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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,975
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 532
Gots: 1,359 | FT: 120
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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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This is the 18%abv brew with a gold cap(2001):

This pours a pitch black with about an inch of tan foam. The head disappears quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The smell has huge notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a lightish amount of tartness. Oh, and there's a strong alcohol nose here as well.

The taste has oodles of sweetness in the first sip with big caramel malt notes followed by roasted malt and milk chocolate an some coffee. Some warming after the swallow but not so much during and where the flavour is concerned, it's not there at all. Great testament to how DFH dealt with the alcohol in this monster of a brew.

The mouthfeel is full, the carbonation is lightly done, and it finishes luxuriously sweet but not cloying. Very enjoyable brew!

Drinkability? 1 bottle at a session is definitely enough for me but because of how well hidden the abv is, relatively speaking, I'll have no problem sipping on the contents until my glass is empty. This just may be the easiest drinking brew of any in its abv range. Great brew!

Edit: My review of the bright yellow-green capped 2007

This pours a pitch black with a tiny amount of foam.
The smell is roasty and tarty and boozy. Light coffee notes with maybe some licorice.

The taste is super sweet caramel malt(read too sweet!) up front with good chocolate, light coffee, some tartness, and a noticeable amount of alcohol...lots of warming during and after the swallow. That's the biggest difference between this and the 2001, imho, though this year isn't any where near undrinkable.

The mouthfeel seems to border on syrupy. The carbonation is still lightly done and it finishes very sweet.

Drinkability? Like I said, the alcohol is much more in your face here and the sweetness is a bit too much so it doesn't get a 4.5 this time around. Maybe 3.5 I wonder if an 07 with 8 years on it would be as great as the 2001..

Bitterbill, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Beejay
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown as it went into the glass. Once it is there no light passes through. A rich foamy tan head

S: Toasty malty goodness. Slightly Tart

T: Delicious. This is a sipper. Rich and Creamy, with a little bit of bite at the end. You can't taste the punch this beer packs.

M: Thick, and heavy

D: First of all, I hate the word "drinkability" it's a bull shit word Budwieser uses to describe their swill. So if drinkability = Bud, then this beer certainly doesn't have that. Is it delicious? Yes. Could drink it all night? No. It is a slow easy beer that tastes great, and is the perfect start to an evening.

Overall, given the price ($8.99 for a single) I think I would be better off buying a pack of Lion Stout, or Siberian Night. But still a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

Beejay, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for around $10.

A: Black, black, black. Absolutely no head at all, even with an aggressive pour, a few light brown bubbles in a ring on the edge of the glass. Completely opaque, no light penetrates this beer, and it appears to suck all light from the room.

S: bitter dark chocolate, deep dark roasted coffee's, slight melon flavor, that I find in every DFH head beer around 18% and higher, slight acetone alcohol smells as well. The booze is much more hidden in this than their other big beers, but is definitely there. Chocolate and coffee really stand out in this one though.

T: Big big chocolate and coffee flavors, a definite bitterness and a definite alcohol flavor, slightly melon in its flavor as well, interesting and complex, quite bitter, but not as bitter as I had expected, lots of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. This is a great complex imperial stout. Lots of coffee lingering tastes. Slight citrus hop characteristic, but it is pushed out of the way by all the other flavors. This is a huge beer.

M: Thick and oily, a huge mouthfeel, lots of burn from the alcohol, and surprisingly enough a fair amount of carbonation, this is a big, thick beer.

D: As with any huge beer like this, its hard to drink a lot of it, simply because there are so many things going on, and a ridiculous amount of alcohol, but I think if I had two bottles, and two people, I could do another after this. This is truly unique. Great beer.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured into a brandy snifter, thin head, as is to be expected. dark, inky, black beer.
smell is of dark fruits, bread, earthy malt aromas, and a huge blast of alcohol.
tastes of raisens, dark bread, roasted malt, its a lot to take it at once. No real hop flavor but its not needed here, lot a alcohol also, but i like that about this beer. it has a thick mouthfeel, and it a slow sipper, but i love this beer. I am sure it could improve with age, but its damn tasty fresh.

redneckchugger, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of SteveO1231
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

picked up a 12 oz. bottle as a birthday gift to myself. Bottled 11.14.08

Pours jet black into my snifter. A thick, foamy, tan head from a rough pour that settles quickly into a thin ring.

Incredibly thick mouthfeel, chunky-bodied, with a slick texture.

