World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,393
Reviews: 1,695
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 14.01%
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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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Reviews by alyankus:
Photo of alyankus
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 10/29/05 poured into an over-sized Bordeaux Spiegelau glass

It's black and relatively flat but at such a high ABV I wasn't expecting much.

The nose is lots of soy at first and then a ton of figs, dates and prunes coming through. There is a hint of smoke and chocolate but you really have to look for it.

The taste is more of the same a bit more soy than the nose and fairly sweet. This is has more in common mouthfeel-wise with port than most beers.

Very smooth the only issue that makes me give this a less than perfect score for drinkability is the ABV. This was a 20+% bottling and it shows not in the palate or nose but in the results. I'm ruined for anything else tonight.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SilentBob2u2
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

Photo of WesMantooth
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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, slight bit of coffee, and the only part I don't care for - 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.

Photo of Nickcal
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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

Photo of SerialTicker
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of lilbuddha
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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...

Photo of weatherdog
2.93/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL

7oz. pour in what looks like a tiny juice glass. (Side note: This is my only gripe with Brixies. They serve a lot of their beers in snifters, but the real high alcohol beers they serve in an unflattering juice glass that does nothing to accentuate the beer)

It pours a dark rubyish brown with no head to speak of.

The nose has a huge amount of sweetness, vaguely medicinal similar to Robitussin is the only way I can describe it.

The taste has an overwhelming sweetness to it. Once again I'm getting cough medicine flavors and maybe cherry cough drop. Very overly noticeably boozy. Once I get past those harsher flavors I can pick up some deep caramel notes.

I liked the lower amount of carbonation of this one vs. the bottle form. The burning alcohol really hinders drinkability even for a beer with such high ABV.

This fresh version is night and day compared to the 5 year old version I had a few weeks ago. This keg should have been sat on for at least a year to mellow out. I would gladly drink the aged version again but would think twice about it fresh.

Photo of AdvocateFan
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a review of a 6-year old bottle that I've been hanging on to... Bottled in 2004.

Semi-roasted nose, some sweetness, a bit of sour/tart character, and plenty of well-earned oxidation notes. Faintly lactic. Charcoal. Past-prime oranges rolled in oats and dark chocolate. I have to think that the recipe for this beer changed in 2005 or so as the 2004 and earlier vintages that I had (when fresh) tasted very different than what came after (less of the now characteristic Dogfish Head sweet-factor.) At this point, it's impossible to tell if it's the age on it or a different recipe, but there's very little booze on the nose, even though I'm pretty sure this was bottled around 18-20% ABV. Oh good Lord, the alcohol does, however, remain present on the palate. Wow. Very warming, and the heat from the alcohol is really just wonderful as this is making for a very rewarding digestif.

Chocolate notes are big. There's virtually no coffee, and far less sweetness than I remember in newer vintages or in this beer when it was young (the bottom of the bottle had no sedimentation, so I don't know if there was any bottle conditioning/fermentation burning through the residual sugars--didn't look like it--may just be the oxidation/age.) There's an unusual note, the product of age and/or oxidation, that can only be described as cherry flavored Chapstick.

Fades with alcohol warmth, some dark fruits (faint cherry juice, currants) and 70%+ cocoa dark chocolate and the typical oxidation character present in many of the world-class versions of old ale.

Drinking a 6-year old beer carries its risks--you never know how it's going to hold up and this beer, while very sturdy, wasn't necessarily designed to be consumed this long after bottling. But the beer holds up and has aged gracefully. A very rare treat indeed--and far more mellow than the fresh batches.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled 8/31/05

A: a very dark amber color with no head

S: Sweet, boozy, and a bit roasted. Seems to have some chocolate to it. Not an overpowering scent though.

T: I remember this beer (in fresh form) as being over the top chocolate sweetness. Well, it's still over the top and the chocolate still remains.. however the sweetness doesn't seem so deadly and a very strong cherry flavor has come out. It's not as boozy as expected either.

M: Doesn't burn too much and is relatively smooth. Body is a bit syrupy.

D: Not one you'd drink every night.

Overall, I've had this beer a few times and it still hits hard every time. It seems to cellar well but does become a slightly different beer by doing so. Either way I'd recommend WWS as a cheap way to experience a truly Big Stout.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage. Older gold DFH cap without "Vim & Vigor" on the label if you're wondering how to tell what vintage you have! Pours from the 12oz longneck bottle like a slick, syrupy oil spill into my glass. I can coax a thin ring of dark tan foam to appear and at 18% I wasn't expecting much more. Intricate lacing emerges above the incredibly dark brew. Aromas begin with huge sweet roasted dark malt accentuated by rampant chocolate and coffee aromas. A deep vinous, port wine character with a touch of vanilla, plums and dark fruits. Robust and a tad burnt with wisps of alcohol. Simply freakin awesome.

First sip brings a veritable onslaught of rich, sweet roasty burnt maltiness and the minute it hits your tongue you know it's not fuckin around. A myriad of flavors invade the mouth including chocolate, ground coffee, vanilla and molasses. Midway through the sip the vinous, port wine-esque character appears with hints of plums and various dark fruits. Fairly sweet, but kept in check by a nice toasted bitterness on the way down and a slight note of hops. Alcohol lurks in with the finish and warms the throat on the way down. Personally, I find this to be an incredibly enjoyable sipper and a great massive stout.

Mouthfeel is big, thick and viscous...this brew nearly weighs down your tongue as you drink it. Rich and decadent with a mellow carbonation that suits it well. Truly an experience and one of the best high gravity brews I've yet to sample. Kick back, sip and enjoy this one over a few hours. Sublime. I can't believe I waited this long to try this, Dogfish Head continues to meet and surpass my expectations. Well worth the price and the hunt to find it.

