World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #296
Ranked #1,003
4.28 | pDev: 13.08%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
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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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Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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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OB1Kubota from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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UndertheRadar from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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
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laquebrada from California

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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. ( The bottle I am having now appears to have a 2003 date !! )

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
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
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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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank 12/2020 out of a tulip, bottle dated 2013.

Psyched to finally drink this bad boy, been sitting on it for a while. Found it to pour a little thin and found the mouthfeel to be a little thin as well, especially compared to some of today's thicker pastry stouts. But the good news was the beautifully but not over the top boozy smell, and the same for the taste. Tradition mix of roast and and dark malts, but again, not over the top in any direction, with a nice boozy taste to it. Really enjoyed it.

Dec 18, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: a very dark brown

smell: malt, brown sugar, soy sauce, toffee

taste: coffeeeee, chocolate, soy sauce, malt, dark fruits, cheery, vanilla, toffee, bread

feel: super complex and marshmallow-like feeling, abv well hidden ... very balanced, finish is bitter but acceptable

overall: nice, very unique, this beer need to be enjoyed at room temperature. only I'm afraid it's too strong for me

Nov 09, 2020
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mynie from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008 and purchased off of a shelf (in a store near Three Floyds, I think). Stored in various cellars and hutches since then.

The pour is, of course, pretty limp. But it's still got a surprising amount of fizz considering its age and intensely elevated ABV. It's a very dark red with a demonic ring of fizz in the middle that, I swear to god, looks like the ring from the movie The Ring.

The aroma is intense. I can smell thick, sour barley from two feet away. Taking a proper snort, the aroma becomes surprisingly thick, like Hershey's syrup and booze.

Age has treated this wonderfully. It's still weird, but not especially rough. The flavor nodes proceed as clear stages without any cohesion, like different parts of a cream-based salad that have curdled and separated throughout the years. Bitter barley moves into milk chocolate, which moves into soy sauce, which finishes on brown sugar and whiskey burn.

Overall... I dunno. I recall paying a price for this that seemed ridiculous in 2008 but was probably about what I pay for a 16 ounce can of mediocre IPA in 2020. It's definitely worth trying, but when compared to other super extreme classics like Utopias, it doesn't have the same sense of artistry. Nonetheless, producing a drinkable beer at 18% is an impressive feat.

Oct 24, 2020
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jpmarrero897 from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to find this up in my neck of the woods in North Eastern, PA. The 4-pack was a little bit steep but, the batch was bottled on 05/09/19 so they have been aging for some time.

After opening one and putting the rest in my cellar for special occasions (graduation from my MS in a few months, then PhD in a few years, wedding day, etc.), I found it to be very dark in appearance - almost black to be honest.

It smelled wonderful of roasted malts and reminded me of my favorite coffee found in Puerto Rico.

The taste was what you would expect from a stout of this magnitude - cooking with a lotta bit of "oomph"! Almost felt like a slight burn on the pallet like a shot but not too extreme. Definitely had slight wood flavor which I absolutely loved.

Surprisingly smooth for being such high gravity to be honest... It coated the pallet well and coaxed you into wanting more albeit being something to enjoy slowly. It definitely felt more powerful as it warmed up and made me feel nice and warm about 20 minutes in.

Overall, absolutely worth every penny spent and absolutely lived up to the expectations that I had garnered from several friends who have tried it. I can't wait to open the next one in July after walking the stage for my MS degree!

Oct 21, 2020
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE: August 7, 2020... OCCASION: enjoying my forty-fourth birthday eve with an amazing combination of this DFH WWS (this, the 16% ABV version) and Rush's Beyond the Lighted Stage.... GLASSWARE: Lindemans pokal snifter... pours a deep black body from a three-day, well-sealed grunt... a slight ring of browning bubbles surrounds a small upsurge of life in its middle... thick licorice, raisin, pinot noir, cocoa, soft coffee hints, and an intense, almost seering vapor of roasted malts... my goodness, a foreboding promise embedded here... its body is slightly oily at the entry, before it curls into a heavyweight drop of comforting warmth akin to whiskey... and yet, a bit of dryness... first in the profile is the licorice, which gives it a dessert-like quality... its secondary flavors include cocoa, coffee bean, and biting, aggressive malts that blanket the throat... a powerful, wine-like finish, boozy and full, with a malty blanket of raisin and whiskey... a tremendously strong hit of malts, with the grape and dark wine strength ...and yes, what took me so long to try this? maybe the price, which I have seen vary but mostly stretch the wallet... at $15.99 for a grunt, this wins and reminds me what awesome products DFH can craft...

