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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout

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1,687 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,687
Hads: 4,467
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 23.43%
Wants: 727
Gots: 1,631 | FT: 151
Brewed by:
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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.

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Reviews: 1,687 | Hads: 4,467
Photo of spoony
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 355 ml bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated November 4, 2014.

A-A normal pour discloses a nearly black ale with about a finger of medium-brown head. The retention is pretty good for a beer with this type of ABV. The beer is mostly still from what I can see.

S-The aroma is big and pure with lots of chocolate, roasted barley, and some burnt sugar. It is creamy and smooth for such a big beer. I am enjoying the lack of barrel trickery or adjunct flavors here.

T-The taste, like the smell, is quite smooth. Flavors include heavy chocolate (milk and dark chocolate flavors, but more dark chocolate), burnt sugar, some vanilla creaminess, and some roasted barley. There is a bit of heat up front and some raisin fruit on the finish. The brew picks up some spice as it warms, but bitterness remains low.

M-The feel is quite smooth with lower levels of carbonation and a moderate-to-heavy weight.

O-What a great beer. This thing drinks dangerously easy for the ABV. I think that good, non-BA stouts get lost among the current barrel craze, but this beer proves that big, non-BA beers can be quite delicious.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Dark black with very little head. Due to the lack of head the beer left no lacing. My first impression from the nose is pure alcohol. I didn't percieve any roasted, malt, or Hop notes. I did pick up on a dark fruit and slight roasted aroma my second go around, which was subtle. It tastes similar to its nose, alcohol with a slight roasted flavor. I wasn't expecting anything. Extrodinary, but I was disappointed. The mouthfeel wasn't as thick as I would have expected. Overall, it's more enjoyable than 120, but I would not purchase again.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a stunning beer, one of my all time favorites. This time I'm drinking a 2011 bottle, poured into a tulip. I think this beer is great aged, but it's pretty great without the extra years on it, and I've had it both ways.

The best beers are more than the sum of their parts, and this is one of those. It's dark, it's got a great aroma, it's got a ton of flavor, but it's really the overall balance of everything that is remarkable. With an 18% ABV, there could be an alcohol burn, but there isn't. ABV is obvious but not intrusive, if that makes any sense. This beer doesn't burn, which means you can easily get into DUI territory without being hardly aware of it.

It's called a "Stout" but it won't remind you of most other stouts. It's really more like a Belgian Quad (powerful flavors, sweet, raisiny). The fruity, cocoa influence is stronger than the roasty flavors you'll find in most stouts.

In fact, it's nearly one of a kind. Spectacular stuff, don't miss it!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $9 or so - 2010 edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a below average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla and charred/burnt flavour.

Overall - One little sip and I could feel the booze setting in. High octane but surprising well balanced flavour wise. For a 2010 brew this still has quite a bit of a bitter/charred flavour during the aftertaste. This could probably age another 5 years easily. Very drinkable which is scary given the ABV. I've had over 2000 different beers and this one is definetly memorable. A beer all craft fans should try at one point.

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Photo of delta490
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Pours a pitch black with about a half finger of coffee colored head. Head didn't last long and left no lacing. The aroma is very strong coffee with a hint of alcohol sweetness in the background. The taste is also the coffee/alcohol sweetness. Its also not heavy in its texture, which it easily could be, considering. The 18% ABVis not pronounced and this is easy drinking for such a big stout. The only downside is how much it costs for a 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of Zraly
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage purchased at the DFH brew pub years back, from their cellar. Dark green cap.

A bit lighter in color and body than expected. Black with burnt brown edges. Little to no head, but entirely expected. There was still a nice hiss when I released the cap. It's held up well in the carbonation department.

Smell is powerful. Molasses, raisins, and licorice/anise flavors upfront. A bit of char and espresso mid-palate. Very mellow, very smooth. A touch oxidized; given its age, I somewhat expected this despite appropriate storage. I've never aged a beer this long, so I'm pleased, at the very least, that it doesn't taste exclusively like sherry. Finishes on the dry side and is full-bodied. Alcohol is buried -- proceed with caution. Overall, very good and very glad to have tried WWS in its aged format.

Drinks like a liqueur. Definitely an after dinner drink. Substitute for port or sherry.

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Photo of Samp01
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009. Pours a dark chestnut black. Aroma is sweet dark fruit essence, black cherries, some roasted caramel malt, raisin and plum notes. Taste is sweet dark fruit, black cherries, molasses, chocolate dark roasted caramel malt, sweet alcohol, raisin and dried plums. Palate is a full creamy body, slight sticky mouthfeel and smooth going down. The finish is same as taste. dark roasted caramel malt, with a very pleasant sweet alcohol dark fruity black berry, raisin and plum flavor, molasses, slightly dry and mild bitter ending. Considering the high alcohol content it smooth. Overall delicious. flavorful, wonderful after dinner drink for a cold evening.

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Photo of macher0
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours dark black with a minimal head. Strong malts and booze. Very distinct malts and booze but pleasant. Minor notes of leathers, coco, and coffee. Smooth given the abv. Moderate carbonation.

