Alright so I missed another Friday addition of Weekend Brews. Once again it was a rock n' roll show to blame. We played at a new place called "The Kickstand" in Gainesville. It's sort of a community bicycle repair and hang out. Good bunch of folks.
So it is now Saturday and it's time to taste another brew.
Tonight's offering is a beer I've had before, but it was quite some time ago, so I thought I'd revisit the flavors. It's the Dogfish Head Chickory Stout. A fine selection for a winter's day, even here in rainy Florida. An exquisite beer brewed with roasted chickory, Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, and licorice root. Wowsers. Another eccentric bunch of ingredients that immediately lets you know this beer is from Dogfish Head.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown and creates a healthy chestnut-colored foamy head. Only a brief head retention, but that's fine considering I'm ready to drink it now.
The nose is filled with strong currents of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans with just a hint of caramel. This beer could be on the dessert menu, but would go perfectly well with a hearty beef stew or shepherd's pie. It has a perfect amount of carbonation... actually a touch more than most stouts I've enjoyed. It still carries a smooth character, but that extra carbonation gives it a unique mouthfeel and makes it a special treat among stouts.
The Chickory Stout is a nice touch as I once again relax in front of the fireplace with my dog Lucy.
It may be raining and ugly outside, but in here it's toasty, cozy and delicious. Ahhhhhh...
So go out and try the Dogfish Head Chickory Stout, and if you've already had it, drink it again.
Overall Score: 4.0 out of 5.0