Aug 08, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle ...7 years of age and it does age with the best of them. Malt rich, complex. A really nice treat in a bottle. Well made and definitely stands the test of time like a good bottle of wine. Wonder how it would do canned?

Jun 13, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here goes nothin. Mine's 18.3 percent, strongest ale I've found so far. Been saving it for several months so it may be just a tad stronger.

Pours almost black, it has a slight brown glare using light behind. Low head contrived of large bubbles that almost immediately disappear, even with a dirty pour.

Smells of caramel, scotch, aged fruit with a hint of cocoa.

It actually burns a little like a shot. Notes of roasted nuts, molasses, dates, smoked wood, whiskey, coffee, malt and love.

Feel is surprisingly tingly for as thick as it is, almost certainly the alcohol. The best way to enjoy these types of brews is room temperature. Doesn't leave the palette as dry as you might think.

All in all, this very well may be the greatest stout I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The world really needs more stuff like it. Thank you Dogfish Head.

Jun 05, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

World Wide Stout, and all of its variants, are world class beers. This stout is dank, murky, and filled with complex flavors. The beer is very fruity in the sense of dark fruit overtones. Very strong at 18%, you will feel extremely buzzed after a 12 oz bottle.

The bitter, dark barley roast brings it all together. The barrel aged version holds a slight upper hand, but this beer is elite and should be sought after.


Mar 29, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 11/1/16, had 2/3/19.

Pours dark and opaque, a little garnet on the edges, with a half inch quickly dissipating foamy head and a little spotty cling. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, figs, molasses, caramel, raisins, some smoke, a light hop aroma. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, raisins, molasses, smoke, caramel, less figs than the aroma, a pleasant hop bitterness throughout. Very light alcohol bleeds through. Really smooth for the ABV, a great full body, well carbonated.

An incredibly well executed beer. Has terrific, expressive aromas and great flavors. Drinks like it’s 9%, not 18%. Definitely one beer you should experience.

Feb 26, 2020
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Anders91 from California

3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pitch black thin mocha head

Smell: coffee and chocolate, not that strong of a smell

Taste: deep chocolate and coffee, boozey aftertaste hides its abv way too well

Feel: smooth and syrupy

Jan 29, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/23/19 into pint glass. Pours a dark brown with essentially no head. Initial impression is molasses, licorice, vanilla, and somewhat bitter herbal hops, overlaid with a very healthy dose of booze. Mouthfeel is slick and oily; carbonation is sufficient to lend a little prickle but really doesn't enhance the taste much. Finish is boozy and aa little bitter, with lots of molasses.
All things considered, I don't think this is worth the toll it's gonna take on me tomorrow morning. I can find better AIS's at lower ABV.

Jan 18, 2020
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Pegasus from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Billowy, off-white tan head crowns an utterly opaque amber body, and retains very well. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: For an ale with an ABV of 16.25%, the alcohol must be a prominent component of the aroma; it presents spicy , vinous, and sweet, lacking any harshness. Nonetheless, there is also molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit, licorice, vanilla, and a little roast coffee.

Taste: As in the aroma, the spicy, sweet, and vinous alcohol is front-and-center. There is also brown sugar, molasses, licorice, and dark fruit. There is also quite a bit of wood and vanilla. Finishes, as expected, with prominent alcohol, molasses, and bitter herbal hops, though these are balanced quite gracefully.

Mouthfeel: Thich and syrupy, with only a bare hint of carbonation.

