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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,146 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,146
Reviews: 1,366
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 90
Gots: 179 | 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

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Photo of LuckySevens82


4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
Pours a very dark brown with a small, but well established light tan head.
Scents of coffee (chicory), dark grains, and chocolate eminate from the brew. There seems to be an aditional smokiness to the scent that seems to mesh well with the rest of the scents.
Taste is very simlar to the smell, a nice coffee bitterness mixes well with the very light hop content. Chocolate and that certain smokiness also mix very well.
Overall a good beer. I would drink this one as a single bottle now and again, but I seriously doubt that I could drink more than a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 00:53:56 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of Mitchster


3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a cloudy very dark brown, nearly black, forming a spongy tan head with good retention and some lacing. Immediate aroma of diacetyl, old honey, burnt coffee and sour milk. Mouthfeel is average with an odd cleanliness and awkwardly thin body. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Taste starts with diacetyl, followed by a hint of fusels, a very odd and pronounced sourness, iron, truck-stop coffee, and a distinct chicory woodiness. Bitterness is minimal with no distinct hop flavors poking through. The finish is tart with a sour and woody astringency, and hints of isopropyl as it warms. Belches have a faint blackberry taste.

This is a bizarre stout. It's not very good, but not entirely bad either. The sourness and metals are odd, but unique. The thin body and diacetyl are off-putting. Despite these wierd short-comings, it tends to grow on me. Closer to a porter than a stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 00:59:08 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black color, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Foamy, dark tan head drops to a thin sheet and leaves some lace.
Wonderul aroma composing of dark chocolate, herbal spice, coffee, roasted grain, and vanilla.
Roasted grain, sweet malt, and coffee great the tounge. Some dark chocolate, a hint of butter, and more coffee come through. Finishes dry and with a bitter coffee aftertaste.
Medium in body and thinner then I expected, smooth and buttery.
Not bad, but the coffee causes it to be a little too acidic for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 15:06:20 | More by Lupe
Photo of IceAce


3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: One shade lighter than opaque black with a rapidly dissipating tan collar of foam.

AROMA: Coffee, roasted malt, and more coffee with just a hint of chicory.

TASTE: The roasted malts fairly dance on the middle of the tongue until the aromatic coffee assualts the back of the palet. The finish is dominated by the astringent effect of the organic coffee.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thin for a robust coffee stout as much of the flavor comes via the olfactory. CO2 is fairly well balanced but the taster is left thinking there could be so much more...

DRINKABILITY: Fair for a coffee stout ... I wouldn't go too far out of my way to obtain it, but I also wouldn't hide to avoid it either.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 06:58:00 | More by IceAce
Photo of Southernbrew


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost black with a big bubbly head, didn't stick around too long. Nice lacing the whole way down.

Aroma full of coffe, a little milk-sweetness and some fruit.

Thin mouthfeel for a stout, smooth though. Strong coffee flavors come through but are nice and crisp. Light bitterness comes through midway along with a little sweetness. Finishes with a moderate roasted flavor. Smooth coffee aftertaste.

An OK beer, but not what I usually expect from a stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 04:22:33 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of MrNuggets


2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge light brown head, very fluffy. Mellows out pretty quick but leaves a thin bubbly top that seems to be here to stay. Smells like a cup of week coffee. Taste like coffee mixed with malt and a hint of hops. There's the Chicory. Im left with that plus some unsweetened chocolate, and I don't like it too much. Kinda sweet, overall this is just odd. Thin mouthfeel with lots of carbanation dancing on my tongue. I'd almost call it crisp.
I don't think I'll be drinking anymore of this anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 07:14:19 | More by MrNuggets
Photo of merlin48


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with some orange hues around the edges when held to the light. Two finger tan head is probably the largest I've seen from a DFH brew. Considerable patches and sheets of lace were left behind on the glass.
Aroma was subdued for a stout, with notes of roasted coffee and some smokiness about the only things to tempt the nose.
Mouthfeel was rich and creamy, actively carbonated, but surprisingly light bodied for the style.
Taste was bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and some campfire smoke. The light body seems out of place here. The hops offer adequate bitterness, but the chicory seems to be missing in action.
Overall, a slightly above average stout, but the DFH Worldwide Stout is far better in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 12:06:37 | More by merlin48
Photo of bewley


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this stout.

Yes, it is on the light side (it's really more of a brown ale than a stout), but the flavours of chocolate, coffee, chicory blend together nicely. Also, I can put a few back without feeling full. Goes well with a spicy chicken curry. Goes well with oatmeal cookies.

It would also go well as a precursor to a more fuller bodied stout, just to get the taste buds flowing.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 01:27:23 | More by bewley
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. No lacing evident. Smells of sweet chocolate malt and lightly of bitter chocolate.

