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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,328
Reviews: 1,673
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 639
Gots: 1,566 | FT: 145
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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 claspada
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First off - Four year old bottle. If you can get your hands on a bottle today, with this year's date, cellar it for 3-5 years, if you can bare it. You will be rewarded.
Now here we go...
Pours a dark black color with a absolutely no head to be found, minimal lacing. Smell is of dark roasted grains supported by The aroma was an absolutely inviting mix of dark fruits, chocolate and the light alcohol fumes you must expect from an 18% monster.
Taste is a heavenly and harmonious blend of roasted grains, dark chocolate, dried fruit and the emerging hints of alcohol.
As far as drinkability goes, it is what it is; really strong beer. Should be enjoyed and sipped by a fire after a great meal. Perfect beer when you have no plans and you don't plan on going anywhere because you won't be after this beast.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Poured into an ale glass (pretty much the only glass I had available...)

An inky black brew, with a thin but persistant mocha head. Good lacing quality.

Thick nose of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and warming alcohol. Maybe some grape or sherry as well.

A rich and thick stout, very hearty, though definitely not a brew to be drinking in Florida during the summer (but, since this brew isn't available in Ontario, I'll drinks it when I can gets it!) Although I can certainly taste the warming alcohol - it is 18%, after all - I didn't actually know how strong it was when I sampled it. I had assumed it was only around 11%, so kudoses are in order.

Wasn't wild about the mouthfeel - I found it overly thick and syrupy. Alcohol provided a mild burn.

As far a strong stout is concerned, WWS is pretty good, just something I'd need to drink with more patience in cooler climes.

Photo of davidchollar
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super thin, nearly nonexistent head dissipates almost immediately. The beer is black as night. Pungent whiffs of licorice and molasses reach my nose before I even go in for a sniff. I go for a sip.... hmmm. Too cold. Well, I just took this out of the fridge so it definitely needs to warm up.

After a while it's really opened up. Damn. This is the strongest beer I've ever had. Alcohol seems very apparent. But of course that's not all that's going on here. Smell is a malt overload with hints of vanilla, prune and sourdough. Taste is absolutely intense. Maybe a little too much for me! Gorgeous full-bodied mouthfeel.

My first thought is that this might perhaps be a bit overrated. But then I again I just might not be ready for this level of intensity. Or probably the truth is it's a matter of taste. I think I like Stone's RIS, among others, a lot better. But this is still, obviously, an amazing brew worth checking out! And I've liked EVERY dfh offering I've tried.

Photo of BS68280
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle marked 11/14/08 on 7/26/10. Poured into two dfh signature glasses.

A: Dark brown, not black like a lot of stouts, but I've never had any that were this high ABV (except this one before). A little bit of tan head disappears quick but stays around the edge.

S: The alcohol definitely is in there. It gives it a really sweet smell, followed by some chocolate, and dark cherries, plums.

T: Sweet dark cherries, a sweet alcohol and chocolate mixture finishes it out. The heat is sure there but it isn't too much to me really.

M: Not too thin for such high ABV, kind of a silky medium carbonated feel to it.

D: 20% yeah right. I just had all frou nda cnt a tlel this Slth he good.

Photo of imblane
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Dark toasted grains and rum drenched raisins dominate the nose along with a plethora of dried dark fruits. A pleasant Sweet fusel alcohol drifts pleasantly into the background. Not solvent or hot at all, no diacetyl or other off aromas noted.

Appearance - Black as a moonless night in Al-Anbar Providence! An espresso in color head with good retention tops the pour as appropriate for the style. Legs are clearly visible in this beer.

Flavor - Sweet rum soaked raisins assault the taste buds followed by a pleasant residual sweetness that is balanced out in the finish with a firm earthy hop bitterness that perfectly balances the sweetness. low hop flavor as appropriate for the style. Chocolate/cocoa flavors come through as the beer finishes with a firm hop bitterness. A medium astringency from the roasted grains is evident but not unpleasant with a rich port like character and low sherry notes. In a word, fantastic!

