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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,679 Reviews
THE BROS
100
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Reviews: 1,679
Hads: 4,425
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 705
Gots: 1,611 | FT: 150
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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: 1,679 | Hads: 4,425
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2003 Issue. A 12 fluid ounce bottle with the usual Dogfish Head style brown label, yet for the WWS03, the DFH symbol is set against a darker blue-purple background than the previous two years. Described on the label simply as, “A very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley”. The nicked Months on the previous 01 & 02 labels left have now been replaced with years and “Packaged 03, 04, 05, 06”. A dark copper colored crown cap completes the look.

Appearance: Jet black and very dark, as with previous years it has a solid impenetrable body. I used my McEwan’s Scotch Goblet. No head at first until half-way through the pour into glass when the carbonation suddenly comes out of solution. A thin brown head is formed at first, but this soon concludes to just a halo ring finish with the merest thin bubbled brown whisp on the blackened surface.

Nose: Dark fruits, pungent oily alcohols, chocolate and some sweet molasses. Still developing I think.

Taste: Warming alcohols start the experience, smoother than expected. Rich and sweet at times, this one will most certainly get much better I feel. Nice thick syrup of figs finish that slowly warms. The simple tastes have yet to organize themselves into a complex structure as past years.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation certainly helps deflect the alcohol, and lends extra smoothness to the body. Dark fruits stick to the cheeks, Dates & mushed Figs whish in the stereotypical WWS warming, thick, rich, syrupy mouth. Still a very smooth beer all round.

Drinkability: Much smoother than the 2002, and more akin to the Drinkability of the 2001. At 21.0% ABV it wasn’t that hard to finish the 12 ounces which is an accomplishment.

Overall: Very nice, but I still prefer the 2001 version. I have 2 bottles of this – and wanted to try one of them "fresh" for comparison before I hit the other bottle in a year or so. Maybe it will be worth the $7+ price tag in a year or two, but it’s not worth it now. (1,994 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark black opeque look with lots of bubbles in the glass (dogfish Head stemmed Goblet) Nice coco colored head on the pour leaves quickly and a tan sheen is left behind with a sticky outer ring that clings to the sides. Rich sweet brown sugar, berry (blueberry), warm nose. Wonderfull smooth taste of dark fruits (fig, plum) initially is then touched by expresso, hops, and jelly beans.. A sweeter stout but the brew is balenced enough to not be too sweet... I really enjoy the richness of the brew. It is like holding your daughter... intoxicating in its warmth and sweetness... sugar and spice and everything nice. Lively thickish soft textured mouth. Slight roasty aftertaste on a dry tongue. A high quality end of meal.. or night cap beer...I have one for the cellar.. and will update this review in a few years.. (821 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Pours a deep black with a small tan head. The head promply disappears. Little to no lacing. The scents are strong at first. Heavy malt, alcohol and damp tobacco. Interestingly and sadly the scents become weak and lose their boldness. I am confused by this occurance.

The flavors are somewhat sweet for me. Too much syrup and molassas. There is a charred bitter coffee flavor which I like but it is gone too quickly. A carmel flavor adds more sweet textures. Some spices, rum and an alcohol burn. The alcohol makes its presence more in the aftertaste than in the beginning of the sip. Overall the flavors present themselves as an extremely heavy sweet dessert wine or sweet port.

Thick and creamy. There is an unpleasant slick feeling. Alcohol burns a little, but for the most part it blends well. The alcohol is nice and warming. It drinks pretty easy and smooth.

I liked this stout for the most part but I just found it to be overly sweet for me.

I guess this stout is hyped up because it has a very high alcohol content. It is good and well crafted but I did not find anything about it that makes me want to run out and buy more. In fact at $7.50 a bottle I am glad I only bought the one. I think there are many better stouts out there for a lot less money. (1,289 characters)

Photo of skar
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Blind Tiger, NYC Dogfish Head Pumpkin debut thingy

Appearance/Head: Very dark, not a lot of head but understandable at 23%.

