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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Ratings: 4,991 |  Reviews: 1,813
Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and thick pour. Good roasty malty aroma Good roast, chocolate malts, perfect carbonation, not as overwhelming alcohol as the 23% 2003.

Had the 2006 courtesy of Hop Devil Grill and it was a top-notch stout and an upgrading of my rating. Stood up well as a good second to Speedway Stout vertical.
Supposedly 2007 at Beer Bistro, chocolatey his year, and like a port.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

heads up, this is a review from a 2008 bottle, so some of the characteristics might be changed a little or a lot. been years since i had it fresh, and dont remember loving it, so who knows. this beer pours black, no light coming through, and almost totally flat. the nose is not as boozy as an 18% beer usually is. i smell a ton of dark barley, some oats, and some left over sugar. the flavor is very deep and robust. tons of roast, almost burnt barley malt, and of course abotu as much alcohol as a beer can hold. still, its smooth in the mouth and a little woody. body is well big, with pretty much zero carbonation. im sure thats a product of its age. it is a very pleasant beer, loved the aftertaste. its bitter and sweet at the same time. impressively enjoyable, usually beers this strong are weird to drink. still, its a must share 12 ounce.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004 bottle. No head on a jet black body but still leaves specks of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, mostly raisin and cherry, milk chocolate, brown sugar and candied fruits. Flavors are much sweeter than expected with cola, milk chocolate and brown sugar dominating and roasted malts taing a back seat here. Really surprised how sweet this one is. The finish does have some earthy hop notes but they are minimal. relativiely thick body and no carbonation really. A littl too sweet for me. Certainly not what I was expecting. The booze are incredibly well hidden for the ABV.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on my trip to Colorado earlier this year.

Bottled on 11/17/09.

Pours an opaque, thick black with a compact 1 inch tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Foamy cascading rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, roasted malt, and some sour wine-like aromas. As the beer warms, I am getting a weird celery smell coming off this one. Taste is of dark roasted malt, dark dried fruits (plums/raisins), turbinado sugar, and some smoky almost campfire flavors. The 18% ABV is definitely in your face with a burning sensation in the throat after each sip. This beer is very thick and creamy in the mouth, with a low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a special occasion beer to me. At 18% ABV, this is something I would only tackle once in a while. Too bad WWS isn't distributed to CA because I would probably buy a few more of these to put in the cellar.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had picked up a bottle of this a while ago and wanted to try it. I gave it a whirl and thought that it was very good overall. The flavors were rich and the color was perfectly dark for this style of beer. The mouthfeel and everything was enjoyable as well. I'd say it was worthy of at least an B+.

A little while the Spinnertown Hotel had this on tap strapped up to the Randall. They had espresso beans infused with brandy, extra hops, and a few other things the waitress mentioned. I ordered a glass and it was brought out with no head but as het black as could be. There were some espresso bean flakes or hop particals floating on top. The smell was stunning. I just held it under my nose for a while before drinking it. There was coffee and chocolate to the fullest, there was hops and brandy and so much more on the nose. The taste was unexplainable. It just didn't compare to the original at all anymore. It was just so good though. The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Overall it was fantastic to me. It makes me want to try everything through the Randall now.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head that quickly faded away, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up and has aromas of alcohol, licorice, molasses and raisins.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell and has flavors of alcohol, raisins and roasted malts with a mild amount of sweetness.
M: It feels full-bodied and very viscous on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness and warming from the alcohol is very evident in the finish.
D: Considering the strength of the beer, it isn't overly difficult to drink because a good portion of the alcohol content is masked from the smell and taste.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a solid brownish black, with a thin wisp of beige soapsudsy head, and no lace. It smells of chocolate biscuit, alcohol, ash, and herbal green hops. The taste is alcohol, milk chocolate, sweet, spicy stewed fruit, Turkish delight, and earthy, sweet citrus hops. The carbonation is mild, the body full, creamy, warm, and smooth, and it has a sweet, boozy, chocolate candy finish.

A melange of weird and wonderful flavours, all catalyzed by the big alcohol. Took me 90 minutes to sip whilst standing at the bar - hmmm, wrong beer name...

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Treated myself to this over the holidays, paid $7.99 for the 12 oz bottle.

Pours a super dark brown/black, not much carbonation. Smell is very strong of alcohol (I mean it is 18% abv but the smell is very much there). Taste is medium bodied, some great roastiness to it but definitely a strong alcohol kick. A sipper for sure, it's impossible to gulp this thing. A little harsh at first. but once you warm up to it and get a little bit through it really warms up. Pretty damn good and doesn't taste as strong as it is... not as 'epic' as expected, but a fantastic beer that you should definitely try.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased at Lonehill Liquor by azagthoth and shared.

Pours very dark (black), no head, no retention, not a lot of bubbles either. Sort of acceptable for a stout.

Smell is of rubber, alcohol, roast, and sugar in that order.

