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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,328
Reviews: 1,673
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 641
Gots: 1,563 | FT: 143
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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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Ratings: 4,328 | Reviews: 1,673
Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From a 12 ounce bottle. I didn't feel like drinking the equivalent of 3.6 shots of vodka so I poured half into a snifter, and then recapped the bottle and placed it back in the fridge.

This is unlike anything I've had before. Pitch black. As black as my heart. It smells like bourbon. Or maybe kahlua. Not really. But strong, coffee and bourbon aromas, with a huge whiff of alcohol, and some sweetness. Tasting it, the first sip gives me a little alcohol burn on the way down. My head reels slightly. Surprisingly balanced for its power. It's extremely sweet at first, but then the coffee bitterness and alcohol kicks in and balances it out through the mid and aftertaste. It's such a unique experience that it feels more like sipping a cordial than a beer. I take tiny little sips, but I keep going back for more. I'm not aware of any hops in there.

This is now the most expensive beer I've had at $10 for the 12 ounce bottle. It's worth the experience to try it once.

Photo of rodcom
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You have probably heard a lot about this beer already or you would not be reading my review. If you see a bottle and you have not tried it grab the bottle you may not like the style, but you will agree that it is a great beer.

This beer is a dark black in color and you can't even see light through it. There is no head on the beer. It will remind you of the darkest espresso that you can brew.

As for taste it is just a terrific stout beer. Heavy in flavor and taste. It is unbelievable that there is that much alcohol in the beer you simply can't taste it.

This summer I am vacationing in Delaware and can't wait to try it the brewery!

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

I have 2 reviews for this beer...

First on tap at lazy boy saloon, white plains new york

Poured pitch black with a small dark brown head.
Smells of coffee and roasted malt.
Tasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon, small amounts of vanilla.
The high ABV is masked well, not overpowering but its there, this one is a slow sipper.

Vintage 2005 bottle.

Poured pitch black with almost no head. When swirled in glass noticed some legs left on the glass.
Smells of burnt coffee, alcohol and roasted malt.
The alcohol is a bit more noticeable in this one as opposed to the review above, but tasted all the same things - chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Great bottle, im glad i have 3 more 05's left, but i think they will age for a bit more.

Photo of shroompod
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006

Pours with a small head that dissipates quickly. Seeing some alcohol legs when swirling.

Dark malts and coffee dominate the nose. Alcohol is apparent with hints of bourbon.

I'm surprised at the amount hop bitterness left in this beer. Or is it the dark malts bittering it? Either way, it's a nice combination of sweetness with caramel,dark roast, black patent lending wonderful complexities. ABV is apparent but less then expected.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick , maybe thinned out slightly by the high ABV.

Overall a nice sipper I'll seek more of.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought this single 12 ounce bottle at Capone's Restaurant in Norrsitown, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: Deep brown almost black body with a very small light brown head on top. No lacing and poor retention.
Smell: Very sweet. Malted dark fruits, tons of sugar.
Taste: Very sweet, bordering on tart. Again loads of malted dark fruits.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth.
Drinkability: Let's just say better than good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of jayrod20
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a dense opaque black with a 1/2" head that dissipates to a small cap, then foam at edges. Roasted malt predominant with fig and/or raisin to the nose. Taste is spectacular, roasted malt with some fruit notes. Alcohol very well hidden considering how high the ABV is. Marvelous mouthfeel, so smooth, full bodied and mouth coating. Drinkability is high despite the ABV. Just a wonderful experience to finally get my hands on a couple of these. This IS MY FAVORITE BEER I have had across 42 states.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black quickly fading head

Smell: Molasses, grapes, chocolate, vanilla and rum

Taste:Whoa! My first thought was how much the taste reminds me of the Sam Adams Triple Bock which I didn't care for, but this I like. Definately some coffee there and an alcohol flavor that reminds me of Appleton Estates Rum and that's to say a bit buttery. Maybe there's some honey there right off, it's very malty and very sweet but finishs with a coffee or tea like finish. The alcohol feels warmer going down then anything I'd ever had. Also reminds me of both Thomas Hardy's Ale and J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale. Very Very Interesting

Mouthfeel: Buttery, maybe mapley, thick and creamy a bit more carbonation then the visual inspection would indicate. Awesome.

Drinkability: Well this is absolutely not a session beer but it's not meant to be. I'm not going to give it a 5 but it's got amazing drinkability for the amount of alcohol that's in this brew. This would be so nice on a winter night.

I really really like this and I will be keeping an eye open for more of it...yum!

