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

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Photo of jmendels
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up with high expectations. I've enjoyed every Dogfish Head beer I've had, and this one is no exception. It is a palatable yet imperfect beer. Like most stouts, it pours a dark brown, neighboring on black. Its head is caramel in colour and small in size. The nose immediately reminds you that this is indeed a chicory stout; it has a strong roasted coffee character. The mouth feel is smooth and well balanced, but the coffee notes seem to overtake the other flavors of the malt.

If you're looking for a good coffee stout, this is a good choice and is certainly one of the better beers I've experienced with coffee themes.

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Photo of ChugMan
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Food Pairing - Chocolate brownie was...weird with this. The smokyness of this beer is undoubtedly strange, and played with the brownie flavor in unusual ways. Not entirely good or bad, just yeah. Strange. Otherwise, the chocolate flavors went pretty well with this stout.

A - Nearly opaque, deep molassas-brown body. Bubbly head which vanished quickly. No lacing.
S - Coppery, deep dark rich roasty smoky aromas. Chocolate, toffee, rootbeer candy, cold coffee. Singed caramel.
T - First impression was of sweetness and smoke. Seriously like exhaling a hit of something charred, not unpleasant but surprising for a beer! Quickly gives way to the splenda-like sweetness as the smoke retreats into the nose. Then, just as it feels like it's building to something more, it's over.
M - Disappointing. Tastes watered-down, like someone chopped the legs out from under its potential.
O - While a unique experience with that oddly authentic smoky quality, there's just not quite enough here for me to get very excited about. Then again I don't have much appreciation for coffee so some of this beer's finer points may be lost on me. May be very well paired with certain foods. Not bad, just not quite as good as I'd hoped- especially from this brewery.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although have enjoyed on tap in Delaware, this is my first bottle purchase and the mouthfeel strikes me as thinner than I remember.

Pours a decent dark chocolate colour with a minimal coffee-coloured frothy head that disappears fairly quickly. The aroma is coffee and chicory-forward – it’s quite distinct - with roasted dark malts and some coffee grounds rounding out the background. Flavours are also coffee and chicory focused, overwhelming the licorice or other ingredients suggested by the notes above. Roasted oak and other earthy tones are present in the finish, which is nicely dry and lingers for an impressive length of time.

Not earth shattering or with the taste bud "wow" factor of some of DFH's other beers, but a very nice pint that I would recommend to any stout drinker.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice dark black color with a thin tannish head. Nice looking stout.

S-Big roasted notes up front, roasted coffee, nuts, dark chocolate, chocolate covered raspberries.

T-Big roasted character again with a little bit of smoke at the back of the throat. Roasted coffee, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, chocolate covered raspberries. Very tasty beer.

M-Thick, milky, smooth

O-Overall this is a very solid stout. Flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of arfenhouse
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with khaki head. Retention is a bit poor.

S: Big on the coffee. Milk chocolate. Roasted malt.

T: Coffee and chocolate. A little bit of bitter grain. Chocolate herbal aftertaste. Pretty sweet overall.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation. Wet.

O: Decent coffee-foward stout.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, and less red than most stouts. Very little head out of a bottle with almost no retention. Smells wonderful; huge aroma of roasted chicory and coffee beans, malt and vanilla and faint smokey-ness. Flavor is hugely coffee, very reminiscent of cappuccino with some hints of cinnamon and chicory. The downside is that the flavor seems to end abruptly leaving behind a smokey, roasted aftertaste. Slightly sweet, mildly earthy, underwhelming malt and hops. The aftertaste really starts to bother me after a while. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Feels to light for a stout.

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Photo of Guden
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep black with dark brown highlights. Light tan head is small and fades quickly leaving a bit of lace.

S- A bit like a can of coffee grounds with definitive roast and light ash qualities. There is also wood, earth and chocolate. Very complex.

T- Similar to the nose, the coffee qualities of the malt and chicory dominate with a bit of woody and even fruity character also shining through. Very harmonious balance of elements. Finishes with a slightly sweet herbal quality that I find soothing.

M- A bit thin and low on carbonation. Making this more mouth filling with some chewiness would have enhanced the "stoutness".

