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World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

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Reviews by MarcGetty:
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4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately the first time I experienced World Wide Stout I did not do so expecting anything great, nor was I expecting 18% alcohol in a very unassuming 12oz bottle. Sure "ridiculous amount of barley" prominently written on the bottle says something, but this was my 4th beer in and quite a surprise.

World Wide Stout pours dark. Real dark. Pretty much zero head.

Taste is very complex and not as strong as you would expect for a 18% beer. Did I say it was complex? It is. Very good on so many levels. So worth a try.

Moral of the story: Don't go to a beer bar and have your "friend" ask the waitress for "a beer that will make me blind" and then drink it when he can't.

Absolutely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.Without a doubt the best beer with that much alcohol I've ever had.

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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 SilentBob2u2
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Stamped 11/17/09, consumed from a snifter on 3/6/15

I'm just going to get right to the point here. For being 5.5 years old, it's solid. I had the same beer last night, the 2014 version, and I must say that this aged version is more enjoyable but has its faults as well.

First off, it's a lot smoother, and more well rounded. However, in the middle of the taste I get a plastic flavor before the sweetness and alcohol flavors come through. The finish is warming, almost a slight burn. Tastes of molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, mild chocolate. The smell has a slight sourness to it however it does not come through in the taste.

My cellar was inconsistent for a year or so, temperatures ranging from 70 down to 50, was exposed to light for a day or 2 as well during moving into a new house. With that being said, I expected soured and skunked, so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and found how much of the original, complex flavor it has retained. In my opinion, I would not go past the 5.5 years, assuming it might have peaked around 4.5 years. Just my 2¢. Felt an obligation to the beer community to report these findings, hopefully someone finds them to be a bit of help or guidance.

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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 tmbgnicu
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 1-28-14 poured into a waterford crystal snifter on 3-4-15. I've had this beer at varying times in its lifespan, but I felt like this was very close to the sweet spot. Pours pitch black with a creamy head. Smell of caramel, chocolate, booze. Taste follows suit, booze adds a beautiful finish. I know this gets a bit mellower with time, but I love the booze backing being more prominent. A fantastic beer and a top 3 stout for me.

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

Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating head that turns to a little ring which leaves some lacing behind as it works it's way down the snifter.

Aroma is spectacular. Sweetness like a syrup or molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, almost oatmeal like, and a wonderful alcohol that is sort of port, sherry, or brandy in nature.

Taste is impressive too. Not as much as the nose, but the bar was high. Deep dark chocolate or cocoa with some bitterness, deep roasted/slightly burnt malt grains. Defiantly a noticeable alcohol burn (the good kind), also sweetness, some black licorice I believe (which looking back, is noticeable in aroma). I would call this medium bodied for a RIS.

Overall, this is a beast of a beer that despite the high ABV (18-20%), is still quite balanced and drinkable. Your nose suggests that it is barrel aged in some way even though it is not. World Wide is world class. Glad I had the chance to try it, and would recommend that everyone does regardless of cost.

Edit: had a 2010 bottle in Feb of '16. Very strong aroma of brandy or a port wine with a lot of cherry flavor coming through. A bit of sourness. May be slightly oxidized since the carbonation seems to have turned prickly. The alcohol is very, very mellow. Much stronger on the nose than flavor. The roasted malts are a little subdued now, but it works.

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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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Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2011-Poured into snifter

A-Jet black with toffee 1/2" head that quickly subsides. thick lacing that quickly runs down the side of the glass

S-Chocolate, roasted malts, anise, caramel, burnt coffee, bourbon The roasted chocolate and anise seem to be the dominant aromas.

T-bold flavors that explode upon the first sip. Warm alcohol burn that you get with a bourbon. The anise stands out with some roasty dark chocolates and coffee. Chocolate/coffee flavors linger during the finish. Some woody notes

M-Full bodied with some alcohol burn slightly more carbonation than you would expect with a stout of the magnitude...as the beer warms the carb and alcohol mellow slightly

O-great tasting brew that drinks like an Imp Stout with far less alcohol. Good flavor profile and the tastes blend well

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/25/14 and poured 2/1/15 for Super Sunday. $11 single which is about on-par with what a bottle costs.

Appearance: Hard pour surprised me with a two finger, creamy brown head. The beer didn't look nearly as black/viscous as I thought it might on the pour. World Wide Stout is indeed black, but there's a ruby tint around the edges. Eventually there's a slight ring around the glass with no lacing on the glass.