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and extremely chewy, a slight syrupy sensation appropriate for the OG is present. Low carbonation and pretty well attenuated.

Overall Impression - An intense well balanced example of an American Imperial Stout with a pleasant alcohol warmth in the finish. World Class.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

bottle appears to be dated 11/14/08. so its more than a year and a half aged. poured into DFH snifter.
A - absolutely black, even when held up to the light. thin tan colored head. a little bit of lacing.
S - sweet fermented fruit, sweet sugars, spiced rum?
T - slight alcohol warmth, coffee, nutty, no where near as sweet at the nose. very dry finish, which is a bit of turn off personally.
M - suprisingly, not too thick. moderate carbonation
D -for being 18% abv, its exceptional. works well to sip over the course of an hour or so.

Photo of TexIndy
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2009 vintage so about 8 months on it. Was pitch black in color even against a light. It had a small fizzy brown head that just barely covered the top - more than I expected really at 18%. It quickly evaporated leaving the slightest ring around the edges. No visible carb bubbles on the top. No real lacing but that's expected at this level.

The aroma was boozy, chocolate, light coffee, loads of dark sweet fruit, maybe vanilla in there. It does sorta smell like a port wine. Good aroma and while you can definitely smell the alcohol it's not overpowering. The taste closely follows the aroma with the sweet malt leading the way. Good dark fruit taste blending with the coffee and oaky vanilla. However, the alcohol is much more prevalent which hurts the taste a bit. Wish I had another to cellar to see what happens to the flavor as the heat dies down. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with little carbonation.

Overall, a really good strong stout. It's sweet but not overly with some good secondary tastes in there to make it interesting. Definitely more of a sipper or to be shared beer due to the high ABV. Not avail here in TX so bought during Denver trip. Rotation - would like to get some and age it to see what happens. Try on tap for sure. [O;O;cellar]

Photo of jballeng
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Poured jet black with a very short-lived fizzy tan head. Immediate aroma of grapes, sherry, walnuts, vanilla, dark fruits, spicy apple, slight cherry, and significant alcohol.

Flavor is an unbelievably delicious melange of smooth chocolate, port wine, cider apple, cinnamon, sherry, walnut, concord grape, vanilla, marshmallow, molasses, clove, very faint coffee, and a significant alcohol burn to the nose and throat.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick, and sweet without being cloying. The carbonation is present though not overly significant. Heat from the alcohol makes this a slow-sipper. No lacing. A very intense, delicious, complex, and memorable imperial stout.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Aggressive pour gives a medium mocha colored head with medium retention. Medium level of lacing. The beer itself is blacker than hell and totally opaque.

S: Maybe what I'd consider the perfect imperial stout smell. There is a ton of powdery cocoa with great amount of licorice and molasses. Also, there is a lot of buttery smell as well as nuts and sweet vanilla. Also a bit of coconut and fruits (raisins, black cherries and minimal raspberries). Extremely balanced smell, not too sweet and not too burnt. Now, let's taste this monster...

T: This is really really good. There is a ton again of powdery cocoa and licorice/molasses. No coffee in sight again, which is unusual for this style. The buttery and nuts that were in the nose are there once again as well as the sweet vanilla. Slight coconut again but the raisins/black cherries/raspberries are more present. The fact that the alcohol is almost non existent except of the slight burn down the throat just show how great it is. Again, extremely balanced taste, not too sweet and not too burnt. Perfect.

M: It's a god damn monster. So thick, so syrupy with low carbonation. Perfect.

D: Well, you'd think that at 18% ABV it'll be hard to drink (well I did), but no. This beer is so well balanced, the alcohol is so well hidden, it is in fact easily drinkable, which is exceptional for a 18% Imperial stout.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2009 vintage. Not sure who sent this, but thank you.

A: Pours a pitch black body with very low carbonation, no retention, no lace. About what I'd expect for an 18% imperial stout.

S: Lots of raisins, some molasses, light soy, and a hint of booze. Much more restrained than I expected. What prompted me to have this [again] was my memory of a fresh bottle being pretty boozy, and a comment I made to that effect on the forums. I just wanted to verify my impression, but I can't: this is not nearly as boozy as I criticized it for being. Then again it's probably a year or so old...

