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World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

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

Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

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Photo of predikit
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aged 1 year. Pours dark brown, settles in the glass black. Left no real head, leaves no lacing.

Smells of dark fruit notes, molasses, fig, vanilla, plum, with a side of alcohol.

Tastes sweet and dark, fig and raisin, alcohol adds a biting quality that fades as coffee and chocolates take the middle and finish combines it all.

More toward medium bodied, smooth but slow to drink. Leaves a clean mouthfeel.

Very pleased I had the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of Nicked
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on: 12/11/2013
Serving type: bottle into snifter

A: deep black pour, no hint of color around the edges. Poured smoothly little carbonation no head at all. Thin tan line around the edge of the glass present the entire session.

S: massive dark fruit knows caramelized multi sweetness with notes of caramel and chocolate. You can smell that this is a huge beer.

T: first thing that strikes the pallet is a molasses/brown sugar sweetness, followed closely by dark fruits. Alcohol tingles my nostrils and it finishes like a sweet, dark roast coffee. Not a hoppy note in sight. Delicious!

M: medium, or oily body. Mild carbonation.

O: Great beer – hugely impressive. The name is apt – this is one big stout. Try it!

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Photo of mchegash
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH Signature Glass on 2/5/15. Bottling date 1/25/14.

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pitch black, about half a finger of quite dark tan head, dissipating down to a ring around the edge. Would have liked some more head, but overall, great look.

Smell - 4.5/5
MASSIVE smell. Delicious dark malts, dark fruit, very alcoholic, very sweet. One can just smell that this is going to be a great sbeer.

Taste - 5/5
Chocolate/cocoa, cherries, other dark fruit, vanilla, dark malts, alcohol. Light to moderate sweetness. Not too sweet, but just right. Clocking in at a massive 18%, the alcohol is very presence but extremely balanced with the rest of the beer. Many imperial stouts are too alcoholic. This one is not. This one is delicious, without the alcohol overpowering. This is truly a great beer. This is the first "5" I have ever given for taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Full bodied, medium high carbonation. If you take a sip and then sit for a minute, you can definitely feel a very slight alcohol "burn" in your mouth. Nice.

Overall - 4.5/5
Is this beer fantastic? Yes. Is this beer worth the cost? Maybe. It's very possibly my favorite imperial stout (though it's super hard to rank these things...and I don't even like ranking things to begin with). But at the same time, at $11 for a 12oz bottle, I'd much prefer go with a 6-pack of Bell's Expedition Stout for $16ish. Still, I am glad I tried this beer, and I'm sure at some point in the future I'll try it again. I don't really have the means for cellaring currently, but this is definitely a beer I would want to try that with.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/25/14 and poured 2/1/15 for Super Sunday. $11 single which is about on-par with what a bottle costs.

Appearance: Hard pour surprised me with a two finger, creamy brown head. The beer didn't look nearly as black/viscous as I thought it might on the pour. World Wide Stout is indeed black, but there's a ruby tint around the edges. Eventually there's a slight ring around the glass with no lacing on the glass.

Smell: I think I got a buzz just from smelling this beer. Insane. You'd think this was barrel aged with its insane aroma. Rich caramel, subtle coffee, sweet milk chocolate, alcohol, and a definite barrel-without-the-barrel vanilla quality. Beautiful, sweet beer, and one of the best stouts I've ever put my nose to.

Taste/feel: Only a true craft beer aficianado could appreciate this brew, in my opinion... this is an absolutely ginormous beer, unsurprisingly. Hard to really even describe what I'm tasting first with this beer because it's all there at once. Massive alcohol all over in this one, make no mistake -- even with a year of age on it, it's super pungent. The alcohol with the sweet malt and bitterness all thrown together almost puts forward a somewhat... salty flavor? I've gotten that in some high ABV stouts before, so this isn't the first. For other flavors, rich, huge roasted malts that give off a bit of a chocolate and coffee vibe. There's the usual essence of dark fruit there, too. I'm not really getting a huge amount of depth, but I am getting, of course, a huge amount of flavor from this 18% brew. The finish is dry, dry, dry -- I swear I can feel the alcohol drying off my tongue after the sip.

The mouth feel is surprisingly... light? It's about a medium bodied beer with a moderate-ish amount of carbonation. Maybe it's a good thing that this beer isn't too heavy, because it's already incredibly sweet and boozy at its ABV.

A legendary beer, without a doubt. As said by Dogfish Head, this really is almost more like a port than a beer due to its insane presence of alcohol on the tongue and with its warmth. As it warms, this beer really morphs into something special: cocoa, insane in-your-face alcohol, barrel-without-the-barrel woodiness... wow. Wow, wow, wow. I have another bottle of this that I will sit on for a handful of more years to see just how much it changes... hard to believe it could get much better than this. Indeed, one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Vogie
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled 1/25/2014.

Pours an ink black with hints of dark brown coming through when held to the light. Less than 1 inch of coffee colored pancake head that leaves a nice ring and some lacing. Aromas of rubbing alcohol, chocolate covered cherries, dark coffee beans. Taste follows the nose with dark chocolate, cherries, coffee beans, dark fruits, and an alcohol burn!! Medium body and a touch thin for this style but it works. No carbonation to speak of.

