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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: 640
Gots: 1,568 | 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 rtratzlaff
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'09 bottle tasted Feb. '10. A slight off white head is created from a small pour from my twelve ounce bottle. Opaque black body with little lacing.

Aromas of alcohol and dark fruits. The taste is similiar with sweetish malts and a strong phenolic character.

The mouthfeel is not thick due to abv, but I am sure they threw as much malt into the batch as possible. Attenuation seems to be high though.

Obviously this is a one and done try it to say you've had it kind of beer. DFH always makes beers worth trying. Nothing seems off, but nothing is amazing either.

Photo of Ghenna
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of heavy alcohol, yeast, and a little banana/bubblegum
Pours an oily black with minimal milk chocolate head, no real retention into a snifter.
Chocolate malts and alcohol immediately apparent on the palate, with a heavy yeasty flavor. After a bit of warming, the alcohol and coffee and brown sugar flavors really start to come out.
This really is a once in a while beer. It's intense, and requires a lot of focus to appreciate properly. Of course, being an 18% beer, you could just hold your nose and chug it, but it really deserves better. It's a top level brew, and although at ten bucks a bottle it's a little steep, it is a pleasant treat to have with dessert . I'll definitely be buying a bottle or two this year to age for a bit.

Photo of morimech
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2007.

Appears coal black in the glass with a small head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. The lack of suds is not surpising considering the high ABV. Spilt a little on my shirt, I think it will be permanetly stained.

Big bouquet of roasted malt. Hints of brown sugar, soy sauce, figs, and last but definately not least, alcohol. No getting around the booze in this stout.

There is no denying that there is a lot going on in the flavor, but it is hard to get past the alcohol heat to interpret the subtleties. I do pick up the roasted malt. Hints of dark fruit and bitter chocolate. Then the alcohol comes in and washes everything away with a strong, boozy element. Even with a few years on it, the alcohol is quite hot.

The body is about as full as a beer can be. Thick and chewy with just enough carbonation to keep me from thinking it is flat. Works perfectly for a sipper.

Not really drinkable. A beer that is an event. A beer that a person needs to set a reasonable amount of time to savor and absorb the affects.

Photo of MisterClean
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt for purchasing and sharing with the poker clowns.

A - Motor oil black, with a 1/2 finger of dark, dark chocolate head, and dissipates immediately. No lacing left behind and low carbonation. Something about these low carbonation beers, the brewers may want to consider adding yeast before bottling/kegging.

S/T - Chocolate, roast coffee, leather, some fruity esters, and light alcohol. Not heavy alcohol on this monster, but light alcohol. There's also a nice addition of carafa malts, which I do not typically enjoy, but the carafa actually thins out the beer slightly and adds balance.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated, and viscous.

D - Really good. Only slight alcohol on a big beer and actually appreciated carafa malts.

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

This beer pours a solid brownish black, with a thin wisp of beige soapsudsy head, and no lace. It smells of chocolate biscuit, alcohol, ash, and herbal green hops. The taste is alcohol, milk chocolate, sweet, spicy stewed fruit, Turkish delight, and earthy, sweet citrus hops. The carbonation is mild, the body full, creamy, warm, and smooth, and it has a sweet, boozy, chocolate candy finish.

A melange of weird and wonderful flavours, all catalyzed by the big alcohol. Took me 90 minutes to sip whilst standing at the bar - hmmm, wrong beer name...

Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep redish black,mostly black with little carbonation or head,this bottle has aged a year,Strong maple dark fruit and boozy nose grabs straight off the pour but as the alcohol fads its complex dark currants and fruity port like aromas hit the nose hard,This is what I call a classic winter warmer sipper,more like a port wine than beer,taste is a tad boozy and warms the tummy straight off.complex fruits booze and maple tastes,a tad thick on the palate,overall a nice winter warmer,age will round out the rough edges,quite drinkable for a abv this high.

Photo of Tdizzle
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a few bottles at BevMo Orange. Bottled on November 17th, 2009. No indication of ABV.

A- Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter, World Wide Stout pours solid black with a small head of tan foam that quickly settles to a silky layer and a thin foamy ring along the inside of the glass. There are a few patches of spotty lacing after each sip.

S- Big, bold notes of fermented dark fruits, deeply roasted coffee and espresso beans, dark chocolate, and black licorice. The big alcohol content is very evident but not cloyingly so.

