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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,042 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,042
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 545
Gots: 1,390 | FT: 120
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:
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 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
Photo of yelterdow
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle purchased at Oak Tree Buy Rite sometime the following year... this has been cellared since then, patiently waiting for its big night. Well, here it is... paired with chocolate swirl cheescake, this will be served at cellar temperature in the brewery's own oversize snifter.

Appearance- This beer pours a deep chocolate brown with crimson and ruby edges... the bubbles rise just slightly, then concede and line the outside rim. There are large patches of lacing dotting the inside of the glass.

Smell- Wowee... this is incredibly dense and concentrated... I'm getting traditionally "old ale" aromas, including bacon and other meats, smoke, and surprisingly not a single indication of chocolate. Inhaling deeply, I am sensing the alcohol strength... an unheard of 18%... let's get this in my belly!

Taste- The malt profile here is lush and enormous... here's where some chocolate notes appear, adding just the perfect amount of sweetness to counter the overall beefiness and thickness. Terrifically heavy in terms of taste, even this cheesecake isn't holding up to this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Upon pouring the remaining beer into my glass, I realize that standing up right now would be actually funny... so I'll elect to remain seated. The mouthfeel is fantastic, seafoamy and slick... all of the intense flavors which have integrated so wonderfully over time are in their place, finishing with a long bitterness. This is definitely a beer to savor, slowly and without haste. Pair it with something bigger than chocolate cheescake, though... I wouldn't rule out a high end, exquisite meat dish in its proper reduction with roasted potatoes and savory spices. What a great culmination to an anticipated tasting!

yelterdow, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe how Dogfish Head can repeatedly impress me with their beers. Better than anyone else, they put their own twist on classic styles (not to mention when they create their own). Other brewers try and put their own spin on styles, but no one does them nearly as well as Dogfish Head.

It pours a dark viscous black with a tan head.

It smells intensely of sweet malts, fruit, chocolate, cocoa...and so many other things. It also taste of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, and definitely alcohol.

Has an overall great aspect to it...I can't recommend this beer more to everyone...wish i had more.

Douglas14, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours very black, as black as storm king if not blacker. A one finger tan head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is very hot and almost sweet smelling. The taste is initially sweet but but very strong. It is very roasted and hints of chocolate are present. It is very strong overall and the after taste is hot. It loses points for drinkability and price. It was a good experience and is recommended for stout lovers. At my local store it was $8 for a 12 oz bottle.

Ineedabeerhere, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. I've been waiting for quite a while to sample this baby so well see how it goes.

A: Pours a muddy muddy thick black with a little ring of head that sticks around but I was not expecting a head anyways, its just dark and inviting black as night

S: Smells incredibly sweet, like a sweet port, huge huge nose on this, plums and rum raisins with hints of sweet and dark chocolate. I mean there is not real reason to get more specific it smells pretty much like exactly what is listed here, very luxurious.

T/MF: The carbonation is a nice touch here and allows an extremely heavy and creamy body to impart the flavor all across the tongue. Hugely sweet plum and raisin and grape with the smallest flavor of fresh ground coffee (the grape aspect is what really threw me here) with quite a bit of alcohol heat almost too sweet but I'll let this guy warm up for a bit before continuing.

D: The drinkability is low no matter what, not a sipper not a session an experience more than anything else. A beer that demands your time more than your attention. I can't say I'd ever drink this again, its really just too much, I mean all these things are nice and is surprisingly carbonated for such a huge beer but really just too much.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Arguably one of the darkest beers ever brewed. After holding this one up to a 60 watt lightbult, no light passed through the beer, not even any ruby red edges showed up toward the stem of the glass. A one finger light brown head slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass. Stringly lacing here and there.

The aroma is oversuscribed with ultra bitter malt aromas, along with a hint of raisin. Some of the hoppiness comes through, but it's squashed by the malts. Surprisingly, the 18%ABV doesn't make it through that much, even with as the beer warms.

