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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,687 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,687
Hads: 4,469
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 23.43%
Wants: 729
Gots: 1,633 | FT: 151
Brewed by:
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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 trippytbta
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had 5 different years of this. It is hands down the best non-BA American Imperial stout there is. High ABV amazingness. Age does this beer wonders.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG this is so freaking good. Having a 2014 vintage. Can see light through the top half inch. I really wish it was a bit darker in color, but other than that, perfection. Plums, figs, raisins on nose. Huge abv on nose.

Taste's sweet and massive. Big brew here. So much taste going on here. Does not finish hard for an ABV. So smooth, without knowing I would say it was around - ABV.

It has drink-ability, at . Just amazing.

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

Black color with thin brown head. Aroma is heavy roast malt and boozy fermenting fruit. Flavors of chocolate, dark roast malt, very boozy. Minimal sweetness, some bitter balance and roast malt finish. The ABV takes the front seer in this beast of a beer. I enjoy barley wines, quads, strong ales, and scotch neat so I am enjoying this stout: If you don't then you won't.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 1-28-14 poured into a waterford crystal snifter on 3-4-15. I've had this beer at varying times in its lifespan, but I felt like this was very close to the sweet spot. Pours pitch black with a creamy head. Smell of caramel, chocolate, booze. Taste follows suit, booze adds a beautiful finish. I know this gets a bit mellower with time, but I love the booze backing being more prominent. A fantastic beer and a top 3 stout for me.

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Photo of SilentBob2u2
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Stamped 11/17/09, consumed from a snifter on 3/6/15

I'm just going to get right to the point here. For being 5.5 years old, it's solid. I had the same beer last night, the 2014 version, and I must say that this aged version is more enjoyable but has its faults as well.

First off, it's a lot smoother, and more well rounded. However, in the middle of the taste I get a plastic flavor before the sweetness and alcohol flavors come through. The finish is warming, almost a slight burn. Tastes of molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, mild chocolate. The smell has a slight sourness to it however it does not come through in the taste.

My cellar was inconsistent for a year or so, temperatures ranging from 70 down to 50, was exposed to light for a day or 2 as well during moving into a new house. With that being said, I expected soured and skunked, so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and found how much of the original, complex flavor it has retained. In my opinion, I would not go past the 5.5 years, assuming it might have peaked around 4.5 years. Just my 2¢. Felt an obligation to the beer community to report these findings, hopefully someone finds them to be a bit of help or guidance.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a spiegalau stout glass.

Looks black with a light brown 2cm head. Smells of booze and raisins. Tastes of raisins more than your typical stout. Very boozy in the beginning; less once it warms up.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look-Very dark brown that isn't quite black, viscous as hell, pours a thin ring of lacing that clings nicely to the glass.
Smell-Lots of coffee, some chocolate, oak, raisins.
Taste-upfront are hints of chocolate,raisins,coffee, some toffee, then comes a HUGE punch of burning alcohol that completely overpowers all the other flavors that one gets for a half second on the first sip.
Feel-Full bodied, oily, almost no carbonation.
overall-i can see this beer being amazing after a decade, however even at three years old the alcohol was intolerable. drain poured.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tasting glass. Thanks for the share, Biggs.

A: Dark brown/black with a half finger tan head that lingers down to foamy bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Oak-y, smokey with tons of barley (just like the label says). Dark fruits, molasses.

T: This one is a "big boy" as Biggs called it. Take it easy and sip slowly. Taste is rich with great grainy substance; dates, raisins and figs on the backbeat. Lots of potency here, with the high alcohol content. It grabs you immediately. A bit of chocolate and anise pop up, too.

M: Medium with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this high octane beauty. So nice as it warms. It ages oh, so well.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at alehouse poured into snifter. Deep opaque black with a thin tan ring at the rim of the glass and a little oil slick in middle. Columns of tiny bubbles climb the side to maintain the head. Aroma is tons of roasted malt, carpet cleaner, raisins, and port. Taste is strong alcohol, charcoal, wood, vanilla, roast malts, raisin, and a sugary finish as it warms. Full bodied, creamy, slightly viscous texture, low but prickly carbonation, sweet and warming finish.

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Photo of fx20736
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet at cellar temp.


Smell: Rich,beyond coffee and chocolate, soy sauce like. Solvent aura.

Taste: ribbons of deep flavor

Feel: glycerine

Overall: a freak of a beer

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Photo of predikit
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aged 1 year. Pours dark brown, settles in the glass black. Left no real head, leaves no lacing.

Smells of dark fruit notes, molasses, fig, vanilla, plum, with a side of alcohol.

Tastes sweet and dark, fig and raisin, alcohol adds a biting quality that fades as coffee and chocolates take the middle and finish combines it all.

More toward medium bodied, smooth but slow to drink. Leaves a clean mouthfeel.

