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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,183
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 92
Gots: 197 | FT: 3
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 mmmbeer


2.63/5  rDev -29.5%

The guy at the store told me someone returned this six-pack because it was bad, so he gave me a bottle to see if I thought so too. Bottled May/04. Pours black with red peeking through and a 1 finger tan head. There is rust on the bottle where the crimped part of the cap was touching the glass. Some coffee and chocolate aromas with a little bit of hops. Almost no taste. Carbonation and hops with malt coming through as it warms. Feels average. Tastes like a macro version of a stout (and this is Dogfish Head we're talkin' about here). Definitely a bad bottle - I've had this before and remember it tasting much better. I'll have to re-review sometime.

01-16-2005 05:33:39 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Kookiekwan


3.43/5  rDev -8%

This beer pours black has a 1/2 finger head with fair retention and little lacing. The aroma is chocolate malt, with hints of vanilla, and coffee. The taste is smokey and coffee-like with licorice, and some chocolate in the background. This beer is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Reflection: I usually expect more from Dogfish Head but this beer is pretty average.

01-01-2005 21:29:30 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of walleye


4/5  rDev +7.2%

poured black with a off white head.aroma bitter sweet choc. black licorice,malts, caramel, molasses, light smoke, coffee, hops. flavor, black licorice,bitter sweet chocolate caramel, molasses, coffee,hops with malts and cherries thrown in. could drink a few of these another good one one from DFH.

12-29-2004 03:51:17 | More by walleye
Photo of Suds


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a dark brown that borders on black. The head, while initially thick and light-brown, with rock-like crags and large bubbles, soon declines into nothingness. For most of the experience, there is no sign of a head. The aroma is of roasted barley, baking chocolate, and coffee, with a little chicory. Actually, to a small degree, it resembles a chicory flavored coffee. The taste is dry and bitter, grainy, and a little slick-oiliness. Roasted, almost charred flavor pushes into the hind-taste, with a generous hop bitterness. It’s good, but overall, it’s something of a middle-of-the road stout.

12-24-2004 13:17:15 | More by Suds
Photo of PossumJenkins


2.93/5  rDev -21.4%

Not impressed with this stout. Label boasts of coffee flavor, and it's there, but nothing different from just about any other stout I've had. Appearance was disappointing, with little to no head, ok color - not jet black but very dark brown. Smell actually pretty good, but again, nothing unique here. Taste...eh... again, not bad, just not exceptionally good. Mouthfeel quite thin and watery for a stout. This isn't a bad beer, but Guinness is better and cheaper, so that's probably what I'll be purchasing in the future.

12-21-2004 06:49:32 | More by PossumJenkins
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

Darkest mahogany that is a few photons away from being absolute jet black. Dusky garnet accents are visible at the bottom edge of the glass, as is a substantive mocha colored head of frothyfirm foam at the top. The slowly falling head is disappointingly soft and leaves almost no lace in its wake.

The nose is acceptably aromatic and smells like chocolate fudge brownies made with ground coffee beans, blackstrap molasses and British black licorice. Wow! The beer is impressively sour and impressively metallic on the palate. I hope each of those fades over time or this will be a struggle to get through. Ultimately... the metallic tang fades, but the sourness remains.

Given the interesting, offbeat constellation of ingredients, this should be some wild ride. Chicory Stout includes chicory (often used as a flavor additive in coffee; I have no idea what it tastes like); Mexican coffee (barely noticeable behind the wall of sourness); St. John's Wort (an herbal 'alternative treatment' for depression; what the hell's that doing in a beer?) and licorice root (noticed in the nose, but not on the palate).

The flavor isn't improving with time. It's great if you like mouth-squinching, intensely sour stouts, but then it's hard to imagine that many people do. There's no trace of hops as far as I can tell. The body is medium in a general sense, but is much too light for any stout that wants to be taken seriously. A slightly too-active mouthfeel seals the deal on mediocrity.

I'm not sure what happened here, but this is not good beer by any measure. DHCB is hit-or-miss with me and Chicory Stout is an unqualified miss. Maybe the brewers simply need to add triple the amount of St. John's Wort so that disappointment isn't so acute in those who buy and drink this beer.

