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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,268 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,268
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 102
Gots: 223 | 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 RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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

Appearance: Jet black, with a thin, beady head.

Aroma: Coffee, spice, and chocolate. Tons of great smells on the nose.

Taste: Coffee, some malt sweetness, and a roasted malt character throughout the palate.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich, but not overpowering. A great stout.

Drinkability: Quickly becoming one of my favorite stouts. Another great DFH beer.

Photo of Ave
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours as dark as a stout should. The heavily carbonated tan head vanishes in heart-breaking rapid fashion. Heavy nose of molasses & toffee. Tastes like extract malts? All the flavors (& there are many) seem heavy handed & harsh, like they really wanted to make sure you tasted the coffee too! Lots of facets going on, but very little balance or harmony amongst the competing flavors of coffee, pepper, molasses, toast & brown sugar. Perhaps could do well with some ageing. I had hoped for better from Dogfish Head given all I’ve heard about them. But I’ll certainly try again.


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

This was a very surprising brew. Once I saw it on tap at one of my local haunts, I knew I had to try it. It is light in consistency, which really took me by surprise, as I was thinking it might have a tongue-coating quality, but it did not. The flavor was rather impressive with the chicory and a good bit of roastedness with a little hint of some bittersweetness. If you can get your hands on it, this one is well worth a try.

Zum wohl!

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a much more subtle stout than i expected. pours a deep, near black colour with a grand off white head which takes decent time to dissolve, leaving a mild stickiness on the glass. smells weer quite mellow, with a bit of roastiness accompanying bread, coffee and chocolate. the taste was a bit more aggresisve than the smell, but nicely balanced between the coffee and chocolate. there's a sweet kick at the finish as well.. this is quite a dry brew that was very smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of edchicma
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a supposedly premium product, I was extremely dissappointed with this offering. The appearance was slightly above average, head was just ok and appearance was a bit lighter than I like. Taste was a bit like lemonade...puckery with just a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel was more like a Mike's hard lemonade than a stout.

Photo of goz
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium size light tan head (not white like the label states), that mostly diminishes, leaving good lacing. Aroma is mostly of roasted coffee, some bitter chocolate, maybe some chicory in there as well, as well as a bit of hoppiness - a fairly subtle nose overall. Flavor is a bit sweet, somewhat bitter, some smokiness poking through, and a mild hoppiness sneaking in also. Medium in body, mild in the carbonation.

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

False advertising, dammit! The bottle says "bone white head." The head was none to white or cream-colored, though I suppose it was certainly lighter than the heads on most stouts. Coffee beans have a "next grovery aisle over" subtleness to them -- not very pronounced. Light but creamy mouthfeel is not entirely impressive -- rather, the brew is a bit thin with a medium-ish body that could stand a little more meat. Very drinkable, however. Easy sippin. The flavor is pretty straightforward -- some coffee-ish hints. Initial finish lends the feel of chewing on wood chips. Brief spike of intense roasted bitter aftertaste fades pretty quickly.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:ovely beer this! Great look, as near as I can tell this is completely opaque and it comes up with a nice one inch beige head. Great sticky, spotty lace down the glass.

The aroma is very nice, but not as impressive as I expected it to be. The aroma is decent, mostly of dark chocolate and, perhaps, just a little bit of coffee.

The taste is very good and gives a nice sense of subtle complexity. The roasted goodness is there and so is the nice light bite from the hopping. Not nearly so great as Storm King, but very nice nonetheless. Solid is a good description. Great? No, not really, but definitely solid. Surprisingly dry finish.

The feel is OK, but a bit watery. Not bad, mind you, just a bit watery. Very nice drinkability, as I could enjoy this for hours of slow sipping.

Photo of taez555
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a HUGE fluffy, creamy white/tan head. The body was pitch black.

The nose was amazing. Coffee, espresso, wood, chicory, a very faint smoke, unsweetened chocolate, some light brown sugar, and this bark like smell that reminded me a lot of a mexican alley.

The taste was pure dark burnt roasted barley. Soft espresso, burnt coffee beans, unsweetened chocolate. Surprisinly very light and easy drinking though. A slight granulated brown sugar taste. Some soft wood, chicory and bark. The bitterness was all the roasted barley.

It ends very quick with a short burst of roasted barley bitterness and then just goes away.

Overall it's just a really nice and unique stout. I'm not really crazy about it, but it captures the essence of chicory and roasted barley perfectly. So for what it is. A+

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black into a pint glass. The label says the head is bone white, but unless my bones are brownish-mocha, they could be off on that. Irrelevant in any case as the head doesn't last long anyway, not even a crown.

Super aroma of rich coffee, dark and toasty, with a raisiny, fruity undertone.

The taste starts out with a hit of dark roasted malts, quickly followed by some intense carbonation unrevealed on the pour. Some fruitiness and sourness follow, then the charcoal and coffee appear as the taste winds down. An espresso-like finish, with a bitter (chicory or hops?) drying and lingering sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, draping the tongue with a clean yet smoky residue. Great body, certainly heavier than average.

