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Chicory Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,225 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,225
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 96
Gots: 211 | 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 freed
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice deep brown color with a slight fizz of a head. The bubbles have an amber halo, and the smell is almost of freshly milled malts and coffee.

The taste is a solid stout flavor with a nice touch of mocha. It seems to be somewhat one dimensional in flavor though, and there's not much hop noticable. The dryness in my mouth is wonderful. The stout really primes you for another drink. Too bad winter's nearly over.

freed, May 16, 2003
Photo of sinistersteve
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in color. No lace. Aromas of coffee eminate greatly. Tastes of coffee also are great. Wish I could flavor the roasted chicory a bit more. Not a bad beer, in my opinion. Went well with a steak but I couldn't imagine drinking this thing without some sort of grilled meat product.

sinistersteve, May 12, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. amber bottle with "packaged in" info on the side. Perhaps an omnious sign is that it was only $0.99 at the local Total Wine store...

Appearance: Dark "coca-cola" in color with a sparse tan-colored (certainly not "bone-white" as described on the label) head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Very much like the inside of your favorite Starbuck's. Lots of coffee in the aroma, with some dark chocolate thrown in for good measure.

Taste: The coffee flavors are there. So are some other, less pleasant flavors. Sort of a "hodge-podge", really. There's some smokiness, chocolate, even a bit of sourness that all combine for a different taste. Finishes not too smoothly, either.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation on the high side and quite watery. Not as creamy smooth as I'd expected.

Drinkability: Bitterness and lack of any smoothness really penalize the drinkability scores. A little to harsh for me. Worth it's $0.99 price tag.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 09, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not too bad, but not what I was really expecting. I think that this tastes a lot like Guinness off tap(which I really dig). There is definately a heavy coffee smell to it, very aromattic. The color was a dark, rich black color that let no light through it. The head didn't last long at all. The mouthfeel was somewhat unimpressive. Don't get me wrong, it was a good feeling, but nothing really stood out to me. I would buy it again and let it sit for a little bit next time, to see how it goes.

JISurfer, May 05, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark black-stained mahogany, 1/2 inch creamy dark tan head (not bone white), good clarity, head depletes to an ever-present thin cap

Aroma: coffee and chocolate-malted milkshake, slight roasty graininess, a bit of over-ripe sweet apple ester

Flavor: a very dry stout, low hop flavor and bitterness, dryness comes from the coffee and the roasted grains, chicory provides an interesting component as well (hard to place), some grainy/bready notes, black coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: pretty light bodied for a stout, some astringency, tight carbonation

Drinkability: a decent stout, easier to put away a few of these because of the comparatively light body

GreenCard, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes sir, I like it. I like it a lot… It pours a dark, midnight black color. Upon the initial pour, a huge rocky head presented itself, then over a period of about 5 minutes, it faded away leaving a 1/4-inch cap and several thick, sticky rings on the glass. The nose is full of coffee and chocolate aromas with undertones of toasted malt, no hops are detected. There is also a nice smokey aroma that seems to push it’s way through. The first flavor that hits my tongue is a slight bitterness of hops, ahh...there they are. The next thing I tasted was a perfect blend of rich coffee and bittersweet chocolate, all the while still maintaining that same smokey quality that’s in the aroma. There was a bit of a dry finish on this beer, but it wasn't too bad. This is a very smooth and well-balanced beer. I will definitely purchase this one again.

Scooter77, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uhhh..I have never seen a beer or poured a beer with this amount of carbonation.As Soon as I (slowly)poured it into the glass its like it exploded and rose all the way to the top almost overflowing.I'd say I have at least a good three inch head just sitting here.The color is black with a brownish chunky ice cream looking head.After a good five minutes I've finally got the whole bottle into my glass.I dont really taste or smell any coffee as the label states there is.Aroma is kind of weak.A very sweet aroma with hints of raisins,molasses,and chocolate that are hard to make out.An extremely crisp mouthfeel that leaves a very dry finish.Ok now I taste a bit of coffee.A little taste of hops with a touch of bitterness that lingers.Not a real distinct flavor that presents itself.A sweet taste that touches of raisins,molasses,and coffee.A different type of stout that overall Good to Very good.

kelticblood, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black (ruby red highlights) with a nice brown head that leaves sheets of lace. Balanced coffee, alcohol, and chocolate aromas. RICH coffee and chocolate flavors; very roasty. Light-medium bodied with a roasty dry finish.

Label states "Roasted Chicory and Organic Mexican Coffee".

