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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,202
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 567
Gots: 1,458 | FT: 131
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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 nickss
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely and entirely black with no hints or traces of any light or colour. Surprisingly small head, dark khaki in colour, and quickly gone.

Huge malty smell. Toffee comprises a large part of the aroma, along with a nutty breadiness. Smells vaguely like a Baltic porter.

I’ll say one thing…. This brew hides its immense amount of alcohol quite well. The only thing that gives it away is the familiar burn in the bottom of the throat. Toffee, coffee, nuts, and dark, rich fruits and berries are all noticeable.

Big, thick, immensely chewy mouthfeel with barely noticeable carbonation. This is one seriously thick beer, and I love that in stouts… but this one may actually be too thick (and yes, I hate myself for saying that, as thin mouthfeel is one of my most common complaints with brews in general).

Certainly more drinkable than I would have thought for an 18% brew, but this beer is a monster… one not to be trifled with more than once in a sitting. Drink it slow, savor the multitude of flavours, and show some respect.

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

Three year old WWS poured into a snifter at the Dogfish Head Alehouse Gaithersburg location...

Appearance: Opaque black with ruby/purple highlights. Miniscule head that disappeared quickly, no lacing. It looks like port in the glass. intriguing!

Smell: smells like... chocolate covered rum-soaked raisins...

Taste: In an airport duty free shop several weeks ago I bought a "rum raisin hazelnut" chocolate bar - that's what this reminds me of! Alcohol is very present, but not distracting. This is like drinking a liqueur or port, that just happens to be carbonated. Much less roast character than I expected from a double stout - more along the lines of what I'd expect from a quadrupel, especially with the raisin fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected from a stout. Also, carbontaion seemed too high at first, almost distracting from the flavor. The flavor here was so good, this could have been great completely uncarbonated! That said, improved as it sat... The only drawback to drinkability, honestly, is the incredible alcohol content. Goes down frighteningly easy.

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

I have had a bottle of this from every year of release. Recently we did a vertical from 2002. Personally I liked this beer with a year or two on it but it is very enjoyable fresh. Pours black lacking all light. The head that you sometimes get is tan but very rarely sticks around. The smell is alcohol laden with roasted malt and burned fruit, there is a presence of hops but it is not heavy. Tastes of heavy flavors, sipping into this is the best way as it has many flavors hiding in all that dark beer. Great mouthfeel I would like to try with a touch more carbonation at times. A sipper for sure and a treat for most any occassion.

Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz with the side of the label notched '05. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a snifter.

Black with a loud hissing head that is crushed to death quickly by the massive abv leaving nothing but a faint trace of a ring.

The nose is bold with dark fruits, wood, a bit of smoke, leather, molasses, cocoa and alcohol. Very, very nice!

As the label suggests, this is packed with malt flavor. Fruity and a bit sweet upfront with molasses and some vanilla paired with powdered cocoa. The alcohol is there but very well integrated as it is tempered by just enough sweetness. Plenty of hop dryness in the middle that adds complexity and seems to help the mix of booze and sugars. Long peppery finish that carries a bit of sugar coated hops.

Slick mouth that doesn't get too oily. I would like to try this on tap or with a just a bit more carbonation, but it sits just fine as it is.

An obvious sipper that is well suited for special occasions like submitting your 500th review on BA. :o)

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

Pours a deep black coffee color with a very thin tan cap. Almost no head retention with the 18%. Aroma was very sweet and chocolatey. Coffee and a little nutty and orange. Flavor was almost over-poweringly sticky sweet at first. Lots of sweet chocolate and like a coffee loaded with sugar. The hops was a little too low for so much sweetness, but it does cover the 18% very well. The hops does come through at the very end, but then dissapears fast. This beer gets much much better after the first couple sips, and it became very easy to drink. I was feelin real good after one of these also. Will definitely have again!!!

Photo of kirok1999
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just finished a Robert the Bruce about an hour ago, drank some water and now for the dessert!

Appearance- Rich black and viscous with very little creamy brown head.

Smell- Sweet malts with vanilla, oak, bourbon, alcohol.

Taste- Super sweet malts, chocolate, and warming alcohol. Lots of vanilla notes, bourbon sweetness and did I mention malt? The sweetness helps cover the alcohol but the lack of carbonation brings it back.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy, sticky and chewey.

Drinkability- The alcohol and sweetness make this more a dessert beer. I love French sauternes and this is almost like one made with barley instead of moldy grapes. One is enough.

Photo of BeerRun13
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying that this was one of many in a great trade from Lackenhauser. Lack mentioned that this was a few years old from when this beer used to be upwards of 20% (closer to 25%) ABV.