T: Raisins, licorice, molasses, brown sugar. Chocolate, caramel with a warm aftertaste. Definitely some heat on this beer, though restrained for its nominal strength. And not nearly as solventy as I remember (but again, it's a year old).

M: Chewy, full-bodied, viscous. Definitely on the sweet side with a ton of residual sugars. Low carbonation, naturally. There's still substantial warmth though I wouldn't accuse this of being nearly as solventy as a 1-year-old 120 Minute IPA.

D: Wasn't impossible to finish a full bottle myself. However, I don't feel like it was nearly the 18% that it's claimed to be. The Beer Bistro in Toronto claims it is 15.2% according to tests. If that's an abw measurement, then the beer is 19% abv; if it's an abv measurement then my suspicions are correct. I don't love it enough to drink it regularly, but it was solid.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Blind Tiger's "Christmas In July" event on 7/21/10 in a 14oz. tulip glass. This version was "via Randall with Vangard & Centennial hops and espresso beans".

A: "Dark Knight" black with very little head to be had (no pun intended).

S: Unroasted espresso beans, strong malts, even some Scotch.

T: The best feature of this beer. Sweet malts and candied sugars take over but there is coffee present. Brown sugar and some tannins come through the back. You wouldn't like this if you like hoppy beers.

M: Little carbonation, but it works well with the beer. Slick and oily make this beer easier to go down.

D: Pretty good for this high of an ABV. The age does this beer well.

Overall, can't wait to try the bottle of '05 I have in the cellar!

Photo of Borgs
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I want to start by mentioning that this was bought at the brewery & had been aging for 5 years before purchase. I also drank it out of a snifter.

Appearance: Dark as night, definitely cloudy, molasses-like. Very low carbonation. Ironically, it looks dull, but that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Smell: Has s slight soy smell to it, along with dark fruit, especially raisins.

Taste: Tastes this compared to a regular stout is like comparing a port to a cabernet. It really kicks you in the face. I love it! The roasted malts really come through, & it even has that brandy kick to it.

Mouthfeel: It just chills on your tongue for 10-15 seconds after swallowing, which really assists in the enjoyment of the $20 I spent on a 12 oz beer.

Drinkability: Prob better to be drunk in the winter than on a warm humid day, but, WOW, this is good!

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A six month old bottle poured into tulip glass yields a thin tan head over jet blackness. Can hear the crackling of fine carbonation as I bring the glass up for a smell which is dominated by molasses, raisins, malt, sweetness, stone fruit (plume), roasty/burnt wood, and bourbon. Taste is similar to smell but the alcohol really kicks hard. This one is a sipper for sure. Picking up on carmel also and a slightly off-putting metallic/medicinal syrup-like quality. The taste becomes even more complex as it warms and the carbonation fades. The last sip has fine sherry notes. Mouthfeel is a huge warm wallop. Overall, at 18%, this is a monster. Would love to see how his ages over time. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of Tilley4
2.63/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Been saving this bottle for a while and figured I'd crack it open on this holiday weekend...

Pours a dead murky black with absolutely no head at all.. Its like 10,000 mile motor oil... Very thick and still in the glass...

Very strong booze notes rolling off of this that seem to overpower everything at this point... The maltiness finally appears after a few minutes but its loaded with gasoline... No hiding the booze here...

Extremely sweet and syrupy... Whew... This one is tough... I get what DFH is trying to do here but 18%? Really? What's the point?

I wound up pouring this one down the drain after a while. It got to be like work to finish it...

Photo of donniecuffs
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

At The Tap Room at the Somerset Hills Hotel in Warren, NJ. Into a snifter, poured black, with a thin beige head and little lacing. The nose revealed dark chocolate, coffee, blackberry, plum, raisin, and some other dark fruit which left me guessing. The taste was amazing; like dark chocolate-covered raisinettes, with a hint of plum, blackberry, and dare I say wine-iness, and a sweet finish, mixed with coffee and a modest alcohol burn. The latter was quite impressive, given the abv. The feel was also very impressive; slick velvet with no carbonation, yet not overly thick. Definitely a sipping beer. Typically when I approach a much-hyped beer, I am skeptical, but this beer not only lived up to the hype, but it exceeded it. It left me wondering how this beer would hold up after a few years in the cellar. Needless to say, I hit the store on the way home.

