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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,800 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,800
Reviews: 1,624
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,271 | FT: 111
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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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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with the "bottled on" date partially smudged out with only the year, '06, ledgible. Leaves less than one finger in depth of an espresso-foam colored head that has no retention, quickly dissipating into a foam ring at the edge, and leaves no lacing. Body is black.

Smell - apples, butterscotch, medicinal alcohol, molasses, and dark crusted dark maltbread.

Taste - much like the smell, except with more of an acrid and burnt maltbread crust flavor washing through the apples, butterscotch, and molasses. Medicinal alcohol also washes through pleasantly, not as harsh as the abv might suggest, but with along the malt, it possibly contributes to the acrid, burnt maltbread crust flavor.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and very dry.

Drinkability - the very, very high abv obviously severely limits sessionability. That said, I find this to be decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 14:57:17 | More by ultralarry2006
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drseamus

New York

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I did a small blind vertical tasting with a 2003 and a 2006 vintage poured into identical DFH snifters. On the flavor, it was easy as pie to distinguish the two vintages.

This review is for the 2003.

A: This looks very similar to the '06 except it has less head. Jet black body with dark ruby notes around the edges.

S: There is only a bit of alcohol in the aroma on this, much less than the '06. I get a bunch of port wine, molasses, caramel, raisins, and other dark fruits. Especially after smelling the '06, this one smells awesome.

T: Damn. This is good. Day and night with the '06. No alcohol bite at all but it warms my belly on every sip. There are a bunch of dark fruits in here with some chocolate also. Sweetness increases towards the end but remains in check.

M: INCREDIBLY smooth. Medium mouthfeel and it doesn't need any more.

D: I was torn between rating this a 4 or a 4.5. On the positive side, it is a great sipping beer. This beer hides it's ABV amazingly and is incredibly smooth in an almost port wine or brandy kind of way. On the other hand, the ABV is really high for a beer and that does limit the drinkability. It's really good though.

Overall, the '03 and the '06 are totally different beers. The '06 is good, but the '03 blows it out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 03:28:01 | More by drseamus
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in 06, drunk in 07.

Well I finally get around to reviewing this interesting brew... I've had it a few times before but never taken extensive notes on it. As luck would have it, I got to try this the same night as a Dark Lord. That ain't going to happen again soon.

Worldwide perhaps should be called "midnight" as that's what springs to mind when pouring this utterly black beer. There's a spotty, uneven head comprised of various sized bubbles that fade quickly, leaving a deep oily looking stout in my goblet.

I put my nose to the glass and get a truckload of super sweet roasted malt. Smells syrupy, not unlike a pancake topping... lots of rich notes here, chocolate, burnt grains, honey, alcohol and carbon mostly. Not terribly complex, but very sweet.

My first thoughts on sipping this beer are always the same: This can't possibly be 18%. It's just a roasted malt bomb; just malt piled upon more malt. Roasted, slick, and did I mention sweet? Charred wood / sugar and cocoa and a deadening rich sweetness both start and finish this beer. A bit much, really, but certainly tasty. I still maintain it would be good on pancakes.

Worldwide is slick, creamy, and rich in the mouth, not unlike the aforementioned Dark Lord (but not as sticky, either). A definite sipper.

Worldwide is a good beer for what it is, and a fascinating experiment, but not very drinkable... more of a curiosity than anything else. The scarcity and price of this beer (around $10 for 12 ounces) relegate this to those rare moments when you want to impress your friends or get your enemies really, really drunk.

In any event, a tip of the hat to Dogfish for trying something wild. Buy some and lay it down for a while for best results.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 00:31:41 | More by kkipple
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briman

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours pitch black, & opaque. Nice fluffy 1 inch dark brown head, with excellent retention, and some but not a lot of lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol.

Flavor is loaded with dark fruits, roasted malts. Stong malt presence throughout, finishing with a little bit of coffee, maybe a glimmer of some balancing hops & a warm alcohol bite.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Slick, but coating mouthfeel. Smooth alcohol burn goes all the way down. Well balanced overall, though hops are virtually undetectable. Alcohol, though obvious throughout, is well integrated as well. Surprisingly easy to drink, so much so that I had to pace myself a bit. Certainly not something for everyday, but good enough for the occasional indulgence. For the record, this one is an Oct/05 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 00:59:12 | More by briman
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Perfect. Black with creamy light tan head that remains for the life of the beer.

