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World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#923
Reviews:
1,796
Ratings:
4,893
pDev:
13.51%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
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807
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Ratings: 4,893 |  Reviews: 1,796
Photo of tappangordo
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thagr81us
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Pours black with a nice two-finger tan head but subsides quickly to a one-finger head and stays throughout. Had very nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a hint of alcohol. The flavor of this one was very sweet with alcohol and a hint of wood. It was pretty heavy on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice stout from Dogfish Head. The sweet notes definitely make the beer more enjoyable as it countacts the alcohol notes present. Worth a try for anyone who can get their hands on it. But I suggest sticking to one...

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well what do you say about a beer that’s 23% alcohol? “Holy Cow Batman”!

As it s sets in the glass, “Dark as the inside of a Cow”, the head microscopic, the color dark chocolate, texture spumous, the lace patchy. Alcohol quite evident, bananas and pineapple, sweet, underpinned by the malt, start is sweet as eating sugar from the bowl, some malt, and the top full, finish “ZAP, ZING, WHOOF”, all alcohol with the hops present but buried under the alcohol, dry and long lasting aftertaste. More than warms the belly, sets it on fire, definitely not meant for people who aren’t into ferine, beastly, bestial, brutal beers, I love it, but only once a year.

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Photo of HBeezley
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this beer completely on whim by a guy who suggested it at Whole Foods. Didn't realized until after I bought it that it was 8! for a 12oz bottle! I remember texting my brother in law, "it better be awesome".

A - Completely pitch black! Now this is a stout!

S - Honestly, not too much hits you right up front. It's weird but, it's not until the taste that you get the fullness of the aroma. However, the head does lock in some nice stuff but that head doesn't stick around long - it quickly recedes to a brown ring around the glass.

t - My first reaction was pretty much, "holy crap!" that should give you the gist of what it tastes like. It's jus like the bottle promotes: "ridiculous amounts of barley". It's toasty, sweet, bitter, and alcoholic! (didn't realize that this was a 18% ABV! feew!). I think this is what makes this beer a winner: it's just got so much going for it (or going in it!); the complexity really sparks the taste buds.

m - Alright, I can like it. Basically, it's like there's a fight between two Chuck Noris's in your mouth. yeah, imagine that - that's sort of what it's like.

d - It's a sipping beer. Nothing to chug down and reach for another. Mostly, I understand why they only sell them by the 12oz; who could really drink more than one (or two...I guess)?

Overall, great beer from DFH! I mean, they don't disappoint, especially here.

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Photo of cassanoj
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Black as night. No head, but I can't hold that against a beer with 18% abv.

Smells like a punch in the face. Serious alcohol and aged port at first. After the uppercut, I begin to smell vanilla, some roasted notes, chocolate, candy. What an intense smell.

Taste is of alcohol, big time. Though it's a lot, I find myself not bothered by it. Chocolate, prunes, raisins, dark, roasted things. So good but wow, what a sipper.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, syrupy. Little carbonation. More like a meal than a beer.

This is a damn good beer, but if I were to drink more than one, my taste buds would go completely numb. Well done DFH.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black with no head whatsoever. Aromas are super-boozey, with a scotch characteristic, as well as some dark roasted coffee and very bitter dark chocolate. Flavors are strong and boozey, with an initial tingle on the front of the tongue. The mid-tongue gets a good blast of dark roasted barley, syrupy molasses, and booze that has a blend of scotch and rum qualities. The body is light, and has an effervescent feel to it, too. There is a strong, warming sensation that starts at the back of the palate and throat, and follows all the way down into your belly. Delicious. The aftertaste is more of the roast characteristics, with the booze still present, as well as a peppery spicing. The finish is slick, with a slight linger and tang left on the palate. Tasty brew that will keep you completely warm in the winter time. Wow...heavy hitter.

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft into a snifter.

Note: I arose one afternoon to find a nasty, bloody scrape on my left knee, another on my right elbow, an aching shoulder, and a very angry wife. I am told that my prior evening included at least one (very plausibly more than one) Dogfishhead World Wide Stout and a drunken fight with a stop sign. The sign won.

My memory is, as you might imagine, a bit hazy. I do remember this being a very good, very strong beer. I also remember noting that it was 100% opaque, even held up to the light. Fortunately, I discovered a review scrawled on both sides of a bar receipt. Apparently, I did not make it to drinkability, so I will simply say, “No.” In my personal experience, this beer was not drinkable. I will add that World Wide Stout goes down much easier than you might expect, given the exceptionally high ABV. That probably explains my evening. I'm giving it a 4 in this department, with the caveat that this is based on one serving, sipped slowly and responsibly.

What follows is my “review,” unedited:

A: Suprising ly little lacing. Dark as a black fuckinghole.