Completely roasted aroma kinda like charring marshmallows over a fire. Toffee, chocolate. This brew is hot, I can feel the ABV sting my eyes balls when I take a deep whiff.

Big sweetness upfront with a bit of dried fruits. Roasted, smokey, charred sugars and dark chocolate. Bitterness mostly comes from the incredible amount of roasted malts and ABV. Finish is dry, smokey with a hint of licorice. My palate is left dry and I fell as if I just licked a charcoal briquet. ABV makes itself known as this beer sips more link brandy than a beer. This bottle is pretty fresh & hot, I'd like to taste one with some age on it.

Dogfish does not disappoint with this extreme brew!


SteveO1231, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Special thanks to mikecharley for hooking me up!

This is black. No light penetration, at all. Pours like motor oil. Thick and viscous. Beautiful.
Two-finger head of chocolate colored foam that leaves a thin film. Excellent, even a bit oily, lacing.

Pure, unadulterated, friggin' malt bomb. Huge malty notes with caramel, toffee, coffee and dark chocolate shining through. Underneath, there are loads of very ripe dark fruits. Brown sugar and maple syrup. Big roasted notes. Booziness.

What happened to that 18%ABV? Where is it?
Wow, this is much smoother than expected.
Freakin' huge sweet roasted malts attack your pallette, in the most beautiful way. Dark chocolate and vanilla mixed with caramelized brown sugar. Red and black cherries. Plums and figs. Hints of bananas and pineapple. Hints of roasted nuts.
Remeniscent of a very fine Port wine. Only better.

Mouthfeel is big and oily, like I like it to be. Sadly, it lacks the creaminess that I think belongs here. Only a very slight amount of carbonation is here and I think that detracts from the overall experience.

Although this is 18%ABV, it's so well hidden that I would love to drink these, one right after another. I totally think that you could, too. This is a tasty flippin' brew. The only thing to worry about is standing up after three or four or twelve of these.

coldmeat23, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
2.4/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a brownish black with a fizzy tan head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet sugary alcohol with some dark fruits and a little burnt grains.

The flavor is sweet molasses, chocolate malts and cola with a hot bitter alcohol finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for 18%, but is still very unbalanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with almost no carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for this. It's pretty overrated in every way - it's a watery treacly alcoholic mess. I do wonder if it would get much better with age on it.

Beaver13, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How are they burying 18% alcohol in here? It's amazing! Maybe it's the extra sweetness that permeates throughout, very fruity with some nice dark maltiness throughout. Pleasant enough aroma as well, though nothing special. I want one of these things to put me to sleep every single night.

Wackyfoot, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of antilogic
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a (2008) taster at the Ginger Man in Norwalk. I didn't want to drop $15 for a pint, but we knew the bar tender and he hooked us up with a small serving.

My first impression was wow on the alcohol. Alcohol and roasted malts dominate the nose. Head was minimal.

The taste was better, but to me it tasted like an 18% alcohol drink. Far too overpowering. Some roasted malts, nuts, coffee and other typical stout flavors. I was much more impressed with the Dark Horizon 1. with 16% ABV versus the WWS. Body with medium/full, and this would DEFINITELY be a sipper...A very unique beer, worth trying at least once.

antilogic, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of BBM
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on Christmas Eve. Poured thick, black, and actually had a decent tan head considering the ABV. Nice lacing around the glass as well. The aroma was a bit pungent, very alcoholic and roasty.

The taste is much smoother than the aroma. Sweet, dark roasted nuts, sharp, warming alcohol (but not overwhelming), notes of vanilla, oak, bitter espresso. I have to say I was very impressed they managed such a strong beer to have such a robust taste without becoming too alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is thick, full-bodied, and a little chewy. I have to admit one 12oz bottle was more than enough, and the beer is pretty expensive. But it's still worth trying at least once. One of DFH's best

BBM, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of eyefeelgood
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent color with minimal head. Nice rich chocolately aroma. Taste was a little tart at first but improved dramatically as it sat. Aftertaste was exceptional and foreshadowed the flavor of the last couple ounces. Nice big feel in the mouth, alcohol is strong but not overwhelming. Well worth laying a couple down and letting them soften just a little.

eyefeelgood, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the blackest of black with almost no head/lacing/retention to speak of. I know this is the result of the high abv, but when comparing it to DFH's even stronger 120 minute and Raison d'Extra, there is not much to see here.

Aroma is thick with roasted barley, plums, chocolate and spicy ETOH.

The flavor begins with roasted barley, then is quickly overtaken by dark candied fruits and Cabernet. There is a definite resemblance to port.