12-04-2004 22:17:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

This beer was a dear brown beer with a one-finger deep tan head... although the bottle claimes the head was bone white. (I didn't believe their claim).

The aroma was of dark roasted malts and mild coffee. No real bitterness or hoppiness came through in the scent.

The taste was very smooth, with the roasted chicory noticeable easily. There was a very light coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was pretty good and chewy, but as for drinkability, I don't think the flavor was pronounced enough for me to want to down a second one in one sitting. Just not enough overall flavor.

11-28-2004 03:41:22 | More by connecticutpoet
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2.93/5  rDev -21.4%

Apperance: Dark tan head, lacing is smooth and grasps onto the glass. The head is a mix of large and tiny bubbles, making it rocky at a second or two. the beer is almost black, well no, it is black. head retention is minimal, is anything.

Nose: The nose was a bit of a let down. I got charcoal, dark roasted bread, or burnt toast. Instead of roasted it smelled burnt. maybe a tiny bit of chocolate.

Taste: Nice immediate mouthfeel, but very thin once you think about it. This was too thin to be a stout, it feels like a thin porter. the taste is an increase of the nose. Mostly what I smelled was what I tasted. there was a certain bitterness at the end, this bitterness stays with you for a bit. I think I taste coffee with no sugar or cream, just straght black coffee. This is an odd mix with a stout as the astringent taste of coffe does not lend itself well to a stout.

Notes: An interesting thing to try. This is not my favorite stout, and I did not even find it altogether appealing. The creativity and craft is what I love about Dogfish, not their perfection. Very interesting beers come from Dogfish, this is one of them. I praise them for that.

11-19-2004 23:53:34 | More by travolta
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Nearly opaque. Just a bit of light sneaks through the outskirts of the glass. Head was big, fizzy and light tan but fell apart quickly.

Smell: Equal parts dark roasty malts and coffee and sweetened dark fruit. Hints of maple syrup.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Up front, it's mostly dark roasted, sugar-sweet coffee. Then some dark fruits, followed by a tongue warming by some spicy hops. Finish is bitter and quite drying. Flavor is full but the body is strangely light and a bit syrupy. Can't put my finger on it. It's soft on the tongue, a little too soft. In fact, the delicate mouthfeel is downright confusing and detracts from a beer you'd expect to be much heavier and full.

Drinkability: It's an ok coffee stout. Nothing spectacular and the mouthfeel is really bizarre and not at all what you'd expect for the style. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

11-18-2004 02:58:19 | More by oxmasterscream
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3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a dark brown with a huge head that dissapates quickly very little lacing.

Scent is of swwet dark malts and carmel with sweet fruits.

Taste follows the nose with dark roasted, carmel malts, sweet dark fruits and finishes sweet, coffee, and dry, nice.

Mouthfeel is light to medium for a stout. Way too much carbination for this beer. Maybe there is something wrong with this one. It is almost painful.

This is an ok beer. If it weren't for the carbination this would be even better, but the drinkabilty is affected by the carbination.

11-02-2004 03:34:06 | More by trumick
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

This is very drinkable but at the same time had some nice depth.

Your average stout until the finish which has some nice coffee notes and latent choclate sweetness. On tap this is marvelous. In bottles it is very solid. If you can get it it trumps guiness and mackeson as a very "go to" stout when out at the bars in NJ. Not very heavy in the stomach, reminds me of most brew pub stouts except slightly heavier (but not as much so as 'super' stouts). The chicory is apparent on the extreme end of aftertaste.. a nice addition. A well balanced beer worth trying.

11-01-2004 05:51:25 | More by Ego
Photo of beerceller99


2.98/5  rDev -20.1%

12 oz. bottle. Pours pitch black with a decent brown head. Smells of malted chocolate and roasted grains. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Has a thin, watery mouthfeel. Taste is of bittersweet burnt malts and stale chocolate. A mildly bittersweet burnt marshmellow taste finishes this beer tasting expedition.
An average stout.