This one is so thick it almost melts in your mouth. The ubsurdly bitter malts are met with a citrusy hop flavor. The alochol is a little more present in the flavor than the aroma, and creates a strong warming affect throughout the mouth. The body is about as thick as it gets, and combined with a good amount of carbonation, resulting in a thick beer that isn't too oily. The finish is a bitter-sweet mix of heavy burnt malts and assertive hops.

This is a rather enjoyable beer, one worth praise, but it's not without its pitfalls. One being that the hops give it a cloyingly sweet and tangy flavor that clings for a while. The high alcohol gives it a slight harshness that it can probably do without. Otherwise, it's complex, and pretty much exactly what an extreme beer lover would ask for. After leaving this one in a cellar for a year, or two, or a decade, is probably a good idea if you're looking for something a little smoother, and closer to a traditional Russian Imperial Stout/American Double Stout. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of irishevans
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

pours impenetrable black. with a nice tall creamy head that fades to a tan film. some liquorish in the nose, as well as some pine scent(and i don't mean as in mr.clean), some hop presance as well. the taste starts off smooth with some chocolate notes, and a piney taste just after the chocolate, that gives way to a subtle scotch flavor that warms the mouth-feel and sweet yet very bitey crisp finish. the taste is all over the place in a damn good way, and with a major warming effect. it's hard to down but nice to sip, this may become a winter time favorite of mine if the powerball comes my way. but for the money still well worth it.

irishevans, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a marvel.

Pours jet impenetrable black with a one finger tan head and good lace. Nose is of dark malts and dark fruits with some alcohol. The taste follows the nose, dark malts and fruits but with some sort of earthy piney taste through the middle. The finish is nice and smooth. Mouthfeel is not as chewy as I had expected. Drinkability is very dangerous, the abv is quite well hidden. An awesome cellar candidate. very complex and another interesting offering from DFH. Props.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of ksbrainard
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with a thin head that quickly dissolves, but stays around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Dark malted grains. Dark fruits. It basically smells like a stout, but it is accented with a kick of fruity alcohol esters. There is a cherry cordial aspect to the aroma. It is almost Jagermeister-like in the aroma, somehow.

Taste: Fruits abound! Raisin, plum, prune, etc. When would I ever eat a prune? But it fits here. There's a hot finish - no surprise at 18%+. The finish wanes quickly, but not abruptly. There is a fair amount of bitterness, perhaps from hops, but likely also from roasted grains and perceived alcohol. All this on a major backdrop of sweet dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: It is sticky, big, and thick all the way around. A super huge feeling, as you migh expect. It coats and sticks, but slides away cleanly and respectfully, inviting another sip. Mothfeel is the strong point of this beer.

Drinkability: This is a sipper, for sure, but an enjoyable one. It is a bit sweet for my tastes, but that might be expected from Dogfish Head. Altogether, a nice after-dinner sipper that is great with holiday sweets and treats. Definitely worth it. Can't wait to cellar some.

ksbrainard, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A are treat from what I understand from the beerguy in Waldoboro. Pours pitch black, very little carbonation and no head. Smells like alcohol and dried fruits. A strong combo of burnt malts, dried fruits, alcohol, syrup, candy sugar that all goes well together, a real amazing combo. Thick mouthfeel. Overall, wow. Very differnet from other imperial stouts, definetly a sipper and a real treat for enthusiasts. try if you can find it!!

Manosbeeroffate, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. A: thick as oil, little to no head. S: lots of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, very dark fruit, earthy hops. T: alcohol present, very sweet, citrus, chocolate, coffee. Very nice. M: minimal carbonation, very thick, chewy. D: very intense but very delicious. Good to share with a friend given the huge abv. Another beautiful brew from dogfish.

