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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,197
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 566
Gots: 1,452 | FT: 130
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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 Buschyfor3
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle that I've been sitting on for a couple months. Bottle dated 11/14/08, so this one had 9 months age on it to begin with - so its almost a year old now. Finally decided to crack it open this evening. Poured into my SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Not as dark of a pour as I initially expected - much more of a translucent burgundy brown with ruby highlights near the bottom of the glass while the upper half of the glass looks much murkier. Pour produces a small, sandy colored head, but it never rises above a couple centimeters in depth and quickly fades to a tiny sandy ring and swath of bubbles on the surface of the stout. Sandy-beige colored lacing coats the glass then slides back down into the body.

S: I cracked the bottle and took a good whiff, and while the bottle was still a little bit colder than the recommended serving temp., I couldn't help but get a massive dose of barley and booziness. Huge alcohol note even with the bottle quite chilled! Smell reminds me of brandy - fruity esters, a bit of sting to the nostril, slightly medicinal... but then again it is 18% ABV so of course it is! This beer even smells like a sipper. There are plenty of other notes that peak through the nose: caramel, brown sugar, fresh-baked bread, cocoa, cold coffee, dark fruits including cherries and raisins. As the glass warms, the booziness becomes even more prominent as some wine-like notes also start to appear. The nose seems to have a fair bit going on beneath the surface, but the booze seems to dominate for much of the ride.

T: Definitely a sip-sip-sip stout. After 20 minutes I would conservatively estimate that I've consumed 2 ounces of a 12 oz bottle. This one will take a while, but that is the beauty of the beast from what I've been told about WWS. My palate detects alot of booziness up front - fruity, wine-like esters, dark cherries, rum raisins, brandy soaked fruits. Its got a lot of kick on the front end of the palate. There is also some caramel and brown sugary sweetness in that mix as well. Once I swallow each sip, the malts kick in to high gear - all kinds of barley producing a dominating, nutty and bready flavor, slightly salty to balance the dark fruits and sweet brandy booziness from the start. I also get a leathery, tobacco-like note in there - dry, slightly smoky and a very interesting twist to the malt overload that I'm experiencing. Roasted notes also kick in well into the finish with a short dose of coffee beans, buttered toast and even some salty, soy sauce like flavors. As the glass warms, the barley notes begin to exert more influence mid sip to temper the booziness with a salty, buttery flavor. Finish lengthens as bready flavors linger on the tongue. Really, each sip seems to deliver a new flavor or a different intensity of the existing flavors and that make each sip much more interesting and enjoyable.

At this point, the beer has been open for an hour and I've only finished half of it. Wow. Still boozy in the nose, and still boozy up front in the nose; still boozy in the taste, especially as you hold each sip in your mouth and swish it around to coat the palate, but the sting is starting to recede in intensity, probably because it has already gripped me and given me a slight buzz. Still intriguing with the blast of malts, buttery bread, sweet caramel, roasted flavors and that smoky note that becomes more prominent.

M: Slick, silky smooth; not anywhere near as thick as other stouts, but it does have that creamy/oily texture on the way down. Carbonation is low which induces the appropriate mouthfeel.

D: SIPPER. Period. One that must be savored and enjoyed over an extended period or else one of two things will happen: 1) you will miss out on its complexities or 2) you will very quickly wind up at the point of diminishing returns. And at 18% ABV, you'll definitely feel it! I have to deduct points from the overall score for drinkability - this isn't a beer you can just knock back. And yet even when you drink slowly, so that you can experience all of its nuances, this beer remains a daunting task to finish thanks to its overwhelming boozy character.

I will say I am glad to have the opportunity to try WWS, even if only a rare, one-time experience because of its intensity, scarcity and price point ($10-plus for a 12oz bottle). Definitely an extreme beer.

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

Another beer I found at Beer Bistro in Toronto. It's ABV makes it unavailable in Ohio. Review from notes taken May 31, 2009.

Served at cellar temp and oozed out into an oversized tulip. A black gooey oil.

Bottled in 2007.

N. Chocolat booze. Overripe plum.

T  Sweet black currant. Hot. Almost spiced. Sharp finish. Prunes. Apricots. Wet tobacco. Very complex and protean in its ability to change its flavor profile as it futher warmed.  

M. Viscous and velvety. Not creamy but still adequately carbonated

D. Already a few years old but frankly a little too hot to be called "drinkable". I found the booziness enjoyable And well blended if though not hidden but there can be no doubt that it also makes it the epitome of a sipper.

