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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,914 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,914
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 516
Gots: 1,320 | FT: 117
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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 shivtim


3.43/5  rDev -18.1%

Time to review this one. Pours out deep brown, with a small tan head. Looks true to style. Nose is syrupy sweet burnt malts, alcohol, and toasted dark chocolate. Taste is burnt roasted malts, some sweet belgian qualities, more abstract sweetness, and alcohol on the end. Mouthfeel is decent but thinner than expected. Drinkability is hurt by the ABV and cloying flavors. Overall a decent stout, but perhaps over-hyped.

09-04-2007 21:27:29 | More by shivtim
Photo of AlephNull


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Been eyeing this one for a while, but I haven't had a good excuse to pick it up at $9 per bottle. When I heard Michael Jackson died, I thought I'd raise a glass for him.

A- Pours a deep, dark opaque almost-black brown with a slight red tinge. A thin head rose on pouring with a mahogany brown color. Swirled around the glass, a sticky, heavy white lacing's left on the glass. Head disappears quite quickly.

S- Smells FANTASTIC. The grains smell fresh and lively, not like the burned and toasted flavors I was expecting. Robust chocolate, cherries, and dark berries intermingle with an alcohol scent that you've got to expect at 18.0% ABV.

T- As with the scent, there's a fair amount of alcohol, but I don't fault it because it mingles with a sweet bourbon flavor to taste great. Once again fresh berries come forward and leave a nice sweet note.

M- For a higher ABV beer, you know it won't be lively. Has a bit of a syrupy character, but not cloying. Very clean finish.

D- At first sip, I rated drinkability pretty weak due to the beer's strength, but it's warming, and I'm warming to it. I'm enjoying it quite a bit. The clean finish is missing from similar beers, and that's what makes the next sip so welcome in this beer.


Rest in peace, Mr. Jackson -- Your dedication to the power of beer made beers like this one possible. You made the world a better place. Cheers.

09-01-2007 05:01:44 | More by AlephNull
Photo of Drew966


3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

World Wide Stout pours a very dark brown with a light brown head from a brown twelve ounce bottle with a green cap. The aroma is sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. The taste is dominated by sweet malt, in fact, except for a hint of stout type flavors such as coffee, cocoa, and roasted barley, this could almost be the same beer as the 120 minute IPA, except there isn't much noticeable hop flavor here. In other words, it's big and sweet with noticeable alcohol, but with a hint of the flavors a stout typically has. Very interesting, not something I would drink often, and getting through an entire bottle would be tough (I split this one with a friend). Worth a try.

08-28-2007 20:21:52 | More by Drew966
Photo of BlindPig


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Vintage 2004
A- Pours with a little less than a inch tan head on a pitch black body.
S- Dark fruits, strong alcohol, caramel malts, light burnt malt, chocolate, and one other thing I just can't pick out what it is.
T- Chocolate, light roasted malts, black currants, alcohol, some other kind of dark fruit all blended together really nicley and really complex. It has smoothed out and really come out nicley. Alcohol is still strong in back of throat. Light bitterness on tongue from either citrus or grass hops.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- It has aged very nicley and I would get this again. Still really hot and would like to see how it would hold up for a few more years. Very tasty but of course very strong.

08-20-2007 02:14:31 | More by BlindPig
Photo of flowerysong


4.65/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Soda pop. Very thin, highly bubbly head falls away quickly. Pitch black and opaque.

Smell: Chocolate and caramel with some woody vanilla overtones. Alcohol is present on the nose, but subdued.

Taste: Huge roasted malt flavour, presenting mainly as bitter chocolate and charred coffee; some dried fruit and bourbon character. Sweet and bitter in perfect proportions. Sweetness falls away in the finish leaving vanilla, some piney hops, and maybe a bit of oak(?). Alcohol is noticeable, but not intrusive.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, medium carbonation. Finish is slightly oily from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Huge beer, nicely done. Rich and complex, this is best sipped slowly; remember, there's a lot of alcohol in there.

08-17-2007 01:35:49 | More by flowerysong
Photo of guitarmage


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance: This beer is black with no light passing through. A sudsy tan colored foam dissipates into a nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Very aromatic stout, lots of raison like sweetness, molasses and brown sugar, a little coffee and chocolate in the nose.

Taste: The beer attacks with raw sweetness, raison-like or molasses, huge brown sugar, again, very sweet, alcohol warmth, residual syrupy feel on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and liquidy, a little sticky, hangs around. Almost like a brandy without the burn.

Drinkability: One of the sweetest and most alcoholic stouts out there, very delicious sipping brew, surprisingly easy to drink, surprisingly easy to get drunk.

08-14-2007 04:24:05 | More by guitarmage
Photo of Gatch


5/5  rDev +19.3%

Bottle dated October '06. Wow, this is serious. It's so heavy and strong that it doesn't even pour pitch black. It pours like a port wine, with a deep red hue, but has a thick, deep brown head like any good stout. The head was actually darker at the bottom and became lighter towards the top.

The smell is crazy, with a lot of alcohol, roasted malt, spice, and dark, sugary fruits as well as hints of espresso. Dark fruits and roasted malt really dominate and you can't help but vocalize that a few times before even taking a sip. These characteristics are present for the entire length of time the beer is in the glass, they don't fade when the head fades.

It really isn't as strong as you think, which is great. I was almost intimidated by this brew, but it has surprised me by being extremely well balanced. I'm sure a lot of the strength has been subdued from being almost a year old, but the flavors are so smooth yet so robust. It's almost like I'm chewing on fresh, roasted malt.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are off the charts. This is unlike any beer I've ever had and perfects every aspect of a beer. The carbonation is almost nonexistant which gives it an incredible, velvety smoothness. It's so complex and flavorful but not overwhelming and after a 12oz. bottle, it isn't filling and hasn't destroyed your taste buds. The one-time experience is worth the price of the bottle, which in my case was $8.99, so don't hesistate to pick it up. You'll find yourself trying to write a detailed review because you don't want to short-change such a great beer. And after you write your review, you still want to keep it to one word and you can't find any other word besides "wow." I have to give this beer a perfect 5.

