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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 neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent stout. Bottle obtained by Vintage Cellar. It's nice to see Dogfish Head try to brew a beer without an assload of sugary sweet fermentables for an ultra high ABV and ending up with a mess of an overrated beer (IMO, obviously).

Anyways, this beer pours to a nice nutty brown, almost opaque black black color with a nice carbonation and a thick tan head. I don't know what's up with the label saying it has a bone white head, but this beer certainly did not have a bone white head. I won't deduct any points for that, however, as it looks like a damn fine stout.

The smell is quite rich and roasty. Nice showing of the coffee and hops. Still quite mild and enjoyable.

The taste is good. The sweetness is very well matched with coffee roastiness and hops. Has an unfamiliar twang right after the swallow that doesn't last into the finish (must be chicory?).

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Coats the mouth with a mild dryness and an interesting blend of residual sugars and bitterness. Not a good one to drink after a hard and sweaty days' work, but I just needed a beer, and this was the one that first caught my eye in my cellar fridge.

The comparisons to a brown ale are not out of line, though I would still consider this a stout, for what it's worth.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Brown that had a lasting head. Little lacing.
S: Smelled of like a chocolate coffee.
T: Sweet for a stout. More bitterness towards the end. Tasted like an iced coffee. Very good but not like a stout.
M: Way too thin for a stout. I like my stouts to be thick and creamy. This had more of an ale mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable, sweet tasting beer.
Overall an excellent beer, but not enough kick for a stout.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out very black, with a coarse tan head about 1-finger tall. Smells really nice... lots of coffee (they say they use organice Mexican coffee right on the label) as well as dark, bitter chocolate. Nice, rich smell.

Taste is very smooth and coffee-like. Rich & earthy. Someone else had mentioned figs, which seems feasible. Thick mouthfeel... which I really like in a stout. Quite creamy. This is really good tasting beer that becomes a little less tasty as the glass goes down.

Highly drinkable, although I don't think this would make a great session beer. This is more of a dessert beer in line with Rogue Chocolate Stout and the like...

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

Beautiful blackness with an off white dark head.

Smells of roasted coffee beans with an slight earthiness that lingered in the back. (Really had to take a good wiff).

Taste is of coffee, notes of figs, and with a little sweetness that soon faded into a nice bitterness. Had a earthy aftertaste.

I found that this beer was fairly chunky with a pleasant dryness to the finish. Somewhat easy to drink.

A decent beer although the flavors seem to be not well blended. I think I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one again due to the price to taste ratio.

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

Poured from the 12oz. brown bottle into an imperial pint glass the beer was a very dark black with about one-finger of tan/beige head that reduced to a sliver of the same color. Some spots of lace clung to the side of the glass.

The smell was dark and roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate in the background.

Taste was innitially a roasted malty flavor that gave slight way to a burnt bean black coffee taste. Some subtle semi-sweet chocolate taste that lent itself to a slight bitterness to finish off each sip. A creamy mouthfeel that had an even coat of the palate.

Moderate to heavy mouthfeel but not over powering. A bit of a smooth creaminess as well. Little to no carbonation.

Enjoybale flavors and balanced well. I was actually expected something a litte more bitter, but everything seemed to be well in check the way it was. This stout provides the dark roasted full flavor of its imperial and double cousins yet with just above 5 percent ABV. This lends a tad to its drinkability as well.

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Photo of woemad
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.75. No freshness date.

Poured a very dark brown, with a big mocha-colored head. Said head dropped in about 2 minutes. Very slight lacing. In a perfect world, I'd give this a 3.7, but I can't, and since I can't in good conscience give this a 4, it's settling for a 3.5.

Mild sweet chocolate molassess scent, with a very slight spicy bitterness. Smells good, but needs more oomph.

Taste is like the smell. Starts out with a mild swetness, then the even more mild spicy bitterness comes in. If this was amped up a few notches, this'd be a kickass tasting stout. Instead, it's pretty average.

This is too damn thin for a stout. This might work in a brown ale, but a stout needs a little more substance.

Drinkable as a mild dark ale, but that's about. The idea of a chicory stout sounds cool, but the reality is that this needs to grow a pair in order to take it's place as a decent stout.

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Photo of kaszeta
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub.

This stout pours as a decent stout should, with a deep, dark, body and a light tan thin head, and little carbonation. The aroma is very pleasant, a nice combination of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, and sugary molasses. However, I found the flavor to be a bit weak, and the bitterness (and dryness) a bit too strong, a bit out of balance. The basic flavor profile is pretty good, however, but this does hit it's drinkability. Nice beer, but not what I was hoping for from Dogfish.

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Photo of Beervis
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz a very dark brown with a thin tan head.

