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Chicory Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Chicory StoutChicory Stout

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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 +1.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of GRG1313
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
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 kylehay2004
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark reddish-brown, very clear when held to the light. The tan head quickly recedes to a collar. Smells light; roasty with earthy coffee notes, a bit bready. Watery on the palate, dry and very thin. Chalky mouthfeel. Roasty, earthy flavors up front; a bit herbal and minty toward the finish with an odd Alka-seltzer note. This is thoroughly unimpressive.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium head with great retention. Aroma of roasted and smoke malt is clearly dominant with a nice touch of coffee. Taste is also dominated by the smokiness and seems to leave little place for the coffee. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is low. Not bad but definitely not for me.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nearly black with a tan head and good lacing.

S: The chicory comes out in addition the the coffee. Good smells, but I'm not sure everything has blended quite right.

T: Coffee is there with some additional sweetness; maybe some chocolate. Roasted malt definitely present.

M: Pretty thick and fairly smooth.

D: Good stout to have with the fairly-low abv, but everything doesn't quite fit together. I'd be interested to know what this one would taste like if it had some of the Palo Santo wood vibe to it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a near pitch black color with huge oof-white head I had to wait a few minutes to drink it so the head could go down,smell was of deep roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.Taste was coffeeish and roasty with some earthiness lingering in there as well.A nice complex stout but a little watery.It is slightly different then the bottle I had a few months ago not quite as chocolaty,not sure if this was an older bottle or a different recipe.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque black with a decent greyish brown head. Leaves behind some laceing.

S - Sweet, malty aroma. Chocolate and coffee with a berry like fruityness.

T - Sweet and spicy. Not nearly as much hop flavor or bitterness as I would have expected. Nice roasty quality with a lot of coffee flavor in the finish.

M - Starts out quite smooth but it has a somewhat thiner body than I like in my stouts.

D - Pleasant beer with a lot of flavor. It lacks the thickness that I associate with a really great stout, but that allows it to be more refreshing and easier to drink.

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

A: A heavy pour into my SA Perfect Pint glass yields a huge 3+ finger head that is dark, very thick and bubbly, and fades slowly as it leaves a slight lacing. The beer is almost pitch black but has a hint of dark brown and light sneaking around the sides.

N: A nice stout aroma. Some dark malts, black patent malt, some roast and coffee, slight creamy lactose, some roasted coffee beans a touch of chocolate, and hints of chicory, which adds a little smokey aroma. Overall thought, the aroma is lighter than I expected.

T: Taste starts with some light chocolate malt flavors and a little lactose for that slight chocolate milk feel. Then lots of roast and coffee pouring in. A slight bitter roasty taste. Lots of malts as well, giving a slight chewy taste. Some chicory flavor, which reminds me of hickory roasted charcoal meat. With that comes a nice smoke flavor, smoked malts and slight smoked meat.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes with some dryness, but not very dry. A slight lactose feel on the finish too. A nice smokey flavor lingers for a while, leaving that smoked meat and BBQ chicory flavor. Slight bitterness mostly from charred malts and coffee bean flavors. A really nice campfire beer, which I will have to remember next BBQ.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darkest mahogany that is a few photons away from being absolute jet black. Dusky garnet accents are visible at the bottom edge of the glass, as is a substantive mocha colored head of frothyfirm foam at the top. The slowly falling head is disappointingly soft and leaves almost no lace in its wake.

The nose is acceptably aromatic and smells like chocolate fudge brownies made with ground coffee beans, blackstrap molasses and British black licorice. Wow! The beer is impressively sour and impressively metallic on the palate. I hope each of those fades over time or this will be a struggle to get through. Ultimately... the metallic tang fades, but the sourness remains.

Given the interesting, offbeat constellation of ingredients, this should be some wild ride. Chicory Stout includes chicory (often used as a flavor additive in coffee; I have no idea what it tastes like); Mexican coffee (barely noticeable behind the wall of sourness); St. John's Wort (an herbal 'alternative treatment' for depression; what the hell's that doing in a beer?) and licorice root (noticed in the nose, but not on the palate).

