World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout
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

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4.14
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Photo of ElizabethCraig
2.32/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this on 10/23/2011 with my husband from a bottle that was date-coded 2010.

In the sample glass this was dark brown/black with a tan head. So far so good! =)

The smell though.. pure acetone with a slightly grainy note. I sniffed this beer around 5+ times and this is all that I got from it. Hmm.. That doesn't sound like the Dogfish Head brew everyone raves about.

The taste was sadly similar to the smell - a rich acetone to a deep chocolate grain. On the palate this lingers an unpleasant combination of nail polish remover and semi-sweet chocolate.

I can't compute acetone flavors in a stout - so I'm concluding that our bottle may have been bad somehow. I had to rate what I smelled and tasted, though, so my rating stands until/unless I have a rematch with this beer.

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Photo of cbbjr
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark black with a bit of brown. Opaque. Small amount of coffee colored head that doesn't stick around for long and little lacing.

S-very sweet. If this was a blind taste test, I would guess I was smelling a port. Brown sugar, molasses, plum, and fig

T-caramel, molasses, and plum. Very sweet

M-expected it to be overwhelming, but it is medium at best. Fairly carbonated. Sweetness overwhelmed everything.

Great beer. Not a ridiculous alcohol taste considering the ABV. The sweet molasses flavor dominates everything else, but this is a great beer to sip on a cool night while watching the World Series.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

883rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz.

2010 Vintage

App- A good dark brown pour mixed with some deeper crimson and red. A one finger very quick receding head formed and was gone. No cling or lace on this one.

Smell- Alcohol burn, molasses, syrup, grapes and malt. A big bit of aromatics but covered but the burn quite well.

Taste- I was expecting just this profile. A good bit of malt with some grain, some chocolate and some burn. A little bit sweeter than expected with some prune and purple fruit plum flavors.

Mouth- A good bit of medium thick with a low carbonation creamy feel with some plum and grape flavors.

Drink- Its very similar in feel and flavor profle to a BT where the port flavors take over. Except with this being a 12 oz. much easier to drink and enjoy. A bit smaller in bold and brashness. I can see how a few year old bottle of this is is liquid awesomeness.

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Photo of danmcg62
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottle is dated 11/17/09.

A-Pours a deep, dark black color with a small mocha head. Unreal looking beer.

S-Holy hell. Smell like a top shelf scotch. Major licorice smell with vanilla and roasted nuts. Unlike anything I've ever smelled from a beer. Very unique.

T-The alcohol really hits me first. Very boozy. Root beer hard candy comes to mind. Licorice and dark chocolate.

M-Very boozy feel, spicy, has a real bite to it. Not for the faint of heart.

O-This is hands down one of the most unique brews I've ever had. Dogfish again proves they are willing to try new things and push the boundaries of what a beer can be.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

VERY GOOD, MUST TRY FOR STOUT LOVERS!

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark dark with a milk chocolate cap and light lacing.

ABV, raisin, prune, grape peel, molasses, bits of cocoa.

Dark fruit mixed with a sweetness reminiscent of a dark chocolate cake with bits of vanilla and syrup. Black licorice in there too. This is about a year old. Fantastic taste, really exceptional.

18.5!? Alcohol hidden sublimely. Smooth velvety mouthfeel, light carbonation. Abrasive after a while, but you must expect this going in, regardless it is extraordinarily unique and has its place.

Basically a dark chocolate wine. Special beer here.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours opaque body with the deepest hue of mahogany at the curves of my snifter. Looks a lot thinner than I expected it to be. Has about 1/4 finger of khaki fizz that dissipated within moments. You can't expect a brew at 18ABV to have much head. Its still a good looking stout.

Nose: Whoa! Its an amazingly pungent and complex nose. Coffees, chocolates, figs, raisins, cherries, brown sugars, molasses, and a lot of booze. A lot going on here.

Taste: Pungent and complex like the nose. I also catch notes of vanilla and the fruitiness is more accentuated in the mouth as well. In addition, I catch the dark powerful malts. However, it all seems overwhelmingly balanced-- but calibered to the extremely pungent flavor that it creates. Its balanced in an extreme kind of way.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body that is perhaps a bit syrupy. Light carbonation adds underscoring power to the largeness of this brew without really being bigger than it should be.

Overall: This is one of those brews that requires that you really digest what it is. This is not one for the beginners. This is nowhere neat a session ale, but it is one that you savor, allow to warm, and drink over a period of an hour or so.

