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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,266 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,266
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 102
Gots: 221 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of Naes
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is black with a small tan bubbly head.
Aroma is sweet and roasty.
The flavor is of roasted malt with a strong coffee presence and a sourness that must come from the chicory.
Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

This is definitely a unique brew. An odd one, but unique none the less.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My second offering by DFH. Thanks to my sister for this sample. Pours black, but not pitch black, with a large brown head. I had to carefully pour this, as the head kept getting larger and larger and sliding down the outside of the glass. After ten minutes, the head disipates down to about a 1/4 inch of dense foam. Oddly, no lacing. With such a thick head, I expected lace. Smells of breads, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, chicory, and coffee. Something else is in the scent as well. Not quite sure what, but it reminds me of... Barbeque? On first taste, my tongue recognises what my nose did not. Charcoal. After that, oh, so that's what it was moment, my tongue also tasted coffee, bitter chocolates, chicory sticks, roasted malts and bread. There is a difference between the taste of malt and bread in this beer. The malt is more grainy, while the bread has a chewy feel to it. The aftertase is a bit oily. Buttery, perhaps? I did not taste any diacetyl. It also seems sticky. Uneccessarily sticky. Still, though, a good beer. Goes great with a nice smoky cheese(again, thanks to my sister)

Photo of pootz
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled. Poured a light defying black with a 2 finger mocha cap into my tulip. Pretty looking stout in the glass with a fluffy mocha head it looked like a chilled dessert. Aromas were overall astringent..burnt coffee beans, light medicinal-herbal tones . Moderate body and creamy mouth feel, not the heavyness of most stouts...one is met with peppery but charred and sour tastes from the dark malts and hops...in the middle you get some tart medicinal tastes( chicory-licorice/herbs) then the finish is nice...long in duration the gradual drying is punctuated with a peculiar ( but nice) mix of astringent-charred/metallic tastes...the burnt husks/coffee, hops and chicory come through and leave a signature after taste like charred metal.

This is a very dry finishing and acidic stout but wonderfully drinkable with a moderate body...great with greasy foods like roast chicken or Turkey.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dogfish Head’s chicory Stout starts with a beautiful dark amber color. There’s a little head, but it dissipates rather quickly.

The nose has a nice roasted coffee smell, but is clearly mixed with a strange approximation of coffee, presumably the chicory.

The flavor is carried away with an over powering sourness that blends into the actual coffee flavor. There's a little milkiness perhaps a little hazlenut. I believe that I just tasted Starbucks new "Iced Lime Mocha." This is making me wonder, “Just what the heck is a Chicory and why is it in beer?” The Dogfish Head people normally do a fantastic job. Why don’t I get this one?

For the color that this beer is, one would expect the body to be a bit more substantial. There’s a little viscosity, but its way to smooth with only a hint of carbonation.

I’m trying to find a time when this beer would be appropriate. Hmmm…. I’m rather disappointed that I bought a six-pack. Unless you have preexistent penchant for chicory, I’d give this one a miss.

Photo of TerryW
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent looking beer - even if the head isn't bone white. Closer to craft paper brown, but then that's marketing guys for ya. Big head that settles to a heavy film and leaves good lace. Dark, strong coffee brown.

Also has the flavour of overbrewed coffee. The kind that's been sitting on the burner for an hour or so. It's got that same bitter, metallic, burned tang to it, along with a sour black licorice flavour. While I like the look and smell of this beer (heavy dark fruit, coffee, herbs, alcohol) it's just too off-base for me tastewise. Yup, just too astringent, as a previous reviewer put forward.

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, faint reddish highlights. The light brown foam reduced quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. Coffee aroma is quite pronounced, earthy hops and a little wood & smoke. Moderate bitterness, with coffee starting things off. Sweet flavour with a bit of acidity, sour fruit and licorice starts at the midpoint. Dry, roasted finish that melds with the other flavours, but the astringency gets to be a little too strong after a while. A bit slick with a fairly light body. Moderate carbonation. Good drinkability especially if coffee stouts are your thing, but the astringency was a little too strong for me by the end.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really surprised to find this in Ontario. I was expecting great things considering the quality of all the othe DFH brews Ive tried.
This was a dissapointment.

It pours an obsidian black with a shortlived tan head and zero lace. The aroma is somewhat bitter with acidity from roasted malts really evident. Theres also a nasty sweetness in the nose. The taste is very astringent. A sickly bitterness thats not from hops (I think) permeates this brew. Theres some coarse and thin coffee flavor and maybe some chicory. Theres also some graininess. The mouthfeel is very thin and unpleasant from the sour astringency.

A flawed stout at best. The sourness really detracts from the taste. Its pretty overwhelming. This beer needs way more balance.

Photo of nickss
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark dark brown with a thin cap of head.... almost black, but the ruby highlights shine through when held to the light.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, and malt... not very complex, but nice nonetheless.

This tastes unlike any stout that's ever hit my tongue. I honestly don't know how to explain it. A java stout with a porter feel to it? There's no denying the coffee bitterness and flavor. Quite acidic tasting, with a bit of mocha-y chocolate thrown in. I'm going to be a fence sitter on this one and say that the flavor is alright, but seems like something's missing...and that I can't put a finger on what that is.

