World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
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Gots: 1,479 | FT: 130
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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 dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottling.

Poured with less viscosity than expected, but nevertheless heavy. Opaque, near-black. Minimal tan head is acceptable for a beer of this abv. Tons of alcohol in the nose along with maple syrup, sweet, roasty malt, and a little woodiness, reminiscent of whiskey.

Wow, this is a sipper. First taste was a knock-out, and the boozy warming sets in almost immediately. At first it's all alcohol and sweet, dark fruit, almost like port. Then it's a bit of brown sugar maltiness, and then more alcohol. Did I mention the alcohol? The high amount of it brings out flavors normally not associated with beer, i.e. the alcohol-soluble variety. Rich, complex stuff. Aftertaste is a lot of roast and more dark sugar. I was expecting the mouthfeel to be heavier, but in the end I didn't mind that, because a really heavy, ridiculously alcoholic beer would be tough to down. Like I said, it's a sipper, but oh, it's drinkable.

A truly remarkable, non-idiomatic imperial stout. Nice.

Photo of Hokies
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz, bottled in 2007 poured into a tulip glass. Pours an opaque black color with a thin coffee head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

A huge blast of alcohol and roasted malts with some vanilla laying in the background. Their is some musty wood smell but the alcohol is pretty dominate.

I was fully expecting a beer that was tough to drink but wow this is one smooth beer. It is actually quite sweet almost a bourbon taste with some sweet vanilla, chocolate and cocoa. Their is also some roasted malt taste but was the beer warms is becomes less apparent.

This is tremendous beer that is incredibly dangerous because its so drinkable.

Photo of rhenning
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, purchased for 8.59 USD, poured into Allagash chalice glass.

Pours jet black, completely opaque, with a 1.5 finger dark tan head which was retains for a while then fades to a nice cap of creamy foam, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of chocolate, molasses, warm brown sugar, smoke and a wee bit of alcohol.

Taste begins with sweet malt and molasses which fades quickly into chocolate. Big, warming alcohol dominates the mid-palate, joined by notes of figs, raisins, and baked goods, wrapping up with a short burst of some bitter hops. Espresso, smoke and dark chocolate linger on the palate, inviting another taste.

Mouthfeel was fulfilling while not perceived as sticky. It could have even been a little thicker. A nice amount of foam was present during tasting.

This is such a big brew that drinkability is limited. I'm a big fan of the style and probably could've put down a bomber given the right conditions but 12 oz. felt about right for now.

Photo of grayburn
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This long anticipated beauty poured as black as black can be into the snifter and foamed up a thick, gooey brown that left lacing everywhere. Beautiful.
The smell is strongly of licorice, backed up by some roasted malts and chocolate. Very little hop presence, but there is just enough to let you know it is there. A bit hot on the alcohol.
The taste starts verrry sweet and then is cut by the strength of licorice and sent bitter until the end. Very interesting combination.
The mouthfeel is lighter than I was expecting, but still very heavy, just enough carbonation. This beer is a sipper, it is hard to get down a full bottle, but it is definitely a nice offering from DFH.

Photo of seaoflament
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jay 23 for the opportunity to try this beer. 2007 vintage.

Dark with up to a thick inch of foam.

Port, old wood, booze, fermented raisins, chocolate, some soy sauce, black cherries, and a weird aroma I can't but my finger on. A musty and old grain aroma. Burnt brown sugar. Not that pleasant though. A bit of green apples and fusel alcohol. The last couple of sips are a bit more enjoyable with more cocoa on the nose.

Sweet roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, bits of vanilla, lots of residual sweetness in the finish. Sweet bakers chocolate. Taste is better than the aroma. Boozy chocolate in the finish. Alcohol heat in the aftertaste. Sweet dates, raisins, and licorice. Roasted coffee in the aftertaste. The last couple of sips have an odd tangy flavor in the finish.

Medium-low carbonation and syrupy feeling. Pretty hard to drink, I split this beer with a friend and it took me about 45min to drink my 6oz.

