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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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

heads up, this is a review from a 2008 bottle, so some of the characteristics might be changed a little or a lot. been years since i had it fresh, and dont remember loving it, so who knows. this beer pours black, no light coming through, and almost totally flat. the nose is not as boozy as an 18% beer usually is. i smell a ton of dark barley, some oats, and some left over sugar. the flavor is very deep and robust. tons of roast, almost burnt barley malt, and of course abotu as much alcohol as a beer can hold. still, its smooth in the mouth and a little woody. body is well big, with pretty much zero carbonation. im sure thats a product of its age. it is a very pleasant beer, loved the aftertaste. its bitter and sweet at the same time. impressively enjoyable, usually beers this strong are weird to drink. still, its a must share 12 ounce.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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

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

Appearance - Black with a modest tan-colored head. Retention is moderately good, though the head does eventually settle into a small ring.

Smell - Sweet and grainy. Vinous, fruity notes uncommon of the style are present as well. Not much going on here, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste & mouthfeel - Wow - incredibly thick. Possibly the most full-bodied beer I've ever had (edit: I've since had Dark Lord and therefore retract this statement). Flavors of molasses, vanilla, raisins, port and cream. Surprisingly delicate and balanced, with a pronounced dark chocolate sweetness in the finish. Very mild bitterness. The alcohol is completely hidden; the only indication that this is an unusually strong beer is the slight warming quality it has as it's going down.

Notes - I was expecting a gimmicky, mediocre beer, but this is actually pretty decent.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a solid brownish black, with a thin wisp of beige soapsudsy head, and no lace. It smells of chocolate biscuit, alcohol, ash, and herbal green hops. The taste is alcohol, milk chocolate, sweet, spicy stewed fruit, Turkish delight, and earthy, sweet citrus hops. The carbonation is mild, the body full, creamy, warm, and smooth, and it has a sweet, boozy, chocolate candy finish.

A melange of weird and wonderful flavours, all catalyzed by the big alcohol. Took me 90 minutes to sip whilst standing at the bar - hmmm, wrong beer name...

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark black color with ruby highlights. It had a small, but very bubbly, tan head. It left sheets of soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled like a good brandy. Some sweet and boozy alcohol aromas, too.

T - It had a brandy-like taste with a very sweet roasted malty flavor. Light chocolate and caramel flavors blend with a sharp hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D - This tastes amazing, but the ABV is too much to handle.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice tan colour, great cream, and good retention. Colour is a solid ruby-black colour.

Sm: Plum, light chocolate, light caramel, and cream. Alcohol. A rather strong aroma.

T: Plum, cherry wood, complex fruit esters, caramel, light cream, and full barley. Balanced and enjoyable. Built decently well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thin, but forgivable.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, but the alcohol is still noticeable. I wouldn't have it again, but it's pretty good.

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

A six month old bottle poured into tulip glass yields a thin tan head over jet blackness. Can hear the crackling of fine carbonation as I bring the glass up for a smell which is dominated by molasses, raisins, malt, sweetness, stone fruit (plume), roasty/burnt wood, and bourbon. Taste is similar to smell but the alcohol really kicks hard. This one is a sipper for sure. Picking up on carmel also and a slightly off-putting metallic/medicinal syrup-like quality. The taste becomes even more complex as it warms and the carbonation fades. The last sip has fine sherry notes. Mouthfeel is a huge warm wallop. Overall, at 18%, this is a monster. Would love to see how his ages over time. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Treated myself to this over the holidays, paid $7.99 for the 12 oz bottle.

Pours a super dark brown/black, not much carbonation. Smell is very strong of alcohol (I mean it is 18% abv but the smell is very much there). Taste is medium bodied, some great roastiness to it but definitely a strong alcohol kick. A sipper for sure, it's impossible to gulp this thing. A little harsh at first. but once you warm up to it and get a little bit through it really warms up. Pretty damn good and doesn't taste as strong as it is... not as 'epic' as expected, but a fantastic beer that you should definitely try.

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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 nickfl
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An opaque black body with a medium brown head that leaves excellent lace.

S - Lots of coffee and alcohol, toffee and caramel as well as some raisins and minor spicy hop notes.

T - Lots of raisins up front with dark, burnt grain and alcohol. There is some nutty caramel in the middle, followed by toffee and soy sauce in the finish.

M - A thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Drinkability is NA on an 18% beer. The aroma is excellent with a wonderful coffee and caramel character, but the flavor is disapointingly rough. The soy sauce note in particular suggests that this beer needs at least a couple of years to really come together. This bottle was only a couple of months old, and having had a four year old bottle that seemed to have mellowed too much, especially in the aroma, I am inclined to think that a two year old bottle of this beer would be at its peak. Now all I have to do is find one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Once Upon A Vine in Richmond, VA waaay back in 2006 with my pal, Ando. Ah, those were the days...

Bottled On: 10/29/05

Appearance: Humble black body with a small (and getting smaller by the second), tan-colored head. Nice legs!

