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

Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Mekong in richmond. Arrived in a tulip. 10oz pour it looks to be, with a thin halo of dark brown head with a tiny lace. Aroma is sweet with some alcohol along with dark roasted malt and a light coffee and chocolate. Flavor is also a bit boozey with sweet thick malt. Very roasted malt nutty with a bit of chocolate. Sticky but not overly on the palate. Sippable with a bowl of pho.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Recently opened a 2005 wws from the cellar. poured into a snifter

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color, with only the smallest amount of light being visible at the very edges of the glass, the only thing it was lacking was head, but with 5-6 years in the cellar I'm not surprised.

The smell is really excellent, its a velvety mix of dark fruits a subtle alcohol sweetness.

The taste follows the smell pretty closely, i can taste the dark fruits, a little note of raisons, and just like the smell an alcohol sweetness, not heat or even warmth.

The mouthfeel was incredible, very low carbonation and it was so silky smooth. the drinkablility for this beer is high even considering that it is 18%

excellent beer, if you get a chance to try vintage wws, do so

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours very dark, nearly black, with a brownish head.
S - Smells like raisins and coffee. Definitely an alcohol component to the nose.
T - Very complex - roasted nuts, prunes, dried cherries, rum notes. Very very sweet as well - almost too sweet but not quite. Very delicate flavors throughout. Not nearly as much alcohol as expected.
MF - Goes down clean with not much residual flavor left in the mouth - a bit surprising. Nice though. Burns ever so slightly.
D - Shockingly high considering ABV - alcohol is very well disguised. Still, 8oz pour is enough for me, definitely.

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

Had this on-tap at Jones Radiator.

A - 10oz pour which was plenty. Pours a dark dark brown with a thin tan head. The head dissipates quickly with little lacing but the light carbonation ring sticks around.

S - Smells boozy and roasty like an alcoholic cup of coffee.

T - The taste is sweet but not cloying in my opinion. This drinks like a strong white russian.

M - Silky smooth with light carbonation.

D - for 18% this is an easy drinker and a perfect sipping beer. It reminds me of a lot of dessert wine.

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Photo of pnkRed
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split this one with me and a friend. The beer poured black, but not jet black as you would expect from an 18% stout. I can see through this one and I expected it to be a lot more dense. Extremely sweet malt hits the nose. The taste is what you would expect from the sniffing foreshadowing. Super sweet! The residual sugars almost give it a barrel aged taste. The Alcohol hits you first, followed by the sweetness and leaves you with a dry burning mouth. It's pretty thin on the mouth, especially from such a big beer. Anymore than half a 12oz could be too much. I'm glad I decided to split it.

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Photo of obrendano
2.76/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I feel like the aftertaste, brand name and appearance are the only things really holding this one up for me. I really wanted to like this, but I just can't do it...

A - stellar. dark thick brown/black, and I even managed to get an good tan brown head out of the pour despite the alcohol

S - smells of pure sweetness, syrup, dark barley, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of the booze all together

T - here's where the "no thanks" comes in. initial hit of dark sweet barley gives way to an intensely cloying sweetness that made me feel sick before it even hit the back of my throat. complex indeed, but ugly and overpowering. the finish ends up great, which is unfortunate because I have to go through hell to get to it. finishes as a tasty mix of the malt and warming alcohol burn. notes of the oak and fine wine remain as well. I'd say the entire 2 rating I gave it comes strictly from after the swallow

M - tingly bubbles and warm from the alcohol, otherwise sticky and like a flat soda

D - it's a bummer the finish on this is so amazing, because it's almost not worth it to get to. I'd love to give everything DFH makes a great rating because I love them in general, but I don't think this is my snifter of port at all, sorry

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Photo of artcurtis
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had in a Great Divide Snifter
2007 Vintage, stored at the liquor store in a box in the cooler.
A- Super black, pretty much no head. If you give it a swirl it brings up a bit of cola like fizzy for about 2 seconds.

S- BOOZE. But in a good way. Vanilla seems really prevalent too. And maybe oak? I don't think this is barrel aged, but it smells that way. It comes across as...formidable.

T&M- Much much better than expected. At 18% I was expecting a booze bomb. But it is very well balanced for such a big beer. There is booze, milk chocolate, vanilla and just a dash of hop bitterness on the end for dryness. Quite sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The booze is there, but it's built into the flavor profile, as opposed to being it's own distinct flavor.

D- Surprisingly high drinkability for an 18% ABV. I could almost see myself drinking two of these in a night. Almost.

Lovely beer overall, DFH continues to surprise with their balance. Even with their crazy concoctions, they rarely let any one flavor run amok, even when I expect it too. This definitely goes into my top 4 or 5 stouts.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into tulip glass, shared between 4 people.

A: Poured a DEEP black color, but not as syrupy as I would have thought when initially purchased.