This one pours a super dark brown with a slight garnett on the sides. A very thin tan head fades to a ring and leaves a slight bit of lace.
Just one wiff and Holy S#@!! A sweet roasty fruit aroma and tons of alcohol. This alcohol has a sweetness to it.
Tastes like the aroma x 2. A little chocolate and fruit flavor. What a kickin' beer.
Very full bodied. Low carbonation. Just between dry and syruppy. The alcohol vapors are almost evident in the mouth, and this one warms all the way down.
Drinkable? Yes. This one ain't for ammateurs! Much more of a liquor.
Thanks Lack.

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

Appearance - black, really black; ivory white head.

Smell - chocolatey, malty, sweet, lots of alcohol in it.

Taste - chocolate, coffee, after taste is strong alcohol. almost overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - beginning is good, ending is strong.

Drinkability - cannot have more than 1, very strong.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought this 2004 vintage at http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1262, poured into a chalice type glass.

A: Totally black and opaque. Tan head, that doesn't last long. Lace floats on top until I'm done, and sticks nicely to the sides as I drink.

S: Dark malt, some sweetness. The alcohol tingles my nose.

T: Sweet dark malts again, coffee and chocolate flavors in the aftertaste, along with a pleasing bitterness and alcohol kick at the end. The roasty flavors and a mild bitterness stick around.

M: Syrupy with mild, but present, carbonation. The bubbles and alcohol tingle the tongue.

D: Strong stuff, tasty, but a sipper.

Really nice flavor, and though I think the alcohol taste is a little strong, I was impressed by the complexities. I will have this again.

Photo of EPICAC
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this several months ago and haven't really felt up to the task of drinking and rating it until now. I let this warm to approximately 55ºF and served it in one of my New Belgium Snifters.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown that approaches black. A dark brown one-finger head tops the beer. The head thins to a patchy layer leaving some lace. This beer has legs.

Smell: The aroma of alcohol is immediately enident, though not overpowering. Rich sweet malty aromas dominate. I detect raisins, caramel and chocolate. There are light roasted aromas as well but these are subtle. Swirling brings out more of the dried fruit aromas.

Taste: This beer is very sweet. I get hints of chocolate and caramel as well as lots of dried fruit flavors like raisins and dates. The finish has just a hint of roasted bitterness along with strong warming alcohol. I think a little more roasted character would go a long way.

Mouthfeel: Light tingly carbonation, full-bodied, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Of necessity this is a sipping beer.

Overall: This beer was a little too sweet for me. A little more roasted bitterness would go a long way for balance. As is this would make an excellent dessert beer.

Photo of Gritsak
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- pitch black with a light tan top coating.

S- malt, vanilla, oak with a strong alcohol sweetness.

T- tons of roasted barley, very earthy, the finish is very sweet and alcoholic. Up until the finish it isnt bad, but the sweetness just lingers and creates a struggle to put this one down.

M- thick, syrupy and chewy. no cabonation.

D- took over an hour to shove 12oz down my throat.

Overall- I was expecting a little more from this beer. Even with the extreme alcohol, i was hoping for it to be a little more drinkable. The initial taste isnt bad, but the finish is so sweet and alcoholic that it almost has to be paired with some type of food to be tolerable. Although i would not buy this one again, i dont regret trying it. Regardess, props are due from brewing one of the strongest beers on the planet.

Photo of maek228
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this for $7 at Capones Restaurant and 6 pack shop. Excited to try it. I am drinking it out of a small 5 oz. wine (?) glass

Appearance: Sharpie black...when poured, it gave no head. suprisingly, there was some visible carbonation. Also suprisingly, the beer had a lace top to it.

Smell: strong scenet of malts, dark fruits, alcohol, and dark chocolates

Taste: Needless to say, this beer's flavor is that of epic proportions. Picture a tastebomb....OK, now picture it going off in your mouth. The World Wide Stout (WWS) explosion starts with dark malts and is quickly overwhelmed by an intense burst of estery dark fruit flavors...mainly plumes. In addition, I most certainly detected flavors that reminded me of dark jamaican rum. The alcohol is most definitely present but melds in with the dark fruit/dark rum flavors. The aftertaste of this beer was confusing....at first I thought it was a lingering hop finsh BUT it just seemed off. Turns out, there was no hop flavor...instead, it was that intense dark fruit/rum flavor STILL lingering about

Mouthfeel: thick, creamy, chewy....perfect for a strong stout

Drinkability: I give it a "good" rating because for a beer that is 18% alcohol...this goes down wayyy too easy.

Photo of crwills
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is my 155th review, but glancing at my profile it also looks like this will carry me up to the 'Initiate' level. Woo, I feel special! Anyway, an appropriately great beer for a... special occasion?