08-14-2007 04:08:51 | More by Gatch
Photo of bluejacket74


4.4/5  rDev +5%

Served in my Dogfish Head snifter, the World Wide Stout pours dark brown/black with a half inch brown head which goes away very quickly. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, raisins, molasses and alcohol. The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. It's sweet, definitely a malt bomb but with a burnt wood taste too. Lingering aftertaste is bittersweet. Mouthfeel is medium/full, creamy, slick and coating. It leaves a nice warm feeling in my stomach! Drinkability is surprisingly good for an 18% beer. It's a sipper, but it's very smooth and easy to drink. I found myself drinking this a bit faster than I should have. Luckily I have another bottle I plan on aging another year or so. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, definitely recommended.

08-03-2007 23:52:18 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of aforbes10


3.73/5  rDev -11%

My second review of this, and i'm doing it again because i feel like the first time i was romanticising the beer somewhat. This time ill try to be totally honest. Pours thick, and excessively dark. Looks amazing. Smells of maple syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate malt and alcohol. Taste is extremely bitter for even a big olf imperial. It's almost caustic in its attack. Boozy and burning. Nutty and chocolately with hints of soy sauce. Syrupy and heavy bodied. Definitely and ass-kicker of a beer, and an experience but maybe too extreme to call it a good drinker (although you definitely enjoy it more as you drink more of it).

08-03-2007 13:23:48 | More by aforbes10
Photo of maltysfalcon


4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

I tasted this in comparison with Great Divide's Yeti "Oak Aged" and there was no comparison. The World Wide Stout provided incredible balance and flavor. When I first poured the beer, there was a creamy head which took up about the top 1/5 of the glass- just perfect. As black as night. Aromas of sweet malt, chocolate and mocha. The flavor was not dry, but in balance with the high alcohol. It almost remided me of a Belgian in that respect. This is a beer to savor, and the last sip leaves you longing for more. Outstanding!

07-29-2007 23:53:16 | More by maltysfalcon
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

I really shouldn't be drinking this stout in the middle of the Summer, but I'd been looking forward to trying it for so long that I couldn't wait for the more appropriate cooler weather of Fall. The beer pours as black as black can be with a good half inch head that recedes slowly. Very strong aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate and hops waft in my nose. The taste is a mix of espresso coffee, burnt currants, bitter chocolate and alcoholic warmth. Mouthfeel is very rich and full bodied. This is almost like sipping on a fine Madeira. The drinkability is excellent in that the strong alcohol blends in perfectly with the other flavors of the beer. I could probably down two of these in one sitting if I nursed them slowly, but I'd probably regret it in the morning. Excellent beer and highly recommended if you can find some.

07-22-2007 14:25:28 | More by rodrot
Photo of Budlum


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Pouring this beer produces a dense, yet short head. The head drops to a spotted, thin layer on top of the beer after about two minutes. The body of this beer is about the darkest and most opaque that I've ever seen. With better head retention, this would be the perfect looking stout.

A strong, charred smell tingles the nose before this beer really opens up. Dense layers of coffee beans, dark chocolates and light cinnamon display excellent complexity. There is quite a potent shot of alcohol that burns the nostrils. The aromas finish with a faint sweetness and strong spices. Excellent.

A sugary-sweet candy flavor leads this beer off before a balanced charred and toasted flavor touches the tongue. Light spices and firm hops liven the feel and provide some entertainment for the tongue. Many smoky flavors blend in with additional sweetness likening to molasses. Surprisingly, the alcohol content is masked very well and is barely noticeable. The finish provides more of the strong, charrred flavors with lingering sweetness. This is a delightfully complex stout.

The mouthfeel of this beer suffers from a sticky feeling even though the texture is good. Carbonation is basically nill.

Drinkability is good for such a powerful stout. Those interested should plan on an hour for a twelve ounce serving.

07-10-2007 23:56:52 | More by Budlum
Photo of tempest


3.53/5  rDev -15.8%

Got a bottle roughly 6 months from bottling. It starts with a slight vodka taste, followed by big roasted flavors. There's less fruit development than other big beers. The taste is bitter enough, but the sweetness is still unavoidable and a bit too much. Still this is a beer worth trying, escpecially, I imagine, after several years of aging.

07-07-2007 18:53:02 | More by tempest
Photo of Bighuge


4.97/5  rDev +18.6%


Appearance: Pitch black. Thin but creamy brown head. The retention is quite good as are the lacing patterns.

Aroma: Chock full of dark fruits, rich chocolate tones, roasted malts and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Flavor: Decadent layers of rich chocolate and coffee. Black cherry and figs come to mind. Anise oil and charred malts create some depth. An interesting little tangy attribute is present as well. Beautiful flavor.

Mouthfeel: Luxuriously creamy and velvety. Maybe medium bodied or so. Carbonation is delicate as it should be. And the presence of alcohol that I've noticed in some vintages is damn near absent in this one.

Drinkability: The alcohol is remarkably hidden and the flavor still comes with full force. This remains one of my all time favorite sippers. I don't drink this often nor do I drink Barley John's Dark Knight often. However, I did have a Dark Knight recently and this particular beer kicks the shit out of that particular beer. That was very toxic. This is not. This is much more enjoyable. To me this is better than fine port.

06-29-2007 03:57:06 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

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

New York

4.65/5  rDev +11%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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


5/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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


4.88/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

05-03-2007 03:41:32 | More by techdiver
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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