S: Great nose on this one. Dark chocolate notes, coffee, etc. Really enjoyed!

T: Much like the nose, I got the chocolate/coffee/woody notes. Better as it warmed up too. Take your time with this one. Let it breathe.

M: Doesn't coat the mouth as much as I would have assumed.

D: Really pleasant to drink actually, but due to high ABV you'll probably be splitting this one OR only consuming ONE.

Great beer from DFH. Looking forward to searching for other older vintages and sticking them in the cellar. Check it out if you haven't already!

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Photo of JizackFH
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a nice 2-finger dark creamy tan head, that fell a sort of fast. The head left some good lacing on the glass. This one really looks delicious.

S - This smells of deep dark roasted malts and caramel sweetness. there is a definite booze presence here, but it's not too overwhelming. The booze presence becomes stronger as it warms. There are also notes of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and some dark fruits.

T - It starts off with a big roasty bitterness. The bitterness is followed by a nice caramel sweetness and a big boozy bite. There are good notes of coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and molasses. This has a very nice complex taste, and the booziness is much more hidden than I expected it to be.

M - This has a nice medium-full body and good carbonation. There is some alcohol warmth present, as well as some nice bitterness. It is actually a bit thinner than I thought it would be.

D - The drinkability of this is very good, especially for being 18% ABV. It is a sipper for sure, but it goes down easy, and it has great flavor. I really like this beer. I had high hopes for this beer, and I was not let down. I think this is an awesome imperial stout, and I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of BraveUlysses
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ink dark pour, with a slight toffee-tinged head. Very strong scent on this one: it smells heavily of vanilla and caramel, with a touch of chocolate too. The taste is much the same...vanilla and caramel flavors dominate and I can get a taste of chocolate and coffee a bit later. There's a whole lot of sweetness and a definite alcohol bite, though not as much as I might expect for 18%ABV and this beer is definitely very smooth. Mouthfeel is certainly pretty thick...especially as the beer warms, it becomes a bit syrupy (which is to be expected with such a sugary and alcoholic drink.) This beer is delicious, but is definitely for light sipping. Almost a dessert beer, it's great in small quantities, but I wouldn't want to drink an entire 12-oz. bottle myself.

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

Had this last night at my house with an Oliva V cigar. Very nice flavored stout. Very easy to drink and a beautiful look of the beer. That dark brown to black look was very pleasing.

The smells of coffee or chocolate was there. Not a huge taste of alcohol and you can taste the barley! I did love the rich, roasty and darkish taste. Not my favorite all time but, it will make the rotation.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We did a Dogfish Head stout NYE with WWS followed by Bitches Brew.

Opaque black liquid with deep chestnut edges. Thin, dark clay colored head fades instantaneously to a thin, phatasm-shaped skim.

Vinous dark fruit, esspresso and brown sugar aroma. Heat comes across as fresh paint smell that somewhat diminishes as it warms.

Taste is more vinous dark fruit, grape drank if you will, with a balancing roast in back. Molasses and brown sugar complexity. Uber-sugared Dunkin' Donuts black coffee. Mouthfeel is full but not 18% full.

In fairness I had this at BeerFest when it went through Randall stuffed with coffee beans so I'm a little dissapoined. I want a Randall.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

This is a pitch black brew with a quarter inch thick tan head that fades pretty quickly, but does leave a thin layer on top.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, deep, dark over-ripened fruit, vanilla and of course some alcohol.

Huge, complex flavors come together here. Initially sweet big roasted malted barley, sweet, dark fermented fruits, dark chocolates, dark roasted coffee, earthy hops and a nice if not expected, warming alcohol finish.

Thick and full, leaves a coating - good carbonation.

This is a tremendous imperial stout. Bearing in mind the abv, this one is a brew to be savored slowly.

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Photo of mwclark2
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Bottled date: 11-14-08

V: Dark brown coffee colored pour with barely a finger of creamy tan head which dissipates quickly, but leaves a bit of lacing around the sides of the glass.

A: Pungent. Licorice, raisin, dark fruitiness. Faint alcohol undercurrent. Swirling the glass releases a sweet graininess.

T: Very boozy at the beginning, which gives the expectation of a huge alcohol aftertaste, but finishes very clean. Very warming! The aftertaste is a complex marriage of chocolate, dark fruits, and grains; worth pondering over. Wish it was a bit less boozy.

M: A bit dry and thin, which is surprising. More like a porter. Carbonation is negligible. Very smooth, though.

D: This is a beer that demands sipping, and is best shared with a friend. It loses drinkability points for the massive alcohol content, but is redeemed by its complex and highly enjoyable flavors. Makes you long for an extra sharp cheddar or salty blue cheese as a pairing.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark pour with a small mocha head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Smell is heavy on the malts, chocolate, a slight booziness, and barley. Also I'm getting some dark fruits and molasses. Really interesting smell.

