A Dark Brew Complements the Cooling Weather

November 5, 2018|

Well, they’re here. The holiday decorations are going up on Broad Street as I write this month’s column — and it’s October. I get it. The holidays will be here before we know it and yadda, yadda, yadda. The weather did finally start to turn — at least before 10 a.m.

So, I suppose it’s time to start thinking about what to imbibe on those short, chilly days of the season formerly known as winter. As for me, I think my tweed coat goes well with a darker brew — in a mug, preferably with a handle — next to a fireplace with an adjacent bookshelf stacked with old hard covers with the dust jackets removed. You get the picture.

To fill this mug, I am choosing Dogfish Head Chicory Stout Ale. That’s right. I’m channeling our friends in Milton, Del., for this pre-seasonal review.

Chicory Stout is a beer worthy of my proposed scenario (and hopeful eventuality). It pours a deep and dark brown to almost black with a foamy cappuccino head. The aromas convey chocolate, toffee, chocolate, malt, chocolate, dark coffee and chocolate.

The tongue is similar, but with a bitterness that exists as background until you swallow and breathe out. Then it becomes manifest that almost dampens any sweet aspects of the chocolate before they become readily apparent. All in all, Chicory Stout does well to keep you from getting too cold.

Speaking of which, I wouldn’t prefer it neat, but I wouldn’t prefer it too cold, either. You don’t want to weaken any subtle aspects of this well-crafted creation from Dogfish Head.


Ben Casella has started his Christmas shopping. He has purchased two gifts and expects that he will take his usual and customary sabbatical from the entire holiday enterprise beginning forthwith and lasting until about a week before Christmas, when his shopping will resume.

One Response to “A Dark Brew Complements the Cooling Weather”

  1. November 6, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Nice descriptive review. I imagine it not as sweet as a Sam Smith Oatmeal stout?
    Do any food stores carry the DogFish Head brand that you are aware of?


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