Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Chicory Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
1,377 Reviews
Read the review
Chicory StoutChicory Stout

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,377 | Ratings: 3,372
Photo of Hsraiders9688
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance :
Dark black color with light brown colored head (very thin but long lasting head)

Deep coffee smells there is some sweetness and nuttiness in the back ground but very subtle

So I take a mouth full and quickly forget I'm drinking a beer... The taste is black coffee... And pretty decent coffee at that. Mouth feel is very nice thick enough to coat the mouth.. No metallic or carbon in it.

All in all I really like this beer I could drink this with breakfast and forget I'm drinking a beer... This beer is very drinkable and refreshing.... I will recommend this beer to many of my friends

 630 characters

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a fridge-cleaning week in a while, & with Darkness Trading season upon us, time to make room for new arrivals. 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is stout black. Despite knowing what I'm searching for, the only stimulation by nose is getting is via some soft roast & a touch of black licorice. Very tame.

Chicory Stout causes the word 'thin' to leap to the forebrain. Sharp roast kicks the ball off nicely, but then the music stops. Malt sweetness, hints of black licorice if I really put my imagination into it. But is thin, thinner than most porters, with the body of a starving supermodel. Which I suppose makes it easy to drink; the rare stout that would fit into a barbecue under the hot summer sun. Which I'm not enjoying right now, thank you.

This beer is like that stop at Arby's when you're on the way up to the lake: mediocre, functional, unexciting, but serves it purpose. Nothing interesting here. Right down the double-yellow line of average.

 962 characters

Photo of jmw4437
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black color as one would expect. Head is minimal, almost nonexistent, with a tan beige color. What head the beer had quickly dissappated to leave a small ring around the entirety of the glass.

S: Initially sweet with a chocolate essence which fades into a more coffee, caramel, roasted scent. Almost seems to have a bit of a chocolate-milk scent as the glass is brought to your mouth.

T: Bold chocolate and coffee ring true again with the addition of the very slightest smokey earthy taste.

M: My initial concern for lack of carbonation was disproved here. The beer drinks smoothly but the carbonation nips at the tongue just the slightest bit.

O: Overall while it seems to be a good stout and all the parts come together to play a decent concert, it is not something that I will rush back to all that soon.

 845 characters

Photo of Furlinator
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with one inch of tan head and good lacing.

Smell is mainly black coffee grounds with some burnt wood and faint dark fruit.

Taste follows smell. I'm picking up mostly black coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is as close to a cup of black coffee as you can get in a stout without being labelled "imperial", "double" or "Russian imperial". My go-to morning stout without the high ABV of the aforementioned styles.

 466 characters

Photo of Mavigo
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from Tom's in East Lansing. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color, which is almost opaque and has a short beige head that lasts but moment, leaving no lacing.

S: Smells of barley, oats, malts, brown sugars, dashes of coffee, has a woody aroma to it

T: Tastes of barley, malts, brown sugars, dabs of coffee, a pretty standard and slightly unoriginal stout to me but it's fine.

M: Full bodied with medium amounts of carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

O: Overall this was a fairly unoriginal, that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it, but this being my first Dogfish head brew, I was hoping it would blow me away but it didn't. Regardless, it's still good so thus I recommend it.

 725 characters

Photo of patre_tim
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, filtered with no visible carbonation, a finger of mocha head.

S: Coffee, chicory, smokiness, woody barrel aged character, cedar.

T: Woody cedar evergreen taste, chicory, coffee, smokey, citrus orange quality, orange peel.

M: Medium thick body, medium low carbonation. Somewhat resinous.

O: An extremely complex and delicious brew! The evergreen notes, smokiness and slight orange quality bring out depths of flavours that make me want to keep on drinking this one. Delicious b itself, would pare well with game.

 551 characters

Photo of Wutah
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- It was a very dark pour with a good amount of tan head that dissipated quickly.

S- Smells malty and carmel is very abundant. Smells pretty sweet and a bit of a scotchy undertone with a bit of coffee and chocolate.