"01" embossed on bottom of bottle
Tasted: 03/04/03

RBorsato, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of scottum
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not as good in the bottle as on tap. Pours black with a tan head. This head is in no way "bone white!" Coffee... yuck! A bit too much coffee and complexity going on throughout this brew. If Dogfish tweeked it a bit, this could become a classic. I guess I'd like this beer more if I liked coffee.

scottum, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddied dark brown with a pillow topped beige head.
Intense roasty aromas with accents of pumpernickle and floral hops.
Taste falls flat on its face next to the aroma. Weakly, watery roasted coffee followed by a cola-like sweetness that lingers unpleasantly. Good deal of breadiness, and hint of nuts, but very little integration. Building acidity. Touches of burnt chicory, though it would probably go unnoticed if not for the name. Light undistinguished hoppy finish.
Weak bodied and bland.
I'd rather lick the outside of a WWS bottle.

cokes, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of BigSipper
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chicory Stous is a deep, dense brown color, but doesn't produce much head. The smell is mouthwatering, however, the flavor fails to convey the expected heaviness and live up to the initial promise. Somewhat uneven and one-dimensional, with an aftertaste like a persistent ringing in your ear.

BigSipper, Mar 21, 2003
Photo of purplehops
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chicory Stout pours a dense opaque black with red highlights and a light brown head that leaves pleanty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is coffee and caramel with some hints of chocolate and roasted grain. The taste starts off with coffee flavors up front followed by flavors of roasted nuts and grains with some notes of caramel and spice starting to make an appearance. The finish is a bit drier with the first notes of chicory flavors along with some spicy hop flavors. Aftertaste is a mild bitterness from flavors of dark coffee, chicory, hops, and black malt. Mouthfeel is medium body with just a hint of carbonation.
Overall a pleasant stout that is very drinkable. I only wish it had more chicory bitterness and flavor so as to stand out from other medium body coffee stouts.

purplehops, Mar 21, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a stout? I wasn't to impressed with it other then its appearance and smell - this was an average stout. But since its a DogfishHead I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Color was very dark brown and had a solid froth of light tan hues. Smell was nice, little smokey, some hop presence, cocoa, and grainy wild rice maybe. Taste was a little watery and not solid enough for a stout for me. It has some smokey grain, coffee thing going on, nice hints, but not enough for an eyebrow raise. Felt a bit creamy and finished a tad lighter then I was expecting. Some bitterness from the hops and a hint of smoked grain or cocoa lingers. Its just below a good stout in my book. Could be bolder and thicker. Actually wouldn't serve bad for a summer stout.

tavernjef, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown beer with a big, tan, but quickly diminishing coif. Coffe, chocolate, and toasted pumpkin seeds in the nose. Tastes were pretty darn in line with the aroma. In addition to the mentioned, there was some charcoal and ripe fruit to round out the flavors. Creamy mouth feel helped out by some diacetyl and pleasant astringency.

Good stout, not great or anything special. The label boasts a “bone white head” which, in reality, doesn’t exist.

yen157, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a unique beer and I've been waiting to try it. Poured a deep
ruby/black with a thick tan head. Roasted/smoky coffee aroma.
I'm getting hints of the chicory. I can detect the hops underneath all that smokiness. I once primed a homebrew stout batch with chicory coffee (Cafe du Monde) and it actually came out pretty close to this. I'm getting an alcohol presence on the nose. Deep, rich and unique. Not an everyday beer for me, but I like it.

pezoids, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mmmm... coffee, mmmmm.... beer, mmmmmm coffee and beer. Pours a ver dark amber practically black color, with a decent tan head. The lace is definitely forming in rings to my glass here, pretty good head retention for something with whole Mexican coffee beans. I heard it's really hard to pull off, the aroma here is primarily in your face eye opener of coffee beans, a whiff of chocolate tones, dark roasts, and a very light hop aroma is hidden in there. The taste is primarily a sharp bitterness of harsh roasted malt and hops with the softer flavors taking the back seat coffee, cream, and chicory. It's not what I was expecting from a brewery capable of WWS. Two different worlds I know, but even the body is too light here, I am just not digging this one. It is not very drinkable for well balanced flavor or catching a nice buzz. The aroma is the best thing this beer's got going for it.

WVbeergeek, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of Wildman
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber, almost black color. It formed a foamy, light tan head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation was present. It had an aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and bitter coffee. Or else that was the chicory. Not a bad beer but not one of the best ones. I know people who love it, but I think there are others that do this style better.

