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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 1,696
Hads: 4,508
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 23.43%
Wants: 750
Gots: 1,651 | FT: 147
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002

Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty and complex. This Ageable Ale clocks in at 15-20% ABV and has a depth more in line with a fine port than with a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer.

70 IBU
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Photo of floridadrift
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Black, huge frothy tan head
S: Hops, bitters, floral
T: Hops, some chocolate notes but mostly bitter, some heat from the ABV.
F: Smooth
O: Not ready, this beer is supposed to be decant in five-eight years.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a 1/4 inch tan head. Foam coats the glass with every sip, but slides back into the head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Lots of malt upfront, followed by coffee and a hint of chocolate and a delightful finish of dark fruit. Pleasantly boozy with good carbonation. Another hit from dogfish head, although slightly overpriced.

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Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Slick and boozy, but nice flavor lingers behind the alcohol.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was aged 2 years. Very thick and syrupy look and feel to it. Smell was of bitter chocolate. Taste was of the same. Really good beer but at 11.99 a bottle I think I would rather pay 18.99 foe a sixer of Bells expedition stout. I will say slowly sipped on this for about an hour and when done had a pretty good buzz. Worth tring at least once and would probably age for about 3 years town low out just a bit more.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a December 2013 bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with purple on the edges and no head to speak of. Smells slightly of cardboard (oxidation?), but also dark fruits, balsamic vinegar, and port. Taste follows, with strong port notes - sweet raisins, prunes, and black cherries but not much roast, chocolate or coffee. Drinks really well, with no alcohol burn - not sure of the ABV, but if this is 15%+, it's very smooth. Overall, this reminds me of a port much more than a stout - in fact, if I was told that's what I was drinking, I would have believed it. No complaints, just be ready for a unique take on the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Strangely enough it seems like some of the newer batches are better, but I always tell people to usually sit on these a few years.

Black as can be, small brown head, under 1/3". Aroma was chewy, huge, roast.

Taste was beyond my expectations almost every time, keeps the booze and bitterness relatively in check for such a huge beer. Not overly viscous, doesn't rely on barrel aging or adjuncts, just a big ass imperial stout from the olden days.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a reddish hue when the light hits it. No head which is to be expected for the abv.
The aroma is dark roast, dark fruit, and booze.
Flavor is dark roast and very sweet. Had a little bit of dark fruit finishes with pleasant alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick with light carbonation. Finishes dry with slight alcohol feel in the back of the throat.
Overall it's a great beer would highly recommend.

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Photo of HouseBrew
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, but when held up to the light there is a deep garnet hue around the edge. Tan head that dissipates quickly after the pour.

S - Vanilla, prune, alcohol, raisin, bourbon, oak

T - Lots of malt flavor. Alcohol is strong, but not too much to not be able to drink. Lots of dark fruit burnt caramel and vanilla flavor. Slight hint of bourbon barrels.

M - Thick almost syrupy texture at first. Melts to a mild alcohol burn and warms the mouth and throat.

O - Very powerful stout in all ways, but goes down smoother than you'd expect. Would be a great beer for poor winter weather. Especially if you're brewing in the snow!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

**FROM OLD NOTES, 04/29/042:
Aroma Is yeast, coffee, peat, sugar/ molasses. Dark black color, white head. Taste is coffee, cream, touch of fruit. ..maybe black cherry. Finish is tart, vinegar like. Alcohol presence is very strong. Feel us light and thin for such a dark beer. Carbonation is very light. Interesting stout. Not my favorite, but worth keeping around for its uniqueness. Lost Head to head with Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of docoman
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my new favorites from dogfish head. Had 2014 one on draft and thought was very smooth considering the % ABV on this stout. Mild almost port wine thickness and velvet smooth finish. well done DFH!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taking out more cellar, yup, here we go!
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger off white foamy head that concaves nicely into the glass. Thick lacing slides into the beer.
The smell had some dark fruits, roasty coffee beans, light amount of cocoa, caramel and molasses.
The taste was moderately sweet with a nice roastiness and sweet graininess that I liked a lot. Semi-sticky dark fruity aftertaste leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a beautiful sipping quality to it. Carbonation feels refined low enough to really let the stickiness come out and lay down on my tongue nicely.
Overall, wonderful Double/Imperial Stout that I would love to have again.

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Photo of TampaRainman
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2007 Vintage. Drinking beer this old is always fun, regardless of the outcome. It forces you to think back to what your life was like all those years ago.

A: Pours a slow syrupy black that momentarily releases enough carb to yield a 1/4" head, but then quickly fades into the faintest of rims. I haven't seen too many non-BA stouts that work as hard going into a glass.

S: Burnt caramel, molasses, vegemite, slight anise, brandy-soaked dates and teriyaki.

T: Sticky sweet soy bomb. Just really over the top sweetness. Very Dark Lord-esque. Hints of brandy and cocoa powder. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this vintage, but if it's in the 18% like some of the others, you wouldn't believe it by drinking it.

F: The feel is thick, syrupy and slick. I would have guessed this was a BA stout--brandy or maybe port--10/10 times. Solid feel with a slight tickle on the back end to let you know the ABV is indeed there.

O: I'm looking forward to revisiting a more recent batch and hoping that it has a little more balance. I know that many suggest aging this beer, but perhaps 8 years is letting it get just a little too long in the tooth.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 14/20

Overall 82/100

Summery: Really good for the ABV... does NOT taste even close to 18%... Still, it doesn't really taste like a 'beer' per say, more like a port. Just not my thing I suppose~

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Photo of mr-jj
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split between two small snifters from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours black and thick with a thin tan head. Very viscous lacing. Smell is anise, dark fruit, chocolate - more wine-like than a beer in many ways. Flavor is similar - the dark fruit is strong with notes of anise and chocolate. Reminds me of a desert wine. Body is very full and rich. Overall, a really unique, great stout.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a sensational stout, boozy with strong coffee,molasses and chocolate taste, its like a barrel aged stout that isnt barrel aged!its also worth noting that this is easily identified as a dogfish head brew.....there is just some thing about their beers that make them unique.a seriously excellent stout.

