World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not nearly as dark black as expected, clean, with red edges and a thin, surprisingly persistent soft tan blanket.

Aroma off the bat is filled with intense and opposing forces of fruit and roast. Cherry, raspberry, and blueberry simultaneously hit the nose with dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt and smoked nuts, with some tingling booze that is most reminiscent of a fine Madeira or mead. As it comes to temperature, it becomes more like fresh, super fruity coffee, kind of like a couple of the more stellar coffee stouts I've had.

Taste keeps bringing those berries to the fore with aplomb, but more like chocolate-covered versions, with some smokey roasted nuts and malt, plus cherry concentrate. Heat manages to somehow not impose right up front, but swiftly knocks you on your ass shortly after. This is scorched Earth level shit. We're talking tongue numbing. Then as it warms, it becomes more calm, and again, more like wine.

This feels like a shot going down. It starts in the throat, then warms the chest, all the way down to belly. Slick like wine with a moderate froth at times and a semi-sticky finish.

For what this is--a mold-breaking, other-worldly effort to push the envelope, both for its time and still today--it's very well done.

I had this essentially fresh from the November '16 release and am not regretting it at all, but of course I'll age a couple more to see how they develop.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as a moonless night .

Smell is very boozy with some toasted notes as to be expected from 18%abv

Taste of very smooth sweet roasted malt up front then as soon as you swallow some vodka-ish alc flavor hits.

Feel is very nice and full bodied but i honestly was expecting it to be thicker, ive had much thicker stouts..

Overall its a damn good stout with the most abv of any stout ive ever tried, would buy again on occasion.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark brown - nearly black with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing behind.
S - A lot of malt, a little roasty with some bitter chocolate. Molasses on the nose as well as some dark fruits. Some bourbon and definitely some booze on the nose.
T - Definitely complex. Roasted malt with bittersweet chocolate notes. I'm also getting somewhat of a bourbon taste. Just as in the nose, I'm getting some dark fruit and molasses taste as well. The back end leaves you with a warming booze taste.
F - Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation - not as smooth as I'd like from a stout but not an unpleasant feel nonetheless.
O - This is a very impressive imperial stout with all the characteristic flavors of the style and it packs one hell of a punch at 15-20% ABV but to me what really sets this apart is despite the alcohol content, the booze taste is not oppressive whatsoever. I think I still prefer Stone's Russian Stout to this but this is definitely close.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm literally scared to try this one lol.I love big ABV beers,but 18%??? Here goes nothing!!!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.

Creamy,mocha colored,one finger head,with surprising retention.Jet black in color,with no light coming through the glass.Zero carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly dark fruits,cherry it smells like.The alcohol is there,but no more than the average RIS.

On the palate I get the same.Dark fruit,mostly cherry and prunes,backed by a pretty strong alcohol bite.I have to admit though,the alcohol isn't nearly as oppressive as I thought it would be at 18%ABV.I'm also getting some roasted dark malts,some nutty flavors,and something that is hard to pin point...Maybe toffee,licorice,or dark molasses??? Pretty complex.

The body is thick,with a nice warming alcohol feel.

This beer isn't nearly as intimidating as it sounds.Im a huge Russian Imperial Stout enthusiast,so for me this was a very nice surprise...Can't wait to try the other 2 in the years to come.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in snifter
Bottled 11/17/09

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of fleeting mocha head that leaves no traces that it ever existed.

The smell is fruity. I get dark fruits like plum and dark cherry. The alcohol is still apparent. I also detect some chocolate.

The taste is falls in line with the aroma. I get chocolate and dark fruit flavors with a healthy dose of alcohol. It still tastes like I could light it on fire.

Full, warming mouthfeel

I was hoping the alcohol would have mellowed after seven years. It is still boozy. I enjoyed the warming effect on a cold winter night. The flavor of chocolate and dark fruit was nice, too.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black with a creamy head and lacing that just hangs in place. Smells wonderful, almost like opening a bottle of wine, very deep roasted smell consisting of figs, raisins, and bourbon with barley. The taste of this beer is so amazing, very rich and complex, loads of dried fruit, barley, malt, smokey bourbon, just a wonderful blend of tastes that leave you wanting more. The feel on this beer is amazing since its a high ABV but minimal alcohol bite and very easy to drink. I would love to age this for a good while and revisit, I feel it would be a terrific aged beer. I also would like to sample another at room temp since it would bring out a lot more flavor I think.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: Brandy soaked dark fruit rasin figs plum dark chocolate coco powder sweet malts burning alchool

Taste: upfront brandy soaked dark fruit rasin plum fig middle of the mouth expresso leather sweet malts coco powder in the finish you get dark chocolate dark cherries and a big sweet booziness that warms the throat and chest.

Feel: Medium body a little thin from 18%. Really good carbonation.