10-31-2004 16:37:17 | More by beerceller99
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Packaged in February of some year, this is an intersting brew from one of the best breweries in America.
The head is a cramy, somewhat dark beige head that dissapears quickly. Certainly not the "bone white head" that the label describes. The appearance is almost black with some dark red hues. The beer is practically opaque. It smells like strong coffee with some hops, smoke and chicory present. The taste is a littel tart. Cafe du Monde in New Orleans make a coffee with chicory that tastes a lot like this. The mouthful isn't as full as most stouts but the aftertaste is pretty strong. Coffee, smokey chicory, some odd bitterness and a bite of anise linger for a good long while. The fact that this is not as thick as most stouts makes it pretty drinkable.

10-26-2004 23:34:38 | More by GDMFSOB
Photo of NEhophead


3.58/5  rDev -4%

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy, coffee colored 1" head with very good retention. Spotty lacing with average strength. Dense, opague black in color.

Caramel, coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate aromas along with a thick and sweet maltiness.

Coffee and hazlenut flavors with a moderately sweet maltiness. A moderate and pleasant bitterness at mid sip followed by a pleasant coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste. Pretty bland given how pleasant the aroma is.

Full bodied; very carbonated. Too heavy on the palate given the disappointing lack of flavor.

An interesting offering from DFH that doesn't really do it for me. Too boring re: flavor for me to go back to. A slightly above average stout. Pleasant yet nothing to write home about.

10-22-2004 21:36:06 | More by NEhophead
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

First let me say that I love all of the Dogfish Head beers and this one does not disappoint. Pours a dark brown with a tinge of red on the outside. Once in the glass, there is no peaking through the color. The head is medium thickness that is light brown and fizzy. There is no lace on the glass save for a tannish ring at the top of the liquid.

The aroma is nutty with coffee smells in the background. The taste is very good. Carbonated slightly, with a nutty taste that is coffee like and pleasantly bitter. The aftertaste is much like the bottom of a cup of coffee. Very good stout.

10-16-2004 20:05:04 | More by abcsofbeer
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

This beer pours a very deep brown. Not as black as I would want for a stout. The nose is a bit of coffee and roasted malts. The flavor is a bit thin. There is a nice mocha infusion in there, with coffee overtones, but it is still a bit thin. The mouthfeel is better than the flavor. Its nice and thick. I could drink a few of these bad boys. Another good beer from the Dogfish head company.

10-13-2004 02:51:05 | More by kmpitz2
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Wonderfully dark pouring stout, almost opaque. A light caramel colored head. An interesting whiff of what smells like vanilla extract. Ample carbonation and decent lacing.

This isn't a super heavy stout. Despite the rich flavors of cocoa and french roast coffee, it is mild in finish and feel. The carbonation is a nice addition to the somewhat creme brulee-like finish, giving the mouthfeel a creamy dimension. There is the slightest note of licorice, which compliments the overall sweetness of the flavor.

I would recommend this to someone who is trying her or his first stout. It's approachable and appealing, sweet and fairly mild, but still flavorful and substantial.

Have one for dessert.

10-13-2004 00:32:12 | More by Zraly
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3.43/5  rDev -8%

Despite what the bottle says, this does not pour out with a 'bone white head', though the off-tan head was large and impressive for a stout. As for the colour of the beer itself, black as usual, but not as pitch as some of the heavier (imperial) stouts. Looks good though.

Aroma is very slight, much milder than many stouts, I get some coffee and faint whisps of chocolate with roast, but it's very subdued.

Taste...unusual...creamy chocolatey roast, this beer is dominated by the malts, yet different, as a strange almost acidic sweetness (if that makes sense to anyone but me) and an off / very soft hop bitter on the back of the tongue are there. The taste of the chicory lends a certain softly smoked character as well, but this is nowhere near a rausch if that gives you some idea. The finish gives a minor bitter cough, but not much. Overall flavour is more subdued then I would have expected, the chicory lends some uniqueness, but I'm looking for a bolder statement with my stouts, and this one just isn't making it.

Mouthfeel is medium, there is some minor character in the form of carbonation, but it's not viscuous, and just a shade above average. Drinkability is similar, decent, but nothing to write home about.

10-01-2004 00:12:37 | More by CortexBomb
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Good morning chocolate mocha!! What a fine looking stout you are.

