World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.55/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Package: 12oz. brown bottle. Label scored at 12. “Vim & Vigor” blacked-out.
Cost: $7.49 for one bottle at Kings.
Served: In a snifter at 50º.
Appearance: "Gunsmoke" on opening. Syrupy pour evinced some head, which disappeared quickly. Very dark, but not ebony-black like an extremely black stout; with oxblood tones at the edges. Like reduced Coca-Cola.
Smell: Sweet, smokey, alcoholic aroma; with notes of vanilla, roasted nuts, prunes, chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Even more reminiscent of an English Christmas pudding than Old Horizontal.
Taste: Even better than the nose. First impressions are of a root-beer-like sweetness, followed by the complex flavors of a well-aged vintage port. Roasted nut and woody flavors moderate the sweetness. Some medicinal notes creep in, but the overwhelming taste is of chocolate, plums, raisins, and blackberry. If this were wine, it would be described as “jammy.” I already described Old Horizontal this way, but this is even more like a Banyuls, combined with a plum brandy to bulk up the ABV. If there is a defect, it is that it could use an extra acidic or tannic element to balance the sweetness. Aging (especially in wood) might do this. Has a long 30 second finish, with the alcohol lingering in the mouth. Not perfect but should be 4.75.
Mouthfeel: Viscously mouth-coating. Carbonation present throughout, distinguishing this from a fortified wine. Very warm and luxurious.
Drinkability: Extremely smooth. I don’t know how to apply a quantitative score. One wouldn’t drink a lot of it; but I ended up finishing the bottle (after a Sam Smith’s Winter Welcome and Oatmeal Stout), after intending to only have half.
Barley wine factorial! A great achievement that supersedes the other competitors I’ve tried (Sam Adams triple bock and Millenium). Might pair well with food, but stands beautifully alone. I think that this paired with a Cohiba Siglo VI would be transcendant. I love the idea of these extreme barley wines (especially with cigars), because they are approachable and frankly, a better value than a vintage port. The carbonation adds a nice dimension to the experience. Even at $150+ for the case, it represents good value. Worth laying some down for years to come.
Backwash: I’m glad I was on the lookout for this. I highly enjoyed the experience, and I'm planning to find some more to lay down for the future. Dogfish has thrown down the gauntlet.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2003 10:36:30 | More by Dantes
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