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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout

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3,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,918
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 519
Gots: 1,320 | FT: 117
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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4.93/5  rDev +17.7%

Bottle in 2011, and aged more than one year before opening.

A: A fairly aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced about an eighth of a finger of dense head that was about the dark brown color of the creama on a good shot of espresso. The head retention is very good for this level of ABV – it lasted for about most of the session although it did break-up and become patchy. It also left a little bit of lacing. The brew is an infinitely deep black and there is some carbonation erupting at the bottom of the glass.

S: The aroma has a boozy and wine-like characteristic. There is also some malt sweetness and some grain to the aroma.

T: The taste is very sweet with plenty of warming alcohol heat to balance the sweetness. There are also notes of grain, toasted grain, and some dark dried fruits.

M: The body is rich, full, and heavy, and there is some alcohol heat, too. It is also a little sticky.

O: There is plenty of hype around this beer. Fortunately, it certainly lived up to the hype. It is a bold and ballsy, and even a bit fierce – a true tribute to malted barley goodness. The malt sweetness and the alcohol heat play off each other so that neither one becomes overwhelming or cloying. These two flavors work together in a great duet while the flavors of grain, toasted grain, and dark dried fruits work to compliment the lead and provide an enjoyable complexity to the performance. This is one of the best malt focused beers available – If you can find it, buy it. It is a “must try” for fans of malt focused big beers.

11-14-2012 01:52:05 | More by Beer_Runner
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-12-2012 18:11:32 | More by harmoniousplinth
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4.23/5  rDev +1%

deep brown core with a caramel edge...reminds me of a coffee drink in appearance. very little carbonation when opened. non-existent head when poured in the glass...couldn't coax one out when i agitated the glass. has an oily lace in the glass. only about three or four distinct notes in the nose...barnyard, cork, dark fruit, alcohol. surprisingly decent amount of hop bite in the mouth. rounded edges on the palate but you could feel the silky weight of the beer. it crept up on me. i thought i would be through it in no time because it would be over the hill. i'm into it for over an hour and i still have a quarter to go. it's a great surprise. it definitely drinks like a port and reminds me of the noble companion 10 year.

i bought this beer when i was back east in buffalo...the shop is called premier gourmet. i was back east for my grandmother's funeral 10 years ago. pulled this gem from the cellar...trying to clear out the beer cellar and re-evaluate...still have two lockers full of wine...have to get through some of this stuff already and don't want to pass up an opportunity to sample the locker this holiday while it's fresh. the label is weird and reads "a very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, vim and vigor"...the latter three words darked out with a marker...strange.

cheers all.

11-12-2012 05:26:48 | More by NorCalYeti
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

11-12-2012 03:50:50 | More by funkyaudio
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-11-2012 23:34:40 | More by brikelly
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -28.4%

11-11-2012 07:22:10 | More by oldp0rt
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

12 oz bottle, bottled in 2011, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color, topped with a thin, quickly dissipating khaki head, leaves no lacing but has some legs.

S- Powerful rubbing alcohol, some sweet raisin dark fruit, some vanilla and maybe a bit of chocolate. It's doesn't smell bad, but the alcohol is a bit too solvent-ey.

T- Sharp alcohol again, although the malt is big enough to balance it out more so than in the aroma. Lots of dark fruit, rich chocolate, vanilla and caramel, the finish brings some sweet, warm alcohol and some dry wood flavors.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation, with a dry and warm finish.

O- A pretty nice stout, after the overly hot, unfortunate experience that 120 Minute IPA was I have to say that this is considerably better. The booze is powerful but not overly so; this is a tasty, enjoyable sipping beer, although there are better high ABV barrel-aged stouts out there.

11-11-2012 06:47:11 | More by WillCarrera
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-10-2012 23:00:52 | More by Robdrinx
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-10-2012 21:48:10 | More by CJS
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-10-2012 19:47:04 | More by ThomasAWilson2
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-10-2012 19:35:23 | More by MrBoh
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-10-2012 19:13:08 | More by SadMachine
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-09-2012 15:49:09 | More by RES
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-09-2012 09:14:15 | More by Dank26
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3.73/5  rDev -11%

[Poured into a generic Snifter glass]

I: First off, a big thank you to beer advocate user Zackcamp. Great person and I thank him for his patience since my package to him was sent to oblivion(never ever going to use USPS again). Today was a great day, I want to celebrate and it's cold so lets do it with a specialty stout. World Wide stout is one of those Dogfish brews you can't get here in California, plus there aren't too many beers at 18% ABV so I'm pretty excited to taste.

B: [18.00 % ABV 12FL. OZ. Bottled 2011] Presentation is subtle, but inviting. Label texture has the feel of paper/cardboard, but has a sense of quality/authenticity. Sadly it's devoid of back story on the label. Any ingredient information is up front of the label in large text that states,"A very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley" and that's probably all you need to know. It's one of those beers your going to shelve because of it's hype/novelty status, not to say it's taste doesn't matter.

A: A dark black body with no transparency, brown head (very fast dissipation), and no lacing.

S: Boozy alcohol is dominate, roasted malt, coffee, figs, caramel, licorice, etc.. All the expected smells of a stout, but perhaps the booziest stout I've ever encountered.

T: Burnt caramel malt and molasses throughout followed by bitterness, licorice, bready, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, fig and raisin. Vicious, but sweet.

M: Slick/dry finish, full bodied, low to no carbonation, and very apparent alcohol that warms and lingers.

O: Sipper in every since of the word. This will knock you out if your not careful. That said, it was enjoyable though it maybe a little too vicious/overbearing. I enjoyed the warming alcohol combined with many prominent flavors. I wasn't a fan of the constant molasses throughout. Let it warm and sip it in the cold, and enjoy a sweet vicious treat. I believe Stones Imperial Russian Stout is a better experience. I would recommend to experienced drinkers, aging should be considered, and buy at least once. This beer will leave it's mark. Savor Good Beer!

11-09-2012 06:13:45 | More by MEsoJD
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-09-2012 01:49:59 | More by StoutIrish
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-08-2012 14:49:18 | More by undertow46
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

11-08-2012 04:32:00 | More by Mister_Joshy
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-08-2012 03:41:03 | More by TastyIsBeer
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-07-2012 02:33:10 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-06-2012 18:04:04 | More by Auztan
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Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -76.1%

11-06-2012 16:53:43 | More by cfalovo97
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-06-2012 00:48:17 | More by andthevolcano
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-05-2012 15:59:15 | More by RyanSchwam
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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