Smell is of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste is chocolate and bitter coffee up front, but a medium mouthfeel. Body is a little watery, but not too much so. Lots of roasted flavour and very little bitterness. I actually expected more of a hop flavour as this is DFH, but nonetheless, it's balanced. Finish is quick and dry with not much lingering.

This isn't my favourite stout, but it's still a very approachable and drinkable offering.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours coffee black with a batter-like tan head. No visible carbonation. The head is sticky and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Creamed coffee is the dominating feature here. A nice earthy, nutty smell with maybe just a touch of vanilla bean. Very pleasant.

Taste: Slightly smokey, bitter coffee, woody, and brushes of cocoa powder all coat the palate nicely. Slightly understated characteristics but all nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy. A little carbonation to keep it interesting.

Drinkability: I could easily make a session out of this. Nothing to make you go "wow" but a classic example. Probably a good cross-over beer for all the Guinness drinkers out there. This is well done but not overpowering at all. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely a fantastic stout in all aspects. Dogfish is now two for two in my book and I will be excited when the 90 and 120 minute make there way to North Carolina soon. Dark as chocolate syrup with a taste to match. Better as it wamrs to almost room temperature. One of the best stouts i've tried in a long time.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased as part of sampler case. Poured a deep brown, almost black color with tannish head. Smell is chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. Taste is nice and toasty, chocolaty, with some bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter in the moth. A most enjoyable beer.

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Photo of danadeny
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body, with a coffee brown frothy head. Smells yeasty, bready. this is a light flavored stout, refreshing in a way. if you want the chicory to be detectable then you cant go hard on the roasted, toasted malt, hops, or high alcohol. So all these flavors are ballanced vey well so that rather than the typical hop flavor at the end, there is a light chicory flavor. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and watery, the most refreshing and thirst quenching stout i have had. drinkability is high do to it's smooth body and great ballanced packaged in a lighter flavored stout. but dont forget the sweet chicory surprize on the finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 karengarys
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a strange beverage.

This pours dark, but mine was way overcarbonated - to a point of frustration with it's 3" head on 2" of beer. This monster froth was carmel color, and it had dissipated when i came back to it a half hour later. Just left a ring, and that didn't lace much. The aggrevation took the "appearance" rating from a 3.5 or 4 to a 3.

Smell is odd. I can't describe it accurately. A friend of mine says he picks up rasins. I pick up burnt wood and coffee.

Taste is odd. It is rich and creamy, which is why I gave it a 4. Quite balanced with coffee, some sweetness, and malts and some richness I cannot label - akin to a buttery donught - but yummy.

Mouthfeel is creamy - pretty good.

Finish is rich and buttery with a coffee that is not bitter at all. It does not leave a bitter aftertaste either.

Well - this is one odd beverage. I tried it once before before writing this review. I was going to slam it bad because it was just horrible. Same 6-pack - but the first time it was way too cold - refrigerator temprature. It was akrid, steeley, thin, sharp and unpleasent. This time, since it was warmed up to maybe 55-60 degrees, it really turned itself around. I now recommend giving this a try - but drink it nice and warm!

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cola color with some brown sugar hints when viewed up to the light. Head retention not fabulous.

Smell is of molasses, and slightly peppery.

Pungent roasted malt flavour, a good sweetness, just slightly syrupy.

Fizziness hits right up front, expands, then disappears. A medium body then emerges.

Quite drinkable, but I prefer the World Wide Stout.

Be well

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Photo of jamesclark
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It is black, with very little color even when placed in front of a bright light. The head is small, and brown (not 'bone white' as the bottle claims), and reduces quickly to a thin incomplete layer of bubbles.

The aroma is rich. It smells of coffee with cream, cereal, some chocolate, and a little smokiness.

The flavor is light. There is a significant malt presense, carrying a smoky flavor. There is less coffee or chocolate than in the aroma, but it is still there. It is very clean, and more medium-bodied than I would expect. It also has just a little bit of hops flavor. The finish is bitter chocolate, dry, and a little spicy.

This is an interesting stout - remarkably drinkable. This would be a wonderful beer of which to have several. Not particularly overpowering, it does hold a tasty bitterness which makes the beer continuously engaging. This would go very well with some grilled food.

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

Nebulous, black hole black. Small, biege, hot chocolate style head. Not much tenacity displayed. Tiny bubbles.... miniscule bubbles ascend to replenish the ring left in the wake of the header.

Smells are the usual. Coffee and chocolate. I have never laid a nose upon chicory, so I cannot say that I detect any. A bit of milky character comes through. No hop pings tip off my detectors.

