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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,286
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 241 | 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 ngandhi
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of necoadam
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of granger10
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Stimack
3.92/5  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!

Photo of mschofield
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of genaro
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of grynder33
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of JamesBerry
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Quaffer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of shirfan
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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."

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

While not up to the standards set by other DFH beers (like 90 Min. IPA, etc.), since those beers are VERY good, that makes this merely a good beer.

It poured a dark brown, almost black, with a dark tan head (not bone-white like it says on the label) that faded fast. Aromas of chocolate, currant. The tastes were chocolate, mild coffee, currant, grapefruit, and yeasty dark bread. The mouthfeel was light, maybe a tad light for a stout, but also smooth, with mild carbonation. It finished smooth, with light chocolate and coffee.

It should be noted that, while it was sampled/reviewed in Dec. 2003, this has been in my cellar since Spring 2003, so it's been aging for at least 7 months. Maybe that's why I didn't get any of the harshness or disparate flavors noted by other reviewers. So, drink one now, and save one for later;see what you think!

Photo of mntlover
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown beer with a tan head that vanishes quickly.Smell of roasted malt with slight coffee in background nothing jumps ou and really grabs you. Taste is smooth roasted malt with a slightly bitter coffee bite. Mouthfeel is light too light for a stout really. Not a bad beer just not a geat one.

Photo of BitteBier
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very deep brown color with ruby highlights. Head is minimal and disappears quickly with virtually no lacing. A pleasant smell with roasted--not burnt--malts, coffee, and a hint of spice that I can't pin down. A nicely balanced nose, which is reflected in the taste as well. As the color and nose hint at, the taste is not particularly thick or bold, but it is pleasant and balanced. A moderate sweetness at the start with typically roasty stout notes entering shortly after. Mouthfeel is too watery, which makes this a drinkable but uninspiring offering.

Photo of RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, in the body with a decent head that went down quick and clean.

Smell – The dark roasted coffee flavors are here in force along with a hint of chicory. If you’ve ever had chicory in coffee before, this one is close.

Taste – This one delivers. The coffee is big and prominent. This is more like drinking an iced coffee than a beer. The malt is present though and very flavorful. The cocoa powder compliment rounds out the taste.

Mouthfeel – Thinner than I would have preferred but otherwise good in the mouth. It has the creamy texture of a cold, pressed cup of coffee with a little sweetness to soften the bite.

Drinkability – This one went down nicely and helped cool my mouth in between salsa tastings.

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

One of the few Dogfish Heads I dig.

Thick, ultra-brown/black colour with a thin, tan head that fades to a thick ring.

Thick, rich, dark malts with soft coffee and chicory notes.

Thick and rich malts. Uhmmm..., black coffee adds a bitter bite. Chicory takes the edge off of hte coffee. A rich and mellow bitter. Thick and full tastenot fully balanced by hop leaf.

Viscous, full body. Juicey taste with a mild, quick-fading aftertaste.

Dreat full, rich flavours. Great for a cold night or after dinner. Not a good sessios brew. Take these one at a time.


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

Pours black with a monstorous creamy light brown head. The aroma is malty, wiht coffee and a bit of roastiness, and chocolate. I detect a bit of astrigency in this beer as well. The flavor is roasty, semi-sweet, and coffee-like. It has a light bittering in the finish. It is full in body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. A decent brew, but not one of my favorite Dogfish Head brews.

Sampled 9/30/03

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

I don't know what to say about this one.... I was hoping or maybe wishing for a little more overall, but still an enjoyable brew just the same. Dark brown pour and decent one finger tan head that soon disappeared. Great smell of roasted malt, hops, chocolate, all things dark. Taste was slightly bitter, slightly acidic, mostly roasted and definite hints of chocolate and coffee. Not bad, but nothing really to make me shout "wow". Decent mouthfeel with a nice carbonation level. A nice offering, but there are much better stouts out there, to be sure.

Photo of rabidawg
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Coffee-colored head with a blood-red body. Appears lightly carbonated.

Smell: Nice roastiness, with chocolate malt and toasted coffee bean. Hops not apparent. Not a ton of aroma, but what's there is nice.

Taste: Fizzy at first and watery thereafter. Slight metallic sourness, reminiscent of cold coffee. Definite earthiness and coffee notes in the middle. More slight acid at the end, with a slight drawing of the mouth by the not-so-flavorful hops. Pretty disappointed here.

Photo of DagFishHead
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One tick below pitch black. Medium body, espresso/brown head with middling retention and virtually no lace.
Smell: Coffee, mildly roasted malt, slight earthiness, whiff of lacto.
Taste: Suprising level of lacto cream flavor and acidity, chocolate, semi-sweet malt, smoke, coffee. Finish stays relatively sweet. No detectable hops. Interesting mix of flavors but don't combine as pleasantly as in other examples. More of a raw, cream stout taste to me.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level, full malty richness. Still waiting for the dry hop finish that doesn't come.
Drinkability: Okay.. but many better to try and re-try.

Photo of ManekiNeko
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served chilled in a glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearing black in the center, liquid with a short lived and small brown head. No retention or lacing to speak of.

Smell: Slightly smoky coffee aroma backed by light chocolate malt smells.

Taste: Mild chocolate and coffee that's slightly bitter. Vaguely reminiscent of weak Cafe du Monde coffee, which also uses chicory.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, almost soda-like. I like my stouts a wee bit fuller in body than this.

Drinkability: It's not bad and worth trying if you can get it easily, but I wouldn't trade for it or anything. I was underwhelmed by this one, but then again, I did just recently have Bell's Java Stout. I suspect the coffee used in this was not as darkly roasted as the Sumatran used in Bell's.

Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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