The flavor isn't improving with time. It's great if you like mouth-squinching, intensely sour stouts, but then it's hard to imagine that many people do. There's no trace of hops as far as I can tell. The body is medium in a general sense, but is much too light for any stout that wants to be taken seriously. A slightly too-active mouthfeel seals the deal on mediocrity.

I'm not sure what happened here, but this is not good beer by any measure. DHCB is hit-or-miss with me and Chicory Stout is an unqualified miss. Maybe the brewers simply need to add triple the amount of St. John's Wort so that disappointment isn't so acute in those who buy and drink this beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a different twang to the dark roast flavors. The coffee is evident in the fragrance. Rather sharp and on the acidic side. Not much malt richness, though a thread of roasted malt runs through it. Quite thin bodied.

A touch of sourness, like old coffee with some charred brown sugar. A touch of butter. Interesting but not so drinkable. I haven't tried this for years. Maybe it's the time of year, I want a little more body and richness to go with all the bitter burnt flavors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a khaki-colored head.

Smell: Scent of roasted coffee and chocolate. Also, there's a light smokiness in the aroma.

Taste: A real mishmash of flavors here, none which really stand out. Bittersweet chocolate. Instant coffee. Licorice. Grassy hops. It's about this point that I start getting a headache and give up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Light carbonation. It's creamy, but a little thin at times.

Drinkability: An appealing concept, but this brew just isn't for me, I guess.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask-conditioned; primed with maple syrup, and with honey rum oak chips (from their distillery) added to the cask. Hazy mahogany in color with very little head. Limited aroma. The body is thin and the carbonation is low, but it's quite smooth in the mouth. The flavor offers a soft maltiness with a mild maple syrup note. It's very dry and lightly astringent. The rum character is quite clear. One of the more interesting characteristics is a mild roastiness that almost appears smoky in the finish as it combines with the alcohol notes of the rum. A totally different beer from the bottled version. Absolutely unique. A nice experiment but it just doesn't seem to hit the mark. Still, it's probably worth trying if you come across a cask of it as it is so remarkably different.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have passed this one by many times and just decided to get around to trying it this evening. I am always a fan of DFH and being the stout lover that I am figured it would be a nice fit. This one poured out a nice deep dark brown with a good opaqueness to it. A nice small tan colored head rose up above it and lasted for a few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace that covered the top and left behind a good amount of side glass presentation in its wake. Some slight reddish tints on the sides and bottom of the glass, but this one was nearly black in its presentation.

The aroma was subtle, not nearly as strong as I thought it would be. Light aromas of coffee and smoked wood were the dominant players here. Not the big smoky aroma you would have expected, much more subtle. Good amount of sweetness mixed in as well, hints of caramel and lots of malt. The flavor followed suit pretty much exactly. Nice smooth creamy feel, with a good carbonation gave it a very full body. The flavor of roasted coffee came rolling through first, with a good dose of caramel thrown in on top of it, lightening it up. The middle seemed to have that nice smoked wood flavor that I was looking for, except it was very sweet, with caramel playing a good bit of a roll here. The slight bitterness of some hops presented itself in the finish, really just drying it out and leaving you with a long sweet, wood like flavor that blended well with the coffee. Very sessionable, as it was not thin and very well carbonated, and low on the ABV. I would love to have tried this on tap, and would have no issue throwing down more then one.

Overall, this was not bad; however, it was a little underwhelming for me. I expect everything from DFH to really push through and hammer down styles; I was just not so sure this one was really that big of a winner. Definitely worth a try, no doubt, just not as big as I hoped it would be.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from jayli01, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky up front with a strong coffee flavor. There are background flavors of dark fruit and milk chocolate. A decent hops presence provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style but is close to being a porter, it's a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for a mild coffee-flavored beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottled on 11/1/10 served in a pint glass.

Pours a thick, nearly black liquid with 1 finger of light tan head. Head has limited retention but leaves a lasting ring.

Nice aroma of sweet dark malt and coffee. Hints of vanilla, alcohol and chicory.

Taste is also dominated by dark roasted malt, but veers from sweet to mildly bitter and sour. Slightly smokey with hints of chocolate, hops and coffee. Rating would be higher if not for the slighty grainy and burnt aftertaste.

M - very smooth (creamy), even for a stout. Medium/full body with light carbonation.

O - Nice coffee stout that is a wee bit different.

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