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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,195
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 93
Gots: 198 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of malty
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck bottle - no freshness date.

Nice midnight opaque brown with cola-colored appointments. 1 inch light beige head that diminishes to 1/8 inch pretty quickly. Label says 'bone white head', definitely not the case here.

Scent of faint dark rye bread with a attenuated dash of sharp coffee. Although I don't think I would have known it to be coffee if I didn't read the label, so I guess that's where the 'sharpness' comes from (?)

Taste is a bit clumsy, no definition to speak of. I tasted roasted dark malts, but the flavors were very quick to dissipate. After 6-7 more mouthfuls I detected the doughiness I caught in the scent, but again very fleeting. That's about it.

Mouthfeel was light-medium bodied, but very watery. A semi-dry finish with no lasting flavors.

Drinkability for me is low due to the fact I didn't enjoy it. It's overall drinkability is average because it's not heavy and nonintrusive.

Overall a dissapointing offering from DFH. Nothing about this beer seemed to mesh. There really isn't a feature to this stout that stood out. I guess it would be a good for beginners who are curious to the style. As for me, I won't be looking this one up any time soon. I do hope this was an off batch.

malty, May 09, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich coffee black color and is topped by a frothy, almost creamy, brown head. The aroma is rich with notes of espresso, alcohol, a hint of black licorice, plus an interesting note that I cannot quite place. The beer is light on the palate, and is fairly dry as well. It is sharp at the beginning with roast notes of coffee, it then smoothes out towards the middle and the end where it picks up a smooth note of chocolate. Underneath the roasted notes there is an underlying complexity that is a mix of licorice, plus a fresh herbal type character, which is sort of hard to place.

This is actually a really good interpretation of a stout. It is on the light side, which is perfectly fine, but the extra, unusual ingredients really play a profound role that picks up the complexity of this beer without really being noticeable in and of themselves.

Gueuzedude, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bottle with a 2 finger tan colored head and is a somewhat opaque black color. The smell ifs of chicory and roasted barley mostly. This is a fairly simple stout, you get flavors of coffee, some smoked chicory but not as much as i was expecting due to the namesake. Finishes up with a bitter, but sweet and matly aftertaste. Descent but nothing extraordinary, more of a fallback beer really

silver0rlead, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A two finger dark tan foamy head resulted from a pouring of a 12 oz. bottle of this very dark brown, or black beer. A foam film fremained on top while sampling this beer. At first I struggled with definite aromas coming from this beer, but soon discovered the main one, coffee with notes of dark chocolate. Coffee followed through in the taste makeup as well as burnt malt. There was also a bitter chicory edge to this beer. This was a smooth beer, but I felt it lacked depth and was light in the mouth with too much carbonation as well. Otherwise, a pretty good beer.

tomthumbsblues, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of budsboy
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Aug. 2004, had March 2005.

Pours a very deep brown with a slight red hue, much lighter than most stouts that cross my lips. A half-inch, healthy looking tan head on top, not bone-white as advertised on the label.

Smell has a luscious quality, coffee and chocolate mostly, with a detectable aroma of raisin, plum and a tart breadiness.

Almost puckering at first, the sourness of that chicory subsides a bit to reveal some more roasty flavors - coffee and chocolate - but the tartness reamains in a grape-like fashion. Still bitter and more chocolate and coffee come through after it hits the belly. This one must have been a mother pucker in its younger days. If you like rubarb, you'll like this beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected from the color. Clean and sharp, not smooth by any stretch.

Interesting brew. One of the most refreshing stouts I've ever had. Don't know that I like refreshing so much in a stout, but there you go. Besides, if you plant chicory, your going to have to use it in something ... you can't eat that stuff raw.

I bought six, drank two and I think I'll cellar the rest. I'll bet that sourness will relax a bit.

budsboy, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of mbatley
2.17/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Get Back! You really have to be in the right mood for this unique stout. Don't get me wrong I love stout. All kinds. But this one caught me off guard and when I get to try a new stout I want to like it. Chewy, bitter, and high alcohol all gave this one a real "off" taste and bad aftertaste. I've had coffee stouts before and really liked them as I'm a coffee nut as well, but maybe it was the chicory as well. Yuck, I'll pass on this one in in the future.

mbatley, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of theo871
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed sixer i made of three dogfish head brews (chicory stout, raison d'etre and 60 minute ipa).

Pours an opaque black with dark brown head, which quicky subsided. lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is rather mild, with hints of roasted coffee.

Taste is of bold coffee with a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thin, not your typical stout feel.

Drinkability is decent, I could have another bottle.

theo871, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good Lord !! An easy pour produced a MASSIVE foamy head on top of coal black frosty. Very nice malt, hop and lite coffee flavor (what the hell is chicory?). Good carbonation made for a nice tangy finish after the smooth, mellow start. Only had one, wish I had more of them, as it was very tasty and enjoyable.

Vancer, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

taste of coffee, chicory, chocolate and some citrus. Poured dark, but it did not pour a very good head, the head was gone within a few minutes. Very drinkable however, the bottle did not have to live a long life in it's glass. Not one of the greatest beers I've had before, but it was definitely good. A tad thin I would say for a stout.

HoboAGoGo, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of the Chicory Stout to sample. The packaged date is clearly notched for January.

Pours a light shade of black with a tan colored head. The head has nice sustain and lacings.

Dark roasted malts blend with a sharp coffee bean attack on the palate. Smooth and creamy flavors that blend nicey with the espresso like bitterness.

A nice session stout that incorporates chicory. Nothing to get overly excited about, but certainly worth trying.

Hibernator, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pitch black with nice, well sustained head.

Smell: Has a very good, rich coffee smell. As far as the chicory... it's not there. Still smells solid.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Rich roasted malts explode in your mouth the second you sip this beer. The coffee taste is strong and powerful. The aftertaste lingers for days, and is very pleasent. The mouthfeel is big and chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: Based on reviews I've read, I was afriad this would not be my beer. But I really like it. Strong, robust, and full of enough flavor and complexity to keep me drinking. This is not a beer for everyone. Don't let the chicory in the name scare you, I can barely even taste it. Dogfish Head continues to push the limit with their beers, and this one kick ass.

santoslhalper, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not for everybody. I found it unique and full of flavour. Smooth though medium bodied. Stout aroma, but unique with the ingredients, somewhere between a coffee and a tea. Moderate roast, licorice, chocolate malts, and aggressive carbonated finish. You have to like stouts. Had again late in year and sourness really came through which didn't work this time around.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

mmmbeer, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Kookiekwan, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

walleye, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Suds, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of PossumJenkins
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

PossumJenkins, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

connecticutpoet, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of travolta
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

travolta, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of oxmasterscream
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

oxmasterscream, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of trumick
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

trumick, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of Ego
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Ego, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

beerceller99, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of GDMFSOB
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GDMFSOB, Oct 27, 2004
Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,195 ratings.