Photo of mrmanning
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to HogtownHarry- Deep opaque black, pours a frothy, but short lived mocha cap, that leaves some lace. Huge nose of dark chocolate, lots of fruit, including plum, currant, and concord grape, espresso, some roasted malts. Tastes of sweet dark chocolate, plum, black coffee, quite grapey, with roasty malts and just a bit of bittering hops. Quite well rounded and drinkable considering the strength. A great effort! Thanks for the bottle Harry!

Photo of halfhorsefilms
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into a pint glass with hardly any head or lacing. I'm going to have to add this to a long line of beers that continue to surprise me.

This stuff is black. Held up to a light. 16 inches away. And it's still black.

Strong booze smells along with toasty malts and prunes. Taste is similar, kind of hinting at grape soda, which isn't a bad thing since grape soda sure as hell doesn't taste like grapes. Also on the subject of soda, a hit of Dr. Pepper, but that could just be Dr. Pepper's prune-flavored origins. (For those that don't know, the legend goes that the Doc was initially marketed as prune soda. Apparently that didn't go over too well in advertising.)

Very smokey with a relatively smooth mouthfeel despite 18% ABV booze explosion.

Halfway through and feeling VERY tipsy! Definitely a beer to share, but if you feel like spending an hour or so drinking one single solitary lonesome beer, this one's for you.

Overall one of the best beers I've had in a LONG time, and that's not the alcohol talking.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/14/08

A: Pours more cola colored than black. Decent head with a bit of decent retention.

S: Cocoa, Rich bitter chocolate, and some baltic porter essence going on.

T: A lot like the taste. Bitter chocolate up front with some Cocoa. A bit hot from the alcohol.

M: Full bodied with fair carbonation.

D: As good as an 18% stout could be. Enjoyable and I could definitely do a whole bottle by myself. Not necessarily for the faint of heart!

Photo of williammellon
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend bought this beer for me on a recent trip to Milton. I opened it after a nice double bock to finish the evening.

The appearance was a bit uninspiring. The head was thin and left after a short while--it was identical to good crema on an espresso.

The nose was spectacular. Sweet tar, coffee, chocolate, sappy wood all leap from the glass. Molasses and brown sugar are buried within the beautiful, rich nose.

Overwhelming loads of flavors battling for attention. The initial bitterness subsides on the second and third visits. After the shock subsides, the barley wine shows off the middle and carries flavors of port, stewed cherries and dabs of anise. A creamy finish, again reminiscent of the last sip of lukewarm espresso.

Not my typical beer but packed with flavors that are sure to invigorate something in all of us who enjoy well made beer. This would be the highlight of a beer flight or sipped with friends over an hour in a cooler, winter setting. Kipis.

Photo of brendan13
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks heaps to Smithflipper for sharing this bottle with me - it's been something I've been wanting to try pretty much since joining BA!

A - Poured into a wine glass pitch black with a 1.5cm dark tan head which falls away quite quickly.
S - Some peaty notes initially followed by lots of roasted barley & chocolate notes. Some dark fruit hints.
T - Quite sweet chocolate and stewed dark fruit up front with some creamy vanilla and caramel notes coming through. Vauge alcohol notes.
M - Quite a syrupy full bodied beer with minimal carbonation.
D - Obviously not a sessioner but I'd try this again in a heart beat if I could.

Photo of jjanega08
2.05/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A= pours a dark black with slight ruby highlights when held up to the light. A small thin skin of a head rises out of it and falls fast to leave no lacing. Actually a little dissapointed with this for how big of a beer it is.
S= quite boozy and nail polish like...there's some barley in it but mostly nail polish smell again very unimpressed.
T= much better than the smell. At first it has a nice sweet barley taste lots of dark toasted malt but then the alcohol hits and the ever present nail polish taste. This is the first beer that has ever burned my tongue... even the 120 min wasn't this bad.
M= dry as a bone. Burns my tongue.
D= low. The date on the bottle is 11/14/08 and this is way way way to hot. Maybe some age. Pretty bad now.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours nearly opaque/black with virtually no head whatsoever - what a disappointment with appearance. Nose is good though with dark fruits such as figs, maybe raspberry, and rich chocolate to caramel desserts. On the palate the alcohol is noticeable, but rich flavors of dark fruits and roasted malts take over your attention quite quickly. Finish is very hot with alcohol, and not at all hidden, thereby making it a challenge to drink, and therefore not very high on the drinkable scale.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up single bottle for $8 in MA. Poured into pint glass.

