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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,264
Reviews: 1,657
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 597
Gots: 1,519 | FT: 138
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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 BevMoAndrew
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 65 degrees.

Shows a jet black in the glass with a quickly dissipating froth, no lacing, & below average retention. Aromas of molasses, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, sweet-sweet alcohol, smoke, raisins, cherries....I think I'm getting drunk just by smelling this beer! I like it! There is definitely an alcohol presence on the palate along with a molasses like texture. All of the aromas discovered on the nose follow through as flavors on the palate. Additionally, there is definitely a sweetness to this beer, which I'm glad to find. Overall a fantastic beer that I plan on enjoying over the next few hours. Damn shame I gave up cigars because this one is screaming for a maduro

Photo of soupyman10
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special trip to Church Key when I saw they had this one on tap. Wasn't actually that impressed out of the bottle (a good but not great one, in my opinion), but from a keg this was a different story. Truly one of the biggest, most complex, most delicious beers I've ever tasted. Pitch black color with a small tan head that dissolves to a minor film quickly. Flavor and aromas of vanilla, chocolate, very light booze, cherries and raisins, roasted malt, molasses, light coffee, probably a thousand others. Really a massive, delicious beer. Syrupy smooth flavor with mild - but perfect - carbonation. Man oh man I would drink this every day if I could. Excellent.

Church Key/$10/10 oz

Photo of MinorThreat
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle, poured into a DFH challis.

A- Super dark black, nearing Ten Fidy/used motor oil black. The head is a light brown skim. Not much lacing but it nearly had legs like wine.

S-The first thing I get is black trecal. Deep deep roasty hints with lots of molasses, raisins and some alcohol

T- One of the most complex beers I have ever tasted. Once again that black trecal is there, dark chocolate, molasses, raisins, figs a slow burn of alcohol. There is no question you have a big beer to contend with here. It hides the ABV really well all things considered. Really nice

M-Big and oily but a great amount of gas to keep it feeling as light as it can.

D-This is a one and done type of beer without question but for as big as it is WWS is highly drinkable.

Dogfish head seems to always be able to toe the line of excess with amazing results. This beer is really big, super complex and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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

Un - freaking- believable. Just a huge, huge beer, with tons of flavors all melding together into pure joy. But I get ahead of myself.

Poured on-tap at the Blind Tiger NYC, appeared black in the glass, with little to no head. No good lights by our back corner for checking out the highlights (if there were any), so I went straight for the sniff/sip tests. Honestly, there was so much going on with this beer (and it was 5 days ago...5 long days without another one of these to warm my soul), all I can really give is impressions: warmth, fruity (cherry? orange?), alcohol mingling through. The sip was unbelievably warming, confirming all the smells, but with a nice streak of alcohol warmth reminding me that this beer does NOT mess around. Not at all sessionable, but a great drink none-the-less.

Chocolately, espresso-ey, velvety goodness, with a surprising amount of carbonation which really helped to keep this from going down like stout syrup. Insanely drinkable...

Photo of porterwoobie
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.
11/8/08 bottling date.

A: black color, one finger brown head, some lacing

S: roasted notes, little chocolate and roasted coffe, and a large dose of alcohol.

T: burnt/highly roasted coffee and alcohol are prominent. mild maltiness that is quickly overpowered by the boldness of the roast/alcohol character.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation. fairly smooth drinking considering the high ABV.

Drinkability: no. sippability, yes. plan on taking your time with this one.

Photo of BigDank
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008.

Pours a very dark but not quite black into my Matilda glass with a very light head that leaves no lacing to be seen. Smell is strong with stand out maltiness and a hint of something sweet. Carbonation is fairly low which is not surprising considering the high ABV and the mouth is smooth and easy for the gravity of the beer. This is not a thick stout, which usually is what I would prefer, but definitely is good enough to keep me coming back to this one. The taste is intense but easy on the tongue. Alcohol presence is minimal again for the very high ABV and for me only makes itself known as it goes down, not in the mouth. I would say drinkibility is good as it is an excellent beer but even a 12oz should probably be shared with another person. Seemed to be very well paired with fresh cracked mixed nuts (especially brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and almonds). This is one I plan to revisit many times and would now like to have several vintages to see how well this beer ages over time. I currently only have 2008 but will be checking into getting as many different years as I can. I would recommend this brew to anyone who likes big stouts.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours an opaque black motor oil with a very short livid head.

