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World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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4,906 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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Ratings: 4,906 |  Reviews: 1,797
Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It looks great, almost black, minimal head.
A: Chocolate, ash and leather.
T: Chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, toffee.
F: Actually thinner than I expected.
O: Incredibly easy to drink considering the abv, still, it caused me to break out in a sweat on a cool nite. Not sure if any beer deserves a 100, but this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of giediprime41
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Apellonious
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from some time in 2016 (bottle date came off) into a tulip glass. Pitch black with just a thin ring of lace. The aroma is a mix of heat, chocolate, tobacco, and grains. its going to take a minute or 20 to nail down the taste. Or make that 2 hours. Dark fruit, chocolate, molasses , tobacco, burn..what's nice is that the longer you wait the better it is, and the less burn and tobacco/leather notes are apparent. The feel is heavy, the carbonation low. Something you need to prepare for, and something you need to try.

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass shows ruby clarity with strong back light. A thin halo of brown foam leaves a few dots of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Big. Heady alcohol, raisins and rum, some dark red cherry, a very slight medicinal quality to the alcohol let's you know it hits hard. Dark sugars as well, black strap molasses, a little toffee, a little tobacco.

Taste: Sweet, smoked and charred barley, big esters bringing over ripe plum, purple grape juice that melds with the high alcohol. The sweetness slowly fades into a very hot alcohol burn that lasts and numbs the palate and lips (and reviewer).

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, very low carbonation, oily texture, numbing finish.

Overall: A beast, no question. The bottle doesn't state the abv, but it's way up there. A slow sipper, great flavors but so damn heavy. Probably best to share the bottle given the price (roughly 10 bucks a 12oz.) and abv. Was glad to see it in TN and grabbed the 4 pack with little hesitation. Happy I did.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bf7
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrl2112
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, strong sipping stout. Excellent.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a brown head. Smells of chocolate, dark fruit, berries, and alcohol. Tastes of dark sweet chocolate, dark fruits, berries, alcohol, and some bourbon. Medium-heavy body with medium light carbonation. Overall this is an incredibly delicious stout that I would be willing to buy again despite the high price.

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Photo of Feldpausch
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akolb
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a heavy hitter. Pours a near black brown color with a pencil thin crown of head. The aroma warns you that this is not a beer to take lightly. You're immediately hit with the sweet malt and booziness, then rich cocoa smell appears followed but just a hint of vanilla. As it warms I pick up an almost alcoholic banana bread note. The taste is powerful (almost over the top) with a blend of dark fruit, chocolate, and booze hitting you at once. It mellows out however and you're left with a vanilla tobacco taste. This is not as smooth as other imperial stouts but still goes down fairly smooth. This beer is a heavy weight and if not careful will knock your socks off.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pitch black with just the smallest touch of dark brown on the edge, 1/4 finger of tan head

S - black licorice, red grapes, boozy sting

T - Dark chocolate, vinous notes, red grapes, raisins, plums, boozy heat

F - Full, but not as thick as it should be, alcohol warmth, noticeably sweet

O - Complex "extreme beer" with a refined alcohol taste that teams well with the vinous notes.

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Photo of UncleJesse1979
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeLev
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, 18% ABV. Pours thick and black with a slight tan head - was more when initially poured, but dissipated quickly. Nose is alcohol, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows, quite sweet, quite hot, moderate bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel considering the alcohol burn, but still smooth Overall outstanding.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big barley stout with a high level of alcohol (18%). Definitely one to sip on, it tastes a bit boozy, but the smell and taste to me suggest more than 12%--I was way off. Low carbonation, fairly thick, and quite flavorful, with chocolate and coffee notes. Worth trying a few ounces. I got this in a 32 ounce growler and sadly some of it is going to waste.

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Photo of Romero05
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DragunovAudi
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this a couple years back and it was phenomenal. the over all taste and value is worth it. Its a thick beer but is great for sipping and was able to hang out with old friends and not feel like i am drinking beer after beer. Caution as it is strong but worth trying it for sure. only downside, its not readily available down south.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been saving this gem for about a year now, and finally ready to taste it.

Look - as dark as a beer can get. Small and lacey head that retains and sticks to the glass.
Smell - coffee, chocolate, dried berries, and a lot of booze.
Taste - even coming right out of the fridge, the booziness is certainly present but mellow to the palate.
Feel - full bodied, light carbonation, and packed with flavor. Booziness is off the charts, but is delicious.
Overall - this is an amazing beer, and one that should be enjoyed with care and sipped carefully. If you ever run across it, take it slow and enjoy this treasure.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 9.22.16

L - Dark brown, some nice tan lacing on the edges and glass

S -

T - So rich, so malty, and sweet. Chocolate, coffee, and even tastes like it was bourbon barrel aged, though its not. That's how good this one is

F - Full body and creamy.

O - Amazing brew. A slow sipper and good in every facet

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,906 ratings
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