World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

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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.

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Photo of THSdrummer
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not nearly as dark black as expected, clean, with red edges and a thin, surprisingly persistent soft tan blanket.

Aroma off the bat is filled with intense and opposing forces of fruit and roast. Cherry, raspberry, and blueberry simultaneously hit the nose with dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt and smoked nuts, with some tingling booze that is most reminiscent of a fine Madeira or mead. As it comes to temperature, it becomes more like fresh, super fruity coffee, kind of like a couple of the more stellar coffee stouts I've had.

Taste keeps bringing those berries to the fore with aplomb, but more like chocolate-covered versions, with some smokey roasted nuts and malt, plus cherry concentrate. Heat manages to somehow not impose right up front, but swiftly knocks you on your ass shortly after. This is scorched Earth level shit. We're talking tongue numbing. Then as it warms, it becomes more calm, and again, more like wine.

This feels like a shot going down. It starts in the throat, then warms the chest, all the way down to belly. Slick like wine with a moderate froth at times and a semi-sticky finish.

For what this is--a mold-breaking, other-worldly effort to push the envelope, both for its time and still today--it's very well done.

I had this essentially fresh from the November '16 release and am not regretting it at all, but of course I'll age a couple more to see how they develop.

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

Pours black as a moonless night .

Smell is very boozy with some toasted notes as to be expected from 18%abv

Taste of very smooth sweet roasted malt up front then as soon as you swallow some vodka-ish alc flavor hits.

Feel is very nice and full bodied but i honestly was expecting it to be thicker, ive had much thicker stouts..

Overall its a damn good stout with the most abv of any stout ive ever tried, would buy again on occasion.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark brown - nearly black with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing behind.
S - A lot of malt, a little roasty with some bitter chocolate. Molasses on the nose as well as some dark fruits. Some bourbon and definitely some booze on the nose.
T - Definitely complex. Roasted malt with bittersweet chocolate notes. I'm also getting somewhat of a bourbon taste. Just as in the nose, I'm getting some dark fruit and molasses taste as well. The back end leaves you with a warming booze taste.
F - Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation - not as smooth as I'd like from a stout but not an unpleasant feel nonetheless.
O - This is a very impressive imperial stout with all the characteristic flavors of the style and it packs one hell of a punch at 15-20% ABV but to me what really sets this apart is despite the alcohol content, the booze taste is not oppressive whatsoever. I think I still prefer Stone's Russian Stout to this but this is definitely close.

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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


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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