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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,978 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,978
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 532
Gots: 1,361 | FT: 120
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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 Budlum
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer produces a dense, yet short head. The head drops to a spotted, thin layer on top of the beer after about two minutes. The body of this beer is about the darkest and most opaque that I've ever seen. With better head retention, this would be the perfect looking stout.

A strong, charred smell tingles the nose before this beer really opens up. Dense layers of coffee beans, dark chocolates and light cinnamon display excellent complexity. There is quite a potent shot of alcohol that burns the nostrils. The aromas finish with a faint sweetness and strong spices. Excellent.

A sugary-sweet candy flavor leads this beer off before a balanced charred and toasted flavor touches the tongue. Light spices and firm hops liven the feel and provide some entertainment for the tongue. Many smoky flavors blend in with additional sweetness likening to molasses. Surprisingly, the alcohol content is masked very well and is barely noticeable. The finish provides more of the strong, charrred flavors with lingering sweetness. This is a delightfully complex stout.

The mouthfeel of this beer suffers from a sticky feeling even though the texture is good. Carbonation is basically nill.

Drinkability is good for such a powerful stout. Those interested should plan on an hour for a twelve ounce serving.

Budlum, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle roughly 6 months from bottling. It starts with a slight vodka taste, followed by big roasted flavors. There's less fruit development than other big beers. The taste is bitter enough, but the sweetness is still unavoidable and a bit too much. Still this is a beer worth trying, escpecially, I imagine, after several years of aging.

tempest, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006.

Appearance: Pitch black. Thin but creamy brown head. The retention is quite good as are the lacing patterns.

Aroma: Chock full of dark fruits, rich chocolate tones, roasted malts and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Flavor: Decadent layers of rich chocolate and coffee. Black cherry and figs come to mind. Anise oil and charred malts create some depth. An interesting little tangy attribute is present as well. Beautiful flavor.

Mouthfeel: Luxuriously creamy and velvety. Maybe medium bodied or so. Carbonation is delicate as it should be. And the presence of alcohol that I've noticed in some vintages is damn near absent in this one.

Drinkability: The alcohol is remarkably hidden and the flavor still comes with full force. This remains one of my all time favorite sippers. I don't drink this often nor do I drink Barley John's Dark Knight often. However, I did have a Dark Knight recently and this particular beer kicks the shit out of that particular beer. That was very toxic. This is not. This is much more enjoyable. To me this is better than fine port.

Bighuge, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with the "bottled on" date partially smudged out with only the year, '06, ledgible. Leaves less than one finger in depth of an espresso-foam colored head that has no retention, quickly dissipating into a foam ring at the edge, and leaves no lacing. Body is black.

Smell - apples, butterscotch, medicinal alcohol, molasses, and dark crusted dark maltbread.

Taste - much like the smell, except with more of an acrid and burnt maltbread crust flavor washing through the apples, butterscotch, and molasses. Medicinal alcohol also washes through pleasantly, not as harsh as the abv might suggest, but with along the malt, it possibly contributes to the acrid, burnt maltbread crust flavor.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and very dry.

Drinkability - the very, very high abv obviously severely limits sessionability. That said, I find this to be decent beer.

ultralarry2006, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I did a small blind vertical tasting with a 2003 and a 2006 vintage poured into identical DFH snifters. On the flavor, it was easy as pie to distinguish the two vintages.

This review is for the 2003.

A: This looks very similar to the '06 except it has less head. Jet black body with dark ruby notes around the edges.

S: There is only a bit of alcohol in the aroma on this, much less than the '06. I get a bunch of port wine, molasses, caramel, raisins, and other dark fruits. Especially after smelling the '06, this one smells awesome.

T: Damn. This is good. Day and night with the '06. No alcohol bite at all but it warms my belly on every sip. There are a bunch of dark fruits in here with some chocolate also. Sweetness increases towards the end but remains in check.

M: INCREDIBLY smooth. Medium mouthfeel and it doesn't need any more.

D: I was torn between rating this a 4 or a 4.5. On the positive side, it is a great sipping beer. This beer hides it's ABV amazingly and is incredibly smooth in an almost port wine or brandy kind of way. On the other hand, the ABV is really high for a beer and that does limit the drinkability. It's really good though.

Overall, the '03 and the '06 are totally different beers. The '06 is good, but the '03 blows it out of the water.

drseamus, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of kkipple
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in 06, drunk in 07.

