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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,673
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 640
Gots: 1,563 | FT: 141
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002

Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty and complex. This Ageable Ale clocks in at 15-20% ABV and has a depth more in line with a fine port than with a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer.

70 IBU
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Photo of dyingwrist
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to a snifter. Minimal lacing and no head. Wonderful woody, coffee, dark chocolate smell. Barely any carbonation, very small alcoholic bite at the end. Flavors consist of dark coffee, maybe vanilla?, pretty sweet beer, very slight alcoholic bite at the end. Nice lasting finish. Flavor stays with you for a while.

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

the look of a nice stout with a good head retention. brown/black with a cloudy edging against the light. nose of chocolate and a lot of cognac. goes down quite warm. chocolate, tobacco roasty... and a fruit quality of a quaduple but one dimensional which is a bit redundantly put. not estery and fruity... sweet and damp wood. this tastes like a candied oak barrel. quite an ender for the night. is there such a word as barley port?

Photo of wchesak
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue La Fin du Monde Tulip glass

A - opaque black, slightest tint of brown, about an inch of tan head forms but soon dissipates down to thin rim; good lacing begins to form

S - alcohol smell is what I first notice, thought it was whiskey but with a closer smell I think its more brandy (has a definite barley ending to it), big oaky background smell, as it warms more of a fig/licorice aroma

T - first I get the slightest earthy hop note, soon overtaken by dark chocolate, roasted barley, and oakyness of a good single malt, the fruit, alcohol flavor is kept at the back of the palate, leaves a nice reminder of the 18% that lingers

M - heavy bodied, sticky but not syrupy, almost velvety you could say, carbonation is just enough to accomplish its purpose

D - if this wasnt 9 bucks a bottle, I would see no reason to not have it in my fridge at all times, lots of depth and variety in aroma and taste but balanced enough to where nothing overpowers something else, amazed esp with the ABV that this is accomplished

Photo of luchris80
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge, allowed to warm a bit and served in an oversized wine glass (snifter-like).

Aroma: Full roasted maltiness with undertones of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness (currant-like). Big alcohol aroma that has a barleywine/port-like nose.

Appearance: Appears black, though dark brown at the edges when held to light. Slight, light coffee color head that dissipates quickly and leaves a trail (has "legs"). Opaque, but clear at edge when held to light.

Flavor: Intensely strong flavor of roasted grains with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Has a dark fruit/grapey character (port-like). Slight bitterness and dryness at finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy (almost chewy in a way). Fairly high carbonation that leaves a slight sharpness. Prominent, but smooth warmth.

Overall Impressions: Really complex flavors. Great for an evening where you were only having one beer (would probably be great with a cigar). The alcohol flavors might be too prominent for some (high for style, 8%-12%). Very happy to be able to try.

Photo of lilbuddha
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review !

A: Black, black black , Head is a little sloppy and dies down quick

S: Cold Coffee, another touch of something i can't describe, plus a slightly burnt hint

T: Sweet, reminds me of good port, My taste buds start to get the hop feel, but are quickly turned over by the sweetness, but the aftertaste lets the hops e come back out. Alcohol is very prevalent, but welcoming.

M: The medium carbonation really sticks with the sweet taste and lingers in the back of my tongue. Can really feel this one going down, from smooth at the front of my mouth to slow and strong to the back.

D: I can't drink darks like this very quickly, but I have no problem taking a good swig and then just letting the aftertastes slowly dissipate. I'm having an urge for a piece of semisweet chocolate.

Won't likely drink this again just due to preference, but as a local and highly rated beer its a good start for my reviewing.

Times Drank - Once

Photo of IndustrialCanine
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce - Bottled Nov 17 2009 - (18% illegal here in NC so I drove this one back from Milton, DE)

A: Black as Tar. Awesome. :) Encourage it a bit out of the bottle and you get a nice brown lacey head that hangs out till you're done.

S: Boozy malt, raisins, coco with a hop touch.

T: Sweeeter than the smell with Booze, molasses, dark malt, and bittering hops fighting for palette space. No single element wins just how it should be.

M: Big bold and beautiful with a touch of CO2. The flavor is built with the ridiculous ABV not cobbled on later for drama.

D: This fresh bottle under a month old drinks young and a little untamed. I'm going to cellar a few and do an update next year.

Photo of Kendo
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at Mahar's in Albany on 12-2-09. Thanks to BA aerozeppl for the heads up. . . .

