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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,197
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 566
Gots: 1,452 | 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 bort11
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to mdavis31481 for this one.

12 oz bottle, and surprisingly no ABV listed, poured into a tulip. Only the smallest head, dark brown in color, and no lacing. Color is a dark, dark cola brown.
Smell is sort of like burnt coffee. There are other chocolate notes, but mostly burnt coffee. Taste is a little overpowering with the burnt malt, which is hard for me to say since I was expecting a little more. There is some chocolate notes and some sweetness. I think the roastiness is somewhat unbalanced.
Mouthfeel was a lot lighter than what I expected, still a solid medium body. I was expecting something a lot thicker.
I'm used to big beers, but the ABV on this one knocked me out. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think I need to have this one again.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black just as a stout should be. The tanb head dies quickly, which is not surprising considering the ABV.

Smell: Raisins and other dark fruit complimented by the roasted malts, oak, and chocolate. Hints of vanilla and alcohol permeate as well.

Taste: I can feel the alcohol on my lips before it even gets to my tongue, but as it hits my mouth it feels very balanced. The dark fruits, chocolate and some sugar come together nicely and balance the alcohol. The roasted malts and surprisingly not dry.

Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue, which is most likely due to the high alcohol content. No carbonation to speak of, but as stated before there really couldn't be.

Drinkability: Nice warming alcohol but surprisingly drinkable. The ABV will keep me from drinking this all the time however.

Photo of kpwill07
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on a bottle of this, for superbowl sunday of all days.

Pours thick and black, which by my preferences is just right. Dark fruit and hints of dark bitter chocolate dominate the taste. This stuff is thick, but not in a bad way at all.

This is a scary brew. Unbelievable drinkable for the ABV, I was honestly shocked at how easy it was to drink.

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

2003 bottle shared with a friend. This stout was very tasty. It had all the roasty, coffee-like goodness you would expect but it was also sweet (in a good way). The mouthfeel was perfect but the drinkability sucks given the ABV. I also think the sweetness would get cloying if you drank a whole bottle. While I liked this beer, I don't think the big stouts really are my thing.

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

For such a powerful brew, this is a clinic in balance. Poured from the bottle pitch black with an amazing burnt orange head, which quickly fizzed itself out. Aromas were strong with alcohol, resiny hops, a hint of charcoal and big burnt/dried raisen/prune aroma. Taste was all over the place- big alcohol and solvents up front but these were quickly overtaken by a HUGE candied sugar presence; very sweet then mellow. Finishes with a nice oily hop bitterness and a very refreshing roasted malt chocolate. This stout is so easy to drink and tasty- dangerous, but i want another.

Photo of Shiredave
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label slash indicates 2005 vintage - stored at cellar temps for over a year.

Pours with a lively little head of brown foam, receeding quickly to the edges leaving lots of lace speckles on the snifter. No fallout/ trub in the bottle like the first few years Ive had this - more filtering this batch?

A swirl produces a fizzy burst of foam and blast of black malt and acohol odors. Some higher fusol alcohol notes detract from the deep malty aroma - smokey dark grains and boiled fruit underly the dominating ethel and its cousins.

Great Imp. Stout flavors battle valliantly against the massive alcohol character of this beer - and somehow win! - but not by much. The BIGNESS of the alcohol aromas is hidden amazingly well in the depth of sweet, roasty flavors. Hops play a background role but absolutely help to keep this in balance along w/ the constant bite of booze. Each sip brings a different blend of flavors - all sugary ripe fruit and chalky charred malt and a distinct oak aged type whiskey complexity. Warm, but not burning alcohol mingles with the bittering hops on the way down.

Body is WAY full while the mouthfeel is not heavy or cloying - neat trick! Slick and nearly syrupy, but remaining "liquid" enough to wash intense flavors all through the mouth, hitting every taste bud and receptor. Frighteningly drinkable and the quintiessential sipper - right up there w/ JW Lees, Hardys and Rochefort 10.