Well I finally get around to reviewing this interesting brew... I've had it a few times before but never taken extensive notes on it. As luck would have it, I got to try this the same night as a Dark Lord. That ain't going to happen again soon.

Worldwide perhaps should be called "midnight" as that's what springs to mind when pouring this utterly black beer. There's a spotty, uneven head comprised of various sized bubbles that fade quickly, leaving a deep oily looking stout in my goblet.

I put my nose to the glass and get a truckload of super sweet roasted malt. Smells syrupy, not unlike a pancake topping... lots of rich notes here, chocolate, burnt grains, honey, alcohol and carbon mostly. Not terribly complex, but very sweet.

My first thoughts on sipping this beer are always the same: This can't possibly be 18%. It's just a roasted malt bomb; just malt piled upon more malt. Roasted, slick, and did I mention sweet? Charred wood / sugar and cocoa and a deadening rich sweetness both start and finish this beer. A bit much, really, but certainly tasty. I still maintain it would be good on pancakes.

Worldwide is slick, creamy, and rich in the mouth, not unlike the aforementioned Dark Lord (but not as sticky, either). A definite sipper.

Worldwide is a good beer for what it is, and a fascinating experiment, but not very drinkable... more of a curiosity than anything else. The scarcity and price of this beer (around $10 for 12 ounces) relegate this to those rare moments when you want to impress your friends or get your enemies really, really drunk.

In any event, a tip of the hat to Dogfish for trying something wild. Buy some and lay it down for a while for best results.

kkipple, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of briman
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours pitch black, & opaque. Nice fluffy 1 inch dark brown head, with excellent retention, and some but not a lot of lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol.

Flavor is loaded with dark fruits, roasted malts. Stong malt presence throughout, finishing with a little bit of coffee, maybe a glimmer of some balancing hops & a warm alcohol bite.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Slick, but coating mouthfeel. Smooth alcohol burn goes all the way down. Well balanced overall, though hops are virtually undetectable. Alcohol, though obvious throughout, is well integrated as well. Surprisingly easy to drink, so much so that I had to pace myself a bit. Certainly not something for everyday, but good enough for the occasional indulgence. For the record, this one is an Oct/05 vintage.

briman, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Perfect. Black with creamy light tan head that remains for the life of the beer.

S- Wonderful. Sweet malt, coffee, dates and raisins, chocolate, some burnt sugar.

T- Much like the aroma, sweet malt at first, followed by burnt molasses and cane sugar. The slight burnt character balances it a bit, but overall it leans far toward the sweet.

M- Smooth, chewy, thick, and a long lasting finish. A bit of warming alcohol with a smooth center, like honey.

D- This is excellent. It's not the best, but it's one that i could drink an awful lot.

khiasmus, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan. 2005 vintage.

Poured in a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/8" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to a layer of tiny swirly bubbles, with froth around the rim. Aroma is alcohol, alcohol, oh and yes, alcohol. Some dark fruitiness does almost make it presence known, however. Taste starts with sweet dark maltiness, shows a glimpse of some prune/raisin character, and then hits the alcohol. Warns all the way down, and even leaves the lips a little numb. Mouthfeel is odd, starts thick, then seems to almost evaporate. Warming down the throat reminds you that you really did swallow it. Drinkability is actually not as scary as it should be, after a could of sips. An amazing feat of brewing, but not something I'd get back to very often.

ppoitras, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a dark, non-transparent color. Aroma has hints of rich,dark chocolate/irish cream to it. Taste is somewhat sweet and delicious with the chocolate showing more, giving way to a backbone of alcohol. Rich and chewy in the back of the throat. Dry. Would make a perfect dessert beer. Strong, yes, but it doesn't shy from drinkability one bit. I would buy this if it ever showed up around here. Then again, I've never reviewed a Double stout.

Impressive still.

Brad007, May 18, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle, dated 10/10/2006; dark green cap. "Vim and vigor" was a cool slogan; DFH should bring it back.

Pours pitch-black and surprisingly carbonated with a cool-looking speckled head and good lacing. Can't believe that CO2 can live in this beer, but it poured like Coke.