This one takes a lot of risks that pay off for me, but probably will turn off many who do not enjoy the extreme. But this just simply rocks my little beer geek world and it will certainly be one I remember for a long time.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting and unique beer. Black as death, impenetrable, with a half inch rocky head that leaves a tad bit of lacing and a persistent ring of bubbles on the rim of the surface. The smell is of dark fruits with a lot of booze, almost like a high gravity quad. The taste is similar, very fruity with some chocolate and espresso notes. Very vinous in profile. Good in each area, but it is better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of keanex
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Completely black and opaque with a thick dark tan foam head. Perfect stout representation.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, licorice, booze and roasted espresso here.

T: Incredibly complex beer. Reminds me of chocolate coated cherries or raspberries with slight vanilla hints and a fresh roasted coffee finish. Boozy but very complex and balanced.

M: Feels excellent, syrupy and thick but goes down easy with light carbonation.

O: The most drinkable 18% alcohol beer I've ever had. Very easy to down despite its thickness which I attribute to the complex flavor making you want to try more.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled on 11/17/09) served in a snifter.

L - black with a khaki colored head that thinned to a ring.

S - licorice and booze

T - dark chocolate, espresso coffee and whiskey.

F - full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation considering it is nearly 2 years old.

O - it was kind of hard to drink more than a few ounces but I let it sit and took small sips over a few hours.

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Photo of mwill7287
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into snifter of the same size. Bottling date reads "Bottled in: 2010 F2." Promising.

Appearance: Basically pitch black. Virtually no light passes through even when held to the light. Little less than a finger's worth of unexpected (based on the very high ABV) light tan head, which retains itself at a thin level throughout the drink. Medium carbonation runs up the snifter's walls. A thick lacing coats the glass as the liquid recedes. 4.75/5

Smell: Very sweet. Lots of dark fruits and licorice. Has almost a Belgian yeast smell to it. The high ABV is impossible to mask but isn't terribly pungent. Ultimately, though, this beer smells like paint. Not in a bad way, but definitely like paint. 4.25/5

Taste: Wowza. Lots of unexpected flavors here that were not picked up in the nose. Dark, roasty, almost smoked chocolates jump out along with the expected dark fruity aromas. Slightly minty and spicy in there. Palpable but not disturbing bite of booze. Belgian yeasty note is just barely there. A bit like port, or a sweet wine, just roasty in addition to sweet. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Sweet but not overpoweringly so. I'm guessing the year aging on this bottle has mellowed out the mouthfeel. Definitely heavier and syrupy, but also surprisingly quaffable. 4.5/5

Overall: At an unknown ABV (probably between 18%-21%), this beer is a sipper, for sure. However, with a nice mouthfeel and not too pungent of an alcohol bite, you can get away with big sips and quaff it with ease. I would pay whatever high price I paid for this one bottle (methinks $9) again, though not twice in one night. 4.25/5

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage served in a tulip

A: Pours a motor-oil black body with a small brown head. Extremely thick and leaves a light coating on the glass while swirling.

S: A wonderfully rich nose of dark fruits, chocolate malts, hint of coffee & vanilla, and definitely booze. Almost like a port.

T: One of the thickest and creamiest stouts I've ever had. Bitter chocolate malts are balanced with some sweet rum-soaked dark fruits. There's a hint of bitter coffee balanced with some sweet vanilla. A little booze in the finish, but not as much as I expected.

M: Full body; no carbonation; very heavy and thick mouthfeel.

O: Everyone should try this beer. One of the best examples of this style. Enough said.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium pour from a 12 oz. bottle that says it was bottled in December of 2010 into my Dogfish Head snifter.

Almost as black as oil, only with some very slight highlights of dark brown. Small head at first that dissapates quickly down to a thin, swirly sheet on top. Some nice rings of lacing at first, but as you sip and the head starts to go away completely, it starts to resemble the legs demonstrated in wines and some liquors. The smell has a heavy backing of smoky dark roasted malts with lots of dark dried fruit in front. Some sweet currant notes float through. Coffee and licorice also come to mind. As does alcohol, obviously. A pretty strong whiff of booze definitely shines through the other big aromas, but it doesn't take over the nose. Its just like a breath that burns slightly, like its part of the beer. This beer smells awesome.