If I can avoid temptation, Ill save my other 3 bottles for years!

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Pours jet black in color with a milk chocolate head that left very sticky lacing along the glass. Looks like I'm in for a long night...

S - Very strong alcohol presence with a very thick nose of biscuits, barley, and unsweetened chocolate. Smells very filling.

T - Once you can look past the almost overwhelming alcohol, you can appreciate the other flavors here...medium-roast coffee, tart fruits, and a lot of sweet chocolate. Tasted like it's seen a few days in an oak barrel.

M - Definitely a sipping beer...very thick body with a super-warming sensation that lingers well after it's gone down. Very complex aftertaste....many flavors reappear, most of which were masked in the taste.

D - I very much recommend this to anyone that has not tried it...but for me, I could never drink more than one in a day. Not because of the alcohol (well, not completely..), more due to the very rich flavors that accompany it. Very glad I finally got to try this one.

Photo of Avagadro
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very black with a chocolate-ice cream colored head. Low head retention due to the massive abv.

S: Fruity for a stout. Raisins, prunes, vanilla, and other sweet aromas from the "Rediculous amount of barley"

T: Sweet and spicy. Sweet maltiness and fruitiness. The roasted malt is drowned out by the esters formed by the yeast and the spiciness from the ethanol. Extremely complex and tastey.

M: Very thick bodied with a slight oily/solvent-like mouthfeel

D: I don't see how anyone could drink more than two of these in a night. It has almost as much alcohol as 4 buds. Very smooth flavor for how high of an alcohol content. This one makes my "Must Try" list.

Photo of fank2788
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle marked with a bottled on date of 10/29/05 this should be a treat
The pour reveals a beer that looks a lot like used motor oil, very black and almost viscous. In the glass this beer is very opaque, no light is getting through here. A fairly strong pour yields a thin head that doesn't stick around but leaves a fine film and some lacing. The smell is of alcohol, roasted malts and dark fruit like figs and raisins. The taste alcoholic spice plus a lot of sugar, the sugar reaches a syrupy level as the beer warms. However, the sweetness does well to cover some of the alcoholic kick. This beer feels very thick and full in the mouth. The spicy alcohol tickles the tongue and the throat, there is little to no apparent carbonation. Drinkability is tough because this is an 18% abv beer. It is definitely a sipper something you need to take your time on or the sweetness could start to be overpowering not to mention what the alcohol could do to you.
overall this is a very impressive beer, one that deserves the extreme beer label, and worth the $8 a bottle.

Photo of ism
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled 10/10/2006; a fairly new bottle, and chilled. Opaque, absorbing light like a black hole. Dark tan head, minimal, as expected, and retention is evidenced by a thin ring that remains among the alcohol. Strong, roasted malt with dark cacao notes is balanced with a slightly grassy hop, and raisin and alcohol is faint in the nose. Carbonation barely registers up front, followed by a thick and chewy mouthfeel that is beyond compare. Surprisingly, not as sweet as I thought it would be. The coffee and chocolate is accompanied by anise, pear, raisin, currant (no, just kidding), and aged oak. A nice, whiskey-like alcohol warmth tickles the throat on the way down, and lingers with raisin in the finish; a winter warmer perfect for this night.

A sipping beer, getting better as it warms, developing so the sweetness and complexity profile morphs through the session. Very drinkable for the alcohol content, and tried it with a fontina to success. Definitely need to try this as it matures.

Photo of jaxon53
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a twelve ounce bottle, bottled on 10-29.05. A little over a year of age on this one. Served slightly above room temperature. Poured a beautiful jet black, that no light could pass through, with about a finger and a half of coffee colored head. Head had decent retention that slowly turned into a thick ring of lace in the glass. First smell was of strong alcohol, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of dark chocolate, with again more alcohol. Tasted of alcohol, slight coffee notes, hints of black licorice, with a strong , whiskey like alcohol finish that warms the body. Definatley a nice complex full feel in the mouth. Almost able to chew this one. Pretty drinkable and left me wanting more. I give it an A.

