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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout

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1,687 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,687
Hads: 4,469
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 729
Gots: 1,633 | FT: 151
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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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Reviews: 1,687 | Hads: 4,469
Photo of Rastacouere
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark not opaque black in a white wine glass with basically no head. The aroma is firm and complex, extremely malty with plenty of molasses, toffee and prunes. We also notice the alcohol in there, but would of course never say 23%, making us believe this could be around 12% is an art by itself. The taste is also relatively complex, but way too sweet, almost harsh candy. The mouthfeel is full and a definition of syrupy: toffee, cinammon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee and an alcoholic malt finish. Definitely more on the barley wine side, but the sweetness is too overpowered for me to really appreciate this beer although I recognize it is a must-live beer experience that I won't forget so soon.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of From The Vine in Lewis Center, OH. 2003 Bottle: Pours a viscous black color with a thin milk chocolate-brown head. Very little head retention and thin lacing. Powerful alcohol in the nose right off the bat, with a nice underlying roasted malt and chocolate character. The body is big and rich, with a complex blend of chocolate, malt, coffee and plum in the flavor. The finish is where the light alcohol burn reminds you it hasn't gone anywhere since the initial whiff. There is some bitter coffee in the finish as well. Overall this is a really good Imperial that will be fantastic if aged a bit.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a blackish cola color settles inky black with thin little brown highlights at the edges, no head or lace was produced but not necessarily anticipated due to the 23% ABV.

Aroma is largely warming and candy sweet alcohol, port-like dark fruitness within; between each breath of heat resides some raisin, dark cherry, dates, currant, molasses, cocoa, and chocolate, touches of spice too but the sweetness of candy-like oakyness and brandyish alcohol retains on top with strength maintaining a nice portly bouquet.

Taste is super full and oily thick with nice deepness of sweet port-like alcohol, very warming and soothingly rich, lots of barley sweetness, candyish and strong, playful but with a certain flare of aggresion that lets you know if you get out of line it'll lay you out flat. Flavors are sweet, deep, rich and invigorating, good amount of dark fruityness with more raisin then anything, mixing with some dates, black cherry, and currants, molasses and vanilla notes with oakened sweetness and some touches of chocolate, cocoa, and espresso. Oh...and the warming, oh the warming, so very nice... meltingly nice.

Feel is rich and full, warming, somewhat puckering sweet but maintains a great smooth oily-like creamyness with a favorable punch of good Ol' alcoholic burn and sweetness in the end. Quite a ride with this one, lots of everything; surely a major sipper but it has a dangerously smooth chararter that thankfully keeps its alcoholic edge as to keep you in check. Great, great stuff, akin to Sam Adams Triple Bock.

Super big holiday cheer and thanks goes to jeffboo for this gem!!

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

This version formed a small, very dark tan head that left some tracelace. An aroma of coffee, chocolate and plum, but not as strong as the 18% version. The flavor was an interesting mix of coffee, chocolate plum and cherry, but once again, not as good as the 18%. A hint of alcohol, but not bad considering it's % level. The finish was light for the style and sweet with a slightly burnt aspect. Supposedly, they have redone the most recent batch according to the website so that it is closer to the 18 % version. I still do not think it was as good, but then it may need some again. But at the price level, I can think of other beers that would be a better cellaring investment.

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Photo of abents
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours extremely dark and carries with it, little head. Smells of malts, chocolate, and some alcohol. Tastes almost sweet with some fruity hints, but the alcohol is still slightly there. Has very interesting tastes that work well together. Probably not worth the money it cost, but it did get a little buzz just from the one bottle.

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Photo of counselor
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An imperial stout? Mine poured a mahogany brown with nary a head to show. I wondered if someone had been drinking milk from my pint glass. The nose was of alcohol and roasted malts. The mouthfeel confirmed the ridiculous amounts of barley in the brew, but the flavors of coffee and tannins left rather too quickly and left me with the taste of elevated ABVs. A fairly decent bitter back end, and a nice warm feel in my chest. I was looking for less of an barleywine flavor and more of a thick creamy stout.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After realizing I'd recently spent $7 at a sporting event for a 12 oz cup of Redhook ESB, I finally sprung for an $8 bottle of WWS. It pours inky black. The head explodes initially and then leaves little islands of bubbles as it starts to fade. Eventually, the entire head disappears leaving only interminable darkness. The smell is noticeably sweet, with notes of raisin and molasses and just a bit of chocolate. It doesn't have much of that wonderful roasted malt smell or taste. The taste, in fact, is a bit sweeter than expected but an overwhelming alcohol taste is not a problem. The 21% abv is well-hidden. This was an interesting experiment, but the next time I want a high-octane stout, I'll buy a 4-pack of Old Rasputin or a 750 of Speedway Stout for the same money.

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Photo of Loki
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with the words "vim and vigor" marked out in black. Packaged in date on the side with a notch just below and to the right of the 10, with no year indication.

Appearance: Deep, dark tawny port color with a minute head covering that quickly fades with noticable carbonation. No lacing in the tradional beer scence, however this brew does have great legs like a big wine or port. Much more viscous than a normal beer, where the beer itself clings the side of the glass.

Smell: Raisons, dates, figs, port, and brandy alcohol dominate the nose with a big barley finish. This begs to be sampled with desert by the farm on a cold day and promises to warm your entire body with just a sip.

Taste: Delivers on everything the aroma promises and more. Big fruit and port flavors followed by a wonderful flood of barley and malt. The warming begins on the tongue the instant it hits your mouth and slowly moves its way over your entire body down to your toes. The mouthfeel is an incredible combination of viscous coating and bubbly carbonation that warms the mouth and sooths the sole.

The only minus on the drinkability is the ABV, but I would rather have this than port with desert anyday of the week and I would wager that it would age for many, many years to come.

Note: I would however rather see this fine brew come in a re-corkable, bigger bottle like a port so it could be enjoyed over, and over again. I guess I just have to get numerous bottles!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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..

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of skar
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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."

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Photo of Lordsoth
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of jcalabre
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of saltydog
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of BierReise
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
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…

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Photo of rastaman
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
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')

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Photo of mydeadguy
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of taez555
4.72/5  rDev +14%
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.
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.

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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 Indybeer
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,687 ratings.