Overall: this is the 2016 vintage and it is very boozy. but not so much that it ruins the beer. This is a very solid beer that I can only imagine ages incredibly.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with a half finger of light brown head.....not as dark as I was expecting. Smell is outstanding....raisin, plum, dark cherry, vanilla, burnt sugar, and oak. Complex taste dominated by the dark fruit notes. Moderate burn but expected. Drinkability improves as it warms. Feel is on the medium side with moderately low carbonation. This beer is underrated.....a unique stout that will undoubtedly improve with age.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


This is one serious stout. Calling this an imperial stout means you have to reclassify all other imperial stouts. It is blacker than night. Held up to the sun, not one glimmer of light can pass through.

The nose is roasted barley. Think of what it would smell like if an 18 wheeler carrying barley collided with your nasal passages. That's close to the smell of this beast.

The taste is creamy malty, roasted cereal, and booze. Lots of booze. I would say it tastes like someone dropped in a shot of whiskey, but it would probably be betterto say that my whiskey tastes like someone dropped in some world wide stout. Booze for days, yo.

Overall, this is an interesting beer to try. Like most Dogfish Head, it is really well done for what it is. And like most Dogfish Head, you really don't know what it is. Give it a go if you like to smash your face with barley and booze.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found it on draft and brought a growler home. Poured into a snifter.

Look: Pours black in color. Has just a slight dark brown head which fades quickly.

Smell: Fantastic malty smell, some caramel that blends with the alcohol. Much sweeter than I expected.

Taste: The malt taste is dominate. There is a nice mixture of a dark chocolate and caramel toward the middle followed by the alcohol.

Feel: Heavy and thick like you expect from a great stout.

Overall: Extremely drinkable with a rare big taste. Hits you hard with the high ABV, but I didn't notice it as I was enjoying.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. I figured it was no longer brewed, thus, I was elated when I saw it available.
Out of the bottle it pours a deep opaque dark brown, nearly jet black and with a hint of ruby. A fingernail length mocha head dissipated soon and left a modest crown with a thin sudsy lace that cascades down glass.
Lots of complexity and strength in the nose. Deep dark coffee roast, followed by the scent of alcohol. The alcohol is quite strong and fills the olfactory senses with bourbon like fragrance. There is also burnt caramel, and dark fruit such as alcohol soaked raisins. Boozy and sweet overall.
So much going on in the taste. It is intensely sweet and with dark fruit such as raisins, prunes and even a hint of cherries. Also, chocolate malt, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, espresso roast and the slightest touch of hops bitterness and alcohol spice. There is a huge bourbon like alcohol warming in finish. A sipper for sure. Full bodied, robust and fluffy at the same time. Drink slowly and with caution.
Keeping up with DFH's tradition of extreme and off centered brewing, this one is true to form. Yes it's a beer, yet, it is so much more. It's like a stiff drink, booze, wine and beer all rolled together in a knockout punch. So much intensity and complexity, it's almost too much, yet I can't stop thinking about it! A great treat to have once in a while; great for flavor and to, frankly, get a mega buzz going.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. One of the first beers I legally purchased!

L - dark brown chocolate with a milky mocha head. Gentle swirling leaves legs and an excited foamy bubbly mess that explodes and quickly settles into a thin ring around the glass with a tan archipelago rocking back and forth in the middle.

S - dark bittersweet chocolate. Some brownies, but nothing too decadent. Slight coffee roast and a metallic hoppiness. Black malts, like a German schwarzbier.

T - much more potent baker's chocolate blast up front. Hints of milk chocolate sprinkled about the middle, but dark, bitter cacao mostly dominates. Whole coffee beans and toasted barley. I can definitely taste the heaping helping of grain toted on the bottle. Sweet chocolate syrup on the finish, accentuated by warming booze tamed with age.

F - slick and mildly syrupy. Has it actually thinned out in its old age? Drinks easily with low carb and a nice cream that glides across the tongue.

O - this one is boozey when fresh, but matures with the best. Rich, bittersweet flavors make this quite palatable for an 18% beer.

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Photo of ssteckley
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Where is the 18%? Well, it hits you after only a few short minutes, but you will never know unless you read the bottle that it is a HUGE 18% beer. VERY smooth.

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Photo of bnes09
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Less complex and stouty than expected for the strength. Moderate roasted character. Surprising light color. Highly boozy but not overwhelming. Medium body and fairly well carbonated for the style. Descent.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

Pours black as night. Razor thin khaki head. Aroma of baker's chocolate & dark fruit. Flavor is slightly sweet and on the boozy side. To sum up the flavor in a succinct manner, it's akin to drinking a chocolate flavored port. Mouthfeel is fine and carbonation seems appropriate.

