World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,735
Ratings:
4,701
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
14.01%
 
 
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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm literally scared to try this one lol.I love big ABV beers,but 18%??? Here goes nothing!!!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.

Creamy,mocha colored,one finger head,with surprising retention.Jet black in color,with no light coming through the glass.Zero carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly dark fruits,cherry it smells like.The alcohol is there,but no more than the average RIS.

On the palate I get the same.Dark fruit,mostly cherry and prunes,backed by a pretty strong alcohol bite.I have to admit though,the alcohol isn't nearly as oppressive as I thought it would be at 18%ABV.I'm also getting some roasted dark malts,some nutty flavors,and something that is hard to pin point...Maybe toffee,licorice,or dark molasses??? Pretty complex.

The body is thick,with a nice warming alcohol feel.

This beer isn't nearly as intimidating as it sounds.Im a huge Russian Imperial Stout enthusiast,so for me this was a very nice surprise...Can't wait to try the other 2 in the years to come.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in snifter
Bottled 11/17/09

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of fleeting mocha head that leaves no traces that it ever existed.

The smell is fruity. I get dark fruits like plum and dark cherry. The alcohol is still apparent. I also detect some chocolate.

The taste is falls in line with the aroma. I get chocolate and dark fruit flavors with a healthy dose of alcohol. It still tastes like I could light it on fire.

Full, warming mouthfeel

I was hoping the alcohol would have mellowed after seven years. It is still boozy. I enjoyed the warming effect on a cold winter night. The flavor of chocolate and dark fruit was nice, too.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black with a creamy head and lacing that just hangs in place. Smells wonderful, almost like opening a bottle of wine, very deep roasted smell consisting of figs, raisins, and bourbon with barley. The taste of this beer is so amazing, very rich and complex, loads of dried fruit, barley, malt, smokey bourbon, just a wonderful blend of tastes that leave you wanting more. The feel on this beer is amazing since its a high ABV but minimal alcohol bite and very easy to drink. I would love to age this for a good while and revisit, I feel it would be a terrific aged beer. I also would like to sample another at room temp since it would bring out a lot more flavor I think.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: Brandy soaked dark fruit rasin figs plum dark chocolate coco powder sweet malts burning alchool

Taste: upfront brandy soaked dark fruit rasin plum fig middle of the mouth expresso leather sweet malts coco powder in the finish you get dark chocolate dark cherries and a big sweet booziness that warms the throat and chest.

Feel: Medium body a little thin from 18%. Really good carbonation.

Overall: this is the 2016 vintage and it is very boozy. but not so much that it ruins the beer. This is a very solid beer that I can only imagine ages incredibly.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with a half finger of light brown head.....not as dark as I was expecting. Smell is outstanding....raisin, plum, dark cherry, vanilla, burnt sugar, and oak. Complex taste dominated by the dark fruit notes. Moderate burn but expected. Drinkability improves as it warms. Feel is on the medium side with moderately low carbonation. This beer is underrated.....a unique stout that will undoubtedly improve with age.

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

Whoa.

This is one serious stout. Calling this an imperial stout means you have to reclassify all other imperial stouts. It is blacker than night. Held up to the sun, not one glimmer of light can pass through.

The nose is roasted barley. Think of what it would smell like if an 18 wheeler carrying barley collided with your nasal passages. That's close to the smell of this beast.

The taste is creamy malty, roasted cereal, and booze. Lots of booze. I would say it tastes like someone dropped in a shot of whiskey, but it would probably be betterto say that my whiskey tastes like someone dropped in some world wide stout. Booze for days, yo.

Overall, this is an interesting beer to try. Like most Dogfish Head, it is really well done for what it is. And like most Dogfish Head, you really don't know what it is. Give it a go if you like to smash your face with barley and booze.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found it on draft and brought a growler home. Poured into a snifter.

Look: Pours black in color. Has just a slight dark brown head which fades quickly.

Smell: Fantastic malty smell, some caramel that blends with the alcohol. Much sweeter than I expected.

Taste: The malt taste is dominate. There is a nice mixture of a dark chocolate and caramel toward the middle followed by the alcohol.

Feel: Heavy and thick like you expect from a great stout.

Overall: Extremely drinkable with a rare big taste. Hits you hard with the high ABV, but I didn't notice it as I was enjoying.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. I figured it was no longer brewed, thus, I was elated when I saw it available.
Out of the bottle it pours a deep opaque dark brown, nearly jet black and with a hint of ruby. A fingernail length mocha head dissipated soon and left a modest crown with a thin sudsy lace that cascades down glass.
Lots of complexity and strength in the nose. Deep dark coffee roast, followed by the scent of alcohol. The alcohol is quite strong and fills the olfactory senses with bourbon like fragrance. There is also burnt caramel, and dark fruit such as alcohol soaked raisins. Boozy and sweet overall.
So much going on in the taste. It is intensely sweet and with dark fruit such as raisins, prunes and even a hint of cherries. Also, chocolate malt, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, espresso roast and the slightest touch of hops bitterness and alcohol spice. There is a huge bourbon like alcohol warming in finish. A sipper for sure. Full bodied, robust and fluffy at the same time. Drink slowly and with caution.
Keeping up with DFH's tradition of extreme and off centered brewing, this one is true to form. Yes it's a beer, yet, it is so much more. It's like a stiff drink, booze, wine and beer all rolled together in a knockout punch. So much intensity and complexity, it's almost too much, yet I can't stop thinking about it! A great treat to have once in a while; great for flavor and to, frankly, get a mega buzz going.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. One of the first beers I legally purchased!