Aroma: This aroma has a heavy presence. It is smoky, sweet, and rich.

Taste: This brew has an amazing body. It has the thickness and sweetness of a fruit syrup. It starts with a heavy sweetness and finishes without much of a balanced hoppyness. It has a strong port-like finish with heavy notes of blackstrap molasses and golden raisins.

Bottom line: This is one powerful brew. Unique enough to seek out, but not balanced or drinkable enough to be considered of the top Imperial Stouts. (632 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Aged for about one year.

A fast fading fizzing tan Coca-Cola head. The body is a liquidified black hole. The nearest thing to a highlight is a ruby laser line along the bottom of the glass. And I tried with three different light sources.

Aroma is ripe with alcohol and candy sweetness and some dark fruits.

The candy hits the tongue first, drags along some well ripen fruit, and then the alcohol rides in and cauterizes the tongue.

Thick and rich with much viscosity. However, even after a year, this needs to mellow, if it can. This beer needs to be sold with a stopper.

I just can't love a beer that I have to take smaller sips of than Jack Daniels. And Jack and I parted company some time ago. This is something everyone beer geek should try once, but I won't be in a big rush back.

On the map of the beer store, label its shelf "Here abide monsters." (877 characters)

Photo of Lordsoth
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And I thought Storm King was dark! This pours black as night. Almost no head but laces the glass nicely. Aromas of molassas, raisins, and coffee. Enters your mouth like chocolate syrup, incredible. Warms the mouth, throat, and stomach. Tastes like it smells. Will have to fill the cellar with this stuff! (304 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My jaw nearly hit the ground when I learned that WWS 2003 is available here in Southern California. I was at Hi Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, actually looking for Yulesmith, when Mike McCullah, their main beer guy asked if I was interested in DFH WWS. I bought 6 bottles.
Now onto the review.
This pours black with a tan head that has symetrical, tiny bubbles. The brew sits thick and velvety on your tongue. The flavors of chocolate abound. This is not a particulary dry stout, like an irish or imperial, but it is a richer tasting brew. It is made for sipping and enjoying with some nice chocolate. Great brew. Spend the bucks and get some. (642 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
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! (1,704 characters)

Photo of saltydog
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted October 2003, so over a year old. Appearence: Dark brown head, which fades very slowly. Color very dark brown. Almost opaque. Smell: Chocolate, malted milk, figs. Taste: Again, a strong chocolate flavor, and the malted milk and fig flavors come through. Alcohol is very warming, but still tastes nowhere near as strong as it really is. As you sip it more, you notice the roastiness, which is fairly subdued (my preference for imperial stouts, which can often be excessively roasty). Mouthfeel: rich, thick, smooth and creamy. Drinkability: Well, you're not going to be knocking back 5 pints a night...though I did have 4 wine glasses of the 2001 the first time it was on draft at the Blind Tiger! But it is amazingly easy to drink for such a strong beer...somewhat dangerous! Have plenty of water handy! (810 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with the "Vim and Vigor" crossed out. Pours a slick, black body with a tiny faint brown head. Not much to it. Rich combination of smells. Roasted bitterness, chocolate, rum soaked fruits and figs. Hints of earthyness, alcohol heat with the chocolate. Faint hints of vanilla, oak barrels and whiskey. Slick, oily feel and finish. Moderate heat. Lots of flavors, but just a little too much to be consided an easily drinkable stout. I recommend this one with a friend as an after dinner treat or for special occasions. Very good, unique, and flavorful. Just a little wierd for everyday use. (600 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick and black like used motor oil. Light brown head thins out but leaves a thin film the rest of the way. Huge sweet aroma like a barley wine. Roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins and coffee. This is like a cross between an Imperial and a Barley wine. Alcohol is noticable and warming. Leaves a bitter sting at the end. Not anything for the weak. (352 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tasted this in May, so it’s aged six months since bottling at this point Popped open a bottle to share with my parish priest. Saw a fizzy head that, of course, disappeared quickly, almost like a Coca-Cola. Come to think of it, there could be a touch of cola in the taste. Brownish-black body with distict tastes of roasted coffee, sherry, molasses, maybe even some maple. Beautifully sweet, but not cloying. It’s a good thing we split one bottle between us, as the alcohol just sneaks up and warms you slowly… can you believe Binny’s carries this with none of those little “Staff choice” signs? Oh, well, that’s why it’s not sold out yet; more for me to buy… More? Why certainly… (691 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very thick, rich and sweet, with a fair bit of alcohol warmth. Very sweet palate- choclate, vanilla, some dark fruit, coco. A lot of alcohol in the finish, and too sweet for me. Out of this and the 18% version, i'd take the 18%, its a bit more balanced and softer, with less alcohol noticable. (Bottle GBBF 03') (311 characters)

