World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout
4,884 Ratings
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 jkoogler
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A jet black pour props up a rich tan head. Nose is BOOZE (duh at 18%), plus some of the richest, roasty chocolate/toffee/char aromas I’ve had the pleasure to sniff.

Taste of course is boozy, but the dark chocolate flavor is the star of the show, IMHO. This beer should not be this rich and creamy, with all the alcohol, but it is. That is a credit to DFH.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMC43
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.14/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout glass. Bottled on August 15th, 2017.

L: Deep dark brown, ruby edges. Two and a half finger beige head has fantastic retention.

S: Very fumey, lots of vanilla, and oak, with faint chocolate, and faint dark fruit.

T: Definite beginning of chocolate and vanilla that melds together well, middle of the palate is mostly a warming bourbon and then finishing off with those woody oaky notes. Really complex and tasty. Alcohol at 16% is actually decently hidden.

F: Full body, crisp carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

O: An incredible brew that pushes boundaries. Hats off to Dogfish Head for this well crafted brew.

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

Photo of BubbleChamber
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black body with tan head. Nose of vanilla, wood, mild dark fruit. Taste is initially sweet with prominent vanilla, roasty malt pungency hitting the back of the tongue immediately afterwards. As it mellows in the mouth more of the oakiness is apparent, with vanilla lingering in the finish. Medium body. Only mildly carbonated. Very, very boozy, but highly sippable and tasty. This is a dangerous brew. —Reviewed 2017/10/01

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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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