Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

Chicory Stout

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware, USA

American Stout

5.20% ABV

Commercial Description:
Chicory Stout is a rich, dark beer made with a touch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, and licorice root. It is brewed with roast barley, crystal malt and oats and hopped just right with Glacier hops. We use fair trade Organic Mexican Coatepec beans roasted to our specifications by Notting Hill Coffee Roastery in Lewes, DE.

General Pricing:
12oz bottle, ~$8.006pack, ~$29.00 case

I was just looking around for a few singles that I have not had or reviewed before and this one jumped into my cart.

The beer pours a dark brown, stout dark, completely opaque with no light showing through the glass and a very rich tan head.

The nose is delightful with sweet dark roasted malt aromas with notes of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. With a gentle swirl there is a very unique hop and almost smoky aroma that I can’t put my finger on.

Wow, there’s a lot going on in this stout. It is very robust with more flavors than I anticipated.

This experience starts out with sweet dark roasted malts up front on the tip of the tongue then an interesting building malt robustness through the middle of the sip. There are a lot of interesting things going on in the back end. From the top of the swallow to the finish there are a multitude of complex mouth feels and flavors. There is a interesting carbonation release during the swallow but it does not mask the flavors. The flavors range from malt sweetness, to coffee bitterness, to hop bitterness and that unique flavor that was sensed on the nose that I still can’t explain. The finish is pretty intense, all of these flavors come to life and your senses are in overload trying to process experience. I cannot even attempt to explain the unique complexities of this finish. The final aftertaste is that classic lingering stout maltiness and some lingering bitter coffee notes as well. There is also that classic malt coating left throughout your mouth.

The head has diminished to patchy island and a ring around the top of the beer. It has also left some decent lacing on the glass.

As interesting and complex as this is it is not a very easy drinking stout. It is very robust with a great amount of coffee and hop bitterness on the finish. It is a very good stout but it is a little too robust for my liking.

That is what makes rating this difficult. For an American Stout I want to give this an A. But I’m not fond of that coffee bitterness on the finish so I going for a B+. This is a very unique complex and very robust American Stout.

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