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World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 BARFLYB
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2004 vintage on tap at Monk's Cafe from the back bar. I had a few of this particular vintage out of the bottle and 'enjoyed' it.

Off the spout and into my hand World Wide Stout looks dead to this man. A very still sea of blackish liquid thats dark and mo darker. A small sheet of gunk slips off the glass, no lace left in the past. Tranquil. Smell is a big roasted malt bomb that has picked up big time port and dark fruit, berries, chocolate, soy, faint vanilla. Cant really detect the booze, but it's there under a sea of smell. This has always been interesting beer and it's hit or miss with me. This is a bit to fruity for my liking. Perhaps it's the HUGE port notes and the lack of sweet chocolate, which is pretty muted. Roasted malt is appriciated but the berries are rizzipe. Some fusel alcohol, with warming it came out more. It kinda tastes like bum wine to me which I pick up in a lot of big DFH beers, it's off putting. Feel is big, burly, coating with a little heat on the way down. I don't like the lingering alcohol in the back. Well, I could not get through my glass, it's sacrilege, but I dumped the rest. I like the innovation here but it's too much, I also seem to like the older bottles a tad better. I just wish it was not so BIG.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cool.

A-pours a very dark tan head that quickly dies. Black, body.

S-boozy, rum like, some chocolate, roasted grain (burnt)

T-alcohol front, burnt toast, maybe some floral hop character in there, espresso

M-FULL, slick

D-great after dinner beer. boozy flavors in this may be a little off putting though. Let it warm up first.

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Photo of dcx10music
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black, even when held up to light. The mocha colored head fizzles out immediately. No lacing whatsoever. In a word, beautiful.

S - A crazy intense blast of alcohol at first gives way to a really warm roasted chocolate aroma. If the booze was less intense things would be perfect.

T - The first word that comes to mind is "magical." Super rich and complex, starting with a heavy dark chocolate flavor but ending with a fruity finish, all with just the perfect amount of boozy heat. Absolutely amazing.

M - More perfection. It's super thick, almost syrupy in consistency; this smoothness complements the smoothness of the taste wonderfully.

D - You can't chug this stuff, but for an 18% ABV brew, this is disturbingly easy to down. I had to stop myself from going overboard with this stuff.

Notes - I paid $8 for a 12 ounce bottle, and it was absolutely worth it. This is as close to perfection as you can get. It may sound like gushing, but I really can't speak too highly of this brew; it's an absolute masterpiece that everyone who's even remotely into beer needs to try at least once.

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

Bottled November 2009
Served in an Allagash Tulip glass

Appearance was as dark as night. Pure black - no light can pass through this stuff. It pours heavy - almost like good balsamic or bad motor oil. Very little to no head at all. I can smell it from feet away as I pour. I smell...sharpie, surprisingly.

Aroma reminds me of dark roast coffee, red wine and brandy, solvent - very strong stuff and it smells strong. Subtle licorice and dark chocolate. Maybe a dark, dried plum hiding behind the gobs of seriously dark roasted malts.

Flavor mirrors the smell; burnt suguar, dark / strong coffee, dark chocolates, port / brandy, plums. Sweetness is powerful on this.

Mouthfeel is quite good - it has a thickness and sweetness that coats your entire mouth but doesn't hang around too long. It has good body, very little carbonation (almost none) but the sweetness doesn't stay too long, as barleywines and other strong beers with a high finishing gravity often due.

I liked this beer - but I didn't love it. It is a very complex beer - but I think it is just too young or - gasp - too strong for it's own good. 18% ABV coupled with a beer this dark and complex needs many additional years to age properly (If I had another from November 2009's bottling batch, I probably would hold on for another 2 or 3 years. ) However, I can honestly say I have had beers half as strong that were harder to get through with identical aging.