Flavor is beter than the aroma for sure. Flavors are sweetness, bitterness, roast, more roast, and some alcohol. Alcohol is well hidden considering its 18% but its still noticeable. I could see this aging decently but its already so sweet that I can't imagine what it would taste like in 5 years.

Body is thick and oily. Pretty good. Not very drinkable. Again, the flavor is pretty good but it hits you so hard and fast that theres really no point unless your only sipping a few ounces like a liquor.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2600th review! 12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2010D. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly. This is one of the most dark fruit forward imperial stouts I have had, but it was still really well balanced. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice tan colour, great cream, and good retention. Colour is a solid ruby-black colour.

Sm: Plum, light chocolate, light caramel, and cream. Alcohol. A rather strong aroma.

T: Plum, cherry wood, complex fruit esters, caramel, light cream, and full barley. Balanced and enjoyable. Built decently well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thin, but forgivable.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, but the alcohol is still noticeable. I wouldn't buy it myself, but it's pretty good.


06.22.17: 2nd bottle courtesy of Schlimenhaumer - thanks, man! 12 fl oz format. 2012 vintage (cellared 5 years).

"Dark beer." "Stout." No ABV listed on the label.

Served chilled into a goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Fizzy and thin, receding fully within 10 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Cola-redolent with a brown-black body colour. Opaque. No yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Jumps out with a fine port wine aroma along with notes of chewy tobacco, plum, date, fig, licorice, and raisin. Rum-soaked fruits come to mind along with sugarcane and plum wine. Blackstrap molasses.

Chocolate malts and dark malts are present in the aroma, imbuing it with syrupy sweetness. I'm not finding any overt roasted barley, and some will find the aroma overly sweet, dessert-like, syrupy, and rich.

No overt hop aromatics or yeast aromatics are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a boldly flavoured dessert beer that'll be difficult to tackle.

TASTE & TEXTURE: It's gone past mere plum wine or port, taking on acrid harsh bitterness on the backend and syrupy goopy sweetness up front. Viscous and chewy throughout, which would play well to the dark fruits had they not completely faded with age.

Has a high acidity for a stout, actually, which is surprising.

Hints of emerging soy sauce off-flavour are evident.

To its credit, it's not as boozy or hot as I feared given its monstrous ABV, but it's certainly boozy - no doubt.

I find no coffee nor roasted barley. To style, there are no hoppy flavours or yeasty flavours.

Drags on the palate with its heavy hefty feel; it's not well dialed in and the mouthfeel is way too viscous, failing to support the beer's flavours.

Dry and dragging on the finish, which is rather off-putting coupled with its sludgy mess of a mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Difficult to drink given its noticeable ABV and sludgy goopy texture. I'll struggle to finish the bottle and it hasn't gotten better with age. I'd stick to drinking this one fresh; it was much better the last time I had it (its sister bottle, reviewed fresh above). I'm reticent to criticize a bottle I've aged, but suffice it to say this beer's cellaring potential is overstated (especially by Dogfish Head). I hoped for a port-like dessert stout with pleasant booze-derived warmth, but this is a harsh sludgy mess that will prove a chore to drink despite having some interesting flavours.


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

12/11/11- Vintage '05
Very well aged and properly cellared, the beer ages gracefully as any. The alcohols smoothen out to the point where it hardly registers as an 8% Stout. Fruity sweet to taste, but with fuller attentuation and less sweetness than expected. An absolute gem of a beer after 6 years of age.


Tried to cellar this one, but couldn't resist any longer. In the anticipation of aggression, strength, power, and intimidation, I was impressed. The brew was not at all as bolsterous as I suspected. Instead, a well rounded, well matured, full, rich, and much much mellower than remembered. Very non-offensive chocolates and espresso. Smooth and velvety to the whole mouth. Finishes creamy and with a lingering Gheardelli, Starbucks marriage.

07 / 03 / 05:
Nice edition in the latest line of world class stouts. Pours a motor oil viscocity with a dainty but thick tan head with highlights of mohogany. Smells malty, roasy, espresso, deep fruits, tart and alcoholic. Tastes the same with emphasis on the expresso, cocoa, and alcohol. Surprisingly not as thick to the palate as expected, but no whimp either. Full round mouthfeel, silky smooth and sliced nicely from the alcohol. Chewy. Finishes alcoholic and not as dry as expected. Cherries, figs, and coffee round this beer. Aftertaste is roasty, chocolaty, tart, and alcoholic. A very good beer, wish I had tried the earlier versions.

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Photo of Boone757
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark black color with ruby highlights. It had a small, but very bubbly, tan head. It left sheets of soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled like a good brandy. Some sweet and boozy alcohol aromas, too.

T - It had a brandy-like taste with a very sweet roasted malty flavor. Light chocolate and caramel flavors blend with a sharp hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D - This tastes amazing, but the ABV is too much to handle.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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