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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Chicory StoutChicory Stout

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3,278 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,278
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 105
Gots: 234 | 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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Photo of pentathlete
4.03/5  rDev +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
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
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
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.


Photo of nomad
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks black in the glass, more like brown to the light, but its a fair sight with a finger of head. Not much reverse cascade on the pour and not much else appearance to note.

Smells of light roasted grains with a cola-like blend of sweetness and raspy accent. Coffee is light as is the rest of the herb garden in this beer. Taste is stout-light but commendable enough with lots of medium-roast coffee and vegetal dryness in the finish. Body is thin and without character, a definite mark down on any type of stout but it fits with the easy-drinking stylings of the brew.

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.

Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,278 ratings.