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

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: dark fruits, cherries, earthy notes, alcohol T: sweet sugary alcohol, roasted malts, alcohol, raisins and cherries 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"

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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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Photo of floridadrift
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Black, huge frothy tan head
S: Hops, bitters, floral
T: Hops, some chocolate notes but mostly bitter, some heat from the ABV.
F: Smooth
O: Not ready, this beer is supposed to be decant in five-eight years.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a 1/4 inch tan head. Foam coats the glass with every sip, but slides back into the head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Lots of malt upfront, followed by coffee and a hint of chocolate and a delightful finish of dark fruit. Pleasantly boozy with good carbonation. Another hit from dogfish head, although slightly overpriced.

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Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Slick and boozy, but nice flavor lingers behind the alcohol.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was aged 2 years. Very thick and syrupy look and feel to it. Smell was of bitter chocolate. Taste was of the same. Really good beer but at 11.99 a bottle I think I would rather pay 18.99 foe a sixer of Bells expedition stout. I will say slowly sipped on this for about an hour and when done had a pretty good buzz. Worth tring at least once and would probably age for about 3 years town low out just a bit more.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a December 2013 bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with purple on the edges and no head to speak of. Smells slightly of cardboard (oxidation?), but also dark fruits, balsamic vinegar, and port. Taste follows, with strong port notes - sweet raisins, prunes, and black cherries but not much roast, chocolate or coffee. Drinks really well, with no alcohol burn - not sure of the ABV, but if this is 15%+, it's very smooth. Overall, this reminds me of a port much more than a stout - in fact, if I was told that's what I was drinking, I would have believed it. No complaints, just be ready for a unique take on the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Strangely enough it seems like some of the newer batches are better, but I always tell people to usually sit on these a few years.

Black as can be, small brown head, under 1/3". Aroma was chewy, huge, roast.

Taste was beyond my expectations almost every time, keeps the booze and bitterness relatively in check for such a huge beer. Not overly viscous, doesn't rely on barrel aging or adjuncts, just a big ass imperial stout from the olden days.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a reddish hue when the light hits it. No head which is to be expected for the abv.
The aroma is dark roast, dark fruit, and booze.
Flavor is dark roast and very sweet. Had a little bit of dark fruit finishes with pleasant alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick with light carbonation. Finishes dry with slight alcohol feel in the back of the throat.
Overall it's a great beer would highly recommend.

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Photo of HouseBrew
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, but when held up to the light there is a deep garnet hue around the edge. Tan head that dissipates quickly after the pour.

S - Vanilla, prune, alcohol, raisin, bourbon, oak

T - Lots of malt flavor. Alcohol is strong, but not too much to not be able to drink. Lots of dark fruit burnt caramel and vanilla flavor. Slight hint of bourbon barrels.

M - Thick almost syrupy texture at first. Melts to a mild alcohol burn and warms the mouth and throat.

O - Very powerful stout in all ways, but goes down smoother than you'd expect. Would be a great beer for poor winter weather. Especially if you're brewing in the snow!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

**FROM OLD NOTES, 04/29/042:
Aroma Is yeast, coffee, peat, sugar/ molasses. Dark black color, white head. Taste is coffee, cream, touch of fruit. ..maybe black cherry. Finish is tart, vinegar like. Alcohol presence is very strong. Feel us light and thin for such a dark beer. Carbonation is very light. Interesting stout. Not my favorite, but worth keeping around for its uniqueness. Lost Head to head with Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of docoman
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my new favorites from dogfish head. Had 2014 one on draft and thought was very smooth considering the % ABV on this stout. Mild almost port wine thickness and velvet smooth finish. well done DFH!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taking out more cellar, yup, here we go!
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger off white foamy head that concaves nicely into the glass. Thick lacing slides into the beer.
The smell had some dark fruits, roasty coffee beans, light amount of cocoa, caramel and molasses.
The taste was moderately sweet with a nice roastiness and sweet graininess that I liked a lot. Semi-sticky dark fruity aftertaste leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a beautiful sipping quality to it. Carbonation feels refined low enough to really let the stickiness come out and lay down on my tongue nicely.
Overall, wonderful Double/Imperial Stout that I would love to have again.

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Photo of TampaRainman
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2007 Vintage. Drinking beer this old is always fun, regardless of the outcome. It forces you to think back to what your life was like all those years ago.

A: Pours a slow syrupy black that momentarily releases enough carb to yield a 1/4" head, but then quickly fades into the faintest of rims. I haven't seen too many non-BA stouts that work as hard going into a glass.

S: Burnt caramel, molasses, vegemite, slight anise, brandy-soaked dates and teriyaki.

T: Sticky sweet soy bomb. Just really over the top sweetness. Very Dark Lord-esque. Hints of brandy and cocoa powder. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this vintage, but if it's in the 18% like some of the others, you wouldn't believe it by drinking it.

F: The feel is thick, syrupy and slick. I would have guessed this was a BA stout--brandy or maybe port--10/10 times. Solid feel with a slight tickle on the back end to let you know the ABV is indeed there.

O: I'm looking forward to revisiting a more recent batch and hoping that it has a little more balance. I know that many suggest aging this beer, but perhaps 8 years is letting it get just a little too long in the tooth.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 14/20

Overall 82/100

Summery: Really good for the ABV... does NOT taste even close to 18%... Still, it doesn't really taste like a 'beer' per say, more like a port. Just not my thing I suppose~

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

Split between two small snifters from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours black and thick with a thin tan head. Very viscous lacing. Smell is anise, dark fruit, chocolate - more wine-like than a beer in many ways. Flavor is similar - the dark fruit is strong with notes of anise and chocolate. Reminds me of a desert wine. Body is very full and rich. Overall, a really unique, great stout.

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