D- This is a really nice beer. My first thought upon trying it was "why don't all stouts have chicory?" it's that good. While the thinness of the mouth leaves some to be desired, I wouldn't change a thing about the flavor.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark yellow brown with a huge gray-tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: smell is of old coffee, burnt and smoky

T: very much of cold coffee, again a flavor of heavily roasted coffee beans, bitter but not from hops, a vegetable type taste somewhere in the flavor

M: ok viscosity, higher carbonation

O: this one missed the mark for me

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a foamy one inch head. Not much lacing.

Smells burnt, really burnt. Sort of an ashy coffee flavor, a little bit of chocolate, and some wood.

The taste is similar, not one of my favorite coffee flavors in a stout. Just like burnt, used coffee grounds. A very dirty flavor. Strongly roasted malt flavors as well.

Thin bodied, way too thin for a stout. Watery mouthfeel. Somewhat drinkable. Low carbonation.

A big miss from Dogfish Head. I love the brewery, but will never drink this beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown head with a half finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. The nose has mild roasted malt notes and a faint essence of burned wood. The flavor profile has roasted malt blended with a slight hint of licorice. The finish is surprisingly sour and tart for a stout.
The body on this offering is thin for a stout.

Interesting, but a tad strange.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone Brewery pint glass. Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a nice thick 1.5 finger, tan head. Head has almost a soda like consistency to it with good lacing. Right away you can smell the coffee roast and chicory. I'd say this beer smells better than it tastes even. The taste is a bit underwhelming. I was expecting something that could possibly top DFH's India Brown Ale, but sadly, I don't think this does. It lacks the creaminess and richness that I've come to love about the IBA. It's very dry in contrast. Like I said, this just doesn't have the smooth, creamy feel of the IBA either. And at almost 10 bucks for a 4 pack as opposed to a 6 pack, this beer just doesn't seem worth the extra cash. It was good to try this, but I think I'll stick to the IBA instead.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a - poured into tumbler with a slight head that wasn't very well maintained. not real clear which really doesn't matter to me anyway

s - weak for a stout and maybe the chicory suppressed that although the chicory only came thru on taste.

t - once again the taste was weak for a stout. not full bodied as one might expect.

m - nondescript

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in my Duvel glass.

For some reason I really like the label on this bottle. It's not the DFH template I enjoy, but it's something about the color, background of barley malt, and the description that I really like. A brief hiss welcomes me as I pop the cap.

The beer pours out a deep roasted chestnut brown adorned with an ivory head. As you raise the glass to the light, notice the grade B maple hues at the edges. Rare trails of foam line the glass. This beer speaks colors to me. I smell caramel blended with malted grains with a bit of toffee sprinkled on top. The lightest trace of pecans trailed behind the roasted barley, toast, cocoa, and fresh coffee and joined the sweetness from before. As you sip, the same order of subtleties come out, with the sweetness lingering a few seconds after the finish, until the mild bitterness of burnt toast and coffee emerge and let a dryer feel take over. The carbonation is refreshing, yet smooth upon the medium bodied liquid. Overall, a very nicely drinkable, yet tasteful beer.

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Photo of jucifer1818
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: typical darkness for a stout of this variety.

s: Roast coffee and barley, with some slight caramel sweetness to balance it off. No hop aroma

t: Chicory starts off with a strong coffee flavor and a suprising amount of creamyness, but the beer's flavor is domianted by the after taste (where the Chicory really takes over). Dry, dry dry. This is one of the dryest beers Ive ever had. It litterly feels like the water is being sucked out of my mouth when my sip is over. Very heavy on the tannins, and a tastes a bit of chilled old dark tea (or better put, Chickory tea, which tastes exactly like this brew, except with some malty sweetness added to it). No hops flavors are detectable

M: described well in my taste section, its a odd combiantiion. It starts off creamy, almsot like a light milk stout, but then quickly moves off to heavy dry flavors. Overall Id say that I found this dryness to be too much and made drinking the beer hard, and saw it as the beers most serrious problem.

