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

Pours an opaque black color with very little head. Not much on the top of the glass and minimal lace.

Aroma is surprising. Very boozy which is to be expected but also very fruity. Raisins, plums and other dark fruits. No coffee and burnt malt as you'd expect.

Big taste. Very much full of alcohol and yet very sweet, something I do not expect from a stout. Malts and fruits are awesome. No coffee or real chocolate flavors noticeable, just sweet booze.

Medium to full bodied and very low in carbonation. Rather smooth yet has that alcohol bite.

Damn, that's good stuff. Love it, try it.

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Photo of Soneast
2.9/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 bottle. Pours a pitch black color. Grows a thin, bubbly, brown colored head, that disappears immediately.

Aroma has a dry, oxidized quality to it, bringing out some dark malt characters with chocolate predominating, a hint of roast flavor and just a small note of booze, quite the feat for an 18% beer.

The flavor brings out some pretty decent chocolatey flavors, slightly roasty and some dry astringency mid-drink, though the beer ultimately finished relatively sweet. I don't get much in the way of fusel alcohols, but their is an unpleasant acetone flavor left after each swallow.

All things considering, this beer is pretty easy drinking. The upfront flavors are pretty nice, but the nail polish remover-like acetone flavor in the finish ruins anything good about it for me. At the price-point this is definitely not worth trying more than once, IMO.

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Photo of radioscooter
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On suggestion, after a thread about sweet stouts, I sought this out and grabbed a couple. Wow, here's an eye-opener - at $7.99 a 12oz bottle it's more expensive than Trappiste Rochefort 10. Something about that doesn't seem right...

Poured into a taster glass. Head is my favorite kind of multi-colored tan with flakes and varied sized bubbles. Thick, foamy blanket. Swirling coats the glass nicely with a rasin colored syrup.

Okay this rocks. Truth in advertising - hells yeah. Barley out the wazoo. In a good way. Tatse is sweet but strong: Booze, barley, mollasses, a little cocoa and raisin maybe. Wonderfully good.

This is what Sam Adams triple bock was trying to be but never achieved. (okay maybe that's a stretch but...)

Excellent. Just excellent.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes on 3/11/2011
alright a big thank you goes out to DeadTerry for bringing this over for our monthly tasting. Not only was this vintage WWS it was 2002 WWS.

Appearance: Black as all get out, no head

smell: sweet, booze, cocoa

taste: amazing. so mellow and smooth. you get your chocolate, black licorice, and some molasses.

mouthfeel: no carbonation, flat, what do you expect I was 19 when this beer was released. had a nice smooth texture and all the characters were well subdued. I enjoyed this alot because the alcohol burn had mellowed out over the years. Little oily texture on the tongue.

drinkability: highly drinkable. will I ever stumble across another bottle. Probably not unfortunately. Rumor has it Sam does not even have any of these bottles left. : )


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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2006.

Black with a dark tan lace of foam. Minimal carbonation apparent. Even looks thick.

Smell is strongly of alcohol, with a complex sweetness that's fruity, smoky and like anise.

Flavor is huge! Sweetness from the ridiculous amount of barley, chocolate, molasses, just a hint of hop spiciness, more smokiness and a hint of that soy sauce-like character sometimes present in big stouts.

Mouthfeel is super thick and rich. Finishes surprisingly dry, though.

Very drinkable and smooth. Alcohol presence is notable, but never reveals its 18% strength.

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Photo of spree92
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated: 2010 D

I had a pretty calm pour so there was very little head. There is some nice lacing left even though I am sipping (great beer that will last while watching basketball). Smell, holy cow! My first 5. Most amazing depth and changing characters in any beer. Ripe grapes, aged fruit, molasses, oak, more oak, alcohol. I can't believe how good this is. For a beer that brings 18% abv, the smoothness and creamy texture that it has on the system is great. The warmth of the alcohol is here but not overpowering any other aspect. Heavy roasted malts bring in a thick molasses feel but the sharp acidic fruit cuts through and balances out everything. I can feel the lingering affects of a high alcohol beer starting to way me down, but that is why these should be saved for after dinner, while relaxing.

I can't remember the exact price I paid, around $10, but I consider this to be a great beer and worth the price. Every beer lover should try this at least once in their lifetime.

