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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,297
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 620
Gots: 1,550 | FT: 142
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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 Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and thick pour. Good roasty malty aroma Good roast, chocolate malts, perfect carbonation, not as overwhelming alcohol as the 23% 2003.

Had the 2006 courtesy of Hop Devil Grill and it was a top-notch stout and an upgrading of my rating. Stood up well as a good second to Speedway Stout vertical.
Supposedly 2007 at Beer Bistro, chocolatey his year, and like a port.

Photo of t0rin0
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased at Lonehill Liquor by azagthoth and shared.

Pours very dark (black), no head, no retention, not a lot of bubbles either. Sort of acceptable for a stout.

Smell is of rubber, alcohol, roast, and sugar in that order.

Flavor is beter than the aroma for sure. Flavors are sweetness, bitterness, roast, more roast, and some alcohol. Alcohol is well hidden considering its 18% but its still noticeable. I could see this aging decently but its already so sweet that I can't imagine what it would taste like in 5 years.

Body is thick and oily. Pretty good. Not very drinkable. Again, the flavor is pretty good but it hits you so hard and fast that theres really no point unless your only sipping a few ounces like a liquor.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on my trip to Colorado earlier this year.

Bottled on 11/17/09.

Pours an opaque, thick black with a compact 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Foamy cascading rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, roasted malt, and some sour wine-like aromas. As the beer warms, I am getting a weird celery smell coming off this one. Taste is of dark roasted malt, dark dried fruits (plums/raisins), turbinado sugar, and some smoky almost campfire flavors. The 18% ABV is definitely in your face with a burning sensation in the throat after each sip. This beer is very thick and creamy in the mouth, with a low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a special occasion beer to me. At 18% ABV, this is something I would only tackle once in a while. Too bad WWS isn't distributed to CA because I would probably buy a few more of these to put in the cellar.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falls Church brewpub.

A: Midnight black oil with a decent tannish head.

S: Simply a lot going on here. Some vanilla and lots of roasted malt. Some dark fruits and maybe a hint of chocolate.

T: Good amount of alcohol to go with the very dark malt and wood flavors. Some port and accompanied by a tad bit of vanilla.

M: Not much carbonation and extremely thick. While this one is fairly heavy, can't believe that it's nearly as high in alcohol as it is.

D: Pretty good considering the abv and all that's going on, but an 8oz. snifter is enough for me.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head that quickly faded away, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up and has aromas of alcohol, licorice, molasses and raisins.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell and has flavors of alcohol, raisins and roasted malts with a mild amount of sweetness.
M: It feels full-bodied and very viscous on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness and warming from the alcohol is very evident in the finish.
D: Considering the strength of the beer, it isn't overly difficult to drink because a good portion of the alcohol content is masked from the smell and taste.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004 bottle. No head on a jet black body but still leaves specks of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, mostly raisin and cherry, milk chocolate, brown sugar and candied fruits. Flavors are much sweeter than expected with cola, milk chocolate and brown sugar dominating and roasted malts taing a back seat here. Really surprised how sweet this one is. The finish does have some earthy hop notes but they are minimal. relativiely thick body and no carbonation really. A littl too sweet for me. Certainly not what I was expecting. The booze are incredibly well hidden for the ABV.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/10/06 and tasted just over a year later

Appearance: It takes a hard pour to create a head on this espresso colored beer, and there is only a bit of lacing before the head disappears entirely

Smell: Boozy chocolate and coffee, rum-soaked prune and molasses

Taste: Opens with a depth charge of molasses that builds with chocolate, prune and fruity/coffee flavor (Ethiopian Yergecheffe); after the swallow, the chocolate flavor jumps to the fore and lasts forever

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with very low carbonation

Drinkability: Don't dare drink more than one, but it is a fine sipper

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/11/11- Vintage '05
Very well aged and properly cellared, the beer ages gracefully as any. The alcohols smoothen out to the point where it hardly registers as an 8% Stout. Fruity sweet to taste, but with fuller attentuation and less sweetness than expected. An absolute gem of a beer after 6 years of age.


