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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,300
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
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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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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a near opaque black, which only turns brown when made very thin in the glass. There is only a slight bit of deep tan head, which is expected dude to the high ABV.

Smells boozy, with caramel, dark fruits, and just a hint of coffee underlying the booziness. Also some caramel. It could be a perfect aroma, but the alcohol covers up the other components just a little bit too much.

Taste starts off with an amazing amount of dark fruits: figs and raisins are the most prevalent. That is followed by a bit of bittersweet chocolate, with just a hint of coffee and caramel in there as well. The flavor finishes with some alcohol warmth, which feels incredible after the flavor is finished. Just a perfect flavor in my mind.

Slightly below average level of carbonation, with a syrupy body that coats the mouth with all the flavors present. For 18% abv, this beer is dangerously drinkable.

Photo of BMoney575
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-26-10
Bottled on 11-12-08

Pours a deep dark brown color with a tinge of red. Not as black as I expected, nor as opaque. A filmy brown head quickly bubbles away, leaving a thick an sticky-looking surface.

Smell is mega-sweet and boozy, to a degree that any malt aromas are largely masked. What's left is tons of fermented fruit, burnt sugar and enough alcohol to actually tickle your nose.

Taste is extremely strong at first, with harsh alcohol and super sweet malt. After a few sips, though, it really starts to mellow. Flavors of molasses and anise peek through, with the hops coming in at the very end to add a bit of earthiness. The finish is dry and very wine-like, with the hops lingering on.

Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy, magnifying the flavors and booze. Perfect for a sipper like this.

Drinkability is tough at first, then becomes quite enjoyable. The alcohol really kicks, contributing to the fun.

Overall, I've not had one in several years, and this is not what remembered. Still, very different and one of the most intense beers I've ever had. Glad I have more in the cellar.

Photo of joebrewinesq
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer was/ is delicious. It stood up to the 12oz filet I grilled in my backyard. The stout was a full alcohol filled brew that I would pour again any time. Poured a finger thin dark cream head and like most good stouts just tasted better with every sip. I live in CA and bought this brew in Arizona. I only hope DFH distributes more beer in CA.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled 8/31/05

A: a very dark amber color with no head

S: Sweet, boozy, and a bit roasted. Seems to have some chocolate to it. Not an overpowering scent though.

T: I remember this beer (in fresh form) as being over the top chocolate sweetness. Well, it's still over the top and the chocolate still remains.. however the sweetness doesn't seem so deadly and a very strong cherry flavor has come out. It's not as boozy as expected either.

M: Doesn't burn too much and is relatively smooth. Body is a bit syrupy.

D: Not one you'd drink every night.

Overall, I've had this beer a few times and it still hits hard every time. It seems to cellar well but does become a slightly different beer by doing so. Either way I'd recommend WWS as a cheap way to experience a truly Big Stout.

Photo of branimal9
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Barley's Greenville 5/20/2010. Shared with Ronzonie.

Pours black as the night itself. Tilting it to my nose, it smells like I've just dunked my head inside a paint can, if paint cans were instead made out of bourbon barrels. In a good way. Is that nail polish in there as well? Then there are other aromas that might seem more pleasant - chocolate & vanilla. At first sip, damn - this is an oily, syrupy sweet beast of a beer. Raisins, dark fruit, port-like. Smoky. Despite the ABV and sweetness, this beer is drinkable as hell; it goes down way too easy. Glad to have the opportunity to try this monsterous ale. If you can find it, this guy is definitely worth trying.

Photo of vette2006c5r
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout poured black with very little head, it smelt and tasted of chocolate, and hops. The overall taste was out of this world, this may have been the best beer I ever had, fantastic, even though its a stout it was easy to drink, and the high ABV may be the only thing stoping you from having more. Overall a beyond fantasic beer, a must have.

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours dark as night, almost no head, bubbles around the edges. Thick on the glass.

S-Awesome sweet chocolate aroma. I don't get even a hint of alcohol.

T-Chocolate, roasty, there's the alcohol. Big flavors on this one.

M-Full body and good carbonation.

Definitely a sipper. Delicious beer I'm definitely gonna store some of these.

Photo of AdvocateFan
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a review of a 6-year old bottle that I've been hanging on to... Bottled in 2004.

Semi-roasted nose, some sweetness, a bit of sour/tart character, and plenty of well-earned oxidation notes. Faintly lactic. Charcoal. Past-prime oranges rolled in oats and dark chocolate. I have to think that the recipe for this beer changed in 2005 or so as the 2004 and earlier vintages that I had (when fresh) tasted very different than what came after (less of the now characteristic Dogfish Head sweet-factor.) At this point, it's impossible to tell if it's the age on it or a different recipe, but there's very little booze on the nose, even though I'm pretty sure this was bottled around 18-20% ABV. Oh good Lord, the alcohol does, however, remain present on the palate. Wow. Very warming, and the heat from the alcohol is really just wonderful as this is making for a very rewarding digestif.