Very pleased I had the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of Nicked
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on: 12/11/2013
Serving type: bottle into snifter

A: deep black pour, no hint of color around the edges. Poured smoothly little carbonation no head at all. Thin tan line around the edge of the glass present the entire session.

S: massive dark fruit knows caramelized multi sweetness with notes of caramel and chocolate. You can smell that this is a huge beer.

T: first thing that strikes the pallet is a molasses/brown sugar sweetness, followed closely by dark fruits. Alcohol tingles my nostrils and it finishes like a sweet, dark roast coffee. Not a hoppy note in sight. Delicious!

M: medium, or oily body. Mild carbonation.

O: Great beer – hugely impressive. The name is apt – this is one big stout. Try it!

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Photo of mchegash
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH Signature Glass on 2/5/15. Bottling date 1/25/14.

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pitch black, about half a finger of quite dark tan head, dissipating down to a ring around the edge. Would have liked some more head, but overall, great look.

Smell - 4.5/5
MASSIVE smell. Delicious dark malts, dark fruit, very alcoholic, very sweet. One can just smell that this is going to be a great sbeer.

Taste - 5/5
Chocolate/cocoa, cherries, other dark fruit, vanilla, dark malts, alcohol. Light to moderate sweetness. Not too sweet, but just right. Clocking in at a massive 18%, the alcohol is very presence but extremely balanced with the rest of the beer. Many imperial stouts are too alcoholic. This one is not. This one is delicious, without the alcohol overpowering. This is truly a great beer. This is the first "5" I have ever given for taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Full bodied, medium high carbonation. If you take a sip and then sit for a minute, you can definitely feel a very slight alcohol "burn" in your mouth. Nice.

Overall - 4.5/5
Is this beer fantastic? Yes. Is this beer worth the cost? Maybe. It's very possibly my favorite imperial stout (though it's super hard to rank these things...and I don't even like ranking things to begin with). But at the same time, at $11 for a 12oz bottle, I'd much prefer go with a 6-pack of Bell's Expedition Stout for $16ish. Still, I am glad I tried this beer, and I'm sure at some point in the future I'll try it again. I don't really have the means for cellaring currently, but this is definitely a beer I would want to try that with.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/25/14 and poured 2/1/15 for Super Sunday. $11 single which is about on-par with what a bottle costs.

Appearance: Hard pour surprised me with a two finger, creamy brown head. The beer didn't look nearly as black/viscous as I thought it might on the pour. World Wide Stout is indeed black, but there's a ruby tint around the edges. Eventually there's a slight ring around the glass with no lacing on the glass.

Smell: I think I got a buzz just from smelling this beer. Insane. You'd think this was barrel aged with its insane aroma. Rich caramel, subtle coffee, sweet milk chocolate, alcohol, and a definite barrel-without-the-barrel vanilla quality. Beautiful, sweet beer, and one of the best stouts I've ever put my nose to.

Taste/feel: Only a true craft beer aficianado could appreciate this brew, in my opinion... this is an absolutely ginormous beer, unsurprisingly. Hard to really even describe what I'm tasting first with this beer because it's all there at once. Massive alcohol all over in this one, make no mistake -- even with a year of age on it, it's super pungent. The alcohol with the sweet malt and bitterness all thrown together almost puts forward a somewhat... salty flavor? I've gotten that in some high ABV stouts before, so this isn't the first. For other flavors, rich, huge roasted malts that give off a bit of a chocolate and coffee vibe. There's the usual essence of dark fruit there, too. I'm not really getting a huge amount of depth, but I am getting, of course, a huge amount of flavor from this 18% brew. The finish is dry, dry, dry -- I swear I can feel the alcohol drying off my tongue after the sip.

The mouth feel is surprisingly... light? It's about a medium bodied beer with a moderate-ish amount of carbonation. Maybe it's a good thing that this beer isn't too heavy, because it's already incredibly sweet and boozy at its ABV.

A legendary beer, without a doubt. As said by Dogfish Head, this really is almost more like a port than a beer due to its insane presence of alcohol on the tongue and with its warmth. As it warms, this beer really morphs into something special: cocoa, insane in-your-face alcohol, barrel-without-the-barrel woodiness... wow. Wow, wow, wow. I have another bottle of this that I will sit on for a handful of more years to see just how much it changes... hard to believe it could get much better than this. Indeed, one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Vogie
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled 1/25/2014.

Pours an ink black with hints of dark brown coming through when held to the light. Less than 1 inch of coffee colored pancake head that leaves a nice ring and some lacing. Aromas of rubbing alcohol, chocolate covered cherries, dark coffee beans. Taste follows the nose with dark chocolate, cherries, coffee beans, dark fruits, and an alcohol burn!! Medium body and a touch thin for this style but it works. No carbonation to speak of.