Pours black, black, black, black, black like tar into an oversized wine glass. It's not actually that thick though. No head at all, even at practically room temperature.

Aroma is red wine, alcohol, bitter chocolate and coffee. Some great complex smells coming off this, some of which I can't identify.

Flavour is somewhat disappointing... I was hoping for some bitterness, but this beer is very, very sweet, like chocolate candy. Extremely malty (which I guess I should have expected), with a noticeable alcohol presence (although the 18% is certainly well absorbed). Some roasted malt and burnt caramel flavours in there as well.

Absolutely fantastic mouthfeel, creamy and oily without being cloying. Great stuff. Aftertaste is toasted marshmallow or burnt caramel again.

Wonderful beer, and I'll seek it out again, but I would have liked a little more unsweetened chocolate in there or something to balance out the sugar.

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

After a rough day at work today I knew the WWS in the fridge would make it all better. This one is an 2004 bottle. Pours black with a tan colored head that dissipates to a ring that hangs around until its gone. The smell tells me this is just what I need, coffee-like roasted malts with a strong bourbon smell, nice and sweet and boozy. Sugary sweet caramel and vanilla aromas mix with the roasted malts. Initial taste is roasted malts with a nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat. The alcohol is very well balanced for its strength, it goes down quite easy. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy with a little tingle from the alcohol. Unbelievably well put together stout with this alc. strength, the WWS was just the trick to take the edge off.

Photo of DeaconBluez
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

purchased in coral gables/miami.

i have been waiting to open this for a few months, but i just bought an 04, so i decided to crack this one open while the girlfriend went out with girls tonigt.

pours a deep black color. dark brown edges. my glass looks like it is made of black marble. brownish tan head that only forms around half of the beer's top. it pops away quickly. smell is very vicious. you can smell hints of vanilla and caramel. the alcohol makes it presence known in the nose. cocoa and molasses dance their way in there. taste is of alcohol...but i don't mind it. it somewhat of a port taste to it. vanilla, maple syrup, and bitter sweet chocolate are evident. taste is quite remarkable for a beer with such a high alcohol content. the mouthfeel is very lush and juicy and vibrant and mouth coating. you can feel this mofo warm your chest as it flows down into your belly were it warms even more. trully amazing. the drinkability factor on this is taken down due to the high abv but that to me was its only downside. i think this would be a great crossover beer for the "big red" wine snob that think every beer is like the mass produced names that we rarely speak of on this board. i would love to get even more of this and i am glad that i have the 04 sitting in my beer closet right now. 9 bucks for this ain't that bad....now let me go finish this off so i can get my permi-grin for the rest of the night...hehehoho

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Spent motor oil poured into the glass topped with a dark tan one finger head. At 18 percent I was surprised to see such wonderful results.

The nose is sweet with lots of cola, dark chocolate, dark berries, and lots of alcohol.

Very sweet taste that is composed of some chocolate and deep roasted malt. There's some bourbon sitting around in the back of the flavor. Very enjoyable but definitely overtaken by the alcohol in the end.

A very dry finish caps off this wonderful and different brew that is very thick and very enjoyable.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the bottle.

Ok so im starting this review with about 3 ounces left of the 12 ounce bottle and I just have to say woah. Ok this beer pours almost jet black lined with some mahogany trim. There is a nice looking chocolate head that dissipates quickly due to the high alcohol content. Ok the smell hits you with some chocolate aromas along with some woody oak and maybe just the slightest hint of some dark berries. There is also some alcohol aroma that stings the nostrils. The taste hits you immediatley with sweetness. It is almost a chocolate cola flavor. Swimming around in there are also a few hints of some woody and berry flavors. Overall there is a nice thickness to this beer and just enough carbonation. As high in alcohol as this is you would expect it to be rather difficult to drink but i must say the warming effect that it gives you is quite enjoyable as well as the complexity of the flavor and the aroma. I certainly need to celar some of these.

Photo of ReDave
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10-29-05. DARK head that thinned out, no lace. Extra dark black i mean BLACK, can't even see any light through it. not sure I've ever seen it this dark before. Nice full flavored porter like mouth-feel. seem to be missing the aroma. surprisingly little alcohol burn, though I'm not sure what this alcohol % is. Very drinkable, very nice.

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

It's been a while since I've reviewed, and I wanted to get the ball rolling with the right equipment. The ten dollar, 12oz bottle at the beerstore was an obvious choice. Probably the most expensive beer I have ever bought at retail by volume. But hey, still cheaper than moderately priced wine!