Smell: I think I got a buzz just from smelling this beer. Insane. You'd think this was barrel aged with its insane aroma. Rich caramel, subtle coffee, sweet milk chocolate, alcohol, and a definite barrel-without-the-barrel vanilla quality. Beautiful, sweet beer, and one of the best stouts I've ever put my nose to.

Taste/feel: Only a true craft beer aficianado could appreciate this brew, in my opinion... this is an absolutely ginormous beer, unsurprisingly. Hard to really even describe what I'm tasting first with this beer because it's all there at once. Massive alcohol all over in this one, make no mistake -- even with a year of age on it, it's super pungent. The alcohol with the sweet malt and bitterness all thrown together almost puts forward a somewhat... salty flavor? I've gotten that in some high ABV stouts before, so this isn't the first. For other flavors, rich, huge roasted malts that give off a bit of a chocolate and coffee vibe. There's the usual essence of dark fruit there, too. I'm not really getting a huge amount of depth, but I am getting, of course, a huge amount of flavor from this 18% brew. The finish is dry, dry, dry -- I swear I can feel the alcohol drying off my tongue after the sip.

The mouth feel is surprisingly... light? It's about a medium bodied beer with a moderate-ish amount of carbonation. Maybe it's a good thing that this beer isn't too heavy, because it's already incredibly sweet and boozy at its ABV.

A legendary beer, without a doubt. As said by Dogfish Head, this really is almost more like a port than a beer due to its insane presence of alcohol on the tongue and with its warmth. As it warms, this beer really morphs into something special: cocoa, insane in-your-face alcohol, barrel-without-the-barrel woodiness... wow. Wow, wow, wow. I have another bottle of this that I will sit on for a handful of more years to see just how much it changes... hard to believe it could get much better than this. Indeed, one of the best beers I've ever had.

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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 oberon
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this pours a jet black color with a light almost non existant head,aroma is very sweet and alcoholic.The taste is very sweet up front with some nutty tones in the middle,very roasted finish.A marshmellow-like flavor also lingers with the alcohol showing thru as it warms.A one and done beer for sure.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Black as night with a small but persistent tan head.

Smell – Aye, caramba! Yes, there’s some alcohol in this stout. Once you get past that there’s a lovely port fragrance complimented with pure, quality chocolate (it smells like a chocolate factory in San Francisco) and ripe, fresh dark fruits. The apricot and watermelon aroma is prominent along with black cherries and tobacco.

Taste – This is tremendous. The alcohol from the nose takes a back seat to the excellent flavors of this stout. The rich, aged port and dark malt flavors are a match made in heaven. This is mixed with unsweetened cranberries (have you ever tasted that?), big, huge, luscious cherries, pure Florida freshly-squeezed orange juice, a touch of pineapple and coconut, and best of all a peach/apricot combo that is out of this world.

I can’t go on enough, and this is the very first sip. After I’m plastered from the bottle I’m sure I’ll ramble. This is an amazing blend of all the flavors I’ve mentioned. The bready malt especially is mature and well-blended. This is a quality product.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and fuller than full in the mouth. There’s really no alcohol sting in the mouth. This is a terrific mix of flavors that give the mouth a smooth, creamy and chewy texture.

Drinkability – No, you can’t drink a six-pack of this every night (although I’d like to). Be calm yet controlling. This is a masterpiece and it’s a shame that its brilliance will be lost in the myriad and continual references to its high ABV.

Comments – A big, “Muchas Gracias,” to my fellow BA JREITMAN for giving me a bottle of this tremendous Dogfish Head offering. BA Buddies are the best!

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

True black with a uber thing milk chocolate skim. Surprisingly vinous and Belgian like aroma of raisons, figs, plums, and prunes. Not much booze present in aroma at all. Very sugar loaded sweet taste but ABV is well concealed, too well…Very fruity, smooth, and deceivingly light. Alcohol warms mouth, throat, stomach, chest, and keeshkas. Perhaps the most warming beer I’ve tasted. Smooth flavors of vanilla, toasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate are persistent but mellow. Some wood and cream are present and along with a touch of syrup, but just a touch…far less than one would expect in a beer of this strength. Very impressive and dangerously drinkable. DFH deserves respect for this. Overall, however, flavors and aromas are not as interesting or complex as many other 2x stouts with far less of an ABV.

...hey, i just noticed. This is review # 500 for me. Not a bad beer for the occasion.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Oak cafe. Pours jet black, virtually no light is allowed to pass through this sucker. Tan head made of fine bubbles, about a half-inch, settles somewhat quickly to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing as it does down. This brew looks like a widow-maker, appearing heavy, thick, and robust.

