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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,688 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,688
Hads: 4,470
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 23.43%
Wants: 729
Gots: 1,634 | FT: 150
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

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 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 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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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Black as night body. Small off-white/tan head.
S - Cocoa, roasted malrs, dark fruits, licorice, alcohol.
T - Wow, where to begin. Molasses like sweetness, cocoa, leather, and boozy warmth.All melded together quite nicely.
M - Very thick, chewy body. Low carb. Coats the paate.
O - An amazing beer. Absolutely worth trying. The price tag is hefty, but it is a must try for all beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(on tap at Blue Monkey - 6oz. pour served in a wee snifter)

This may have been the best-tasting pour of what, to me, is most often a remarkably-smooth, richly-nuanced, high-octane dark beer. I can only guess this keg has been aged for a couple years - the menu didn't say and shame on me for not asking.

The dark tan foam lasts for way too long atop the void-black, grimy, motor-oil-like liquid. The vicious charge of hop oils I assume is responsible slick-softens the already, gooey viscosity of its malt-stuffed body. The booze here, never outwardly fusel or harsh, is balances this worty goodness fantastically.

Speaking of the quasi-immense depth and dimension in flavor here... we have on the nose: charcoal, licorice, treacle, burnt cookie, brandy, mums... on the palate, a dense mosaic of dark malts blend with leather, rosewater, and a full-bodied port wine, sumptuous and alarmingly smooth.

For something this potent, the booze never approaches burn-level either in bottles or on draft. So soft in volume in the background. Attention to detail and a crack process yields this! Nearly fluffy flowing back.

Bottles need to now be procured. I'm just recounting from memory from earlier today. But this is seriously something that ought to be laid down and scrupulously examined. Killer stuff. An outlier, for sure.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010; Drank 2015

Appearance: pours a deep and solid black, maybe the slightest hint of mahogany around the very edge. with a semi-aggressive pour, to get this old boy living again, a two to three finger tan head forms with surprisingly strong retention and a good frothy lacing. Completely opaque due to the darkness.

Smell: upon cracking the seal I was greeted with a huge aroma of good oxidation. initially getting some sherry notes but as I get a closer whiff, it is more port like. Other aromas include chocolate fudge, molasses to maple syrup, some more booziness that mixes with dark fruits.

Taste: opens with a bit of booziness mixing nicely with chocolate and dark fruit. the dark fruit melds into a port like character with the booze staying prominent. more fudge like chocolate, some sherry-like oxidation. some roasted malt character. molasses to maple syrup character comes in. ends with a bit more booze.

Mouthfeel: heavy and chewy. syrup like stickiness and feel. booziness pervades but doesn't quite dominate. some bitterness from roasted malts. no astringency or overpowering characters.

Overall: I've had this fresh multiple times and have never seen the amazing qualities that come out over time. fresh it tastes like a imperial stout that clocks in around 10% and costs much more. But at 5 years this beer has really become something new, unique and absolutely delicious. I am glad I didn't write this one off based on my first tasting of it.

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Photo of uvachief
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured deep mocha black. Thick. Little to no head. Oily surface. Smells like dark fruit and booze. Nice and chewy. Little glue in the mouth. Surprisingly delicious. Didn't expect this from dogfish head. High abv with a little burn. Really kicks your butt as you finish it. No ibus just not bitter. Lots of raisins. Smooth and delicious!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this over a year ago "fresh" as I recall but didn't rate. This review is on the 2013 beer, but a year and a half aged (both on tap):

Black pour with tan head, lasting with a thin film on the surface and decently thick along the edges. Lacing is strong, even given the ABV.

Smell has some alcohol, licorice notes, some sweeter chocolate or cola hints, but a bit light in this atmosphere (at brewpub). The nose reminds me more of a strong ale than a stout. Sweet coffee notes come out a little more with warmth.

The taste also is reminiscent of a strong dark ale, alcohol its up front, but coffee and general roasted grain notes are present behind a sweeter, cola taste. There is also some bitterness in there, hidden similar to other DFH beers. There's a strange dark pitted fruit impression to the beer as well, maybe prune, that is not a main glamor, but adds a tart bite. I've had similar impressions regarding a "tart"ness level in barrel aged beer.

Not sure why among the various candidates it feels thin, but it does. Flavor intensity is mid-high. End is a bit drying, despite the overall sweeter taste of the beer.

I am starting to feel the bitterness this brewery uses is neutral, or designed to seem neutral against the malt profile. I am impressed by the consistency in this "signature", but I like certain things from certain styles, and this one would be a tad too "dogfishified" to me. That said, I still enjoyed the beer.

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Photo of mabermud
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11/12/2013 bottle, had in a Merlot glass.

Look: Pitch brown body. Literal mocha head. Film on top with the majority around the ring. Curtains of melting mocha lace as I tilt and swirl the glass. The sun does not penetrate the body. Lighter brown around the edges when held up against the sun.
Smell: Rich malty goodness and rich smelling sweet bread aromas, combined with molasses, and faint dark chocolate. A bit of sweet alcohol booze with deeper draws through the nose.
Taste: Sweet maltiness with a medium roast. Faded, sweet, overripe dark fruit, and molasses. A touch of balanced char and roast near the finish that brushes the back of my throat. For me, alcohol is lightly noticed.
Feel: Low, dense, semi-creamy carbonation. Heavier, dense body.

Overall - This beer has one of the better aromas. The taste is rich and very deep. Maybe the age has done this beer some favors. This beer is tremendous. I am happy I have three more bottles to sit on.

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Photo of panzer43
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Holy ethanol batman! Maybe I happened upon a bad batch, but this was way too harsh and burned the way down. Alcohol masked many of the flavors. Will try again next year however.

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Photo of Nickcal
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just pulled this one from the cellar yesterday. Bottle was packaged on: 11/17/09.
What a difference almost 5 years made on this. The aroma smelled like a a bottle of high end dark rum. But the taste was completely different. Chocolate and molasses right at the front of the tongue. With hints of dark fruit that lingered on the palate and a quick subtle boozy burn after swallowing. Even though it smelled exactly like a bottle of rum, there was no taste of rum at all. It was so smooth, especially considering this was a 18 ABV. Comepletely amazed by how well it aged. Do yourself a favor and buy two next time you get a chance, drink one and age one. Or age both. It was so worth the wait.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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