O: To appreaciate this beer you really have to like the dry taste of the Chicory root. If you do, this brew is for you. However, it is not what I was expecting or really, what I enjoyed. Despite the fact that I really liked its aroma and beginning taste, I could not stand its dry tanniny after taste that just made it hard for me to finish the brew.
Not a bad brew by any stretch of the imagination, but by god, It was bad for me, and those who don't know what chicory tastes like, I suggest you find out before laying $$$ on a brew like this one, or elese youl be in store for the same dissapointment I was

A very personal 2.5/5, but I suggest that lovers of Chicory-flavored tea and coffee give it a whirle. You will probably enjoy it.

those who do not care for the stuff, like me, obviously should stay away and go to more familiar territory. Its not the beer you, Especially if your not a fan of VERY Astringent flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, late 2012 bottle release. Pours crystal clear nearly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, light caramel, toast, light wood, light char, floral, and slight licorice. Fantastic aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of roasted flavors with the added coffee and spices. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, light caramel, light wood, light char, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light caramel, light wood, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted flavors, with only a light amount of added spices noted in the taste. Zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice stout! Very nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; extremely smooth to drink. The aromas kind of made the taste a letdown, but this was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of MaddMatt639
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on January 13, 2013:

A: A very dark brown/black color when poured and has about an inch of foam that remains very well.

S: Very strong chocolate aroma right up front. Coffee scent isn't as strong, but still there. I smell something else that I can't distinguish. I'm assuming it's the chicory since i'm not sure what that smells like.

T: Very strong chocolate notes right off that bat. Coffee notes are stronger in the taste then in the smell. Coffee has a burnt flavor to it. There is a very noticeable cream taste in the end.

M: Long lasting coffee taste that stays on the palate. A rather creamy texture left in my mouth. Not heavy in the mouth at all.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of stout's, but I find this one rather enjoyable. If i'm in the mood for a strong coffee tasting stout in the winter, i'll give this one another go.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours very dark. Minimal light penetration. High SRM. Head is a huge scooping of fluffy cream. The head dies off slightly but stays true. It leaves tons of lacing, even before the first sip.

S-Quite roasty with an underlying zest. Chocolate, coffee and ash. Has an herbal character to it as well; almost dirty.

T-Roast and chocolate first followed by a clean grassy flavor. Lingering herbal flavor too. Charred to a certain extent. Soil-like (dirty). Root beer and anise. Much more agreeable than I was expecting.

M-Light but its only clocking in at 5.2%. A bit watery but very drinkable. Flavors seem to disappear very quickly.

O/D-Pretty solid, the 'chicory' label has made me avoid this beer for years. Its actually pretty decent. I thought chicory was spicy for some reason. A four pack of this is too pricey and does not deliver any 'bang for your buck'.

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

A: Pours a dark brown. Dark, but not super dark. Some bubbles visible. A small amount of head.

S: The strongest smell is coffee, along with some chocolate. Nice aroma, but honestly, this didn't smell a lot different than a normal stout.

T: This starts out a lot like a typical stout, with perhaps the coffee taste coming through a bit stronger than normal. The real difference comes with the finish, where some of the more complex flavors come through: a woody / earthy flavor that ends with a strong taste of smoke. It's an interesting flavor in a beer, which is probably the best way I can describe it.

M: Fairly thin with some carbination. I wouldn't say the mouthfeel was a high point, but not bad either. Above-average.

O: This is an... interesting beer. Like all Dogfish Head brews, this is quality and certainly above-average. That said, it's not one I plan on drinking regularly. It feels sort of like an experiment (which isn't a bad thing) -- a good quality beer trying something different. It works, sort of, it's just such a different type of flavor in the end that I don't think I would be turning to it a lot. But, it is nice overall, and worth giving a try.

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Photo of mattbk
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Thin, black, not much carbonation.

S - Nice chocolate, coffee aroma, bitter, too not bitter though. Promising.

T - Interesting taste. Coffee-like, yes, but different. A bit tangy actually. Fairly roasty, not too bitter, which I like. Just a little bit of sweetness. Fairly dry. I like this. Certainly not the best stout I ever had, but pretty solid.

M - Yeah, too dry and watery for a stout. It doesn't lack sweetness, just thin. It does contribute to the drinkability though.

O - I do like this, above average I would call it. It has a nice taste, and it is quite drinkable. Lacking in terms of mouthfeel and maybe lacking some complexity.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown color with a semi-roasted malt scent. There is a heavy roasted sweetness in the flavor mixed with hints of chicory and licorice. Overall this is a well-made beer with a complex blend of ingredients. It ends finishing with a little bit of a chalky after-taste.

