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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,292
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 243 | 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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Ratings: 3,292 | Reviews: 1,375
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.

Photo of wingnutter
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a carbonated whipped coffee.

Toffee, vanilla, a little coffee are all detected in the smell.

Taste: Bitter right off the bat, with a slight creaminess blended in. Chocolate and coffee jump out at me. Kinda like a Guinness on steroids. Mouthfeel is light, buttery. At only 5.2% ABV it's not gonna reappear in my fridge anytime soon, but worth a try if you like stouts that arent too heavy and go down easy.

Photo of pentathlete
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked a bit like a coca-cola but a big-bubbled beige head. Smell is mainly coffee with some toasty malt. Taste is a full coffee and dark malt flavor. Mouthfeel was thin, just a little watery for the style. Easy to drink. I think it makes a nice simple digestif. Try it with ice cream.

Photo of becktone
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Chicory Stout pours to be a pitch black color. It has a small brown, creamy head which quickly dissipates to a thin lacing around the inside of the glass. It has little to no head retention.

The aroma of this beer is very strong. I can easily detect a very strong chocolate smell. Among other aromas I detect are a roasted barley smell and a coffee bean smell. Overall this stout has a rich aroma that outlines the malts used in this beer.

This beer has a great taste. To begin with the way this beer tastes is very complex, there a many flavors incorporated into this beer. Once the beer enters your mouth the first thing you taste is the hop influence on the back of the tounge and a chocolate taste in the middle of the tounge. Once swallowed the hoppy and chocolate characters remain but fade as the remaining beer and the feeling of carbonation fade from the mouth. When this happens the bitter flavor "slides" into a roasted flavor. The roasted flavor doesn't last for long before it slides into a coffee flavor. The overall taste left in the mouth after a drink is a strong coffee bean flavor which reamains for a good amount of time.

This beer, in addition to tasting great also has a great mouthfeel. To me once swallowed this heavy bodied brew seems to "slide" into different flavors. The carbonation, not quite so apparant at first, becomes more evident the longer the beer sits in the mouth. However once swallowed it gradually diminishes via gradual slide from front of tounge to back.

This beer is very drinkable, I don't think that it is something to be quickly drained, but it isn't something that needs to be sipped either. This is a beer that I would definitely buy again.

Photo of nlmartin
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured into a twenty ounce wine gobblet.

Appearance: Somewhat less than pitch black. Presented with a thick white head that quickly resolved into a white film. A valiant attempt at lacing was noted.

Smell: A combination of bready chicory laced coffee and a sweetly astringent alcohol.

Taste: Strong prescence of chicory and coffee smaller prescence of chocolate undertones. This beer has a lot of butteryness to the taste. However, there is a lot of random astringent flavors that get worse as the beer wears on.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The intial flavours are good. As the beer warms up the astringencies become closer to unbearable. I will finish drinking the bottle I am drinking but I will not be drinking anymore of these.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium head with great retention. Aroma of roasted and smoke malt is clearly dominant with a nice touch of coffee. Taste is also dominated by the smokiness and seems to leave little place for the coffee. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is low. Not bad but definitely not for me.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chic or Ree? Pours a mostly black color with some reddish hues around the edges. A tan head with good retention and limited lacing.

The nose is a bit muddled overall. Roast and coffee notes are very distinct and really hide some of the other aromas. A light charcol almost smoke and a hint of chicory. Would have like a bit more chicory based off of advertisement. Some woody and earthy notes blend with an odd chalky and slight vegi aroma as well. Yeast is a bit muddled as well.

The flavor is similar. The chocolate comes out a bit more and not as astringent as would have expected. Some lactic notes as well, more of a milk sugar thing. A bit of a spice with chicory and pepper. Some chalkiness as well. The yeast is noticeable with some esters and phenolics. Some bandaid notes but light.

They body is closer to moderate than full. Some minor astingency notes. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall some noticeable off note but nothing overally offensive. Would like to see a bit more chicory as well.

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

appearance: The thin, medium tan head quickly dissipates, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the glass. The beer iteslf is very dark, almost black, with some red hues coming through.

smell: Smells of milk chocolate, lactose, roasted malt, and used coffee grinds are present. Not very complex at all, but unoffensive and pleasant. Hops are slight.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is around the middle of the low range, and the body is on the lighter side of medium. Maybe a little thin watery, but I am up in the air on that.

taste: Like the smell, not very complex, but pleasing in its simplicity. Light chocolate and roasted coffee and malt flavors dominate. Not to say that these flavors are strong, just that they are the only ones really evident to me. Finish involves some lingering roasted flavors and a light hop bitterness. Maybe a little boring.

drinkability: A decent tasting, easy drinking stout.

This bottle was taken from dirtylou's stash while he slept on my couch.

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

A - Pours a very dark black, but has crimson highlights when held against the light. Also has a nice head on it. Mine didnt lace but I think that is from having a wet glass.

S - Storng hints of coffee, unsweetened chocolate, little bit of wood smells.

T - Strong coffee, and chocolate. there is definitly something else in the background. I'm not sure what it is yet, but it is definitly good.

M - Easy on the tongue. Light.

D - This is a beer to be enjoyed all night long, now that it is fall.

Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very opaque dark brown, with some red visible at the edges, big tan head forms and goes, lots of lace. Smell is sweet and malty, with a strange roasted grain aroma (maybe from chicory) and a shot of coffee. Taste is coffee/chocolate up front, a sweet and sour middle, roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation and very smooth. Different and not half bad.

Photo of bjoyce12
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strong taste, leaning toward bitter. I love strong coffee, but this ended with more of a cough-syrupy than good coffee aftertaste. Look and feel and smell are its better characteristics, taste is where it's lacking. Not fully developed, a little on the thin side. Not bad but not balanced, the Dogfish India Brown Ale is a better choice.

3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I went into this beer with a love of chicory coffee, so I was intrigued by the beer.

Pours deep black in body with no light passing through. The head is a beautiful milk chocolate bronze. It fades to fast to the crackle of the popping suds.

Nose is rich with layers of chocolate, dark malts, and coffee. After just one pass ot the nose you really antisapate the first sip.

As it enters the mouth you get the coffee feel but it is thinner than expected. The chicory notes are nice but I was hoping for something a little more developed. Finishes with a slight sweetness and a slight bitter, sour mouthfeel that resembles coffee. Not bad but lacks balance and that final touch.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

almost black, with red and brown hints in the light. thick tan head drops to a scant cover moments later.
smells of cocoa, and light chocolate. some sharp smell as well, possibly chicory, but i really don't know what chicory smells like.
taste of dark, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of coffee and a hint of hop, but strong, sharp, biting hop.
medium to thick mouthfeel, but creamy and smooth. a nice drinking beer, coats the mouth and throat.
i really enjoyed this stout. haven't done too many stouts lately, so this may put me back into the dark stuff.


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