Chicory Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Chicory StoutChicory Stout

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-06-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not for everybody. I found it unique and full of flavour. Smooth though medium bodied. Stout aroma, but unique with the ingredients, somewhere between a coffee and a tea. Moderate roast, licorice, chocolate malts, and aggressive carbonated finish. You have to like stouts. Had again late in year and sourness really came through which didn't work this time around.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger tan head with some lacing. Very dark black with a litlle light getting through. Aroma is excellent with a liight chicory aroma on a chocolate/cocoa background. Just the right degree of spicey chicory flavor on a mellow standard stout background. The body is much lighter than expected. Light to moderate carbonation. This beer is very drinkable with just the right amount of spicy pepper flavoring for my tastes. Excellent

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

a nice twist on a really excellent stout. this beer pours very dark like a heavy coffee with a thin light head. smells like root vegetables and coffee, with an overwhelming roasted aroma. taste like an english style stout, but with espresso notes in the finish. mouthfeel is great, smooth and thin in the mouth, but definitely at least medium bodied. low carbonation as well. it is a very expensive four pack, but a great beer to share with family and friends at holiday time. definitely more of a winter stout for me

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an extremely opaque black/brown color. The only way to see the brown is to hold it up to a light. There is a 1/2 inch head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is very minimal.

S - Smells like toasted malts and burnt coffee. There is also a dirt covered chocolate earthy smell here.

T - Tastes of dark roasted malts and burnt coffee. There is a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste and bitterness at the end.

M - This is a creamy and somewhat thick beer. There is decent carbonation so it isn't like drinking a milkshake.

D - A very hearty burnt coffee beer. This one I will go after again if I am ever in the mood for such a brew.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a medium tan head (where's the "bone white head" referred to on the label? Not complaining just think perhaps they should change the label!)

Nose is of coffee cola - no chicory character in the nose; pleasant nose - a bit chocolate fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium thin with a very light carbonation. Beer seems out of balance on first taste but gets better as you drink it.

While the balance "evens out" the flavors are not all that appealing. There is no chicory character whatsoever and flavors are citric, bitter coffee. Tastes a bit like someone took a light coffee stout or porter and squeezed lemon and hops into it. This has a bit of a black lager character in the back palate.

This one grows on you as you drink it and the finish is medium roasted coffee that is pleasant, although the citrus character carries through to the finish. This one may be good and may be enhanced with food.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice dark black color, the head is thick and tan in color. The lacing is pretty nice on this brew and the retention is also nice. The smell of the beer has a light spiciness to it mixed with a chocolaty roasted malt aroma. The taste of the beer is semi-sweet upfront with a nice herbal roasted aftertaste with just a hint of some kind of spice in there too. The mouthfeel of this beer has a good thickness to it as well as a good carbonation. Overall this brew is nicely done. Pretty good stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that quickly fades away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee beans in the nose; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of coffee beans and chocolate. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light to medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a slight amount of dryness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down very smoothly, making it quite sessionable. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting and would definitely considering having one with breakfast.

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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this for $8.99

Well, it certainly isn't the best offering I've had from DFH but a solid beer none the less. The appearance is the best feature for me.. a dark brown with a tan head, tons of lacing going down the glass. Carbonation is a bit low for me (even for a stout). Almost get a 'stale coffee' sort of vibe from it. But, there are some good roasted type of tastes in there as well to balance it out. Not one of DFH bests but still better than most other stouts.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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

12oz bottle, brand new to our little corner of the world...

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with amber edges when backlit, and one finger of soapy mocha head, which leaves a droopy low ring of lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of dry, earthy coffee grounds, and a little bit of wood and cocoa. The taste is sweet chocolate malt, bitter cold coffee, and a mild woodiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body smooth and fairly creamy. It finishes with more semi-sweet coffee.

I just recently learned that chicory has been used as a cheap substitute for coffee beans for a good chunk of American history. Which seems appropriate here, as the coffee really stands out, over what I have to assume is the earthy, woody character from the chicory.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy drinking stout, though not as bold as expected from Dogfish Head. Smells of sweet cocoa, coffee, roastedness, and a touch of molassas, dates, and figs. The head and the body are both thin and a little too relenting. But the flavors are melded nicely. Sweet roasted malts with bold coffee and cocoa flavors round out nicely. Hops and roasted grain combine for fair bitterness. A creamy mouthfeel aided by lactic acids make this beer slide right down. Slight grape or plumb flavors chase the carbonated finish. Aftertaste is a slight lingering dryiness that retained slight bitterness. It's a pretty good beer that isn't over the top.

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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love stouts. Dogfish head is hit or miss for me.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight tan colour, nice cream lacing, great thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Nuts, chocolate, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Light chocolate, lots of chocolatey cream, caramel, and nuts. Complex enough, and pleasant to drink. Well balanced and built. I dig it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Completely wrong for a stout. This is more evocative of a porter. Doesn't really suit the flavours. It should be coarse and dry to bring out the flavour.

Dr: Very drinkable and pleasant, but the mouthfeel is off. It's of pretty good quality, but dogfish head might a lesson on how stouts are done. The price could be better as well.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, late 2012 bottle release. Pours crystal clear nearly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, light caramel, toast, light wood, light char, floral, and slight licorice. Fantastic aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of roasted flavors with the added coffee and spices. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, light caramel, light wood, light char, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light caramel, light wood, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted flavors, with only a light amount of added spices noted in the taste. Zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice stout! Very nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; extremely smooth to drink. The aromas kind of made the taste a letdown, but this was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a jet black body with a modest tan head that hangs around but doesn't leave much lacing behind

Smell: Balsa wood and coffee

Taste: Starts out with a coffee flavor that descends into a slight sourness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Really rather light bodied for a stout with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Decent but not very interesting; the sour finish detracts from what otherwise is rather enjoyable

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Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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