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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,042
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 545
Gots: 1,390 | FT: 120
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002)
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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brownish highlights and barely anyh head that pretty much left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of booze heat very noticeable upfront in the aroma with signs of dark fruits, some roastiness and a little chocolate character but a little strange vinegar aroma.

T: plenty of booze like the nose suggest with a little chocolate flavor, some dark fruit flavor, lots of malty sweetness, hints of brown sugar, subtle roastiness and a touch of oak.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a semi sweet, slightly roasty, dark fruity, very boozy and sticky finish.

O: to me it was just an average stout and was way too boozy for my liking. It definitely looks like it would be better with a liitle time on it.

Gobzilla, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of pajeff
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

pajeff, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Beergelden
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Beergelden, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of BWH999
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BWH999, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -4.8%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of SHerninko
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

SHerninko, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

waddellc2, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of KazzakusPrime
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thin, barley colored head that quickly dissipates. Nice and dark; near black brown with a golden amber surface against the light. This, my friends, is a STOUT.

Smell: Roasted malt, a little bit of the telltale shoyu scent that I occasionally get off of stouts. Not unpleasant, just… curious. Can definitely detect the barley and quite possibly a bit of booze.

Taste: Malted barley is present straight off. There’s a sweetness coming from the barley that I wasn’t expecting, but am certainly enjoying. This is a big beer in a little bottle. Bit of pleasant heat in the middle – boozier than I expected. Barley lingers at the very end, and then another bare hint of shoyu betrayed by the scent.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, but still plenty smooth and with enough carbonation to carry it all the way through.

Overall: This is definitely a big beer, and though it wasn’t as complex as I would’ve liked, I was still impressed by its bold, smooth character. This is a solid stout that I would be interested in cellaring for a year and seeing where it goes. If a BA version of this came out I would go to insane lengths to get my hands on it.

KazzakusPrime, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of scarnold8
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

scarnold8, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Paul68, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On a vigorious pour into my Delrium sniffer i managed to produce about 1/2 inch head. Mocha beige with tiny bubbles and an easy swirl produced an easy head. the color was not as dark as I thought it would be nor as thick. I was expecting motor oil thick but poured rather thinly.
Aroma was lean with some roasted malts and barley. At 18% ABV, alcohol was definitly in the nose.
Taste is very much roasted malts and barley. Alcohol is present with a warming aftertaste and numbs the tongue.
Drinks thin and is a bit sweet but finish bitter well into the aftertaste.
No, I don't much care for this one. Pumping up the alcohol was the brewers main goal here.
Aroma and flavor were one dimensional and lack depth of flavor.
Another overhyped beer.

micromaniac129, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.8%

smartassboiler, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Romulux
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Romulux, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -4.8%

AlexFields, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

starrdogg, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Durb777
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Durb777, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

tectactoe, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mzeld, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

billybrew21, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jeff1973, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of brewsclues
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

brewsclues, Jan 09, 2013
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,042 ratings.