The taste. Basic stout. Not too full in body, but heftier than a typical ale or lager. Stout enough to be stout. Baked characters. Faint cream tones. Nothing out of the typical. Good. Nothing that propels this brew into greatness however. Wet finish without notice of hop dry effect. Drinkable. Not awe inspiring or memorable though.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a black body, a little light shows through when poured. Light tan head that didn't stick around much. Tons of roasted barley aroma, slightly sweet, coffee, smoky but not burnt. Flavor was really smoky, light citrusy sweetness. Quite a dry finish, and a light to medium body. A good beer, but really tastes much more like a porter than a stout. As a porter I may of rated it higher, but against its style I had to dock it some.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The DFH Chicory Stout pours into my SN tulip glass a deep charcoal black with a half inch of bubbly khaki head that recedes to a cap over the brew. Aromas feature dark, roasted, slightly smoky malts along with raisins, baking cocoa and earthy coffee. Smells fresh with a slight vinous background.

First sip brings a roasty, toasty maltiness along with a mellow smoky coffee flavor. There's an interesting earthy cocoa flavor that I'm guessing is from the chicory. Hints of vinous dark fruits and raisins appear again in the background along with some hops. Somewhat dry and slightly pasty. Lingering chalkiness and an astringent character that makes my mouth tingle. An interesting stout.

Mouthfeel is pleasing with good body and a vibrant carbonation that propels each sip. An enjoyably different stout that I wouldn't mind enjoying on occassion. Fairly easy drinking. I'd say this one is worth your time.

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

Pours a very deep black with just a faint red hue when held up to the light and a finger of beige head that quickly reduces to a cap that stays around for the rest of the beer. Very nice chocolatey capuccino aroma. Taste is roasty and coffeish upfront with some molasses and chocolate notes a faint hop note blending in with the roasted bitterness and an astringent finish which becomes a little unpleasant towards the end of the beer. Medium bodied, maybe a little on the thin side. An OK stout, nothing really exceptional.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle given to me by my new brother-in-law

I've had this several times before, on tap and in bottle, but never had the chance to drink one near enough a computer to review it.

Pours a deep brown with huge fluffy head (dogfish called the head bone white, but I don' t know what that means so I'd call it a Pantone 127) Retention is medium to long and lacing is sparse. Sweet roasted chocolate notes form the chicory.

Taste is interesting. The standard coffee like notes of this type of stout are present and enjoyable, but there is a sour presence in the finish from the chicory that I personally like.

The mouth is good, nice creaminess and the full body matched the flavors.

I like this beer and wish I could get it more often.

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of bottles at Papago BC back in mid-April for $1.75 per bottle.

This is a black beer that poured a 3 finger head that dissapated quickly. Nose is a hint of coffee and malts. Taste has a presence of chocolate at the beginning with a nice coffee hop finish-nice! Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. Overall drinkability is very good- I would recommend this.

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Photo of dauss
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: your regular DFH label. There was a notch for the freshness date, but I don't know what year. It was packaged in "1" and the copyright on the label is 1999. On the label: "About this stout. A rich, dark brew smoother out with a touch of roasted chicory and organic Mexican coffee. Goodness beneath a bone white head.

Appearance: The head was not bone white, I'm just going to throw that out there. Its definitely lighter than heads you'll find on other stouts though. Very dark ruby, and a gigantic tan head forms even with a gentle pour. Excellent retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Didn't get much there. Maybe some bittersweet chocolate, light coffee and a faint roastiness.

Taste: High carbonation detracted from the taste. Its highly roasty with coffee and what I assume is chicory flavor. It has that acrid and dry taste of stouts, but its a bit overpowering.

Notes: Its a stout, body is thin, and the acrid and dryness is too strong. Overall this wasn't as good as I hoped it would be.

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Photo of BeerFink
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From this 12oz bottles pours a dark stout, very nearly opaque black with a sticky light brown head. Smell is a little weaker than I'm used to with DFH beers, but some coffee and sweet chocolate come through the malt. Coffee and semisweet chocolate flavors are big, as well as roasted grain. Some smoky woodiness is there as well. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would have expected. Flavor is full and big, but somewhat unbalanced. The flavors simply do not flow well. They seem to go back and forth a bit. A decent beer, not bad by coffee stout standards, but still uninspiring.

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Photo of Brian700
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with an off-white head. The head doesn't stick around very long, it disappears leaving a small ring with minimal lacing. The smell is of coffee and chocolate, quite good. The taste is great. There a flavors of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, & a bitterness from the hop addition. It has a good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation brings out a lot of the chocolate/coffee flavors. This is a very drinkable beer. I'm so glad that stores around my neighborhood are carrying Dogfish Head brews now because I couldn't get them for a long time. I've found all of them to be very good so far except for the pale ale. I would definately recommend the Chicory Stout.

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Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 3,377 ratings
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