World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

1,765 Reviews
World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,765 | Ratings: 4,796
Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours pitch black. The head was minimal, but white, and didn't last long.
The nose of this beer is very rich with chocolate notes. There's a boozy aroma also, and slight sweetness.
The taste is got the chocolate, then a booze component after. Slight sweetness to it also.
This is a very thick tasting beer. Very boozy. Very rich feeling. Very full bodied.
Damn good beer. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth trying.

 437 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 33.00 (Including tax)/4pack ($ 0.687/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Bottled 11/01/16, stored at 42 degrees. Served in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter at 60 degrees.
Aroma – predominately licorice, some roasted malt.
Head small (Maximum < one cm, aggressive pour), light brown, average density and fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a two mm ring and no layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – alcohol DEFINITELY present as it warms then ravages in my mouth – not quite as bad as 190 proof lab alcohol but still extremely present. Fortunately the licorice, figs, and date flavors moderate this and coat my oral epithelial cell receptors saving them from instant dehydration and death. Otherwise, not too shabby. No hops have the balls to appear.
Palate – full, syrupy, soft carbonation.

Holy crap, this is good – one and my head is fuzzy! I might as well be drinking Absinthe – same licorice flavor and brain confusion! This is one good imperial stout and demonstrates what can be done without (I think) additives. The price point seems high initially until you see that that’s only $ 15.11/ bomber which is about average for the higher octane brews.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.

 1,288 characters

Photo of frankwynn
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Bottle.
Poured into a tulip glass and witnessed very little head, that quickly receded. The smell is quite boozy with hints of chocolate and some sort of sweetness. Its very delicate on the palate, despite the fact that it has a monster ABV. I get hints of liquor soaked chocolate and a indescribable sweetness. I think this beer needed to sit in the cellar for awhile longer. With that said, I do enjoy this beer, however its not my favorite. I think the 92 score it has on BA is fair and thats probably where I would place it too. I am starting to get this feeling that Dogfish Head is rushing beer out to the consumer before it is ready. I wish they would slow down and release the beer when its at its best, not when its ready to sell.

 752 characters

Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown black color thats translucent on the edges
S - big chocolate, molasses, sweet booze, mild roastiness, dark fruits - plum , figs , dark cherry
T -big chocolate, booziness, molasses, red wine, sweet booze, roasty (slightly), dark fruits - plum, fig, cherry
M - heavy mouthfeel, alcohol present, aftertaste is boozy chocolate and dark fruits
O - its amazing that the 18% is drinkable but it is. That said, it would be waaay better if it was 13%. It's like Avery Tweak - good for the abv but decr the abv and it would be amazing.

 541 characters

Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 11/1/16

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that has short retention before leaving just a ring behind

S- smells of rum soaked raisins, dried fig, caramel, Belgian candied sugar, roasted malt, burnt brown sugar, licorice & molasses

T- opens up sweet with notes of fig, date & rum soaked raisin, quickly followed by caramel, molasses and candied sugar. The finish is boozy, with a linger of raisin & fig

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming boozy finish

O- drinks a lot like a Belgian strong ale, plenty of dark fruit and sugary notes throughout

 674 characters

Photo of RyanK252
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours very nearly black with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Alcohol hits first, tough not unpleasant, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark sugar, a hint of bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of spice.

T: Roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, a little burnt toast, spice, a hint of dark fruit, burnt sugar, molasses, and some alcohol, but not "boozy".

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, with a pleasant warmth.

O: Definitely the strongest non-barrel aged stout I've had. Feels like it's missing something though, like just a little something extra to round it out. Still, a very interesting monster of a beer to try.

 714 characters

Photo of ajm5108
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Traditional color with about a quarter inch of fluffy tan head that quickly dissipates but leaves a little lacing. Aroma carries some milk chocolate upfront, light espresso and roasted malt underneath. There is a fusel alcohol smell but it is very well hidden & doesn't detract from the other aromas. The same can't quite be said for the tongue, as there is a much more noticeable solvent flavor upfront. It doesn't throw off the palate entirely but it is less woven into the taste than on the nose. It is coupled with a scorched malt smokiness, deep roasted coffee, and bitter cacao. A dark, heavy stout that borders on abrasive but has enough elegance to keep you coming back for another sip.

 695 characters

Photo of phreak1983
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black with a light tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around my snifter.

Smell: Molasses, brewer's licorice, and alcohol.

Taste: Great roasted grain flavor, not nearly as much alcohol or licorice as I got from the smell.

