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 flannelman808
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

NOT YOUR AVERAGE STOUT. Normally I like my dark beer strong, and this ones not but it doesn't matter. The beer is very dark in color with a white almost mother of pearl head. The beer tingles as it goes down, it has an almost champagne quality! unheard of in a stout as far as I know. It is a bit spicy and has notes of coffee, goes great with a chocolate desert. It is also a very refreshing beer with a medium body, it goes down very easy. This is a dark-horse unconventional stout as far as I'm concerned, try it out!

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Photo of davidshamoon
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truly a dark beer (opaque and almost black), the Dogfish Head Chicory Stout pours with a head the color of coffee ice cream. Indeed, "coffee" must be a key word in any review of this beer, as that's the smell that dominates and the taste, too. Nonetheless, an easygoing sweetness is present beside the burnt coffee, so the beer finishes with only a measured bitterness. I admired the carbonation of this brew, which definitely enhanced its drinkability, but in the end this wasn't a beer I'd want more than a glass of at a time.

As for the chicory...what the heck does chicory taste like?

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Photo of rarevos
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a rich, deep brown with a finger of tan head. The bottle claims that the head will be white, but that's not the case.

S: Roasty, hint of chocolate. Some caramel behind the chocolate.

T: Roasted malt hits first, a deep caramel and roasted marshmallow flavor. Finish is dry, with a slight bitterness and a burned tail that almost tastes like dust burning on a lightbulb. This totally disappears as the beer warms, so it seems to be important to drink this toward 50 degrees.

M: A bit on the light side, and thin.

D: Not bad. The finish wasn't the best at first, but I probably didn't let it bloom enough before drinking. The beer was nice after it warmed a bit, but it's still your basic stout, chicory or no. But it's a cool, rainy day in the northeast, and this did the trick.

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Photo of Foxman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep, ruddy brown, clear but dark. A finger of light tan head settles quickly to mere wisps of surface froth. Fingers of lacing trace the inside of the glass.

The aroma slips in the edge of burnt malt and sugar, but with a measure of sweetness, dark caramel in character. Chocolate, licorice, and black Cuban coffee round things out nicely.

Upon tasting, the roasted malt holds sway, with bittersweet char and black coffee. The licorice-like bite of chicory glows with a trace of chocolate and a flicker of general hop citrus. The drop-off from grain to bitterness is abrupt near the close, and the finish is lightly minty and disproportionately bitter. While interesting, the flavor is somewhat disjointed and choppy.

Medium bodied, it has a thinner feel as it drains off the palate, sliding away rapidly.

I like chicory in my coffee, and I wanted to like it in my beer, but I'm not impressed. The aroma offered more than the flavor, and the depreciation is notable. And the staccato nature of the flavor makes it a challenge to drink, so it's not a go-to stout by any means. I'd drink it if given one, but I'm not going to buy it again. I don't know if it's the chicory, but this one is just better than mediocre, and I want better than that from DFH.

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Photo of nortmand
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with a fleeting head that leaves a "ghost" on the surface of the beer.

Complex smell. Roast notes intermingle with caramelized sugars and licorice. Kind of herbal.

Very herbal flavor. A minty-licorice flavor dominates throughout. A bit chocolatey and ends with a soft roast kick.

Huge, thick body, like a Grade A amber maple syrup.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a small off white head that slowly fades out into a collar. Spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, coffee, cream, bitter chicory, roasted malt.
Taste is of the aromas with some roasty coffee notes, chocolate, with some citrus hop notes coming through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, creamy sweet start, bitter finish, while the roasted coffee notes stand out.

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Photo of drotski
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a small, light tan head that didn't stay around to visit long. Very black in color, nontransparent.

Nice aroma, of coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted chocolate malt.

Decent taste. Dark, chocolately-coffee taste. Tastes burnt and bitter like it should. Everything else must be chicory? I'm not sure what chicory tastes like.

Sort of thin feeling in the mouth, a little surprising considering the color and normal alcohol content.

Not a bad beer. I love stouts, but this is not my favorite. Still, its a decent beer, worth trying. I always feel that any DFH brew is worth a try.

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Photo of mutt
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured bottle into pint. dark coffee color with light colored head that fades quick. aromas of coffee, chocolate, and malts that are pleasent to the nose and well balanced. taste was rich and smooth. creamy texture. could'nt see my self drinking alot of these due to heaviness of stouts. but this one was the first of dogfish head brewery's long list of beers that i have tried and i look forward to trying more.

