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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,047
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 548
Gots: 1,392 | FT: 120
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 Portertime
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am partial to stouts but this is a kicker. A typical extreme alcohol tasting brew from Dogfish Head. Poured a midnight black with a wee little head. Tried to get some sort of coffe smell but it was just overwhelming alcohol. Tastes about the same with the alcohol numbing your tongue and kicking you while you are down. Certainly a hearty brew.

Portertime, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07 Vintage
Pours an opaque, pitch black color with a slim covering of tan head, not as thick as expected. Perhaps not as dextrinous as other high gravity stouts. Aromas are pretty typical of DFH high grav. stuff: plenty of boozy, fruity alcohol notes over which I'm truly struggling to pick out any sort of roasted aromas. That's it, it's alcohol and nothing else. On the palate, an incredibly rich, sweet, alcohol, dextrinous, thick brew lays over the tongue. I'm first hit with a barleywine like flavor, grapey port, and finally a meager, chocolaty roasted flavor. This beer is truly amazing; what it lacks in aroma (by far) it makes up for quite well in flavor. There's even a drying bitter roastiness in the finish that helps mask the cloying sweetness. Not as good as the Olde School, but a very interesting brew indeed.

dreadnatty08, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Thick darkness, somewhere between dark dark brown and black, with a very then layer of brown foam that quickly dissipates.

S - Alcohol dominates from the time you pop the cap off the bottle. Hints of some chocolate sweetenss. Did I mention alcohol?

T - Strong alcohol flavor slaps you around up front, followed by some sweetness. The alcohol was too dominant at first but as it warmed it became fairly well balacned given the 18%.

M/D - Smooth and creamy, with alot of alcohol warmth. Definitely not a beer to have multiples of, but would be great when you need a good warmer.

A truly unique brew. Not sure it was worth the $9 bottle, but definitely one I would recommend everybody try at least once.

ckeegan04, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of goschool
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage

Appearance: The pour is a thick black liquid that's somewhere between imperial stout and chocolate syrup topped by an almost microscopic ring of light brown foam.

Smell: The massive nose has equal parts cocoa, port, and macchiato.

Taste: The flavor profile start out with warming alcohol which immediately leads into sweet raisins, merlot, cherries, and figs. A ton of semi-sweet chocolate joins the mix and lingers in the mid-palate. At the finish, Northern Italian espresso adds a roasty element, but it's almost equally sweet. The ABV makes itself known once again in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: If I use the term "full-bodied" to describe this, I will need to go back and adjust all of my previous reviews and downgrade everything and, to do so, I would have to coin a term like "ultra-light-bodied." That's way too arduous, so let's just say, this beer is very thick and surprisingly well carbonated.

Drinkability: It's too alcoholic to get a higher score, especially since I can get a similar experience without a super boozy finish. Was this vintage 23%? If it was, I would love to try the 18% to compare.

goschool, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a decent sized tan head, some retention and lacing.

Smell is quite intense, lots of malt, chocolate and dark fruit (maybe some raisins?!).

Taste is rather sweet, but it'd have to be for the alcohol punch this beer has, chocolate and malt take the forefront with some mild bitterness and a large warming sensation, carbonation is low but that's to be expected.

Surely take your time with this one or share it, otherwise it becomes a bit overwhelming.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of ClassicBrad
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

Poured aggressively into a shaped pint. Big irritated head reduces to a wet layer of coffee head that sticks sparatically to the walls.

The smell is reminiscent of 120 Minute IPA from DFH with insane alcohol and malt character in the nose.

The taste is overwhelming of deep, chocolate malt and alcohol heat. It is the most intense flavor that I've ever tasted in a beer. If it was a little more comprehensible, I would give it a 5 but it is almost uncomfortable to drink.

Interesting concept [world's strongest dark beer] but the drinkability is so hindered by the intensity and alcohol content that this brew is too-- dare i-- extreme.

I will buy it again, simply for the insane experience that it has given me. Congrats to DFH-- you accomplish what I'm sure you wanted to do and it was very fun to drink this.

ClassicBrad, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of jessecarr
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 12oz bottle last night.

Upon cracking the bottle, I was immediately hit with the pungent smell of alcohol and barley. It reminded me of a Tawny port.