T: Taste is of barley, roasted malts, and warming alcohol. Chocolate/Coffee flavor finishes it up to balance the intensity up front.

MF: The alcohol is a little too dominant for me, but it is rounded out nicely. Lots of heavy flavors in this one.

D: I don't think that more than a glass or so should be consumed at once. Lots going on here, take it slow and enjoy them!

8/13/11 Updated

Heaven and Hell Review

A: Black pour, a little lighter than WWS. Hardly any head remains. 3.5

S: Boozy. Seems like the majority of the smell is 120, even though I thought it had more WWS in it. Grassy hops, some malts, and a ton of booze. 4

T: The taste really follows everything else I'm seeing. While WWS makes its presence known, 120 Minute really shines through. Getting similar hops, grapefruit, and booze profile as 120, with the heaviness and slight maltiness from the WWS. 4

MF: Heavier than 120, nicely carbonated. TON of booze. 3.5

O: Thought this was great. Better than WWS, not on the level of 120. 4.5

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Photo of misterdmac
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been cellaring this bottle for over 2 years. Bottled on 11/14/08.

Poured into my large brandy snifter, a nice one-finger espresso crema head builds, but doesn't last. It's the color of dirty motor oil. It's probably about 50-55 degrees.

By the time I'm done nosing this beer, the head is gone. Can't quite pick up the hops anymore. Gosh it smells just sweet. Molasses, raisin, milk chocolate, a tiny bit of booze heat. Nice.

Sweetness again. What little I can remember the younger bottle I drank was more bitterness - hoppier and more dark chocolate notes, not so sweet. Now there's some licorice coming through, sweet chocolate, and the coffee I'm getting is closer to strong drip coffee than espresso. You can still tell this beer was pretty aggressively hopped at brew time, but only a faint hop flavor remains after 2 years. It's really sweeter than my favorite imperial stouts, which I often don't age this long, so I'm giving it a 4.

Booze-wise, this one has mellowed big time. I actually might be able to drink another, if I had it. Which I would never have even entertained had I not laid this down for so long. Not at all crushable, but certainly pleasant to sip on.

Personally I think if you want a different experience between new and old World Wide Stout, you can probably get away with a one year rest. Cheers.

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

This has been aging in my refrigerator for a year.

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a better than expected head for a beer this strong. Each swirl refreshes the head with 1/4" of foam which slowly fades and lingers. Dark black.

A boozy-sweetness is the first aroma I get, followed by licorice, raisins, some type of spice but I can't place it.

Molasses and brown sugar hit right away, and then, wow, does it ever warm up the mouth! Very sweet, but the alcohol is remarkably hidden.

Mouthfeel maybe the strongest part of this brew, as it is warms and coats the mouth and throat. As I swallow it, I kind of want to wave goodbye as it disappears. slight carbonation is present.

I'm not sure how to rate drinkability for this. It tastes really good and is great for sipping, which is what I was expecting. However, it is so strong that you couldn't drink a lot. It is also expensive at about $10 /12oz bottle.

But c'mon, for an 18% beer to be this smooth? Awesome job, Dogfish Head1

So, for me this is a treat that I shall savor but probably not repeat unless I get it as a gift.

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

Poured into an pint glass.

Pours a jet black color, has a light tan head that is fluffy and settles to a thin lace coating. Some spattering of lace clings to the glass the whole way. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of huge barley malts, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts as well. Good smell.

Brew is full bodied; thick and smooth accompanied by a sweet and roasted malt flavor. Sweet booze and roasted barley malts can be tasted in the middle. The beer has a super warming effect. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Nutty, and almost oak or wood. Can taste coffee and roasted notes as well. A strong brew indeed. Very good taste and feel.

Very good stuff here - be careful and drink slow. Sip and enjoy on a cold night as this will warm you a$$ right on up. Great stuff.

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

2008 Vintage

A: Pretty black. Not a lot of carbonation. Small mocha head. Some lacing.

S: A lot going on here. Alcohol, dark fruits, plums, roasted barley, chocolate. Overall, a pretty sweet smell.

T: Everything with you'd expect from the nose, but a little bit of coffee and vanilla flavoring work their way in. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering at all. Pretty complex beer here.

M: Full, thick. Coats the mouth and leaves a lot of delicious flavors behind.

D: For an 18% ABV beer, this is pretty drinkable. It's a sipper for sure, but more because the after taste is so enjoyable..not just because this is a huge beer.

Really glad someone gave me cash for Christmas because I might not have purchased this with my own money. For the price, I would grab this over 120 Minute anytime. Excellent beer.