Aroma of chocolate, booze, smoke and dark fruits. This beer is reknown for its strength, which is apparent in the nose.

Taste is just short of wonderous. Theres a charred/roasted malt edge with alot of flavor. Booze soaked fruits and chocolate. A lot of alcohol shows up in the finish, with a slight bitter astringency. Sweet one moment, strong the next.

Mouthfeel is syrupy but not without carbonation. Full bodied beyond a doubt.

Drinkability becomes skewed by the strength, but for 18% it could be alot harsher. Delicious to sip away on a cold winter night.

Photo of froghop
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is jet black with a thin brown head, and nice lacing.

smell is of deep dark chocolate, espresso, a roastiness, malt, burnt wood, a hint of caramel, and a bit of vanilla, and some licorice.

taste is smooth at first and then it hits your taste buds right in the face, warm to the stomach, rich dark coffee, sour malt, bakers chocolate, licorice, and a touch of smoke, ends thick, and bitter.

Photo of hrking
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanx to my buddy Buff for a share of a 2003 vintage bottle. Big stout flavor with slight oxidation present but just enough to smooth out the character of this big alcohol monster. Nice roasty complex chocolate smoothness but this one is a sipper for sure. I enjoyed it and was even using a Framboise as a chaser which added a unique quality to the drinking experience! if you are lucky enough to find a vintage bottle I highly recommend the drinking experience!

Photo of crossovert
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage.

Pours a dark black with hints of brown only on the edges when held to light. The head is surprisingly light and tan and it is thin, short lived, and leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is imposing, highly fragrant, and pungent on the nose. There is a cornucopia of sweet and dark scents. There are hints of rum, dark fruits, and a ton of carmally sugar. The alcohol is easily detected.

The mouthfeel is not as syrupy as expected. THe malts are sweet, fruity just explosive. The alcohol burns but that's okay.

This is a big ass brew but it is fantastic, an explosion of flavor, I prefer it over the 120 minute IPA, it is sweet but not overly and sweet in the right way, it works perfectly with the style.

Photo of Genuine
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a clean pint glass, which a nice tan head sat upon. Left very beautiful lacing down the sides of the glass. This is dark, almost guiness black.

S - This smells exactly like coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T - I like stouts a lot. Usually on a cold winter night, to go with some desert. But, this one..probably because of the high ABV, It's very strong on the alcohol scale. Sometimes I felt as if that flavor of the alcohol was a bit too dominant. Then again, I don't know how well you could hide the 18%.

M - Just like a stout should feel like. A bit on the heavy side, nice carbonation, but not too much, mind you. Too many bubbles and it could have been ruined.

D - I could probably just have one of these a day. I was certainly warmed up by the time i was done sipping on this one!

Overall, I think this is a great sipper stout. Another fine brew from Dogfish Head.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a light tan head and lacing on the top. This one quickly tells you that it is thick and syrupy, has a tan lacing, that oozes down the side of the glass. As I work through this glass, the chocolate/tan head sticks to the side of the glass like spiderwebs. It's THICK!! Smells of licorice, toasted malts, and booze. Taste of black licorice, deeply roasted malts, plumbs, and a huge booziness that warms the throat. Is a very smooth Imperial Stout, and ranks in my top 5 if not three favorites.

Photo of dyingwrist
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to a snifter. Minimal lacing and no head. Wonderful woody, coffee, dark chocolate smell. Barely any carbonation, very small alcoholic bite at the end. Flavors consist of dark coffee, maybe vanilla?, pretty sweet beer, very slight alcoholic bite at the end. Nice lasting finish. Flavor stays with you for a while.

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

the look of a nice stout with a good head retention. brown/black with a cloudy edging against the light. nose of chocolate and a lot of cognac. goes down quite warm. chocolate, tobacco roasty... and a fruit quality of a quaduple but one dimensional which is a bit redundantly put. not estery and fruity... sweet and damp wood. this tastes like a candied oak barrel. quite an ender for the night. is there such a word as barley port?