L - dark brown chocolate with a milky mocha head. Gentle swirling leaves legs and an excited foamy bubbly mess that explodes and quickly settles into a thin ring around the glass with a tan archipelago rocking back and forth in the middle.

S - dark bittersweet chocolate. Some brownies, but nothing too decadent. Slight coffee roast and a metallic hoppiness. Black malts, like a German schwarzbier.

T - much more potent baker's chocolate blast up front. Hints of milk chocolate sprinkled about the middle, but dark, bitter cacao mostly dominates. Whole coffee beans and toasted barley. I can definitely taste the heaping helping of grain toted on the bottle. Sweet chocolate syrup on the finish, accentuated by warming booze tamed with age.

F - slick and mildly syrupy. Has it actually thinned out in its old age? Drinks easily with low carb and a nice cream that glides across the tongue.

O - this one is boozey when fresh, but matures with the best. Rich, bittersweet flavors make this quite palatable for an 18% beer.

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

Where is the 18%? Well, it hits you after only a few short minutes, but you will never know unless you read the bottle that it is a HUGE 18% beer. VERY smooth.

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Photo of bnes09
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Less complex and stouty than expected for the strength. Moderate roasted character. Surprising light color. Highly boozy but not overwhelming. Medium body and fairly well carbonated for the style. Descent.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

Pours black as night. Razor thin khaki head. Aroma of baker's chocolate & dark fruit. Flavor is slightly sweet and on the boozy side. To sum up the flavor in a succinct manner, it's akin to drinking a chocolate flavored port. Mouthfeel is fine and carbonation seems appropriate.

Finally decided to open up one of the 2012 bottles I have and glad I did. This is a sipper in the true sense. Definitely worthy of its ABV as it is boozy but after a few sips I did not give a damn. Looking forward to revisiting the other bottles. I'm of the belief most stouts are best had (reasonably) fresh but I think this might be one of the few exceptions. Do yourself a favor and sit on one of these for a few years and on some random, cold, winter evening, open it and enjoy.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black pour with a surprising amount of a head on it. Aroma- plum,raisin, dark chocolate, alcohol. Big alcohol. Taste- licorice, plum, liquor, dark chocolate, hint of coffee. Mouthfeel- kind of fluffy. Overall, substantially alcoholic beer.

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Photo of citizencane
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid barrel-aged stout. Not as thick as I'd like and the mouthfeel was heavily carbonated. Otherwise a great beer. Not quite sure any of this justifies the 18% abv though...

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

12oz bottle purchased from local bottle shop for $8.99. Date stamped 11/11/2016.

Black elixir into HF snifter produces a nice mocha head to thick collar. Scant lacing with plenty of legs all around.

Roasted malt, char, anise and subtle fig, plum.

Char, dark chocolate, dark fruits predominate. Some alcohol burn on the front end, smooths.

Full bodied, thin, crisp finish fueled by the alcohol.

I have cellared this brew for years and while this fresh bottle is above average, it does need time. Still a nice sipper in its infancy.

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Photo of hophugger
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with a 9/22/16 bottling date.

LOOK is very deep, just about pitch black with about a half finger of tan head full of tiny carbonation bubbles

AROMA is complex, full of malts, grains, a touch of alcohol singe to the front of the nose and a cool creaminess. Also some dark fruits, especially figs are present.

TASTE is large and in charge. I immediately feel the alcohol content and it takes me a minute to adjust and actually get the flavors that are present. Roasty coffee, grains, malts and a cool creaminess are present. Also, getting some raisins, hop bitterness and other assorted dark fruits. Alcohol a bit overwhelming !

CARBONATION is what I would have expected from this beer. Not a huge player, but perfect for the style

MOUTHFEEL is clinging and coating and the more I drink, the less the alcohol affects my palate like it did at the very beginning.

FINISH is a hell of a lot more cleaner than I could have imagined. A big sweet finish with a bit of diacetyl and a touch of hops

As the beer warms the alcohol comes and goes and this beer drinks like a fortified wine or a heavy, dry cabernet.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours jet black with a very solid head, very nice looking. especially for a big ole stout

smells of coffee and booze, slight creamy sweetness.

taste is super creamy and smooth. easy drinker, this is pretty damn nice. the feel is super creamy and rich, like a stout milkshake.

for a massively large abv this beer is amazing. smooth and creamy yet hits the alcohol but somehow remains drinkable and chewy.

literally a coffee stout bomb milkshake

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely can taste strong alcohol, not that its a bad thing but can without a doubt see why aging this beer is only to your benefit. That being said i enjoyed this 2016 release as is and cant wait to try them aged.