Photo of jhu1995
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this beer about a year and a half ago. Thought this would be a good beer for a winter's night and it didn't disappoint. Black color with minimal head (as expected) and minimal carbonation. Chocolate aroma was very noticeable with the presence of alcohol but not overpowering. Rich chocolate flavored dominated the taste with a warming alcohol sensation. Not alot of complexity in the taste but very smooth and rich. Full-bodied and almost too easy to drink in my opinion for the alcohol content. Enjoyed it much. Worth the $8 per bottle and perfect for the winter. Would like to see how this one ages long term.

Photo of atsprings
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I had this beer, it was by far the strongest beer I'd ever had. I guess I was anticipating it a little too much. I quickly learned there is a reason beers this strong are so uncommon, I could barely tell it was beer. It almost tasted like diluted Jagermeister. My sister said it tastes like soy sauce. I still have to say, I'm glad I tried it, but probably won't have it again by choice anytime soon.

Photo of mmcave
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce got it in trade with cooperrip, chilled and poured into a nonic. Black, completely opaque no rudy highlights on this ship, with a brownish off white head, very dense, but dissipates into a film, and theres spider web lacing. Smells sweet, maybe a tinge of honey then backed by lovely chocolate, coffee aroma, and behind that a slight oaked vanilla, earthiness and a little raison and anise. Alcohol is present here (especially as it warms), but not in that impending doom sort of way, this is much more enticing. Taste personally is sinfully delicious, it is very sweet, but I love it. Raw wonderful complex sugar with a rich milky chocolate coffee character, and a medium sweet ( I like to think of it as a roar of a ) dry finish. Hints of sherried raisons and just a tinge of anise. Because of the sugary coffee character it lingers on your the back of your throat much the way sweetened coffee does and make you want that next sip. Bitterness is there, but just enough to hold the last little shred of thread to anchor this slightly a typical beast of a stout from attacking your neighbor. This is great not at all your normal stout, but a fucking great time just the same. I got two more bottles and I am very pleased.

Photo of Estarrio
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a midnight black with a fine, cocoa colored head. The head fades quickly, leaving silky lacings along the sides of the glass.

At 18%, there is quite a bit of alcohol in the nose. This is tempered by a strong presence of sweet, chocolate malt and barley. There is also a bit of doughy yeast present, along with oak, vanilla and a subtle array of dark fruit esters.

There is a pleasant, non-cloying sweetness that persists from start to finish. This is a nice compliment to the warming, alcohol taste. Sweet malt, roasted barley, chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, oak, caramel and just a bit of bitter coffee mingle with sweet, raisin esters making this one unforgettably, complex brew. The dark fruit flavors lend a sort of Belgian quality to this fine stout. The aftertaste possesses a little tartness, along with some spicy alcohol.

To call this brew full bodied would be a gross understatement. It is viscous, lightly syrupy with a creamy texture provided by light/moderate carbonation. The drinkability is only slightly hindered by the high alcohol content. This is a sipping beer to be sure.

Another fine, extreme offering from the folks at DFH!

Photo of Hautacam
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark,thick..with a foamy dark tan head.
Smells of dried fruit,chocolate...maybe a hint of anise.
Taste...wow..this is amazing stuff..super sweet,malty,chocolate,roasty malt ,prunes...there's alcohol too, but it is not as prominent as you would expect from such a high ABV. As it warms it gets more intense.Hops are there, but don't play a huge role.
Mouthfeel is heavy...carbonation...medium and very creamy.
Sneaky stuff. I'll have to get more.

