As any student of the American Civil War knows, chicory is a poor substitute for coffee. Dogfish Head has ameliorated this deficiency by adding real, organic Mexican coffee to Chicory Stout as well as good old fashioned chicory root. The result is a coffee stout without the traditional bitterness one expects to find in the style. The nose is earthy and a bit roasty with a hint of licorice. The middle has subtle coffee, cocoa, and licorice flavors all intermingled, and the finish is slightly astringent with some winter fruit, raisins and figs. This is another one of a kind ale from the folks at Dogfish Head. A nice beer, but I would have liked it if the flavors weren’t quite so subtle, and stood out a bit more from the background.
I give it a 4.1 out of 5.