World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by motleybrew:
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I want to start by saying I want to rate this beer higher. The smell and taste both improve as you delve in. That means as well that the drinkability improves. So what I have rated here as a mere 4.5 should be a 4.8. Even there I wonder, as judgement of appearance I have slighted for the head... Which you will understand from this review, may not be applicable.
That said...Given the chance to have one of these or anything else beside beer I make, I would choose this. I am a baltic porter fan, and suggest this is really somewhat out of style, even as an imperial stout. If you are a stout lover a la Guinness, this may not be for you. If, however, you enjoy a Okocim Porter, or other, grande, robust, baltic-type porters with unique character and definition, you are at a loss if you don't try this.
I have had several of these (not just now, as if I did I might not be able to type), all apparently from the same year (lime-green cap, undated), priced from 8-12 dollars a 12 oz. bottle. Yes, an expensive beer. However, considering what you get in 12 oz., it is worth the price of a six-pack of many other things -- unless you are flat-out looking to get plowed regardless of taste. At the checkout counter even the clerks pause when the single bottle gets rung up. You only need one.
This beer needs to pause before you stuff it in your mouth. That is, when you pop the cap, pour it into a glass and wait about 5 minutes before you try it out. In wine talk this approximates 'breathing'. When you pour, it comes out dark/black, and if you pour with reasonable speed, you can get a tan head -- slow, you might not get any at all. It is 18% people. You don't get a head on wine -- unless it is crap -- poured at any speed...you don't get a head on liquors. When was the last time you poured a port and watched it fizz? And that's another point... If you like wine and you can enjoy a port, you might have a better appreciation of this in your glass. If you hate port and can't stand deviation from a style... no no no...go elsewhere.
So...pour swift and you get a bit of a head. It will fade quickly as the alcohol is thinning and that is the price you pay. If you take a quick sip, you will note it as a little harsh, almost chemical, as various vapors escape. Patience. Wait for the head to die, blow across the top of the glass to vacate the fumes, and NOW try to approach the beer. 5 minutes good, 10 minutes, better.
At this point the beer will be opaque and headless -- much like I like my women...oh, sorry. The aroma will still be a little crude, but you will start to detect some of the richness born of the rich grain bill and ridiculous conglomeration of yeasts. Yes, from what I understand they use multiple yeasts to attain this state of ABV while making the comrades contribute to the final class.
Take a sip. You will, if you try, at least note the following: malt, chocolate, sweetness, raisin, licorice, plum, and to a lesser extent smoke/roast. The wonderful thing is it is well balanced between all of these, and not dominated by any.
Take your time and don't woof it down like a Coors Light. Sip and smell and luxuriate like you were in a spa. You will be rewarded, as the liquor gets smoother, more aromatic and more delectable with every sip.
As I write this I have been sniffing my empty glass. If you are a brewer, it is just such a joy of malt and yeast and wonderful richness that you no longer need to sip. Tempted as I am to go get another, drawing my nose over the empty glass is quite satisfying, and smarter. Too many of these would be easy to regret as every ONE is worth at least 4 'normal' beers.
Have one when you have time to pause and enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2010 20:10:02 | More by motleybrew
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4.61/5 rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage poured into a snifter
A- very dark with a porous tan 1/2 inch head
S- near perfect- chocolate, molasses, dark fruits dominate
T- taste matches the nose and so smooth...being a 2011 vintage definitely benefited the smoothness of this beer...still, this beer is nearly 20 percent and youd never guess...good achievement by DFH
M- thick and chewy...very very good, just what i like
O- i paid 15 dollars for this 3 year old vintage single bottle....should you pay that much for it? absolutely not...but IMO it is the best DFH beer brewed and one of the better stouts out there especially considering it isnt barrel aged and it is nearly 20 percent...quite an achievement!
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 06:33:31 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 3,803 ratings.