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

poured about 10 degrees below room temp from it's 12 oz bottle into my new dfh snifter(large) - the brown head dissipated into a ring around the edge for the rest of the glass - the taste and aroma at first reminds me of...dare i say...sam adams triple bock! - ( i liked that stuff, but i'm remembering(?) 10 years back)
it must be the molasses/alcohol combination - seems like the perfect one to quaff out of the snifter - not nearly as 'jarring' as one might expect - dfh knows just how far to 'push the envelope'
with this one - and one will be enough at this sitting - real good stuff here.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark black with a very dark head. The bubbles fully receded from a finger width to a little ring.

Aroma is huge. Notes of wood, brown sugar, toasted whole grain bread, spices reminicent of a belgian quad or bakery spice like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, etc. Maple syrup, soy sauce, smoke, and of course a lot of alchohol.

Taste is sweet like a sugary instant oatmeal or cold breakfast cereal. Very dessert-like and rich.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy sticky. Carbonation is soft and low. Alchohol warms. Not much bitterness from the roasted malts the sweetness wins out.

Overall this would make a good digestif but I wouldn't want the entire 12 ounces. I'd be happy with a small port glass filled with this stuff after a big meal, preferably during the cold monthes of the year.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/14/08

Pours opaque black frothy half finger head. Retention is not great but much better than expected for such a big brew. Very surprising lacing as well.

Alcohol is very apparent without being overpowering. Strong vanilla aroma. Picking up some chocolate and definitely some woody notes. Deeper smell lingering in the back maybe some burnt molasses?

I am first surprised how well the booziness is hidden. OK, hidden may be a bad word. The booze is there but plays very well with others. Definitely warming but not overly hot. Very deep roasted malt espresso flavor combo going on. Big on the molasses. Very nice chocolate taste lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip.

While definitely full bodied, it is not overly thick. Smooth and creamy. Coats the mouth.

How do you rate drinkability on a monster like this? This is a one and done no need for another kinda brew. But you will enjoy the hell out of the one you have.

I really enjoy this one. I picked up a bottle the first time I have seen it around. I would love to try this with some age on it.

Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer poured well with very little dark brown head a magical thing if you ask me.
Smell- Bakers chocolate and malt had great aromas that opened up as poured will make your mouth water.
Taste- Great taste with dark chocolate bitterness and a great malt after taste the abv is high but does not over power at all.
Mouthfeel- went down very smooth with a bit of a bite from the alcohol but to be expected.
Drinkability- This one is easy to return to but probably wouldnt be able to handle more than one at a sitting.

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

A - Inky black and viscous as hell, this looks like pure evil in the glass. The head is very small, but it looks tight and firm and is dark chocolate brown. Minimal lace is left on the glass, but with a ridiculously high ABV that's not unexpected.

S - Roasted malt, espresso bean, vanilla, oak, chicory, woody bark notes, and dark chocolate combine to make this a very complex brew on the nose. I get a hint of the booze to come, as this has a little heat and tickles my nosehairs.

T - Oak, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce, and more bourbon. Whoo. This one is killer!

M - Extremely full bodied and heavy. This one is boozy! Heavy hittin' bomb-ass brew.

D - Only one please! I'd drink this again for sure, but one 12oz of this and I'm pretty dang buzzed. Be careful with this one if you are driving! This one gives GI's Bourbon County a run for it's money, although it doesn't quite match up.

Photo of AMoceri7
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was simply put... Good.

A: Pitch black with a minimal head and minimal lacing. Perfect for the abv and style I would say. Chocolate brown lefties and looking quite beautiful.

S: Not a whole lot going on but what I do smell is Dove Dark Chocolate mixed with dark roasted coffee and a pinch of smokey breakfast bacon.

T: The taste is nearly the smell. Dark chocolate upfront collaborating with deep italian roast coffee followed up by some well rounded malt spiced with what seems to be like willamette hops beefed up by the same lingering but gently moving smoked pork. Mmmmhmmm....Good.