S- Wonderful. Sweet malt, coffee, dates and raisins, chocolate, some burnt sugar.

T- Much like the aroma, sweet malt at first, followed by burnt molasses and cane sugar. The slight burnt character balances it a bit, but overall it leans far toward the sweet.

M- Smooth, chewy, thick, and a long lasting finish. A bit of warming alcohol with a smooth center, like honey.

D- This is excellent. It's not the best, but it's one that i could drink an awful lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 04:49:13 | More by khiasmus
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan. 2005 vintage.

Poured in a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/8" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to a layer of tiny swirly bubbles, with froth around the rim. Aroma is alcohol, alcohol, oh and yes, alcohol. Some dark fruitiness does almost make it presence known, however. Taste starts with sweet dark maltiness, shows a glimpse of some prune/raisin character, and then hits the alcohol. Warns all the way down, and even leaves the lips a little numb. Mouthfeel is odd, starts thick, then seems to almost evaporate. Warming down the throat reminds you that you really did swallow it. Drinkability is actually not as scary as it should be, after a could of sips. An amazing feat of brewing, but not something I'd get back to very often.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 00:24:54 | More by ppoitras
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Brad007

Vermont

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a dark, non-transparent color. Aroma has hints of rich,dark chocolate/irish cream to it. Taste is somewhat sweet and delicious with the chocolate showing more, giving way to a backbone of alcohol. Rich and chewy in the back of the throat. Dry. Would make a perfect dessert beer. Strong, yes, but it doesn't shy from drinkability one bit. I would buy this if it ever showed up around here. Then again, I've never reviewed a Double stout.

Impressive still.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 04:18:19 | More by Brad007
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kajerm

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle, dated 10/10/2006; dark green cap. "Vim and vigor" was a cool slogan; DFH should bring it back.

Pours pitch-black and surprisingly carbonated with a cool-looking speckled head and good lacing. Can't believe that CO2 can live in this beer, but it poured like Coke.

The smell is intense and very weird; whatever DFH has put in here has sort of all blended together into one bizarre aroma that's hard to tease apart. Alcohol and is definitely there, as is residual sugar and dark fruit, maybe figs. Alcohol smell is massive, to the point of reminding me of a lab I worked in. A little vanilla/woodiness, but it's really just one huge amalgam of stuff, tied together with ethanol. No black malts are evident, but really, who the hell could tell from this beer by smelling it. After a few more sniffs, this is actually pretty nice; I think I can pick up some fusels, which I guess is no surprise.

Opens super-sweet, bordering on cloying. As the massive sugar dies down, the alcohol immediately takes over; the alcohol flavor is surprisingly vinous. Just as it's about to suck the last remaining life out of my tongue, a little black malt astringency comes around to remind me that this is, in fact, a stout. As I taste it a little more I can recognize some vanilla-type flavors. A raisiny, belgian-type flavor hangs in the background throughout. I get the feeling that this would be hugely complex if it weren't so damned sweet.

I like this much better than the insipid, abysmal Raison d'Extra, but they commit the same sin-- trying to hide their XTREEM alcohol with sugar.

I find myself drinking this beer in a very weird way, holding each sip for a long time before swallowing. it takes a while for the sweetness to die down, and once it does, this has a chance to be a pretty good beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy and totally devoid of CO2 snap-- I guess the bubbles flew right out of solution as soon as I opened this. The late-palate booze sucks out your soul through your tongue. I sort of like it though, the silky smoothness followed by the fire.

Drinkable in the sense that its a nontoxic liquid (and that's about it.)

It's sort of mystifying to me that both of the high-ABV DFH extremes would have the same problem, and that that same problem wouldn't be due to the ABV. The difference, though, is that Raison d'Extra is crap. This is actually a good beer, but not much of a stout. Dropping some of the residual sweetness (and maybe a little of the fruitiness) could make this a really great beer (and it'd be all the more extreme for tasting as hot as it is.)

I see all the other reviews are calling this a remarkable achievement. I'd agree, but the sugar really hurts this beer. DFH, if you're listening, I have one word: attenuation.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 06:26:06 | More by kajerm
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to my Dogfish Head snifter. Pours very thick and dark brown. Smell is a boozy, roasted imperial stout. With the high alcohol content it does have quite a bit of a liquor flavor going on. Surprisingly with the high ABV this thing is dangerously a real easy drinker. I’ve got several more that I’m putting down for some time. It’ll be interesting to see what some age does to these. Keep up the good work Sam.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 22:29:38 | More by FtownThrowDown
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10-29-05. Very black in appearance though not viscous looking. Thin brown head that quickly leaves a ring. Tangy nose of raspberry fruit, chocolate and alcohol fume.