Wow. The flavor is intense. The first sip is so loaded with flavors that you have to take a step back and just appreciate the boldness. The flavors are of dried fruits, in the form of apricots, cherries, raisins, and plums. Dark roasted malts become an afterthought to the sweetness and heartiness of those fruit flavors, but there is something to be said for the balance that they provide for this beer. They do their part in adding a bitterness in the form of semi-sweetened chocolate and a hint of coffee, not overtly bitter, but definitely slightly. A small hoppiness is barely detectable in the back, just doing what it can not to be forgotten. The very high ABV of this beer sets the expectation for a very hot and difficult beer to drink. This could not be further from the truth as the 18% is perfectly integrated so that it becomes a backbone for all of the other and more intense flavors. Its kind of like the blackboard and the the fruit flavors are the chalk. The mouthfeel is prickly from the alcohol, yet as smooth as any 5% beer I've ever had. A creamy texture does its job by setting everything else off. This is a very complex brew, but only in a good way.

This may be one of the best sipping beers ever, especially for after dinner. Its big and boozy, but sweet and soft at the same time. Spend the money if you see it. It is absolutely worth it. Buy a few and age some to compare. But fresh, it is certainly delicious.

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

2009 vintage poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- black lacquer with a 1/16" cappuccino-colored head that quickly faded to a ring around the glass. The carbonation was quite active throughout. 

S- Black licorice, chocolate-covered cherries, booze, bread, dried fruit

T- dark chocolate, black cherries, faint espresso, a smooth whiskey at the end while the chocolate lingers and the tart, cherry-like flavor develops even further.

M- thick and viscous, like cognac. There is a lot more carbonation present than I thought there would be. 

O- This was a great treat to end the day. It does hit pretty hard at 18%, though! One-half of a bottle was pretty much my stopping point. The rest will either be consumed later tonight or tomorrow after dinner. Either way, 12 ounces is too much for one sitting.

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Photo of aorloski
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, black, motor oil, viscous and thick. Amazing

S- WOW, smells like an aged port almost, dark dark and ripe fruits, raisins, dates, definitely prunes.

T- Definitely follows the nose, dark fruits right up front, no hint at anything bitter. A slight alcohol burn but at 18 percent i can barely tell. One of these is good enough for me.

M- Thick and chewy, as you would expect with so much barley being used here.

O- I absolutely love this beer, i feel very spoiled when i have it. I wish i could drink it more often.

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Photo of jsm1289
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well my first review here it goes. Being a beer newb, I was fortunate enough to be under the guidance of a much more experienced beer geek, and being a very curious and adventurous person I asked him about a huge intense beer that was readily available in our area. He recommended world wide stout, and the journey begins. It pours a jet black with a sexy mocha head, about .5-1 finger length head, dispersed and segregated groups of bubbles, with some light carbonation emerging from the bottom of the glass. Now being inexperienced, I dont know what constitutes a sexy appearance as I have heard so many times in videos and reviews, so I will not judge it in that way. The smell was a bulldozing combination of heat, rum soaked raisins/dark fruit, and nice chocolate coming through the end of the aroma. Little intimidating to say the least. Now I have had this beer three times with two distinct outcomes. the better of the two the beer was slightly colder and stored better I suppose. Although it smells very boozy, the taste revealed a nice balance of chocolate, espresso and dark fruits, with more chocolate/espresso in the taste than nose. The alcohol is there, but it doesnt alter the taste of the beer, it kind of is there in its own right without disturbing the palate . Anyway, beer was great, very complex and strong, and highly recommend.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle

A Pours a dark brown that borders on black with a very short lived tan head. Also I notice some legs which you don't see often on beer.

S This might be the worst smelling beer ever. It has a very harsh acetone like smell with just a hint of fruit. To be honest it smells like something I should clean with not like something I should drink.

T Thankfully it tastes better then it smells. There are notes of coffee, milk chocolate, some dark fruit, and vanilla with some alcohol. Actually not bad and doesn't taste like it is 18%.

M thick with a noticeable alcoholic burn.

Overall this is a hard beer to judge. While I understand what the brewers are getting at with this, its not not exactly to my taste. While I'm quite glad I tried this, I'm not sure I will do so in the near future.

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Photo of keysofebony
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving in a Palm 16oz Snifter after being in the fridge for 3 days. Review was made from out-of-the-fridge cold to room temp warm. Enjoyed over several cigarettes, a few episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and many losing games of Call of Duty (thanks dogfish head :P)

Appearance- black as night, edges are dark red/brown. Very little carbonation. not much of a head, but medium dark/tan bubbles. Decent lacing....don't care, let's drink it.

