Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

So far so good in my NCAA tourney pool, with the only major first-round setback a Florida State choke to Wisconsin. Big Ten is not weak, like Ukraine, as a guy at work reminds me regularly. And I'm hoping to keep my run of non-weak beers going as well.

Made my weekly trip to Total Wine & More on the way home yesterday. No beer lessons, no sample vodka shots, but still a really nice customer-friendly experience. Wish I could say more about the traffic right outside the place. First I tried to make an end-around the traffic by cutting through a parking lot. Bad move. The parking lot was a US Postal Warehouse facility and I accidentally was amongst about fifteen 18-wheelers full of mail on the wrong side of a do not enter federal property sign. Nothing happened but it took forever to get back out of that lot. Then sitting in traffic for a construction zone with no construction people. I had to fight myself not to pull a Michael Douglas in Falling Down. But I realized abandoning my car was not an option (because I had my beer in the trunk of course; oh, yeah, and my 2 year old too.) So it all ended ok.

One of the beers I picked up was Dogfish Head Chicory Stout brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. This will be my fourth from this brewery; if you want to see what I thought of the others, here is the search. But in general I've been very fond of this brewery.

This beer has a very nice coffee aroma. The first tastes are also coffee in a creamy type of way. I can also taste some bitter chocolate, molasses and raisins. There is a burnt taste to the beer, and as I am having a few more sips, that burnt flavor along with what I think is the chicory is getting pretty annoying. Not a good aftertaste. I don't think this stout is thick and hearty like other stouts, but it does have a harsh and bitter taste as part of its makeup. I don't know about this one. I feel like I'm being yelled at by Bill O'Reilly or something--don't point to bad behavior to justify bad behavior.

Not a favorite, and while I'd suggest everyone try every beer to make up their own minds, just go for something else this time.

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