PlaywrightSam, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, I wish I was able to taste more of this. Tried as a small sample from a fellow Carolina Brewmaster. Very deep and dark, no carbonation. Some alcohol warmth, but no the 18% as noted. Unlike the 120 minute, a bit more on the drinakable side for such a high gravity beer. Love the plums. Syrupy but worth getting my hands on a whole bottle sometime.

Backer2004, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mine was aged for about four years or so. The one that was temporarily seized by the ATF (or some similar govt agency) due to rumors it was spiked with distilled spirits. 666 calories per 12 oz. bottle. Dark as night, no head. Aroma of caramel and bourbon vanilla. Flavor of tawny port and sweet caramel. Most of the roast was aged out into this silky seductive bomb. Body and finish like a full figured woman. Yet.. no real stout quality. It's something else entirely.

dedrinker, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I really enjoyed this one. I picked this up at Broudy's in Jacksonville, FL, while visiting my sister. I was pretty impressed - it was one of the best DFH brews I have had in quite some time. I cracked this one open as part of my contribution to a private Imperial Stout tasting.

Poured a part of a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It pours thick and syrupy and produced a 1/2 finger tan head. This beer is opaque brownish black. It only slightly coated the side of the glass with a syrupy black film, and it didn't leave much lacing at all.

Smell - It smells boozy, really boozy. Underneath the alcohol scent I can detect cocoa powder, and a sweetness that resembles chocolate syrup and dark fruits. There is a slight roasty scent as well.

Taste - The taste is fruity - raisin and dark fruit like fig or plum. There is a large chocolate presence, which intermingles nicely with a very slight roasty coffee note. It is very sweet, as are most DFH big beers. The flavor is nicely balanced - the alcohol level doesn't interfere with the flavors as much as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - The ABV makes its presence known, but there is no alcohol burn here - or at least far less than what I experienced in the 120 Minute. The body is full, and very syrupy - very sticky and mouthcoating. The carbonation level is relatively low, but it was well suited for this beer.

Drinkability - The drinkability for a beer this huge is exceptional. The only part of the ABV that hinders the drinkability is how it makes me feel by the time I have finished drinking it. The ABV doesn't hinder the mouthfeel or flavor at all. Very tasty and worth searching out. Easily one of my favorites from DFH.

MiguelMandingo, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of biking4beer
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep black with some ruby hues. No head, but there is some bubbling.

Smells of maple, chocolate, and vanilla.

Taste is syrupy sweet. Cloying so. Belgian candy sugar? Very subtle bitterness. Alcohol is there, but surprisingly minimal for the ABV.

This beer is surprisingly thin. Low carbonation. Wouldn't want to be put to task for polishing of a full bottle. My third of a bottle was more than enough.

Ahh, I've heard lots of raving reviews about this beer, but I just don't see it. I'm guessing the one I got was fresh. This is one that would benefit from some cellaring. Give it a shot because it is unique. Otherwise put them away and see what happens.

biking4beer, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured in small amounts into a port glass.

A = Dark, dark mahogany, almost black. Very small tan head, quickly dissipated.

S = Smell of molasses, sweet grapes. Very reminiscent of some old sweet sherries.

D = Taste is much like the smell. Sweet tastes of raisins, molasses. Good, long finish. Only drawback is that I think the alcohol is a little too upfront in the taste.

M = Medium body, light carbonation. Alcohol is maybe a little to present.

D = This would make an excellent dessert drink with a dinner. I would definitely recommend it. I wish it came in a reclosable bottle.

Traquairlover, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To celebrate repeal day - Decanted this brown 12oz bottle cool into my Corsendonk Christmas Glass.
A - Black w/ a medium brown head that has an ultra-fine bead. The head measures approx. 1/2 inch w/ minimal lace.

S - A peculier funky odor w/ a very high amount of alcoholic fusel esters. Sugary brown toasted aroma w/ an almost tapioca like creamy rum soaked scent.

M - Fiery w/ warming from the get-go. A viscous dense chewiness accompanies the syrupy thick feel that has amazing amount of carbonation for the gravity of the brew. Gentle roaste and brandy-like vinous notes w/ husky tannic grain aspects.

