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World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout
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:
1,725
Ratings:
4,626
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
23.19%
 
 
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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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Photo of KevSal
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

09 vintage found in my cellar at my parents house, first of October! time for some stouts. poured into a fw glencairn

looks great in the glass, nice mocha head that fades quickly, appears pretty thick, completely dark in the glass

nose is fantastic, I wasn't expecting this to hold up, I'm surprised to say it's improved! chewy chocolate and malt upfront , roastiness and dark fruit in the back

taste is juicy dark fruits upfront, slight roastiness and a blast of port and slight sherry in the aftertaste. I can't believe I'm saying this, this beer is better aged. alch is present in the warmth but zero alch burn

great carbonation, thick body, slightly sticky

overall I wasn't expecting much but this is seriously delicious. Sam was not kidding about the port notes and dark fruits coming through as it ages. if you can forget it in the cellar like I have you are in for a treat when it surfaces again

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Photo of cwalter
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(aged for 2 years and 5 months) Pours like motor oil and there is no head retention whatsoever (understandable given the very high abv). Color is black as night. Aroma is dark fruit, chocolate, molasses and bits of oak. In the taste, you first get sweetness of chocolate and dark fruits. Then comes hints of vanilla, oak and molasses with a very slight roasted coffee presence in the back end. Beer drinks very smooth and you dont even percieve the presence of alcohol in this 15-20%abv beer.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
2.89/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a i Perelman stout, but stops there. Smells like sugar, tastes so sweet that I think a lot of sugar was dropped in t bottling, very little roast flavor. Feels like syrup. Overall extremely disappointing.

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Photo of robroc
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage, chilled to around 50 degrees and poured into a snifter. This beer occupies the middle ground between a good imperial stout and Sam Adams Utopias. This is one beer I'd really like to try a vertical of, to see how the flavors evolve over the years.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage served cold in a teku

Appearance: carbonated, very black and appears a bit thin. There was a very small tan head that sank fast ti a rim of bubbles. Slick and oily surface.

Nose: port and sherry, caramel, chocolate, some booz, raisins, rum, oaky, dark fruits, coffee, vinious

Taste: follows the nose well. Taste like a 6 year old aged massive Imperial-Imperial Stout. The alcohol is still there, caramel, coffee, chocolate, port wine, sherry, oxidation, dark fruits

Overall: really glad I got to try this one. This beer will last for a decade or more after this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 12/11/13.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Big dark roasted malt presence with plenty of expected booze. Fortified wine like sweetness with notes of caramel, molasses and dark chocolate.

T- It's all there: milk chocolate, caramel, nuts, port-like sweetness, booze, dark fruit, some char. So much complexity for a non-BA stout. And, it being over two years old, there's some pleasant oxidative quality. It has a very strong flavor but, considering how high the ABV is, it's quite smooth.

M- Slick, creamy and somewhat syrupy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- Man oh man, this is some tasty, tasty beer. Been a long time since I've had this and this is definitely the most aged vintage I've tasted. Definitely one that needs time to sit as the liquid in this glass before me is so delightful. However, I wouldn't recommend going much past this point since the oxidation is surely starting to set in and might not do the beer much further justice. Full disclosure: I'm pretty sensitive to oxidation and have trouble finding good in it when pushed too far.

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Photo of SebD
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage aka Birthday Beer

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of loads of dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums) light coffee, a faint roastiness, molasses, faint dark chocolate and some booziness from the alcohol.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of sweet dark fruit (cherries dominate followed by plums and raisins), light coffee and dark chocolate, some roastiness and a very slight booziness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Absolutely phenomenal!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interestingly pours very thin considering the incredibly high abv. Pours tar black with a thin layer of tan foam, but the body looks more like a hard liquor than an imperial stout.

Huge dark bitter chocolate, coffee/espresso, and roasty character. A subtle dark fruit character is shadowed by the huge roasted malt profile.

Dark chocolate, fig/dark fruit notes, boozy heat, and an explosion of roasted barley character.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, oily, thin, hot, and liquor like.

Overall, I expected so much more from this beer in terms of appearance and mouthfeel. With such a high abv I want something that will coat the tongue and never leave, but this is surprisingly thin. After two years, this is still rather hot and could use some more time, but a nice sipper for a cold winter night.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 12/11/13 into a DFH snifter L: dark black with brown hues on the exterior, faint head with minimal lacing and heavy alcohol legs A: raisins, plums, cherries, brown sugar, alcohol T: sweet sugary alcohol, roasted malts, alcohol, raisins and cherries, followed by black licorice and fun nishing with alcohol M: heavy, slick, sugary and coating O: this is the first time I've had this beer. I'd be curious what a fresh one tastes like. It's a very enjoyable experience nonetheless. *Sam Calagione himself signed the bottle for me with a personalization that included "Cheers"

*** Having a fresh bottle on 11/23/16 dated 9/22/16. Though the sweetness is As high as before, the IBUs are higher than I remember, and they add a nice balance on the back end. Just as I suspect the price per bottle lowers the score for 120 Minute, I think this beer suffers the same fate. No way this beer deserves less than a 97 aggregate score. I bought three bottles of this latest vintage, but I will seek out more.

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Photo of Cmuguy420
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

'14 variety. Still hot. Needs more time. Bitter. Chocolate. Hops. Hard to get more notes through the booze. Does drink more like a port. Very tasty. Can't wait to drink another in 3 more years.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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