Photo of vwcraig
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 10/10/06
Thick and black into a tumbler. Smells to me of molasses, raisin,and a boozy smell. Faint chocolate smell as it warms but this also brings out a strong booze smell almost like vodka. Alcohol present in taste that leaves an initial burn. Kinda cough syrupy or like a cherry liquor. Only pick up a roasted malt taste afterwards. Slick and oily mouthfeel. Can only speculate what some age will do but this bottle definitely needs mellowed out. Kind of a fresh sample. Will have more after a few months. More drinkable than expected for 18% ABV.

Photo of EStreet20
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the '06 version of my all-time favorite. Let's see how this one tastes fresh. Bottled on 10-10-06

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Hard pour yields a pitch black liquid with a one finger dark tan head. Head shrinks but leaves a nice cap on the brew.

S - Alcohol comes at you along with some wine like fruit characteristics. A tiny hint of chocolate also resides in the backdrop.

T - Great roasty, chocolatey malts here along with some fruit character. The alcohol taste is well subdued and the balance of flavors is incredible. I've got to say this year's WWS fresh tastes the best I've ever had it. More of that roasty chocolate malt taste than in the years past I've tried.

M - As always a smooth, full mouthfeel. Excellent feel.

D - Unbelievable. The complexity is ridiculous as in all years past with WWS but I really think the chocolatey flavor being more pronounced right from the first sip has taken this beer into a class by itself.

Photo of warmstorage
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ooohhh... I've been waiting for a while for this. Believed to be 2004 (possibly 2005) vintage. 12 ounce bottle. States bottling date 10/10/?? (wiped off.) $8.99/12 ounce bottle at the fancy beer store on newbury Street, Boston. Bauer?

Pours opaque, perfect black. Maintains only a very light head, but does leave creamy tan lacing.

Aroma is is sugar, yeast, malt sweetness, sugar, and yeast. And yeast. Did I mention yeast? And sugar? And creosote?

Taste is roast, creosote, burn, sugar, yeast, more roast, and more creosote. Fantastic, delicious stuff. Finishes with a burn. Not warm alcohol, not hot alcohol, but a genuine burn. Yum, yum, yum.

Slighter hints include prunes, and fruit, but mostly yeast, sugar, and creosote.

Mouth is slightly syrupy, but mostly hot, and all good.

We had a really challenging day, and wanted the most interesting beer we had to make it better. It came down to this, Rogue XS barleywine, 2005 Double Bastard, Moylander DIPA, 2004 or 2005 Smoked Porter, and so on. This was a vaguely difficult choice, but feels well worth it.

Delicious stuff, and notwithstanding the $8.99 per bottle *when I can find it* it's something I'd drink a hell of a lot of if I could.

Photo of Byeast
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle of World Wide Stout is a 12 oz. , from 2006 winter season.

Appearance: This stout poured a super deep , opaque , pitch black color. The head started as a small , thick tan foam that dissipated to a tight creamy ring around my snifter that left lots of spotty lace.

Smell: A decidely complex aroma on this brew. Aromas of aged port, lots of deep roasted characters , wood , dark chocolate , rich malt , hint of esspresso , some smokyness , bit of dark berries as it warms , and a noticable alcohol tinge.

Taste: Damn! So complex! Super rich and roasty , dark and brooding. The first wave of flavors that come at me are rich , slightly smokey and sweet malts , brown sugar , charred wood , slight soy sauce , bit of vanilla , then some very dark chocolate , hint of dark fruit / berry flavor , very light hint of esspresso , and a very noticable and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy , chewy.

Drinkability etc. : WoW! I am super impressed by this beer. Never before have i sampled a stout as complex and interesting as this. As intense and strong as it is , it is still very drinkable - in a sipping way. The only reason i won't go buy a case of this beer is because of the price. I will however be buying some more to age , and more to drink in the near future.

Photo of MVassar
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

By the looks of it, it could have emerged from my espresso machine. Wow. Pitch black, thin, light brown head with minimal lacing. Unusual yet intriguing.

Loaded with fragrance. Coffee, soy sauce, dried fruit, raw cane sugar. Plenty of alcohol, too.