Mouthfeel is very thin for a stout... not impressed here... if you're gonna make a stout, make a stout. Might be the coffee that makes it a bit more thin feeling on the tongue, but I've had other coffee stouts that weigh much heavier on the tongue than this one does.

Fairly drinkable... but I wouldn't have more than 2 or 3 in a sitting.
All in all, though, a reasonably good attempt at a coffee stout... it just seems like something could be added. I expected a bit more from a company like DFH.... but I guess no one's perfect =P

Photo of Derek
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chicory, coffee and St. John's wort should be enough stimulants/anti-depressants to offset the alcohol. I wonder how it would feel to get tanked on this stuff?

A: Dark black, with a touch of dark-tan head. Poor head retention, no lacing (both of which are important in a stout).

S: Licorice, spice, dark malt.

T: There's a lot of different flavours here. It seems like it could use a little time to mellow. There's not much dark-roasted character/harshness. The licorice root is apparant, and although I'm not a fan of licorice, it did blend nicely. Tasted a little green though.

M: Light-to-moderate body & carbonation.

D: It doesn't taste bad, but it's not an easy drinker.

Cellared for 6 months (sampled May 24, 2006), it's not much different... a little more carbonation & lace, some bready/raisiny aroma; flavours of raisin, aspirin & tree bark?

Certainly unique... but still isn't my cup of tea (or depression-era coffee?).

Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great dark look,but the head was a little smaller than other stouts.Great taste that changes as the liquid moves over your tongue.A smokey taste with a hint of coffee.I like this stout,it has the right spices that make it just a little sweet.This may be a good stout for people to try who don't like dark beer.

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

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. No friggin' date on the bottle or label. C'mon, guys!!

Pours an opaque black with hints of brown around the edges. You get a one finger head of tan foam that sticks to the glass in splotches.

Smells of bitter coffee and just a touch of sweet chocolate. Fruity, with notes of dark cherries. Some floral hops come through after a while.

Flavor is bitter dark coffee, dry, with just a hint of chocolate. Thought it would have more chocolate flavor. It's good, though. Different. There is sweetness here, but it doesn't last very long. This also has a decent level of hop bitterness to it. Aftertaste is kind of chalky dry coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, with a good zing on your tongue from carbonation. Finish is sharp and dry. Interesting feel.

This beer is definitely different. Interesting match of flavors, with the bitter dark coffee and sweet chocolate. My mouth doesn't know if it's coming or going, which makes for a new beer experience. It's not one I would seek out again, but it's OK.

Photo of mentor
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle provided by mattcrill, ala BIF16. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a one-finger light brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Smells chocolate with some roast and a hint of smoke. Tastes roasty coffee, chocolate, smokey and chocolate. Dry rioasty finish with some grassy hops. Md-thick mouthfeel and md-light carbonation. Not emmensly challenging, but enjoyable and flavorful.

Photo of DESTRO
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

looked forward to this for some time. got a bottle at the frog inbetween bands at a record store down the street. poured a dark deep brown, not black like id figured. alright head, tan and tight. smelled pretty good, chocolate, coffee...a bit weak though. first thing i noticed was that it was a bit thin for what id expected. def. some typical stout characteristics (def. coffee) but it seemed a little sour. "off". boring is the best way to put it i guess. i dont really have much to say as its a pretty uneventful drink. i could have a few but i could also have one. ok at best.

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

Deep brown pour with two fingers of foamy big glistening-brown head. Leaves a slight lace as it fades.

Smell is heavily chocolate and coffee, and even though I'm sniffing around for the chicory, I'm not finding it. It's a fairly standard roasty coffee stout smell, solid by not outstanding.

The flavor is similarly coffee and chocolate roasted malts with a slight twist of licorice on the back end. Pretty sweet with a slight astringency and a rather thin mouthfeel.

Definitely not a bad stout, but just kind of bland. Nice-looking, but it kind of borders on boring and thin after that.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent stout. Bottle obtained by Vintage Cellar. It's nice to see Dogfish Head try to brew a beer without an assload of sugary sweet fermentables for an ultra high ABV and ending up with a mess of an overrated beer (IMO, obviously).

Anyways, this beer pours to a nice nutty brown, almost opaque black black color with a nice carbonation and a thick tan head. I don't know what's up with the label saying it has a bone white head, but this beer certainly did not have a bone white head. I won't deduct any points for that, however, as it looks like a damn fine stout.

The smell is quite rich and roasty. Nice showing of the coffee and hops. Still quite mild and enjoyable.

The taste is good. The sweetness is very well matched with coffee roastiness and hops. Has an unfamiliar twang right after the swallow that doesn't last into the finish (must be chicory?).

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Coats the mouth with a mild dryness and an interesting blend of residual sugars and bitterness. Not a good one to drink after a hard and sweaty days' work, but I just needed a beer, and this was the one that first caught my eye in my cellar fridge.

The comparisons to a brown ale are not out of line, though I would still consider this a stout, for what it's worth.

Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Brown that had a lasting head. Little lacing.
S: Smelled of like a chocolate coffee.
T: Sweet for a stout. More bitterness towards the end. Tasted like an iced coffee. Very good but not like a stout.
M: Way too thin for a stout. I like my stouts to be thick and creamy. This had more of an ale mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable, sweet tasting beer.
Overall an excellent beer, but not enough kick for a stout.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out very black, with a coarse tan head about 1-finger tall. Smells really nice... lots of coffee (they say they use organice Mexican coffee right on the label) as well as dark, bitter chocolate. Nice, rich smell.

Taste is very smooth and coffee-like. Rich & earthy. Someone else had mentioned figs, which seems feasible. Thick mouthfeel... which I really like in a stout. Quite creamy. This is really good tasting beer that becomes a little less tasty as the glass goes down.

Highly drinkable, although I don't think this would make a great session beer. This is more of a dessert beer in line with Rogue Chocolate Stout and the like...

Photo of baugherlager
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful blackness with an off white dark head.

Smells of roasted coffee beans with an slight earthiness that lingered in the back. (Really had to take a good wiff).

Taste is of coffee, notes of figs, and with a little sweetness that soon faded into a nice bitterness. Had a earthy aftertaste.

I found that this beer was fairly chunky with a pleasant dryness to the finish. Somewhat easy to drink.

A decent beer although the flavors seem to be not well blended. I think I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one again due to the price to taste ratio.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle into an imperial pint glass the beer was a very dark black with about one-finger of tan/beige head that reduced to a sliver of the same color. Some spots of lace clung to the side of the glass.

The smell was dark and roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate in the background.

Taste was innitially a roasted malty flavor that gave slight way to a burnt bean black coffee taste. Some subtle semi-sweet chocolate taste that lent itself to a slight bitterness to finish off each sip. A creamy mouthfeel that had an even coat of the palate.

Moderate to heavy mouthfeel but not over powering. A bit of a smooth creaminess as well. Little to no carbonation.

Enjoybale flavors and balanced well. I was actually expected something a litte more bitter, but everything seemed to be well in check the way it was. This stout provides the dark roasted full flavor of its imperial and double cousins yet with just above 5 percent ABV. This lends a tad to its drinkability as well.

Photo of woemad
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.75. No freshness date.

Poured a very dark brown, with a big mocha-colored head. Said head dropped in about 2 minutes. Very slight lacing. In a perfect world, I'd give this a 3.7, but I can't, and since I can't in good conscience give this a 4, it's settling for a 3.5.

Mild sweet chocolate molassess scent, with a very slight spicy bitterness. Smells good, but needs more oomph.

Taste is like the smell. Starts out with a mild swetness, then the even more mild spicy bitterness comes in. If this was amped up a few notches, this'd be a kickass tasting stout. Instead, it's pretty average.

This is too damn thin for a stout. This might work in a brown ale, but a stout needs a little more substance.

Drinkable as a mild dark ale, but that's about. The idea of a chicory stout sounds cool, but the reality is that this needs to grow a pair in order to take it's place as a decent stout.

Photo of kaszeta
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub.

This stout pours as a decent stout should, with a deep, dark, body and a light tan thin head, and little carbonation. The aroma is very pleasant, a nice combination of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, and sugary molasses. However, I found the flavor to be a bit weak, and the bitterness (and dryness) a bit too strong, a bit out of balance. The basic flavor profile is pretty good, however, but this does hit it's drinkability. Nice beer, but not what I was hoping for from Dogfish.

Photo of Beervis
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz a very dark brown with a thin tan head.

Smell is of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste is chocolate and bitter coffee up front, but a medium mouthfeel. Body is a little watery, but not too much so. Lots of roasted flavour and very little bitterness. I actually expected more of a hop flavour as this is DFH, but nonetheless, it's balanced. Finish is quick and dry with not much lingering.

This isn't my favourite stout, but it's still a very approachable and drinkable offering.

Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours coffee black with a batter-like tan head. No visible carbonation. The head is sticky and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Creamed coffee is the dominating feature here. A nice earthy, nutty smell with maybe just a touch of vanilla bean. Very pleasant.

Taste: Slightly smokey, bitter coffee, woody, and brushes of cocoa powder all coat the palate nicely. Slightly understated characteristics but all nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy. A little carbonation to keep it interesting.

Drinkability: I could easily make a session out of this. Nothing to make you go "wow" but a classic example. Probably a good cross-over beer for all the Guinness drinkers out there. This is well done but not overpowering at all. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Backer2004
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely a fantastic stout in all aspects. Dogfish is now two for two in my book and I will be excited when the 90 and 120 minute make there way to North Carolina soon. Dark as chocolate syrup with a taste to match. Better as it wamrs to almost room temperature. One of the best stouts i've tried in a long time.

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased as part of sampler case. Poured a deep brown, almost black color with tannish head. Smell is chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. Taste is nice and toasty, chocolaty, with some bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter in the moth. A most enjoyable beer.

Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 3,266 ratings.