Dogfish Head’s ‘Chicory’ a great stout, but lacks chicory flavor

Chicory Stout

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. Milton, DE

5.2% ABV, IBU 21

3 out of 5 stars

Dogfish Head’s Chicory Stout might be viewed as a forerunner of what has followed from the company. This ale has long been a standing facet of their repertoire. Brewed since 1995, it demonstrates an original twist on a traditional ale style.

The thick beer sticks to your mouth and fills you up quick. It starts with a tan chocolaty head, despite boasts of pouring into a “bone-white” head on the label, and this tops off a perfect stout brown.

From the first sip, you know exactly where Chicory is going. After finishing one bottle, I felt as if I had just down an Irish Car Bomb.

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Chicory has a very full body. It’s syrupy around the edges and at the end of the swallow. The bitterness has a tang to it, which I would liken to grapefruit minus anything and everything citrusy.

If Chicory missed on anything for me, it was a lack of spice. There is a very large statement in the ale’s name that I do not feel is backed up.