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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,679 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,679
Hads: 4,426
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 705
Gots: 1,617 | 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: 1,679 | Hads: 4,426
Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet at cellar temp.

Look:

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

Taste: ribbons of deep flavor

Feel: glycerine

Overall: a freak of a beer (192 characters)

Photo of predikit
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Nicked
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (727 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,583 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (2,427 characters)

Photo of Vogie
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of Jopetch83
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Onthe6ix
5/5  rDev +22%
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. (206 characters)

Photo of GerryPendry
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (218 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
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 (1,520 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (197 characters)

Photo of GoingPrimal
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.88/5  rDev +19%

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. (493 characters)

Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 355 ml bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated November 4, 2014.

A-A normal pour discloses a nearly black ale with about a finger of medium-brown head. The retention is pretty good for a beer with this type of ABV. The beer is mostly still from what I can see.

S-The aroma is big and pure with lots of chocolate, roasted barley, and some burnt sugar. It is creamy and smooth for such a big beer. I am enjoying the lack of barrel trickery or adjunct flavors here.

T-The taste, like the smell, is quite smooth. Flavors include heavy chocolate (milk and dark chocolate flavors, but more dark chocolate), burnt sugar, some vanilla creaminess, and some roasted barley. There is a bit of heat up front and some raisin fruit on the finish. The brew picks up some spice as it warms, but bitterness remains low.

M-The feel is quite smooth with lower levels of carbonation and a moderate-to-heavy weight.

O-What a great beer. This thing drinks dangerously easy for the ABV. I think that good, non-BA stouts get lost among the current barrel craze, but this beer proves that big, non-BA beers can be quite delicious. (1,124 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Dark black with very little head. Due to the lack of head the beer left no lacing. My first impression from the nose is pure alcohol. I didn't percieve any roasted, malt, or Hop notes. I did pick up on a dark fruit and slight roasted aroma my second go around, which was subtle. It tastes similar to its nose, alcohol with a slight roasted flavor. I wasn't expecting anything. Extrodinary, but I was disappointed. The mouthfeel wasn't as thick as I would have expected. Overall, it's more enjoyable than 120, but I would not purchase again. (540 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a stunning beer, one of my all time favorites. This time I'm drinking a 2011 bottle, poured into a tulip. I think this beer is great aged, but it's pretty great without the extra years on it, and I've had it both ways.

The best beers are more than the sum of their parts, and this is one of those. It's dark, it's got a great aroma, it's got a ton of flavor, but it's really the overall balance of everything that is remarkable. With an 18% ABV, there could be an alcohol burn, but there isn't. ABV is obvious but not intrusive, if that makes any sense. This beer doesn't burn, which means you can easily get into DUI territory without being hardly aware of it.

It's called a "Stout" but it won't remind you of most other stouts. It's really more like a Belgian Quad (powerful flavors, sweet, raisiny). The fruity, cocoa influence is stronger than the roasty flavors you'll find in most stouts.

In fact, it's nearly one of a kind. Spectacular stuff, don't miss it! (986 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $9 or so - 2010 edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a below average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla and charred/burnt flavour.

Overall - One little sip and I could feel the booze setting in. High octane but surprising well balanced flavour wise. For a 2010 brew this still has quite a bit of a bitter/charred flavour during the aftertaste. This could probably age another 5 years easily. Very drinkable which is scary given the ABV. I've had over 2000 different beers and this one is definetly memorable. A beer all craft fans should try at one point. (915 characters)

Photo of delta490
5/5  rDev +22%

Pours a pitch black with about a half finger of coffee colored head. Head didn't last long and left no lacing. The aroma is very strong coffee with a hint of alcohol sweetness in the background. The taste is also the coffee/alcohol sweetness. Its also not heavy in its texture, which it easily could be, considering. The 18% ABVis not pronounced and this is easy drinking for such a big stout. The only downside is how much it costs for a 12 oz. bottle. (453 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage purchased at the DFH brew pub years back, from their cellar. Dark green cap.

A bit lighter in color and body than expected. Black with burnt brown edges. Little to no head, but entirely expected. There was still a nice hiss when I released the cap. It's held up well in the carbonation department.

Smell is powerful. Molasses, raisins, and licorice/anise flavors upfront. A bit of char and espresso mid-palate. Very mellow, very smooth. A touch oxidized; given its age, I somewhat expected this despite appropriate storage. I've never aged a beer this long, so I'm pleased, at the very least, that it doesn't taste exclusively like sherry. Finishes on the dry side and is full-bodied. Alcohol is buried -- proceed with caution. Overall, very good and very glad to have tried WWS in its aged format.

Drinks like a liqueur. Definitely an after dinner drink. Substitute for port or sherry. (904 characters)

Photo of Samp01
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009. Pours a dark chestnut black. Aroma is sweet dark fruit essence, black cherries, some roasted caramel malt, raisin and plum notes. Taste is sweet dark fruit, black cherries, molasses, chocolate dark roasted caramel malt, sweet alcohol, raisin and dried plums. Palate is a full creamy body, slight sticky mouthfeel and smooth going down. The finish is same as taste. dark roasted caramel malt, with a very pleasant sweet alcohol dark fruity black berry, raisin and plum flavor, molasses, slightly dry and mild bitter ending. Considering the high alcohol content it smooth. Overall delicious. flavorful, wonderful after dinner drink for a cold evening. (663 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours dark black with a minimal head. Strong malts and booze. Very distinct malts and booze but pleasant. Minor notes of leathers, coco, and coffee. Smooth given the abv. Moderate carbonation.

This is very good. (216 characters)

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