World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout
4,885 Ratings
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

Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

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Photo of JRod1969
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of WMEugene
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of trixdout
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of DocDownUnder
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Agold
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Aberration
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of output01x
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled In 2010) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that fades to a faint dusting and thin foam ring in a few minutes. The body is a near black brown, like concentrated coffee, with no traces of color when held to light. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

The nose is as strong as it is complex. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, raisins, plum, and just a bit of ripened banana give a lot of character to this beer.

At first sip, this beer is very sweet, with flavors of fig, raisin, and sour grapes. As the beer is swallowed, a striking, rubbing alcohol flavor quickly joins the sweetness along with some notes of bittersweet chocolate. As the other flavors fade away, the alcohol flavor intensifies into an almost burning warmth.

Medium to full bodied with strong carbonation, this beer is a sipper by necessity. The body is rather light considering the 18% ABV, making this beer deceivingly drinkable. However, it is still noticeably sticky. The carbonation, while quite prickly, really helps to move this beer along, but perhaps at the expense of the taste.

The lack of coffee and chocolate flavors and the dominance of dark fruit flavors almost makes this beer taste more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a traditional American Double / Imperial Stout. Additionally, for an 18% stout, I was expecting a fuller, thicker body and slightly less carbonation.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 11-17-09

A: Black with thin rings of brown on the surface. Pours like motor oil.

S: Oh boy. The aroma is absolutely huge. Lots of wet earth, dark chocolate, prune, soy sauce, jerky, rye bread, molasses and black licorice.

T: Really sweet and syrupy. I'm kind of glad that I split this one instead of drinking it all by myself on Stout Day. Lots of dense rye bread and molasses flavor along with some soy sauce, prunes and raisin skin. Not exactly one I would rush back to, but definitely one I'm glad to have gotten to try.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date: 11/17/09
Purchased in March/April of 2011

A- Aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip...Looks like black coffee....topped with a one finger Irish Cream colored head that disappates rapidly, leaving a light ring around surface.
Minimal(next to none) lacing left behind.

S- Sweet malt, raisins. BOOZE! Almost smells like cough medicine.

T- Chocolate covered raisins. Hint of vanilla.
Bourbon and wood. There is a taste that I cannot identify. Others have mentioned port. Have not had port. So...I do not know about that.

M- Damn near the texture of cough syrup. Minimal carbonation. Not quite "flat". Warms the belly same way cough syrup would, too. Slick, smooth, syrupy.

O- Surprised that I did not review this wonderful brew earlier! Grabbed 4 of these back in the spring time for $6 a pop. Never knew they were from 2009. YUM!! Damn near cross eyed after 1/2 a bottle. ;) Checked "stash". One left with 11-17-09 date on it. May let it sit another year??

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Photo of mtalley999
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 dated bottle that I took out of the fridge and let sit for about 30 minutes befoer I poured into a DFH snifter.

Poured a dark black with what looked like purple tinges. A pretty aggressive pour got me about one finger of very loose and bubbly brown head. The bubble dissipated very quickly and left a slight ring of lacing.

Smell was very much of grapes and raisins at first. A second smell let me pick up some roasted malts, coffee, and a slight alcohol burn.

Taste was incredibly complex and changed as the glass warmed. Up front I got lots of port like flavor, raisins, figs, currants, with more of the roasted malt coming through on the back end. As the glass warmed the port like flavors seemed to fade and the roasted malt profile becaome more prominent. Alcohol was barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel was very thick and rich, with some surprising carbonation.

WWS is an incredible beer. This was my first beer with an abv this high, and I wasn't sure what to expect. The craftmanship here is very impressive to keep the alcohol from running the show. I'm excited that I have 5 more bottles of 2010 to age. I'd like to drink one a year and chronicle the changes. I hope I'm patient enough.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to danwho for hooking this bottle up in a trade. Bottled on 11/17/09

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of alcohol roasty malt with dark fruits

T - Like the nose roasty malt and dark fruits up front with a big alcohol finish

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a big beer but its still easier to drink than a number of other beers out there that have half the abv this is a good sipping beer after a long day to unwind with worth picking up if you like big beers

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Photo of seesnow3
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage (2 years old), reviewed 10/11, Bruges glass
Pour-While pouring the nose reeks of raisins and espresso (I may have been influenced by reviews unfortunately). Pitch black with a dark tan head. Don’t see any effervescence rising to the top and I can’t see into the beer to tell for sure. A small head on the pour and a thin ring of foam after a few seconds. A touch of thin, very fizzy lacing

Nose-Still reeks of espresso, some of the raisin is gone, fig, all black fruits maybe also including currant.

Palate-At first quite sour then even moreso. There is a good amount of lingering sweetness that’s there and actually stays for a very long time. The bitter makes an appearance but is more subdued. The complexity on this is quite remarkable. Again the palate shows a good amount of raisin, some espresso, a dried fig note is there towards the finish. It’s more fruity and less burnt tasting than I expected. Very well executed. Slightly dry finish. The only reason for the 4 was the amount of sweetness, which may have appealed to me in a lower dose.

Body-Thick, rich, syrupy, very little on the bubbles. Coats the tongue like sugar syrup. Warms the tongue lightly and moreso the throat as you swallow. I love this, it’s well worth the price and I would gladly buy it again. The alcohol is quite subdued and very well hidden, but is still noticeable and does warm on the way down (as stated). Like it a lot.

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Photo of Keithstone44
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010, poured into a snifter:

A: Pitch black with a slim 1-finger head, and little to no lacing.

S: Captivating smell of chocolate, dried fruit, barley, and booze.

T: The alcohol and barley malt are very evident, whereas the fruit and chocolate notes sneak in at the tail-end.

M: Full-bodied and syrupy with delicate carbonation

O: Not a masterfully crafted beer, but I can appreciate the apparent skill needed to create a beer of this magnitude. This beer isn't a session beer, but it was quite enjoyable

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.13/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled in 2010.

A - Pours a jet black, opaque with very small head.

S - Very boozy, notes of licorice and dark malt, barley. But really just a nose of booze.

T - A tad fruity, overwhelming amount of malts, and then just a ton of booze. Balance is just so overwhelmingly boozy it throws the entire beer off.

M - It's overall fairly smooth, but just so much heat from the alcohol radiates from this.

Overall - I did not think this was a good beer. The balance was completely out of whack, no discernible tastes, really.

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Photo of thesarahfuller
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First discovered this on tap at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME, but reviewing from a 12 ounce bottle poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance is as dark brown/black as beer gets, with a very thin tan head that disappeared almost immediately.

Smell is boozy and sweet. I smell lots of malts, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of fruit.

Tastes similar to it smells, but is also complex and beautifully balances. The taste of alcohol is present, but surprisingly mild considering the ABV. This is a very enjoyable sipper.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. There's a decent amount of carbonation and the sweetness is not at all syrupy or thick.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
2.32/5  rDev -45%
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 +1.4%
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 -7.6%
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 +5.5%
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 -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 ptykozoon
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,885 ratings
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