident, but it does battle with the chicory/coffee flavor. The coffee was very prominent and, not being a coffee drinker, was an interesting experience for me. I liked it though. Definitely a good stout. I could drink this beer again.

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Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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