This is very good.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating head that turns to a little ring which leaves some lacing behind as it works it's way down the snifter.

Aroma is spectacular. Sweetness like a syrup or molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, almost oatmeal like, and a wonderful alcohol that is sort of port, sherry, or brandy in nature.

Taste is impressive too. Not as much as the nose, but the bar was high. Deep dark chocolate or cocoa with some bitterness, deep roasted/slightly burnt malt grains. Defiantly a noticeable alcohol burn (the good kind), also sweetness, slight bit of coffee, and the only part I don't care for - some black licorice I believe (which looking back, is noticeable in aroma). I would call this medium bodied for a RIS.

Overall, this is a beast of a beer that despite the high ABV (18-20%), is still quite balanced and drinkable. Your nose suggests that it is barrel aged in some way even though it is not. World Wide is world class. Glad I had the chance to try it, and would recommend that everyone does regardless of cost.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2600th review! 12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2010D. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly. This is one of the most dark fruit forward imperial stouts I have had, but it was still really well balanced. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nukem5
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Looks black as coal on first glance but when looking deeply its a darker than cola in appearance.

S: Aroma is of dark fruits and massive amounts of malted barley

T: Taste is of rich dark chocolates and fruits to match loads of malt(Barley) almost cloyingly sweet with a alcoholic burn in the back end.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated .

O: Overall a fantastic beer that deserves to be tasted by all at least once. A truly great experience drinking of this fine beer.

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Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2011-Poured into snifter

A-Jet black with toffee 1/2" head that quickly subsides. thick lacing that quickly runs down the side of the glass

S-Chocolate, roasted malts, anise, caramel, burnt coffee, bourbon The roasted chocolate and anise seem to be the dominant aromas.

T-bold flavors that explode upon the first sip. Warm alcohol burn that you get with a bourbon. The anise stands out with some roasty dark chocolates and coffee. Chocolate/coffee flavors linger during the finish. Some woody notes

M-Full bodied with some alcohol burn slightly more carbonation than you would expect with a stout of the magnitude...as the beer warms the carb and alcohol mellow slightly

O-great tasting brew that drinks like an Imp Stout with far less alcohol. Good flavor profile and the tastes blend well

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a snifter

A- very dark with a porous tan 1/2 inch head
S- near perfect- chocolate, molasses, dark fruits dominate
T- taste matches the nose and so smooth...being a 2011 vintage definitely benefited the smoothness of this beer...still, this beer is nearly 20 percent and youd never guess...good achievement by DFH
M- thick and chewy...very very good, just what i like
O- i paid 15 dollars for this 3 year old vintage single bottle....should you pay that much for it? absolutely not...but IMO it is the best DFH beer brewed and one of the better stouts out there especially considering it isnt barrel aged and it is nearly 20 percent...quite an achievement!

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Photo of beerweevil
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer poured a beautiful, serene abyss of darkness. It looked and tasted great --rich on the roasty and chocolaty notes of course. The taste and aroma were gentler than expected in such a high volume beer. The gobs of barley apparently act as a velvety buffer between alcohol and palate. Mouth feel was very nice. Inebriation was strong. Quality was high in all respects, and the qualities were synergistic. Very fine beer.

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Photo of pjvie
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

2nd experience with WWS. Bottled 12/11/13, consumed 12/6/14.

A: As usual, pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. Did not pour as thick as I remembered; nothing near Ten FIDY. But as the beer sloshed around in the glass, the beer coated the inside of the glass and the suds fell slow.

S: Deep roasted malts, but not harsh. Loads of chocolate. Until this beer I had never understood when people found dark fruits in Imperial Stouts, but there was a hint of cherry on the nose that was just wild. A bit boozy, which is understandable for 18%.

T: Strong chocolate, roasted malts. A little vanilla sweetness. Not as sweet as I remember, but still just as delicious, and still desert-like. At the beginning and end of the taste, there was a bit of dark fruit.

M: Thick, obviously, but nothing like Ten FIDY. Bit of alcohol warming, and very controlled carbonation.

O: Overall quite amazing and enjoyable. It's beers like this that reject the "necessity" of adjuncts in order to keep stouts interesting. I can't believe how a year changed this beer. It went from a boozy, roasted mess of a beer (although admittedly delicious ) into a complex, multi-layered beer. I would love to see what another year would do to this.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a DFH snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a short brownish head that fades quickly. Thick as motor oil.

S: Chocolate, roasted barley, and a solid dose of booze. Chocolate is the major player on the nose.

T: Nice dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted barley. Very thick, lots of alcohol heat, but it doesn't completely overpower the other flavors. This is hot, but drinkable and a true Imperial Stout.

M: Thick and full, lots of alcohol burn, but a decent balance with the other flavors make this enjoyable.

O: Definitely a great stout, and one worth trying. It is quite hot, but this was a very fresh bottle. Quite pricey, and I'd rather have BCBS, but this is a very well done beer worth savoring over some time.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle dated 12/11/13 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours pitch black with an an initial small head and zero lacing.

