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World Wide Stout - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,679
Hads: 4,425
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 704
Gots: 1,612 | FT: 150
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2002

Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty and complex. This Ageable Ale clocks in at 15-20% ABV and has a depth more in line with a fine port than with a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer.

70 IBU
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Photo of WesMantooth
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,597 characters)

Photo of nukem5
4.59/5  rDev +12%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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 (803 characters)

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (681 characters)

Photo of beerweevil
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of pjvie
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of argock
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of BeerRenter
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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 (348 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of LHMD
2.54/5  rDev -38%
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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Aristeia_88
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/25/14, Poured into an Innis & Gunn Goblet
It's pretty cold now, So as the review goes on, I'm hoping the warmth will positively influence my senses.

A: Very Clean for such a dark beer- The stream during the pour was like an orangey red glass pane. About a 1" light tan head that faded after half a minute or so- But the last bit of it's still lingering.

S: Lots of roasty, bittersweet baker's chocolate and coffee... Some burnt caramel in there as well. Almost no hint of the 18% alcohol. We'll come back to this after it's warmer.

T: Good God >.< I found the missing alcohol... Wow, not much else there. Again, I'm going to come back to this one after it's warmed up a bit...

M: Very well carbonated for something so alcoholic, but quite a bit thinner than I would have expected. I suppose for something this heavy, I expected a bit more viscosity.

Update on Smell: Yeah, Alcohol is definitely noticeable now... Almost prevalent.

Update on Taste: Taste is getting better now, But still nothing to write home about when compared to... Wait- How many American Double Stouts have 18% ABV and AREN'T barrel aged... None? Ah, then I suppose that makes it Best AND Worst in Class. Right? So an average score then...

O: Not a bad brew- But not astounding either... If you enjoy the taste of grain alcohol, it may be perfect for you- But for those of us looking for a bit more complexity, it feels like it's a bit lacking. I have to say, it's a bit of a let down from Dogfish Head, But I still look forward to trying their equally Strong 120 Minute IPA... Cheers (1,579 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark brown color with only a slight head. The aroma is mild with molasses and roasted malts. The taste is smooth and quite boozy at its 18% a.b.v. This is a thick, heavy pint of delicious stout. The extra alcohol gives it an extra sweetness and lingering burn upon finish. Another delicious brew from Dogfish head. (332 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 1/25/2014

A- Pours jet black with a small light brown head that stuck around longer than expected given the ABV. Definite high level of alcohol legs as I swirl the glass.

S- Getting mostly cassis and nail polish, black licorice, sweet.

T- Mostly alcohol, then once that dies on the palate you get the black currant and licorice. It ends with some nice dark cherry and coffee with some tobacco.

M- A bit lighter than I was expecting, at 18% I was thinking something closer to TenFidy.

O- This beer has some really nice flavors that are just really suffocated by the alcohol.Even so it is still a great beer, would like to try this with a few years on it to see if it comes together. I will say that both this beer and 120 Minute are testaments to what Dogfish Head can do as far as pushing the limits to what yeast can do. Getting an 18% beer without barrel aging or icing is a feat. (945 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First thought: impressive...!

Poured the 12oz bottle dated 12/11/13 into a snifter glass.
Consumed over a duration of 1.5 hours allowing it to warm to perfection on 5/02/14.

First; just stood back to admire this oily, slick, pitch-black looking brew as it annihilated all light that bombarded it. Virtually no head or lacing with this stout but that's what I expected anyway.

Smells... very interesting. Aroma of molasses, plum or raisin, and my favorite; black licorice. The booze is strong but maybe also smells of dark fruits, caramel, and sugar or honey are present too.

The taste... blows me away. Super sweet malt bomb. Very potent, rich deep flavor here and the barley punches you in the mouth. Obvious alcohol and so wonderful are the roasted malts, sugar sweetness, licorice, and possibly some chocolate in the mix.

The mouthfeel is smooth finishing with a definite alcohol warming as it washes down. The carbonation is somewhat present in this mostly full bodied, creamy, thick beer.

This is one seriously intense stout. Slow sipper for sure. Smooth, bold, strong, hints of bourbon, and you can taste the alcohol but at 18% it is masked pretty well. Absolutely in love with Dogfish Head World Wide Stout! It is amazing, awesome, and my favorite stout and alcoholic beverage at that! Highly recommend this one! (1,328 characters)

Photo of KevBot89
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a viscous pitch-black into my Seventh Son tulip glass. The head was a dark brown, but didn't last long at all. The aroma is plenty of roasty malts, chocolate, licorice, alcohol. The flavor is like the aroma. The malts are super sweet, carmel-like and plenty of chocolate and light, almost imperceptible licorice flavors. The alcohol is evident, but not nearly as much as one might expect at 18%. Mouthfeel is thick, but drinkable. Definitely a beer worth sipping, not slamming. The alcohol warms on the palate and chocolate sweetness lingers with booziness long after the last sip is swallowed.

Very good stout. Booze is hidden well. Enjoyable. Probably better for winter than for a 50 degree spring night. (722 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 1/25/2014. Served in a KBS snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with less than a finger of a tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Once in the glass the beer is opaque and black. Leaves some crazy alcohol legs on the glass.

Smell: Black licorice, roasted malt raisin, nail polish remover, slight red grape skin. Nice but super boozy.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Roasted malt (a bit stronger than in the nose), black licorice, dark fruit and brown sugar. All of these flavors are accompanied by a very strong booziness, almost the the point of straight up nail polish remover.

Mouthfeel: Lower end of full bodied with a thick, oily mouthfeel. Medium prickly carbonation helps move some of the flavors along. Granted this is a relatively fresh bottle, but this feels every bit of the 18ish % that it is.

Overall: This is a bit of a strange one to rate. There's some nice imperial stout flavors to this one, though they aren't stronger or more intense than in other examples of the style, so as to justify the much higher ABV. The additional booziness only detracts from the beer's positive qualities at this point. It's not necessarily a bad beer fresh, but if you're going to pick this one up, I would suggest some long term aging before cracking it open. (1,294 characters)

Photo of MrEducation
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black as the sky on a moonless night.

S: Sweet and malty. You can clearly smell the high ABV.

T: A strong assertive stout. Reminiscent of the smell, with a noticeable but warming alcohol burn.

M: Thick, sweet, and syrupy. Reminds me of Bourbon County, even seems to have a little bit of bourbon notes itself. Goes down surprisingly smooth for being partnered with a slight alcohol burn.

O: One of the most memorable stouts I have had to date. Highly recommend. (467 characters)

Photo of Copernicandream
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep black, impenetrable to light, essentially no head and the most minimal of lacing.

S: Incredible mixtures of dark fruit esters; raisins, plums, dates, dark cherry, even currant. Rich roasted malt and molasses. Alcohol is present but relatively well masked given the "absurd" amount of it.

T: Follows the nose, but much more bold on the booze. Like a good play, 3 acts. The attack is all dark fruits as above, taste is a little more heavy on raisin. The mid-palate is a very balanced roasted malt with caramel sweetness, and the finish is all booze released by a rising carbonation.

M: A little warm and boozy and surprisingly thin and porter-like for the absolute wealth of malt. The carbonation is perfect and aids in the release of lots of flavor.

O: Probably one of my favorite stouts, the yeast character is incredibly complex, (reminds me of a belgian quad) and it drinks like a jet fueled barley wine. Laying my second bottle down for a a year - or two; to mellow it out. (1,024 characters)

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.