Silky smooth feel that conceals the massive load of booze.

Again, I am blown away from another extreme offering from DFH.

itcomesnpints, Dec 26, 2008
1.58/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Smells of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.
Very dark is the only good thing about this uh drink.
A very one dimentional alcohol and burned something flavor.
Has the mouthfeel of a cheep mixed drink.

I love porters, stouts and imperial stouts.
This stuff is none of the above!

DAVIDMAGNUM, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to twinsdaddy for the hookup on this beer!

A- Appearance is frighteningly opague, black, with a total lack of head formation.

S- Strong coffee, licorice, spicy alcohols.

T- Coffee with creme, highly alcoholic but not hot/solventy. High level of alcohol balanced by charcoal flavor. Chocolate character overwhelmed by alcohol. Raw Barley is present.

M- Medium-full bodied but hampered by the presence of high alcohol, carbonation is medium-low level. Should be hgher.

D- If you can handle more than one you're more man than me.

BrewerB, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.08/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 7/29/08. Bottle, 2007. I had been nervous about trying this beer because of the high alcohol percentage, but excited that it would be quite good because it has been rated so highly. Well, I was quite disappointed. Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head that dissipated (but I was surprised by the amount of carbonation for a 18% beer). Aroma of smoked/charred meats, alcohol, and acetone. Flavor of smoked ham, sweet alcohol. Very hard to drink and a complete sugar bomb. I really am surprised by these ratings because this was quite undrinkable to me. Not at all like an Imperial Stout, maybe a barleywine?? Ugh.
5/4/5/2/9 (2.9/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of JMBSH
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark with a hint of ruby color. Only about half a finger of brown head that disappeared to almost nothing. No lacing was left on sides of the pint glass as I drank this beer.

S - Bourbon and oak. Reminded me of the smell of the Jack Daniels distillery when I toured it this last summer. Also a hint of coffee with a subtle sweetness.

T - The sweet coffee taste hits the front of the tongue. A strong alcohol burn fans out over the back of it and the throat. There are hops but the burn really does a number on the mouth, destroying every thing in it's path.

M - A bit sticky. I think this comes from the sweet sugars still in this beer. It is quite sweet. Actually too sweet for my taste.

D - The sweetness and alcohol level combine to make a beer that I can't see having more then one. A number of reviewers talk about celaring the beer and while I have no idea a good length of time would be, I have to admit it could use some time to "cool" down. I might buy a couple bottles for the beer cellar but I don't think I will try another fresh again.

JMBSH, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark black color with ruby highlights. It had a small, but very bubbly, tan head. It left sheets of soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled like a good brandy. Some sweet and boozy alcohol aromas, too.

T - It had a brandy-like taste with a very sweet roasted malty flavor. Light chocolate and caramel flavors blend with a sharp hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D - This tastes amazing, but the ABV is too much to handle.

zeff80, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well.. much like 120 min, the first time you sit down to have one of these it is a bit intimidating. The ABV suggests the flavor may be like a punch in the face (as it sort of is with 120, in a good way though) and so who knows whats gonna happen... planes could fall from the sky and dogs could start taking people for walks..

It pours very dark with barely any head. Pretty much exactly what you would expect, but very apetizing.
Aroma is really sweet. It does a nice job of showing you whats coming in the flavor. A lot of dark fruit and dark chocolate present and, of course, tons of malt.
Taste is, also, very sweet. A syrupy sweetness with chocolate (bitter dark, and milk) maple syrup, and dark fruit. Extremely nice. IT doesnt have much hop balance like some imperial stouts do but that really doesn't even matter because it is so delicious.
Mouth is viscous and sweet. A lot of carbonation, which was unexpected and its surprisingly not very heavy. Certainly not what you'd expect for an 18% stout.
Overall its something you'll sip over an hour or an hour and a half (hopefully). It is really delicious and enjoyable, though if you don;t love heavy malt you may not be so into it. The high ABV almost makes you feel like it shouldn't be judged alongside other stouts, but it certainly is great and a stout to be reckoned with.
The little tag on the beer really sums it up when they suggest "Have it with, or for dessert"

**Notes on 5 year-aged bottle:
On every trip down to the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth Beach I like to try a different beer from the vintage cooler, this year was a 5 year old bottle of WWS. As you may expect, an 18% abv stout aged for 5 years becomes the sort of drink you cant just sip down and then be on your way. It was like getting punched in the face with bourbon-soaked raisins. The alcohol presence was present with a lovely warm burn, yet didnt seem nearly as high as it is. There was an extremely malty, raisin/fig sweetness. Very syrupy. Very dark fruit-like. Very intense, if you have the money to spend on it, certainly take the plunge.