The first sip was... perplexing. It felt interesting, but not quite like a stout at all. It had that Dogfish taste of experimentation and intrigue, but not quite that of a well-executed experiment.

It had an amazing mouthfeel--a bit thick. The aftertaste was where the beer failed a bit. It was way too alcohol-driven, and by the end of my pour, I was not looking forward to the next sip.

jessecarr, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage. This poured pitch black with a little bit of dark tan head. It smelled like mocha, malt, and definite alcohol (18%!). It tasted surprisingly mellow with a sweet, chocolaty mocha flavor. This is probably due to it being aged for a year and a half before drinking. The aftertaste slowly kicked in with slight alcohol warming, but nothing too overpowering (again surprising). The texture was very thick and smooth with only a little carbonation. Overall this was a really drinkable and very great beer!

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

'03 bottle generously shared at a BA tasting
Pour is dark black with a very light head. Smell is sweet, doughy, roasty malt and some alcohol. Taste is a thick, rich, warm, roasty malt and rum soaked raisin like flavor. On the sweet side and very drinkable for the ABV. Nice, full mouthfeel, with appropriate carbonation. Slight warming in chest, but the alcohol works very well in this one and is non intrusive after 4-5 years. Awesome beer.

JDV, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 version on tap at Capone's...
Appears pitch black with a silky, dark tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of black grapes, rich cocoa, raisins, with notes towards a port wine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with cocoa, black grapes, vanilla, figs, and currants.
Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, softly carbonated, sweet with a nuttiness that lingers.

weeare138, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of jkane101
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Aggressively poured a12 oz. bottle of this black liquid gold into a tulip glass, created a nice two finger tan head that eventually reduced to a wispy head. Lacing was evident.

S- Easy to pick out the chocolate and raisins with undertones of alcohol...very pleasing.

T- Hard to explain...there's so much going on. There's a sweetness that isn't overwhelming followed by a wonderful warmth from the throat into the stomach.

M- Very smooth creamy texture

D- Obviously this is not a session beer...one should suffice to warm you all over.

This is a fantastic beer...highly recommend!

jkane101, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is certainly a handful. I served it in a snifter. It was black, very black, with only a thin head around the circumference. Complex aroma. Could pick out espresso, chocolate, and raisins. Loved the taste. All the aromas were there at different times, making for a wonderful taste experience. The alcohol was hidden, but noticeable. One of these and you're done for the night.

lordofthewiens, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's. Served into a 5oz goblet. This is a 2006 keg, according to the beer menu.

Smell, heavenly. Toffee, nuts, roasted nuts, chocolate, and raisons round out the nose.

Taste, heavenly. Very roasty flavors come through first, followed by a slight metallic twang from the alcohol. Raisons and dark fruit follow closely behind, and the sweet chocolate follow in tow.

Overall, I'm not sure there is alcohol in this. So smooth, full of roasty and sweet chocolate flavors, you would think this is 10 percent tops. Well, drink one and it'll confirm its alcohol content. A U.S. classic, screw that, a world classic. Find it, get it, be glad you did.

leftmindedrighty, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Was treated to this by my brother months ago and I can still remember this brew. Absolutely amazing. I'll try to find the words to describe this gargantuan elixir.

Out of a non-chalant bottle this black beauty poured letting you know right off the bat that this one is different. A dark dark red collar encapsulates this beast and atop sits an ultra thin swirled expresso-tan head that teases you, instantly making you want to empty out the brew into your mouth.

But first the smell. Complicated and complex, at the time I could of never pulled everything out. (In no particular order..) Figs, floral notes, expresso, chocolate, a polite but present alcohol and a dark fruit immediately dominates the senses and makes them start to swim.

Now the kicker....
When treated to the tongue, the taste is absolutely and completely complex, almost overwhelming! It's sweet, smooth and warm. The alcohol is definately present here but it mingles with the complexity of this beer perfectly and balances out all the flavors murking in the depth of this brew. (And when I say depth.. it's a deep depth!) Some people on beer advocate seem to hate the alcohol in this drink and myself not a hard liquor man would definately be prone to this, but the booze doesn't bother me at all. (AKA don't fear the ABV!)

Like the taste, the mouth feel is sweet, smooth and warm and sticks until long after the brew is down the hatch. Very thick and slightly syrupy, drink one of these and you'll definately be warm all over!!