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

A - Black with a 1" beige head. The head falls to a cap in about a minute. No lace. Color is actually a mahogany color when held against the light.

S - Nice big aroma of aromatic coffee beans.

T - Rich and malty. Coffee. Nutty, earthy. Somewhat of a smokiness. Bitter chocolate. Slight sweetness in the finish.

M - Slick and full-bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Tasty stout.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a thin off-white head. Lacing is almost undetectable.

Aroma consists of coffee, roasted malts, some dark chocolate, and something else I'm not sure of...might be the chicory. I enjoy the smell of this more than some other stouts because the coffee scent isn't overwhelming.

The taste is a blend of flavors with none of them really overpowering any of the others. Instant coffee (but not too strong), chocolate, chicory, and some subtle hop flavor is in there as well. Pretty mild flavor for a stout.

Medium to thick body with a touch of slickness. This is a stout that I can drink more than one of...since I don't really enjoy the strong coffee flavors...but two would probably do it for me.

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Photo of baiser
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, roasty brown, like coca cola with a fizzy tan head. Not much retention as the head quickly fizzed away. Looked more like a porter than anything. Lacks body and mouthfeel is dominated by over carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and cringing sourness at the end. I didn't particularly enjoy this beer at all. Something is off about this beer in the aftertaste. Not recommended.

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

Pours pitch black with an off white head, leaves some lacing.

Smells of coffee, malts and strong earthy aromas.

Tastes malty sweet with some coffee and a hint of chocolate, however somewhat subdued for a stout. To be honest Id like the tastes to be a bit more pronounced. However it is smoother and a bit more easy to drink than comparable stouts.

Overall a pretty decent stout, I was hoping for more and was slightly dissapointed with it. Worth trying but not a favorite.

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Photo of ragekage23
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first time trying any dogfish head brews... this one came recommended

Appearance: poured into my mug from the bottle it is a very nice deep brown/black in color with a light brown head that fades quickly with almost no lace.

Smell: a thick roasted malt smell along with a pleasant early morning smell of folgers gourmet coffee.

Taste: As the smell suggested there is a strong flavor of coffee with a lighter malt taste than i had expected. There is a bitterness to it that balances the beer very well.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: A great full-bodied brew that almost wants to stick to all parts of the inside of my mouth.

This really is one of the most enjoyable stouts I have tasted in my young beer tasting life.

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Photo of briman
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost opaque. Some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Half-inch light brown head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, & coffee.

Taste is very roasty. Roasted malts, and a touch of chocolate more evident upfront. Towards the back, more of the coffee flavors come through. Dry finish, with some a nice peppercorn flavor coming out. No real bitterness or hop contribution to speak of.

Medium body, low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very well balanced. I think this could be sessionable, especially in the winter time. Will definately have this again.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S - Bottled on date 3-16-06. Dogfish Head Label with their description of the beer.

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black. Head is not bone white as the label claims, I would almost say that it is a somewhat brownish hue which resides into a broken cover on top of the beer that sticks to the edge decently.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, chicory. Almost kind of a scent of soy sauce. Definite chocolate character. Hop kind of kicks in the back of the nose.

T - The chicory coffee taste is the first thing that hits. Then a hint of chocolate with some roastiness going on. Coffee flavor hangs out on the palette and stays in between each sip.

M - Not my kind of stout. This mouthfeel almost slips off of your tongue. Not what I expected at all. Pretty dissappointed.

D - Due to the lightness of this stout, I would say that you can down a few of these. Though I don't know if I would reccomend it. Its a decent beer, but really not what I had in mind for a chicory stout.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly black, but not opaque color. Head is short lived, cappucino color. Aromas are rather bland for a stout, coffee, roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate and ripe fruits. Flavors of coffee and roasted malts, lacking the complexity I expected from DFH. A fairly dry finish, some bitterness from malts but nothing from hops come across in terms of flavor. My biggest problem is the carbonation level which I found to be way too high. This really gave it too much of a bite, lightened the body too much and just ruined the beer. Drinkability is fine for a stout, though halfway through I was bored and would not need to try in the future.