T- Taste was up front a bit dimey but led into a nice malty braised smoky on the front tounge and a bit tangy and dark on the back part of the tounge.

M- Perfect mix of thick and thin

O- One of my favorites because it is malty and smooth. It is complex and a great brew even while being inside the AC in the summer ;)

 540 characters

Photo of artoolemomo
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up some head which has little retention. The head is not bone white; it is rather a tan/beige while the body is an opaque dark chocolate black. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Fairly weak from the glass. I get some roasted malt notes but that is about it. It's better from the bottle- strong roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. A bit of cloying sweetness that seems to come from the licorice root. This will be an unwise purchase if this is reflected strongly on the palate.

Taste- Mostly coffee with the cloying sweetness hanging around the edges. It isn't really licorice- it has an odd sourness to it. No indication of hop bitterness. Fairly thin and simplistic flavor profile at the moment. Some vinous qualities to it- both white and red grape. Mellows at bit and starts to show some much needed balance. However, it's still just an above average beer. Hints of licorice on the finish but not enough to annoy my taste buds. Somewhat of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but a little thin for a stout. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. Nice grittiness imparted by the oatmeal matches well with the dry finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing, a little boring. About 2 bucks a bottle but I would pass on this in the future.

Overall- Mediocre to slightly above average. I would give it a try. Though it might not be my thing, it might be yours.

 1,394 characters

Photo of Roguer
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely opaque black, slight hints of red or brown. Small dark brown head that quickly fades to a thin rim. Thin but wide lacing.

S - I first noticed a red wine scent. Dark chocolate, and coffee, but not strong. Minor alcohol aroma.

T - Slightly sour on the tongue, followed by bitter chocolate and coffee. Not extremely bitter, with slight spices.

M - Fairly thin, especially for a stout. Hides the alcohol well, slightly oily, but not unpleasant. No sting.

O - This is a very drinkable Stout. That said, it is not remarkable either.

Bottled in May 2011.

 567 characters

Photo of JAFoley
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - "Goodness beneath a bone white head"? If by white they mean dark tan, then I would agree.

S - Coffee beans and caramel

T - Strong coffee flavor and breadiness. Very sweet and almost tangy in the aftertaste

M - Deep and oily mouthfeel and a nice light amount of carbonation

O - I like this quite a bit, will definitely be picking more up as the season moves into fall.

 376 characters

Photo of leaddog
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours a dark cola brown with half a finger of white bubbly head.

Smell- roasted malts, coffee bean, roasted chicory.

Taste- Similar to the smell but the flavours are more predominate. Also get some nice pleasant bitter notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall- It was nice to to get the bitter and mellow flavours from this stout . The smell is sweet but the taste is more bitter.

 453 characters

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a brown 12 oz bottle into a standard 20 oz tumbler glass. Bottle is stamped "BOTTLED IN 2012", and this is a fall seasonal, so last year's batch.

Appearance - Pitch black, with an ever-so-slight hint of dark brown mahogany where light seeps through the head. Head is one finger and toasted marshmallow shade of tan, dissipating to a healthy layer of bubbles after 3-4 minutes. Lacing is healthy and clings for quite awhile.

Smell - Roasted malt, licorice, faint cocoa bean and maybe a hint of coffee. Honestly expected more of that roasted coffee element from the aroma. More dark chocolate than coffee.

Taste - Coffee is more present now, appearing up front with some notes of dark fruit--maybe black currant or acai beery. Now with some more rustic tree bark characteristics, presumably from the chicory. Earthy and rich.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a lingering, coating effect. Drying finish with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good stout, but not one that particularly knocks my socks off on any front. I expected more from a stout billed as containing chicory and Mexican coffee, so while it was very drinkable and tasty, there are others I would pick up first.

 1,188 characters

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

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; beige head, small, dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet malt; chicory; coffee; roasted nuts

Taste: Bitter roasted grains up front; coffee notes in mid; dry finish; no chicory notes in flavor; ok, but not something I'd buy again

Remarks: gets better as it warms up; did not score A, S, T, M at that time, so disregard those scores.