Photo of wchesak
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue La Fin du Monde Tulip glass

A - opaque black, slightest tint of brown, about an inch of tan head forms but soon dissipates down to thin rim; good lacing begins to form

S - alcohol smell is what I first notice, thought it was whiskey but with a closer smell I think its more brandy (has a definite barley ending to it), big oaky background smell, as it warms more of a fig/licorice aroma

T - first I get the slightest earthy hop note, soon overtaken by dark chocolate, roasted barley, and oakyness of a good single malt, the fruit, alcohol flavor is kept at the back of the palate, leaves a nice reminder of the 18% that lingers

M - heavy bodied, sticky but not syrupy, almost velvety you could say, carbonation is just enough to accomplish its purpose

D - if this wasnt 9 bucks a bottle, I would see no reason to not have it in my fridge at all times, lots of depth and variety in aroma and taste but balanced enough to where nothing overpowers something else, amazed esp with the ABV that this is accomplished

Photo of luchris80
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge, allowed to warm a bit and served in an oversized wine glass (snifter-like).

Aroma: Full roasted maltiness with undertones of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness (currant-like). Big alcohol aroma that has a barleywine/port-like nose.

Appearance: Appears black, though dark brown at the edges when held to light. Slight, light coffee color head that dissipates quickly and leaves a trail (has "legs"). Opaque, but clear at edge when held to light.

Flavor: Intensely strong flavor of roasted grains with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Has a dark fruit/grapey character (port-like). Slight bitterness and dryness at finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy (almost chewy in a way). Fairly high carbonation that leaves a slight sharpness. Prominent, but smooth warmth.

Overall Impressions: Really complex flavors. Great for an evening where you were only having one beer (would probably be great with a cigar). The alcohol flavors might be too prominent for some (high for style, 8%-12%). Very happy to be able to try.

Photo of lilbuddha
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review !

A: Black, black black , Head is a little sloppy and dies down quick

S: Cold Coffee, another touch of something i can't describe, plus a slightly burnt hint

T: Sweet, reminds me of good port, My taste buds start to get the hop feel, but are quickly turned over by the sweetness, but the aftertaste lets the hops e come back out. Alcohol is very prevalent, but welcoming.

M: The medium carbonation really sticks with the sweet taste and lingers in the back of my tongue. Can really feel this one going down, from smooth at the front of my mouth to slow and strong to the back.

D: I can't drink darks like this very quickly, but I have no problem taking a good swig and then just letting the aftertastes slowly dissipate. I'm having an urge for a piece of semisweet chocolate.

Won't likely drink this again just due to preference, but as a local and highly rated beer its a good start for my reviewing.

Times Drank - Once

Photo of IndustrialCanine
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce - Bottled Nov 17 2009 - (18% illegal here in NC so I drove this one back from Milton, DE)

A: Black as Tar. Awesome. :) Encourage it a bit out of the bottle and you get a nice brown lacey head that hangs out till you're done.

S: Boozy malt, raisins, coco with a hop touch.

T: Sweeeter than the smell with Booze, molasses, dark malt, and bittering hops fighting for palette space. No single element wins just how it should be.

M: Big bold and beautiful with a touch of CO2. The flavor is built with the ridiculous ABV not cobbled on later for drama.

D: This fresh bottle under a month old drinks young and a little untamed. I'm going to cellar a few and do an update next year.

Photo of Kendo
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at Mahar's in Albany on 12-2-09. Thanks to BA aerozeppl for the heads up. . . .

A: Served in a 10 oz mini-pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolatey brown head that leaves decent splotches of lace behind.

S: Raisins, port wine, licorice, molasses and alcohol. Alcohol more noted as it warms.

T: First impression (from my notes): "There's a lot going on here." Dark dried fruits -- raisins and prunes. Big roasty malt becomes more prominent as it warms. Slight chocolate (also more noted as it warms). It finishes pretty hot, though more so in feel heading down the belly than in taste on the palate.

M: Real nice creamy feel to this. Body is thick and heavy, no two ways about it. But it has a nice creaminess. I think Mahar's had this being served at just about the perfect temperature -- I'd call it slightly colder than cellar temp -- and it made it feel even better.

D: The high ABV will slow you down, but that creamy feel will speed it up. For a beer of this strength it's tremendously drinkable.

I've got two 2003s in the cellar that I've been meaning to bust open for awhile. I will do so soon so that I can compare the bottled, aged WWS to the fresh one I had tonight. . . .

Photo of aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahar's.

