When I drink beer, I rarely drink stout, and so it came as a real shock to me how much I’ve been enjoying Dogfish Head’s Chicory Stout, the utter antithesis of the lighter style beers I’m more likely to find in hand.
Brewed with organic Mexican coffee, St. John’s Wort, licorice root, and roasted chicory, Dogfish Head’s latest sounds a little insane. Yet all of this really works together, and quite wonderfully at that.
A nice head of foam erupts when it’s poured, slowly dissolving into a muddy coaster atop a mahogany-brown beer. The rich body offers ample coffee — but not too bitter — modest chocolate notes — nutty and not too sweet — and clear touches of licorice throughout. The body isn’t overly rich. It’s surprisingly easy to sip on, without that chalky density that makes some stouts a slog. Instead, it’s surprisingly spry, though the bittersweet coffee grounds on the finish ensure you never forget what you’re tippling on.
A / $3 per 12 oz. bottle / dogfish.com