Chocolate notes are big. There's virtually no coffee, and far less sweetness than I remember in newer vintages or in this beer when it was young (the bottom of the bottle had no sedimentation, so I don't know if there was any bottle conditioning/fermentation burning through the residual sugars--didn't look like it--may just be the oxidation/age.) There's an unusual note, the product of age and/or oxidation, that can only be described as cherry flavored Chapstick.

Fades with alcohol warmth, some dark fruits (faint cherry juice, currants) and 70%+ cocoa dark chocolate and the typical oxidation character present in many of the world-class versions of old ale.

Drinking a 6-year old beer carries its risks--you never know how it's going to hold up and this beer, while very sturdy, wasn't necessarily designed to be consumed this long after bottling. But the beer holds up and has aged gracefully. A very rare treat indeed--and far more mellow than the fresh batches.

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 2008. Pours a pitch black color with a thin tan head, good lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, roasted, lots of prune/raisin/grape, alcohol, and chocolate. Flavor is sweet malts, chocolate, raisins, wood, roasted bitterness, coffee, black licorice, and a hint of smoke at the end. Mouthfeel is full, syrupy, flat, bitter and alcoholic. Very complex, but still fairly balanced for such a malty beer. Great, definitely a sipper.

Photo of thagr81us
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Pours black with a nice two-finger tan head but subsides quickly to a one-finger head and stays throughout. Had very nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a hint of alcohol. The flavor of this one was very sweet with alcohol and a hint of wood. It was pretty heavy on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice stout from Dogfish Head. The sweet notes definitely make the beer more enjoyable as it countacts the alcohol notes present. Worth a try for anyone who can get their hands on it. But I suggest sticking to one...

Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 12 oz. bottle while sautéing some ahi on the stove, and not at Rehobeth Ave. though thanks for asking. This brew pours a dead black and sports half an inch of mocha foam. Head settles out quickly yet keeps a light cap and offers temporary lacing throughout.

Nose is roasted malt and some cherry liqueur, bit of chocolate. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Not terribly complex here, just a big ass beer.

Flavor is quite sweet and dense with a fruity finish. Alcohol is less notable on the palate than the nose though the sweetness that hides it is rather potent in itself. Like the nose however, this just seems like a highly concentrated version of an OK stout. Nothing jumps out other than the brute force of the alcohol even as the smell expands with warming.

Feel is expectedly rich and viscous for its robust numbers yet the beer manages to not becoming overly cloying in nature and remains quite drinkable.

Simply a huge though one sided beer that would likely be quite average if diluted in half to a 'meager' 9%. Nonetheless quite interesting and worth a try, though I don't expect to return anytime soon.

Note: Bottling date 11/17/09

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

World Wide Stout | 330 ml. | 18% ABV | 2009

Brewed by: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Delaware.
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: Pint

Deep dark brown with a creamy mocha/tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Intoxicating... literally. Somehow it smells like dark fruits, chocolate, and a thick malt backbone.

Dark chocolate and something like sweet prunes or raisins comes in first, followed by cinnamon and brown sugar. Then comes a slow but fiery burn. The end is waves of thick boozy heat and a cola-like finish. Unlike, the 120 minute IPA, I think the alcohol is quite well masked.

*Note: I had this closer to room temperature than is recommended. There's a good chance it would taste even less boozy were it cooler. I'll keep this in consideration for a future update

Smooth and a bit syrupy, though not excessively so. I imagine it rolling down my throat like a seething, churning torrent. Take that as you will.

I was quite impressed by how well everything holds together given the high ABV. The initially high sweetness is cut towards the middle of the sip, yielding a more balanced flavor. Of course, the 18% cannot hide. You really start to feel it burning early on. Definitely a sipper. Would I have it again? Not any time soon. Brews of this strength are typically not my thing. That said, I'm glad I tried it once, and I was not disappointed.

Bottled on: November 17, 2009 (6 months ago)
Price: ?

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy world wide stout.

A- Black in the glass with some reddish coca-cola like edges. Head didn't stay long enough for me to write about it. I guess it was a light brown.

S- Alcohol. Smells just like some sort of candy but I can't remember what it is and it's really bugging me. Maybe tootsie roll or raisin glossettes. Some cigarette smoke in the end. A little cocoa.

T- This is fackin special. A strong dark ale-stout. Bitter cocoa after-taste. Alcohol really only shows up when it's at room temp which is impressive.

