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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,062 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,062
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 549
Gots: 1,395 | FT: 121
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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 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
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this with my trusty dogfish head bottle opener. It poured a black color with a thin brown head that decided not to stick around. The smell initially was fruity settling into a sweet malty floral aroma - maybe sugar cane? The taste is ridiculously sweet - molasses and sugar with a coffee bitterness that is noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is a smooth beer that hides its high alcohol content well (doesn't seem like 18%). Impressive!

barefootbrewer, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i really dont even know what to write for the apperance, it looks like a cola and coffee had a baby. its insanely stupid ridiculously dark. smell is alot like a smoke beer, i do like the taste, even though its absolutely ludicrous, just like DFH other beers this one breaks the boundries, its overly strong, overly malty and completely unnecessary, and thats why i love it. its very sweet and malty. while this beer is 18%, you can barely tell, it has flavors almost like a weak brandy. anyway, go for it, its worth the price just for the experience

1fastz28, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of BadBadger
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dog Fish Head's World Wide Stout is an outstanding beer. It pours from the glass a dark, nearly pitch black, color into the pint glass. There is a very large head, which while not lasting an exceedingly long time, is rather impressive. The smell is rather subtle for such a high ABV beer, no hints of alcohol, but rather it is instead a malty aroma. The taste, like the smell, is free of any indication of of the alcohol content. The taste is malty sweet, with hints of caramel and coffee. Nicely smooth. Aside from the ABV, this is a highly drinkable beverage. Search out and enjoy!

BadBadger, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of hops4life
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this at a tasting and brought one home to taste against a Rogue Imperial Stout that I wanted to taste in a side by side. The nose is all kinds of dark fruit and chocolate. The aroma really pulls me in to this stout. The head is almost white, and doesn't show amazing lacing... but who cares! On the first taste the intensity and depth is all there. Everything in the nose is now slamming the palate. The light carbonation really lets the dark malts shine through, and while I expected a bitter finish, it never happens. The sweetness is balanced well, but I can't see this pairing too well with food. That's just me, liking something drier with food, but it is an amazing digestif and chill-out brew. Not cheap, but I can't see buying this six at a time.

hops4life, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of ziggy13
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one in a nice big snifter and delicately sipped on it for a half an hour.

A - Deep, deep black with a small bone whit head that hangs with the beer about half way through. Deep hues of red linger in the bottom of the glass.

S - Not as heavy as I would have thought. Slight hop notes but mainly you get alot of fruit and nuts here. Really unlike any stout that's out there.

T - Fantastic, almost port wine-like notes erupt onto the palate. Lots of fruit here again, but I can't pinpoint exactly what. A little sweet in the middle leading to a very malty finish. Really one of the most complex beers I've ever had.

M - Thinner than most stouts, but I expected that. The high alcohol thins it out a bit.

D - I'll tell you what, I could have two of these at best, but that's actually a compliment. The alcohol is masked well throughout. At 18% it really is a pretty easy drinker.

Unbelievable brew. A must-have every year. Cheers!

ziggy13, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with a modest tan-colored head. Retention is moderately good, though the head does eventually settle into a small ring.

Smell - Sweet and grainy. Vinous, fruity notes uncommon of the style are present as well. Not much going on here, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste & mouthfeel - Wow - incredibly thick. Possibly the most full-bodied beer I've ever had (edit: I've since had Dark Lord and therefore retract this statement). Flavors of molasses, vanilla, raisins, port and cream. Surprisingly delicate and balanced, with a pronounced dark chocolate sweetness in the finish. Very mild bitterness. The alcohol is completely hidden; the only indication that this is an unusually strong beer is the slight warming quality it has as it's going down.

Notes - I was expecting a gimmicky, mediocre beer, but this is actually pretty decent.

largadeer, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 vintage poured into my trusty Duvel tulip

A: Solid pitch black with a tan head that recedes a little quickly. Strangely thin but this is when compared to Founder's BS and Bell's Expedition Stout.

S: Good god, this smells sweet. Milk chocolate, raisins, chocolate and malt. DELICIOUS. Where's the alcohol? At 18% i should smell it but i don't. Quite remarkable in this aspect.

T: Sweet, almost cloyingly so. Chocolate, cream and tons of sweet - molasses?. There's hints of fruit as well. The finish is an alcohol warmth. This is definitely a sipper.

M - There's no tremendous amounts of carbonation on this one. It feels smooth and very pleasant

D- The sweetness (and alcohol) will get to you. Share this with someone

Definitely try this if you can 'cos this is one heck of a unique brew. Highly recommended in moderation

DefenCorps, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted these at Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. I haven't been able to find these in GA, so I scooped up every one of them...at $8.50 a pop.

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Looks a little watery for a stout.

Smells like a good port. Alcohol with some fruit.

Taste is very strong alcohol paired with prunes and raisins. A very surprising brew. Tastes more like port than beer.

Mouthfeel is a little more watery than I thought it would be for a stout.

Can't have more than one of these though since these sit at 18.0% ABV.

Overall, I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this. Not your typical stout, but still a great beer. Not for the faint of heart.

jdubjacket, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of tprokop7
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dive Bar, in a 5 oz. snifter glass.

A - Black as night, with a thin dark brown head.

S - Sweet and malty, some smell of alcohol.

T - Warming and sweet. You can taste the alcohol, but not as much as you might think. Great, complex caramel and slight coffee/chocolate in the finish.

M - Slightly syrupy, but good otherwise.

D - I'd give it higher, but the high alcohol keeps it from scoring too well for drinkability.

Overall, a great beer. Something to enjoy every once in a while. Lucky to try this on tap at the Dive, it wasn't on when I was at the Brewpub in Rehoboth last May, so I wasn't sure I'd ever get to try it.

tprokop7, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, tastes like 666 calories a bottle, uber sweet thick sipper stout. Low carbination, remarkable lingering molasses tones. lacing like glue. 18% ABV in yo mouf hole. I would like to see a bud light boy drink a 6'er of this. Outstanding, screams for nitro.

BeaBeerWife, Jan 20, 2008
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,062 ratings.