BirdFlu, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of dananabanana
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, hardly any head, just a dark tan layer of foam. Looks like coffee. Dripping pattern on the side of the glass reminds me of legs on a red wine.

S: STRONG malty/ grainy flavor. Very sweet, maybe some molasses. Soy. Strong alcohol scent.

T: Sweet, sour, and bitter all in the first sip. Coffee aftertaste. Very strong flavor. More alcohol. Dark fruity notes develop later. Very complex, overall.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Syrup-like consistency.

D: Great beer, but very strong flavor. Heavy in your stomach. You couldn't drink more than one, but it's not intended that way anyhow.

One complaint: The ABV was not listed anywhere on the bottle. I bought it and opened it up without knowing it was 18%, although the scent gave away its high ABV. It was only halfway through the bottle when I realized the alcohol was really affecting me.

dananabanana, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the 2004 version January 08. Poured nearly black, pretty much no head. Quite a range of flavors going on with this one. Nice malt with roasted coffee, caramel, raspberry or grapes. Not overly thick in the mouth, nice lingering finish that reminds you there's some alcohol in there. Would not have guessed there was that much in this, nor would I have called this a RIS. Excellent however, the aging for 4 years I'm guessing helped even further.

Bung, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An opaque black body with a medium brown head that leaves excellent lace.

S - Lots of coffee and alcohol, toffee and caramel as well as some raisins and minor spicy hop notes.

T - Lots of raisins up front with dark, burnt grain and alcohol. There is some nutty caramel in the middle, followed by toffee and soy sauce in the finish.

M - A thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Drinkability is NA on an 18% beer. The aroma is excellent with a wonderful coffee and caramel character, but the flavor is disapointingly rough. The soy sauce note in particular suggests that this beer needs at least a couple of years to really come together. This bottle was only a couple of months old, and having had a four year old bottle that seemed to have mellowed too much, especially in the aroma, I am inclined to think that a two year old bottle of this beer would be at its peak. Now all I have to do is find one.

nickfl, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Definitely eager to try this one -- A stout from Dogfish Head can't be bad. Although I was a bit miffed to pay almost $9 for a 12 oz. bottle of this.

Pours deep black with a fabulous dark brown head. Great looking beer but the head dissipates relatively quickly. Smell is acrid alcohol, covers almost everything else, not really smokey or roasted as I'd expect. Alcohol is immediately present in the taste, but it's also malty and dark. Creamy, roasted palate. Decent but way too much alcoholic bite that seriously damages the drinkability of this beer.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The stout version of Dogfish 120, can't wait.
Pours out a deep black color, produces a really nice roasted malt colored head. I was really suprised a stout of this ABV produces a head.
Smells of spicy fruity melons, watermelon,arugula,mint,warm rummy spiciness,anise,peppercorns, vanilla woody aromas as it warms. This doesn't fit the conceptual mold of a stout aroma at all. An array of Belgian Quad sweetness meet with a Triple spiciness, followed by Dubbel smoothness.
Tastes of spicy Mexican cinnamons with bitter chocolate,deeply roasted coffees, rum-soaked dark fruits,burbon-vanillas. This pushes into fine port wine/after-dinner congac in intensity.
Mouthfeel is so spicy, yet light and salivating it is a fantastic sipper. As a Stout-this definatley is a Dogfish stout-an Imperial Quad-Triple-Barleywine-Stout. Rather than the usual coffee-chocolate-maltly brew normally expected,this is a suprising and welcome change and satisfying reinterpretation. Thank you once again Mr.Calagione!

czfreeman, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of humanawho
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - nice deep black,with a good dark cream colored head

S - a lot of berries in the nose, raspberries/blackberries, slight alcohol aroma, some orange in there too, some sweet roasty components also

T - strong roasty flavors, chocolate flavors (more milk chocolate), sweet and smooth, the orange and blackberry flavors are there in the background as is the alcohol

M - i think the body is perfect just, not too syrupy

D - good drinkablity for how big it is

humanawho, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very similar to their 2002 version, pours a three finger light tan head that fades soon leaving some lace. Black color. Heavy bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is molasses and alcohol. Flavor is sweet molasses with some alcohol, more intense as it warms, finish smooth not cloying. If there is an imperial barley wine this is it. Expensive - $7.99 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Dec 11, 2008
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,975 ratings.