M: Thick and syrupy but not overly syrupy like DFH 120 Minute. Just right... Alcohol is ridiculously well hidden for this 18% brew.

D: Quite enjoyable, spent time relishing in it a bit due to the price tag, but as it warmed, it intimidated and slowed you down. Probably could have gone through two. Wanna challenge?

Overall: This fits second place easily in the CAUTION labeled brews from DFH, as 120 Minute takes the cake. Seeing these are two polar opposites, heaven and hell, I would bet they'd tie for first. Wonderful stout of which blows all others out of the water.

Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

What a crazily unique animal this beer is. Oz. for oz., one of the most expensive beers I've ever had. It was well worth it. Once.

Pours an oddly hued dark brownish black. I expected obsidian. Strange. Surprisingly robust half an inch of head.

Smell is crazily boozy, with caramel, burnt molasses, booze and ... burnt marshamallows? What is that? Interesting.

Taste is volatile. A canker sore in my mouth actually began to hurt. I am not kidding. My slightly chapped lips; yeah, they started to throb. Holy shit. How much barley did they put in this?

Burnt malt, a shit-ton of molasses. Like, seriously molasses. Straight up. Some chocolate and espresso notes, and a googelplex of booze.

You know what: I really like this beer. It's a shame it averages out to like 95 bucks a sixer around here. The mouthfeel was crazy. It doesn't look that thick, but when it hits your mouth, you have to work to swallow. Wow. Insane!

Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

08 vintage. Pours black with some brown highlights at the edges. Thin cocoa colored head that fades away in under a minute. Aromas of chocolate, raisins, and slight roast. Oh, not to mention a ton of alcohol. Flavor is less boozy, in fact it's surprisingly mild although I can definitely feel it in the chest. Just as much fleshy stone fruit as darker fruits here. Molasses and chocolate with a little roasted character but with no real bitterness. Slick and oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Not bad but pretty overrated.

Photo of thisisshsas
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- moter oil black, the color of darkness

S- smell overglows with malts, with a chocolate rasberry undertone, very unique for a stout.

T&M- unlike most stouts, this beer has an overly dark fruit taste, also the alcohol is very evident. The dark fruit flavor is dominant over the chocolate flavor, another rarity.

D- I barely can get done with one without a decent buzz. Not a session beer, in some ways has more in common with Wine in how its drunk and how it makes you feel than a beer, and this is a Imperial stout.

Was it great to have once to say I had it? Yes. Would I buy again, no, and especially not for the price. To all you beer advocates who want to drink this cuz of its extremeness, expect a unique stout, but its not a very balanced beer or an enjoyable one, unless you value the buzz over the taste.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a difficult beer to review. It's hard to find a standard for such a bold brew. I'll be honest, I couldn't finish my whole sample and I didn't particularly enjoy it. However, I'm going to try and review fairly on as much of the sample as I could take.

A: Pitch black with slim dark ruby highlights. Slight khaki head rises, but fizzes away. Some sediment around the bottom of the glass.

S: Chocolate, grapes, maybe even some cranberry, espresso beans, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Grain alcohol up front, and nothing else really. Somewhere under the torrent river of alcohol is port wine, bready chocolate and then, well, another layer of alcohol.

M: Sharp and somewhat thin, actually.

D: Not so great. Highly alcoholic, which I knew, but wasn't expecting the taste and body to be so overwhelmed by it.

I love DFH, but they're more radical beers just don't appeal to me. I like good bourbon and Scotch casually, but like my beer, well, like beer. This crosses the alcoholic boundary, by my standards.

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

A: Jet black color; no light visible through the glass. Poured a 1 finger bubbly chocolate head that dissipated. Laced in spots.

S: Rasins, dark fruit, chocolate. Strong ethanol presence.

T: Big sweet malts, ethanol and dark fruits. If not for the malt, more like brandy or sherry. Smooth, coating and warming.

M: Big full beer. Balanced with low carbonation. Smooth and coating on the mouth and tongue.