A very complex stout and just as advertised. Am I drinking a beer or port wine? Recommend sharing this bottle with someone you care about becauses the abv ranges from 15% to 20%. A boundary pushing beer that deserves respect.

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Photo of Jopetch83
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought 2 bottles upon the early release in 2014. I drank one and left one to age. As much as I enjoyed the first bottle for the traditional stout flavor, the aged bottle was much more rounded and was a lot easier to drink. Crazy to think that an 15% to 18% beer could be easy to drink, but it was like a fine whiskey. Can't wait for the next release.

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Photo of Onthe6ix
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worthy of 100. Pours very dark, with a nice golden foam head. Great smell. First sip was a strong alcohol taste, but at 18% what do you expect. Gets smoother with every sip after. Truly one of the greats.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in dec, 2013.
Enjoyed in sep 2015.

Well, it looks like most imperial stouts.

WOW! This is a boozy masterpiece. Are you sure it's not BA?

A 12 oz. bottle, even at 18%, simply isn't enough. I pick up a few of these every month and have never regretted paying $9/bottle.

Smooth, with tons of "character"...making every sip a real treat.

It's perfect- not much else to be said.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly my all-time favorite. Pitch black with a nice tan head. One of the most complex flavor profiles I've ever tasted: chocolate, fruit, alcohol, sweet but well-balanced by dark malt and hops. It's a masterpiece.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very rare in Indiana so when I found this for $9 a bottle I had no choice but to get this huge beer (wine).

A - Pours dark brown but in the glass is a nice dark black. It pours somewhat thick with khaki head and nice lacing.

S - First tones that I notice were the roasty, chocolate, and alcohol but closely accompanied by dark fruits, caramel and malt. No discernible hops but there is so much complexity that I really enjoyed it.

T - The first sip you are overwhelmed with the typical imperial stout flavors with roast, malt, caramel, cocoa, and alcohol. The alcohol is definitely present like a fine wine but there is so much other flavor that you loose the alcohol after the first few sips and are coddled by the sweeter chocolate and delightful roasted character.

M - Very full mouth-feel with light carbonation. Oddly enough not the thickest beer I've ever had but it's definitely apparent that it has >10% ABV. With all the gusto it does stick to your palate but it is a nice sticky.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer that I enjoyed. Unfortunately it isn't quite as delightful as Ten Fidy but with so much flavor packed into every sip hard to say anything bad about it. I know that there are some people out there that would have a hard time dealing with the thickness of this stout and the punch but I love it. Ultimately it would come down to price and availability for me to favor some of the other big beers but if you can get your hands on this one it is worth a try.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as deep and dark as a moonless night on the black water with a nice caramel head that dissipates shortly after the pour.

Smells heavily of barley and grain with some slight floral notes in the background. It also smells of dark fruit = plumb & raisin.

Taste is sweet barley and grain giving way to plumb and raisin with a slight bitter floral hop bite in the back. This is a rich complex brew with a lot to offer and new flavors coming out of the woodwork. It is big bad and delicious.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sweet hoppy smell. Has hints of that typical dogfish head aroma. Medium thick body. Black in color. Fairly light tasting. Can tell it’s high in alcohol. Some roasted taste. Sweet and very smooth.

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Photo of GoingPrimal
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Touted as "The worlds strongest stout with the depth of a tawny port." Coming in at 18%+ abv. On tap at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg.

Beautiful dark black, little to no head, what head there is is dark khaki. Nose is sweet, chocolate roasted malts. Very sweet, very chocolate. Taste is dark roasted malts, some coffee, cocoa powder, but not that creamy sort of chocolate, more of a dry one. Some faint cherry. No where near the complexity of Goose Island BCBS, but straightforward and quite delicious. Not any of that roughness present in some porters and stouts, drier, smoother. Little yeast presence, medium to medium-low hops. Hides the alcohol content amazingly well. Mouthfeel is smooth and becomes dry at the finish, with only a light alcohol burn. Overall a damn fine stout, smooth, balanced and quite strong.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Wow, so I had never had this because the sticker price always scared me off. Picked up 7 ounces at Always Ron's during happy hour for half price. OH MY! Here is one that beats the hype. Wonderful mix of dark fruits and roasted malt, there even seemed like a little coffee. Very creamy feel had me savoring. Would like to tell you how it changed as it warmed but it did not make it, which says a lot. At 18% it went down like lemonade. Outstanding beer that I cannot wait to have again.

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Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/2013

A: Raison, plum, dark malts,

S: Black and opaque, thin brown head that dissipates rather quickly but hangs on the the edges of the glass.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor, black licorice, Low, woody bitterness. A sweet, alcohol finish.

M: Creamy, Medium to heavy body, low carbonation, with a warming alchohol feel to it.

O: The flavors present meld together nicely. It's rather easy to drink considering it's strength. I wish it came around a little more often. Have one bottle left to last until the next release.

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