1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,301 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,301
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 624
Gots: 1,555 | FT: 142
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of World Wide Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,301 | Reviews: 1,667 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of schinebd
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 - vim and vigor crossed out

A - Definitely pitch black, though there are some ruby highlights around the edges where light is reflecting. No head whatsoever, but this beer has some mighty legs and looks quite nice in my duvel tulip.

S - Strong wafts of sugar cane accompanied with alcohol burn, with some minor hints of vanilla, and chocolate malt. An almost brandy-esque smell due to the strong sweetness and obvious booze.

T - The sugar cane is definitely the first thing that rears its head, but strong dark malt and licorice flavor catch up quickly and bring the straight sweetness down to a much better level. From there, this beer really takes off, complementing the flavors up front with some dark fruit and very faint vanilla. Much sweeter, palatable and clean the 18% version.

M - Unbelievable. So silky smooth, but with just a small amount of carbonation that does battle with the sugar up front and then serves to make the rest of the flavors pop just a bit more. There are definitely some hops, though not detectable in the flavor; they seem to only serve to balance where this beer hits the tongue, which really highlights the amount of thought that went into every aspect of this beer.

D - I would never think to give a beer this full bodied and this high in ABV such a high mark here, but this one is so smooth and so light on alcohol in the taste that it is impossible to remember this one clocks in at 23%. In addition, while most beers such extreme flavor linger too long on the tongue, this one washes away quite quickly and leaves only a faint residual sweetness that begs for more.

Photo of thespaceman
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2007

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head Signature glass

Appearance: Pours a motor oil, midnight pitch black. Small, tan head emerges here and holds it's ground nicely before slowly dissapating. Head retention is right on the money and the lacing sticks to the inside of the glass like soap. The DFH logo appears in the midst of the head from the lazer etching from my glass, first time I've seen it and very cool!

Smell: This thing has been sitting for a couple years so you know your going to get alot of booze in the aroma. Up front is a big nose of dark esters like plums and some strong grapes. Lots of mollases and spice as well. A huge malty kick sits in the backdrop and really grabs you out of your seat. This has a faint aroma of some whiskey and some chocolate covered raisins. A beautiful beer to sniff for sure!

Taste: Wow, if only every stout tasted this strong yet flavorful I'd live on them! Up front you get alot of chocolate like elements, almost a strong chocolate covered strawberry, dipped in alcohol. Lots of malt here and it's thick and flavorful. I get bits of toffee, some espresso bean and a bit of spice from the malt. Sitting since 2007, you can tell this beer has gained some hair on it's back. It's boozy, and it actually puts a fire in your stomach like sipping on a glass of brandy. The finish consists of some deep raisin flavorings, which remind me alot of the Raison De' Etre, and a estery kick from the alcohol. What a rush to the tongue this beer is!

Mouthfeel: This one is thick and chewy! Almost like dumping a bottle of 10W-30 into your mouth and enjoying it! Carbonation was spot on since sitting since 2007, it was light and just the right amount. This beer sits on the tongue like a fat man on a sand chair, this thing ain't moving or getting wet/flat!

Drinkability: One of Dogfish Head's best aging beers to date, this thing only get's stronger and better with age. The alcohol kick is tremendous in this, very comparable to a brandy or a glass of whiskey. Even if you know someone who hates beer but likes their cognacs, brandy, and whiskey... this beer will appeal to them. For the regular beer drinker, what you get out of this is one of the strongest, yet balanced stouts around. It's flavorful, boozy, and invigorating. Sip this slow and let the elements of this beer grab you and slap you around. By far one of my favorite stouts to date and one of my favorite beers from only the best.. Dogfish Head!

Photo of craftaholic
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The pint looks as though I covered the entire inside with a black magic marker. Held to the light I peered through attempting to fight this opaque brew but nothing was getting through. The head was a whopping (sarcasm) ring of mocha lacing. The bottled on date states that this bad boy had almost reached a year from bottled on 11/14/08.