Overall, a good beer, great brewery. For similar styles (taste wise) - I would rather have an Old Rasputin or Weyerbacher Old Heathen (I don't really consider them to be competitors - this beer is definitely better suited in an experimental category rather than imperial stout). Still doesn't match up to some of the other beers they brew, but unique and complex.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jahmur for the vintage bottle!

2005 vintage

The cap cracks with a nice hiss as I pour some of this strong elixir into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. I thin ring of dark-tan head forms over an almost black body. The foam eventually fades away, leaving no lacing, but the sheer strength of this brew does leave some legs on the glass.

Sweet honey-laden malts and dark fruits rise up from the glass with a few swirls. A trace of alcohol, but surprisingly not that much. Candied figs, plums and red grapes mix with some roasted chocolate notes. Nice complexity at this age.

Rich, chocolaty malts grace the tongue, followed by figs, grapes and a hint of wood. Sweet like chocolate mousse, but with the added complexity of dark honey soaked fruits. Definitely on the sweet side. The ABV is almost unnoticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, almost creamy and decently thick. Warming alcohol lingers, but is much more subdued than when this beer is fresh. Seems more like a 9 or 10% ABV beer. My only complaint is that the carbonation is quite low, but at least there is some.

Drinkability is good for what this is. With fresh WWS the alcohol is the biggest limiting factor for me. With a five year old bottle the ABV is no longer a complaint, but the beer does become extremely sweet. Definitely a sipper in more ways than one, but splitting a bottle with one or more BA's makes it an excellent dessert. If you even remotely like fresh WWS then I highly recommend you age some for at least 5 years. I think I'll be laying down a few in the cellar for the future.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage. Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, revealing deep dark burgundy/brown with a very thin ring of head, fast-dissipating. The beer almost looks like it has legs. Smells absolutely delicious: sweet and malty with a lot of fig and date molasses presence. Alcohol is noticeable on the nose, but in a warm sipper-inducing way.

Tastes pretty much as amazing as it smells. Very sweet and mellow with a solid dark fruit and malt backbone. Vanilla. Some milk chocolate. Very smooth and silky, almost a little syrupy. Medium-bodied. Very little tickling carbonation. Clean but not watery finish. For the ABV, it's incredibly well-masked. Very drinkable, also very sip-able.

I highly recommend aging this one. I think something between this old and a few years after fresh may yet be my favorite, but it's worth buying a case to find out!

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Photo of paulozanello
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Churchkey in DC while watching the premiere of Brew Masters.

Nice pour! Totally dark with no light going through. Head is brown with great lacing and retention.

Aroma is very boozy with some dark fruits and roasted malts. Not very strong and complex.

Taste is very explosive and sweet with lots of malt, mollasses, dark fruits, some honey and smoke charachter towards the end. Aftertaste is also sweet with little bitterness. Alcohol warmth follows.

A massive bodied and syrupy stout with high carbonation and surprisingly well-hidden alcohol (feels more like 10%).

A classic sipping beer that will quickly get to you if you're not careful.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap the DFH brewery

A: Extremely dark, light tan head with decent lacing. Pretty nice for this style and abv.

S: A bit boozy as expected, makes it harder to pick out the nuances. Get some dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla and definitely some molasses.

T: Get a heavy dose of molasses and dark malts. It has a rum/bourbon quality almost. Also get some dark fruit, mostly cherries. Not as hot as I expected it to be, but the alcohol is still present.

M/D: Full bodied and on the thicker side, slightly syrupy. Lower carbonation. Overall it is very good, at 18%, tough to drink more than one, not that you probably want to. Very interested to see what happens to an aged bottle.