M- Full. Low carbonation. Not that viscous. Not as thick as I thought it would be.

D- Great drinkability considering the abv. I'd maybe have two.

I was not disapointed by this. A VERY good, special beer. But do I want to purchase it again? I don't know.

Photo of bs870621345
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is really dark, black as night. No head and minimal lacing.

Smells like roast, coffee, caramel, alcohol, some fruitness.

Dark fruits up front with some roast, cherry coke on the middle, and alcohol on the end.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Good carbonation, light in the mouth and goes down easy.

Overall, its hard to drink. One bottle is way too much for one person, probably a nice sipper for two. Its good, nothing great and worth a try for sure.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark chocolate brown with light deep ruby highlights; headless for me

s: dark chocolate syrup; raisins; light sourness;

t: dark chocolate; serious abv; prune juice; warmer plum with a light sour tinge rises as you drink; dry cocoa; a sweet syrupy brown sugar finish;

m: smooth; a little syrupy for me; very mild and pleasant carb

d: a decent brew, although, i think this bottle cost me like 8 bucks so maybe the cost benefit analysis is not in its favor; but worth a try no doubt because it is a decent beer

Photo of movingtrain
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this at Party Town in Florence, KY. This one was pulled through a hop-backish contraption that was filled with chocolate and espresso beans. Unique...I'm excited to try it.

Pours a fine black with little to no head...perhaps because of the growler, though the lips popped when I opened it.

The nose is sweet, like molasses, brown sugar, sweet cream, espresso, chocolate, and wild honey.

Wow...the flavor is something else. It's incredibly sweet, with a nice alcoholic and bitter backbone that balances the sweet out nicely. It is estery, astringent. I feel like I'm drinking a sweet molasses and vanilla. There are some honey notes in this, and a lot of caramelized sugar.

Overall, an interesting beer. I wish I could have been there when this growler was pulled, as I would have liked to have seen the process. But, as it stands, I got some of the final product, and am happy to have tried something this unique. Cheers.

Photo of sk8man121
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes -

12 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours jet black with absolutely no head whatsoever. Faint brown highlights, but this is crude oil.

S: VERY boozy; vanilla, faint chocolate, roasted malts - smells like a bourbon...

T: ...and tastes like a bourbon. The boozy bite is almost too much, and I'd hesitate to call this beer. However, once it warms and you've got a few sips under your belt, it becomes quite pleasant. Very sweet; tastes just like it smells.

M: Here is where the issues come into play. Initially, the mouthfeel is very strong and the carbonation helps keep the rough edges of this brew at bay. Seeing how it takes forever to drink one of these, however, the carbonation eventually dies out and leads the beer to be cloyingly sweet, not unlike a whiskey and ginger that's been sitting out for 45 minutes.

D: Rough, super sweet and high in alcohol, I can't say that this is very drinkable at all. Interesting experiment, however, and certainly worth trying.

Try it once.

Photo of K7M
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Great!

Smell: Hints of vanilla, caramel and chocolate


Mouthfeel: warm, syrupy and Sweet, did I mention Sweet?

Drinkability: Fortunately I had several friends to help out on this one. This would have been very difficult to finish without help.

Overall, a good experience, but not a beer I would want to tackle on a regular basis. This is a beer that is unique, definitely for sipping in small amounts. Pours beautifully in a glass, no head to speak of, but great color and fragrance.

Photo of korguy123
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review after two years of palate exercise. Score will reflect new review.

12oz bottle into tasting snifter (the rest will be in my Heaven and Hell directly following)
Bottle date 2010D

A- Black as night pour with a finger width tan head made of tight bubbles. Lacing is chunky and the alcohol just hangs on for dear life.

S- Alcohol, slightly medicinal. Huge amounts of dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates) more coffee than chocolate but both are there and a slight char smell.

T- Right up front is a big chocolate and coffee taste with a massive alcohol warmth on the back of the tongue and the back of the throat. Sweet brandy syrup, raisins and dates. Alcohol is much more subdued than I ever remembered, this really is a gem and a treat.

M- Heavier than medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O- This is not the beer I poured down the drain two years ago. This is amazing, it's smooth, warm, complex and just overall enjoyable. I'm really glad I gave it another shot and will pick up more to store for the future.


Previous review 05-02-2010
12oz bottle
Bottle date 11/14/08

A- Pitch black zero head
S- ALCOHOL, sweet, faint vanilla and chocolate
T- The alcohol ravages your tongue right away, roasted malts and faint coffee
M- Very sticky on your lips, quite thin very little carbonation
D- Holy smokes, IMO none. this was a hard brew to get down. Should have split it with others.

I Have always loved DFH and as much as I appreciate the thought and effort put into this beer It's just not my thing.