A: Just black. No messing around at all on this one. Black. What was impressive was the epic lacing on my mug. For a beer of 18% the lacing was awesome. I have never seen lacing like this on a beer even remotely approaching the ABV on this one. Nice.

S: It smells like raw booze up front. Tons of malt. Chocolate. Toffee. Raisins. Malt. Touch of hops. Basically it is everything in any beer thrown at you at once.

T: It is balanced somehow. The booze is there but I expect it to be. Just like the nose everything is there. It almost becomes a situation where you simply cannot describe everything that is going on.

M: Wow. The mouthfeel was awesome. Just perfect subtle carbonation. Thick and chewy at the same time. Again amazing for the ABV.

D: I had a fresh bottle of this and it was just about undrinkable but the big dogfish beers on tap are so drinkable. This was 100% better fresh than in the bottle. A bottle with some time on it is a totally different story.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 11Nov2008

A: Deep black under a small brown head. No lace, no retention.

S: Very sweet, candied fruit, with a decent roasted, chocolate backbone. Boozy, hint of cream. Smells big. Smells huge, really.

T: Pretty hot beer, sweetness is not as big as nose. Bitter, roasted, chocolate, hint of coffee. Alcohol is pretty apparent, boozy, good warmth on the way down.

M/D: Full boded, carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is OK, this is a huge beer and 1 bottle might be enough. A very good beer, especially if you like them on a grand scale.

Photo of obywan59
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with born on date: 11/17/09. The words "A very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley" on the label.

Pours dark and rather thick. Like maple syrup. 1/4 inch head that at first coats the sides of the glass and then forms some slight lacing before disappearing.

Smells like sweet coffee fortified with alcohol. Notes of burnt malt in the background

Tastes way sweeter than the aroma. Sweetest beer I've ever had. I prefer porters over stout as they tend to be sweeter, but this blows all the porters I've tried and everything else away for sweetness. Coffee and burnt malt mimic the aroma. A fruitiness as well, like dried fruits soaked in alcohol. Very warming as the 18% alcohol slides down the throat.

Medium-full mouthfeel. Borderline syrupy, but not too sticky. Like the energizer bunny. Not sticky enough to be distasteful, but enough so that the flavor just keeps on going, and going...

I give it a 5 for sippability, although it's not really drinkable in the normal sense. It took me 2 glorious hours to finish my first 12 oz. 120 Minute IPA. I'm expecting this to be in the same ballpark.

Highly recommended

Photo of TheDoorman
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle

Deep brown body that leaves little head, resting in a snifter like a fine port. Aroma reveals alcohol immediately. Raisons, bourbon, vanilla and plum follow. Some roasted coffee in the background. Sweetness as it hits the palate. Molasses. Bourbon comes next. Extremely complex. Sticky and syrupy on the palate, but slightly less than full bodied. Alcohol asserts itself throughout. This is an amazingly complex beer that really needs to be understood as a fireside, after-dinner drink.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this recently when I noticed that the bottle on date was 11/14/08, about a year old.

A: Pours dark black mostly with brown only at the thin edges and a very quickly dissipating khaki colored head that just leaves behind a couple bubbles floating around.

S: Smells like really dark fruity, boozy, roasted and chocolate malts, molasses, bourbon, raisins

T: Very similar to the smell - dark fruits, boozy bourbon, roasted and chocolate malts, molasses, raisins - however, it isn't as boozy as I would have expected from an 18% abv beer.

M: Super full body from lots of carbonation that makes it really creamy and thick in the mouth

D: nobody on earth could say this is "drinkable"! it's a boozy beer, but definitely a great tasting sipper that I want to keep sipping - and i can't imagine another beer that I'd rather drink just to get a buzz quickly!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered offline (and yes they did deliver to PA, got a few cool beers from this place in Jersey) 11/14/08 born on date

A-pours a jet black color with dark caramel colored head, thick lookin, leaving no lace

S-big alcohol smell, bourbon, molases, hint of bitter chocolate

T-the alcohol comes through slightly at the beginning but is immediately met with a dark berry sweetness, there is molases, some roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla

M-almost a full body, its got a creamy texture and is relatively smooth

D-this is a pretty drinkable beer, from the born on date is has aged for a year and I have never had it fresh, but the taste is pretty nice, well blended flavors, and a pretty good mouthfeel. The tinge of alcohol was slightly unappealing until I saw how strong this was. Are you kidding me?

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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