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Photo of tubdog13
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish world wide stout bottle from 08 poured into a pint glass

A -  black as night, minimal head with a little lacing
S -  coffee, bourbon, malt, malt, malt - let this sit in my hands for a while to warm and watched it evolve in flavor/smell
T -  dark maltiness, warming alcohol and a nice chocolatey flavor, vanilla,  there is a lot going on here and I am not sure how to describe it all
M - cocoa powder dryness on the tongue
D - well...at 18% I personally would consider this a night cap, truly enjoyed the smells and flavor profile of this beer, overall wonderful experience and can't wait to get my hands on more of this

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Photo of kbanks13
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 11/17/09. Poured this into a snifter

Pours a jet black body with a slight bit of brown around the edges. Very aggressive pour yields a two finger mocha head that dissolves immediately and leaves no lacing, but a noticeable film on the glass when the fluid moves. Smells dominantly of booze. Also smells like vanilla and caramel/brown sugar. Taste is vanilla, caramel, oak, and booze in that order (and very quickly). Taste lingers with a roasted malt flavor reminiscent of chocolate or brownies (slightly burnt ones, anyway), very sweet and syrupy, overall. Feel is thick and coating with very low carbonation. Chewy and full bodied. Taste, smell, and body couple together very nicely. More like a scotch/stout hybrid than an imperial stout, I would say. Definitely good, but I don't think I'll be seeking this out again soon since the price point is pretty high and the ABV packs a pretty hefty wallop on this one.

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

A deep black color, deep tan head, oily and thick.

Aromas of burnt grain, currants, figs, dark dark malts. A true witches brew.

Flavor is outstanding. Dark fruits, like raisins, sense some vanilla in there, and really significantly sweet. Bitterness is abound, and I am impressed in how much of those peppery hops come through.

Creamy, hot, sticky mouthfeel. A high level of carbonation versus others of this style.

Sipper, sipper. Delicious with every small sip. The flavor is so amazing, it just takes a little at a time to enjoy. Bravo.

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Photo of haazer
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the East End Ale House, had one beer before this. When I bought this one the bartender asked me if I was driving, which I was, and was instantly cut off after that!

A- Pours almost no head at all. The slightest bit that is there is a light brown color, but dissapears quickly. The color is an unforgiving black. No colors on the sides of this beer, no light is escaping this beast.

S- Dominated by the alcohol, but not entirely. There is some malty aroma as a stout should possess. I'm picking up a raisin and grape smell too.

T- The taste starts of like the smell, the booze taste hits you up front. Very boozy, borderline wine, but its not overbearing suprisingly. This beer needs to warm for the best of it to come out. After letting sit a good coffee flavor develops. Leaves a nice chocolatey caramel aftertaste that lingers.

M- Suprisingly smooth for the strength. As you'd imagine the alcohol is, needless to say, warming? YES, IT IS. But it doesn't dry your mouth out like some other stouts with less than half the abv of this.

D- Definition of a sipper for sure. I gave this a little bit of an above average rating even with the rediculous alcohol content.

Notes: You know, this beer may not be rated "Great" by my standards, but I have a new found respect for beer after trying this. It's this type of beer that shows you how far brewers can push the envelope. To make something this over the top, and the fact that its still drinkable, and enjoyable even is impressive. My hats off to DFH for this one. Can't wait to try their other extreme concoction, the 120 minute brute.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to Plenum via TMoney2591 for this nice beer

Vintage 2007. This beer pours a black abyss with really no head. There is a hell of a lot of chocolate on the nose perhaps it's Belgian chocolate. There is also the distinct smell of oak and raisin. The flavor is lots of chocolate and smoke. There is also the flavor of rum raisin. The overall components of the flavor make it taste rather similar to a good tawny port. It has some nice carbonation, but is still real velvety on the tongue. This is still a real strong beer. Perhaps it was too intense for me to really enjoy. It was still a very good beer.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage at Monk's Cafe.

pours black with absolutely no head.

aroma is primarily of bourbon, molasses and alcohol.

taste is loaded with deep malts flavors of vanilla, maple syrup, sweet chocolate, and dark berries. port wine, upfront, whiskey more in the finish. some lingering soy that detracts slightly.

silky mouthfeel, slightly sticky, alcohol burn and herbal bite is all tbat offsets the malt sweetness. still, not cloying or heavy. warming and comforting.

