World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American 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 Quej
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Black as old motor oil and thick to match. Pours with a slight bit of cream-coloured head.
S - Smells of dark chocolate, raisins, prunes and other dark berries. A slight tingle from the alcohol.
T - Opens very sweet with lots of fruity tastes to match the nose. Tastes of coffee emerge with the bitterness of espresso to balance the sweetness of the considerable malt. Very little taste of alcohol even as it warms.
M - Thick and heavy, rather oily and coating in a syrupy style.
D - Not so high. This beer is too thick and strong for me to have more than one at a time.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a little more than one finger of creamy coffee colored head with decent retention.

The scent is of roasted malts, chocolate, notes of coffee and alcohol.

The taste is also of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet and warming peppery alcohol.

Full body, very thick and creamy, very warming on the tongue.

Overall this was a pretty good stout, the insanely high abv was present but did not overwhelm the other flavors.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the pour is very dark. a cocoa tan head of half a pinky width sprouted and was quickly whisked away into the alcoholic swirl below. some strands of lacing form as the rim foam clings.

the nose is milky and roasted with some nice boozey chocolate.

the taste is surprisingly mild. slightly alcoholic in the finish but smooth and toasty and drizzled with milky lactose sweetness and chocolate syrup at the onset. perhaps slightly alcoholic doesn't cover it.

the mouthfeel is very enjoyable. it seems to coat the palate in a slick oily richness that is cut by the alcohol to finish quite clean.

overall, this is a novelty that is worth a dabble. the cost is a bit prohibitive and the alcohol content is such that this beer is a session in itself. take it slow, laugh that you spent six pack money on a single bottle, and let the warmth carry you away to that special place...

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown as I poured; jet black in the glass. Head is a thin layer of creamy tan foam. Not bad.

Smell: intriguing. Quite fruity, much like a wine. There's some lightly roasty sweet malt below as well, so there's a quite nice complexity. I want to like it more, but there's also a huge alcohol nose that's got a ring to it which is almost like scented nail polish remover.

Taste: big fruit flavor straightaway. Cherry, plum, a little bit of grape or raisin, followed by a little bit of malt character. The alcohol on this thing is just plain crazy -- I can taste the heat and I can feel it going down my gullet. Good, but man; take it down a notch, maybe?

Mouthfeel: not really creamy, per se, but big body with this much alcohol is making this brew silky smooth. I really like the mouthfeel, which I suppose is important in a sippin' beer like this.

Overall: I've had WWS a few times before, and I've always liked it. It's a bit on the strong side, which I think doesn't help it 100% of the time, but overall it's a successful beer.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/17/09
Black as night with a one finger tan head that dissipates very quickly. This is not very carbonated which i am sure is the result of being nearly 3 years old.
The aromas after the pour were strong. I smelled dark chocolate, raisins, roasted grains. These aromas lasted but a few minutes before I really had to swirl the beer around to pick them up again.
It tastes good and is very rich. First is some serious malty sweetness from which I taste raisins, anise and alcohol. There is some chocolate and cherry flavor on the finish. Different versions of sweet are what I'm getting here and I like it.
Full bodied and malty sweet up front. It coats my mouth as it moves down and then warms me through and through as flavors of chocolate and cherries linger on in the aftertaste.
This is a tasty beer that would be perfect for a cold winter night, which this is not. The flavors are so rich it's almost as if I'm having dessert. At $10 for a 12 oz bottle it's not cheap and is a treat to be sure. I have another bottle that I will hold onto for awhile to see how it changes.

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Photo of briman
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours pitch black, & opaque. Nice fluffy 1 inch dark brown head, with excellent retention, and some but not a lot of lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol.

Flavor is loaded with dark fruits, roasted malts. Stong malt presence throughout, finishing with a little bit of coffee, maybe a glimmer of some balancing hops & a warm alcohol bite.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Slick, but coating mouthfeel. Smooth alcohol burn goes all the way down. Well balanced overall, though hops are virtually undetectable. Alcohol, though obvious throughout, is well integrated as well. Surprisingly easy to drink, so much so that I had to pace myself a bit. Certainly not something for everyday, but good enough for the occasional indulgence. For the record, this one is an Oct/05 vintage.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black, no light comes through. Provides a small brown head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Lots of dark roasted malt and barley. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, burnt toast and yes, alcohol.

T: The malt flavor mixes very well on the front end. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit. It is prevalent in the middle and on the back end but the alcohol becomes more obvious in the middle and on the back end as well.

M: At first there is a little bite from the alcohol but it leaves a mostly slick feel on the palate.

D: This is something you sip obviously. A very nice Stout for sure, the alcohol is there, but not as prevalent as I thought it would be.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with a one-finger tan head on top of a intense roasted, biscuity malt smell as well as some dark chocolate plus some minor hopping and hints of something akin to dark fruit. A thick, heavy body, almost syrupy. Goes down slow and sticky with some chocolatey/toffee/caramel tastes so it is sweet but balanced with not only some molasses/syrup but chocolate covered cherries and/or grape(?). Roasted malts are not overpowering but very noticeable and the ABV doesn't bleed but does give it a powerfully dry finish. An intense sipper that is almost a meal in a bottle.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to Plenum via TMoney2591 for this nice beer

Vintage 2007. This beer pours a black abyss with really no head. There is a hell of a lot of chocolate on the nose perhaps it's Belgian chocolate. There is also the distinct smell of oak and raisin. The flavor is lots of chocolate and smoke. There is also the flavor of rum raisin. The overall components of the flavor make it taste rather similar to a good tawny port. It has some nice carbonation, but is still real velvety on the tongue. This is still a real strong beer. Perhaps it was too intense for me to really enjoy. It was still a very good beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep onyx body, trace head, gorgeous lacing

S: big dates/figs nose with boozy, hint of licorice
and vanilla

T: sweet fruit (figs/dates), malt, chocolate, coffee
licorics, big boozy creamy/burnt finish

M: heavy body, creamy/chewy mouth

O: POW, this is a monster Imperial Stout,
not for the faint hearted. Big sipper here.


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Photo of derekgw123
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of veinless
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a very dark brown/black with minimal to no head even with aggressive pouring. Bubbles are dark brown/tan on top.

Smells strongly of dark fruit, chocolate, raisins, molasses, and milk duds.

Taste is very similar, with the dark fruit taste being complemented by the chocolate very well. Milk duds taste is prevalent as well, and the molasses/raisin sweetness is quite nicely paired with the alcohol warmth/kick near the end.

Consistency is very heavy and thick, as it should be for the style. Not as drinkable as some other strong stouts, but each sip is quite nice nonetheless.

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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 km02600
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,969 ratings