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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: 233 | 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 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.

Photo of winomark
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.06/5  rDev -18%
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
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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