Chicory Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
3,375 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay
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Chicory StoutChicory Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,375
Reviews:
1,377
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
308
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,375 |  Reviews: 1,377
Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bosslux
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterRigger
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black color with a very thin tan lacing.

S - Chicory, smoke, and roasted malt.

T - Light chocolate, cocoa, some vanilla.

M - Light medium body, a little sticky on the lips.

O - This bottle was five years old and held up exceptionally well.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyto1965
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of grahuba
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexSenft
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barkeraa
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light messy lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer.
The smell had a sweet muddled brown sugar, light raisins, dried oak, licorice/anise, cocoa bean, and subtle nuances of vanilla. There's a lot going on with this one.
The taste was moderately sweet carrying a nice dried bitterness and roastiness through the oaky/woodiness. The rest of the previously mentioned aromas slide in and round it all out nicely.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth and allows a gentle dried creaminess sorting it all nicely on my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good stout. There's a ton of flavorful aspects going on that makes it a great Autumn session.

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Photo of BostonTheseus
2.37/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I found this to have a very harsh alcoholic taste. At first blush, I enjoyed the the scotch-like character such a strong alcohol presence gives, but I found it overwhelming by the third sip on. The feel is very flat. No head, no lacing. Maybe this was just a bad bottle but I found it prohibitively boozey, grainy on the backend, and not at all what I'd expect from a stout.

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Photo of BillCheck
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bob_Rhoades
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of direwolf00
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Secondfiddle7
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One has to be in the mood for this beer. I've passed over it many a night, reaching for something else. It's loaded with chicory flavor. It looks gorgeous, almost black, and pours a beautiful pour, but the flavor has a bite and peppery burst that is not always welcomed. I find it pairs well, as many stouts do, with dark chocolate. No, let me say, this beer requires pairing with chocolate to be its best. This is not a beer I would reach for to enjoy by itself. It is too intense and there are days when I cannot finish a glass unless I have the aid of the chocolate to smooth its edginess. So, like all things Dogfish, when it works, it works well. When it misses, it misses by a mile.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mctizzz
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 3,375 ratings.
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