Feel: Not as thick as I would have guessed, I guess the high alcohol thins it out a bit.

Totally worth $10 for the 12 oz. bottle! For some reason I have passed on buying this in the past due to the perceived high price while not giving a second thought to buying $20 750s of great imperial stout, but the 12 oz. serving makes a lot more sense and I wish I had bought more of this! (I live in Iowa and bought this in Wisconsin)

 678 characters

Photo of puck1225
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft into a snifter. Virtually black with thin beige head and nice lacing. Subdued licorice smell. The taste is licorice, chocolate, some coffee. Spice with sweet and savory. Great beer.!

 191 characters

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh my! Bought it 100% because it was a stout and from Dog Fish H. Didn't have a clue, just wanted to try it. Poured jet black, with some subtle smells I couldn't define but was intrigued anyway. THEN I poured some into my mouth and said "freekin wow" there is a lot going on here. Nothing overwhelmed me other than I am thinking this is one hellaciously good, but potent beer. Then I looked at the bottle to see what the % was and couldn't find it but I knew it was potent. I checked and found it is 18% and that explained a lot. Very different than DF Head's 120, that I don't like, with the same 18%. Really a nice beer and glad I tried it. It's not for the faint of heart in my opinion and I am really glad it's only a 12 oz bottle.

 745 characters

Photo of Zaktcc
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a pitch black color, as expected with a stout, with 1 1/2 finger head the recedes fairly quickly leaving little to no lacing behind.

S - Not all as aromatic I was expecting? Very subtle aromas including that of coffee, vanilla, Carmel and oatmeal/barley. Booziness is there though subdued as well.

T - Simple yet complex. Dominated by copious amount of barley used to brew the beer with subdued, similar to the aromas, hints of vanilla and caramel and a fairly strong distinction of dark fruits - i.e. plums, grapes and such. Fairly sweet aftertaste. Honestly it's going to be a unique yet wonderful experience for each person.

M - Superb. Full bodied, rich & smooth beer. Completely masks the strength of the brew.

O - A wonderful experience that's definitely worth the price. At $10/bottle the price may seem rather steep however the world wide stout packs quite a punch. A beer I've been chasing for quite sometime that fully lived up to all my expectations.

 976 characters

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

A rare beer that gets better every single sip. Huge barley smell and taste but far from one note. Very complex interesting beer. I wish it weren't $9 a pop but I'm probably gonna go grab another.

 198 characters

Photo of jmasher85
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2009 vintage, poured into a growler in late 2016. 17% abv. This is truly, one of the most potent, maximally flavored stouts I've ever had that didn't have barrel aging or tons of extra ingredients thrown in. Seriously, it's amazing how much flavor you can pack while still adhering to the Reinheitsgebot! Body is thick, oily, and lightly carbonated. Standout notes are of savory soy sauce (but not too much that it's the least bit offensive), toasted barley, licorice, chocolate, and some slightly sweet port-like flavors of grapes, prunes, and plums. If you like big stouts, check this one in. You ain't had nothing yet!

 628 characters

Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with just the right amount of carbonation. Pleasant aroma. Taste is very good with very little alcohol taste considering the ABV

 151 characters

Photo of alarmclock314
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated 11/1/16, ABV listed as 15-20%. Pours black with a medium sized khaki head; some lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malt, molasses, caramel, coffee, earthy hops, vanilla, cocoa, and some dark fruit. Great intensity with a noticeable alcohol presence. Medium bitterness and dryness with subtle sweetness. Average body and above average carbonation for the style. Overall, it could use less carbonation and a little more body, but is surprisingly drinkable for a high-octane IS. Great smell and flavor intensity. Grab a bottle while it's on the shelf.

 576 characters

Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a mere finger of caramel-colored head foaming on top. Retention is okay, with no lacing left behind. Aroma pops with notes of caramel, vanilla, spice, toffee, and roasted and toasted malts. It has a dark aroma. Flavor profile is beaming with sweet malt characteristics, such as caramel, toffee, vanilla with roasted and toasted malts. There are a few notes of chili spices hopping around. Mouth feel has a little spicy, carbonation burn on the back end, but otherwise smooth, with a medium-thick feel. Overall, an exceptional stout with a well-developed sweet, malty flavor profile. The spices balance out this dark stout. Lovely.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

 675 characters

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the local dive bar. Nearly black with a tan head that fades quickly.
Aroma is roasted malts, ash, coffee and leather.
Flavor follows with the addition of figs, plums and raisins.
I was expecting something a bit thicker and oily and a bit more heat as the ABV was listed at 18%. Damn tasty beer.