Drinkabilit/notes: To say that World Wide Stout is over-the-top is an understatement. But, you already knew that. Extremity can lead to greatness, and surely, this is such an instance. World Wide Stout is certainly shareable, my wife and I split a bottle and found that a half-bottle each was quite satisfying.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium balloon glass.

Jan 05, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a small off white head. Smells of dark roasted grain with nice fruit profile. Tastes of fruity dark roasted grain, slight coffee. Beer is full bodied and a sipper, yet has good carbonation and is dangerously easy drinking. Overall, a very good beer.

Dec 23, 2019
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irs from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a red wine glass from a new bottle from JCanals (not aged).
Minimal foam, no lacing. carbonation freckles the surface of the beer.
smells of raisins and booze, like a mix of stout and barley wine.
Very sweet and light on the tongue, definitely a dessert beer. Sweetness is almost cloying, but not quite unpleasant. a definite thickness to the mouthfeel, but not quite chewy. I don't think I would know how strong this is from the taste, but I'd definitely think it was above 10%, but its not obvious how much over 10 it is.
I'm glad I've tried it, and it might be really interesting to age another bottle, but the experience isn't particularly motivating to go out and get another given the price of the beer.

Nov 29, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/11/19. Poured at 56 degrees, black with ruby edges, and a fast fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring and even thinner island of micro dots on the surface; thin legs at best on swirl. Chocolate, black licorice, smoke/roast malt, fruity nose. Smokey roast nuts, char, burnt brown toast up front; licorice, chocolate, toffee, oak, vanilla, burnt brown sugar, molasses, roast coffee bitter finish. Medium plus full body; medium minus carbonation; face flushing warmth from 16% abv; smooth tongue coating. Overall a tour de force of flavors - multiple layers of roast, malt and barrel notes with fruity dark cherry and sugary raisins in the finish.

Nov 17, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/11/2016

Appearance - dark brown body with tan head

Smell - roasted malts, dark chocolate, raisin, fudge

Taste - Fudge, dark chocolate, roasted malts, raisin, black licorice

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, medium carbonation, fudgey and roasted malts upfront, alcohol burn on the way down, boozy on the back end

Overall - Decent experience, this is a great beer for a cold night, very warming on the way down/boozy, but at the price point, not sure if I have a need to re-visit this one. Worth a try

Price Point - $10.99/12 oz bottle

Nov 16, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Stamped bottling date is smudged, but I think it is November of 2017.
Black colored body, with a red mahogany back lit edge. Not much head upon pouring but a nearly complete light brown cap sticks around. No lacing.
Aroma wafts from the glass, and is quite intense when the nose is close. Smells of dark roasted barley, dried dark cherry, prune, and raisin. Presents a whiff of leather and tobacco, with a little cacao mixed in. The booze is what drives all of this into the nostrils.
Taste is layered with dark, smoky, roasted malts, and the slight sweetness of dried dark fruit. Has alcohol expression similar to port. Kind of dry, with some chocolate at the end.
Mouthfeel is a little thin. There is certainly the numbing sensation from the high ABV%. Supportive carbonation. Leaves an oily sheen on the glass, that slides back down into the body.
The beer has a very long presentation, with different aspects expressing all throughout the main swallow and into the long after taste. There is a lot of breadth and depth to this sipping beer.

Nov 10, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov 2009

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer which is topped by a half finger of dense and rocky tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of alcohol, roasted malts, dark fruits, and a hint of chocolate.
T: Taste is roasted malts, a little oxidation, dark chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits. Oxidation is there, but it isn't excessive. Overall this one has held up well. On the swallow there's more roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and slight charred wood. This beer has a very long finish.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium in body with a slightly syrupy feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the low end of effervescent while the beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this beer is an experience. It has a lot of flavor and complexity. There's a lot going on and it all seems to be pretty well balanced. It's also held up really well as there are barely any signs of oxidation on the beer. Well worth a try and well worth aging.

Oct 18, 2019
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