A: Served in a 10 oz mini-pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolatey brown head that leaves decent splotches of lace behind.

S: Raisins, port wine, licorice, molasses and alcohol. Alcohol more noted as it warms.

T: First impression (from my notes): "There's a lot going on here." Dark dried fruits -- raisins and prunes. Big roasty malt becomes more prominent as it warms. Slight chocolate (also more noted as it warms). It finishes pretty hot, though more so in feel heading down the belly than in taste on the palate.

M: Real nice creamy feel to this. Body is thick and heavy, no two ways about it. But it has a nice creaminess. I think Mahar's had this being served at just about the perfect temperature -- I'd call it slightly colder than cellar temp -- and it made it feel even better.

D: The high ABV will slow you down, but that creamy feel will speed it up. For a beer of this strength it's tremendously drinkable.

I've got two 2003s in the cellar that I've been meaning to bust open for awhile. I will do so soon so that I can compare the bottled, aged WWS to the fresh one I had tonight. . . .

Photo of aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahar's.

A: Just black. No messing around at all on this one. Black. What was impressive was the epic lacing on my mug. For a beer of 18% the lacing was awesome. I have never seen lacing like this on a beer even remotely approaching the ABV on this one. Nice.

S: It smells like raw booze up front. Tons of malt. Chocolate. Toffee. Raisins. Malt. Touch of hops. Basically it is everything in any beer thrown at you at once.

T: It is balanced somehow. The booze is there but I expect it to be. Just like the nose everything is there. It almost becomes a situation where you simply cannot describe everything that is going on.

M: Wow. The mouthfeel was awesome. Just perfect subtle carbonation. Thick and chewy at the same time. Again amazing for the ABV.

D: I had a fresh bottle of this and it was just about undrinkable but the big dogfish beers on tap are so drinkable. This was 100% better fresh than in the bottle. A bottle with some time on it is a totally different story.

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

12 oz bottle, bottled 11Nov2008

A: Deep black under a small brown head. No lace, no retention.

S: Very sweet, candied fruit, with a decent roasted, chocolate backbone. Boozy, hint of cream. Smells big. Smells huge, really.

T: Pretty hot beer, sweetness is not as big as nose. Bitter, roasted, chocolate, hint of coffee. Alcohol is pretty apparent, boozy, good warmth on the way down.

M/D: Full boded, carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is OK, this is a huge beer and 1 bottle might be enough. A very good beer, especially if you like them on a grand scale.

Photo of obywan59
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with born on date: 11/17/09. The words "A very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley" on the label.

Pours dark and rather thick. Like maple syrup. 1/4 inch head that at first coats the sides of the glass and then forms some slight lacing before disappearing.

Smells like sweet coffee fortified with alcohol. Notes of burnt malt in the background

Tastes way sweeter than the aroma. Sweetest beer I've ever had. I prefer porters over stout as they tend to be sweeter, but this blows all the porters I've tried and everything else away for sweetness. Coffee and burnt malt mimic the aroma. A fruitiness as well, like dried fruits soaked in alcohol. Very warming as the 18% alcohol slides down the throat.

Medium-full mouthfeel. Borderline syrupy, but not too sticky. Like the energizer bunny. Not sticky enough to be distasteful, but enough so that the flavor just keeps on going, and going...

I give it a 5 for sippability, although it's not really drinkable in the normal sense. It took me 2 glorious hours to finish my first 12 oz. 120 Minute IPA. I'm expecting this to be in the same ballpark.

Highly recommended

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

2008 Bottle

Deep brown body that leaves little head, resting in a snifter like a fine port. Aroma reveals alcohol immediately. Raisons, bourbon, vanilla and plum follow. Some roasted coffee in the background. Sweetness as it hits the palate. Molasses. Bourbon comes next. Extremely complex. Sticky and syrupy on the palate, but slightly less than full bodied. Alcohol asserts itself throughout. This is an amazingly complex beer that really needs to be understood as a fireside, after-dinner drink.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this recently when I noticed that the bottle on date was 11/14/08, about a year old.

A: Pours dark black mostly with brown only at the thin edges and a very quickly dissipating khaki colored head that just leaves behind a couple bubbles floating around.

S: Smells like really dark fruity, boozy, roasted and chocolate malts, molasses, bourbon, raisins

T: Very similar to the smell - dark fruits, boozy bourbon, roasted and chocolate malts, molasses, raisins - however, it isn't as boozy as I would have expected from an 18% abv beer.