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Photo of SGerrard
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted the 2013 from a bottle. Strong characteristics of molasses on the palate with dual thin lines of coffee and chocolate providing balance and nuance. Can't wait for my next taste of this fine stout. Two 2010 editions await in my cellar.

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Photo of SoxFan
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 1/25/14. extremely drinkable given abv. one of the best non-ba stouts as far as flavor profile and depth of malt backbone. smell and taste doesn't overpower with booze - just right. nice to sip and enjoy. i'll definitely keep adding to the cellar for a treat now and then

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Photo of Johnct
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013. Smell is boozy, I'm afraid it's going to be booze in a bottle. Pleasantly surprised at how smooth it is. Velvety, boozy, heavy, delicious. Great beer

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black pour with a finger of tan foam that clings to the glass. Charcoal in the aroma with hints of dark fruit. Tons of deep roasted malt flavor with more fruit in the background. The very high alcohol is not very apparent, so you might want to proceed with caution here.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 World Wide Stout
Look - Black, no head, no carbonation
Smell - Licorice, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses
Taste - Licorice, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, slight smoke, minimal cherry. Nothing stands out above the rest, extremely well blended. Rich and complex.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, almost no booze present at all. Thick and oily. Ridiculously easy to drink.

2013 World Wide Stout
Look - Black, 1” head that dissipates quickly, tan brown in color
Smell - Very mild smell - what I noticed the most was the boozy nose, mixed with slight chocolate, coffee and a roasted barley
Taste - More vivid than the 2008 bottle. The taste comes in wave as opposed to blending over time as the bottle ages. Leathery maltiness, coffee and chocolate. More booze heavy than the 2008 vintage. Slight vanilla. Both bottles have the same taste characteristics they just manifest differently based on the age of the bottle.
Mouthfeel - More carbonation than the 2008 bottle, other than that it is still very drinkable, booze well hidden. Not as thick as it would be with significant age on it.

Overall - I rated both vintages together so to give a vantage point of what age does to this beer. They are both outstanding and have their plusses and minuses compared to the other, which balance out in my opinion. The purpose of this review was to acknowledge the high quality brew this is, and based on personal preference, whether one should consume this fresh or put age on it.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, and deeply caramelized, with notes of licorice, floral hops, chocolate, booze, raisins, and prunes. Very complex. Could age years longer.

Flavor is sweet and boozy, with big raisiny tones, caramel malt, and cocoa finishing roasty and a touch bitter. I'm surprised by the dark fruit presence in a stout. Light soy and huge sherry oxidation surface as it warms. Dark fruit really dominates the profile, rather than roasty notes. One to savor.

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Photo of LouZ
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my first taste of this on draft at the new Blackbird in Spokane - 2013 vintage. What a treat! Dark and delicious, the best way to describe my experience was this beer resembled a fine port wine and a big, roasty stout all in one. It's 18% ABV provided a little hotness, but overall integrated well to make for a pleasant drink.

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Photo of Morrow702
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer actually scares me. For such a ferocious ABV it is insanely drinkable. I find it to be smooth and pleasant to sip slowly, not unlike how I might enjoy a glass of bourbon.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 11/2009 vintage on March of 2014 to celebrate my new job. Was laying in my cellar for far too long and was supposed to be opened for my graduation in 2012. Oh well, a few years won't hurt this one!

Pours oily black. Like an abyss or a black hole. A slight brown head appears. Smell is super rich, boozy, and inviting. First sip in and I'm in love. Almost 5 years of age has done this beer good. God, so many flavors. Molasses, coffee, chocolate, brandy, fig, it's all mixed in there. Some roasted qualities but overall this is the Tsar Bomba of stouts. What really gets me is the feel. Can I say this is very drinkable at ~18%? I had trouble drinking 120 Minute IPA, but NOT this one. Overall just incredible. If I find another bottle I will definitely let it sit for 5 years just to enjoy this experience again. Wow.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with two fingers of caramel/chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Massive, rich, complex, earthy, inviting, bready, aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, some freshly roasted coffee beans, and a touch of smoke. There is also a lot of aromas of brown sugar and toffee, dark molasses, dark chocolate, salted caramel and a hint of licorice and vanilla.

Taste: Wow! Just, wow! A fantastically delicious beer! Strong, rich, complex, earthy, inviting, bready, flavors of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, some freshly roasted coffee beans, and a touch of smoke. There are also a lot of brown sugar and toffee, dark molasses, dark chocolate, salted caramel and a hint of licorice and vanilla. Finally, there is quite a bit of dried cherries and prune-like flavors.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 18%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate, but much less of one than I was expecting. The alcohol is very, very well masked.

Overall: This is a spectacular stout! Earthy, rich, complex, roasty, malty, slightly fruity and sweet, and absolutely delicious! World Wide Stout is one of the best non-barrel-aged stouts I’ve had, certainly up there with Avery’s the Czar and Out of Bounds Stout, Evil Twin’s Love You with My Stout, Sierra Nevada’s Stout, Founders’ Imperial Stout, Great Lakes’ Blackout Stout, Oskar Blues Ten-Fiddy, etc. Another stellar beer from Dogfish Head! I love this brewery!

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.