 362 characters

Photo of silverking
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown with red highlights, and one finger of rocky tan head. Head retention is excelent and there are well defined rings of lace.

S- Deep, smoky, roasted coffee. It has a chocolate note that seems a bit out of place.

T- Sweetened coffee, light acidic note mid palate. there is a touch of cloying chocolate in the finish that gets washed away by pure black coffee.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation. velvety.

O- I love coffee and chicory, but this beer didn't have me fully convinced.

 503 characters

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aged 8 months to the day.

A: Deep mahogany, with a mocha (wouldn't say 'bone white') head that dissipates to a tan halo. Moderate lacing.

S: I actually do get some chicory in the nose, along with light toffee, bitter chocolate, and coffee.

T: Sweetened chocolate, a touch of vanilla, bitter coffee, dark malts, and grassy hops in the finish. Slight metallic linger, which is somewhat off putting.

M: The mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing--watery, with some light carbonation. Would love for this to have more body.

 522 characters

Photo of macrosmatic
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown to black, nearly opaque, with a thin tan head that fades quickly to floaters of foam. Some visible bubbles of carbonation near the top.

S: Chocolate, a modest amount of coffee, and a bit of nuts and toffee. As it warms, maybe just a hints of mild dark fruit.

T: Dark roasted malts, significant amount of black-bitter coffee, hints of caramel and cinnamon, and just a bit nutty. Roasted bitterness stays into the hang.

M: Fairly thin body for a stout. Minimal alcohol presence, although it does become more noticeable as it warms a little. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Well, this is a bit of a departure for Dogfish Head in my experience. I usually really enjoy or really dislike their beers. This one - nothing real special, but nothing particularly offensive. Just forgettable.

 890 characters

Photo of MistahBeah
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Motor oil black. There was a nice head at first but it has very little retention. Some of the tan head remains on the edge of the glass but most has just disappeared. Nice looking beer but nothing unexpected

Aroma: Roasted coffee. Some bitter dark chocolate. Earthy hops. Some charred wood. Subtle and subdued

Taste: Almost a chalky bitter chocolate completely coats the palate. Watered down black coffee. Some smokiness. Not overly bitter but not sweet at all. Fairly one dimensional really

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin. Smooth for a stout but the chalky feeling isn't very appealing. A bit like an antacid. Watery. Nothing special

Overall: This stout has an interesting flavor profile from the chicory. Other than that it is nice and smooth but pretty bland overall. A bit bitter. Not a go-to stout by any stretch for me but try it out. I respect dogfish head enough to say that

 889 characters

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chicory Stout has an attractive yet unspectacular label in the traditional DFH fashion. Label gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, web info, brewery info, and has the DFH logo. Love the copper look to the cap!

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 10min before pouring from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Chicory Stout pours out a deep brown almost black with a 1 finger golden brown head of medium tightly packed density. Head retention was a respectable 2min 39sec before fading to a thin frothy coating and a nice thick ring. Very good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of deep roasted coffee almost espresso like, which is very dominate in the nose. Chicory Stout also has an earthy woody aroma to it. The deep roast may be the chicory because from what I've read on chicory it gives off an aroma similar to coffee but more roasted.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of a slightly chocolate malt with hits of an earthiness that gives way to a bit of sweet molasses or brown sugar that turns to a woody smokey coffee finish. Very interesting.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: A thicker medium bodied feel with a very smooth feel. Drinkability would be medium for anyone who does not like coffee but for those that do love roast this is highly drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was a very complex and unique offering that seemed to get some low scores on BA but I thought was very good overall. A different take on the coffee stout. This is classified as an American Stout at 5.2% ABV. Consumed 2/26/13.

 1,521 characters

Photo of dheacck11
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pitch black with a burnt brown tinting. Minimal mud colored head, fading rapidly.

Nose is massive with smokey hickory, malts, and a soft, sweet whiskey booziness.