Photo of Portertime
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am partial to stouts but this is a kicker. A typical extreme alcohol tasting brew from Dogfish Head. Poured a midnight black with a wee little head. Tried to get some sort of coffe smell but it was just overwhelming alcohol. Tastes about the same with the alcohol numbing your tongue and kicking you while you are down. Certainly a hearty brew.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07 Vintage
Pours an opaque, pitch black color with a slim covering of tan head, not as thick as expected. Perhaps not as dextrinous as other high gravity stouts. Aromas are pretty typical of DFH high grav. stuff: plenty of boozy, fruity alcohol notes over which I'm truly struggling to pick out any sort of roasted aromas. That's it, it's alcohol and nothing else. On the palate, an incredibly rich, sweet, alcohol, dextrinous, thick brew lays over the tongue. I'm first hit with a barleywine like flavor, grapey port, and finally a meager, chocolaty roasted flavor. This beer is truly amazing; what it lacks in aroma (by far) it makes up for quite well in flavor. There's even a drying bitter roastiness in the finish that helps mask the cloying sweetness. Not as good as the Olde School, but a very interesting brew indeed.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Thick darkness, somewhere between dark dark brown and black, with a very then layer of brown foam that quickly dissipates.

S - Alcohol dominates from the time you pop the cap off the bottle. Hints of some chocolate sweetenss. Did I mention alcohol?

T - Strong alcohol flavor slaps you around up front, followed by some sweetness. The alcohol was too dominant at first but as it warmed it became fairly well balacned given the 18%.

M/D - Smooth and creamy, with alot of alcohol warmth. Definitely not a beer to have multiples of, but would be great when you need a good warmer.

A truly unique brew. Not sure it was worth the $9 bottle, but definitely one I would recommend everybody try at least once.

Photo of goschool
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage

Appearance: The pour is a thick black liquid that's somewhere between imperial stout and chocolate syrup topped by an almost microscopic ring of light brown foam.

Smell: The massive nose has equal parts cocoa, port, and macchiato.

Taste: The flavor profile start out with warming alcohol which immediately leads into sweet raisins, merlot, cherries, and figs. A ton of semi-sweet chocolate joins the mix and lingers in the mid-palate. At the finish, Northern Italian espresso adds a roasty element, but it's almost equally sweet. The ABV makes itself known once again in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: If I use the term "full-bodied" to describe this, I will need to go back and adjust all of my previous reviews and downgrade everything and, to do so, I would have to coin a term like "ultra-light-bodied." That's way too arduous, so let's just say, this beer is very thick and surprisingly well carbonated.

Drinkability: It's too alcoholic to get a higher score, especially since I can get a similar experience without a super boozy finish. Was this vintage 23%? If it was, I would love to try the 18% to compare.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a decent sized tan head, some retention and lacing.

Smell is quite intense, lots of malt, chocolate and dark fruit (maybe some raisins?!).

Taste is rather sweet, but it'd have to be for the alcohol punch this beer has, chocolate and malt take the forefront with some mild bitterness and a large warming sensation, carbonation is low but that's to be expected.

Surely take your time with this one or share it, otherwise it becomes a bit overwhelming.

Photo of ClassicBrad
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

Poured aggressively into a shaped pint. Big irritated head reduces to a wet layer of coffee head that sticks sparatically to the walls.

The smell is reminiscent of 120 Minute IPA from DFH with insane alcohol and malt character in the nose.

The taste is overwhelming of deep, chocolate malt and alcohol heat. It is the most intense flavor that I've ever tasted in a beer. If it was a little more comprehensible, I would give it a 5 but it is almost uncomfortable to drink.

Interesting concept [world's strongest dark beer] but the drinkability is so hindered by the intensity and alcohol content that this brew is too-- dare i-- extreme.

I will buy it again, simply for the insane experience that it has given me. Congrats to DFH-- you accomplish what I'm sure you wanted to do and it was very fun to drink this.

Photo of jessecarr
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 12oz bottle last night.

Upon cracking the bottle, I was immediately hit with the pungent smell of alcohol and barley. It reminded me of a Tawny port.

The first sip was... perplexing. It felt interesting, but not quite like a stout at all. It had that Dogfish taste of experimentation and intrigue, but not quite that of a well-executed experiment.

It had an amazing mouthfeel--a bit thick. The aftertaste was where the beer failed a bit. It was way too alcohol-driven, and by the end of my pour, I was not looking forward to the next sip.

Photo of Pencible
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage. This poured pitch black with a little bit of dark tan head. It smelled like mocha, malt, and definite alcohol (18%!). It tasted surprisingly mellow with a sweet, chocolaty mocha flavor. This is probably due to it being aged for a year and a half before drinking. The aftertaste slowly kicked in with slight alcohol warming, but nothing too overpowering (again surprising). The texture was very thick and smooth with only a little carbonation. Overall this was a really drinkable and very great beer!

Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

'03 bottle generously shared at a BA tasting
Pour is dark black with a very light head. Smell is sweet, doughy, roasty malt and some alcohol. Taste is a thick, rich, warm, roasty malt and rum soaked raisin like flavor. On the sweet side and very drinkable for the ABV. Nice, full mouthfeel, with appropriate carbonation. Slight warming in chest, but the alcohol works very well in this one and is non intrusive after 4-5 years. Awesome beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 version on tap at Capone's...
Appears pitch black with a silky, dark tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of black grapes, rich cocoa, raisins, with notes towards a port wine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with cocoa, black grapes, vanilla, figs, and currants.
Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, softly carbonated, sweet with a nuttiness that lingers.

Photo of jkane101
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Aggressively poured a12 oz. bottle of this black liquid gold into a tulip glass, created a nice two finger tan head that eventually reduced to a wispy head. Lacing was evident.