Photo of mydeadguy
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split this one, poured into short scotch-type glasses (forgot about the Sam Smith's Imperial Stour glasses). Pours a syrupy black that lets no light escape. no head to speak of, but into two glasses, there is little agitation. Nose is like dark rum, smoked malt, raisins, cherries. Complex and delicious tasting, a sipper and even those sips are almost overwhelming. Mouthfeel is syrupy, very heavy bodied. Taste sticks to my palate pretty strongly. Drinkable, but at 23%, and the consistency of heavy syrup, not a real thirst quencher.

I had this beer after a meal, slowly, and that is probably the way it should be. (622 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very small white/tan head that died almost immediately. The body was pitch black with some intense cascading legs on the side of the glass.

The nose was amazing. Alcohol, dark black cherries, raisins, chocolate, coffee, a touch of pepper. Very port or wine like. Mostly though a dark malt and raisin smell. A very Belgian dark ale smell almost.

The first taste just screamed "THIS IS A DANGEROUS BEER" Not because it knocks you down with it's strength, but that it doesn't. Dark raisons and chocolate dominate. Full-bodied but very drinkable. A light to medium carbonation. Alcohol but very well balanced. Almost hidden. Dark cherries, very soft espresso beans, a hint of vanilla, grapes, a soft touch of roasted barley. Sticky sweet, sort of like a chocolate covered rum soaked cherry or raisin.

I was expecting a beer that tasted like rubbing alcohol or soy sauce or something when I saw 23% alcohol, but this.... this.... is amazing. So smooth, subtle and complex. Perfectly balanced in every way. No sharp flavors or dominating alcohol. It already tastes like it's been aged a decade or more.
Superb.
Although.... I highly recommend sharing this with someone. It took about 1 1/2 hours to drink one bottle by myself.
Kudos to dogfish head for making such an amazing beer. (1,306 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep black, with minimal head, and no lacing to speak of. Carbonation was also missing, but what do you expect from such a high ABV! Aroma was that of aged port wine, or a sherry, with alot of roasted malt thrown in. Taste is sweet, I mean syrupy sweet! This is more like drinking a big Belgian Strong dark ale, than a stout. The alcohol is not noticable so much in the mouth as you sip it, but you start to feel it as you swallow and that nice warming in the pit of the stomach. Very good and very drinkable. I'm putting a few of these away for a few years to see how they age. (601 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color. No head at all. Aroma is sweet, port wine-ish. Very sweet with a noticeable alcohol presence, oily and port like. It also very sake like, if that makes any sense at all. Lots of complex flavors, chocolate, cherry, fruits and a whole lotta alcohol stuff. Really too much alcohol to be anything but a high alcohol beer. Guess I'm saying it unbalanced towards the alcohol? Definitely worth trying, and I would love to taste this stuff after its been cellared for about 3 years. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and surprisingly smooth. Aftertaste is all alcohol. (589 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