The smell is intense and very weird; whatever DFH has put in here has sort of all blended together into one bizarre aroma that's hard to tease apart. Alcohol and is definitely there, as is residual sugar and dark fruit, maybe figs. Alcohol smell is massive, to the point of reminding me of a lab I worked in. A little vanilla/woodiness, but it's really just one huge amalgam of stuff, tied together with ethanol. No black malts are evident, but really, who the hell could tell from this beer by smelling it. After a few more sniffs, this is actually pretty nice; I think I can pick up some fusels, which I guess is no surprise.

Opens super-sweet, bordering on cloying. As the massive sugar dies down, the alcohol immediately takes over; the alcohol flavor is surprisingly vinous. Just as it's about to suck the last remaining life out of my tongue, a little black malt astringency comes around to remind me that this is, in fact, a stout. As I taste it a little more I can recognize some vanilla-type flavors. A raisiny, belgian-type flavor hangs in the background throughout. I get the feeling that this would be hugely complex if it weren't so damned sweet.

I like this much better than the insipid, abysmal Raison d'Extra, but they commit the same sin-- trying to hide their XTREEM alcohol with sugar.

I find myself drinking this beer in a very weird way, holding each sip for a long time before swallowing. it takes a while for the sweetness to die down, and once it does, this has a chance to be a pretty good beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy and totally devoid of CO2 snap-- I guess the bubbles flew right out of solution as soon as I opened this. The late-palate booze sucks out your soul through your tongue. I sort of like it though, the silky smoothness followed by the fire.

Drinkable in the sense that its a nontoxic liquid (and that's about it.)

It's sort of mystifying to me that both of the high-ABV DFH extremes would have the same problem, and that that same problem wouldn't be due to the ABV. The difference, though, is that Raison d'Extra is crap. This is actually a good beer, but not much of a stout. Dropping some of the residual sweetness (and maybe a little of the fruitiness) could make this a really great beer (and it'd be all the more extreme for tasting as hot as it is.)

I see all the other reviews are calling this a remarkable achievement. I'd agree, but the sugar really hurts this beer. DFH, if you're listening, I have one word: attenuation.

kajerm, May 05, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to my Dogfish Head snifter. Pours very thick and dark brown. Smell is a boozy, roasted imperial stout. With the high alcohol content it does have quite a bit of a liquor flavor going on. Surprisingly with the high ABV this thing is dangerously a real easy drinker. I’ve got several more that I’m putting down for some time. It’ll be interesting to see what some age does to these. Keep up the good work Sam.

FtownThrowDown, May 04, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10-29-05. Very black in appearance though not viscous looking. Thin brown head that quickly leaves a ring. Tangy nose of raspberry fruit, chocolate and alcohol fume.

The taste has an intense tangy sweetness, raspberry-like, with some nice milk chocolate in the mix. The alcohol remains well subdued, providing only a little heat toward the finish. The mouthfeel is only slightly thick on the palate, with light/thin carbonation.

Not bad overall and more drinkable than expected. I think I would let this thing mellow a couple more years.

bennetj17, May 04, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dense opaque black with a 1/2" head that dissipates to a small cap, then foam at edges.

Roasted malt predominant with fig and/or raisin to the nose.

Taste is spectacular, roasted malt with some fruit notes. Alcohol very well hidden considering how high the ABV is.

Marvelous mouthfeel, so smooth, full bodied and mouth coating.

Drinkability is high despite the ABV. Just a wonderful experience to finally get my hands on a couple of these.

techdiver, May 03, 2007
Photo of sinistermadman
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 10/10/06
Pours a deep, opaque black color with a creamy nut toned head which almost immediately settles to a ring around the periphery of the glass.

Nice aroma of toasty-roasty grains, alcohol, and faint chocolate. A wonderful bouquet only detracted by the alcohol aroma. Extremely lush, creamy presence on the palate. Full body with modest carbonation level. Taste is multi-faceted bringing on everything from light fruit notes (fig/raisin/prune etc.), chocolate, coffee - all with a ghostly alcohol singe that is evident, but not intrusive. Truly a fabulous creation. I don't regret paying $9 for the 12oz bottle. Drinkability is excellent especially considering the abv. I wonder what an aged version would taste like... An excellent brew that I will seek out in the future. Cheers.

sinistermadman, May 03, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as black as coal with a slight tan head that fades quickly. A minimum of lacing is left behind.

Aroma is thick with espresso and dark chocolate, dark fruits like raisins and prunes and the slight burn of alcohol and bitter hops. the taste is similar, the strong espresso up front, followed by the dark fruits and finally the alcohol and bitter hop burn in the finish. Wow. You know this is strong but would probably not guess in the 18% range.