T- Very intense malt flavor w/ a rum and cognace tinge that is followed by a biscuity graham cracker flavor. Notes of plum and currant w/ port-like boozy flavors. An alcohol bomb w/ intense sugary malt coating the palate w/ light solvent-like flavor.

D - A very big beer. Too dense, boozy and intense to be considered more than average for drinkability for me. It is great for what it is, but not one to drink quickly a real sipper. it has harsh moments and it lets you know who is boss. I would probably only drink one a year if that.

Slatetank, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle stamped on neck “bottled in 2007.” At first, it doesn’t look like there’s much carbonation, but a two-finger solid medium brown head magically ascends from the pitch brown, opaque body. Slow fade with a some sticky lace. Nose is very sweet and alcoholic. Sweet coffee-milk-chocolate-malt and dark fruit. In the mouth, it’s like a sweet malt bomb tempered with full-on alcohol. Hot going down and warm in the gut. Once the initial shock wears off, notes of coffee, milk chocolate and raisins emerge. Still, it finishes hot, not warm. Mouth is richly viscous, coating the tongue and going down smooth. There’s little carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability is good if you aim to drink just one. Price, complexity, and pure ABV preclude drinking more than one of these.

Overall: An intensely rich, brutally alcoholic brew in the DFH extreme style. I’m glad I tried it, but I just don’t see me trying it again unless offered. I prefer my double stouts in the slightly more muted and drinkable style of Left Hand’s offering.

jettjon, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'07 vintage:

This beer took some patience to appreciate. It took over two hours of decanting to reach it's peak.

The color is close to black with shades of deep mahogany. It has a light brown head. The colors and textures are nice, but there is poor head retention. Then again, what can you expect from a 20% stout.

The nose is very sweet with roasted and burnt malts. It is very earthy with aromas of ripe pitted fruits, molasses and vanilla. There are alot of nice things going on here, but the dominating alcohol character takes away from the experience.

This is a huge beer. Like the aroma, the taste is strong of complex alcohols. The flavor is very sweet and composed of various dark fruits, raw cocao, carmelized sugars and powerful malts.

Good full body and little carbonation. This low activity created a wine-like consistencey.

For what it is, WWS is a very drinkable beer. Quite complex and will continue to improve over the next ten years at least. I can drink a beer in ample time, and this 12oz bottle took me over three hours to consume. It resembles a port more than a beer and should be drinken accordingly. I suggest sharing it between at least two people and with fine red meat.

'04 Vintage(4.7):

At four years old, this beer has really come together. I would love to see what a few more does to it.

The appearance is near identical to the '07. However, the alcohol bite has been nearly dismissed from the nose and taste. Mouthfeel is similar to a fresh bottle. Way too drinkable for its strength.

rye726, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/10/06 and tasted just over a year later

Appearance: It takes a hard pour to create a head on this espresso colored beer, and there is only a bit of lacing before the head disappears entirely

Smell: Boozy chocolate and coffee, rum-soaked prune and molasses

Taste: Opens with a depth charge of molasses that builds with chocolate, prune and fruity/coffee flavor (Ethiopian Yergecheffe); after the swallow, the chocolate flavor jumps to the fore and lasts forever

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with very low carbonation

Drinkability: Don't dare drink more than one, but it is a fine sipper

brentk56, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of nkurz129
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After being thoroughly impressed with the 120 Minute IPA and Raison d'Extra, I thought I would give DFH's other 18%+ beer a whirl. First of all, my entire kitchen smelled almost as if I had baked a fruit cake. But that was where I stopped being as thrilled with this one. The taste is very rum-like and it lacks the complexity of the others. Falls short of the roasted flavors I usually expect from a stout. Given the chance to do it over I would have just gotten two bottles of the 120.

nkurz129, Nov 29, 2007
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,042 ratings.