Smell: The scent is that of a combination of a full bodied red wine such as a thick shiraz from the heaps of barley. That wine-esq scent mixes with an extremely fuming vodka laced with a kiss of vanilla. It really gave me goosebumps as to what lie ahead with this intense brew.

Taste: A mammoth size body of molasses, plum and earthy undertones greet you at the forefront. This then turns to a bittersweet chocolate with a bourbon like complexity. There is a plethora of spices in there that mix with the extremely toasted malt from caramel to cinnamon. The alcohol flavors are very prominent and it has that big 'bite'.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as the color would have you believe but is quite robust. The biggest thing is the alcohol burn. The abv is far from hidden and quite warming.

Drinkability: I dare you to imbibe let alone session. Will leave your mouth fuming to the point where I tested to see if it was lightable.

Overall: What an intense beer. I swear you could fool someone into thinking its a liquor. For a stout category it really doesn't fit the norm; or any comparison really, its on par with a strong back-boned brandy. Personally I think the maturing year put some 'hair on it's chest' so to speak and gave it a thicker stronger pull of alcohol.

Photo of bbeane
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Has small brown fizzy head that disappears quickly. Black in color with no transparency when held up to a light

S- Smells of plum and malt and alcohol

T- Delicious. Sweet toffee, plum, maybe some raisin, malt, with some alcohol bite in the finish

M- Smooth at the start with some alcohol burn in the finish. Not as heavy as the color would lead you to think... very little carbonation

D- Taste wise, very drinkable. Probably couldn't drink to many till you start getting really blasted though


Photo of Otesanek
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of a 2005 bottle consumed in February of 2008, taken from my notes.

Thin disappearing head, tiny bit of lace, decent alcohol legs. Flat black with a slight bit of amber at the thinner edges. Aroma is at first a bit sooty and chocolate with undertones of figgy fruit and rain-wet slate. No alcohol noticable which is sorta amazing at 15%abv. Deeper sniffs pull out a little rich unsmoked tobacco and leather, with warm-biscuit malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and warming, muted carbonation but not flat. Surprisingly light in the mouth. Taste is sweet malt, black cherry and dates. Undertones of roasted nori, salty chocolate and finishes with a well balanced crisp vegetable hop character.

I rated the drinkablity pretty high, not to suggest this would make a good session beer, but to reflect how easy the one was to drink given the abv. I've had a harder time consuming beers of half the strength.

Photo of mattmascari
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- midnight black only slight browning when put to light with a head that disappears quickly to leave a faint rim around the edge. lattice that resembles wine with length and character probably because of the abv

S- initially with it being colder intense alcohol but with warming a strong chocolate character with slight vanilla and orange light hop aroma

T as with smell at first really strong alcohol which dissipated slightly getting warmer. smoky chocolate taste with vanilla and floral finish

M the only way i could describe is watery perhaps because of the abv but i expected the body to be heavier relative to most of my experience with quality stouts

D watch out high alcohol and good taste mixes to make for a very potent potable. my advice buy a bottle and share with a pal

Photo of stakem
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 8/18/09

A serious amount of yeast film on the bottom of a stout that (as the label reads) "created with rediculous amounts of barley." Pours a pitch black color with a thin layer of fast dissolving head. Deep smell of dark fruit followed by coffee and bits of chocolate. Slight tingle in the nose from the alcohol. Taste initially hits hard with the alcohol warming litterally all the way down. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected but that coul be a false impression due to such high ABV. It initially feels thin but coats the entire inside of the mouth with a glaze of burnt barley. High alcohol taste as expected but also picking up on hints of black liquorish and spice. Has a coffee-like bitter finish and taste when sipping this brute. 1/2 way through the experience only a thin ring of lace exists around the inside ring of the glass, no lacing, light carb.