T- The taste is immensely sweet right out of the gate. Dark and roasty flavors break through the syrupy notes -- molasses and Hershey's -- at mid palate. The finish has a Brandy-like boozy sweetness that coats the mouth with flavors of caramelized dark fruits, but overall the alcohol is very well-hidden.

M- Thick, viscous, and slightly syrupy in texture with a medium amount of carbonation that kicks in a moment after the initial sip, nicely cutting through the heavy mouthfeel.

D- This beer is incredibly drinkable given the supposed 18% alcohol content and how sweet the flavor is. I wouldn't want more than one bottle in a sitting, but I enjoyed every sip. This would be a good one to split between two or three friends. My favorite Dogfish Head beer thus far.

Photo of jongillin
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown amber color thin head emerges early and then dissolves to a slight ring around the edge.

S: Big nose. Hints of dark chocolate, plums, other forest fruits. Slightly Alcoholic.

T: Complex and robust flavor. Comes off tasting a bit like a brandy. However, the alcohol gives way to dark fruit flavors, cherries and plums are present. slightly fruity. Mild hop presence towards the end. Finish leaves a dark chocolate truffle flavor lingering in the mouth.

D: very drinkable. great with some quality tobacco, i can see it with some pipe tobacco, or cigar. Great with dark chocolate, or a robust steak. Watch out that 18% ABV sneaks up on you. Very drinkable.

Photo of MarcGetty
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately the first time I experienced World Wide Stout I did not do so expecting anything great, nor was I expecting 18% alcohol in a very unassuming 12oz bottle. Sure "ridiculous amount of barley" prominently written on the bottle says something, but this was my 4th beer in and quite a surprise.

World Wide Stout pours dark. Real dark. Pretty much zero head.

Taste is very complex and not as strong as you would expect for a 18% beer. Did I say it was complex? It is. Very good on so many levels. So worth a try.

Moral of the story: Don't go to a beer bar and have your "friend" ask the waitress for "a beer that will make me blind" and then drink it when he can't.

Absolutely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.Without a doubt the best beer with that much alcohol I've ever had.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

A- Dark mohogany-brown. Nearly, but not quite opaque. Minimal light brown head.

S- Big roasted malt aroma. Stewed dark fruits soaked in rum: prunes, raisins, plums, dates. Black licorice. Hoisin & soy sauce.

T- Massive, deeply concentrated and richly extracted sweet roasted malt. Prunes, chocolate raisins. A malt avalanche. Persistant malty finish lingers nearly forever.

M, D- Hot. Sweet. Roasty. Impressivley structured, but with a different take- somewhat of a brandywine-stout fusion. Drinking pace limited to that of a Port or Sherry.

Photo of alyankus
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 10/29/05 poured into an over-sized Bordeaux Spiegelau glass

It's black and relatively flat but at such a high ABV I wasn't expecting much.

The nose is lots of soy at first and then a ton of figs, dates and prunes coming through. There is a hint of smoke and chocolate but you really have to look for it.

The taste is more of the same a bit more soy than the nose and fairly sweet. This is has more in common mouthfeel-wise with port than most beers.

Very smooth the only issue that makes me give this a less than perfect score for drinkability is the ABV. This was a 20+% bottling and it shows not in the palate or nose but in the results. I'm ruined for anything else tonight.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very black and almost opaque with a very small dark brown head that's very fine. Nose is boozy, sweet and rich with lots of molasses and raisins in it.

Taste is rich sweet, boozy and very roasty. It's got a light smokiness but it's not too over the top. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but less so than 120 minute. For having such a high abv it's very well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this bottle with a friend into two snifters.

Minimal head, very dark and thick looking.

Wonderful smell. Big on booze, caramelized and roasted malts, dark fruits and perhaps some brown sugar. This is a sweet smelling brew.

Dark tasting yet fruity and sweet. Sweet, candied fruits, raisins and plums. Faint chocolate. Alcohol is there, naturally but it isnt what one would expect from an 18% abv.

Full bodied, hot and boozy. Almost no carbonation at all. One of the most flat beers I've come across. This isnt a bad thing here though

This is one sticky and fairly sweet beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3-year-old vintage poured into DFH Alehouse pint.