Tried to cellar this one, but couldn't resist any longer. In the anticipation of aggression, strength, power, and intimidation, I was impressed. The brew was not at all as bolsterous as I suspected. Instead, a well rounded, well matured, full, rich, and much much mellower than remembered. Very non-offensive chocolates and espresso. Smooth and velvety to the whole mouth. Finishes creamy and with a lingering Gheardelli, Starbucks marriage.

07 / 03 / 05:
Nice edition in the latest line of world class stouts. Pours a motor oil viscocity with a dainty but thick tan head with highlights of mohogany. Smells malty, roasy, espresso, deep fruits, tart and alcoholic. Tastes the same with emphasis on the expresso, cocoa, and alcohol. Surprisingly not as thick to the palate as expected, but no whimp either. Full round mouthfeel, silky smooth and sliced nicely from the alcohol. Chewy. Finishes alcoholic and not as dry as expected. Cherries, figs, and coffee round this beer. Aftertaste is roasty, chocolaty, tart, and alcoholic. A very good beer, wish I had tried the earlier versions.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 bottle drank in 2005 courtesy of Jan Primus: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark head with minimal retention. Aroma of roasted malt with a vinous feel to it. The roasted malt with what seems to be very little hops also dominates taste. Body is lighter then expected (I was expecting some kind of Expedition Stout monster) and alcohol is not easily detectable which is a feat for an 18% beer. Coffee is detectable though not overly dominant. Overall, even though this is an excellent stout I think I had put my hope too high and am a bit disappointed.

Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had picked up a bottle of this a while ago and wanted to try it. I gave it a whirl and thought that it was very good overall. The flavors were rich and the color was perfectly dark for this style of beer. The mouthfeel and everything was enjoyable as well. I'd say it was worthy of at least an B+.

A little while the Spinnertown Hotel had this on tap strapped up to the Randall. They had espresso beans infused with brandy, extra hops, and a few other things the waitress mentioned. I ordered a glass and it was brought out with no head but as het black as could be. There were some espresso bean flakes or hop particals floating on top. The smell was stunning. I just held it under my nose for a while before drinking it. There was coffee and chocolate to the fullest, there was hops and brandy and so much more on the nose. The taste was unexplainable. It just didn't compare to the original at all anymore. It was just so good though. The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Overall it was fantastic to me. It makes me want to try everything through the Randall now.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Edition, cellar stored since Fall of 2006.

Ok, so I really had not ever tried this one before and I had a this bottle sitting in the closet for a while and really wanted to give this a shot. I put it in the fridge about a week ago, and last night just grabbed it for no other reason then I felt I wanted it. Poured a very deep dark black with a minimal say one inch of thick brown head that faded rather quickly leaving behind just a touch of film across the top and a nice amount of side glass lace. Absolutely opaque, no light was coming though on this one. Smell was very full and rich, and very sweet. A ton of chocolate could be picked up at first, but this mellowed and mixed with some oak and caramel aromas. Deep sense of roasted malts comes over you, no taste of the ABV. A full on malt explosion takes hold on the first sip. Deep roasted flavors, mixed in with chocolate and a robust full earthy feel. This was really complex and very smooth. Had the thick consistency of a shake like dessert, but without the carbonation. Lots of wood and oak like flavors came though out. I was shocked by how mellow this was. It really offered me no idea of how strong it was and I was able to sip through the bottle with ease. I don’t know if it was the aging or if it really is just that good, but this was excellent. Very rich and smooth and really took me by surprise. I was expecting something a bit harsher, but this was very drinkable and really very nice. I think I have another bottle floating around and if I do I will save it for a very cold night. This was a perfect nighttime sipper, probably one of the best I have had for hat role in a very long time. Definitely have to recommend this one and seek one out again.

Photo of womencantsail
1.75/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The pour is nearly black in color with a thin off-white head. Oh wow that’s harsh. Intense booze, rubbing alcohol, and acetone just start things off on the wrong foot. The roasted malt is there in there as well. The flavor is just cloyingly sweet, but at least it doesn’t have an overwhelming acetone and adhesive character. I wouldn’t ever have this again.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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