Taste is bitter and smoky. Dry. Coffee flavors evident and a nice bittersweet aftertaste. A bit thin fo rmy tastes but still a tasty stout. A bit more body and it would be great. Easy to drink. OK but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 02:08:19 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of BierReise


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle packaged in Dec. 03 Poured a deep mahogany with a tinge of ruby red at the edges and a thick fluffy head that settled down to a dense layer of froth. Coffee and sugar dominate the aroma with roasted malt and a faint presence of hops. Body seemed a bit thin on first sip but turns out to be quite rounded and satisfying. Very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a stout I can enjoy! Slightly dry and full of flavor that is a good roasted malt and coffee treat. A pleasant surprise and a damn fine stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 19:58:36 | More by BierReise
Photo of ngandhi


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bitter chocolate and coffee bean up front fades into vegetative, licorice, soy-sauce infused stout supported by good black patent character. The mid-palette is filled with cedar and charcoal.

If meant to be a java stout, DFH Chicory takes the style by storm, pronouncing a depth of flavor and freshness unknown to coffee stouts which can be so often stale. Add a little cinnammon to this and you'll have a Mexican Mocha (don't actually do that, please).

While it opens up to big, black coffee and licorice, the finish is ultimately weak with signature DFH phenols coming out to thin the brew. The nose is much of the same and it comes close to reminding me of homebrew made with over-chlorinated water. The light carbonation comes off more as fizzy and does a lot to attack this beers integrity and smoothness.

Despite all the great stuff that goes into this beer, it's still reminiscent of a good, dry Irish stout which is perhaps this beer's most redeeming characteristics: it's completely to style. Grab a bag of BBQ potato chips and enjoy. DFH is so inventive with their Belgian-influenced styles, it's nice to see them put out something like this.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 03:57:32 | More by ngandhi
Photo of necoadam


3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chicory stout but I don't taste any chicory. A little misleading, that's all. Poured out a lighter shade of black with very little head, but some lacing was around the glass. Smell was mostly coffee with some underlying of espresso. Taste was ok I guess. It tries to combine the coffee, chocolate, espresso, hops and malts all together and it goes all over the place. Not to mention the roasted aftertaste that seems like it's going to stay with you for a while only to go away very quickly. It was quite smooth and creamy, I'll give it that, but as a stout goes, it's only ok.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 01:49:03 | More by necoadam
Photo of granger10


3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark brown color with a very small dark tan head. The lack of carbonation surprised and upset me. But I move on. The smell was between coffee and espresso with slight chocolate tones to it. Not bad. The taste was a bit off in my mind though. Roasted coffee is upfront but the roasted mouthfeel leaves abruptly. Much more chocolate than I would expect. Hops provide a nice counter balance of bitterness to the sweet flavor but no real flavor in themselves. A creamy coffee taste comes back in the finish along with some bittersweet chocolate. My problem with this beer was the fact that all of the flavor that I mentioned had an astringency to them. This was esp. true relating to the coffee. It almost seemed like the batch might have been infected with something. I don't know, this could've been really good but something went wrong and threw a nasty astrigent flavor in with all the other flavors. I have a few more in my fridge, maybe I will see if they were all like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 17:08:28 | More by granger10
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured to a deep brown closer to black color. It had a nice sized tan/brown head that had good retention and then broke down to nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell of this brew is as advertised, with a fantastic mix of chicory, coffee and deep hints of chocolate. Also you can definitely notice very nice malt and roasted aromas.

For me this brew has a very nice overall flavor to it! Definite flavors of coffee and malt up front that goes together nicely. Also can pick out the slight chocolate flavors within this brew. Thought I would experience move of a chicory coffee taste to it, almost like having a nice cup of coffee while sitting outside Café Du Monde in Orleans, but it was not! I feel that the brew could be a little heavier based on the style but over all I think it was a good beer. Based on it being a thinner with a nice flavor I think this could be a pretty nice session brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 21:38:17 | More by Stimack
Photo of mschofield


3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark but crystal clear brown, red when held to the light. Well carbonated with a two finger light brown head. Leaves thin webs of lace.
Roasted malt aroma, some coffee in there as well.
Dark roasty bitter taste, a little woody, some cofee, plum and fig.
A tree bark like note.
Light to medium body, smooth, doesn't feel like a stout at all, more like a cola. A bit of a biting astringency to it. Good beer, not a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 19:15:15 | More by mschofield
Photo of genaro


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Chicory Stout was an opaque brown with a good coffee colored head. The lace was also good. The aroma was both coffeeish and metallic. The taste had elements of chocolate and coffee (Mexican coffee according to the label), some sweetness, and a decent hop bite. This was a smooth beer, not as chewy as I anticipated and with little of the toasted taste I was expecting. It wasn't as heavy as many other stouts.The finish was dry and a little bittersweet. No doubt a decent dessert beer. The dated bottle was a good feature.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 21:59:28 | More by genaro
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice black color with a thick tan head. Lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was weaker than expected as roasted malt and coffee tones were mild on the nose. The flavor was identical to the aroma, as roasted malt and coffee were predominant.

In reading the label about the chickory, I expected the stout to have hints of that great coffee served at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, but I could not pull out any chickory tones that made this the unique stout it could have been. It has a smooth mouthfeel, and I consider this on the lighter side of the heavy body brew scale. The coffee tones also last long after swallowing.