 304 characters

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Bold dark malts, dark fruit raisins, molasses, sticky, intense, boozy, some hop hidden in finish. Deep roasted malt and coffee nose. Black, opaque, and a very refined head with nice lattice. Med/Full body. Big alcohol. 70 IBUs

 234 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Small finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, caramel, and toffee with yeast. Dark fruit scent of booze soaked raisins, fig, prune, cherries, and dark grape with some dates. Sweet scent of molasses. Also some hints of black licorice and tobacco. Very light with the hops. A really good complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, toffee, and caramel along with some yeast. Big port like presence of dark fruit with notes of booze soaked raisins, fig, cherries, dark grape, prune, and grapes. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Light notes of black licorice, tobacco, and earthy hops. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Rich, slick, syrupy, and boozy but surprisingly smooth for the massive ABV.

Overall: A pretty great massive Imperial Stout. Big dark malt and port wine like fruit notes. This review is for a three month old 2016 bottle. It will be interesting to see how the rest of this pack develops.

 1,443 characters

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This stout lives up to the hype. A brownish-black color. Tan head. Smells of booze and coffee. The coffee is prevalent in the taste; malts follow the coffee. The bottle advertises hops, but coffee is what stands out, and bitterness is less than one might expect. Make no mistake, this is a big beer. The feel is 'smooth' only if you can get past the burn of the alcohol. Overall, this is a beer that all interested should try. You will not be disappointed.

 456 characters

Photo of Betolito
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark, with barely any head, and what is there goes away quickly.
I can smell the predominant roast of malt with chocolate and slight molasses and yes, booze. it's quite an enjoyable feast of malt, followed by chocolate, raisins and molasses. Not sure the ABV% (BA description says 18%, they say between 15% and 20% in the release notes, not on bottle) , either way, I feel it as it warms, but it's not overly done like one might think, it's not as muddy as heavier stouts, but it does make for a good sipper on a chilly day. Though, this one has a bit of Bourbon like notes, I can only imagine what the Bourbon barrel aged one might be like.

This is pretty balanced despite the huge ABV, it has wonderful sweet layers as it goes down. I will buy more for sure, especially for social occasions.

 807 characters

Photo of laketang
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bold tan head that quickly
diminishes to a fine ring
rum soaked raisons, chocolate
a touch of licorice
dark chocolate pudding
coats mouth with smooth cocoa
medium feel

 168 characters

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

L - Dark, looks to pour a bit thin with little head. Thin, tan lacing that stays with the beer thoughout consumption.
S - Sweet, roasty malt. Surprisingly, bourbon.
T - Taste follows nose. Surprised this isn't barrel aged, definitely tastes like it. A lot of heat but upon reading the brewer's website, that's to be expected without aging.
F - Medium body, surprised by the feel considering what the pour looked like. More carbonation than I expected as well.
O - Great beer. Would be interested in trying one of these that had a few years in the cellar.

 555 characters

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark and luscious with amazing smells of barley and coffee flavors. Clocking in at 18/19% ABV this stout is extremely boozy. I highly recommend drinking this beer close to room temperature because you can taste more of the other flavors better and tones down the booziness. Great Stout, definitely one of my favorites by dogfish head.

 350 characters

Photo of TheDoctor
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled: Nov-1-2016

Pours pitch black with a finger or so of airy tan head that drops to a film, but is easily roused. Speckled lacing and okay retention. (4.25)

Charred malts, molasses, dried dark fruits, leather, coffee and cacao. (4.25)

Holy cow! Huge dollop of goopy, intermingling malt layers from sweet to bitter to borderline astringent; creamy chocolate, dried plums and cherries, coffee grounds. (4.5)

Thick, almost sticky, full bodied, rich malty-boozy finish. I have no idea how the alcohol can be this well-hidden. (4.5)

Nice, huge, malt bomb.
The beer pours thick and black as pitch with a little tan head that is fairly non-existent. The aroma is of super roasty malt with layers of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and leather. There's a lot going on. Until you take a drink! The flavor is a huge, built-up wave of roasted and caramelized malts, sweetness and burntness that verges on (but never crosses into) bitterness. Really thick, sweet and substantial. Absolutely perfect melange of alcohol and the rest of the beer. It is like the mortar between the bricks. I owe you one, Jacob.
Great beer! Well worth a try if you haven't had it. (4.25)

 1,223 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,796 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.