World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout
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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #944
ABV:
18%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,508
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 13.27%
Reviews:
1,874
Ratings:
3,295
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 27, 2022
Added:
Jan 02, 2002
Wants:
  840
Gots:
  1,908
SCORE
94
Outstanding
World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout
Notes: 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
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2016 Vintage. From the bottle, it pours a deep dark brown/black color with a tiny head that soon dissipates. The nose gets burnt malts and alcohol. The mouth gets a smooth creamy black malt flavored brew. A real sippin' brew.
Oct 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Super high alcohol content. It tastes good, but it doesn’t really taste great because it is like drinking toasty booze. Fun to try once but not really worth having more thn once or twice a year due to the super high price.
Aug 09, 2022
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown with a ruby hue and two fat fingers of airy, mocha-colored head. Rocky dissipation fairly quickly settles into wisp and crown.

Big aroma of chocolate, cherry cordials and finger nail polish. Strong umami and shoe leather behind.

Plenty of umami and leather in the taste. A good kiss of chocolate and plum, too. A bit of root beer. Decent alcohol heat. Relatively dry finish.

Slick, oily feel. Light carbonation.

Tasty and complex. 11/1/16 bottling.
Jun 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.63 by Matt052408 from Michigan

Apr 13, 2022
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Rated by robotic_being from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2019 version coffee bean variant.
Mar 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Everyone of these I’ve tried is way too boozy and boring to occupy the heights of great beer. Not impressed.
S: above average I guess
T: average to above average
Feel: about average for its abv
O: overrated
Pretty sure I have had my last one. Unless someone else is buying, of course.
Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 9/22/16

Well, after having KBBS, the highest rated beer in the world and a heavily adjuncted Stout for review 1000, I figure a classic, no frills Stout is the logical next step. I’ve never had this one fresh, but I’m excited to try it regardless, especially for the Cellaruary thread. Let’s get into it

Pours a muddy dark brown with a finger of tan head that immediately fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

It is pretty wild the complexity a Stout can have without barrel aging; everything speaks for itself without any distraction. I'm picking up on aromas of cocoa powder, raisin, dark toast, toffee, earthy bourbon, light roast coffee, and charred oak

I know the age and abv definitely play a role in bumping up the complexity and robustness of this beer, but it's an impressive thing regardless. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting dark chocolate, black cherry, caramel, charred malt, dark bready malt, bourbon, light raisin, and a touch of red wine. The swallow brings notes of cocoa powder, rich red wine, charred malt, toffee, black cherry, and a touch of acidic coffee

A full body pairs with very gentle carbonation resulting in a somewhat hot beer. Finishes off dry with a lightly tart fruitiness

This is solid stuff right here. I really can't believe I waited this long to try it. A far cry from the KBBS I had yesterday for review 1000, but a wonderful beer in its own right. Hopefully I can get a fresher bottle next time
Feb 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by josephwa from Minnesota

Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by digboy from New Hampshire

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is the highest abv beer I've ever actually enjoyed. Drank way too much of it when it was on tap locally! Somehow, impressively keeps the booziness minimal while bringing all the right stout characteristics forward. Impressive.
Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.73 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 bottle, cracked open in 2022.

A - Pours opaque, black with brown highlights. Minimal light tan head. Fades to a pencil thin line around the glass, no lacing.

S - A big nose of alcohol warmth, boozy and bourbon-like, vanilla and malts, roasted up nice.

T - Follows the nose, with a fat malty open, chocolate and dark fruits, vanilla and a subtly bitter finish.

M - This is such a big beer, not heavy for it, and more drinkable than I expected. Warm, minimal carbonation.

O - Superb. This is not my favorite type of stout. But incredibly well built. Great example of what can be done.
Jan 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by tatecarson from Louisiana

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by 911CROFT from England

Nov 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.68 by Calabash from Pennsylvania

Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by Wesmaze from New York

Aug 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by beast464 from Maryland

May 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Argento from Rhode Island

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. Black colour. Intense aroma of sweet malts, roasted barley, leather, liquorice and oak. Very sweet, alcoholic and roasty flavour with notes of molasses. Interesting, but overdone.
Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by OB1Kubota from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer has always been good, quite good. A couple times great. What I've found is that it varies quite a bit with batch and age. The bones are consistent, but the body and the smooth are the characteristics that are the most different. Expensive and not always easy to get.
Feb 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.66 by vheissu15 from North Dakota

Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by Edy-Cantarero from New York

Feb 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
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Reviewed by UndertheRadar from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle 4/23/19. I would have aged this longer but I was really curious to try it since I am sampling several stouts this winter. Very dark in appearance, as one would expect. Very strong roasty smell of boozy vanilla. Very intense flavor with some vanilla, hints of chocolate and overall sweetness. I miss some complexity in the flavor in comparison to other stouts I have sampled. There is no doubt it has a boozy presence, is quite smooth and is really enjoyable. I agree with others who said it is a liquor among beers, and that splitting a bottle with someone is really perfect!
Feb 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.69 by Doubledown240 from Ohio

Jan 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
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Reviewed by laquebrada from California

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Opaque black color, huge alcohol aroma and flavor, sweet flavor, but by no means cloying, long warm finish. The alcohol in this beer overwhelms the tastebuds to the point that the stout character is not detectable. But it's really good!
Jan 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by tbryan5 from Louisiana

Jan 09, 2021
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My 12oz bottle is at least two years old according to the store. (Actually 2016 - so 5 yo )

Pours pitch black with a short lived tan head which ends as lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and raisins. Slightly bitter finish mostly from the coffee. A lot of alcoholic warmth at the end of a sip as well.

Full body with light carbonation. Lush syrupy mouthfeel.

This is a liqueur among beers!
Jan 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by Carl_R from Oklahoma

Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz bottle, obcenely expensive, 3 years old

Almost black, cola edge, not much (if any) foam to speak of, smells like coffee beans, hops, and paint varnish. Very bitter and sweet, the coffee is bitter and sweet, the hops are bitter, the malt is honey-like in flavor and feel and sweetness (i.e. pure sugar). If I can describe the taste in cave-man terms - "chocolate sweet, malty, then bitter coffee alcohol burn".

This is a big, thick, chewy beer, and it hides the 18% astonishingly well, actually able to fold the "woody" alcohol flavor back into the rest of the attack on your taste buds: coffee, chocolate, honey, and all the sweet malt duking it out on the sweet/bitter battlewargrounds, making a mess all over your tastebuds
Jan 06, 2021
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The date on the bottle reads 09/22/16 - 4.5 years old.

A: The beer is pure black with a brown head that surprisingly built up to about 1.5 foamy fingers and stuck around a bit. No light coming through at all, even directly to light. A serious looking beer.

S: A lot going on here, but much of it is kind of buried beneath a strong, hot boozy aroma. Bourbon and port mostly. Dark fruits like plum and raisin, medicinal cherry. A hint of vanilla, roasted malt. This is a complex aroma, but a bit heavy on the alcohol.

T: Vanilla, roasted character. Dark fruit in the mid-palate. Finishes very heavy on the port alcohol character. Hard to unpack a lot of the flavors in here due to the heavy alcohol content.

F: A bit oily and coating, but burns a bit going down and when held in the mouth.

Overall: There is a lot of good in here, but it is buried under a ton of alcohol. On an experimental level, that's kind of the point, and I'd like to revisit this after a few more years to see how that continues to mellow out. This was a good experience, a lot to unpack, but really a one off for me unless I can find a really old one, and cheaply.
Dec 30, 2020
World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 5169 ratings