Photo of jrallen34
3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark brown, but not super dark, almost amber in the light. The head is medium tan doesn't last long or bubble up much, light lacing.

Coffee is dominant aroma with light vanilla and lots of alcohol.

Taste is light to start, very strong middle and finish is all coffee, burnt coffee. Caramel start but its very light. Mouthfeel is ok, drinkable ok, wouldn't drink it all day.

Drank this in a taasting with dark lord, peche mortel, old rasputin 12, and speedway stout. In the middle of this group, but not great in genera.

Photo of scifan
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black into my tuip. Has a small tan head that quickly fades, but a small ring hangs around a bit.
Smells nice. Getting a lot of dark fruit aromas, raisins, plum, and fig mostly. Also picking up notes of coffee, vanilla, and hints of dark chocolate. Also lots of alcohol as well, but I guess that's to be expected with a brew like this.
Taste very nice. The first sip reveals a nice dark roasty character, followed quickly by sweet, dark fruit flavors, and then the alcohol leaves you with a dry, warming finish.
I thought the mouthfeel on this was a little thin for such a big brew, I was expecting a big, thick, viscous, almost chewy brew but I felt it was a bit light with a touch too much carbonation.
Big props to Dogfish for their willingness to try almost anything, and then hitting it out of the park. Another great "extreme" beer from DFH.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

World wide stout 18% alcohol content. Lucky enough to find this one at a Broudy's store in Orange Park FL.

A- Pours a extremly dark black fluid that doesn't allow one ounce of light to penetrate it. Has very little head but does maintain a small tan ring around the glass. Leaves very mild lacing when at celler temperature... with a swirl or two.

S- Rich toasted malts, black coffee, smooth vanilla, and a massive dose of alcohol taint the nose. Quite inviting for such a complex beer.

T-M- Extreme malt and barley upfront with hints of sweet creme, coffee, vanilla, and raw alcohol this is very covered for the amount in it. Being mildly carbonated the mouthfeel is a rush of flavors and thick malts that are full bodied but linger for just the right amount of time not overdoing it. Great overall!

D- It's hard to believe that for such an alcoholic beer it is just so damn drinkable and a great delight to consume. If you are in the mood for a dark beer look no further...

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so my brother kept this in a mini cooler on his road trip 3400 miles in 5 days across the U.S. he kept it cold the entire time and the mini cooler was fully stocked with other beers soon to be reviewed. It stayed cool and arrived the same. We let it settle for 3 days, this was the 2005 edition

absolute opaque, and I mean nothing, I held a high powered bike light to it, and you could barely, just barely see some light. midnight black, or perfect black, but just the essence of darkness with no undertones, and a mocha colored solid head.

aroma leaped out from the glass at arms length. molasses, sweet malt and woodiness from a distance. on the nose it was amazingly huge and complex, I even got goosebumps, seriously. monsterous aroma of oak, bittersweet and milk chocolate, molasses, nutmeg and cinnamon, dry and roasted malt, caramel, a dash of alcohol, but stunning profile, really

the massive aroma leads nothing to be desired. still massive malt body with molasses and earthy licorice upfront, with bittersweet chocolate, caramel, slight woodiness like oak but not dry; almost bourbon barrel-esque, dry and roasted malts with a slight hazel or almond nuttiness, a faint spice note of nutmeg or something close to it (savory yet sweet? if that makes sense) a dash of raisins and figs closer to the finish, and milk chocolate and a still faint tinge of alcohol which is amazing, but the finish is really quite endless.