Umm, I could smell you as soon as I saw you, chocolate mocha, and a touch of fresh-cut lawn. Not a lawn here in dry clay Colorado, but a fresh cut lawn in the moist, rich loam of the midwest.

Lots of tiny carb bubbles, like itsy-bitsy ants bursting forth from the glass to tickle my palate, and drop little bittersweet dookies on my tongue. Ummm, creamy. A twist of lemon to help cleanse the palate. A bit acidic, earthy chicory aftertaste.

If I ever get a male black lab I'll name him Stout, and think of this version.

09-27-2004 04:34:02 | More by gbontrag
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New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -29.5%

On-tap @ Fire Waters in Atlantic City, NJ

Pours out very dark brown. As put by the extremely cute bartender, "That's one of the darkest beers I've ever seen." And she couldn't have been any more right. Aroma consists of burnt and smoked malts. The hops were almost not present at all, this is a very malty beer. The taste was just overwhelming. It is not a terrible taste, but it is extremely smoky. The best way I can describe it is my uncle makes these smoked baby back ribs, and they're really good, but you can only eat a few before the smoky taste gets to you. I will not be having this beer again, but I'm glad I tried it. It was a struggle getting thru one of these.

09-07-2004 14:22:28 | More by Jacobob10
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Dogfish in Michigan - a good thing! Pours a dark reddish brown in color into the glass. A chocolate brown head develops. Aroma is of coffee, cocoa, and rhubarb. The first sip reveals a very sweet taste that seems like there is a milk added. Another sip reveals a roasted coffee taste. It sometimes tastes like a brown ale. OK. I'm glad someone tried it. A decent but not outstanding stout.

08-27-2004 02:28:14 | More by mjohn27603
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2.7/5  rDev -27.6%

Poured a nice Tan head which made me laugh as it says right on the bottle "...beneath a bone white head." Anyway for a stout a tan head is acceptable though I thought the brown hints of this brew made it a little unappealing visually even though it was very black and completely opaque. The aroma reminded me of dirty wood with a slight roasted grain finish. Not very pleasant but not indicative of any fault in the beer so I gave it a 2.5. The taste was very smooth and there was a very nice finish to this beer. That woodyness is present in the beginning but only as a background to the upcoming blend of light sweet malt and a very smooth, clean roasted malt flavor. This beer has a lighter body than I like in a Stout and the carbonation detracts from the flavors making the carbonic bite take away a lot of the in the initial rush of flavor. This beer is one that is worth trying but not one worth mentioning to anyone unless you are trying to dissuade him or her from brewing with chicory. The chicory taste is like a woody, dirty coffee flavor that is only semi-pleasant as I appreciate the attempt that the brewer made and I also appreciate the diversity on the shelves this ale presents.

07-29-2004 02:33:35 | More by RenoZymurgist
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

A dark liquid with a brown dome.
This is a milk-flavored, moderately roasty, fizzy, dark brown beer. Tea-like herbal flavors are blanketed with simple sugar and waterlogged cocoa nuances. Bitter, vegetal, ropy tannins are moderate on the finish.
Absolutely nothing offensive, but without the power of the best beers from Dogfish Head, it seems to drift toward blandness.

07-24-2004 01:48:07 | More by putnam
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Tasted on 7/15/04. Served plastic tasting cup at the DFH - Avery Brewing tasting at R.F.D.

Appearance: Jet black, with whitish lacing on the edge of the cup.

Smell: Espresso, licorice, tar, bittersweet chocolate. Nice complexity.

Taste: Overwhelming coffee, with roasted malt and a hoppy, peppery bite bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel: Is it my imagination or is this almost gritty? Good body besides, nice creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Meh.

07-19-2004 19:54:17 | More by Hefe
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

This beer poured black with a tan head. When the glass is held against light a slight dark cherry color could be detected where the light was able to show through a little. The smell was of dark cocoa and espresso. The taste was good. Mostly a cocoa coffee flavor. Seemed slighly sweet until the hops kicked in rounding the flavor out. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Very easy drinking stoudt beer.

07-07-2004 23:43:33 | More by heidelbeerg
Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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