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Photo of FRivard
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into my brewery snifter.2010 vintage.

the appearance is a dark brown caramel like color with little or no head, carbonation true to style.

smells of deep molasses, malty with quite a bit of booziness.

taste is that of caramel and molasses up front with a sweet booziness in the middle and a thick warm finish.

its as drinkable as one could expect from an 18% imperial stout this was a 2010 vintage and although quite tasty it is still very young and would definetely improve with some age.

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Photo of infi
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage, courtesy of BA NYManc.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

First of all for the ~4 oz. pour I had - which is all you really need - the legs of this stout were ridiculous. And not in a fetish sort of way. Just sitting idly in the glass, you could really see a ridiculously thick film of transparent booze just sit there menacingly. And as you swirl the glass, the coating of the alcohol onto the interior is incredible. Aside from this novelty, the beer features a hazy brownish-purple color with no head. Smell is exactly how it is written on the label: "... ridiculous amount of barley." Grandiose amount of that, some sugary sweetness and the obvious alcohol.

The 4-year old age really shows with the nutty barley completely immersing itself on the palate, as well as a thin amount of sweet prunes and molasses greeting you side-by-side. I would imagine that a fresh bottle of WWS is innately hot, but the 18% on this was completely muted. No hard liquor flavors; just some nice holiday warmth. So smooth all the way through. Personally, it's more so a spirit and not so much a beer. Not sure how any further aging would do these 06 bottles any more good, as I think the flavors have peaked and are mellowed out.

Mouthfeel is soft, silky and very smooth. No harshness or brash attacks on the palate whatsoever. Definitely an easy sipper, but ~3-4 oz. is seriously all you need per serving. I was feeling it after my only glass. Share the bottle with as many friends as you can. This is really nice for the winter. Huge shoutout to Dan from Cable Beverages, NY for hiding cases of this for years and reemerging them!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Treated myself to this over the holidays, paid $7.99 for the 12 oz bottle.

Pours a super dark brown/black, not much carbonation. Smell is very strong of alcohol (I mean it is 18% abv but the smell is very much there). Taste is medium bodied, some great roastiness to it but definitely a strong alcohol kick. A sipper for sure, it's impossible to gulp this thing. A little harsh at first. but once you warm up to it and get a little bit through it really warms up. Pretty damn good and doesn't taste as strong as it is... not as 'epic' as expected, but a fantastic beer that you should definitely try.

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Photo of Radome
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A - Beer is an extremely dark brown, but not quite black. It appears clear, but is opaque from the pure density of it. The head is initially about 1/4" but fades quickly as high alcohol beers tend to. Not much lacing, but the glass shows legs like a thick red wine.

S - Aroma is like raisins and tobacco leaves soaked in grain alcohol, with some coffee and roasted notes as well. Wow.

T - Taste hits you with alcohol, dark fruits, smoke, roasted coffee. It has the typical somewhat sweet Dogfish Head house yeast character. No hops show through. VERY complex.

M - Body is thick, but not extremely so. There is alcohol burn that combines with the hops bitterness to give a bit of a burn in the mouth even after the swallow. Still, you'd never guess it is 18% alcohol. Carbonation is not evident.

D - This is quite a beer. Amazingly complex. Reminiscent of their Palo Santo Maron, but on steroids and not mellowed by all the wood aging. I am not usually a big fan of stouts, but with this emphasis on fruit and alcohol over roasted acrid notes, I love this one. I would definitely take this over port on a cold winter night.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated 11/14/08.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Surprisingly not as dark as I expected. During the pour, World Wide Stout is more of a medium-dark brown with good clarity. The head is pretty thick to start but eventually settles to a skim layer of tiny bubbles.

Aroma is big and boozy but nothing like these bourbon stouts that are popping up everywhere. This is really just a huge stout and the alcohol is not like hard liquor at all. Big roast and dark fruits dominate.

Flavor is huge and powerful. This is like no other stout out there. It's surprisingly sweet up front before big bitterness and roasted malt smacks you across the face. It finishes fairly dry with the alcohol evaporating off the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied with a reasonable amount of heat given the strength. It's actually mellowed pretty nicely over the past two years so it isn't over-powering. The feel in my belly lets me know it's a sipper.

Overall a very good stout. Not just one to knock you over in one punch but one to enjoy slowly on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of Hamsteroceros
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass

A- Poured not quite black with a thin head that dissipated very quickly. Looks lighter than I thought it would.

S- Holy hell. Wow. Pruny/raisiny and alcoholic- almost like a port. Slight coffee and (maybe) chocolate. A strange dry spiciness on the nose as well.

T- Sweet and alcoholic, yet deliciously bitter as well. Really takes what makes a stout great and amps it all up.

M- Drinks like a port or sherry. Very sticky and rich.

D- The hype is earned. This is phenomenal beer. I look forward to trying the other bottles I picked up in a year or two.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 4,873 ratings
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