The taste has an intense tangy sweetness, raspberry-like, with some nice milk chocolate in the mix. The alcohol remains well subdued, providing only a little heat toward the finish. The mouthfeel is only slightly thick on the palate, with light/thin carbonation.

Not bad overall and more drinkable than expected. I think I would let this thing mellow a couple more years.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 21:34:27 | More by bennetj17
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense opaque black with a 1/2" head that dissipates to a small cap, then foam at edges.

Roasted malt predominant with fig and/or raisin to the nose.

Taste is spectacular, roasted malt with some fruit notes. Alcohol very well hidden considering how high the ABV is.

Marvelous mouthfeel, so smooth, full bodied and mouth coating.

Drinkability is high despite the ABV. Just a wonderful experience to finally get my hands on a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 03:41:32 | More by techdiver
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sinistermadman

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 10/10/06
Pours a deep, opaque black color with a creamy nut toned head which almost immediately settles to a ring around the periphery of the glass.

Nice aroma of toasty-roasty grains, alcohol, and faint chocolate. A wonderful bouquet only detracted by the alcohol aroma. Extremely lush, creamy presence on the palate. Full body with modest carbonation level. Taste is multi-faceted bringing on everything from light fruit notes (fig/raisin/prune etc.), chocolate, coffee - all with a ghostly alcohol singe that is evident, but not intrusive. Truly a fabulous creation. I don't regret paying $9 for the 12oz bottle. Drinkability is excellent especially considering the abv. I wonder what an aged version would taste like... An excellent brew that I will seek out in the future. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 01:34:57 | More by sinistermadman
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as black as coal with a slight tan head that fades quickly. A minimum of lacing is left behind.

Aroma is thick with espresso and dark chocolate, dark fruits like raisins and prunes and the slight burn of alcohol and bitter hops. the taste is similar, the strong espresso up front, followed by the dark fruits and finally the alcohol and bitter hop burn in the finish. Wow. You know this is strong but would probably not guess in the 18% range.

Not too thick in the mouth, and the alcohol leaves you dry at the end. This is a sipper that I plan on nursing for the next two periods of the hockey game!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 19:00:29 | More by ZimZamZoom
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bradford

California

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to geexploitation I got to try this beer I hear so much about.
Appearance: black, thick, viscous
smell: A lot going on here. A lot of roasted malt, some vanilla and chocolate hints, and a lot more malt
Taste: Amazing malt taste. Despite the loads of alcohol, the burn wasn't too bad, actually rather enjoyable
mouthfeel: smooth. the massive grain bill for this adds something very distinct and original to the mouthfeel
Drinkability: since this was such a rare treat I shared when I was home for Easter with my brother, mom, dad, sister, and 3 of my closest friends. Everyone got a taste and agreed it was an exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 16:22:38 | More by bradford
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blitz134

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't know why I pulled this one out of the "cellar" tonight...but I did.

Pours kind of thin looking actually. Body is almost pitch black, some light shows through at the edges. Small tan head showed up and retreated back to a thinish layer. I'm surprised it held any head at all with this ABV.

There is a bit of alcohol showing through in the nose, but not too bad. Dark toasted malts, a bit of chocolate brownie. Some vinous aspects as well. I don't find the nose overly complex.

Dark roasted malt flavors again, but they only share a role with some vinous fruits again probably from the alcohol which isn't overly evident initially. Finish has a touch of dark chocolate and some brownie again. Then after the next swallow before the next sip the alcohol rears its head. Surprisingly it only offers a little burn and isn't over bearing.

Mouthfeel is kinda medium. Low carbonation. Coats the mouthwell but washes away pretty cleanly and leaves a little hint of flavor.

Decent drinkability, especially considering this beer's size. Not something I'd have all the time, but this one isn't so huge that I wouldn't revisit it. Definately worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 03:32:02 | More by blitz134
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark... Opaque

1/4" tan head... poured into DFH snifter... Thanks Aprilluvsbeer!

Awesome swirl... Beer looks great...

Caramel notes on the nose.. malty... raisiny... smoky...

Silky mouthfeel... leaves a pleasant, pleasing creaminess on the palate... nice alcohol burn... excellent.

Lovely roasted malt character with tons of dark figgy fruitiness... chocolatey... bourbon... caramel.