Pours very deep black with nearly no translucence whatsoever. The smell is loaded with roasted malt characters, with touches of dark fruits and vanilla. The taste does not disappoint, with a faint woodiness starting the show through, the vanilla shining brighter, and there are even aspirations toward more chocolatey ideals. This brew has aged nicely! It does not malinger on the tongue, but remains strong and heavy enough to be both drinkable and sippable.

Photo of manahansf
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light brown color with a thin and lacy tan head. The brew gives off various ruby highlights when held to the light. The nose is very estery with the aroma of prunes, likewise the taste is estery and port like. There is no hop presence and no burn from the higher alcohol content. The slow viscous body is very warming and pleasant to drink even though it packs an 18% abv punch.

Photo of darklordlager
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, which coated that glass where it touched.

Smell was of carmelized malt, dark fruit, and a light roasted malt and dark grains. Not nearly as much as I was expecting.

Taste was very similar to a port wine-- very sweet, which covered up the alcohol very well. However, the prominent flavours were dark fruit and layered caramel malt, with a small amount of darker (black patent/chocolate) malt.

Viscous mouthfeel and a bit syrupy. Not at all unpleasant.

This really tasted to me like a barleywine with some darker malts to add colour and a background note. A fine beer indeed, but not really a "stout" in my opinion.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Drank 1-29-09, bottled 11-17-09. Pours a mildly dark color. Surprisingly not a completely dark stout. Theres definitely some light coming through in the pour. While in the glass, the top layer has a slight burgendy color to it. Little to no head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma is very, very sweet. Raisins, dates, brown sugar, BOOZE! Very faint chocolate scent.

Flavor: first of all, reviewing taste about half way done my glass. If I was to close my eyes, I wouldn't think this to be a stout. I would have guessed an American style Belgian quadrupal. Tons of raisins and other sweet over-ripe fruits. Very malty and boozy. Pretty strong and warm alcohol warming down the throat and into the stomach. Medium mouthfeel, drinkability not high due to the booze factor. Good, but not great.

Photo of Lunch
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD into a 12oz. goblet at the appropriate temperature (01/27/10). This is my time trying World Wide Stout on-tap (2009 version) after numerous bottles.

A: Pours a very dark, dark brown with just a half finger or so of a tan head that dissipated into just a collar leaving just a hint of lacing and some nice legs on the inside of the glass.

S: Great aroma of alcohol soaked dark fruit in a layer of roasted malt and some chocolate. Notes of figs and prunes are prevalent in-addition to some vanilla.

T: The taste follows the nose with a very dark fruit up front followed by layers of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, figs, plums, raisins, and booze. Very unique and unmistakable.

M: Medium to full-bodied with low carbonation and slight syrupy characteristic. There definitely some heat to this one, by I enjoy that for the most part.

D: Not bad drinkability by any means, the 18% is there and it is powerful. One or two max in an evening for me.

Overall I must say that I prefer this beer out of the bottle as oppose to having it this fresh from a keg. Certainly an interesting beverage and one that needs to be tried. In this instance the goblet seemed a bit lacking in being able to capture the aroma. I would opt for a big snifter such as those that DFH use to sell in order to fully enjoy this beverage. Recommended.

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

A- opaque black with nice tsn head retaining well and low/moderate lacing

S- dark fig and plum notes, malt-heavy with some booze

T- rich and bittersweet, with all the notes from aroma

- M/D- thick, chewy with decent caronation for the style- a great sipper

Photo of cptierney
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew finally made its way to Northern California and I was more than happy to shell out the nine bucks to get a taste! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a beautiful Surly Darkness tulip.

This beer poured deep deep brown, really more black, but not as motor oil as I expected A small crown of tan bubbles were on top and proved to have significant legs as I drank the beer down.

I must admit, I'm a little put off by the nose. The maltiness is overwhelming, making for an almost acrid soy sauce blast. Though, to be fair, I do get a hint of vanilla sweetness that maybe hints at the true character of the beer.

Near perfect mouthfeel! I love a thick, chewy stout and this one doesn't disappoint. On that note, however, the thickness isn't overwhelming and makes for a pleasant experience. The carb bite is minimal, and really complimentary for the overall enjoyment of the beer.

After the nose on the beer, I am frankly surprised at how sweet this beer is! There is a caramel hit immediately impressed and that soy sauce that I suspected was nowhere to be found. After the sweet, the roasted flavors came through and that toasted barley made for a wonderful drinking partner. There is some heat from the alcohol but it is surprisingly mild considering the ABV.

