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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,303
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
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Gots: 1,555 | FT: 142
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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 hwwty4
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Stewdawg for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Wow, this beer is lovely. Pours an India ink black with a thin dark mocha head that disappears into nothingness. Aroma isn't as intense as I thought it was going to be. Hints of cherry, dark fruits, vodka and roasted goodness. Taste is direct but complex. There are definite overtones of dark chocolate and raisins. Hints of almonds and Irish whiskey. Yummy. This is one of the best tasting beers I have ever drank. Mouthfeel is thin, and a bit more carbonated than I thought it was going to be, but it works for the beer really well. I have to knock the drinkability down because it would be impossible to drink more than one but I'm going to try to keep one in the cellar all the time.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to demcorhip for this one. This beer was bottled in 2006, it's about a year and a half old.

Pours black as night with just a wisp of dark tan head that disappears nearly as fast as it appears, leaving just a ring of lace. Looks just about right for a beer of this strength. Aroma is very sweet with lots of of dark fruit, plums, raisins, chocolate, rum, molasses, roasted malt and a whiff of alcohol. It's a bit on the sweet side for my liking, we'll see how she goes down....

There's a lot going on here, it's a tooth-decayer to be sure. Starts out mellow and malty and then becomes rich and chocolatey and decadent. Molasses, dried fruits: figs, dates and the like. Finishes dry as all get out, malt, chocolate, and a little caramel. Super amped up but really, really sweet. Mouthfeel is about as expected, a bit syrupy, but not as much as I thought it might be. Obviously more than one of these is not an option, but it is a good all night sipper, or after dinner drink to share. No balance though, and that's always key for me. too bad. I'll probably never drink this again, but that doesn't mean it was particularly bad, just not my cup of tea really.

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

A - Black as old motor oil and thick to match. Pours with a slight bit of cream-coloured head.
S - Smells of dark chocolate, raisins, prunes and other dark berries. A slight tingle from the alcohol.
T - Opens very sweet with lots of fruity tastes to match the nose. Tastes of coffee emerge with the bitterness of espresso to balance the sweetness of the considerable malt. Very little taste of alcohol even as it warms.
M - Thick and heavy, rather oily and coating in a syrupy style.
D - Not so high. This beer is too thick and strong for me to have more than one at a time.

Photo of tapman
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Body is an ink black, a regular white light that happened to be reflected in the glass appeared magenta-purple, a very neat effect. Choco-head is non-existent at first, but slowly comes appears as a 3/4 finger head which takes a couple minutes to recede to a modest lacing. The head retention in this beer is wicked.

Roasted coffee, dark toffee, dark chocolate, bourbon whiskey,hints of oak, astringent roasted barley, heavy black patent malt, Heshey's baking cocoa. Hops are not yet present, and if they are they are well balanced or well masked.

Taste: Smokey (mesquite), charcoal, roasted barley (less astringent than in the nose), black patent (coffee) malt, hints of chocolate malt, bourbon whiskey, cane sugar caramels (and lots of them...boy is this brew s-s-sweeeet), oak (actually more like a general woodiness similar to DFH's Immort Ale), dark chocolate (85% cocoa), and berry medley (like found in 85% dark chocolate bars in hope of some balance to the bitter). Once again...s-s-sweeet!

Mouthfeel is very, very, very thick. Its beer syrup, ladies and gentlemen. While pleasing and velvety, makes it a little harder to sip. A cleaner sip would have made this one more enjoyable for me but with this much unfermented barley sugar, what can you do, right?

Don't get me wrong, an outstanding beer, but its difficult to get through a whole one in one sitting, by yourself. At $10 a 12oz bottle, it seems like a rip-off, but this beer could easily be enjoyed by two people, potentially more comfortable than by one alone. The thick mouthfeel and slap-in-the-balls taste make it difficult to do anything more than sip a very small amount at a time. This is a brew I may very never want to have again, though I would not be able to die happy if I had not tried it. I'm a better BA for having had it. Cheers, DFH!

Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- poured a thick black body that formed a heavy chocolate head that pretty quickly dissapated to a thin ring around the snifter glass i poured it in.

S- really intense chocolate would be my first impression, extremely intense solid, strong roasted flavors underneath.