Not too thick in the mouth, and the alcohol leaves you dry at the end. This is a sipper that I plan on nursing for the next two periods of the hockey game!

ZimZamZoom, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of bradford
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to geexploitation I got to try this beer I hear so much about.
Appearance: black, thick, viscous
smell: A lot going on here. A lot of roasted malt, some vanilla and chocolate hints, and a lot more malt
Taste: Amazing malt taste. Despite the loads of alcohol, the burn wasn't too bad, actually rather enjoyable
mouthfeel: smooth. the massive grain bill for this adds something very distinct and original to the mouthfeel
Drinkability: since this was such a rare treat I shared when I was home for Easter with my brother, mom, dad, sister, and 3 of my closest friends. Everyone got a taste and agreed it was an exceptional beer.

bradford, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't know why I pulled this one out of the "cellar" tonight...but I did.

Pours kind of thin looking actually. Body is almost pitch black, some light shows through at the edges. Small tan head showed up and retreated back to a thinish layer. I'm surprised it held any head at all with this ABV.

There is a bit of alcohol showing through in the nose, but not too bad. Dark toasted malts, a bit of chocolate brownie. Some vinous aspects as well. I don't find the nose overly complex.

Dark roasted malt flavors again, but they only share a role with some vinous fruits again probably from the alcohol which isn't overly evident initially. Finish has a touch of dark chocolate and some brownie again. Then after the next swallow before the next sip the alcohol rears its head. Surprisingly it only offers a little burn and isn't over bearing.

Mouthfeel is kinda medium. Low carbonation. Coats the mouthwell but washes away pretty cleanly and leaves a little hint of flavor.

Decent drinkability, especially considering this beer's size. Not something I'd have all the time, but this one isn't so huge that I wouldn't revisit it. Definately worth a shot.

blitz134, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Fugazme
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark... Opaque

1/4" tan head... poured into DFH snifter... Thanks Aprilluvsbeer!

Awesome swirl... Beer looks great...

Caramel notes on the nose.. malty... raisiny... smoky...

Silky mouthfeel... leaves a pleasant, pleasing creaminess on the palate... nice alcohol burn... excellent.

Lovely roasted malt character with tons of dark figgy fruitiness... chocolatey... bourbon... caramel.

Quite good... quite very good.

Fugazme, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
1.73/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottled 10/10/06 - Aged six months until I couldn't take its presence in my closet any longer.

A - Black ichor with a monsterous head that lingers down to an extremely dense frothy brown cappachino foam with a decent ring of lacing left on the sides.

S - Malty. Molasses, black patent malt, chocolate and a lot of alcohol.

T - Boozy. A bit of sickenly sweet smoky chocolate that is accompanied by a medicinal/fusel alcohol. The aftertaste is medicinal alcohol and burnt sugar. Rather cloying - in fact, the only reason it is not oppressively cloying is because the searing effect from the fusel alcohol fumes.

M - Thick, smooth, drying from alcohol, a tad gummy in the mouth as well - let's not forget the "hard liquor"-esque alcohol burn on the finish.

D - This is 18% - there is no way this could be considered as a drinkable beer. I am already a bit drunk and I have half the bottle to go. It isn't pleasant really. It also isn't an enjoyable experience. I had this once before and thought it was pretty awful. I gave this sometime to cool its head but to no effect. The only way I will try this again is if offered, and even then, only then if the bottle has been sitting for a couple years (perhaps decades) - although frankly, I don't see how age could help this brew. Definitely not worth the money.

mrasskicktastic, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Damian
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a super thick, pitch black with no head but rather a thin, bubbly film of coffee-colored lace.

The aroma was rich, sweet and intense from the moment the bottle was opened. Dark chocolate was instantly recognizable along with strong coffee, a powerful oakiness and a port wine-like alcohol punch. Juicy stone fruits, including cherries and plums, were also noticeable.

The taste was dark and potent from start to finish. Super malty rich up front (deep roasted malts) with a big alcohol kick following. The alcohol, as strong as it was, was surprisingly smooth and sweet and did not become overwhelming until the end of the drink. Bakers chocolate and deep roasted coffee flavors were then noticeable along with dark, dried fruits including raisins, currants and prunes. An oaky, smoky, woody, bourbon-like quality then proceeded to coat my tongue and last into the somewhat sweet yet relatively short-lived finish. The alcohol warming in the back of the mouth and the throat was pleasant and not as hot as I had anticipated. As the beer warmed, some hoppiness emerged on the palate and more in the finish, but this remained minimal.