Smell- fresh dipped paint brush (that's a new one), slight cardboard, coconut rum, black cherry, liquor dominant. No chocolate or coffee like I'm used to in stouts/imperial stouts...none at all...mayyyybe dark chocolate...a little

Taste- Woooaahh-hoo-hoo....this is a slow sipper! Somewhat pleasant, but extremely unique. Definitely dark cherry/currant (the little red berry thing) and rum (still want to say coconut). I honestly taste paint (not that I've tasted paint before) like a tingly, pungent, funky-ness. There's a fore-front taste that I can't pinpoint, but semi-sweet, dark fruit. The thing to keep in mind though is how well the 18% abv his hidden. Definitely taste it, but not nearly as much as expected.

Mouthfeel- very sweet. Like drinking a very dark, lightly carbonated fruity-tropical mixed drink.

Overall- I'm almost afraid of this beer. Very unique. It's like a really cute puppy...you hate it when it craps on the rug, but there's something about it you love. I'm really glad I tried this beer. I'll probably buy one more bottle (for $10) and save it for an occasion. It's always worth buying one of the dogfish head Hazard cap beers...even if its 10 bucks for a bottle. This is not a stout in my opinion, but a different genre of beer altogether, compliments given to the brewers in that aspect. Try it. Cheers!

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Photo of bobbypaulson
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve tried both the 07 and 08 versions of this beer and the pail in comparison to the 04 I just cracked. I’ve have a case of 04 chillin out in my beer fridge for about 5 years now. If any of you have grow distaste for this beer from drinking it with in the first two years please age a bottle you won’t be disappointed!!! It pours black or dark purple like a great port wine with no head. I shared this with a friend and used snifters. The smell is of dark chocolate coffee, dark malts, and alcohol. At first a part of me thought it was gonna be very over powering and very strong. But I was totally wrong it was very sweet and had the heat of a great bourbon finish. This beer was worth the wait!!!

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with Bertram. much thanks for this one and all the others!

A- black yeilding a small tan head with an aggressive pour. Nothing too out of this world, but nothing wrong here either.

S- a good clean smelling stout. some chocolate, fig, plum, and a hint of coffee with a soft red wine smell underneath.

T- wow. This is special. at first its all the sweet dark fruits from the nose, then it leads into the chocolate and finishes with the coffee.

F- it feels almost like wine. the low carbonation works for this brew. a velvety beer.

O- This is an excellent beer. My first offering i've had from DFH and i'm pretty sold on them already! the is a complex beer with many nuances but it's not busy; every flavor gets its turn on the palate and it works quite nicely. The alcohol is well hidden for being so high. between the 18% ABV and the low carbonation, this is a perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice

Appearance: Thin, dark black brew with almost no lacing or head; average looking.

Smell: Soft phenols, velvety chocolate, coffee, marshmallows, cotton candy. I have a soft spot for dark beers with a full scent. This is definitely a winner in the aroma department. Not only is the scent complex, but it is also very thick and creamy.

Taste: I always start with the ending, so this will be a dyslexic description of my tasting: BBQ, smoke, thick chocolate, dark grains, barley, moderately bitter, some blackberry, tart flavors. It's a beautiful bouquet of stout flavors. It's silky, with a hint of alcohol. Dogfish hid the 18 percent ABV well; it's almost undetectable.

This beer is like a good book with an ugly cover. It tastes amazing, but it looks mediocre. Bravo Sam Calagione, this is one hell of a stout.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from my brother last Christmas.

Bottled on 11/17/09

Pours a pretty dark brown and settles almost black with amber edging. Very little spotty lacing. Barely any head but a thin line of light tan head.

The nose is pretty crazy. Dark fruits and some cherries come first followed by a bit of chocolate and a ton of booze.

The taste is sweet and full of dark fig fruit and some dark cherries. Just a bit of chocolate lies underneath the fruitiness. As it warms, the flavors come together very nicely. There seems to be a difference in the alcohol detection when it comes to the taste. It is well hidden beneath the sweet sticky cherry chocolate pie.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy for sure. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while due to the viscosity. Enjoyable.

Overall, this is a great, unusual stout that pack a a punch of sweet fruity flavors alongside some chocolate cake. It's a beastly stout that is surprisingly drinkable and quite dangerous. Enjoy

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really like Dogfish Head’s incredibly-boozy Raison D’extra – it’s my favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ale ever. I couldn’t even finish their equally alcoholic 120 Minute, though. Obviously, I have some mixed feelings (although that could be said about any two high-ABV beers). So tonight, I’m counting on this 18% beast, their World Wide Stout, to set me straight – because, when a brewer wants to do high-alcohol right, Imperial Stouts seem to be the way to go. Here’s hoping!

Brewed about a year before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON: 2010 F2”).