All that wonderful flavor crammed into a 5.2abv package, quite an accomplishment getting that done without the beer coming across as thin or one-dimensional. Stouts are certainly on my short list of favorite styles, but not usually a highly drinkable session thing. This one leans that way, too, but has enough character without too much alcohol to earn a good rating.

Photo of pio
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dark and nearly opaque body that, held up to the light a little, is dark red, clear (not cloudy) and bubbly-sustaining the head nicely. the head is not exactly "bone white' as advertised but is more the color of my lung tissue...tan and amber hints, creamy looking. the head stays and leaves what i'll call 25-35% lace in the glass. i'm not sure if i should leave or take points for not being 'bone white', don't think i will, just be advised. sweet scents hit the air upon opening and seems like milk chocolate, malted milk balls, dark coffee and some caramel. but the flavors contain a whoa amount of coffee making me wonder if i'm going to get a caffiene buzz from this one. if they could brew this with tobacco and eggs in it i'd drink it for breakfast. (yuk yuk yuk). it starts like a caf`e `a lait and dries in the finishes up with a roasty hopped espresso delight. a little cocoa (middle) and molasses (post flavor) hinting about. a bubbly mouthfeel that has a creaminess in the start but crispens up (crispening?) all in all i could drink a few of these but the beer could use a little more balance ti seems to leave too much on the palate for my liking.

Photo of beerinator
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark. Almost opaque black. Off white/tan head.

Aroma: Burned malt. Espresso aroma dominates.

Taste: Burned flavor up front. Finish is bitter sans hop. Lingering burned/smoky flavor throughout. Cold coffee with bubbles.

Notes: Good beer. Very well named beer! This is a great beer for people who want strong flavor in their brews.

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse black color. Small head. Aroma is coffee. A medium bodied stout. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Boy, oh boy, is there coffee in this one. Chicory and Mexican coffee blend with the malts for a very interesting, intense coffee flavor. Hops are slightly bitter and a touch on the grapefruity side. Well balanced. The coffee flavor predominates, but i's not very overpowering. A nice beer. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

Photo of nixhecks
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of chicory coffee, so I have a feeling I am gonna like this one - plus it is my first taste of Dogfish Head. Poured a jet black, didn't look like a too, too heavy of a body. Topped of with a head that reminded me most like when warm soda is poured into a glass - very bubbly and brown, but low retention. The aroma is a nice chicory, burnt coffee aroma, plenty of malty goodness. The taste is really good, and the flavors coat your mouth well. The taste was a full of chocolate and sharp smelling coffee, with a hint of earthy smoke. Very well done, I look forward to trying some more from this brewery.

Photo of stegmakk
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I will say overall this was a good beer...but as far as sticking to reviewing what it should be...it fairs poorer...
Poured a nice dark brown almost black with virtually no head, just tiny tan bubbles. Should have had more of a head and creamier.
Aroma was nice mixture of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of licorice, and maybe a touch of smoke. The aroma was nice but not overpowering.
Taste was good-slightly better than average. I got the chocolate coffee, and chicory smoke flavor, but the smoke was a bit subdued. Of all the smoked beers I have had, I would put this in the middle. Not too much flavor, but enough that you know what it is.
Now as far as mouthfeel...this was way too watery from what it should be...
Drinkability is average-it tasted good just not the way i thought it should. But for the price I paid, I will not pick up any of these unless they go on sale...

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

Pours almost black with dark brown highlights, and a large tan frothy head. Aroma is some malt, with coffee/chicory smell, and subtle chocolate. Taste starts with roasted malt, then dark roasted coffee. Towards then end comes sweetness with some dark chocolate, more subtler coffee, and just a small amount of hops in the finish. A little thin, astrigent and slightly buttery.

Decent, but flavor isn’t complex or balanced seems a little off in some aspects. Could be a little richer, but still just slightly above average.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black hue, some carbonation and no head, contrary to the label talk no bone white head. Deep coffee beans, chocolate and licorise on the nose, very pleasant. Surprisingly thin up front, coffee flavors subdued, oily, slick charcoal to be noted in the body. Borderline medium bodied. Confusing, seems a bit out of balance, was expecting more rich and deep flavors.

Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok, my bottle said that the beer would have a bone-white head. Either they're stupid or it was a joke because this head is a nicely foamy medium tan. The body is a nicely opaque black. The aroma is a nice blend of coffee, black chocolate, licorice, charcoal and something that may or may not be chicory. Not really strong nose. The flavor is surprisingly reserved and balance. I'm used to Dogfish Head stuff being over the top, but this is actually reserved, but just a little more flavorful than the typical stout. The body is surprising thin considering the color. I'm not always a Dogfish fan since I'm not always impressed with over the top for over the top's sake, but this is a tasty beer.

Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 3,268 ratings.