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Photo of vapodge
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A - super deep black with thin tan head, light lacing

S - wow -- smells like a port with a touch of malts thrown in; boozy; did I mention port?

T - roasted malt and booze give way to the overwhelming port taste very quickly, followed at the end by a faint coffee flavor that I imagine comes from the roasted barley

M - not quite as thick and creamy as expected but it is not thin

D - since I love port, I love this beer; it's big and demands slow sipping and respect

this bottle is over a year old -- bottled in Nov '09

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Photo of TheMadChef10
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually had this run through Randall the enamel animal that was filled with espresso beans so the coffee flavors were amplified. There was no head at all and very little lacing. The smell was obviously of coffee and kind of toffeeish. It tasted like I was drinking a cup of iced coffee, alcohol was present but not horribly over powering. It must have been aged but I'm not sure.

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

Pretty sure this is the 2010 vintage. I purchased this as part of my weekly mix and match and grassroots market in Jacksonville. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours inky black with only slight head and miniscule lacing due to the high alcohol content. The body is impenetrable. I held it up to a window in direct sunlight and the light wouldn't penetrate at all. It's so black, it was marked absent recently at night school. - Chris rock.

S: Smells of a ridiculous amount of malts with some alcohol components. Coffee/toffee notes on the nose.

T: Plenty of burnt malt dankness combined with motor oil, charcoal from the pits of hell and the crisped up souls of sinners past. It's burnt-sweet without a lot of bitter from hops, which makes it almost tolerable.

M: It's micro carbonated on the less assertive side, so not fizzy at all. It's full bodied and even though the alcohol level is barely negligable on the tongue, it'll kick your ass about five minutes after the last sip.

D: I can only rate this beer as average for one reason: It's highly dangerous. I'm ripped on one and munching on pumpkin seeds by the handful trying to come down. If you are in need of a full bodied beer to nurse for an hour or two, this might be the one. Otherwise, it's way too strong for mortal man. Be warned.

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Photo of suspect
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into Dogfish Head shaped Pint Glass. Split with mrmarmot.

A: As everyone else on here says, it's think, black motor oil. Mildly aggressive pour lends itself to about a 3/4 finger head that has a deep tan hue. Lacing coats the glass and does not disappear.

S: Alcohol first and foremost. Followed by caramel, molasses and malt. Back for another smell hits me with alcohol again. Man, I hope the alcohol isn't as present in the taste.

T: Nope. Smooth as hell. Not nearly as hot as the smell. Sweet molasses and malted barley hit first and the alcohol finally makes its presence known at the backend. This is really a fine specimen of a brew.

M: Low carbonation, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Extremely full bodied.

D: If I didn't know this was 18% I could have probably had at least a full one if not two. Wow.

Notes: Unbelievably smooth 18% Stout. DFH pushes the limits yet again and does not disappoint. As breweries make the push to beer under 5%, this HUGE beer is most welcomed in my cellar. The price tag is the only hindrance with accumulating more.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 0 finger head. Pretty slick coming out of the bottle. Basically no beer appearance at all which leads one to question whether they are drinking beer or motor oil. Color is pure black.

S. Whoa. Alcohol, coffee, roasted malt, molasses. Smells like something beyond an Imperial Stout. Smell is definitely intense. Probably best described as an intensifed version of every other Imperial Stout.

T. Whoa. Alcohol burn is still very apparent after 16 months. Flavor is molasses, roasted malt, black licorice, coffee. A lot of alcohol flavor that adds an added level of flavor and complexity. The load of malt that went in to make this provides quite a complex array of flavor.

M. Full bodied. Very low carbonation.

D. You wont catch me shotgunning this one in a tailgate parking lot. Drinkability can really only be described as "a sipper". You can feel its warmth spread throughout as you drink it. Appearance is of a liquid other than beer. It really has incredible depth of flavor. Smell is pretty much dominated by the alcohol fumes coming off of it. Mouth feel is great.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light tan head in a tulip with opaque dark brown body. Elegant, liberal lacing.

Nose is alcohol and candy.

Taste is sugar, barley, candy, and chocolate, but mostly candy. Just, like rock candy.