What a nice treat for my 22nd birthday and 100th beer review. 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black with one finger of dark caramel foam. The head dies down to a small collar quickly, and there is no lacing. The initial smell is all alcohol, nothing else. After settling for a few minutes, a chocolate malt aroma comes through. The taste is about as sweet and rich as you can get. The should just package this in 1oz. bottles, because after one sip, the taste is stuck to your lips like chap stick. Every lick of the lips reveals the beer's flavor. The amount of alcohol in each sip is earthshaking. Lots of sweet malt and plums and raisins also. The mouthfeel is cough syrup thick, very heavy. The drinkability is struck down by the massive 23.04%. A sweet sipping treat for my birthday and 100th review. (835 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.32/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

World Wide Stout is packed with flavor, but the high amount of alcohol dominated each sip. It pours a midnight black color with some purple hues around the edges. A thin head made a brief appearance then quickly disappeared leaving a thin ring around the surface to remind you it was once there. The aroma is heavy with alcohol mixed with some cherry and molasses. Each sip of this full bodied beer is sweet and sticky. The flavor is a strong combination of coffee, cherry, molasses and followed by an alcohol burn as it goes down.

This beer reminded me more of a port wine than a beer. It is packed with flavor, but I had to follow many sips with some water due to the alcohol burn. I have another bottle I'm letting age that will hopefully mellow out when I open it in a year or two. (789 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like dark mud. Muddy syrup. Syruppy oil. Almost no head. The tiniest bit of lacing. But it sure looks good. Smells like roasted candy. you can pick up some of the alcohol even in the aroma. Tastes sweet and malty. I expected the alcohol to jump at me more than it does. Very chewy. This is like a candy drink for adults. Not as sweet as a soda, but it has more of that, you know, adultish thing about it. Maybe it's the alcohol. I really enjoy the mouthfeel. Get me to a carnival! (496 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

uh..this is strong.
it's burning my mouth.
it tastes like molasses of old-guy.
I want to pour pellegrino into it.
I do.
Just a "splash," so to speak.
It's good.
This is vengeance beer, How black, sweet and dirty can a beer be?
Vanilla liqueur and rum dregs toss carelessly about on the tongue. This is provision b==r.
marburg is my beer mentor at this point, having urged me towards ROdenbach and Chimay. I thank him for this exercise. Unspeakable sauce creations could ensue from this liquid. It would give apple pie that essential apple flavor. It would endow pheasants with a glaze already containing orange peel, ginger and rice malt. Multidimensionaal stuff. (679 characters)

Photo of euskera
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

My goodness!!

Pours out the color of espresso with a nice tan head that lingers. Smell is of sweet malt with a hint of a cafe latte. Taste is sweet; almost like pouring corn syrup in port wine; lots of port characteristics from the malts; they weren't kidding with the "large amount of malts" comment. The only thing I rated low was the drinkability; frankly, and I love sweet stouts, the sweetness was enough to make me stop at one. That's good because of that alcohol content!! A great after dinner drink; I'll save the other ones I have for a cold winter's night. Recommended to all who like a malty drink.. (613 characters)

Photo of TheDM
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured about as close to zero head as you can get. It had a strong aroma of grapes and alcohol. It reminded me of a strong wine. It is 70,000 mile unchanged motor oil opaque black body. WOW! What a strong fruity finish with a bubbly taste that was very sweet and very strong (284 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh boy, here we go. $7.29 12oz bottle pours a deep brown with the thinnist of heads disappearing almost immediately. Yes. Aromas of port, cherries, ginger, fig, other assorted spices. Absolutely wonderful. Extremely thick with minimal carbonation. The first sip sends a wave of rich malt and alcohol goodness through my mouth and down the throat. Toasted malt, bitter chocolate, prunes, cherries, grape... the flavors go on and on. Strong alcohol presence, but nowhere near indicative of the 23%. after 2 sips and my entire body is melting into a relaxed state. Sticky sweetness in the finish. There is no choice but to sip this one. What I liked best is that this expensive little bottle at first seems so unassuming. Only after the first sip do you realize the beast that has just been unleashed.

Look up 'aroma' in the dictionary and there should be a picture of this stout. Taste is not too far behind. Yee haw! (918 characters)

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.