A very complex stout and just as advertised. Am I drinking a beer or port wine? Recommend sharing this bottle with someone you care about becauses the abv ranges from 15% to 20%. A boundary pushing beer that deserves respect.

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Photo of Jopetch83
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought 2 bottles upon the early release in 2014. I drank one and left one to age. As much as I enjoyed the first bottle for the traditional stout flavor, the aged bottle was much more rounded and was a lot easier to drink. Crazy to think that an 15% to 18% beer could be easy to drink, but it was like a fine whiskey. Can't wait for the next release.

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Photo of Onthe6ix
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worthy of 100. Pours very dark, with a nice golden foam head. Great smell. First sip was a strong alcohol taste, but at 18% what do you expect. Gets smoother with every sip after. Truly one of the greats.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in dec, 2013.
Enjoyed in sep 2015.

Well, it looks like most imperial stouts.

WOW! This is a boozy masterpiece. Are you sure it's not BA?

A 12 oz. bottle, even at 18%, simply isn't enough. I pick up a few of these every month and have never regretted paying $9/bottle.

Smooth, with tons of "character"...making every sip a real treat.

It's perfect- not much else to be said.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly my all-time favorite. Pitch black with a nice tan head. One of the most complex flavor profiles I've ever tasted: chocolate, fruit, alcohol, sweet but well-balanced by dark malt and hops. It's a masterpiece.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very rare in Indiana so when I found this for $9 a bottle I had no choice but to get this huge beer (wine).

A - Pours dark brown but in the glass is a nice dark black. It pours somewhat thick with khaki head and nice lacing.

S - First tones that I notice were the roasty, chocolate, and alcohol but closely accompanied by dark fruits, caramel and malt. No discernible hops but there is so much complexity that I really enjoyed it.

T - The first sip you are overwhelmed with the typical imperial stout flavors with roast, malt, caramel, cocoa, and alcohol. The alcohol is definitely present like a fine wine but there is so much other flavor that you loose the alcohol after the first few sips and are coddled by the sweeter chocolate and delightful roasted character.

M - Very full mouth-feel with light carbonation. Oddly enough not the thickest beer I've ever had but it's definitely apparent that it has >10% ABV. With all the gusto it does stick to your palate but it is a nice sticky.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer that I enjoyed. Unfortunately it isn't quite as delightful as Ten Fidy but with so much flavor packed into every sip hard to say anything bad about it. I know that there are some people out there that would have a hard time dealing with the thickness of this stout and the punch but I love it. Ultimately it would come down to price and availability for me to favor some of the other big beers but if you can get your hands on this one it is worth a try.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as deep and dark as a moonless night on the black water with a nice caramel head that dissipates shortly after the pour.

Smells heavily of barley and grain with some slight floral notes in the background. It also smells of dark fruit = plumb & raisin.

Taste is sweet barley and grain giving way to plumb and raisin with a slight bitter floral hop bite in the back. This is a rich complex brew with a lot to offer and new flavors coming out of the woodwork. It is big bad and delicious.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sweet hoppy smell. Has hints of that typical dogfish head aroma. Medium thick body. Black in color. Fairly light tasting. Can tell it’s high in alcohol. Some roasted taste. Sweet and very smooth.

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Photo of GoingPrimal
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Touted as "The worlds strongest stout with the depth of a tawny port." Coming in at 18%+ abv. On tap at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg.

Beautiful dark black, little to no head, what head there is is dark khaki. Nose is sweet, chocolate roasted malts. Very sweet, very chocolate. Taste is dark roasted malts, some coffee, cocoa powder, but not that creamy sort of chocolate, more of a dry one. Some faint cherry. No where near the complexity of Goose Island BCBS, but straightforward and quite delicious. Not any of that roughness present in some porters and stouts, drier, smoother. Little yeast presence, medium to medium-low hops. Hides the alcohol content amazingly well. Mouthfeel is smooth and becomes dry at the finish, with only a light alcohol burn. Overall a damn fine stout, smooth, balanced and quite strong.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Wow, so I had never had this because the sticker price always scared me off. Picked up 7 ounces at Always Ron's during happy hour for half price. OH MY! Here is one that beats the hype. Wonderful mix of dark fruits and roasted malt, there even seemed like a little coffee. Very creamy feel had me savoring. Would like to tell you how it changed as it warmed but it did not make it, which says a lot. At 18% it went down like lemonade. Outstanding beer that I cannot wait to have again.

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Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/2013

A: Raison, plum, dark malts,

S: Black and opaque, thin brown head that dissipates rather quickly but hangs on the the edges of the glass.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor, black licorice, Low, woody bitterness. A sweet, alcohol finish.

M: Creamy, Medium to heavy body, low carbonation, with a warming alchohol feel to it.

O: The flavors present meld together nicely. It's rather easy to drink considering it's strength. I wish it came around a little more often. Have one bottle left to last until the next release.

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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
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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, 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.

Edit: had a 2010 bottle in Feb of '16. Very strong aroma of brandy or a port wine with a lot of cherry flavor coming through. A bit of sourness. May be slightly oxidized since the carbonation seems to have turned prickly. The alcohol is very, very mellow. Much stronger on the nose than flavor. The roasted malts are a little subdued now, but it works.

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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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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,702 ratings.