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Photo of ImHoppyNow
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I still have a couple of these from 2014
No comparison this is definitely one to put down under.

L: pitch black.small ring, very little carbonation,not surprised %
S: alcohol, sweet malts coffee, dark chocolate,smoke,
T: all of the above with an alcohol bite
M: lighter than a normal stout ( what's normal)
O: just good, like before,letting this one sit for a few really changes this one

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found it hard to give this overall 4..on tap the day day of tapping at local bar. I'd expect a thick mouthfeel. I'd expect big nose and heavy roasted tones. It delivers on roasted tones but not on other two expectations. It is a surprisingly low feeling ABV but I don't dare drink it as if it were. Don't know why I thought this was barrel aged. It is a quality stout. I have a bottle and will gladly sit on it for a bit. Glad to try it on tap and look forward to an update when I crack open my bottle.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.21/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is pretty bad
Overpriced and over hyped in my opinion... not sure if some reviewers here are just rating this positively because its "cool" to like high ABV beer or because they feel ashamed they paid so much money for it and feel guilty not rating it highly. Then again maybe my tastebuds aren't "sophisticated" enough.

Pours a roasted brown color with a two finger, dark tan head that leaves no lacing.
Aroma smells okay. I'm getting lots of booze, soy sauce, brown sugar, pine resin and bitter dark chocolate.

Flavor is disappointing.
It's very, very sweet with little balance and complexity. Lots of warmth from the alcohol, which I don't mind, but I'm just getting flavors of soy sauce and maybe a tiny bit of chocolate raisins here and there.

Mouthfeel is heavy with low carbonation. Slimy, sticky and noticeably alcoholic. Offensive to the palate.

Overall I was expecting something creamier, with more distinguishable characteristics that shine in their own right and don't compete for the spotlight against one another- this is just my opinion but everything is just kinda mishmashed together here with very little balance or harmony.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 11/01/16

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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in February 2009 for $7.99. Bottled on 11/14/08.
Beer poured black into my Spiegelau Stout glass with an okay head on the initial pour. 3.75
Nose is boozy, with light roasted malts and a hint of mocha. 4.0
Taste is light roasted malts forward with dark fruit that lends a port like flavor. Finish is chocolate port. Surprisingly it is not cloyingly sweet. 4.25
Feel is medium bodied and smooth. Was hoping for more viscosity but it is nice nonetheless. 4.0
Overall after aging in my beer fridge and wine cooler over the years this turned out to be very good. Looking forward to trying the 2013 edition in the near future. I also hope to acquire a 2016 bottle in the near future to try fresh!

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

Never had this so trying my first one fresh and not aged. Fall 2016 bottle

L - poured into a snifter. Looks like coca cola. It's very fizzy with exactly the same hues. Thick alcohol on the swirl but very little lacing.

S - surprised I didn't get more aroma from cracking the beer considering the abv. Putting my nose to the snifter I smell light roasted barley and lots if it. Ridiculous heavy alcohol on the nose. Semi sweet chocolate faint raisens and faint light roast coffee. There is also very faint caramel and toffee far in the background. Nothing is very strong except the alcohol, I think I caught a buzz from smelling it.

T - Quite sweet. Very, very boozy, very, very dry. Wow is this beer hot. My palate is overwhelmed by alcohol from the first small nibble. It taste reminiscent of raisen de extra with the dark fruitiness. The barley is reminiscent of guiness foreign extra, though only slightly more potent. Again tons of alcohol in the flavor. Fair amount of vanilla in there too. It's honestly so overpowered by alcohol I have a hard time picking much else up. Looking forward to trying this in years to come when that mellows out.

Edit - as it warms to near room temperature 35 minutes later it takes on a much more bitter char typical of a RIS moreso than an imperial stout. Either way, glad to be finding more stout character in this.

M - Ridiculously dry. Easily one of the driest beers I've ever had. Mouthfeel is not all that full... but that's no surprise given how obviously highly attenuated this is. It's carbonation is high, but there are just little fermentables left behind to bolster the body, which is unfortunate imo.

O - An experience. Looking forward to re-rating this down the road. Kind of lol'ing that the "bros" rated this 100 though. Lol.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating my 900th beer here, had to pick a good one for this.

Look: Pours black in color. Not much head retention, but has a nice swirly carbonated look to it.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt dominated with caramel, vanilla, leather, and some alcohol notes in the background.

Taste: Copious amounts of roasted malts. Light boozy notes. Coffee. Subtle caramel and dark chocolate.

Feel: Thick, heavy-bodied stout. Excellent mouthfeel.

Overall: Awesome stout. Big, tasty, with an alcohol presence that is pleasantly noticeable, yet mild for how high it's abv reads. Very drinkable for a style this large.

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