Chicory Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

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Reviews: 1,378 | Ratings: 3,382
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near opaque in color with a creamy brown head with little retention. Aroma is a little on the sweet side for a stout. I get licorice and coffee on the nose. A nice lace is formed while drinking this beer. Creamy texture. Pretty interesting taste. Different than most stouts I've tried. While it is bitter, it doesn't seem like a roasted malt bitter so much, but rather, some exotic coffee bean bitterness. I also get some licorice on the buds. This stout has a little fire. I like it, don't love it.

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Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with “Packaged In” date on the side of the label.

Appearance: A shade or two lighter than pitch black. Pale tan lace that is sticky and densely rocky.

Smell: Dark breadiness, blend of chicory and coffee in the nose as well as some unsweetened dark chocolate. Malt sweet slathered with a conglomeration of roasted grains and a hint of charcoal.

Taste: Roasted grain and humbly astringent coffee flavours upfront. Medium to full bodied, smooth and crisp with a slight buttery mouth feel. Malty sweet with mild molasses, sweet coffee and dark chocolate on the tongue. Astringent flavours grow a bit and are a little bothersome, hops are vague and leave a bitterness that is a bit oily and joins up with the roasted flavours well. Touch of smoky charcoal flavour middle to end, a touch of buttery diacetyl makes its way to the taste bud to further confuse the palate.

Notes: An ok coffee stout, some flavours just don’t seem to mesh well together. Astringencies get in the way and become a nuisance to drink.

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Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle touts flavors of coffee and chicory with a bone white head. Poured a beautiful black, with a tan head. I got no coffee in the flavor at all. I've had chicory coffee, but I don't know that I would recognize it in a beer. Fairly thin for the style, but was exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Hard to pigeon-hole. Not dry or smoky like an Irish stout, not particularly sweet or creamy like an English, certainly not dense like an imperial, and not hyper-hopped like many American interpretations. This is simply one of those beers that is so enticing that, before you know it, you are looking at the bottom of an empty glass. When I finished the first I was eagerly anticipating the second. I don't find a lot of stouts with that kind of drinkability.

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Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 3,382 ratings