D: Big beer with a lot of alcohol. Interesting for sure, but one and done.

Photo of Buebie
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtasy of Hogwilsliquore. Thanks Cody!

This is a 2006 brown 12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized snifter.
1 finger of tan brown head very quickly receeds, leaving a thin colar of retention. This is black as night with zero light penetration.

Aroma is very much black licorice with fermented molasses and wiffs of warm alcahol. Nice big heaps of chocolate and roasted grains. There is some sweetness at the knose as well.

Quite chocolaty up front becoming increasingly sweet. hot dAMN those grains are soo good and soo fresh tasting. Its like the grains were just mashed. Its not husky or bad, its so fresh tasting for a 3 year old bottle. This is quite mellow for an %18 beer. There really is no solvent or warming, quite deceptive. There is a good amount of unfermented sugary sweetness in here, with caramel and butterscotch being the first thing coming to mind.
Mouthfeel is slick and thick, with medium to mild amounts of carbonation providing some creamy textures.

Very great brew! Thanks again for this extra Cody!

Photo of Goliath
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours extremely dark brown, nearly black, with the slightest amber hues around it's edges. Appears black and completely opaque from a short distance. A thin light tan head forms on the pour and immediately dissipates leaving no lace behind.

The aroma is quite good. Big roasty malts with a big chocolate take the lead, and are quickly followed by a dose of banana and phenols.

The taste is pretty extreme. Definitely some big roasty malts giving some bitter chocolate and a bit of coffee. The banana carries through to the taste, as well as the phenols. A new addition is an immense booziness which is ok, but a bit too aggressive. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is nearly full bodied, slick, and very lightly carbonated. In fact, the carbonation is near nonexistent.

Drinkability is low to moderate. I'm definitely digging the flavor profile and the uniqueness of this huge stout, however the immense booziness is a bit much and really hinders the ease of consumption as well as my enjoyment. I'd ray that as a whole package I'm pretty pleased with the beer. I'd like to see what a little age does to it.

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appeared light reddish brown with a quarter inch tan head that doesnt stick around long(about ten sec.).

smell is alcohol with a hint of fruit....but mostly alcohol.
Heats the mouth on first taste.After allowing it to rest on the toung for a moment,I could detect a rich "roasted malts and light fruit" kind of thing going on.A little on the thin side,but great taste.

What can I say? Extreme brewing!
It was good overall,I will definatly go for another.

Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a flute. The neck of the bottle has a bottled on date of 11/04/08.

Appearance: The head is the color of cola fizz, the body is black of course.

Smell: Really hot alcohol aroma. Roasted malts are there as well, but they're being dominated by the strong alcohol.

Taste: Roasty malts, dark fruits, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Really thin and delicate. I was hoping for something more substantial and thicker.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability considering the 18+% abv that DFH advertises.

Photo of Yeastcakes
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes: Snifter, cellar temp.
Aroma: Alcohol & strong spices (cinnamon?). Strong malt & fruit aromas. There is a lot going on here. Possibly some faint chocolate.
Appearance: pitch black, three fingers of tannish head. Nice lacing.
Mouthfeel: This is thick with a slickness to it. Definite alcohol warmth. Light carbonation.
Taste: Just like the aroma, there's a lot going on here and you can pick out different things on ever sip. Dark fruit flavors that you would expect in an imperial beer. Hops and alcohol also present. All of the flavors are bold an over-the-top, but in an oddly balanced way. Slight bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.
Drinkability: This beer is for sipping in front of a warm fire on a cold evening. You are not going to drink more than one or two of these (unless you are looking to hurt yourself) but with the amount of flavor in a bottle, one is all you need.