a worldwide plethora of flavors and sensations. massive malt body and flavors with layers galore that are a delight to pick through. amazingly intertwined and only slightly viscous but not at all sugary, and a sublime warming effect very similar to whiskey (perhaps the high abv?) but it just adds to the amazing effect of the beer

amazing, amazing stuff, really. this was the first true beer I have aged and wow, was it worth the wait. I had imagined something of this magnitude when I put it away, but the reality blew my mind. props to dogfish head for making this, and I am privileged to have reaped the benefits of a road trip and enjoy it with my brother, who thought it was just as amazing, and he doesn't like stouts. we thought it was almost like port, except far better, and lamented that we didn't have any cigars, for it would have been a match in heaven, although the beer really doesn't need anything else to complement it. If you ever see one, I strongly, strongly urge you to buy many, and age them as long as possible. I plan on buying at least 10 the next chance I get. every bottle is worth every cent and then some. stunning beer that might chance a life or two


Photo of sjccmd
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/14/08, the two closest, decent places to get beer around here seem to be whole foods and liquor barn...both don't seem to have a quick turn around, but in cases with beers like this one, it's not necessarily a bad thing.

A: pours dark brown, pretty much black, with a red/brown hue and tiny light brown head

S: delicious rum cake, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans (different than brewed coffee), then a surprising amount of fruit, raisins, dates, cherries, molasses, and quite a bit of alcohol

T: the fruity character is even more prevalent...this is one of the fruitiest imperial stouts I've had...the chocolate and coffee come more in the background but still present, also some woody, bourbon character, it almost drinks more like bourbon because of the alcohol....this reminds me of a tawny port I had recently

M: smooth and silky, not much carbonation, the finish lingers with a lot of alcohol warmth

D: I found this to be harder to drink than the 120 minute IPA which I believe has more alcohol...probably because this beer is more rich and full...I found this to drink more like bourbon than a typical beer, I'd like to try it fresh to see if the hops might add to the drinkability

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep dark brown, little to no head.

S: Bitter cocoa, dark dried fruit (prune, raisin, fig), burbony booze. Slight paint like smell.

T: Very similar to the smell... bitter cocoa, burbony booze, dark dried fruits. The booze just gets in the way of everything, and as it warms it begins to dominate, which is not good for a sipper of a beer.

M: Medium to full bodied. Not sticky or oily like expected.

D: Like the DFH 120, its worth a shot to say you had it, but outside of the booze bomb flavor, theres nothing too complex.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brought over by inflatablechair last weekend... Thanks Sam!! I've had this brew a bunch of times over the years, but it was always at big tastings where I didn't feel like taking notes... This is probably the "freshest" one I ever had... bottled on 11/14/08.... poured into my small La Trappe glass.

dark head that was very short lived.. the brew is the expected black.

Nose is sugary chocolate with some solventy alcohol notes.. more raisin than I would expect in a RIS... and some unexpected molasses...

Flavors are figgy qualities followed by some ripe plums.. then hammered by milk chocolate.. bunches of chocolate... there is a ton of EtOh on the finish... but what do you expect?

As far as the body goes, I remember it being a little bit thicker, but it was seriously pretty loose... I'm glad I had someone to share it with.... 12 oz would be way too much... Thanks again Sam for the good beer and conversation.

Photo of jsh420
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 11/18/08

pours deep dark dark brown with a 1/4 tan head that fades fast and left no real lacing

smell boozy- but behind that i pick up sweet figs - chocolate - coffee

taste - wow - sweet figs along side big roasted malts cofee and choclate - and who could forget the booze - which works well

mouthfeel - is good - not too syrupy - but still slick and more carbonation i would have thought which gives it a crisp finish??

drinkability is good - i shared about 1/3 of the bottle and i still have not finished this beer in 1hr. - but this beer is a sipper

Photo of dubbletrouble
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out black with a very thin chocolate tinted head.

Smells sweet and syrupy. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, rasin, and rum.

Tastes like gods vagina. The flavors are rich and beautiful. One would expect a beer with 14% ABV to be thick and syrupy, but alas , this one is not. It's a little bitter, but finishes so smooth.

If you're only looking to drink one great beer, this is the one. Its great on a cold night just by itself, or with a juicy burger.