M: Super full body from lots of carbonation that makes it really creamy and thick in the mouth

D: nobody on earth could say this is "drinkable"! it's a boozy beer, but definitely a great tasting sipper that I want to keep sipping - and i can't imagine another beer that I'd rather drink just to get a buzz quickly!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered offline (and yes they did deliver to PA, got a few cool beers from this place in Jersey) 11/14/08 born on date

A-pours a jet black color with dark caramel colored head, thick lookin, leaving no lace

S-big alcohol smell, bourbon, molases, hint of bitter chocolate

T-the alcohol comes through slightly at the beginning but is immediately met with a dark berry sweetness, there is molases, some roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla

M-almost a full body, its got a creamy texture and is relatively smooth

D-this is a pretty drinkable beer, from the born on date is has aged for a year and I have never had it fresh, but the taste is pretty nice, well blended flavors, and a pretty good mouthfeel. The tinge of alcohol was slightly unappealing until I saw how strong this was. Are you kidding me?

Photo of beergod1
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a small head. A light ring of foam around the edge. Aroma is of prunes, raisins, molasses, licorice, and of course you can detect the alcohol content 18%. Feel is as smooth as silk. Flavor of molasses, Bourbon, and coffee. The alcohol adds to the character - it provides a nice warming finish. The hop presence is high as expected in an Imperial Stout, and balances the malty sweetness perfectly. This brew ages beautifully.I split a case with a friend 4 yrs. ago, and are about to finally finish it.

Photo of drabmuh
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage WWS poured into a snifter. There is almost no head, and what little head there is is next to the walls of the glass. No lacing and its hard to tell the carbonation level due to the darkness. Oh yeah, this beer is dark, not pitch black but no light gets through. At the corners of the glass you can see some dark red / brown so its not completely black, just really dark.

Smell is complex and wonderful. Sweet molasses, raisins, brandy, alcohol but not solvent, maybe a little roast. The smell sets you up nicely for the flavors. I can taste the alcohol (I would imagine if I would actually let this age this would be improved). There is some roast / coffee flavors in there as well. Not a lot in the way of hop bitterness but that's OK. There is some roast in a very mild aftertaste. A good tasting high ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is fine drinkability is surprisingly high for an 18% ABV beer.

Photo of natelocc787
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drabmuh for the trade. Heavy, heavy beer. The appearance was nothing special, I did appreciate the complete blackness of the beer. As black as they come.

The nose was humongous, with big roasted barley, dark, bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses and black malt.

The taste was complex to say the least and I expect nothing less from a DFH "big" beer. Roasted vanilla coffee beans, molasses, caramelized smores and dark, dark chocolate.

Very long in the finish with an above average mouthfeel, this beer was chewy, sudsy and well carbonated. Heavy and airy with an oily character.

Drinkability was low due to the high abv, the oily mouthfeel and the huge malt character of the beer.

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

Have alway wanted to try this one, but 9+$ always scared me away. Found it at my local for $7/12 oz bottle, it was a mistake on pricing.

Poured in a snifter glass, dark brown to blackish color with little head or lacing
Smells of huge fruits, alcohol, chocolate, and malts.
Taste is well done with heavy chocolate, roasted malt, and heavy raisins?
Very full mouthfeel, good!
Have one when you can find it on sale, and, if you want, cellar a few for your enjoyment in a year or two.

Photo of schoolboy
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this a year or two ago. Just one. Since I have been cleaning out my aging bin, this one came up. I didn't want to drink it. Partly because it was the only one I had and partly because I have had a lot of disappointment in strong beers lately.

This one has a very boozy aroma. But it is pleasant. Loads of malt. Not nealy as hoppy as it could have been, but it works. It's easy to drink for a very strong ale.

I guess I will get more of these if I am somewhere where I can get them. They don't sell this in Ohio - too much alcohol.

Photo of johnd513
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark black in color with a thin fizzy head with a film that clings to the glass. Smells of solvent fumes, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of raisins. Tastes of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla ending with alcohol and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is full body and light in carbonation. Overall I am glad i tried this one but I wasan't crazy about it.

Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for hooking me up with this brew!

A- Pours a deep black color with a light hue around the edges when held up to light. A thick coffee colored head leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Huge roasted malt and espresso with a big burst of alcohol.