Quite good... quite very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 16:07:51 | More by Fugazme
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

1.73/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottled 10/10/06 - Aged six months until I couldn't take its presence in my closet any longer.

A - Black ichor with a monsterous head that lingers down to an extremely dense frothy brown cappachino foam with a decent ring of lacing left on the sides.

S - Malty. Molasses, black patent malt, chocolate and a lot of alcohol.

T - Boozy. A bit of sickenly sweet smoky chocolate that is accompanied by a medicinal/fusel alcohol. The aftertaste is medicinal alcohol and burnt sugar. Rather cloying - in fact, the only reason it is not oppressively cloying is because the searing effect from the fusel alcohol fumes.

M - Thick, smooth, drying from alcohol, a tad gummy in the mouth as well - let's not forget the "hard liquor"-esque alcohol burn on the finish.

D - This is 18% - there is no way this could be considered as a drinkable beer. I am already a bit drunk and I have half the bottle to go. It isn't pleasant really. It also isn't an enjoyable experience. I had this once before and thought it was pretty awful. I gave this sometime to cool its head but to no effect. The only way I will try this again is if offered, and even then, only then if the bottle has been sitting for a couple years (perhaps decades) - although frankly, I don't see how age could help this brew. Definitely not worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 02:06:01 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a super thick, pitch black with no head but rather a thin, bubbly film of coffee-colored lace.

The aroma was rich, sweet and intense from the moment the bottle was opened. Dark chocolate was instantly recognizable along with strong coffee, a powerful oakiness and a port wine-like alcohol punch. Juicy stone fruits, including cherries and plums, were also noticeable.

The taste was dark and potent from start to finish. Super malty rich up front (deep roasted malts) with a big alcohol kick following. The alcohol, as strong as it was, was surprisingly smooth and sweet and did not become overwhelming until the end of the drink. Bakers chocolate and deep roasted coffee flavors were then noticeable along with dark, dried fruits including raisins, currants and prunes. An oaky, smoky, woody, bourbon-like quality then proceeded to coat my tongue and last into the somewhat sweet yet relatively short-lived finish. The alcohol warming in the back of the mouth and the throat was pleasant and not as hot as I had anticipated. As the beer warmed, some hoppiness emerged on the palate and more in the finish, but this remained minimal.

Mouthfeel was super thick, chewy and quite creamy with only a tiny amount of carbonation.

At 18% ABV, I found this beer to be surprisingly drinkable.

At $9 a bottle, I would consider this to be a rare and unique indulgence that all beer connoisseurs should try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 18:03:51 | More by Damian
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sleazo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Union Sq Whole Foods. $7.99 I let it sit out for about a half hour to warm up. Bottled on 10/10/06. I probably could've let this one sit but....it is scaring me a little bit.

A-Pours a jet black with a very small head. The head dissiptaes within a minute leaving a few murky puddles of bubbles

S-Caramel coated cherries and plums. The alcohol also permeates the nose when you inhale. Hell it is three feet from me and i can smell it. So many odours, this is lovely.

T-Sweet and port like. The taste lingers on the tongue, raisins, cherries, chicory and chocolate. Slightly different than the smell. This somehow reminds me of a Dr Browns Black Cherry Soda mixed with a tawny Port and an Imperial stout. Christ there is alot going on here. I know the alcohol is in here but it doesnt overwhelm.

M-Very little carbonation, syrupy and sweet.

D-What a wonderful dessert beverage. This is more akin to an Amaretto or a Port. Very sweet but not harsh like so many other beers wih less alcohol. This also goes really well with a little Bleu Cheese as my after NY Rangers Playoff win treat. My only complaint is that I wish it either came in smaller bottles or had a resealable cork like port does.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 02:55:35 | More by sleazo
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lpayette

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Details- 12oz bottle. I believe this was a fall 2006 vintage, but there is no indication on the bottle to tell. Enjoyed 4-14-07.

Appearance- Pours nearly pitch black with some brown hues evident while pouring. Thick and syrupy. About a 1 finger head that's medium brown in color. Good lacing for the relatively small head.

Smell- Extraordinarily rich and complex malt. Chocolate fudge, raisins, a bit of near-boozy alcohol, roasted malt with a bit of smoke. Hops are there, but well-hidden.

Taste- Chocolate fudge and near-boozy alcohol. Roasted malt covers some over-ripened darker fruits (cherry). Very strong alcohol. Some vanilla-like characterist- ics.