Taste, following the nose, is really disappointing. Little bit of smoke up front with a fairly mild malt. Some scant coffee notes, finishing with a soggy bourbon flavor.

Feel is medium bodied. Just to thin to support the beer.

Used to love this stout. Now that I've had better, and seen more of what else is out there, returning to it is disappointing. It's just too thin and lacking the robust flavor that other stouts do so well. It is smooth and drinkable, but compared to what else is available, meh.

 680 characters

Photo of Roman5150
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

bottle into snifter

appearance: pitch black with off white 1 finger head

smell: coffee, roasted malts, espresso, licorice, slight anise, dark chocolate, vanilla

taste: subtle roasted coffee flavor, a bit watery due to lower abv, but decently flavorful. Some licorice and dark chocolate notes round out the taste.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, thin bodied

overall: A decent offering from Dogfish Head, nothing I will go out of my way to seek out, but a decently well balanced coffee stout thats quite different from anything else.

 533 characters

Photo of seydou
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark cola colour with a tan head, more bubbly and poppy than a Guiness-type cover. I don't get a strong scent of anything, except a pretty standard stout coming through. Tastes dark, partly bitter, more beery than I expected. Lingers a while. Sits in the mouth and gets stronger. Only flavor note I can pick up is a little coffee. Not bad, not amazing.

 370 characters

Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out with a one finger light tan head. The beer is pitch black.

The aroma has roasted chocolate malt aroma. Very typical of a stout. There’s also an earthy, woody quality in there along with a coffee aroma too. However, it’s not deep and hugely roasted. Slight hint similarity to Palo Santo Marron. Just a wonderful smelling beer.

This stout is pretty interesting. It hits first with a roasted chocolate malt stout flavor, then it turns into a bit of a oatmeal or milk stout creaminess. It has a lot of black coffee flavor. Then it really has a wood flavor.

It’s actually really enjoyable because the bitterness really makes you want more. It reminds me of an IPA in the sense that you keep wanting to sip more because of the aftertaste. The body is thinner for a stout, but that’s expected a beer with a 5.2% ABV beer.

The finish with this is root, earthy soil bitterness. It’s extremely herbal of chicory. Not for those not used to herbal remedies or that kind of Eastern/alternative medicinal flavor. The beer is actually really complex for a low ABV stout.

 1,090 characters

Photo of alex_hart
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, thick black with a thin, 1/4 finger mocha head. Looks like dark roasted coffee.

Smell: Quite sweet. Oatmeal, coffee, and maybe even a bit of sweet molasses. Looking forward to sipping this when it warms a bit.

Taste: A slight black coffee-esque bitterness on the tip of the tongue before it smooths out to creamy oatmeal and roasted coffee. A bit of that sweet molasses from the nose is present as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I expected, but it still has that creaminess that any stout lover craves. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall: This is a delicious and unique beer that is definitely worth a try. DFH rarely goes wrong, and this is one of their classics.

 712 characters

Photo of screamking
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours almost black with a one finger shade darker than khaki head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and coffee. Very pleasant and recommend this for a breakfast beer, if you have breakfast beers.

Lots of chocolate in the taste as well. I'm really surprised at the level of chocolate in this, I've had RIS's with less. Small hints of bitter roasted coffee but mainly just chocolate. You also get some teases of rasian, but nothing fully develops. The taste doesn't linger long, it actually goes away quickly. Mouthfeel is very crisp and carbonated, also very thin and light bodied. This isn't bad and for the right price could be very attractive.

 688 characters

Photo of tviz33
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A- Pretty much black with about an inch of tan head and decent lacing.

S- Yep, that's coffee alright. A little chocolate comes out as well.

T- Again, lots of coffee with some chocolate to back it off. The flavor seems just a bit off, but it's different and I like different. Other than that, it's pretty well-balanced between malty and hoppy.

M- Bubbly and creamy feel. Medium body. The alcohol is barely noticed.

O- I'd recommend it to someone looking for a novelty stout. It's better on tap, so I'll be having one of those again.

 573 characters

Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 3,372 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!