I very highly recommend this brew, hated by some and loved by most it will definately be an experience you wont soon forget.

BleedBlueUSAF, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of kwakwhore
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the DFH Ale House in Falls Church. Dark black, a little light does manage to break through. Small tan head and not much to speak of in the way of lacing.
Chocolate, alcohol are most prominent in the aroma.
tastes more like a liquor than a beer. Chocolate and alcohol are again the most obvious features.Unlike any stout or porter I've ever tasted. But it paired perfectly with the chocolate cake on the dessert menu. I gave it a high score because it is so incredibly unique.
Mouthfeel was just fine, nice and silky.
Not a very drinkable beer. . I split a 12 oz bottle with a friend and was barely able to finish it. Although the 120 minute IPA I had before that might have had a bit to do with it.

kwakwhore, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of kuranes
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark dark dark with beautiful creamy head.
12 oz. bottle traded a few months ago. Consumed on a dark and stormy night.

S: Holy crap. Intoxicating and complex barley scent balanced by floral and citrusy notes of hops. Seriously, this stuff smells amazing.

T: Complex. Crazy lingering sweetness paired with really deep coffee, roasted barley. and chocolate tastes. Goes down pretty smooth, for a 18% beer. Nice warming in the throat. Moderate nasal tingling.

M: Great. Perfect thick beer texture with very little stickiness.

D: I mean, I can't buy it in NC, but if I could I probably would. It is 18%, though, so maybe one should take it slow. ...or not.

kuranes, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of macster
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Just a monster of a brew. Gotta enjoy this one in a brandy snifter at 55 - 60*F as an after dinner drink. Very much like a tasty port wine. Rich espresso, dark chocolate, fig, raisin aroma which is all amplified by the high alcohol content. Very full and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor mimics the aromas well with some faint acidity. Pleasant and intense sweet burnt caramel/malty finish. Alcohol is warming but not overwhelming. A great brew for in front of the fireplace. It'll take you awhile to finish one off.

macster, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Experimentacious
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is NOT for anyone who has "enjoyed" recently something that rhymes with Thud Wizer.

Pours nice, thick heavy. Color a velvety jet black; medium head that dissipates. Smell is complex with hints of burnt dark fruit...maybe plum? Tinges of spice, abundant alcohol (though not overpowering) deep entrenching malts and many things I cannot describe. Very little bitterness. Finish is sweet but not sugary sweet, more like molasses than candy sweet, and big alcohol boom at the end. The carbonation is surprising. I wish I could describe more but I might need a few more tries with this one. What an extraordinary brew.

Experimentacious, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Stewdawg for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Wow, this beer is lovely. Pours an India ink black with a thin dark mocha head that disappears into nothingness. Aroma isn't as intense as I thought it was going to be. Hints of cherry, dark fruits, vodka and roasted goodness. Taste is direct but complex. There are definite overtones of dark chocolate and raisins. Hints of almonds and Irish whiskey. Yummy. This is one of the best tasting beers I have ever drank. Mouthfeel is thin, and a bit more carbonated than I thought it was going to be, but it works for the beer really well. I have to knock the drinkability down because it would be impossible to drink more than one but I'm going to try to keep one in the cellar all the time.

hwwty4, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of trevorwideman
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to demcorhip for this one. This beer was bottled in 2006, it's about a year and a half old.

Pours black as night with just a wisp of dark tan head that disappears nearly as fast as it appears, leaving just a ring of lace. Looks just about right for a beer of this strength. Aroma is very sweet with lots of of dark fruit, plums, raisins, chocolate, rum, molasses, roasted malt and a whiff of alcohol. It's a bit on the sweet side for my liking, we'll see how she goes down....