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

The color at first appears jet black, yet somehow you can sense that it is just very deep mahogony (even though holding it up to a light produces onlly the faintest hints around the corners). Head is foamy, mocha colored and and quickly backs down to a thin sheet with a nice thick rim. The smell is quite nice, with heavy chocolate notes and rasins, mixed in with the burnt malt and the slightest bit of hops. The taste reflected the smell somewhat, though it seemed much flatter and a bit too thin. There was no prevailing flavor on the front, and the back seemed a bit alcoholic, though it wasn't enough to consider it offensive. The aftertaste opened up a bit, with some tangy yet bitter malts seeming to come through in the vapors. A pretty run of the mill taste. The mouthfeel was very nice, with tons of pleasant bubbles up front and a beautifully thick and warm feeling on the back of the tongue. Definitely worth drinking, though not the best of stouts

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a light brown head, which is a little funny because the label describes it as a "bone white head." Guess the bones are a little dirty. Still, a decent looking beer. A light coffee aroma, though not as strong as some other stouts I could name.

Lightly roasted coffee and chocolate on the flavor, but again a lot milder than other stouts. This one aims more for balance and drinkability than over the top flavor, which is always a nice change. A good stout, and a very drinkable one.

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Photo of riversider76
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns. Thin tan head, with decent lace. Aroma is of dark chocolate,roasted coffee,and malt. Very nice. Body is medium,with some carbonation. Taste is of smooth rich coffee.It's on the light side,but quite good. Evenly balanced.and very refreshing for a stout. Another winner from Dogfish Head!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a plastic Hampton Inn cup (left my mug at home. Damn!!!) A very nice tan head forms on top of the opaque black, even absurdly dark purple, beer.

Aroma is fairly subdued but the coffee is present. Maybe even a little malt liquor aroma or some tanginess.

Taste is chocolate and coffe, predominantly coffee. One other flavor that I cant pick out is pretty heavy too. Kind of a sourness or stale coffee flavor. it is a bit weird. Maybe that malt liquor mentioned before.

Body seems a bit thin and overall lackluster. I was expecting much more from this. A little disappointing.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a velvety black with some brown ink highlights. A light, creamy brown head emerges but doesn't last long amidst this coal colored liquid. The aroma makes me think of "special" brownies. But not your pothead friends "special" brownies. Like a brewers special brownies, with a whiff of espresso. The taste gives more definetion to the aromas. A bitter baker's chocolate brownies mixed with herbal, strong hops and a shot of Starbucks liquer.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark black with not much head or lacing. The smell was roasted malt, coffee, and slightly chocolate. Taste was same as smell with a good smooth mouthfeel. Of the Dogfish beers, this was what a I expected: a top-notch beer. I was a bit worried about the chickory, because I tend to not like coffee with chickory, but it worked well in this beer.

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Photo of KFaulkner
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting brew to say the least. This beer pours a dark color, typical of the style, "beneath a bone white head" as the label suggests (although I wouldn't quite call it bone white).

I was surprised by the smell; or lack thereof I should say. It was actually pretty neutral considering how much was thrown into this beer.

It's taste is nice, medium bodied and slightly sweet. The coffee flavor is the most dominant, with some stoutiness and a slight hint of chocolate. Aftertaste is almost nonexistant, which also surprised me, but would make this a very accessable stout.

A nice all around beer and unique for the style. Recommended, as I would any Dogfish beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with nice white head retention. Right up front are aromas of iced coffee, caramel, espresso...very satisfying. The coffee flavors come through in the taste as well with a slight hint of milk chocolate. Starts off very nice and flavorful, yet still seems to sort of fall on its face towards the end, with not much lingering taste to accompany how it starts. On of the high points about this beer is that even a non-stout lover could probably sip this and enjoy its light to medium body. Not bad by any means, a very user friendly stout that is nice for a quiet afternoon. Worth a try for sure.

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

Bottled on 03/16/06. Dark chestnut with a thick, manilla head. Aromas of medium-roast coffee with slight chicory chocolate notes, nothing overly-impressive. Chicory is much more noticeable in the taste, with a malty chocolate sweetness struggling to cover over a dark-roasted bitter finish. Missing the slight earthy hop presence I love in American stouts. Medium body, slightly carbonated mouthfeel, initially chalky but soon rounds out to a mellow smoothness. Easy enough to drink, a good, but certainly less-than-great stout.

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