S- Easy to pick out the chocolate and raisins with undertones of alcohol...very pleasing.

T- Hard to explain...there's so much going on. There's a sweetness that isn't overwhelming followed by a wonderful warmth from the throat into the stomach.

M- Very smooth creamy texture

D- Obviously this is not a session beer...one should suffice to warm you all over.

This is a fantastic beer...highly recommend!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is certainly a handful. I served it in a snifter. It was black, very black, with only a thin head around the circumference. Complex aroma. Could pick out espresso, chocolate, and raisins. Loved the taste. All the aromas were there at different times, making for a wonderful taste experience. The alcohol was hidden, but noticeable. One of these and you're done for the night.

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

On tap at Capone's. Served into a 5oz goblet. This is a 2006 keg, according to the beer menu.

Smell, heavenly. Toffee, nuts, roasted nuts, chocolate, and raisons round out the nose.

Taste, heavenly. Very roasty flavors come through first, followed by a slight metallic twang from the alcohol. Raisons and dark fruit follow closely behind, and the sweet chocolate follow in tow.

Overall, I'm not sure there is alcohol in this. So smooth, full of roasty and sweet chocolate flavors, you would think this is 10 percent tops. Well, drink one and it'll confirm its alcohol content. A U.S. classic, screw that, a world classic. Find it, get it, be glad you did.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Was treated to this by my brother months ago and I can still remember this brew. Absolutely amazing. I'll try to find the words to describe this gargantuan elixir.

Out of a non-chalant bottle this black beauty poured letting you know right off the bat that this one is different. A dark dark red collar encapsulates this beast and atop sits an ultra thin swirled expresso-tan head that teases you, instantly making you want to empty out the brew into your mouth.

But first the smell. Complicated and complex, at the time I could of never pulled everything out. (In no particular order..) Figs, floral notes, expresso, chocolate, a polite but present alcohol and a dark fruit immediately dominates the senses and makes them start to swim.

Now the kicker....
When treated to the tongue, the taste is absolutely and completely complex, almost overwhelming! It's sweet, smooth and warm. The alcohol is definately present here but it mingles with the complexity of this beer perfectly and balances out all the flavors murking in the depth of this brew. (And when I say depth.. it's a deep depth!) Some people on beer advocate seem to hate the alcohol in this drink and myself not a hard liquor man would definately be prone to this, but the booze doesn't bother me at all. (AKA don't fear the ABV!)

Like the taste, the mouth feel is sweet, smooth and warm and sticks until long after the brew is down the hatch. Very thick and slightly syrupy, drink one of these and you'll definately be warm all over!!

I very highly recommend this brew, hated by some and loved by most it will definately be an experience you wont soon forget.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the DFH Ale House in Falls Church. Dark black, a little light does manage to break through. Small tan head and not much to speak of in the way of lacing.
Chocolate, alcohol are most prominent in the aroma.
tastes more like a liquor than a beer. Chocolate and alcohol are again the most obvious features.Unlike any stout or porter I've ever tasted. But it paired perfectly with the chocolate cake on the dessert menu. I gave it a high score because it is so incredibly unique.
Mouthfeel was just fine, nice and silky.
Not a very drinkable beer. . I split a 12 oz bottle with a friend and was barely able to finish it. Although the 120 minute IPA I had before that might have had a bit to do with it.

Photo of kuranes
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark dark dark with beautiful creamy head.
12 oz. bottle traded a few months ago. Consumed on a dark and stormy night.

S: Holy crap. Intoxicating and complex barley scent balanced by floral and citrusy notes of hops. Seriously, this stuff smells amazing.

T: Complex. Crazy lingering sweetness paired with really deep coffee, roasted barley. and chocolate tastes. Goes down pretty smooth, for a 18% beer. Nice warming in the throat. Moderate nasal tingling.

M: Great. Perfect thick beer texture with very little stickiness.

D: I mean, I can't buy it in NC, but if I could I probably would. It is 18%, though, so maybe one should take it slow. ...or not.

Photo of macster
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Just a monster of a brew. Gotta enjoy this one in a brandy snifter at 55 - 60*F as an after dinner drink. Very much like a tasty port wine. Rich espresso, dark chocolate, fig, raisin aroma which is all amplified by the high alcohol content. Very full and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor mimics the aromas well with some faint acidity. Pleasant and intense sweet burnt caramel/malty finish. Alcohol is warming but not overwhelming. A great brew for in front of the fireplace. It'll take you awhile to finish one off.

Photo of Experimentacious
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is NOT for anyone who has "enjoyed" recently something that rhymes with Thud Wizer.

Pours nice, thick heavy. Color a velvety jet black; medium head that dissipates. Smell is complex with hints of burnt dark fruit...maybe plum? Tinges of spice, abundant alcohol (though not overpowering) deep entrenching malts and many things I cannot describe. Very little bitterness. Finish is sweet but not sugary sweet, more like molasses than candy sweet, and big alcohol boom at the end. The carbonation is surprising. I wish I could describe more but I might need a few more tries with this one. What an extraordinary brew.

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