Photo of ffejherb
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 6/28/10. Served in a 10oz. snifter.

A - Appeared as a dark, pearl black globe in the snifter with a slender tan patch on top that receded to a thin ring of retention.

S - The imposing alcohol presence makes itself known right from the get-go. Nose elicits licorice, dark chocolate and iced coffee notes as well as molasses, tree sap and a hint of soy sauce. If you can imagine, the alcohol became even more apparent as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Initial flavor is reminiscent of liquid licorice or molasses, although there is some toffee sweetness and prickly, resiny hops present. As time passes, the hops evolve to create an herbal, woody bitterness, while a butterscotch character develops. Finishes with sharp fusel alcohol notes paired with a more cooling chocolate presence and sweet caramel.

M - Uber thick and chewy with a warm alcohol presence on the palate, but not quite as hot as an 18% brew would imply. With that said, the mouthfeel does have a crisp sharpness that I wasn't expecting.

D - Wow. This is like an Imperial Stout laced with rocket fuel. I can't imagine drinking any more than 10oz. as this is definitely a sipper for sure. Good? Yes, but I wouldn't put it in a Top 10 list of Imperial Stouts.

Photo of jera1350
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this trade offering. Bottle is dated 11/17/09.

Pours black as night, but not as thick as I was expecting. The head is fizzy and tan and is gone within a minute minus a tiny ring around the glass.

Big nose of complex roasted malts. A sweet presence with a booze aspect that is bourbon like.

Holy hell! Where do I begin? Boat loads of malt for sure and they add a lot of sweetness in the form of molasses and burnt sugar. Very complex with black licorice and overripe dark fruit. Then there is the alcohol. It's moderately warm, but not hot. There is just so much going on. Bitter and sweet finishing.

Full bodied, but not syrupy or thick at all surprisingly. The carbonation is nice and soft as well. Pretty moist finish without being sticky.

Strong and sweet with 18% abv, needless to say, this is a sipper. One twelve once bottle will be more than enough for me, but I will enjoy it all the same. The only beer I can compare this to is Bell's Batch 9000. Not as strong, but the sweetness is reminiscent. Solid beer that is in a category all its own.

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brass Rail Deli
10oz serving in a snifner. Dark, almost black, in color with no head. Smells like a stout outta smell. Deep roasted grains, heavely charred oak, and delicious dark chocolate. Also has a hint of sweet cherry in the nose. Taste is amazing, considering the 18% punch it's packing. First sip reveals a much sweeter brew than I expected. Vanilla bean and molasses mix with roasted chocolate and charred oak to give a complex palate. Alcohol makes it's presence felt with a warm coating down the throat. Mouthfeel is a little slick and more fluid than expected. About as drinkable as it gets in that ABV range. Delicious brew that is absolutely worth seeking out.

Photo of beveritt
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. Label is typical minimalist DFH, with just the words "A very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley" front and center. Picked this up while here in the great, no ABV cap that I know of, state of Florida. Bottled 11/17/09.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of dark tan head; surprising for a beer of the ABV. This settles to a thin, incomplete and big-bubbled layer of foam; really more of a smattering of islands here and there. The beer itself predominantly black with hints of a deep mahogany around the edges.

Smell: Black and bitter aroma of charcoal, rubber, and raisins.

Taste: Holy Christ! I expected powerful, but this is like a 2x4 to the taste buds. Too many flavors to name; soy sauce, roasted barley bitterness, a Teriyaki like sweetness, raisins, many more I can't pick out. This is hands down the most flavorful and complex beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, kind of surprising for this one. Body is amazing, thick and viscous.