Mouthfeel was super thick, chewy and quite creamy with only a tiny amount of carbonation.

At 18% ABV, I found this beer to be surprisingly drinkable.

At $9 a bottle, I would consider this to be a rare and unique indulgence that all beer connoisseurs should try at least once.

Damian, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Union Sq Whole Foods. $7.99 I let it sit out for about a half hour to warm up. Bottled on 10/10/06. I probably could've let this one sit but....it is scaring me a little bit.

A-Pours a jet black with a very small head. The head dissiptaes within a minute leaving a few murky puddles of bubbles

S-Caramel coated cherries and plums. The alcohol also permeates the nose when you inhale. Hell it is three feet from me and i can smell it. So many odours, this is lovely.

T-Sweet and port like. The taste lingers on the tongue, raisins, cherries, chicory and chocolate. Slightly different than the smell. This somehow reminds me of a Dr Browns Black Cherry Soda mixed with a tawny Port and an Imperial stout. Christ there is alot going on here. I know the alcohol is in here but it doesnt overwhelm.

M-Very little carbonation, syrupy and sweet.

D-What a wonderful dessert beverage. This is more akin to an Amaretto or a Port. Very sweet but not harsh like so many other beers wih less alcohol. This also goes really well with a little Bleu Cheese as my after NY Rangers Playoff win treat. My only complaint is that I wish it either came in smaller bottles or had a resealable cork like port does.

sleazo, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of lpayette
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Details- 12oz bottle. I believe this was a fall 2006 vintage, but there is no indication on the bottle to tell. Enjoyed 4-14-07.

Appearance- Pours nearly pitch black with some brown hues evident while pouring. Thick and syrupy. About a 1 finger head that's medium brown in color. Good lacing for the relatively small head.

Smell- Extraordinarily rich and complex malt. Chocolate fudge, raisins, a bit of near-boozy alcohol, roasted malt with a bit of smoke. Hops are there, but well-hidden.

Taste- Chocolate fudge and near-boozy alcohol. Roasted malt covers some over-ripened darker fruits (cherry). Very strong alcohol. Some vanilla-like characterist- ics.

Mouthfeel- Huge full flavor. Very chewy. Like eating chocolate cake. The definition of full-bodied. Ample, yet light carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a hard category for this style... The flavors of this didn't get old or become too much, but this is definitely a sipping beer any way you slice it- and it's so thick you probably could. For 18% however, this is pretty drinkable. I'd love to see how this one ages.

lpayette, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Major appreciation to Ddarden for this!! Pours an efferevescent mahogany/jet black with 1 finger of brown sand colored head in to my Donnersburger goblet. Spotty lacing & good head retention considering the abv

S: Cakey, plummy & ruch choclate up front. Booze surfaces as this warms, go figure...

T: Bitter chocolate, roasted grain & oakyness. Warming booze & raisins are there as this warms. I pick up sherry, Christmas pudding & dryness. Fishises warming, oaky, chocolatey rich & and complex

MF: Thick & oily, plus low/low carbonation. Something tho chew on

Drinks a bit ponderous. But one you could probably lay down for years & years then you'll get sublime drinkability. Another candiate for tripple stout IMO

russpowell, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of rabsten
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At last: The mythic World Wide Stout.

From a $9.95 12oz bottle into a pub pint glass. Dark as pitch, brown head. Bubbles like a cola with a similar sound, and lasts about as long. Cascading head. Some lacing in clumps.

Odd, unique aroma. Kinda soapy. Alcohol. All kinds of organic chemistry goin' on.

Taste: Chicory, raisins, bordeaux. Alcohol and instant warmth on the palate. Intense. As big a beer as big beer gets.

Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Again, comparisons to bordeaux come up. As it warms it becomes port-like.

Drinkability: Compared to beer in general, not that high. But taking it for what it is, fair to good drinkability,

Bottom line: Not a paradigm shifting beer but good all around.Probably not worth the $10 a bottle but I'm glad I gave it a try.

rabsten, Mar 25, 2007
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,978 ratings.