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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,193
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 93
Gots: 198 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kmpitz2, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of Zraly
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Zraly, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of CortexBomb
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CortexBomb, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of gbontrag
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

gbontrag, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Jacobob10, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of mjohn27603
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mjohn27603, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

RenoZymurgist, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of putnam
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

putnam, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of Hefe
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Hefe, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of heidelbeerg
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

heidelbeerg, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to like this beer, I really did. Unfortunately, this beer is a little too experimental, and needs a few more years of fine tuning, or possibly abandonment altogether.

Pours an impressive black with a very thick and heavy head. Now, I admit I’m just nitpicking here, but the label clearly states that this beer has a “bone white head”, yet this head is brown. Aren’t bones white?

This beer smells interesting, if not necessarily appealing. Not malty, not spicy. Perhaps a chicory aroma? Taste, unfortunately, doesn’t really appeal to me. The chicory taste, combined with the coffee beans, just seems really out of place with beer. Lacks good mouthfeel and drinkability, mainly because of the off taste. Leaves an unappealing particle residue in my mouth and an aftertaste like baking cocoa. It seems that Dogfish Head’s quality of brews varies wildly, and this brew is on one end of their spectrum.

P.S. I got a sixer of this with a friend who doesn’t drink much beer, and he loved it, so if this can help introduce newbies into the world of craft beer, then it can’t be all that bad!

RocketWidget, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of cbl2
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Ruby Black with slight tan head.


Hot chocolate with marshmellows!!! Very sweet with faint coffee aromas.


Tastes like it smells, almost like a jelly belly jelly bean toasted marshmellow mixed with a cappucino. I can't taste the roasted chocory that the bottle promises, but the organic Mexican coffee is apparent; an excellent stout though a little overpriced

cbl2, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just to make a note, the label states: "A rich dark brew smothed out with a touch of roasted chicory and organic Mexican coffee. Goodness beneath a bone white head."

Pours out dark brown and sits nealy opaque in the glass, jet black with crimson streaks. Small dark tan head, "bone white head" it is not. Fades fast and leaves a light skimming.

Smells of chicory all the way home. Powdered chocolate and sweet malty aromas beneath with a good amount of roastiness. Some tart cherries also present.

Taste still hits on the chicory and malty flavors with excellent dry oatmeal flavors. Nice, dry bitter hopping on the finish, slightly peppery as well.

Super smooth and creamy with excellent carbonation. An easy drinking stout with great taste; dry, sweet and everything in between.

Skidz, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rich cocoa vanilla aroma. Deep black colored beer with a cherry hue. Light brown colored head poured thick, but faded rather quickly to a film leaving no sign of lace. Bitter cocoa flavor, a bit of vanilla and a little nutty/woody. Body is solid, smooth, and easy to drink.

HappyHourHero, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.79 for a 12 oz. bottle...

The appearence struck me throughout the whole beer session. It's started off dark chocolatey base with a semi-sweet dark head, mid-sized retains very well and the lacing made layers on my glass, hinting the size of my swigs, very nice... The aroma was kinda blended and a little bland of chocolate and maybe coffee, not bad but nothing amazing.

The taste was pretty good, a light mix of chocolate and a touch, minor touch of coffee taste, I'd think this more of a light stout or porter type beer. The mouthfeel was very nice no harshness and pretty smooth going down, thus making it very drinkable and likeable as well.

Final Thought: About what I expected, a very good lighter stout that will periodically be in my rotation of singles pickups, very refreshing!

mobyfann, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown/black color that is lets almost no light through and has a collar of bubbles as a head substitute. Smells of roasted coffee with malt sweetness stick out and a slight hop scent as well. There are notes of chocolate as well stirring about. The taste is of roasted coffee and chocolate with a slight bitterness to it. A bit of smokiness and spice, possibly the chicory can be detected as well. Mouthfeel is good on this one as it is creamy and silky and it goes down east as well. A good stout from DFH with a slightly different flavor than most.

meathookjones, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of wyllder
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA.

Pours a nice opaque black/brown with a small lacing of bubbles around the top. Pretty much exactly what you would expect of a stout.

The smell is pleasant, with hints of chocolate and espresso on the nose, as well as the the faint underpinnings of the hops.

Feels smooth and pleasant in the mouth. Taste is good, though not exceptional. The coffee & hints of chocolate are there. There's a slight bite to it from some solid hopping and it leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the palate.

By no means a disappointment, as there's nothing really wrong with this stout. In fact, it's exactly the type of solid offering one would expect from Dogfish Head: and that's saying a quite a bit. However, if you're looking for a best of class type brew, this isn't it.

For lovers of stouts, you won't want to miss it. If stouts aren't your thing, you can probably pass on this one.


wyllder, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at The Moan & Dove, Amherst, MA. Presented in a pint glass.

Film of bubbles passes as head on this dark brown/black brew. Aroma is of dark malts mainly, with a tidbit of hops making an appearance. Taste follows along the same lines, with coffee and chocolate malts dominant. A bit of bitterness due to the heavy dark malt bill in the recipe, but that's about all I can complain about in the mouthfeel. Same trait of the brew affects the drinkability, but overall an enjoyable quaff.

ppoitras, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Me DOGFISH HEAD Chicory Stout was packaged October 2004 as per the notch on the label.

Pours a deep dark mahagony black with the ever so slightest bitof light slipping thru. Scant slick coating of a khaki head on this dark pour.

Scents of dark coffee and brown sugar, burnt wheat toast, and molasses.

Tastes of dark caramel, silky smooth roasted coffee, and bready buiscuit.

Best part of this luscious brew is the silky feel. Tight suds.

Last swigs: This is the beer I imagine Buzz Beer tastes like on the Drew Carey Show. Coffee & beer. Yum. This is almost, but not quite, an Imperial Stoudt. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee with silky feel. Great job DFH!

Beer is good. Happy dark coffee beering.

blitheringidiot, May 24, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours dark and chocolate, dark tan head, leaving nice lacing. Mocha in the nose, chocolate, coffee and sweet malt flavor notes. NIce smooth silky mouthfeel, medium bodied. This stout is on the sweet side, with some nice roasted malt notes iwith a long smooth finish. More quality brew from DFH

Billolick, May 12, 2004
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid stout overall, with a nice roasted chocolate/coffee finish to it. A tad on the sweet side, with a bit of smokiness added in. What was interesting about this beer is that I bought a 6er and drank five of them within about 2 weeks, and I was not overly impressed. The flavors seemed muted and the ending was a little bitter. I just now drank the 6th (about 3 months after the originals) and it seems like a different beer. The flavors are bolder, maltier and sweeter. Perhaps let a few mellow and see if you have the same results. Still not in my top 5 stouts, but quite good.

ChrisBowers, May 08, 2004
Photo of beckerboots
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as robust as I like in a stout, but what was truly intriguing was the waft of roast chocolate ; almost smokey like. Perhaps a tad too sweet for my palate, but certainly worth the nostril adventure. Sat really boldly (for a short time) but the head quickly dissipated.Overall an enjoyable experience.

beckerboots, May 04, 2004
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.

LuckySevens82, Apr 26, 2004
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.

Mitchster, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of Lupe
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.

Lupe, Apr 22, 2004
Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,193 ratings.