A: Motor-oil black; as thick as they come. Head is a half-finger light brown cream that spreads out over the darkness, retaining its creamy micro-bubbles for the duration. Thin, sticky lacing paints the perfect picture of viscosity as you drink this one down (hopefully slowly). Bold and heavy, it’s certainly a good look for the style.

S: Damn, I can smell it from three feet away! Big vanilla and mild cocoa are among the culprits – so aromatic, yet so buoyant. They have every right to be syrupy and thick, but they just aren’t; it’s a lightness that I love, so fluffy that it reminds me of a warm, toasted marshmallow. That characteristic DFH booze brings it back down to Earth, though, in a woody, smoky, peppery, leathery, and just plain spicy way; this boozy scent/taste is one of DFH’s brewery traits for high-alcohol beers, and it’s what drove me away from their 120 Minute. This time, however, it blends perfectly. Malts are dark, rich, and sugary sweet, and they bring everything back to a caramely note before the nose finally dissipates. Two words: hell yes.

T: Earthy grain tastes hit you first, which is not surprising for a beer “brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley.” They’re rich yet grassy: the perfect combination for a beer like this. It’s not too long before the slow spice of the alcohol begins to arrive, though, with a taste that’s sweet, cinnamon-spicy, and just oaky enough to make a lasting impression on the palate’s complexity without taking it over. Lovely execution there. After the valley of soothing booze, there’s a peak of residual sugars – caramel, vanilla, and a back end wrought with chocolate and coffee-nuttiness. Smooth’s the word. Toward the finish, something unexpected happens: a kick of lemon zest. It’s not citric or fruity, but unmistakably acidic. Add that to a hint of wheat breads and you’ve got your bright-yet -malty aftertaste. Well done, Dogfish Head; this is one tasty super-stout.

M: Almost weightless, like it’s evaporating on the tongue (which it very well may be, considering the alcohol content). It’s almost as if the only thing that even lets you know that the beer is gone is the dryness along the bottom of your mouth and the fire burning in your nostrils (and, of course, your slurred speech and stumbling). I don’t know what people are talking about when they say the body on this beer is too syrupy – it floats off the tongue!

O: A great imperial stout – wow. Even against the illustrious GI Bourbon County Brand Stout, this one takes the cake. Why, oh why did you leave Indiana, Dogfish Head? We need you! I desperately wish that more breweries would release a beer like this (and yes, I’d pay $9 for 12 oz. any day). Until then, I'll be buying up as many of these I can find...can't wait to have a 3+ year vertical of this!

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Photo of etaggie09
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: quite black. some deep garnet tones at the bottom of the glass, but the rest of it isn't letting any light through. Not the darkest stout i've seen, but it's pretty black. espresso foam head that dissipates to an 1/8" cap.

nose: lots and lots and lots of anise. coffee in the background, as well as toasted barley. dark fruits like raspberry and plum. sweet caramel, a little toffee. brown sugar. i started to judge this one too quickly on the huge anise presence, but it reveals quite a bit more than that. a little bit of orange in there. cranberry candy. anise has calmed down a little now thank god. there are just quite a few aromas to be pulled out of this beer. quite a few dimensions, indeed.

taste: holy shit! they don't lie on the bottle when they say a ridiculous amount of barley. they poured a whole dump truck load in every bottle. not an alcohol burn, really, but a definite alcohol presence at the end there. this takes the term big beer to a whole new freaking level. this beer is challenging me. For once, I don't feel like I am in control and I'm scared. There is a lot in the taste here. Definite brown sugar notes. It is definitely on the sweet side. Very, very malty, so much so that it makes the biggest doppelbock you ever had seem like an adjunct. Very low on the coffee flavor, which is refreshing for an imperial stout. I like coffee flavor in a stout, but damn i was getting tired of it. Fruitiness is there. some hops flashed up there for a second, which was quite nice. they're definitely not center stage here, but they tried to include a little bit of them for balance. It still is just really, really, really malty.

Mouthfeel: God damn is this thick. Decent amount of carbonation, but thick as a mofo. I never thought I would have said too heavy, but I think someone might have crossed that line with this beer.

Overall: To say this is a big beer is the biggest understatement I can probably imagine. This is a planetary sized beer. I would have to say that it is the first beer that stared me down and won. I am not up to drinking this; it's just too... big. I have lost against the world wide stout.

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Photo of mspeicher73
1.62/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As a dogfish head fan, I was extremely unimpressed with this beer. While the appearance was excellent, as expected, the aroma and taste were well below expectations. There is a tremendous amount of unfermentable dextrins in this beer. The extreme sweetness was almost unbearable. For the price, it was a huge disappointment to not even be able to finish the bottle.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,841 ratings.
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