Tastes the way it smells. Huge flavors. Lots of alcohol. It's so incredibly rich you could have it instead of dessert.

Thick, viscous, and syrup like. Glides across the palate with only a hint of carbonation. Again, very unusual but absolutely fascinating.

I wouldn't want to sit down with a six pack of this stuff, but as a sipping beer it's very compelling. Next time I'll split a bottle with some lucky imbiber.

Photo of isaac
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle to over-sized wine glass.

A - Very dark body with deep brown edged. 1/2 finger head that sinks to few bubbles and a sort of oily film on top of the beer, sort of like the crema on espresso.

S - Very strong in the alcohol department, with hints of vanilla, brown sugar, oakiness, and roasted-chocolate-malts. perhaps some bananas and dried fruits, too.

T - Wow - this tastes almost exactly like port (sweet, dark fruits, wood-barrel), but with a bit of chocolate and cream. From the first sip I can feel the booze in the front my head.

M - A bit too carbonated for the taste - the alcohol is already very hot and the burning from the carbonation seems to push the comfort of my mouth over the edge into cringing. however, the finish is smooth as the stomach starts to feel the warmth of the high ABV.

D - A very interesting beer, however, not one I will probably go back to. Good for a desert/digestif, but, if I want that, I'll just have some port.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in '05

Pours pitch black with a thin, creamy head that is well-retained considering the high abv.

The smell is of sweetened dark fruits - prunes and raisins especially - with chocolate and espresso. Alcohol notes rise to give it a warming effect - almost covering some of the flavor, but held in check. A powerful, rich aroma.

VERY very malty. Sweet dark fruits and grain (The label says "a ridiculous amount of barley" - It's true. Sweet chocolate and coffee notes along with caramel mix in. Very complex. If you're looking for hops - well, look elsewhere - minimal here - if at all. A powerful spicy, sharp alcohol presence makes itself well-known, especially in the finish.

Alcohol is certainly noticeable in the feel. In fact, to me - it almost wiped away the aftertaste for a moment. It is creamy and rich, though sharp.

Certainly a "sipper" - and a slow one at that. It does taste good and is powerful. My main issue with it is that the alcohol presence is more than it needs to be, IMO. I enjoyed other high alcohol beers (and some I didn't), but this one almost wrecked what is a delicious brew. Still in all, it's amazing. Is it worth $9? Well, to try once (and maybe once more with a friend or two) - certainly. But, even if I had a ton of money - which I don't - I don't know that I would by this often at all - It pushes the envelop with over-the-top. Glad I got to try it though! - Had an enjoyable almost two hours with it!

Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aprilluvsbeer hooked me up with this in a recent trade. thanks april!

bottling date is pretty smudged, but i think it says 10/23/05.

pours an inky black with a half inch of dense brown head. head is slow to drop and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. black licorice. sweet bready malt. deep roastyness and hint of smoke. dark chocolate. dried fruit, dates maybe. bit of coffee.

taste is good. much sweeter than i expected, and more than i think is appropriate. moderate bitterness. toffee and dark chocolate. some coffee. alcohol fairly prominent. definitely some dried fruit like dates.

mouthfeel is pretty good. big and beefy, with a decent carbonation level.

drinkability is not that high with any 18% beer, and i think the sweetness in this one definitely takes away from it a little too. probably better with a bit of aging.

Photo of jimbomill
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a coca-cola dark liquid. There is virtually no foam. It’s aroma is mellow and sweet smelling - like a nectarine in a quarrel with chocolate for goodness sakes. The first taste is all stout, smooth but accompanied by a nice fruit-like finish. The creaminess is special and pronounced. This is another best-in-class effort from DFH Craft Brewery. Between their 120 Minute IPA, the Raison D'Extra and this one, it is hard to tell who's the Champion of Champions. Drinkability is dangerous with their respective ABV values.

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,197 ratings.