S: Smells like moxor oil espresso strong coffee alcohol—frat prarty

T: Strongest stout beer eve delivers or expeclations. Every deark beer you ever tasted. Bitter, coffee

MF: Thick as fuck – heavy coats mouth syrup syrup

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Photo of Deltoro
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bandi
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Indigo ink blackness in a tulip with a dense taunt light brown foamy cap that is well retained, despite the mammoth ABV. Ominous black hole like pours are to be reveared.

Dark cake like scents first hit the nose. Toasted malts are detectable, but sweetsugars overtake the usual stout aromas.

First Swigs: Roasted chewy espresso malts like someone dumped coffee grinds into my brew. Awl-kee-hawl punch hits me straight in the kisser. Rummy hot, even while cooled just above fridge temps. The fusel nature gives me shivers. Over ripe vodka soaked bananas and some maraschino cherry & cocoa notes. Rock ‘n rye quality rolls on and on here. Overall, the booze takes the wheel on this out of control joyride.

Thick syrup feel. Just a slight smidge of carbonation manages to struggle free here. Needs to be at 50 degrees. Drinkability is hampered by the tongue lashing that this delivers. DFH has flexed their brewing muscles and the referee has counted to ten.

Last Swigs: Tongue numbing vodka infused stout. Goes through a rainbow of flavors while the temperature spectrum advances.
$8.25 for a 12 oz’er.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of salinasa
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. I've been waiting for quite a while to sample this baby so well see how it goes.

A: Pours a muddy muddy thick black with a little ring of head that sticks around but I was not expecting a head anyways, its just dark and inviting black as night

S: Smells incredibly sweet, like a sweet port, huge huge nose on this, plums and rum raisins with hints of sweet and dark chocolate. I mean there is not real reason to get more specific it smells pretty much like exactly what is listed here, very luxurious.

T/MF: The carbonation is a nice touch here and allows an extremely heavy and creamy body to impart the flavor all across the tongue. Hugely sweet plum and raisin and grape with the smallest flavor of fresh ground coffee (the grape aspect is what really threw me here) with quite a bit of alcohol heat almost too sweet but I'll let this guy warm up for a bit before continuing.

D: The drinkability is low no matter what, not a sipper not a session an experience more than anything else. A beer that demands your time more than your attention. I can't say I'd ever drink this again, its really just too much, I mean all these things are nice and is surprisingly carbonated for such a huge beer but really just too much.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this dark deep rusty colored black beer into a pint glass. Where the aroma was a good port smell with a balance of the hops and malts that I have come to expect from this brewery. The palates taste was that of good lingering stout. This is a great beer to use as a winter warmer as it just warms the mouth and the body as it embodies you.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of, if not the best, American made stout. A classic.

Pours a black coffee looking color with a nice head.

The smell is very malty, with some hints of smoke, wood, and dark chocolate.

For such a strong stout with a high ABV, it's exceptionally smooth.

A wonderful stout.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured aggressively into a chalice

I know this stout in known to have zero head, so i poured about as hard as I could without spilling it. The valiant attempt still left only a meager thin cap after less than a minute. Very, very dark ale. Light will not get through this bad mother. Blacker than black WWS looks like it means business. The aromas are almost too complex to describe. Sherry like tannins upfront, vanilla bourbon and Cabernet sauvion. The taste is even more exciting from the first sip. Cherry bourbon a smooth alcohol bite. The boozieness fades with each taste. The warm feel on my cheeks and in my belly are comforting. Thinking of this stout as an actual ale and not a spirit is becoming cumbersome. I had no idea an ale of this complexity could be brewed on our small blue and green planet. A sweeter flavor is coming around as the ale warms. I may be detecting figs, burned brown and sugar very rich dark chocolate. No matter how I love to sip this brew there is no chance of me pouring another tonight.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of natelocc787
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drabmuh for the trade. Heavy, heavy beer. The appearance was nothing special, I did appreciate the complete blackness of the beer. As black as they come.

The nose was humongous, with big roasted barley, dark, bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses and black malt.

The taste was complex to say the least and I expect nothing less from a DFH "big" beer. Roasted vanilla coffee beans, molasses, caramelized smores and dark, dark chocolate.

Very long in the finish with an above average mouthfeel, this beer was chewy, sudsy and well carbonated. Heavy and airy with an oily character.

Drinkability was low due to the high abv, the oily mouthfeel and the huge malt character of the beer.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Bottled in 2010.

A: No head, no lacing; pours a dark espresso brown

S: Tart smell of dark fruits, malts, and oats

T: Tart raisin, oak, dark fruits, coffee, sweet toffee, with a very slight booze finish.

M: No carbonation, medium thickness; very slight sharpness of the tongue, but overall a very smooth and buttery mouthfeel.

O: Where are they hiding the booze??? This is really delicious, and dangerously smooth and drinkable. Some interesting flavors here, definitely not what I expected

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Photo of AJPainter
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black. Very little head, but what's there is dark tan. When the glass is swirled it displays legs, like on a good wine or brandy.