Mouthfeel- Huge full flavor. Very chewy. Like eating chocolate cake. The definition of full-bodied. Ample, yet light carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a hard category for this style... The flavors of this didn't get old or become too much, but this is definitely a sipping beer any way you slice it- and it's so thick you probably could. For 18% however, this is pretty drinkable. I'd love to see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 04:31:03 | More by lpayette
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Major appreciation to Ddarden for this!! Pours an efferevescent mahogany/jet black with 1 finger of brown sand colored head in to my Donnersburger goblet. Spotty lacing & good head retention considering the abv

S: Cakey, plummy & ruch choclate up front. Booze surfaces as this warms, go figure...

T: Bitter chocolate, roasted grain & oakyness. Warming booze & raisins are there as this warms. I pick up sherry, Christmas pudding & dryness. Fishises warming, oaky, chocolatey rich & and complex

MF: Thick & oily, plus low/low carbonation. Something tho chew on

Drinks a bit ponderous. But one you could probably lay down for years & years then you'll get sublime drinkability. Another candiate for tripple stout IMO

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 04:18:07 | More by russpowell
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rabsten

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At last: The mythic World Wide Stout.

From a $9.95 12oz bottle into a pub pint glass. Dark as pitch, brown head. Bubbles like a cola with a similar sound, and lasts about as long. Cascading head. Some lacing in clumps.

Odd, unique aroma. Kinda soapy. Alcohol. All kinds of organic chemistry goin' on.

Taste: Chicory, raisins, bordeaux. Alcohol and instant warmth on the palate. Intense. As big a beer as big beer gets.

Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Again, comparisons to bordeaux come up. As it warms it becomes port-like.

Drinkability: Compared to beer in general, not that high. But taking it for what it is, fair to good drinkability,

Bottom line: Not a paradigm shifting beer but good all around.Probably not worth the $10 a bottle but I'm glad I gave it a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 22:50:26 | More by rabsten
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is a 2005 vintage.

A - Pours as black as black gets with a 1 finger tan creamy head that leaves patches of lacing all the way until the end. I am impressed with the head and lacing for such a high ABV beer.

S - Dark fruits of raisins and prunes, caramel, chocolate, overall sweetness present.

T - Raisins and prunes mixed with dark (maybe slightly bitter) chocolate. Taste is sweet but not as sweet as aroma. I am also getting an oaky alcohol presence that adds to the complexity and reminds me of sipping on a fine bourbon that slowly turns into a slight burn as it warms that reminds me of a harsher more potent Bourbon.

M - Full body that doesn't feel so heavy due to light carbonation. Surprising dry finish for it being on the sweet side that is causing me to sip this one way to fast. Alcohol warming feeling but the taste for 18% is hidden fairly well by the complexity.

D - A tasty beer that has stood up nicely over 2 years. The 18% ABV and $7.99 per 12oz make this one difficult to be a regular drinker but definitely a beer for a special occasion. As I get to the end of the glass, I feel like I just ran a marathon.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 23:35:12 | More by brewcrew76
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DIPAbrewer

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Bought two 12 oz bottles of the 2006 vintage with green caps. This beer poured out black as tar and very thick. The head was coffee colored and sank back into the beer quickly.

The aroma was sweet and dark. The hop aroma left a little to be desired. Overall the aroma was pleasant.

The taste of this beer hits you like sipping a liquer. It could have passed for stout flavored shnapps. It was a thick and sweet brew that lingered on the tongue. The sweetness was a little too much, I expected it to be more bitter.

Overall it was an interesting beer to try and talk about and one of the strongest I've tried, but it's not for everyday. The second bottle should age nicely for a year or two when I will revisit and expect to find it even more interesting

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 20:30:21 | More by DIPAbrewer
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scottoale

California

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerBeing for this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle packaged in "05 pours out a licorice black with an inch thick cocoa brown foamy head with decent retention. Good carbonation and a bit of lace as well.

Sweet booze laden nose with notes of bourbon, licorice, coffee bean, oak, fig, prune and raisins. Really smells nice and complex.

The taste mimics the smell with a nicely melded blend of the forementioned and amplified by the high ABV...great tasting brew, much too my liking. Complex and bold...there is a lot of flavor going on here. A little on the sweet side, yet balanced for the most part...big body with a big boozy aspect, my kind of beer!

Very easy to drink but you best sip this one and enjoy it fully. Great stuff!!!

Serving type: bottle

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