A- Looks like dark roast coffee. Sand-colored head about 1cm thick. Head dissapears very quickly, as ezpected. Zero light passing through this one, not even a LED flashlight.

S- Chocolate covered cashews. No, really. That's what I get. A faint cocoa sweetness and a buttery nut aroma. Straight octane alcohol fumes are here, too. Intense, very intense.

T- WOW. Barley barley barley. Dark chocolate sweetness. Nutty aftertaste, like almonds. The alcohol leaves a tangy aftertaste, and the heat is there. Still, like the DFH 120, the alcohol isn't overpowering, which considering the ABV (18%), I'm amazed. Speaks to the balance of the beer. Also picking up smoke, wood notes and a caramel taste on the tip of the tongue. A minute after my last sip, I'm still tasting the wood notes. Reminds me of DFH Palo Santo, actually.

M- Interesting. Unique. Hard to describe. This beer is extreme and does extreme things to the mouth. Goes down with a smile on my face, though.

D- As much as DFH 120- one is more than enough. Still, this is bottled awesomeness. I held off on trying this for a year or so and am so glad I finally splurged for this 12oz bottle. Worth the price, this is a sublime experience that every beer drinker should try.


I had a 05 recently (Oct 2010) and it was fantastic. This beer ages gracefully.

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

Enjoyed this beer in a pint glass

Appearance was very dark almost black, poured with a nice brownish head which disappeared very quickly leaving a little lacing.

Nice aroma with malt, cherries, hint of molasses and alcohol

Very nice taste, a little sweet with cherry maybe raisins, some chocolate and a little malty.

This beer is very smooth with the alcohol giving it a nice warming feel on the way down.

I am surprised how good this beer is considering the 18 % ABV. It is a nice sipping beer that I will buy again. It would be interesting to put a few bottles away to age.

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

Aroma is strong, oily and smoky with a firm overtone of molasses. It pours a deep sable with a rather thick and fairly persistent light chocolaty-tan head. Flavor is like liquid molasses with hints of caramel and quite a strong alcohol bite. Texture is thick, smooth and edgy and leaves a smoky and slightly sweet finish. Worth the trade I made for it!

Photo of merryjoulton
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark black with brown edges. Initially a nice big head which surprised me based on the ABV but it dissipated momentarily into a thin film. Smell is dominated by booze with hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is strongly boozy and slightly malty. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, drinkability is average because its hard to get past the alcohol.

Photo of vacax
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle meets my The Bruery tulip glass.

Ridiculously dark with a sparse tan head. Not much head but what is there congregates in a ring around my glass and is quite persistent.

The aroma is abundant with spiced stewed raisins and full of candi sugar, yeast, and maybe a hint of alcohol. Smells like loads of delicious malts, almost with a Belgian twist.

Brewed with a "ridiculous amount" of barley per the label, the flavor verifies that fact and presents a reasonably well balanced for something rocking 18% ABV. Flavors of sweet raisins begin the flavor journey and grows into a peppery alcoholic tang on the midpalate. The finish continues the journey as deep roasted flavors emerge followed by a reminder of the cookielike sweetness. The finish is lasting and exceptionally complex, even changing long after the swallow. Impressive balance for such a big beer, being neither excessively sweet nor roasty, but displaying a fine mastery of both. Full bodied but surprisingly not ultra thick, along with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Strong flavors for sure but the complexity here keeps me going back to the glass to refresh my palate for another journey. I believe I could well finish this entire bottle relatively quickly, though I did share a bit (keeping up the beer karma as usual). High drinkability for an imperial stout, and impressive for something so strong.

Consumed 6/28/2009 in honor of Billy Mays!

Photo of Mayhem976
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Black, has a slight reddish brown hue when held up close to the light. Medium size creamy head with small fingers gripping the sides of my glass.

S- Malty with some dark sweet fruits is the only way I can describe it.

T- Sweet robust malty flavor, I taste some raisin maybe prune type flavor towards the end and a tad bit of chocolate as well. It's sweet but not too sweet, still pretty malty.

M- Creamy and smooth. The alcohol is definitely present, your mouth and stomach will get a "slight" warm/numb feeling as this stout passes through you.