While this guy is definitely a sipper considering its mind numbing ABV. It also is particularly easy to quaff. Maybe all that booze is going to my head, but I think I'd like another.

Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown with a tan head. Considering the abv not bad.

Smell is solvent and chicory coffee. A sweet alcohol edge and a cornucopia of dark fruits. Somewhat medicinal. Thick roasted grains and a touch of molasses.

Taste is full of wood with oak in particular. More of the roasted grains and molasses. Vanilla and almond extract. Alcohol is present but well done. It folds itself into the profile nicely. Finish is mildly hopped with a touch of iodine and alcohol.

Feel is thick and syrupy with just enough carbonation to lend a touch of creaminess to the consistency to break it up.

This is a sipper. You know right away that this beer packs a punch and you respect it or fall on your face. Still you keep picking the glass up to imbibe again.

Wow. This is a mild brute of a beer. I will have to cellar a few of these.

Photo of sweemzander
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11-14-08.

(A)- Pours thick and black as night. Produced a decent light tan colored head that stayed around for awhile before dissipating down to bubbles.

(S)- Serious roasted malts. So roasted, that its more of a burnt nature. Bits of dense coffee, molasses, raisins, vanilla, and sweet brown sugar.

(T)- Pretty much the same as the smell. Dense & sweet. Not much of that great coffee that was in the smell, but everything else is there. Finishes very sweet & boozy.

(M)- A good carbonation level for the style. The alcohol is very evident & leaves the throat not after each swallow. The sweetness can also be a bit much; it pretty much overpowers the great roasted/burnt malts & creates a one-dimensional beer.

(D)- Again, due to its big sweetness & overall boozy finish, does not lend this beer to being a good drinker. A sipper for sure. I think this definitely needs more aging time in the bottle, or mine was not stored well before my purchase.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Nonic. Bottled on 11/14/08.

Thanks to bnieman and his Dad for sharing this awesome beer!

A - Black-as-night stout with a creamy, quiet pour and low dark tan head. Poor retention right off the bat from the alcohol no doubt and a thin ring left over.

S - The insanely malty nose is robust with roasted malts, enough to rival any hop-head's DIPA wet-dream. Tons of molasses and brown sugar with all sorts of toasted and roasted barley. A boozy, fruity finish ends this absolutely fantastic aroma.

T - Tons of booze and floral, fruity notes with a flat-line-inducing level or barley. So robust, there isn't much you can possibly compare it to. Notes of mocha and chocolate overwhelmed by booze.

M - Thick and rich with an enormous alcohol warmth to the finish. Dry and roasty to the end. A mild bitterness is overtaken by sweetness and booze.

D - The question of the afternoon is, "could I have a 12 oz bottle alone?". I answer "yes" of course, but it would last me an hour or more.

Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado, $4 for a 6oz pour, which seems like a pretty solid deal. I told Sam C. from DFH in early 2009 that I really hoped they'd send this beer out to the west coast, and what do you know, they did it. Thanks, Sam. Oh man, I don't quite know what to make of this one. It is unique for sure.

Pours jet black with a nice medium-sized tan head that lasts.

Aroma is very nice with roast, very sweet chocolate, coffee, vinous notes, and booze.

Flavor is extremely sweet. Very chocolatey with roast, caramel, port wine, candied raisins, coffee, a touch of booze, and sugar. Lots of sugar. The final gravity on this one must be around 1.100, as it seems it would have been better if the yeast had stuck it out for a little longer and consumed some of the residual sugars in this one. As is, it's as if you took a good imperial stout and chucked a teaspoon of table sugar in there.

Medium-full and very slick on the palate with lasting sweetness.

Drinkability is surprisingly good considering. This is one that I really expected to like, but it ended up being just above average. I've got a couple of 2008 bottles aging right now. Once those get another year or two on them, I'll bust it out again and give it another shot.

Photo of LibraryTom
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This freak of nature comes with a yield sign as a bottle cap. Very boozy on the nose, but drinks much more pleasurably. Dark, murky brown with little to no carbonation or lacing. Dark fruit and burnt toffee flavors. I liken it to a dense chocolate parfait with overripe raspberry sauce. Many different layers of malt flavors. Smooth, and the booze is warming but not overly hot.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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