#258: Chicory Stout – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware
Today we look an interesting (surprise surprise) seasonal brew from Dogfish Head, its Chicory Stout. It’s brewed with roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John’s Wort, and licorice root. As for the grains, it’s brewed with pale and roasted malts, as well as oatmeal, and hopped with whole-leaf Cascade and Fuggle. Checks in at 5.2% ABV.
Another one of those imposing-looking stouts. Cast with a coat of satin-looking black, through which little light shall even dare to pass, and a towering, frothy mocha-colored head sitting on top like the crown of a merciless tyrant. “Come at me!” it says. Alright, enough drama. It’s 5.2% ABV, how rough can it be? Well, the aroma tells me this one’s going to be quite nice. Coffee and chocolate, but mostly coffee in that “lots of cream with coffee” kind of way. You can see yourself stirring half-and-half into a fresh cup in the morning as you smell this one.
And as it turns out, this intimidating-looking stout is as friendly as they come; a gentle giant. Passes over the palate with a great deal of smoothness, and the relatively low carbonation ensures a nice feel on the mouth, allowing you to savor all the flavor you can find. And there’s quite a bit of that. The “coffee and cream” aspect is still there, but it’s joined by the flavor of roasted malt, which, combined with the coffee flavor, adds a lovely roasted coffee bean component to the beer. And it has a nice mildness to it overall, very unassuming, but still very stated and packed with flavor.
Verdict: A friendly little coffee stout, no need to wait in line at Starbucks when this is on shelves.