One of my friends refers to it as his "catch-up" beer. The beer that gets his as drunk as everyone at a party when they've already started drinking.

Photo of skrib09
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

poured out black, darker than thick bitter coffee, with almost no head. some retention on the glass though.

smells of booze, raisins, dark rum, and some chocolate sweetness.

taste is like a chocolate assortment box, the kind with booze hidden in the middle. tons of sweetness, rum, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and more alcohol.

not horrible mouthfeel. i thought it would be a bit thicker. goes down smooth, relatively.

Photo of kbm
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with no light peaking through. Thin head which quickly dissipated. Moderate lacing

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and a little alcohol. Half way through the bottle I am picking up grape and other dark fruits in the nose.

Taste: Initially tastes include sweet maple, roasted malt and brown sugar followed by dark fruits and grape. The grape becomes more prominent the more I drink. It's quite pleasant.

Mouthfell: Medium carbonation. Great for a imperial stout.

Drinkablity: Easier to drink than more imperial stouts. The grape flavor really makes me want to drink more and more.

Photo of dogfishhead1117
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I needed to sober up a bit before writing this one, with an 18% abv, WWS doesn't go unnoticed in terms of booze-iness.

This is by far the darkest beer i think i've ever had, even when held up to the light, nothing gets trhough this bad boy. There's a minimal head, and i've poured about three of these in the past two weeks and anyway you do it there's a thin, hazel colored head. Pours as thick as motor oil-tastes a lot better.

Smells like chocolate, booze, and more chocolate and booze. Nothing overwhelming though, surprising for a beer of this ABV, the alcohol's definately there but it doesn't seem anything but apealing.

The taste is really great, deep and to the point, alcohol infused with as much barley as you could afford to put into a 12oz bottle, and a rich supply of burnt grains and malts. It goes down considerably smooth for a beer as such, and it's not too soon before you realize you might want to slow down.

Really a great experiment gone terribly right, a classic that tastes like a 10 dollar beer, which is good-because it is.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extraordinary extreme stout. Quite a memorable and unique experiment.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Iconic and standard Dogfish Head Design.... A bit unassuming other than for the front phrase, which feels short of hinting at what the bottle actually holds. Green warning bottle cap points to those in the know that this is one of the extreme experimental brews from Dogfish. Printed bottling date on side (11/14/08 A), neither shows IBUs or °Plato, nor Alc. (which at about 18.0% is something that probably should be noted) Poured into a medium size snifter.

A - Very dark brown/black color with hints of a reddish transparency towards the edges. Minimal head, that is quickly gone and not retained. Under such heavy alcohol it is not much of a surprise how this works... No lacing.

S - Strong port like salute, with raisins and vanilla tied to alcohol. Some distant chocolate. At one point the alcohol takes over and does not retreat. The rest is still there but alcohol is certainly predominant.

T - Flavor pivots around the alcohol but without crushing the backbone of big roasted malts and the subtleties of caramel, and raisins.

M - Minimal carbonation within a very heavy body that actually does not feel that heavy as it goes through, with a warm lingering alcohol feel.

D - Actually too drinkable, at least when you limit yourself to one bottle. It is somewhat complex but after a subtler start predominates a straight forward feeling. Great as a bottle to share or have on your own at the end of a meal/drinking occasion.

Notes: There are instants when it feels as if you are at a revealing crossroads of stout and barley wine. Maybe the alcohol does a bit of that, and at points might even overwhelm what otherwise feels like a nicely balanced experiment. Not the first time I've tried it. It's a bit too pricey but knowing what it is it might be justified. I'd like to revisit it again some time in the future. Although it is another beast, at some point I might prefer their 120 IPA when it comes to beers on this league. I feel the hops there retain some of the character of the beer better than the barley here, which may surrender to the alcohol too soon.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with rich roasted malts up front, followed by background flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Between the age, the high alcohol and heavy maltiness, whatever hops had been there have faded significantly. The alcohol stings at times but not as strongly as I had expected from a beer at 18.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, light carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, obviously there's a very strong kick, very good representation of style and specifically the bigger end of the of the big stout spectrum, this definitely a good strong sipper beer but you still have to be careful with it.