Used a tulip glass for this special occasion beer. Pours a dark ruby-mulch color. Exceptional head retention, leaves a paper-thin sheet of head on the side of the glass. Smell is very focused and potent, sweet, toasty, and chocolaty. The smell is strong enough smell to sample without bringing to my nose.

Definitely a sipping beer. Obviously, alcohol taste is dominant, as is the malt profile. Tingly and warming, this beer is not unlike brandy. Though a very occasional smoker, this is probably the number one beer I would pick to pair with a cigar. I couldn't drink this everyday, as it would kick my ass, but a definite must-sample for any beer lover.

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

Poured from bottle into a snifter at DFH pub. The pour was slow not much head. Deep dark espresso color. BTW this was the 3yr. stuff.

Smell is sweet malty and alcohol. Alcohol over powers the medium hops. Not the way I like it.

Taste is of alcohol, dark roasted malt. Too much booze not enough to taste.

Mouthfeel is OK rich creamy light carbonation.

Drinkability, Not to high here, this is a desert beer to be sipped. MK

Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a black coal color with no highlights at all. Absorbs the sun into it's blackheart. Poured a great two finger head into my Goose Island IPA tulip. Leaves a good ring and film o' foam on the tippy top.

Smell- An aroma thick as tar hits the senses with molasses, brown sugar, black coffee, all mixed with a strong presence of alcohol.

Taste- Barley-rific, take your pick of roasted, toasted, and smoked barely flavors. These general barley flavors breakdown into some more specific flavors. Like the char on some good baby-back ribs. Molasses mixed with brown sugar and nutmeg. Lets not forget deeply roasted coffee and some toasted toffee and bread flavors.

Mouthfeel- Dark is the best generalization on my palate. Take everything in the taste description and paint it black. Would have been a "5" but these flavors were a bit cloying and left a long aftertaste.

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

Eternal gratitude to Beerpanther for the sample.

Pours thick and ink black with a bubbly tan head. It quickly recedes to a chunky ring that releases moderate amounts of lace on the glass. The aroma is a pungent mix of malts, prune, mollasses and hot alcohol. The taste is as intense as the nose. Loads of sweet malts and dark fruits bombard the senses. Theres also a dark chocolate and roasted barley character that provides balance to the monumental sweet maltiness. Port-like alcohol heat is noticeable throughout. The mouthfeel is very viscous and chewy. Theres healthy amounts of creamy carbonation. The finish is long and bittersweet, with alcohol spice.

This is a heady beer. It does a good job of hiding its colossal abv. Its sweet but not too sweet. Great for sipping and contemplating.

Photo of TheBungyo
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a cola color. Far too light for a stout. Little head. Nose was somwhat sickly sweet, not what I want from a stout.
Taste is sweet with very muted tones of chocolate and brown sugar. Mouth was surprisingly thin.
Nope no way I'd session this at $8 a bottle and a high ABV. I can only hope it improves with age.

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

"Packaged in ..." looks like somewhere between 2004-2005 -- the notch is right between the two numbers. Picked this up at Beers of the World in Rochester a few months ago -- $8.95 out the door, baby! Poured into an oversized wine goblet, World Wide Stout is an intense black, like spent motor oil with a fizzy caramelized sugar-colored foam cap that is rapidly reduced to a thin ring of bubbles around the glass. Nose is predominated by chocolate and alcohol vapors...booze content is pretty high in this one: as the aroma fades from my nostrils I feel a slight "chemical" burning/tickle, kind of like catching a whiff of ammonia or chlorine -- but with a strong roasted cocoa component. Begins vinous, with rum-soaked cherries and chocolate liquer flavors yielding to a roasted malt middle and a sweet cocoa finish. Then a fiery alcoholic warming lights up my entire upper digestive track. Jesus, I won't be finishing this one any time soon... Viscous mouthfeel; expansive, but not in a fluffy Belgian-ale sort of way. High alcohol content creates a lingering buzzing sensation on the tongue and gums (not to mention inside my head!). So, it's as drinkable as it can be, I guess. A great beer, but at $9 a pop and a 12 ouncer that'll get you wasted on its own, World Wide Stout is about a once-a-year thing for me.

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

I finally had a chance to try this. I've been looking at the bottle for some time!
A - Used motor oil black! very tiny hints of foam at the sides of the glass. Enough to let you know it's not flat.

S - thick roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffe

T - the same as it smells. thick roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffe. vinious. the alcohol defintely let's it be known this is not a normal imp stout! Not offensive but what a hit!

M - very thick beer. not syrupy but close. Wonderful sipping beer.

D - One's enough. Great to have but I can't imagine trying another beer in a sitting after having one of these!

horde it! cellar it! Enjoy It!

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 4,202 ratings.