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Photo of Mojo
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Snifter

This beer pours up a beautiful and black with a fluffy one finger tan head. Retention is good and there is a surprising amount of lacing. The nose is mostly coffee with maybe a fresh undertone that I can't quite identify. Taste is overall kind of dry with coffee being the biggest component but also some cola and maybe toffee. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout. Nothing here spectacular, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured very dark. Not quite black but an attractive dark beer nonetheless. Decent tannsih looking head the went away after a few minutes

S - I picked up sweet and smoky at the same time. I just didnt smell coffee or chicory. Pleasant smell, just not what I anticipated it would be

T - Right up front I tasted smoky dark chocolate. Definately not sweet. I only picked up a slight coffee taste and the chicory really wasn't there. Maybe its just me, but I detected a very slight cherry undertone on the finish

M - Not as heavy as most stouts I've had. Wouldnt call it watery, but not a heavy stout either. It did feel dry in my mouth

O - Its a good stout. The guy at the beer counter said "Finally someone brave enough to try the chicory stout" Definately not as big a beer as I thought it would be. I'd drink it again

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Photo of bensbeers
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black with a tan bubbly head; when held up to light, a deep amber creeps through; good head retention and moderate lacing. Cocoa is noted first in the smell, followed by roasted coffee beans; also noticed a bit of smoky, rich vanilla. Taste is typical for a stout; chocolately, but not too sweet; bitter and smokey without being too overpowering. Mouthfeel is pretty bubbly for a stout, which adds an interesting component to it; I think the bubbles allow the flavors to open up a bit more than your average stout; virtually no aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not too noteworthy stout. Enjoyable and refreshing - really liked the way the flavors changed slightly throughout drinking. Chicory Stout makes for a good session stout - only problem is it only comes in 4-packs, which may or may not lead to you drinking the whole pack in one sitting. Cheers.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle states that the beer was bottled in 2012.

The color consists of a deepened dark color with lots of carbonation at first, consisting of a three finger head filled with enormous bubbles, and after settling down seems to leave pretty decent lacing scattered on the walls of the glass. While this isn't dark enough to the point that light doesn't pass through it, I couldn't notice too many bubbles rising to the top. It looks pretty close to the homebrew stout I made recently, which is a good sign (at least from my perspective), as it indicates a fresh look overall.

Right at the front of the nose, there are clear signs of coffee notes (in the deep, espresso variety), although most definitely the same earthy phenols resembling Mexican coffee beans. The coffee is rather predominant, and as a result there's hardly any other flavors present left from the roasted malts, yet at least I am picking up interesting smells I haven't gotten yet in a coffee stout, such as chipotle and charred woodiness. Can't pick up any of the chicory, however, which is pretty disappointing as it's advertised by DFH as a stout focusing on this flavor. There's a bit of a caramel finish, and little bit of brown sugar towards the end. While not terrible, I'm still trying to process how this will be in flavor and feel.

The flavor is pretty much more of the same, yet without the desired thick consistency that I enjoy in stouts (especially coffee-infused ones). While it is nearly a sessionable beer, I believe that some extra alcohol on this would definitely enhance the various flavors a bit more, as some extra sweetness would balance out a lot of the charred, smoky bitterness produced by the coffee notes, as well as the excessive graininess. However, I would never in a million years actually directly claim there's anything wrong here that the brewers at DFH didn't intend! This is actually a decent entry-level beer for people wanting a taste of coffee stouts. I do wish there was more spiciness in the flavor as there was in the aroma, as well as more of the chicory or woodiness. It simply feels a little too watered down and excessively grainy at times, which really makes the coffee flavor oppressive in the long run.

This is far from a drain pour or anything, but it definitely feels thinned in some ways. As a near sessionable coffee beer, it works pretty decently, although knowing the wonders DFH can do for body, this could be far more syrupy and wholesome than it is. While the coffee characteristics are pretty spot-on, the rest fizzles out, in the end.

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Photo of gr0g
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jet black in color with about one finger's worth of head. Some light lace curtains left behind as it recedes. Aroma is very coffee-forward, which works for me. A ton of coffee, backed up by some roasted malt notes. It's not all that complex, but it still smells great.

If only the flavor were as straightforward and punchy... Overall flavor is dry with bitterness picking up on the finish. There's some bittersweet espresso and charred malt, but the flavor just dies from mid-palate to the finish. The initial flavor is quite good, but then it just checks out. Warming improves things slightly but not enough to make much of a difference. Mouthfeel is smooth and weighty enough for a stout, but the bubbles are a bit too prickly.

If everything about DFH Chicory Stout were as good as the aroma, this would be a winner. Look elsewhere for your coffee-forward stout needs.

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