There's a lot going on here, it's a tooth-decayer to be sure. Starts out mellow and malty and then becomes rich and chocolatey and decadent. Molasses, dried fruits: figs, dates and the like. Finishes dry as all get out, malt, chocolate, and a little caramel. Super amped up but really, really sweet. Mouthfeel is about as expected, a bit syrupy, but not as much as I thought it might be. Obviously more than one of these is not an option, but it is a good all night sipper, or after dinner drink to share. No balance though, and that's always key for me. too bad. I'll probably never drink this again, but that doesn't mean it was particularly bad, just not my cup of tea really.

trevorwideman, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Quej
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Black as old motor oil and thick to match. Pours with a slight bit of cream-coloured head.
S - Smells of dark chocolate, raisins, prunes and other dark berries. A slight tingle from the alcohol.
T - Opens very sweet with lots of fruity tastes to match the nose. Tastes of coffee emerge with the bitterness of espresso to balance the sweetness of the considerable malt. Very little taste of alcohol even as it warms.
M - Thick and heavy, rather oily and coating in a syrupy style.
D - Not so high. This beer is too thick and strong for me to have more than one at a time.

Quej, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of tapman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Body is an ink black, a regular white light that happened to be reflected in the glass appeared magenta-purple, a very neat effect. Choco-head is non-existent at first, but slowly comes appears as a 3/4 finger head which takes a couple minutes to recede to a modest lacing. The head retention in this beer is wicked.

Roasted coffee, dark toffee, dark chocolate, bourbon whiskey,hints of oak, astringent roasted barley, heavy black patent malt, Heshey's baking cocoa. Hops are not yet present, and if they are they are well balanced or well masked.

Taste: Smokey (mesquite), charcoal, roasted barley (less astringent than in the nose), black patent (coffee) malt, hints of chocolate malt, bourbon whiskey, cane sugar caramels (and lots of them...boy is this brew s-s-sweeeet), oak (actually more like a general woodiness similar to DFH's Immort Ale), dark chocolate (85% cocoa), and berry medley (like found in 85% dark chocolate bars in hope of some balance to the bitter). Once again...s-s-sweeet!

Mouthfeel is very, very, very thick. Its beer syrup, ladies and gentlemen. While pleasing and velvety, makes it a little harder to sip. A cleaner sip would have made this one more enjoyable for me but with this much unfermented barley sugar, what can you do, right?

Don't get me wrong, an outstanding beer, but its difficult to get through a whole one in one sitting, by yourself. At $10 a 12oz bottle, it seems like a rip-off, but this beer could easily be enjoyed by two people, potentially more comfortable than by one alone. The thick mouthfeel and slap-in-the-balls taste make it difficult to do anything more than sip a very small amount at a time. This is a brew I may very never want to have again, though I would not be able to die happy if I had not tried it. I'm a better BA for having had it. Cheers, DFH!

tapman, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- poured a thick black body that formed a heavy chocolate head that pretty quickly dissapated to a thin ring around the snifter glass i poured it in.

S- really intense chocolate would be my first impression, extremely intense solid, strong roasted flavors underneath.

T- again, incredibly intense chocolate flavors from the malt that is really surprizing given the % abv and thickness, plays out pretty sweet although there is enough roughness around the edges of the flavor that it was really good. the hops are a little buried underneath the malt but ehh what else would you expect for an 18%

M- is actually pretty carbonated, thick as hell body, long lingering tastes

D- solid but at 8 or so a bottle not quite a multi session beer, but hell its a solid beer

Atron67, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of hdofu
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark as midnight with a thin beige/brown head, the taste is more like a port then beer. It has characteristics of both a Doppelbock and an Imperial Stout. The alcohol is very noticeable though balanced by the bitter/sweet flavor. The smell is that of raisins and maybe a slight hint of orange and sawdust. The taste is semi sweet grapes, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee bean. The beer goes down easy, has a smooth mouth feel with tiny little bubbles tickling the tongue. This beer feels dangerously drinkable (considering it has such a high alcohol content) and I think I could drink another one though I know it would leave me plastered. This is a beer that is a good way to end an evening when you don't plan on driving. This is not a beer for someone trying beer for the first time or someone with a low tolerance to alcohol.

hdofu, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of slvrmon82
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite beer and my favorite dogfish head beer. what a great beer on a cold winters night. Appearance is as thick and black as motor oil. No light shines through at all. The smell is very powerful. You can definitely smell the alcohol behind this stout. Lots of dark roasted malts and barley.Taste is wonderful really smoky and malty with a little chocolate and a lot of alcohol to finish. The mouthfeel is very heavy. Drinkability is not as high for a beer that packs an 18 %. Great job and warms you right up when you need it in the winter.

slvrmon82, Feb 12, 2008
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,047 ratings.