Wildman, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Packaged in date=2)-- Appearance: Pours a dark black color and the head is creamy, sticky, dense rocky, and is cardboard in color. On the nose the aroma of chicory and coffee, dark toasted bread, dark chocolates, hints of charcoal, and roasted grains. On the palate the flavors consisted of sweet coffee, malt sweetness, dark chocolate, little hop bitterness, slight charcoal flavor, a little buttery toffee and toasted dark bread. I enjoyed this stout... unquestionably distinctive and unique brew.

WilliamPhilaPa, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of HopheadEd
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark, dark brown, almost black. Not much head, fading to a 1/4 inch collar, but a little sticky lace on the glass. It seems chocolate and coffee preside on the nose, as well as roasted malt. Then the first sip confirms the chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and something that seems to be a little spicey, a little tart. I don't know if it's Chicory as I have never tasted it, but there's something different there. A little short and dry on the mouthfeel and finish, one or two is enough for me. Good Stout but missing something in the end.

HopheadEd, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of zerk
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep brown... almost balck, but just a hint of light passes. Has a finger thick cream colored head that is very persistent and leaves a touch of lace on the glass. Aroma is quite appealing... coffee, roast malt, and an aroma that I can only guess is chicory... kind of reminds me of sasparilla. The flavor leaves a bit to be desired... roast malt is present, but not very prominent... then some molasses followed by a slightly sour flavor, and the finish gave the impression that i was sucking on a wood chip. It is smooth and creamy, but quite dry and a little on the thin side. This is an interesting effort, but it falls a little short in my opinion.

zerk, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of Brewzzle
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label promises a lot more than is delivered which is too bad because this is just the type of stout I have been looking for.

It pours to a regular stout color, a little darker than some and I ended up with a huge head on mine that lasted the whole glass despite what other people have said. The aroma is nondescript, a little sweet, a touch of alcohol but no coffee or chicory that I could detect.

To taste it is again fairly nondescript, a light roasted flavor, maybe a touch of coffee and chicory but not enough of anything to make you really notice. The body is quite good and there isn't that watery feeling you get with many stouts so it rates quite well in the mouthfeel department. There isn't much aftertaste, what there is is pleasant but you quickly forget you've had a sip.

It is good and drinkable just isn't all it could be.

Brewzzle, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of Myk
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the appearance was a little disappointing. i was thinking, ok, stout, super dark and thick. it had almost no head when advertised to have a bone white head, . i would say it was more tan. it was also a dark brown with amber highlights when backlit. the aroma was of malt, bitter coffee stench, earthy and i wanna say tree bark. the taste was close to the aroma with more wood attributes. it was like sipping something brewed on a wood burning stove or BBQ. it had touches of maple as was almost no hop. pretty thin mouthfeel for a stout with a dry, not impressively sweet malt finish. nothing great, but with the thinness of this stout, unlike most stouts, i could drink many of them at at sitting.

Myk, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very little light getting through this stout, dark ruby at the edges but other wise black, light tan head, some lace but head doesn't stay long.
Smells pretty good, heavy and earth-like, there is something wholesome about this beer. Some chocolate and roasted coffee apparent, lightly bready as well.
Taste is mostly sweet but is balanced with a slightly bitter after taste, otherwise very similar to the smell.
Feels dry once swallowed and not as full bodied as I had hoped but still good on the tongue.
Easy to drink and enjoy, good beer but doesn't quite have the presence about it as a stout should have.


oelergud, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, rich cocoa-colored head, black as the night. Aroma: WOW!!
Chocolate, and so much more, like vanilla, bananas, nuts, coffee, loads of dark, but sweet, flavors. One solid stout! Very mellow, beautiful, and tasty as they come! An utterly unique invention!

feloniousmonk, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Chicory Stout poured a solid, near-black color, with hints of dark brown when studied in the light. A generous head formed, and settled to a consistent 1/4-inch thick layer. This nice appearance was complemented well by a very interesting aroma. Roasted coffee-like characteristics and strong malt presence were detected, along with a deep candy or licorice scent...not knowing what chicory actually smells like, I'm guessing this was it. The strong smell actually set me up for a little bit of a disappointment. Heavy, dark maltiness came through in the taste, along with the licorice or chicory detected earlier. But the end result was a somewhat weak stout. A decent taste, but a little dry, and very little hop presence. The mouthfeel was definitely a little too light for my taste in a stout, too. While the addition of chicory made this stout interesting, I prefer a heavier, more traditionally flavored brew for the style. Worth trying, but not sure if stocking up would be ideal.

SchmichaelJ, Jan 15, 2003
Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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