Smell: Dark fruits at first (figs and prunes, maybe?), then some bread and roasted grains, and finally a pungent alcohol. Short whiffs display just one aspect, but a longer sniff after a swirl will run the gamut.

Taste: Some fruitiness and roastiness at first, followed by an overwhelming alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: In a word: thick. Not much carbonation going on here, but it really doesn't need it, as it seems the viscosity is what we're after. Carbonation might just get in the way.

Notes: Something I wanted to try for the sake of trying, but I don't know if I'll go out of my way to have it again. Very good, and worth the $, but it knocked me on my ass after only a couple sips. I might get it again to share with others who would appreciate it, but I don't think I could handle another 12 oz myself.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, syrupy black onyx in color with just a touch of a fizzy light brown head that dissipates almost on contact leaving trails of a thin sheet and minor lacing.

Deep oak-tinged, roasted chocolate. Touches of semi-sweet vanilla and even toffee. Alcohol aromatics contribute a lot to the sweetness and richness.

Thick and chewy roasted malt character; bold dark chocolate flavors with waves of a vanilla sweetness. A smokey quality that weaves in and out in between the very present and complicated bourbon infused alcohol character.

Full bodied; syrupy, rich, yet not unbearable in terms of thickness. Almost vaporous due to the high abv. A good balance between high abv% and the chewy malt profile.

I ended up splitting this one, but it isn't unreasonable to have one to yourself. Anything beyond that in one sitting could be trouble.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black black with a slight head and hardly any lacing, perhaps because of the thickness and alcohol

smell is cocoa, coffee, alcohol, vanilla, and some perfumey smells

taste is port wine, prunes, and some dark chocolate

notes: an incredible intense stout - like an imperial but more intense and malty...borderline overly sweet and sticky feeling, a good intense unique beer that is still drinkable and geared for how big it is.

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Photo of Reason2B
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010

A: Pours black, with minimal tan in color heading forming. What even head that has formed, quickly subsides. Lacing is at a minimal as well, leaving a little to be desired.

S: A very strong smell of roasted malts dominated the olfactory. There is sweetness present, almost cherry in smell, with a hit of chocolate. There is a boozy smell, but not at all to the level to be expected.

T: Pronounced booze on the leading taste, but yet again Dogfish does an exceptional job keeping the booze from over powering the taste. Roasted malts rule the experience. Next in line are the notes of cherry, followed by chocolate and plum.

M: Good month feel, heavy in body, and low carbonation.

O: Pretty good display from Dogfish on balancing such a huge beer; it surely doesn’t drink like 18%. Good complexity with lots of layers of flavor, mostly contributing to the sweetness. This is a once in a while beer, but it is pleasing.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 2008 so 2 years old. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark black in color with a slight head across the top of the pour that dissipates quickly. Really no lacing, and not as thick as other stouts.

Smells like I've poured a glass of bourbon or brandy. Raisins, grapes, and the alcohol come through in the aroma.

Nice flavor. Alcohol surprisingly masked for having noticed it in the aroma. Just a hint of chocolate and coffee and some roasted malt flavor.

This goes down WAAAYYY too easy for such a high ABV. It's smooth on the palate and not abrasive at all. I could see some being turned off by the sweetness, but that does help bring the various pieces together.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled in: 2010 D

pours out opaque black with about one finger of tan head that faded to a ring within minutes. lace is quick to fall back into the beer. only minimal legs visible on the glass.

big solvent alcohol is immediatly noticable and is by far the biggest player in the aroma. roasted/ burnt malts, dark fruits, burnt dark sugars and hints of smoke noticable behind the booze.

again with the big alcohol, but it seems to work more with the rest of the beer giving the impy stout flavors more of a chance to shine. still after each sip it really coats the throat and mouth with warming alcohol, similar to taking a shot. next to the booze you get some deeply roasted/ burnt malts, burnt dark sugars, raisons, dark fruits, a little smoke and vanilla and almost a nice bourbony/ whiskey flavor from all the booze even though no barrel ever touched this beer.

very thick and sooo warming, almost too warming. carbonation is just about right for this beer, just a bit on the low side.

boozey alcohol really plays a big part in this beer, but once your palate adjusts and the beer is allowed to warm a bit its really quite nice. id definatly drink this again, although aging is prolly the key with this beer.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having this as the Chicago Blackhawks serve up humble pie to Mike BabCOCK and the Redwings.

Pours an endless blackhole, opaque black. Off white mocha head with little lacing.

Aroma of mocha sweetness, chocolate, coffee and cream.

Not so heavy a brew-picking up on dark molasses, prune and roasted grain.

Mellow finish and velvety smooth. Full body coats the mouth and is chewy.

A lot of goodness going on with this sipping brew. Not as great as the hype, but overall, decent enough.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,893 ratings
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