Photo of Tomas77
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'06 World Wide Stout-found a few in a small package store down the street from me. Got lucky.

Appearance-Black,almost opaque with deep ruby highlights peeking through when held up to the light. Small but tight dense cream colored head. Very pretty beer.
Aroma-Strong coffee roast with a bit of chocolate and alcohol that follows. Slight hints of licorice are also present. No hop aroma.
Flavor-Big sweet malt flavor with a freshly grounded roast coffee up front. Dark fruits throughout with mostly dark cherry chocolate notes predominate. Some raison and vanilla later on as you breath out. Very rich and complex malt character. Strong alcohol but not hot. Balances well with the beer. Malty sweet finish with little hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel-Chewy malt texture. Dark, fruity malt coats the mouth with a warm alcohol presence and a mild roasted bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation.
Excellent brew.

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

Pours a jet black

Smells wonderful. Like burnt raisins. Dry smoky, ash-like roastiness.

Full bodied thick mouthfeel.

Starts like a nice impy stout but the alcohol really gets on the way! An impy stout is s'posed to be warming, but this is pure burn! Way too much on the alcohol side.

Commendable as far as producing an 18% alcohol beer but tough to drink!

Photo of alcstradamus
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with about a finger of head when poured straight into my 25 oz. snifter. Smell is "holy shit what is that"...potent wood and dark fruit, and unfortunately also potent rubbing alcohol/paint fumes/sharpie marker. Now, I'm no critic of high alcohol beers. I like them a lot and I can take some alcohol burn, but this is just over the top. Its a little less than a year old and smells like it needs another decade under it.

Thankfully, the taste isn't quite that hot. That's good, because I would like to keep the enamel on my teeth. Still though, I can't say I dig the flavor profile too much. Wood, alcohol, and a little bit of over-ripe dark fruit. Not really the level of complexity that I enjoy with a huge stout. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied, and it glides down your throat as smooth as hell. This one is a big time sipper...which isn't a bad thing except when it becomes a chore to even sip it, which is what this one does after about 4 oz.

Overall this is just not a world class stout IMO, I can see where the appeal comes from but I can also see where the hatred comes from. I won't be buying another one, unless I get ambitious and decide to cellar it for 5 years and see how it turns out.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did this GO BAD?? - My wife

Classic line. Some people tell stories in their reviews. I usually do not. However, I do need to relay this one t you. We were taking my son to camp today and on the radio they started talking about a Brewdog 18% ABV beer... My wife went nuts and commented that she had never heard of such a thing. I just chuckled knowing I had a couple World Wide Stouts at home.. (and a 120 Minute..) My wife loves big stouts.... By the way.

Later I told her that we would share a stout tonight and she agreed... Little did she know what she was going to sample. I brought out the bottle and poured her a small sample. Yep she proclaimed... "Did this go bad??" After cracking up I explained the situation to her. She did drink that glass and took a bit more.

As for me, I enjoyed this even more than I had hoped. And I had high hopes.

Very little head forms atop this deep brown to black beer. A spot or two of lace..

Aroma is sweet and of liquor. And I say liquor to mean stronger than an alcohol note. Wow. There is a depth to the sweet aroma that is intoxicating. It also signals what's to follow quite correctly.

Wow, is this sweet and complex. I don't like "hot" beers and while this has a lot of alcohol I don't find it "hot" More boozy and a sense of being a liqueur. I get some maple, vanilla, chocolate covered cherries. As it warms to room temp I get some coffee in the after taste and also some charcoal.

Syrup thick and some graininess as well.

A slow sipper and more of an after dinner drink vs. a beer. An experience for sure.

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,301 ratings.