A- 3.5
S- 4.0
T- 2.0
M- 2.0
O- 1.0

Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured aggressively into a chalice

I know this stout in known to have zero head, so i poured about as hard as I could without spilling it. The valiant attempt still left only a meager thin cap after less than a minute. Very, very dark ale. Light will not get through this bad mother. Blacker than black WWS looks like it means business. The aromas are almost too complex to describe. Sherry like tannins upfront, vanilla bourbon and Cabernet sauvion. The taste is even more exciting from the first sip. Cherry bourbon a smooth alcohol bite. The boozieness fades with each taste. The warm feel on my cheeks and in my belly are comforting. Thinking of this stout as an actual ale and not a spirit is becoming cumbersome. I had no idea an ale of this complexity could be brewed on our small blue and green planet. A sweeter flavor is coming around as the ale warms. I may be detecting figs, burned brown and sugar very rich dark chocolate. No matter how I love to sip this brew there is no chance of me pouring another tonight.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into my Wexford Irish Cream Ale pint glass. Black, inky body; no light even around the edges when held to a lamp.
A little bit of an aggressive pour yielded about a finger and a hald of caramel coloured foam which wanned to less than a quarter inch thick blanket of frost in about 45 seconds.
Smell has alot going on. Oddly, the first thing I got right off was raisins, then chocolate, brown sugar, & whiskey. There's also a bit of coffee present here, as well, but not nearly as much as I thought there would be.
Taste is good, but the alcohol in this is really assertive. The flavours of dark fruits, raisins and prunes and things, are very evident. There's a little bit of chocolate and perhaps a handful of other nuances hiding deep down, but the strength of the alcohol in this really over shadows anything outside the dark fruit flavours.
Mouthfeel is terrific. This is what I expect from a stout. Heavy, almost chewy; oil-like. A good stout, for sure, but the extreme abv makes this really tough for me to drink. Glad I tried it and I'll likely buy it again, but no time in the immediate future.

Photo of milesfan76
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this during a card game last night. 12 oz. poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Extraordinarily black. Not much of a head, what's there litish brown and goes away quick.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, and alcohol. Just the slightest bit of hops.

T: The high ABV doesn't hide itself as well here as it did in their Raison D'Extra. It's very present, but still not as overpowering as you might expect for 18%. Chocolate and malts come through nicely.

M: Minimal burn, considering the high ABV. Thick and syrupy, like I expect in a stout. Carbonation is good.

D: It's 18%. What more can I say here. One and done.

I am a fan of Dogfish Head, and this is one of their better beers. Highly recommended.

Photo of Mr3dPHD
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is one hard core brew. If ever there's been a beer meant for sippimg, this is it! Served in a brandy snifter.

A - Pitch black. Only on the far edges of the snifter can you see a hint of dark brown. There is virtually no head.

S - Brandy, molasses, brown sugar, bananas, chocolate, and the burn of alcohol.

T - Some dark fruit at first, followed by dark chocolate. You feel the burn going down when you swallow, but a soft sweet toasted malty finish does a decent job subduing it. Of course, I'm using the word "subduing" liberally.

M - Mildly carbonated. Leaves a sticky residue on the back of the tongue.

D - This brew is not drinkable by normal beer standards, but considering the abv, I was able to get through it fairly well.

This is an advanced beer for an experienced palette. It will make the average beer drinker cringe. For those of you willing to push the limit, this is the brew for you! The only thing that will keep me from buying more is the price! $14 for 12oz!!!

Photo of biglite351
2.28/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Dark with some red-brown around the edges. Short quickly vanishing head.

S - Fruity and not something that I liked.

T - hard, fruity, chocolate and malt.

M - tingle on the front of my tongue and a burn in the top of the throat. It actually kind of makes my throat close up a little. It might just be that I am not used to such a high alcohol content.;

D - Have one to experiance it, but i do not think you will have another.

Photo of Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark color with about of quarter inch of head which dissipates to a fine lacing within a few minutes. When held up to a light it is fairly opaque and still a very dark.

S: Very complex aromas, chocolate notes are present (somewhat similarly to a chocolate stout) in addition to some dark fruit and mild citrus notes.

T: Very strong at the first sip as other reviewers have noted. Very thick and syrupy. Alcohol is easily detectable at 18% ABV but not overwhelming as with other high alcohol beers. Second sip gives way to additional flavors not noticed on the first sip such as caramels and plums as well as other similar fruits.

M: A medium bodied brew with a medium about of carbonation. Very flavorful and sits nicely on the tongue yet slightly tingly.

D: As many other have noted, this is definitely a sipping drink and should be enjoyed over a period of time. Definitely drinkable, but slowly so to enjoy it.

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,300 ratings.