T- Huge rush of alcohol booziness initially a dark charred taste in the finish. Definitely some bittersweet chocolate and black licorice flavor coming through in the aftertaste. This brew is packed with alcohol and it is quite noticeable.

M- Full bodied with light carbonation.

D- Well this is certainly a sipper. The alcohol is very hot and seems to distract from a nice roasted flavor rather than compliment.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 8/10/2009 (Bottled 11/14/08):

Pours a dark dark brown colored body, not quite black. Small whitish head, diminishing. Strong sweet aroma, maybe brown sugar. Some rubbing alcohol. Syrupy aroma, some spice. Strong aroma. Carbonated taste. Sweet, like maple or something. Some roasted and chocolate flavors, but definitely more barleywinish, hot. Complex. Almost like a soy sauce smell and taste. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of hardy008
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a very thin tan head after an aggressive pour. Smell is strong alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. The taste is a perfect match for the smell. Very sweet, and the alcohol is not hidden at all, it is right in your face.

This is a very full bodied beer, rich and creamy, with relatively low carbonation. As for drinkability, this is a delicious beer, but I wouldn't want more than one in an evening. This is definitely one beer you want to sip.

Photo of Brenden
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one's completely black, with no hints of anything else in the light. The head fades to a foam rather quickly, but sticks around as it is and leaves a little thin lacing.
There's plenty of alcohol in the nose first off, with a very boozy character. Along with that is a whole conglomeration of rich aromas with lots of depth and complexity: dark fruits, cherry or raisins, with chocolate and vanilla, a licorice and/or molasses note, and something woody and smoky.
There's just a whole lot of toasted malt all over this one. The dark fruits are strong in the flavor, and of course the alcohol is fairly dominant as well. This one's crafted for the alcohol to make for a really boozy brew without taking anything away. All the chocolate, vanilla, wood and smoke is in the flavor as well.
There's plenty of smoothness is this creamy brew. There's a very light crispness and carbonation is light. The body is not as heavy as I would have though, on the lighter side of full.
This is an intense brew that takes a well-developed palate to truly appreciate. The huge ABV makes this one a sipper, which is good for genuinely noting all the subtleties and character in this one.

Photo of capn
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow, clear the decks for action with this one. It is very strong, very complex, and dare I say - unique. Aside from being 18% ABV / 70 IBU (that's right I said 18% ABV so be prepared for a buzz), it is brewed with a very large amount of barley. Credit goes to Dogfish Head for continually pushing the limits. They originally released this one in 1999 but I first had it at a tasting event in 2009. It is very complex in aroma and taste with a very distinct roasted character, so much so that while this may sound funny to some, my first perception of its aroma was that it reminded me of smoked bacon.

Be advised, this beer is not for the faint of heart or casual connoisseur, the flavor is bold and there is a lot going on in there. Some people even find it a little difficult to finish a whole bottle, even though it is only a 12 ounce size. On that note, the 2.5 drinkability rating I gave it is SOLELY a reflection of what I suspect to be Most people's (a term I use loosely) reaction to it, not a comment on its quality as I really enjoyed it. Dogfish describes it as being like a Port and recommends enjoying it from a snifter; I wouldn't really compare it to Port though as they tend to be on the sweeter side and that is not how I would describe this brew. Due to the high ABV you are going to pay a relatively high price per bottle but if you consider yourself a real connoisseur of the dark side, or just want to try something really different, give it a go.

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer review 1000. I guess this is an appropriate beer to review for that honor.

For Baltimore Beer Week, Casey at Max's opened up a few bottles of 10 year old (1999 vintage) bottles of WWS. I went ahead and got a 5 ounce pour, which was absolutely plenty.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with minimal head retention and lacing. The beer has very little carbonation left at this point, though it wasn't quite still either. On the nose this aroma profile is flat out ravishing. There is a considerable booziness to this beer on the nose and palate, but there is also a boatload of chocolate and coffee, with hints of licorice and cherry. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except this beer is almost port like. At 10 years of age this beer is an absolute stunner, and is very, very sweet with flavors of cherry, chocolate, golden raisins and liquer. To no great surprise, this beer is mouth coating and is very, very long on the finish. While delicious, the combination of extremely high alcohol and sweetness make it something of a chore to down even a 5 ounce pour. Even though the beer was absolutely delicious, it still took the better part of a half hour to get through my 5 ounce pour.

Very impressed by how well this beer has held up. Well done Dogfish Head.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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