D- Packing this much alcohol in something this delicious is pure genius. Amazing stout all around, one of them beers that you would love to crack open and watch the expression on your friend(s) face as he/she takes their first drink.

Photo of david131
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle in August of 2007, but the date stamp has been rubbed off the bottle so it is hard to say exactly how old this is. It is probably around 2 years old.

A- An almost absolute black liquid with just the slightest bit of light getting through at the edges. The brown head quickly settles to a halo with a few splotches in the middle.

S- Almost port like with lots of sweet dark fruit, smoke, and some apparent, but not harsh alcohol. Smells very nice and well put together.

T- Very sweet with lots of dark fruit flavors. There is some nuttiness and smoke to this as well. There is a numbing alcohol presence on the finish, but for the ABV it is hidden extraordinarily well. This is incredibly unique and enjoyable.

M- Velvety smooth with a bit of a numbing presence on the tail end. This definitely builds on the palate, but what else would you want or expect?

D- I am blown away by how drinkable this is. This goes down smooth and is enjoyable and unique enough to keep drawing me back for more. I would love to see what this does with even more age on it.

Photo of dismal
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, pours pretty much a pitch black with a small light tan head, leaves plenty of lacing down the glass even though the head becomes pretty thin shortly after pouring. Smell is roasted malt, some coffee, just smells dark if thats possible. Taste is just dark, has some hints of coffee. Some chocolate is present as well. This beer is dark, and has an extremely high ABV BUT it's pretty well hidden. The alcohol doesn't come through to much though I probably wouldn't do more than one in a night but enjoying one is no problem.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let's resume the Third Unorganized Invitational with this 18% ABV blackwater. If this is their Chicory Stout on steriods, I'm in for some fun. Either way, I'm in for some fun just based on the alcohol. On to the beer:

Let's face it, there's not going to be a head on top of a beer this strong...it quickly fizzles away. Black with some ruby red hues on the edges, which is a surprise. The nose asks "where is the stout?" Upfront, it's dark fruit and chocolate liqueur. I kind of like it, but I was expecting more stout. Ok, now to taste.

It tastes better than it smells, and yes, you will feel and taste some booze. It's like drinking fruit liqueur. There's a subtle squirt of chocolate found, but it's mostly liqueur dominant. Hmmm, I can surly like with that. Moderately fizzy in the mouth, and it doesn't have that thick luscious feel of a strong stout.

World Wide Stout is a mixed bag. The booze is hidden well enough, but it doesn't quite have that stout flavor I was looking for. Try it once for the novelty, but as far as supercharged DFH beer is concerned, I'll be happy with the 120 Minute IPA.

That's five beers down, and three more to go here in the T.U.I. Here's hoping the last three beers will pick up the slack.

Photo of BarrelO
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 11/14/08.

A: Very dark, just like the bottle says. Light tan head quickly dissipates.

S: There's a tiny bit of malt, but it's almost all solventy alcohol. Reminiscent of nail polish remover.

T: Again, almost completely dominated by the alcohol burn. Also some licorice. A bit of soy sauce. Has a drying effect on the palate.

M: Thick and hot.

D: This is certainly unique. That doesn't mean it's good, though. It's way too hot and unbalanced even six months out the gate. I'd say this needs to be laid down at least a year or two before it's any good.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled 11/14/08. tasted in early april 2009. poured into tulip.

opaque black, even under sunlight, though later on in the glass, a more reddish brown appearance emerges. large tan head on a vigorous pour, fades to wispy layer, then mostly just a ring. lots of decent lacing though.

aroma: dried sour asian plums (huamei and umeboshi), touch of coffee, touch of roasted malt, hint of brown sugar. whiff of alcohol. whiff of prunes. trace of cola. all a bit weaker than hoped for however.

taste: fruity; cherries with sour kick, with yet more reminiscences of asian plum. roasted malts and touch of coffee, with mildly earthy but bitter hops. all this is a bit overcome however by the sour fruit note and slightly boozy alcohol.

medium body is actually thinned out by the booze, acidity and astringency. carbonation is moderate but also a bit fizzy.

just not what i was expecting in an imperial stout.