S-Wonderful aroma that is sweet syrup, molasses, coffee and chocolate.

T-Flavors of molasses, dark fruit, with some roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Sweet.

M-Creamy almost oily mouth with lively carbonation.

O-A great stout especially with the 18% which I thought was well hidden and complex.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

09/19/11 Tried under protest as to time of day (early afternoon) but was 'bought' one anyway. This is a "nightcap" if you think you've not had your moneys worth already.

Slight to mighty burn up front. I prefer Goose Island bourbon Stout or Brooklyn Black Ops, but sure serves in a pinch...no matter the time of day.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, wood-colored head that fades and leaves no lacing. Dull bottle art for such a revered beer. Some might call it humble or understated, I call it dull.

S: Potent chocolate, roasted barley, faint alcohol. It's strong, but not as powerful as I would expect for an 18%-er.

T: Clear and lasting chocolate and roasted malt, lasting, nicely bitter and very dry (finally, DFH is brewing a registered style!). Alcohol is definitely present, but I don't mind the burn with such powerful other flavors.

M: Decently thick, combined with the alcohol burn and possible tannins the carbonation gives a nice burn.

O: A nice stout, has elements that make it worthwhile beyond the novelty of a nearly 20% beer, but not innovative in anything besides that. Combine the yeast used here and a master barrel-user and you'd be looking at arguably the best beer on the market.

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Photo of argock
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2010 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with basically no head and no lacing.

S: Aroma is of grain alcohol but some nicely roasted dark malts as well. With warming the alcohol aroma fades and leaves a DFH Imperial Chicory Stout style of aroma with deeply roasted dark grains, dark coffee, and syrupy currant liqueur.

T: Delicious but syrupy and thick with big dark roasted malts without ashiness, big chicory coffee flavors coupled with a blast of cherry alcohol. Surprisingly the maltiness as huge as it is is offset with a moderate bitterness that stems in part from he dark malt but also from what must have been a huge hopload, although it is anonymous.

M: Syrupy but what can you expect from a beer this huge. Carbonation is low but detectable.

O: A masterful version of what hey are striving for -- a huge ABV beer with drinkability. It doesn't hit a style but it is an amazing beer. Good but not great flavor for the ABV but still surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of BeerRenter
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong, but not overpowering, this is what is meant by stout. It has a wine-like nose and a sweet midtaste with a very smooth finish. I did not even make it to the label (12 ounce bottle) before the effects of this 18% nectar of the gods started to alter my reality...

@$10.00 a bottle is a bit pricey, this is actually worth it.
BK aka BeerRenter

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Photo of kdahnke123
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/25/14. Poured into a wine glass at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a very dark brown with negligible head. What little head there is disappears almost immediately leaving no lacing.
S - An even mix of pleasant malt and hops along with some chocolate/coffee and a tang of alcohol.
T - Chocolate malt up front with a small bite of hops and a little heat on the finish.
M - Medium viscosity with negligible carbonation.
O - My first Dogfish Head beer. Very pleasant and well balanced. A recommended addition to ones beer repertoire.

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Photo of LHMD
2.54/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer has changed for the worse. Not sure if it was a bad batch in 2013 but it has lost the mellowing of the hard alcohol flavour it used to have. This used to be a great sleeper but now its more like an ax to the chest. Go into it knowing you are drinking a flaming Mo mixed with a chocolate barley wine.

Ok characteristics:

A: just like i remembered about 6 months ago, dark and beautiful poured into a stout glass I got for one of my wedding gifts. Held to the light dark brown and red, too mysterious not to try!

S: major change here, chocolate and wood are not lingering in the alcohol burnation.
smells like a cheap liquor, think 3 year old scotch in a plastic bottle. you want to turn your head away.

T: for half a second you get a glimpse of chocolate maybe a little raspberry then the alcohol hits you in the tonsils and palate. Wow! i wasn't prepared for this beer to have changed this much in less than a year, no complexity now it is awash in pure ether.

M: sticks to the teeth like bad cough syrup, immediately you want to eat something to kill the flavor like a granola bar or something.

O: i hope i got a bad bottle, but its a $10 gamble to try again. i used to drink one of these about every 6-9 months, this bottle definitely changed that plan. thinking ill switch to brooklyn's double chocolate or something similar.
Dogfish did you change the recipe? Seriously.

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Photo of mverity
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle courtesy of rbrazell on RB. Great black color, thick tan head, and thick collar and head retention. Aroma is extremely woody, with a big roasted malt richness. Taste is chocolatey, roasty, molasses and again with the woodiness. Rich, full mouthfeel, low carbonation and full bodied.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black but clean. No head whatsoever. Smells of raisins, prunes, and coffee. Slight alcohol presence. Taste follows the nose with some chocolate. Very sweet with a good amount of bitterness. Huge alcohol presence in the taste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for 18%. Overall, this is a very impressive brew. Obviously something that I would only break out on special occasions though.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,687 ratings.