T- again, incredibly intense chocolate flavors from the malt that is really surprizing given the % abv and thickness, plays out pretty sweet although there is enough roughness around the edges of the flavor that it was really good. the hops are a little buried underneath the malt but ehh what else would you expect for an 18%

M- is actually pretty carbonated, thick as hell body, long lingering tastes

D- solid but at 8 or so a bottle not quite a multi session beer, but hell its a solid beer

Photo of hdofu
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark as midnight with a thin beige/brown head, the taste is more like a port then beer. It has characteristics of both a Doppelbock and an Imperial Stout. The alcohol is very noticeable though balanced by the bitter/sweet flavor. The smell is that of raisins and maybe a slight hint of orange and sawdust. The taste is semi sweet grapes, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee bean. The beer goes down easy, has a smooth mouth feel with tiny little bubbles tickling the tongue. This beer feels dangerously drinkable (considering it has such a high alcohol content) and I think I could drink another one though I know it would leave me plastered. This is a beer that is a good way to end an evening when you don't plan on driving. This is not a beer for someone trying beer for the first time or someone with a low tolerance to alcohol.

Photo of slvrmon82
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite beer and my favorite dogfish head beer. what a great beer on a cold winters night. Appearance is as thick and black as motor oil. No light shines through at all. The smell is very powerful. You can definitely smell the alcohol behind this stout. Lots of dark roasted malts and barley.Taste is wonderful really smoky and malty with a little chocolate and a lot of alcohol to finish. The mouthfeel is very heavy. Drinkability is not as high for a beer that packs an 18 %. Great job and warms you right up when you need it in the winter.

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

I opened this with my trusty dogfish head bottle opener. It poured a black color with a thin brown head that decided not to stick around. The smell initially was fruity settling into a sweet malty floral aroma - maybe sugar cane? The taste is ridiculously sweet - molasses and sugar with a coffee bitterness that is noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is a smooth beer that hides its high alcohol content well (doesn't seem like 18%). Impressive!

Photo of 1fastz28
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i really dont even know what to write for the apperance, it looks like a cola and coffee had a baby. its insanely stupid ridiculously dark. smell is alot like a smoke beer, i do like the taste, even though its absolutely ludicrous, just like DFH other beers this one breaks the boundries, its overly strong, overly malty and completely unnecessary, and thats why i love it. its very sweet and malty. while this beer is 18%, you can barely tell, it has flavors almost like a weak brandy. anyway, go for it, its worth the price just for the experience

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

Dog Fish Head's World Wide Stout is an outstanding beer. It pours from the glass a dark, nearly pitch black, color into the pint glass. There is a very large head, which while not lasting an exceedingly long time, is rather impressive. The smell is rather subtle for such a high ABV beer, no hints of alcohol, but rather it is instead a malty aroma. The taste, like the smell, is free of any indication of of the alcohol content. The taste is malty sweet, with hints of caramel and coffee. Nicely smooth. Aside from the ABV, this is a highly drinkable beverage. Search out and enjoy!

Photo of hops4life
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this at a tasting and brought one home to taste against a Rogue Imperial Stout that I wanted to taste in a side by side. The nose is all kinds of dark fruit and chocolate. The aroma really pulls me in to this stout. The head is almost white, and doesn't show amazing lacing... but who cares! On the first taste the intensity and depth is all there. Everything in the nose is now slamming the palate. The light carbonation really lets the dark malts shine through, and while I expected a bitter finish, it never happens. The sweetness is balanced well, but I can't see this pairing too well with food. That's just me, liking something drier with food, but it is an amazing digestif and chill-out brew. Not cheap, but I can't see buying this six at a time.

Photo of ziggy13
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one in a nice big snifter and delicately sipped on it for a half an hour.

A - Deep, deep black with a small bone whit head that hangs with the beer about half way through. Deep hues of red linger in the bottom of the glass.

S - Not as heavy as I would have thought. Slight hop notes but mainly you get alot of fruit and nuts here. Really unlike any stout that's out there.

T - Fantastic, almost port wine-like notes erupt onto the palate. Lots of fruit here again, but I can't pinpoint exactly what. A little sweet in the middle leading to a very malty finish. Really one of the most complex beers I've ever had.

M - Thinner than most stouts, but I expected that. The high alcohol thins it out a bit.

D - I'll tell you what, I could have two of these at best, but that's actually a compliment. The alcohol is masked well throughout. At 18% it really is a pretty easy drinker.

Unbelievable brew. A must-have every year. Cheers!

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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.

Photo of tprokop7
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of Douglas14
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of ksbrainard
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,303 ratings.