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 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

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve at my 22nd birthday, 12oz bottle - 2010 vintage.

Pours almost black, deep brown around the edges. Mocha head with modest retention and some lace. Nose has some pleasant dark fruit notes, bakers chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. A generous amount of sweetness and some sharp, almost spirit-y alcoholic notes. Taste has some dark fruits, roast and caramel. Alcohol smothers alot of this, but some sweet rum notes come in as well. Fairly complex, the alcohol although prominent adds a nice degree of complexity. More bakers chocolate and brown sugar type sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, sweet rich and full. Medium low carbonation. Quite nice, I could see this becoming fantastic with a couple more years on it. 4/4/4/45/4

Re-reviewed with a 2001 vintage, bottle thanks to iguenard.

Poured a still burgundy/black, nose of cocoa, chocolate liqueur, rum, amaretto, port with a touch of coconut. Tastes of complex grape, fig, chocolate liqueur, alcoholic fudge, port with sweeter almondy and maple notes. Thick, dense and syrupy. Think Xyayau.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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

Sharin' 1 w/my BB

Pours black and really opaque. No light comes through.
This is a 2010 but still the alcohol itself seems to be the over-riding smell. Smells a bit like my meads so I'm guessing there is quite a bit of honey in this one.
Drinks really smooth with all the bite at the end. I almost have to shake it off.
Still really hot with the alcohol. Needs more age. Good thing I have a couple more down in the cellar.

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1.68/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

11/2009 vintage. Poured into a tasting glass.

Pours motor-oil brown, and motor-oil consistency. Low carbonation and minimal head.

Smell is not-quite vile, but pretty close. It's a bit reminiscent of a nursing home- a combination of cleaning supplies and urine. Extremely medicinal. There's a touch of nondescript sweetness and soy sauce, but they almost don't belong.

Taste is surely boozy, but not in a good way. The booze is more of a rubbing-alcohol flavor, with a touch of steak sauce to mellow it out. I imagine this is what NyQuil would taste like with a shot of vodka and a splash of A-1 sauce. That's the best I can come up with. Not diggin' it.

Considering all of these off-putting flavors mixing together, the taste is clean and doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. So it has that going for it.

Man, this was disappointing. Why bother making this beer at all? Just to say you could, I suppose. It reminds me of something we might have come up with at a sleepover when I was a kid... we used get into teams, and see who could mix up the most vile drinkable liquid from (edible) household items. I still can't eat mustard because of one of these concoctions. This brew fresh must be dreadful.

2/2012 UPDATE: I felt the need to revisit this review after sampling 2004 and 2005 versions of this brew at Extreme Beer Fest. Those well-aged versions of this brew were phenomenal, obviously far better than the 2009 on which I based this review. However, I felt that the sample sizes were too small to update the scores here. In addition, I don't think it's necessarily appropriate to rate a beer highly if it requires 7 years of aging to reach it's prime. In any event, the 04 version, sampled in 2012, was mind-blowing.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. into tulip

It pours very slowly and viscously out of the bottle with no head present but a thin layer of beige appears around the rim of the glass that sticks very well. The deep jet black is very impressive, hints of brown around the edges, but black as the blackest night. Alcohol is the initial fragrance but strong chocolate aromas with bourbon and oaky vanillas creep out slowly followed by a faint coffee aroma that keeps the alcohol and chocolate from over sweetening the nose. The flavors start with a lot of chocolate, dark bitter chocolate that is sweetened by the accelerated alcohol levels which is very pleasant and complimented by some faint bitter coffee flavors and a fair amount of chocolatey malt. The oak and bourbon make a small appearance again, but not as strong as in the nose. It’s quite thick and viscous and has a lot of heat from the alcohol, but doesn’t burn the throat or tongue, and gets considerably smoother as it warms.

Verdict: One of the best high ABV beers I’ve had. Not quite on the level of Black Tuesday but for the price and quality, it’s spot on. A strong sipper that really hits the spot and is surprisingly non aggressive for the alcohol content.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude. Not necessarily looking forward to trying the strongest beer I've had to date...

A: Pours jet black with a huge creamy tan head that sticks around much longer than expected considering the ABV. Surprisingly, quite a lot of lacing here as well.

S: Strong alcohol notes up front, but once you get past that, the scent gives way to molasses, prune and chocolate notes.

T: Definite alcohol all the way through, but some appreciable molasses, prune and roasted, peaty barley as well before the alcohol burn on the finish. I suppose this one could taste more alcoholic than it does.

M: Full-bodied with a very chewy mouthfeel. This one is viscous.

D: Most certainly a sipper, but I suppose it could be more harsh. It seems expensive, but when you work out the ABV/$, it's about as cheap as a 40. Can't think of an occasion where I'd drink this, though...

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,821 ratings.
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