Beer Review: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Chicory Stout

Stouts — ales brewed with generous amounts of dark roasted malts — lend themselves to a lot ofexperimentation. Brewers add novel ingredients to balance or amp up their robust drinkingexperience.

The best examples result in great beers that remain subtle enough to enjoy from start to finish,and one of the best is Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Milton, Del.

This winter seasonal pours thick and black and puts up a brown head dense enough to sculpt. Thearoma is subtle at first, but a vague hint of roasted nuts builds as it warms into a pleasinglybitter roasted-coffee flavor.

A lot of ingredients go into this beer: oatmeal in addition to barley and a bouquet of herbs andcoffee in addition to the hops. The flavors that result are remarkably subtle and balanced. Asmooth, clean sip starts with a crisp nuttiness that settles through herbal flavors into a nicetree-fruit sweetness. The finish is a tangy dark coffee flavor that builds as you drink.

A fantastically zippy mouth feel keeps your palate clean and makes this beer a great complimentto hearty winter meals, especially seafood, home-baked bread and good chocolate.

The stout is available at the Andersons, the Barrel & Bottle, Blacklick Wine & Spirits,Giant Eagle, the Hills Market, Kenny Road Market, Kroger, Palmer’s Beverage, Weiland’s Market andWhole Foods.

— Michael PaullDispatch beer reviewer

Beer Review: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Chicory Stout

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