A deep java aroma is the first thing to hit my nose; super deep espresso flavor with a nice helping of creamy, malty sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable in the aroma, not too surprising for an 18% ABV brew. Some chocolate and charred, roasted notes bring up the tail end. The first sip provides a warm, alcoholic bite. Again, to be expected from a beer with such a high ABV. However, I would never guess it was 18%... maybe more like 10 or 11%. The alcohol takes on a bourbon-whiskey type flavor. The backbone of the beer is woodsy; burnt, charred oak chips, vanilla hints, and a wine-like essence come crashing through. Ripe, dark figs, black berries, and slight anise provide a sweetness to battle the alcohol's warmth and it works quite well. Dark mocha cocoa powder shows up near the end, along with some light, peppery hops. The beer is all about the malt, though, and while it's relatively sweet, the warmth and robust power does a good balancing job in place of a huge hop bill. Body is medium-heavy, not quite as thick as expected, but not a bad thing. Smooth and not too sticky, either.

Surprisingly easy to drink for an 18% ABV beer. The alcohol isn't hidden - it's certainly there, and definitely powerful, but it never becomes a problem, and it goes hand in hand with the incredible malt concoction. Glad I finally got a chance to try this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of DavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/14/2008 poured into a snifter glass.

A: very dark brown with garnet highlights; the clarity seems decent enough but it's had to tell as you can only see through less than an inch. The slight medium brown head dissipates quickly to only a ring of mostly compact bubbles.

S: Alcohol and dark fruit dominates the aroma with notes like fermented plums with raisins and figs. The alcohol being soft with just a touch on the solventy side but. The malt has calmed over the years with only light notes of roastiness and coffee. No hop aroma detected. There is a slight earthy, umami note note as well.

T: It's like scotch blended with a stout, the roasty notes in it's youth seems to have faded leaving a lot of boozy with little support. The flavors match the nose with a dark fruit (raisins, plums and figs) and a hints of roasty malt and some coffee. There is a light malt sweetness and a moderate hops bitterness with the balance being on the bitter side. The medium-dry finish gives way a long lasting bitter and alcoholic finish.

M: Full bodied with moderately-light carbonation. There is a thickness to the body with a lig ht creaminess, very light astringency and a huge belly warming alcohol warmth.

O: I like liquor so the booze doesn't bother me one bit but after a few years of aging the alcohol has become the star player. I'll review a younger bottle soon because this was one of my all time favorites.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brownbeer
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into a snifter. Black with ruby highlights and sports a tan head with good retention.

Intense, dark, milky chocolate in the initial aroma with light smoke, booze, black cherry, plum, and chocolate liqueur.

Slightly sweet, not over the top though. Dark rum flavors with a nice roasty fade. This is a beer to beer feared a little. Very nice, ages great.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lilbuddha
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review !

A: Black, black black , Head is a little sloppy and dies down quick

S: Cold Coffee, another touch of something i can't describe, plus a slightly burnt hint

T: Sweet, reminds me of good port, My taste buds start to get the hop feel, but are quickly turned over by the sweetness, but the aftertaste lets the hops e come back out. Alcohol is very prevalent, but welcoming.

M: The medium carbonation really sticks with the sweet taste and lingers in the back of my tongue. Can really feel this one going down, from smooth at the front of my mouth to slow and strong to the back.

D: I can't drink darks like this very quickly, but I have no problem taking a good swig and then just letting the aftertastes slowly dissipate. I'm having an urge for a piece of semisweet chocolate.

Won't likely drink this again just due to preference, but as a local and highly rated beer its a good start for my reviewing.

Times Drank - Once

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

World wide stout 18% alcohol content. Lucky enough to find this one at a Broudy's store in Orange Park FL.

A- Pours a extremly dark black fluid that doesn't allow one ounce of light to penetrate it. Has very little head but does maintain a small tan ring around the glass. Leaves very mild lacing when at celler temperature... with a swirl or two.

S- Rich toasted malts, black coffee, smooth vanilla, and a massive dose of alcohol taint the nose. Quite inviting for such a complex beer.

T-M- Extreme malt and barley upfront with hints of sweet creme, coffee, vanilla, and raw alcohol this is very covered for the amount in it. Being mildly carbonated the mouthfeel is a rush of flavors and thick malts that are full bodied but linger for just the right amount of time not overdoing it. Great overall!

D- It's hard to believe that for such an alcoholic beer it is just so damn drinkable and a great delight to consume. If you are in the mood for a dark beer look no further...

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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