First, very, VERY sweet malt. Syrupy. Drops off into bitter dark chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, but completely secondary to the taste. No amount of carbonation would be enough to balance the intensity of the sweetness.

Drinkability is dangerously high for something of this ABV and price, but lower than a standard brew. Still, too easy to drink for one's own good.

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

12oz bottle, 2010

A: Pours black as night with a thin tan head. Quite nice looking.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and a little alcohol.

T: Lots of chocolate and dark fruit, like the smell, with a hint of molasses and spices. A little alcoholic towards the end.

M: Smooth and creamy, with little carbonation. A pleasant tingle from the alcohol that lingers for a while.

D: For such a big beer, this is impressively well balanced. A great beer for sipping on a cold winter night. The alcohol is there, but it is rather well hidden.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a small tulip glass. Pours black coffee in color with a little ring of tan head. It is rather viscous and has no carbonation that I can see. The smell is thick with malt. Roasty, burnt, chocolate, a little tangy alcohol fruitiness. My first impression of the taste was "I can't believe how much smoother than BBCS this is". Sweet smooth malt, balanced roasted flavor with a sweet aftertaste. The alcohol slowly becomes present after a few sips. You can feel the heat in your nose and throat, but not in an unpleasant way, more of a scotch or port way. The mouthfeel is thick, and smooth. The alcohol doesn't cut through it. I am astonished at how smooth and drinkable this beer is. Like I said before, this is much smoother than beers with 1/2 the ABV.

Sam is a wizard

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't remember for sure but I bought this at least 7 years ago. Has been aging quietly in the basement ever since. Not sure why but I decided that today was the day to break the seal on this one.

No head and just the faintest trace of bubbles to let me know that it isn' completely flat. The penalty you pay for aging a capped beer for so long. Black in color with a brownish slightly amber color on the in the light.

Smell mostlynof raisins with some slight rum notes. Not as strong as some other people mention with younger versions. I guess that's the benefit of aging a beernfor so long. It definately seems to have mellowe with time compared to others opinions.

Taste is actually pretty mild. Some raisin, bakers chocolate and some spiced rum. Dark fruit, plums and cherries also give some complexity but everything is very subdued.

As mentioned above the carbonation level is extreamly low due to the long aging. No life on the mouthfeel.

Overall a very interesting brew and the experience has certainly been skewed by the long aging. Probably left this one in the cellar a year or two too long. I'll have to buy a fresh one soon to compare. As always dogfish makes you think which isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of gskitt
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged a year.
Pours a black, maybe the slightest of light on the edges. Head is thin and recedes quickly. Smells of ripe dark fruits and rum. Candied sugar permeates as well. Just know this will be sweet.
Sweet prune juice. Some bitter coffee and bakers chocolate at the end. This is a very complex beer. Has characteristics of a port in many ways. Very syrupy and layered. This is not for the faint of heart and a sipper only at 18%. DFH does push the envelope. Bravo.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.58/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

For an 18% beer I am surprised to see such a large cap. It fades quickly but for a moment it was a sudsy masterpiece of dark sand. The brew itself is a deep stained walnut color with touches of red on the side.

The smell is full of dark roasted fruits that have been soaked in rum. It gets slightly boozy smelling but nothing to bad that would stop me from drinking it. I don't get a ridiculous amount of barley in the nose but it could be masked from the rum and fruit smell.

Bam! An over sweetened punch to the face. Those fruit scents in the nose carry over in a bad way. It tastes like prune juice with a few shots of booze in it. The grain bill doesn't read well and is dominated by the dark fruit flavors. Really unbalanced and frankly a poor stout. It's so sweet it makes me feel sick to my stomach like I'm drinking sugar water.