I still think this is a nice brew, but I guess I expected more from DFH on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 17:18:50 | More by Gavage
Photo of grynder33


3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass very dark, had a surprisingly big head,slighly malty sweet aroma,slightly sweet malty taste with a sharp smokey punctuation of what I assumed to be chicory, really somewhat bitter.Its nice, different perhaps a little to bitter for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 16:54:46 | More by grynder33
Photo of JamesBerry


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a nice dark cola color and a good head. The aroma was malty, with a slight chocolate note. As for its mouthfeel, it was far thinner than I'd expected, which might make it more suitable for session drinking than an average stout. Very malty, almost smoky taste with slight black coffee undertones. Quite a delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 00:48:12 | More by JamesBerry
Photo of Quaffer


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the DFH website: "A dark beer made with a touch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, and licorice root."

Appearance: This beer poured with a slightly viscous appearance. It was a very dark brown that became black in the pint glass, except around the edges where some light shone through. The tan head rose up to about a finger and disappeared quickly. There was no lacing.

Smell: Right after the pour, there was the creamy, rich smell of milk chocolate. This faded quickly and was overtaken by the aroma of light cream and hints of dark coffee. However, within minutes, the smell transformed once again. It finally settled into an aroma with an overall smokey character. It was a combination of wood smoke, smoked beef, beef jerky, barbeque, etc. There were still some light notes of chocolate and cream, but they were buried.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied for a stout, though it did have a small coating effect. It was smooth and creamy up on the tip of the tongue, but gained some roughness as it traveled back into the mouth.

Taste: Upfront, there was a very light cream flavor, combined with hints of milk chocolate and coffee. These flavors were detectable, but not very strong. Then in the middle, a dominant sweet smoke, barbeque, and beef jerky taste jumped up and pushed the aforementioned flavors aside. The finish was a continuation of the smokey flavors combined with a light sweetness and a dollup of dark roasted malt.

This was an odd little beer. I enjoyed the finish the most, when the dark malt flavor arose to interact with and balance out the taste of smokey barbeque. I could barely detect any of the coffee that was used in this beer, and I definetly didn't taste the licorice root. As far as St. John's Wort and the roasted chicory, I have no clue what either of those taste like, so I can't say if they were present or not.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 00:21:05 | More by Quaffer
Photo of Gusler


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in my chalice a pitch-black with the head modest in size and the texture semi-creamy and the color a nice light chocolate color as it ever so slowly dissipates, the lace forms a concealing veil to hide the glass from view. Nose has a nice bittersweet chocolate sweetness, roasted grains quite evident and the crisp freshness I find so appealing in this sub-style of beer, light coffee tones as the beer warms to the glass and the home. Front begins sweet and malt laden, the top is middling in feel with the finish acidulous, hops are benign and pleasant to the palate, aftertaste desert dry, and a lingering semi-sweetness remains long after the swallow is gone, a good drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 01:04:34 | More by Gusler
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black, with a 1/4 inch cap of long-lasting, tan foam.

Aroma is of burnt malt and fresh, strong coffee.

Flavor is a bit heavy on charcoal. Tastes burnt and dry without being especially bitter, sort of like a scorched plain bagel. There's also a sour flavor that manifests itself on the middle of the tounge, not the upper-cheek sweet-sour tingle of even the most pedestrian stout. An herbal something or other makes a feeble attempt at my attention as the sip ends.

Finish seems empty, as if the brewers forgot a key ingredient. The rest of this sixer will be headed for a Frankenstein laboratory of black-and-tans with some various hoppy ales, in an attempt to balance the one-dimensional oxidized flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 02:51:10 | More by shirfan
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a black color with a light brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the scent of roasted barley and chocolate malts. The taste is of rich chocolate and roasted malts. It has a bit of woody flavor to it which only enhances the taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good stout. It's full of flavor and is still highly drinkable to the ocassional stout drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 04:39:45 | More by WesWes
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark black beer with a dark head poured into my glass. The aroma was of coffee and hints of chicory. Nothing overpowering but a noticeable. The flavor is a match for the aroma. Big hints of coffee, malt and that hint of chicory twisted together to form an interesting brew.Well I think it is the chicory. Chicory is a substitute for coffee and there is a "twist" in the coffee flavor of this stout. A light feeling in the mouth and a good level of enjoyment and drink ability. Overall and nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 13:47:45 | More by Stubbie1
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black beer with a good head. Strong coffee aroma with a slight sourness complexity. Flavors were coffee, chocolate and roasted. The finish was dry coffee.

Notes from the SMA Holiday Beer and Bluegrass Festival:
"A dark beer made with a touch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, and licorice root. Brewed with whole leaf Cascade and Fuggles hops, the grains include pale, wheat, roasted, and oatmeal. We buy the coffee used in our Chicory Stout from the Oby Lee Roastery in Lewes, the only one in Delaware. We are proud to let you know the Chicory Stout won 2 gold medals at Chicago's Real Ale Festival in 1998! 5.2% ABV, 22 IBU available year round in bottles and draft."

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2003 02:45:43 | More by GCBrewingCo
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