quite an amazing concoction. barely qualifies as beer, but delicious. i have one at home in the bottle and i think i will give it at least 5 years. this beer is meant to be aged.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in November 2008, opened 01/2012. Poured a deep, syrupy black into a tulip with half a finger of dark khaki head. Spotty, star-like lacing with good retention. Strong toasty aroma dominated by sweet toast, caramel, licorice, and lots of boozy warmth.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Predominately sweet flavors of licorice, cereal, bitter coffee, and lots of molasses. Relatively quick finish with just a bit of bitterness and an alcohol sting.

A nice sipper to enjoy once and a while, but the sweetness and booze definitely limits this one to once a year for me. It will be interesting to see how the other '08s continue to develop in the cellar.

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

Poured and evaluated in a snifter. Bottle was from Nov 14th 2008, cracked open almost 2 years to the date.

Appearance of a syrup like black/brown liquid, chestnut brown head of bubbles disappears almost instantly. Some legs on glass, virtually no bubbles to stick.

Smell. Complex, muted, giving to first a fruit smell of cherry/berry/raspberry first, faint grain (guess barley) behind but then gives way to tobacco scent. Nose isn't very big, quite small.

Taste. Similar fruit profile up front in the taste bigger though, some tingle carbonation on the tongue, more bitter tobacco taste in the aftertaste, even some licorice. Alcohol does not overpower the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel is slightly above average, surprisingly not thick.

Drinkability, is good, price and complexity don't make this a great beer to just polish off. Would enjoy again, but wont be jumping out and forking over the wallet to buy another.

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Photo of telecomz
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black. No head, no lacing.

S: Malty-licious. I agree with others; bourbon-chocolate-vanilla hit the nose. Syrupy port wine notes.

T: A classic imperial stout. Perfect sweetness. Chewy alcohol on top of raisins and mocha. Some bourbon there.

M: Moderate carbonation. Moderate body.

D: Not to sweet, not too hot. Lovely.

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

Poured 4 oz from a shared 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Thick, deep black color with ruby hues on the edges. A thin wispy brown head develops but is gone before you know it. Alcohol lacing present on the glass.

S - Molasses and alcohol. None of the coffee I was expecting. Also present were raisins and a hint of soy sauce. An intense and overpowering nose.

T - Taste is more similar to a quad than a stout. Molasses and alcohol make themselves known, and the raisins from the nose come in pretty strong. Actually a bit sweet with the raisins dominating the finish. There's also a hint of roast, chocolate, and soy sauce.

M - Not as thick as I expected, but definitely a fairly thick body. Not a lot of carbonation, but it is appropriate.

D - Incredibly easy to drink when you consider the ABV. I only had 4 oz, but could have handled the bottle on my own and would have loved to. It goes down as easy as say a Stone Russian Imperial Stout, but is more impressive because it has almost double the alcohol.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this a couple of times but this bottle is from at least 6 years ago. It was sweeter than I expected after being in the cellar that long. Big boozy nose that had Port like notes. Still was an Imperial Stout in profile from the roasty notes to the chocolate in the finish but the high ABV and the thick mouthfeel made it hard at times to really appreciate the nuances. Good beer but still over the top at 6 years.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown almost black with a nice cream slightly tan head that is about .5 inches tall. Strong bourbon notes coming right away on the pour.

S - Aroma is very very sweet. Some dark fruit notes like raisins. Some slight apple and pear notes and even some very ripe banana notes. Strong Bourbon and boozy notes are present as well. Nice caramel and sugary notes. Brown sugar especially. The aroma of this beer is very sweet. There isn't much of a roasted character.

T & M - Starts off what else but sweet. More raisins and other dark fruits. Tons of caramel and brown sugar as well as a nice Bourbon sweetness and boozy warmth that is expected with the 18% ABV. The alcoholic burn is very present and lasting in this beer yet its still smooth and creamy.

