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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,279
Reviews: 1,372
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 106
Gots: 235 | 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 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.

Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a motor oil back with a hint of red. It has a nice thick creamy head that lasts, (good retention).

Smell: Very subtle chicory (if any), hints of coffee and roasted malt aromas are found with some effort.

Taste: Dark, malty, roasted, almost a bit like a 'charcoal fell into the coffee' kind of flavor. It is a black taste but extremely mild for a stout. It is so balanced that there is no evidence of either sweet or bitter, simply middle of the road. I really could have thought I was drinking a black lager.

Mouthfeel: Much thinner than I expected from a stout. It would be a nice mouthfeel for a lager but it is somewhat thin for a stout IMO. It is till very smooth and a bit creamy.

Drinkability: As a fan of stouts, I must admit that very few stouts I have encountered sit this light in the stomach. This could truly be a session beer as surprising as that seems to me. It is a bit lacking in complexity but it is very easy to drink. This is a very approachable beer and on I highly recommend giving a shot. Enjoy!

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of bucko
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense black in color, this beer pours with a nice tan head, certainly darker than the "bone white" listed on the bottle, but if that's the biggest problem here, I think we'll be just fine. The smell is roasty with notes of coffee, chocolate (extremely subued and something else I can't identify, perhaps the chicory? The taste is also interesting and similar to the smell... coffee, chocolate, roasty notes and perhaps chicory? The mouthfeel is a bit heavy, though not chewy or syrupy... seems about right to me. Drinkability? I'd have another, and perhaps another... this six-pack won't last for too long.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The liquid pours a thick, opaque black with a creamy light brown head which leaves a less-than-sustaining lace. The aroma is earthy and roasty, with notes of bitter chocolate, some sweet malt, coffee and chicory. Much the same for the flavor: a very smooth blend of sweet malt, roasted grain, coffee, unsweetened chocolate and, of course, chicory. A mouthfeel that’s slightly thinner that medium-bodied with a mild carbonation tang.

Though it’s not the most outstanding stout out there, it is one of the smoothest. Make’s a great session beer and, while there really isn’t that much hop presence, the bitterness of the various burnt flavors nicely balances out the sweet malt and grain flavors. Recommended.

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

Beer #1 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.

Dogfish Head Chicory Stout pours dark as night into my pint glass. Completely opaque, with just the barest hint of a deep red around the edges when held up to the light. A 1/2" brown (definitely NOT bone white, as the label states) head forms, then dissipates within 5 minutes. Moderate carbonation; small amounts of lacing. The aroma is a (in sum, sweet) mixture of chicory, chocolate and coffee. Very straightforward, nothing complex.

The taste is initially very sweet, with chocolate and caramel/toffee flavors. After a little bit, the coffeelike roasted flavor comes through, with just a hint of floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly thin/watery; this beer is slightly acidic on the tongue. Finishes somewhat dry, with an acidic and mildly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this a decent session stout; I imagine that it pairs very well with chocolate- and coffee-flavored deserts. Worth checking out.

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

Very heady, gorgeous pour, very black with a good.

Smells of roasted chicory, a little sweetness.

Tastes like roasted chicory too. The label isn't lying. Also a little coffee and ester.

A touch thin, but very smooth mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, goes down easy. There is a slight aftertaste that might get to you after a while, however.

I appreciate the uniqueness, but I dont know how often I'd buy this. Definately something to try at least once. Should go nice with a heavy meal.

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

Pours opaque black, with mahogany highlights. A dense, light brown head will hold a one finger head and leave some sticky lacing. Roasted barley and chocolate malt nose, with baker's chocolate hiding in the background. The taste is very sweet, coffee and chocolate, with a strong roasted character and an almost smoky flavor as it warms. Very little hop influence, but the malt bitterness will balance the flavor.The aftertaste is bittersweet coffee, which will become residual in the finish. However, the full body is made crisp by a high carbonation and the mouthfeel is thick but crisp. Robust flavor, but easy drinkability.

Photo of Chadbrew
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep, deep brown with a finger of head and pretty fair lacing. Good carbonation.
Aroma - A nice roasty aroma with light tones of coffee and mocha.
Taste - The taste is slightly tart and creamy with a bitter finish. Roast, coffee, cocoa, and bittersweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side.
Drinkability - Good drinkability with this one. It's not a big heavy stout with a ton of cloying sweetness, it's lightness and crispness make for very easy drinking.

Photo of jayc333
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a 2 finger light brown head. (Note: the label stated a "bone white" coloured head)

Smells very sweet, with hints of chicory and chocolate blended together. Very inviting.

Sweet chicory and chocolate again in the taste.

Thin, crisp mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Not bad at all. The only thing I can see wrong is the lie of the "bone white" head.

Photo of SurgeonGeneral
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving temp: 55F Serving glass: Mug

Aroma: Wow, aggressive chicory smell takes over the whole nose! Or not.. No chicory here. Nice typical roasted smell along with sweet chocolatey smell & some coffee notes. Very appatizing.

Appearance: Black, small hints of mahogany peek through the edges. Tan colored head recedes rather quickly, leaving some decent lacing.

Taste: Very pronounced sweetness balanced with a roasty bitterness pretty well. Coffee is also very present after a second, finally giving way to a little bit of astringincy & tannins, leaving a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Low-moderate carbonation and thin mouthfeel. I'm left wanting a more meaty brew to go along with the roasty sweet taste.

Drinkability: This is a very easy going, laid back stout from a brewery generaly producing beers that I would classify as anything *but* easy going and laid back. Goes down well, a solid stout, but nothing special about it and lacking a bit of "meat."

Photo of battlekow
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Bone white head?" No.

Chicory? Never had chicory before, but it's apparently a coffee substitute. Given that the beer also contains Mexican coffee, I'm not sure to which I should ascribe the coffee qualities in the beer. Either way, it does taste nicely of relatively fresh roasted coffee.

Stout? Sure, it's a stout, a regular old coffeeish stout, though complicated and marred a bit by some musty yeast and slight sourness. No hoppiness. A bit watery.

Verdict? Drinkable but not memorable.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beutiful opaque black with a thin creamy head slight lacing.The smell is a combination of roasted dark malt, coffee and chocolate.

Up front the taste is sweet and creamy chocolate then the smokey roasted coffee flavor pleasingly lingers on the tongue. Very nice. I would consider this a 'light' stout.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is noticable.

All in all I really enjoyed this beer and feel it is very drinkable. I certainly will work this brew into my regular beer rotation.

Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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