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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Ratings: 4,874 |  Reviews: 1,792
Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jngrizzaffi
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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Photo of kricks77
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of porters4life
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of m_hall
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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Photo of Zythophile
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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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love DFH, but 10 months of cellar time and it's still super hot. This makes 120 minute seem like a fast ager...

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Photo of rockrob
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Scobu
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eifster82
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Year old from bottle. Pitch black with a good bit of foam head that lingers upon aggressive pour. Wonderful chocolate, oak, malt and coffee aromas. Taste is rich and sweet. Leathery almost at times. But the feel is VERY boozy, and it only gets boozier as it warms. Hard to imagine this not staying boozy unless you cellar it for 5-6 years.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass this is either a '15 or '16 I think it's a 2015 or earlier.

A: Small soapy mocha colored head that settles to a film. Body is a deep rich black.

S: licorice and booze a little coffee/toffee a little chocolate.

T: Lots of alcohol, chocolate, some deep licorice. The booze is huge in this.

M: Medium bodied huge alcohol presence.

O: this is a crazy booze bomb the licorice and chocolate are there fairly sweet but this beer showcases its crazy alcohol.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Holderness
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a black body with a small light brown head produced with well-aerated pour. Not surprisingly given the ABV, both retention and lacing are minimal
S -- Molasses, booze, coffee, and candied dark fruit
T -- Big booze, molasses, and well-roasted barley malts. Some dark chocolate, bourbon-soaked fruitiness, charred coffee, and a touch of berry. The booze really dominates, but it's not as pronounced as 120 Minute
F -- Big and boisterous. Not a super velvety mouthfeel, but it sure is packed with intense flavors. Minimal carb
O -- Better than 120 Minute for sure. While the flavors are surprisingly soft for the ABV, it's a bit much for me. Also the pricing is borderline ridiculous @ ~$11/12 oz bottle


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

Photo of Bdubz94
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 11/1/16 so about 10 months on it.

Pours black with 1 finger medium tan head. Decent retention.

Smells of booze, malts, tobacco, and some coffee.

Tastes of roasted malts. Very savory with a hint of sweet. Not too much booze on the tongue.

Feels is thick and heavy. Very viscous, well carbonated.

Overall a big stout. Lots of complexity to the taste. Not my favorite stout by any means but certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

L: It looks great, almost black, minimal head.
A: Chocolate, ash and leather.
T: Chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, toffee.
F: Actually thinner than I expected.
O: Incredibly easy to drink considering the abv, still, it caused me to break out in a sweat on a cool nite. Not sure if any beer deserves a 100, but this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of giediprime41
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Apellonious
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from some time in 2016 (bottle date came off) into a tulip glass. Pitch black with just a thin ring of lace. The aroma is a mix of heat, chocolate, tobacco, and grains. its going to take a minute or 20 to nail down the taste. Or make that 2 hours. Dark fruit, chocolate, molasses , tobacco, burn..what's nice is that the longer you wait the better it is, and the less burn and tobacco/leather notes are apparent. The feel is heavy, the carbonation low. Something you need to prepare for, and something you need to try.

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass shows ruby clarity with strong back light. A thin halo of brown foam leaves a few dots of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Big. Heady alcohol, raisins and rum, some dark red cherry, a very slight medicinal quality to the alcohol let's you know it hits hard. Dark sugars as well, black strap molasses, a little toffee, a little tobacco.

Taste: Sweet, smoked and charred barley, big esters bringing over ripe plum, purple grape juice that melds with the high alcohol. The sweetness slowly fades into a very hot alcohol burn that lasts and numbs the palate and lips (and reviewer).

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, very low carbonation, oily texture, numbing finish.

Overall: A beast, no question. The bottle doesn't state the abv, but it's way up there. A slow sipper, great flavors but so damn heavy. Probably best to share the bottle given the price (roughly 10 bucks a 12oz.) and abv. Was glad to see it in TN and grabbed the 4 pack with little hesitation. Happy I did.

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

Photo of bf7
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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