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

Appearance: nice lacing - dark with ruby/tawny hues

Smell: Warm, paint thinner, tobacco, whiskey

Taste: Molasses, brown sugar, tobacco, Jameson, Irish Coffee

Mouthfeel: Dry, warm - the alcohol content makes it seem like their should be a strong alcohol taste - it's well hidden in tons of layers of malt/tobacco

Drinkability: Sipper - lay it down and age it - not ready to drink! I couldn't wait - and now I regret it. Great beer in a few years.

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 bottle tasted 5/28/09 (Vim and Vigor crossed out) courtesy of 2277jf poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown, almost black, with hints of mahogany around the edges. There is a bubble tan head that recedes immediately to nothing and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is massively sweet with lots of dark malts and a ton of booze that burns the nose slightly. There is also some sweet dark chocolate, but the aroma is close to that of a liquor with the dominant sweetness and alcohol.

The taste follows the aroma and is mainly a big dark roasted malt aroma with dark fruits and chocolate on top. Big and sweet overall, but the finish is something to behold with a burning in the mouth that feels like I'm sipping on whiskey.

The mouthfeel is very slick, sticky sweet with little carbonation and, obviously, very boozy.

This is the definition of a sipper. It's got lots of flavor with malts, chocolate and dark fruits all present. However, the massive sweetness and alcohol presence make this one tough to get through with any speed. 3.5/4.0/4.5/4.0/2.5/3.95 Overall

2006 bottle, tasted 5/29/09, and poured into a snifter.

Pours nearly black in the glass with light shining through brown in the edges. The head is decent sized and tan, hanging around as a collar and leaving spotty lacing.

The aroma is not nearly as sweet as the 2002 bottle and has lots of dark roasted malts with some chocolately sweetness and some alcohol (though much less than the 2002).

The taste is complex with the underlying dark malts really carrying things. There is chocolate, vanilla, and more dark fruits in the taste than the aroma. The alcohol is surprisingly understated given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is slick and has slightly less than moderate carbonation. Lots of sweet dark malts left lingering on the palate with the slightest alcohol burn.

The 2006 bottle is a much more manageable/drinkable beer than the 2002 and I would have guessed a lower ABV than the 18%. It's a very good stout and the 2002 is definitely a better beer in my eyes. 4/4/4.5/4/4.2 overall

Photo of tedsox31
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. The appearance was jet black, no light let through. There was a small head of tan foam that dissipated quickly. There was no lacing.

The aroma is of dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, and alcohol. The dark fruit is very present followed closely by a strong booze smell.

The taste has alcohol upfront and in your face. It is reminiscent of whisky to me. Not 18% worth of alcohol...it is overall hidden well. The dark fruit comes next followed by vanilla. At the very back end I get an almost oaky flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is very full and thick. It borders on syrupy. There is no carbonation.

This beer is drinkable for the percentage of alcohol. Obviously not a beer you will be having more than one of in an evening, but it has enough going on in it that it isn't unfinishable. The problem that I have with it is that some of the more subtle flavors are lost in the strong alcohol presence. It just did not do it for me. Certainly worth a try, if only to see what it is all about and what it does for you.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some brownish hues around the edges when held to light. About a finger and a half of tan colored head that never fully goes away. Aroma of roasted malt, pure alcohol, roasted nuts and cocoa.

Lots of flavors going on in here. Black cherries, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, marshmallows, amaretto, and caramel. This beer is pretty sweet with a very bitter roasted malt finish. Full bodied for sure with a low carbonation level. An enormous stout that is very nice to sip on.

Photo of jonziefle
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured an ebony black color, completely opaque. Had a thin dark khaki head, which quickly diminished to almost nothing. Minimal to no lacing.

Smell: Smells of strong syrupy dark fruit flavors, with an incredibly strong alcohol bite deeper down. It smelled it like a dark red wine. Dark roasted malts are but a hint in the background; the syrupy booze overwhelms them.

Taste: Strong, very sweet syrupy malts up front, followed shortly by the alcohol bite. Not as much a bite as 18% would suggest, but still strong though. The dark fruit flavors are present in the syrupy sweetness, but are mostly indescript. The roasted malts present themselves at the back end, as the flavor fades away; leaves a slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, and very syrupy. No carbonation at all, and overly "slick". The alcohol bite is mild, relative to its 18%.

Drinkability: An interesting stout, just not for me. Less a beer, and more a fortified wine. Most of the classic roasted malts, smokiness, and chocolate flavors appear lost in the syrupy sweetness and alcohol level. One to try if you like big beers, at the expense of the beer itself.

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,197 ratings.