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World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with no light coming through at all, tan colored head, no lacing, no retention, looks full bodied like motor oil.

A: Huge vanilla bean aromas up front, roasted malts, dark coffee and chocolate, oak, light notes of char and smoke, alcohol comes through pretty strong.

T: Follows the nose with lots of vanilla beans, light charred oak, wet wood, dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, alcohol presence is very strong and lingers in the finish along with the vanilla beans.

M: Full bodied, like drinking oil, low carbonation, dry dark coffee-like finish.

O: Big beer that smells and tastes like it was aged on lots of vanilla beans, oak smells and tastes very fresh with a light char note, alcohol is strong, and the dark notes come through strong as well. I'm thinking this beer will age well and I'm looking forward to the other three bottles I have in my cellar.

My advice is to let this age for awhile and allow to the beer's characteristics to blend and settle. I think it needs some time to settle and allow the alcohol to subside but if you like big beers with lots of alcohol drink this fresh.

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3.02/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A jet black pour props up a rich tan head. Nose is BOOZE (duh at 18%), plus some of the richest, roasty chocolate/toffee/char aromas I’ve had the pleasure to sniff.

Taste of course is boozy, but the dark chocolate flavor is the star of the show, IMHO. This beer should not be this rich and creamy, with all the alcohol, but it is. That is a credit to DFH.

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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.14/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout glass. Bottled on August 15th, 2017.

L: Deep dark brown, ruby edges. Two and a half finger beige head has fantastic retention.

S: Very fumey, lots of vanilla, and oak, with faint chocolate, and faint dark fruit.

T: Definite beginning of chocolate and vanilla that melds together well, middle of the palate is mostly a warming bourbon and then finishing off with those woody oaky notes. Really complex and tasty. Alcohol at 16% is actually decently hidden.

F: Full body, crisp carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

O: An incredible brew that pushes boundaries. Hats off to Dogfish Head for this well crafted brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black body with tan head. Nose of vanilla, wood, mild dark fruit. Taste is initially sweet with prominent vanilla, roasty malt pungency hitting the back of the tongue immediately afterwards. As it mellows in the mouth more of the oakiness is apparent, with vanilla lingering in the finish. Medium body. Only mildly carbonated. Very, very boozy, but highly sippable and tasty. This is a dangerous brew. —Reviewed 2017/10/01

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. There is a lot of alcohol in the aroma. There is some mild roasty aroma. Maybe some vanilla bean but seems to drowned out by the alcohol. Taste is extremely smooth. There is definitely a strong bourbon taste. The alcohol content is still strong but much smoother than the aroma. Good roasted taste. Heavy bodied and silky smooth.

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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz bottle (bottled on 11/01/16) into a Tulip glass. Pours midnight black with a chocolate brown soda-pop-like head that disappears completely almost before the pour is even finished (unsurprising given the massive alcohol content of this beer.) Needless to say, zero lacing.

Aromas are very sweet- molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, and an almost brandy or tawny port-like booziness.

Flavors start with an extremely intense one-two punch of sweetness and bitterness- dark brown sugar, Italian roast coffee, and unsweetened cocoa. through the middle vanilla and bourbon-like notes surge forth, along with dried cherries, licorice, tobacco, and charred wood. An ever-growing alcohol warmth leads through to a drying, earthy, slightly smoky finish that goes on for days.

Mouth-feel is lighter than expected, most probably due once again to the very high alcohol content (there's no firm figure given on the bottle by DFH, and I'm too lazy to dig up my hydrometer right now, but it's between 15 and 20 percent.) In this case, the creamy medium bodied feel is probably a good thing- a heavier body with flavors this intense might've gotten downright cloying. As it is, this one is still totally in the territory of a 'sipper.' The warmth from the aforementioned alcohol is never harsh, but a pleasantly fortifying warmth with a year's aging on it.

World Wide Stout is definitely a connoisseur's beer- the intense flavors skate right up to the verge of overwhelming, plus there's the small matter of the $10 per 12 oz bottle price tag. However if you are a fan of massive stouts though this one should be on your 'must try' list- it hits all the points of a classic stout while having just a bit of Dogfish Head's trademark eccentricity.

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

Bottle Date: 12/11/13
Palate Contaminants: other beer, plus a dram

Look is a very dark brown that doesn't let any light through. There's a near minimal amount of head.

Smell is toasty and sweet. Let's call it pleasantly sweet oak. Light vanilla, too. The sweetness seems like it's from corn, but it's the good qualities of that wonderful cereal crop. Fresh coffee as it warms up.

The principal taste is sweet prunes with figs. The coffee is still there, but it's more bitter than what's on the nose. A little barrel smoke. The sweetness keeps coming back. Anise. It's all so heavy, it's like a rich port. It's like a greatest hits of dark brews.

Smooth feel. Medium-heavy weight. Smoky-and-sweet sticks around for a long time after every sip.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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