2001 vintage: Vim and Vigor still on the label. This one was showing oxidation signs with lots of raisin and cocoa flavors throughout each sip. No noticeable alcohol bite and low carbonation. Body has thinned a little bit. Still tasty.

2002 vintage: Vim and Vigor crossed out with black marker. Hot and boozy upfront with good carbonation. Sweet dark malts. Dark vinous fruits abound with cocoa accents. Molasses in there too. Super flavorful and bold....aging beautifully.

2003 vintage: Smoother with rich dark malts and not as sweet. Cocoa cake, raisin and dark fruit. Cherry accents. Not as hot alcohol wise as the 2002. Drinking great right now.

(Will post further vintage review as I crack them....we only got through 3 years at a previous tasting...)

Photo of blitz134
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't know why I pulled this one out of the "cellar" tonight...but I did.

Pours kind of thin looking actually. Body is almost pitch black, some light shows through at the edges. Small tan head showed up and retreated back to a thinish layer. I'm surprised it held any head at all with this ABV.

There is a bit of alcohol showing through in the nose, but not too bad. Dark toasted malts, a bit of chocolate brownie. Some vinous aspects as well. I don't find the nose overly complex.

Dark roasted malt flavors again, but they only share a role with some vinous fruits again probably from the alcohol which isn't overly evident initially. Finish has a touch of dark chocolate and some brownie again. Then after the next swallow before the next sip the alcohol rears its head. Surprisingly it only offers a little burn and isn't over bearing.

Mouthfeel is kinda medium. Low carbonation. Coats the mouthwell but washes away pretty cleanly and leaves a little hint of flavor.

Decent drinkability, especially considering this beer's size. Not something I'd have all the time, but this one isn't so huge that I wouldn't revisit it. Definately worth a shot.

Photo of JasonA
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel, MD poured into a pint glass.

Before the review ... is that ABV right? 18%? Nothing on the bottle. Is that right? Does this have as much alcohol as some cordials?

Pours very dark. Darker than expected. I dont see any light. Good amount of head, lacing to be seen. Doesnt look think from the pour, pours like a porter IMO. Head doesnt stay long.

Barley and malt. Dont really smell any alcohol. Not a strong smell, lets get to the taste.

OMG! That 18% tastes right. Holy smolly. Like a liquid firecracker. Though not a firecracker from 7-11. More like a finely crafted display of power. This taste kicks me in my ass. Matter of fact, it is waking me up. Almost energizing me. Im no expert in this style, but wow. I cant think of something tasting better than this.

Wow. My gut reaction is to spit it out. but the flavor is impressive. I think my mouth knows the alcohol content, but my tastebuds dont get it. Get a decent amount of carbonation kick in the taste.

I am very impressed with this beer. Dont get anything from the smell. Appearence is impressive, but boy does this beer kick ass (literally).

Im not sure how many of these I can drink. I dont think this is my favorte beer, but it is getting my highest vote so far. ASbsolutely wow. I havnt read any reviews yet, but I would love to hear anything negative about it. I really cant find anything.

This is a beer that if I could only choose 1 of aything to have (that wasnt brewed in a Belgium monestary ;) ).

Be safe with this one!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is certainly a handful. I served it in a snifter. It was black, very black, with only a thin head around the circumference. Complex aroma. Could pick out espresso, chocolate, and raisins. Loved the taste. All the aromas were there at different times, making for a wonderful taste experience. The alcohol was hidden, but noticeable. One of these and you're done for the night.

Photo of sponberg
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like an old Michelin - black & flat. Very little carbonation, because the yeast have passed out from exhaustion.

Smells of alcohol, raisins, dates, and dark toast. Take a sip. Now pick up your eyeballs. A huge assault of flavors - coffee, chocolate, raisins, plums, dates, figs, licorice, a hint of green apple - tied together by one chewy mouthfeel and a massive (yet somehow balanced) alcohol kick. So similar in many respects to a really good port, but with background notes of an Imperial stout. There may have been hops in here at one point in time, but they ran screaming out of the brewery. Finishes with a sweet, fruity aftertaste that's quite appealing.

The previous version was a bit better balanced IMO, but this is still one massively enjoyable and unique brew. On a snowy night by the fire, I can think of very few that would be better.

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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. This 2007 bottle offers an impressive head, and a small minority of bubbles actually stick around, primarily clinging to the sides of my DFH snifter.

Smells strong--as it should--and it's got this aroma I've comd to find really characterizes Dogfish brews. It's almost like sweet malt I smell, but this beer's got "ridculous amounts of barley," and it's a smell I find in all the big-boys at least--120, Fort, etc. It might be the age I smell....

It's serious, teetering on overwhelming. How do you prepare for a beer that's 18%? It is indeed a great beer to taste what barley is, but it's oddly otherwise flavorless. It might be a little on the chilled side for such a big stout, but it's basically a big-time barleywater. Judged solely as a medium for alcohol, it is pretty remarkable--though it definitely tastes strong, it's got a little grown-up smoothness to it. Still, is this potent barleywater "good" to drink...? I would never respond to a friend's request for a "good" beer (even a stout) by giving him a World Wide Stout.

The mouthfeel is unbelievable in that it's thin with barley tinges. I know it's not a chocolate beer; nor is it an oatmeal stout, but there's really nothing to the mouthfeel. Simple yet strong, and I respect that!

What if this thing were aged in bourbon barrels? Is that out there? Like many of these big bad-ass DFH brews, it's a novelty beverage. Ordinarily, I wouldn't want to sit down and drink a 12oz WWS. It's a party favor, and I respect that.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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