Photo of jojox
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I tasted my 2001 WWS (brown/bronze fish cap, "vim and vigor" on the label) next to a 2005 or 2006 (bright yellow cap, I need to look to see if there was a date stamp on the neck) for comparison. Hereby called "old" and "new".

a - New pours quide black with a small amount of fading head. Not much hangs around.
Old pours more viscous and doesn't show much activity or CO2. Pretty still.

s - New: Raisin-y, ethanol depth. Not a small beer! Woodlike, prune aromas, dried fruit.
Old: really very similar. Maybe a little more chocolately, but it's almost dead-the-same. Less wood-like.

t - New: Huge, sugary-sweet malt and ethanol from the front, like sherry or port. Fading quickly but leaving a thick coating in the mouth. This is really something else and while I know, if I didn't know it was 18% I would be shocked and rather disturbed by the flavors. No hot alcohol, but prunes/sherry/port/ethanol galore. OK maybe a touch of hot alcohol.
Old: Wow. Calm, unoffensive, smooth compared with the new. Much less CO2. Some oxidation is evident, but it adds complexity and there isn't really that much. Smoke? Smoked Ham? Must be my brain playing tricks. Aftertaste gets a little cloying. The old fruit and very very slightly soured fruit leaves a bit too much brown bananna sugar on the finish.

m - New - More CO2. Very thick and rich, nice, good.
Old - thick, solid, not much CO2. Smooth.

d - New: It's a huge beer. I wouldn't have two but so what?
Old: I don't think it's too old at all. Actually, I think it's just fine! Not much oxidation, and any that's coming will make it more complex. That said it's a silly "beer" that isn't very "beery" at all - more of a fortified wine.

Photo of HappyBivouac
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/14/08

This is nice! Pours a really deep opaque coffee brown leaning slightly towards red. an actually really unexpected nice dark tan head as well that recedes pretty quickly leaving clouds on top

Smells heavily of dark fruits and dark chocolate. almost "belgian-like" in the fruity notes. moderately heavy alcohol hitting the nose as well. Smells incredibly flavorful, and incredibly unique as well.

Wow, tastes like some kind of massive chocolate stout-quadrupel hybrid. Super-intense dark fruits wrapped thickly in smooth chocolate. Quite a lot of sweetness too, and the blend between sweet fruits and bitter chocolate/roasted malts is just beautifully executed. I don't know if I'm crazy but it tastes very belgian. Alcohol is certainly present to a desirable level, but how they managed to tame it to this degree is amazing. It burns at about the level of an average belgian quad. Very, very good taste. There is nothing else out there like it!

This is just an incredibly smooth and thick beer and yet the carbonation comes through wonderfully. It is both thick and dark, crisp and refreshing. Regarding drinkability-- you'd better only have one of these. However, it is such a rewarding experience to drink that yes, I do consider it extremely "drinkable!" There is seriously nothing else like this beer that I've experienced. I will be getting several more of these when I get the chance!

Photo of Frosty80
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours dark brown and sits black with a significant dark brown rim. not as dark as i had expected.

Smell: a mixture of dark fruit, chocolate, alcohol, tiny bit of coffee, sugary sweetness. even though the abv is huge, it mixes extremely well with everything else for a phenominal aroma.

Taste: the alcohol makes its presence very known right off the bat. mostly everything from the smell, just in the shadow of the alcohol. on the tip of the tongue its mostly dark fruit and sweetness, then a jolt of alcohol as it moves back. tiny bit of chocolate and even less coffee.

Mouthfeel: full body with low carbonation, but the alcohol makes it feel like its carrying everything else in its arms

Notes: a lot like Mephistopholies, but a little better. im starting to think that i dont like stouts with this much abv. but its a preference. i love this stout!

Photo of zymrgy
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Dark, opaque, almost oil looking. Had a light brown head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma-Fruity aroma that reminds me of the DFH Old School Barley wine and a slightly sudued 120 minute (house aroma from the same yeast?) Also had a slight coffe/roasted aroma.

Flavor-Very sweet and fruity, almost port like. Flavor of raisins and apricots. A subdued roasted/black patent malt flavor. Had a slightly sour and extreme alcoholic burn in the finish.

Needs to have a smoother finish and should have more of the "stout" character.

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
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