D - Low for me. You can only have one and thats it.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 2008 so 2 years old. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark black in color with a slight head across the top of the pour that dissipates quickly. Really no lacing, and not as thick as other stouts.

Smells like I've poured a glass of bourbon or brandy. Raisins, grapes, and the alcohol come through in the aroma.

Nice flavor. Alcohol surprisingly masked for having noticed it in the aroma. Just a hint of chocolate and coffee and some roasted malt flavor.

This goes down WAAAYYY too easy for such a high ABV. It's smooth on the palate and not abrasive at all. I could see some being turned off by the sweetness, but that does help bring the various pieces together.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black, very dark brown on the edges of my snifter. hardly any head, practically no lacing whatsoever.

S: I immediately smell a bourbon/chocoalte/vanilla mix. Also a hint of well-aged port wine. Aroma of alcohol is present, as it well should be considering the 18% abv.

T: Initial taste is a combination of caramel malts, brandy, and a classical imperial stout. Incredibly sweet, quite similar to a port wine. Raisins, coffee beans and chocolate have the undertone in the smell, but they are more up front in the taste which is impressive. So sweet!! Reminds me of Goose Islands Bourbon County.

M:Medium to high carbonation, HEAVY abv, full body, and definitely a syrupy and milky consitency.

D: The aftertaste lasts a very long time which i truly enjoy. A little on the sweet side for my personal taste, but i would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of happygnome
3.19/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: poured a nice rich brown color with about a quarter inch of head that disappeared to rich lacing. brown hues when held to the light

s: sweet roasted and toasted malts, little balancing

t: SWEET, is the only way to describe it. toasted malts very little balance very sweet.

M: light to medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i did not enjoy this beer. it was too sweet and hard to finish

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped a bottle to share with Matt tonight.

2007 vintage

A: Almost completely black. Decent sized beige head that sticks around for the duration.

S: Very sweet, with a large roasted malt presence. Alcohol is present, but not nearly as much as one might expect from such a high alcohol beer.

T: Very sweet. Even three years of aging did not quell the cloying sweetness of this beast. The beer is rich and tasty, with a big roasted malt presence. It's not necessarily complex, but is enjoyable for what it is.

M: Alcohol is hidden quite well, but this is counteracted to some extent by the profound sweetness.

D: Absolutely worth trying. This beer ages well and makes a nice addition to the cellar. It's best enjoyed in small quantities.

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Photo of jminsc76
2.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Into a tulip, pours a nice, thick espresso-colored head that keeps coming back big and thick upon the initial pour and upon subsequent agitation. Sits atop a black body.

The bouquet exhibits a broad spectrum of smells, with licorice, strong hints of molasses, coffee, cocoa, and almost a port-like quality. Quite intense.

The flavors are very similar to the aromas, with some added chocolate notes and creamy vanilla/custard. However, there is an added booziness near the back of the palate that, while not pervasive, is existent and tends even to make it's way into the nose. The first three to four sips are fairly breath-taking; the remaining are cloying and burdensome.

The mouthfeel is thin, with some slight stickiness as I swish, but the heat from the flavors also makes swishing a task I prefer not to indulge in much.

Overall, not a fan. Didn't even finish it. I knew it was going to be interesting upon the first sip, but the overall flavors and mouthfeel reminds me too much of Black Hole by Mikkeller, which was a travesty. Perhaps it's because I like my stouts, well, stouty, and this is waaay too thin for my Double Stout preferences.

Amusingly, as of this review (written last night) I am corresponding with Chris "Beachbum" Spradley via text, who concurrently (and coincidentally) opened his first Worldwide Stout (it's nearing Halloween, so perhaps strange forces are a-foot); he gave it flying colors, said it drinks like a port. Maybe it does, but I like my beers to still drink like beers, and ports like ports. Perhaps his bottle was a better version, and considering WWS is given consistently good reviews, perhaps I am missing something.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,893 ratings
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