Drinkability: Well, it certainly is complex and powerful, both in aroma and taste. But I am not sure that that makes it a winner. I was going to pick another one up to age, but I think this may be a one and done. I enjoyed it, and I can now say I have had it.

Photo of Stacy53
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish- World Wide Stout- Bottled on: 11/17/09
Around 8 months old

A- Black with a thin dark white head. Head fades very fast.

S- The smell is very odd, it is almost as if you are smelling a sweet liquor. Sweet, malty, and boozy.

T- A stout? This is very complex, sweet with raisons, caramel, syrup, and some other dark rich fruits.

M- Creamy and thick with sticky components.

D- Slow and smooth. At 18% I am glad I shared my 12 oz bottle.

One is all you need but I totally want to revisit this beer and dissect even further.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with a one-finger tan head on top of a intense roasted, biscuity malt smell as well as some dark chocolate plus some minor hopping and hints of something akin to dark fruit. A thick, heavy body, almost syrupy. Goes down slow and sticky with some chocolatey/toffee/caramel tastes so it is sweet but balanced with not only some molasses/syrup but chocolate covered cherries and/or grape(?). Roasted malts are not overpowering but very noticeable and the ABV doesn't bleed but does give it a powerfully dry finish. An intense sipper that is almost a meal in a bottle.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin, off-white head that fades quickly, leaving some definite light patches at the middle, and a ring around the perimeter. Little bit of lacing.
Smell is sweet, slightly roasted malts, with some notes of vanilla, caramel, white chocolate, Elmer's glue, espresso, and light toffee. Little bit of alcohol in there but definitely not as much as expected. A bit strange and unbalanced, but definitely intriguing, nonetheless.
Taste is sweet, lightly roasted malts with some heavily suggested barley presence. Sugary molasses linger throughout, with some definite notes of espresso, rich chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Hint of smokiness that definitely comes in here and there. Alcohol is again definitely noticeable, but still not imposing.
Mouthfeel is definitely thick, yet there is definitely more carbonation than expected. Definitely sticky at the finish. Medium-heavy body. Definitely lots of heat from the alcohol.
Drinkability is definitely decent. It's a definite sipper, and it definitely drinks very much like a port. The cloying sweetness definitely takes its toll towards the end of the bottle.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think that part of my rating reflects the fact that I am impressed that this beer is 18%. I can see it being a hot 12% or something, but the head and the drinkability really contradict the fact that this is a super-high ABV beer.

Bottled 11-14-2008

Pours a viscous dark brown with about two inches of milk chocolate head, very impressive for the ABV. Decent lacing and pretty good retention considering what it was. Smell is a bit behind everything else, some nice roasted and espresso notes, but also some cheap woody off-notes (potentially some oxidation). A bit of dark fruit there too.

Taste of this one is pretty unbelievable. Big raisin, fig, and cherry flavors pair nicely with some roasted malt and espresso notes. A very well-put together brew, I can imagine this one being a mess fresh. After a year and a half, this one is still a bit hot and tastes young. It's definitely got some upside though.

Creamy thick mouthfeel that is coating. Supreme drinkability considering the ABV---I moved through it like it was 9%. Very good beer, worth the $9 experience, for real.

Photo of Spica66
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

A: Very, very dark. Very thin head, no retention at all.

S: Very dark malt and boozy.

T: Wow!! Very malty, almost sweet with dark malt taste. Good kick from the 18% not far behind. As the beer warmed in my hand, their were definite notes of fruit like figs or dates or some other sweet, rich fruit.

D: Thank goodness I split one 12 oz bottle with my friend for an aperitif. This is a sipping beer for sure. And very smooth and wonderful.

This has to be the best example of an Imperial Stout that I have ever had!

Photo of vtsaltydogg03
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this beer in both a 2009 and 2008 bottle. The 2009 was very sweet, almost to the point where I could not beleive it was a stout and not a port. The 2008 was much mellower, but the chocolate and caramel undertones inside the jet black body came through well.Both poured with a thick tan head that immediately smelled of toasted nuts. Finding this beer locally is impossible, but visiting family in Virginia allows me to pick up a few of these trophies on occasion.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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