The mouthfeel is a little better because the beer coats your mouth like a fine Belgian quad. The beer is nice and fizzy and I like the warmth from the high ABV. As much as I like the look and the mouthfeel I can't get past the taste on this one. Way to sweet for me and one that's going to end up down the drain. Another novelty beer that you can pass by.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter black as black can get. Steady dark brown head that is sticking around as a khaki head. When I hear people say beer smells like soy sauce I just laugh and say "those pretentious idiots " but now I know what they mean. Pure soy sauce smell. The taste is better with chocolate and anise blending with the soy. Alcohol is surprisingly not huge and nreally adds nicely to the flavors. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but in a good way. I really like the medium bodied feel. I have ten ozs in front of me and it is going to take some time. But it does go down great for 18%
Overall a Good beer. Soy is weird. Just glad bars in my neck of the woods are starting to get great beers on tap

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Photo of JC5886
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out pitch black... very enticing to look at. The smell is amazing and makes you want to take a sip right away. Smells sugary, alcohol a little chocolate. The taste is a little overwhelmed by the alcohol at 18% It blends away to a very malty, syrupy taste of chocolate, bourbon and dark fruits. The alcohol taste is a little too much but it blends into nice flavors after. Drinkability is pretty low due to how strong it is, but its a nice way to end the night and pass out.

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Photo of PhineasGage
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/17/09

A - Pitch black. medium-dark tan thin head. Great lacing.

S - Anise, alcohol, chocolate malt, raisiny-date. Smells like a good port.

T - Sweet raisins. Portwine chocolate. Alcohol.

M - Light carbonation. Thick, creamy. Hot (alcohol.)

D - One, maybe two more years and this is gonna be wicked.

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Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lightly translucent black (I like my stouts solid black) with no head, thus no retention or lacing.

The aroma was the rich malts that was expected, with the alcohol scent that wasn't a surprise from an 18% ABV brew. The flavors were grain, molasses and alcohol.

The body was surprisingly thin. I don't see how a beer this big can be considered very drinkable, but I certainly enjoyed this bottle.

Overall, a very nice beer that certainly delivers a big bang for the buck. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/10/09. 12 Oz.

Pours a deep murky brown but a little light shines through around the edges. Head is rocky and tan, dissipates very quickly.

The aromas on this one will knock you out. Boozy fruit cake and caramel dominate with a rich roasted grain undertone. Does not dissapoint in any facet.

The taste is rich and creamy, chocolate and dark fruits come forth with a hot boozy finish. Flavors of raisin, dates, chocolate, bourbon, espresso, burnt tree bark, caramel, licorice, and molasses. The complexity is outstanding in this one, layers of flavors melt apart as the finish lingers for minutes.

Mouthfeel is fantastic, creamy and rich, melts across the tongue.

Overall very drinkable for such a huge beer. The heat has died down a little since the last time I tried one of these, but it still has a lot of potential left in the cellar. Its nice to revisit what made me fall for Dogfish long ago.

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Photo of ctdeathbrew
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

on tap at Eli Cannons in Middletown CT

Pours a midnight black with a thin lacing fading to absolutely no head. first sip is instant booze vanilla and roastiness. seriously warming at 18%. An incredible tart hop finish with lingering vanilla and prunes. carbonation is spot on with a slight sherry note possibly from slight oxidation. A steal @ $5 for 12oz. I would jump at the chance to have this on draft again.

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Photo of Ceej1978
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This stout pours a pitch black. It reminds me of used motor oil in appearance. It was served in a glass mug from a 12oz. bottle. It has a slight head that quickly dissipates into a faint tan lace.

The smell is very interesting. Sweet malty dark chocolate with a hint of molasses, plum and alcohol. It doesn't overwhelm you but it does fill your nose.

Approach this one carefully! The taste is a mix of dark roasty malts, dark fruits and burnt sugar that comes on softly on the front and attacks that back of your throat. Breathing out through your nose will give you a hint of smoke and molasses. Wow!

It feels full bodied with just enough carbonation. The amount of alcohol makes it nice and warm.

It's drinkable. The first few sips will surprise you but once your mouth adapts to this beer it's feels and tastes great.

Overall, it's an excellent stout. As it should be for $10 a 12oz.. I wouldn't be able to have more than one bottle in an evening. Very interesting!

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Photo of goblue3509
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with no light getting through the off white head receds to nothing with little or no lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is of chocolate and barely but it is faint. The taste is very complex, a big chocolate and barely flavor rounded out by a roasted malt and a hint if coffee along with just a slight alcohol tatse. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a slight alcohol character. The drinkability is very good, the high abv is very well hidden and the flavors are complex and interesting. A very good beer.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,954 ratings