Finally decided to open up one of the 2012 bottles I have and glad I did. This is a sipper in the true sense. Definitely worthy of its ABV as it is boozy but after a few sips I did not give a damn. Looking forward to revisiting the other bottles. I'm of the belief most stouts are best had (reasonably) fresh but I think this might be one of the few exceptions. Do yourself a favor and sit on one of these for a few years and on some random, cold, winter evening, open it and enjoy.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black pour with a surprising amount of a head on it. Aroma- plum,raisin, dark chocolate, alcohol. Big alcohol. Taste- licorice, plum, liquor, dark chocolate, hint of coffee. Mouthfeel- kind of fluffy. Overall, substantially alcoholic beer.

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Photo of citizencane
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid barrel-aged stout. Not as thick as I'd like and the mouthfeel was heavily carbonated. Otherwise a great beer. Not quite sure any of this justifies the 18% abv though...

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from local bottle shop for $8.99. Date stamped 11/11/2016.

Black elixir into HF snifter produces a nice mocha head to thick collar. Scant lacing with plenty of legs all around.

Roasted malt, char, anise and subtle fig, plum.

Char, dark chocolate, dark fruits predominate. Some alcohol burn on the front end, smooths.

Full bodied, thin, crisp finish fueled by the alcohol.

I have cellared this brew for years and while this fresh bottle is above average, it does need time. Still a nice sipper in its infancy.

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Photo of zonker17
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown draft pour served with near 3 finger tan head, good lacing. Primarily chocolate nose, fudge. Alcohol becomes present on the taste, big booze, molasses, semi-bitter finish. Heavy body and average carbonation.

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Photo of hophugger
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with a 9/22/16 bottling date.

LOOK is very deep, just about pitch black with about a half finger of tan head full of tiny carbonation bubbles

AROMA is complex, full of malts, grains, a touch of alcohol singe to the front of the nose and a cool creaminess. Also some dark fruits, especially figs are present.

TASTE is large and in charge. I immediately feel the alcohol content and it takes me a minute to adjust and actually get the flavors that are present. Roasty coffee, grains, malts and a cool creaminess are present. Also, getting some raisins, hop bitterness and other assorted dark fruits. Alcohol a bit overwhelming !

CARBONATION is what I would have expected from this beer. Not a huge player, but perfect for the style

MOUTHFEEL is clinging and coating and the more I drink, the less the alcohol affects my palate like it did at the very beginning.

FINISH is a hell of a lot more cleaner than I could have imagined. A big sweet finish with a bit of diacetyl and a touch of hops

As the beer warms the alcohol comes and goes and this beer drinks like a fortified wine or a heavy, dry cabernet.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours jet black with a very solid head, very nice looking. especially for a big ole stout

smells of coffee and booze, slight creamy sweetness.

taste is super creamy and smooth. easy drinker, this is pretty damn nice. the feel is super creamy and rich, like a stout milkshake.

for a massively large abv this beer is amazing. smooth and creamy yet hits the alcohol but somehow remains drinkable and chewy.

literally a coffee stout bomb milkshake

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely can taste strong alcohol, not that its a bad thing but can without a doubt see why aging this beer is only to your benefit. That being said i enjoyed this 2016 release as is and cant wait to try them aged.

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Photo of ImHoppyNow
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I still have a couple of these from 2014
No comparison this is definitely one to put down under.

L: pitch black.small ring, very little carbonation,not surprised %
S: alcohol, sweet malts coffee, dark chocolate,smoke,
T: all of the above with an alcohol bite
M: lighter than a normal stout ( what's normal)
O: just good, like before,letting this one sit for a few really changes this one

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found it hard to give this overall 4..on tap the day day of tapping at local bar. I'd expect a thick mouthfeel. I'd expect big nose and heavy roasted tones. It delivers on roasted tones but not on other two expectations. It is a surprisingly low feeling ABV but I don't dare drink it as if it were. Don't know why I thought this was barrel aged. It is a quality stout. I have a bottle and will gladly sit on it for a bit. Glad to try it on tap and look forward to an update when I crack open my bottle.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.21/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is pretty bad
Overpriced and over hyped in my opinion... not sure if some reviewers here are just rating this positively because its "cool" to like high ABV beer or because they feel ashamed they paid so much money for it and feel guilty not rating it highly. Then again maybe my tastebuds aren't "sophisticated" enough.

Pours a roasted brown color with a two finger, dark tan head that leaves no lacing.
Aroma smells okay. I'm getting lots of booze, soy sauce, brown sugar, pine resin and bitter dark chocolate.

Flavor is disappointing.
It's very, very sweet with little balance and complexity. Lots of warmth from the alcohol, which I don't mind, but I'm just getting flavors of soy sauce and maybe a tiny bit of chocolate raisins here and there.

Mouthfeel is heavy with low carbonation. Slimy, sticky and noticeably alcoholic. Offensive to the palate.

Overall I was expecting something creamier, with more distinguishable characteristics that shine in their own right and don't compete for the spotlight against one another- this is just my opinion but everything is just kinda mishmashed together here with very little balance or harmony.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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