Smell: Starting things off are notes of sugary sweet chocolate candy, a half teaspoon of soy sauce, raisin extract, a glass of Harveys' Bristol Cream, and a distinct note of highly charred sugars. Wafts of punchy alcohol as it begins to warm.

Taste: Intensely sweet and crammed to the gills with flavors of chocolate syrup, maple syrup, Coca-Cola syrup, simple syrup, and lets says raisin-flavored syrup. There's some roast in there, but it came be missed while you're getting revved up from all that extreme sweetness. Whew! A tiny pinch of anise. More Bristol Cream. More juicy raisins. Maybe even some black cherries (although, with the alcohol starting to kick in, I could be conjuring up all sorts of crazy stuff). A few drops of day-old coffee. Maybe some dark stained wood. While you can definitely feel all the alcohol in here, it's not coming through too terribly much in the taste, like a dreadful Avery Mephistopheles.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. All the while it's warming on the tongue and warming in the belly.

Drinkability: Paired rather well with the film Harold & Maude and its soundtrack by Cat Stevens. A unique, high-octane beer that, surprisingly, is sorta somewhat maybe kinda drinkable. It's hard not to break down laughing really. Don't drink if you've had anything less than a full night's rest, as it'll gentle lull you to sleZZZ.z.zzZ

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 tasted in 2002. Notes added 2004.
Clear?... Pitch black in color with a thin but dark reddish collar. Intense and complex aroma: molasses, licorice, cocoa, sweet malt, dark fruit- dates, figs?, prunes, raisins, alcohol. The body is quite full, almost syrupy, and lays in the mouth. Rich, thick, creamy, smooth! The flavor is clearly sweet - almost too sweet - but with a massive character and complexity. Very rich, dark and fruity with a thin cusp of roastiness that helps to anchor it. The alcohol clearly comes through but does not overwhelm. This is a beer that defies definition.... far more than a stout, way too dark and sweet to be a barleywine... just "World Wide Stout"! Without question, one of the best beers in the world! Only time will tell as to whether or not this beer will really age well, but based on the one I just had (tasted June 2004), it's coming along exceptionally well.

2003 tasted in October 2005.
The 2003 version is, IMHO, a far reach from the quality of the original 2001 bottling. Vinous fruit and alcohol immediately hits you in the nose, and it's not particularily backed by much although there is some sweet caramel maltiness. The fruitiness, however, dominates with notes of sweet red wine, red grapes, juicy red berries, currant, fig and sticky-sweet raisins. The body is as expected, full-medium, and with a moderate, very fine-bubbled carbonation (it does not seem to be bottle-conditioned) that just lightly caresses the tongue to awaken the taste buds. The alcohol can be felt going down, and it lingers almost like like the heat from a shot of Jack Daniels. The flavor follows the nose with little variance, offering tons of dark, juicy and vinous fruit backed by minor notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel. It finishes with lingering notes of dark fruit and (what I consider to be a little too much) alcohol. So, even though the alcohol may have been reduced from the slightly higher 2002 version, I think it may have been produced a bit faster too - and it's suffered a bit because of it.

2005-2006 tasted in May 2007
Unfortunately I don't know what year this is, it's a short-fill from Brian Selder's basement. Bright green cap though. I'm guessing 2005 -2006. In any case, BACK IN BUSINESS!!! The alcohol is contained and it's amazingly rich and complex with notes of raisins, coconut, almonds, filberts, prunes, cashews, pineapple, cherry, dense dark sugar syrup, a touch of wood (not sure where that's coming from), and apples. There's a waft of heavy alcohol on the nose but it doesn't really carry into the flavor - there is some heat though. Very nicely done. Certainly worth cellaring for many years to come!!!

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Photo of womencantsail
1.75/5  rDev -57.7%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with rich roasted malts up front, followed by background flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Between the age, the high alcohol and heavy maltiness, whatever hops had been there have faded significantly. The alcohol stings at times but not as strongly as I had expected from a beer at 18.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, light carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, obviously there's a very strong kick, very good representation of style and specifically the bigger end of the of the big stout spectrum, this definitely a good strong sipper beer but you still have to be careful with it.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at ? (possibly Race St. Cafe, Philly, PA)

This beer makes my eyes glaze over and roll into the back of my head. And I mean that in a good way, though at 18-20% it could potentially be in a bad way too, i.e. if I have more than one or two. Thick, creamy, sweet, alcoholic, tasty, complex, rich...and so on. Now that I've had a lot of the big boys in the stout world, WWS doesn't quite impress me the way it used to, but I still love it. For a relatively highly produced/distributed beer, this is good stuff.

Poured pitch black into a stem glass. Small white head that retained throughout. Thick, with little to no carbonation visible. Strong smell of roasted malts, chocolate, some alcohol. Tasted of sublime chocolate cream, rich dark malts, coffee, alcohol bite, and a tad of dark dried fruit sweetness. Heavy mouthfeel, high alcohol, but still smooth and transcendent. Extremely drinkable, but I wouldn't do more than one pour in any given session. In all fairness, I've never had this in a bottle, but somehow I'd imagine it wouldn't be quite as good. I could be wrong though!

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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