Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide StoutOak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rare and often rumored about in the darkest corners of the beer community, World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty and complex, and lingers somewhere beyond the limits of the average beer.

Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, we've now taken this Dogfish Head classic and aged it on oak with real vanilla beans! With a little tender love and care we foster this beer from smooth, sweet wort into the big, bad blackend stout it always longed to be. Its bold, port-like complexity goes great with (or as) dessert.

With its high ABV, this is an excellent candidtate for cellaring, so grab a few bottles to enjoy now and lay the others down for a few years.

Added by kell50 on 02-15-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 676 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of TwoBeers
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beast. Bottled date is a little smudge, but looks like 9/15/17

Pours with a decent foamy bubbly almost 1 finger head that retains quite well for the abv, a bit of lacing, and basically pitch black beer

Nose loads of dark malts and roasted malt, a bit of black malt and dark chocolate cocoa, burnt coffee, burnt caramel, burnt marshmallow and nougat, but somehow not acrid, some nice raw earthy vanilla, hint of oak, lots of vanilla and some sweet candy like aromas

Taste comes on fairly sweet but rich, lots of candy, a bit of dark chocolate, caramel, nougat and burnt marshmallow again, but also brandy port like sweet cordial, plenty more vanilla, raw earthy vanilla and very rich vanilla ice cream, tons of dark malt flavors, a bit of black malt and plenty of dark chocolate malt and a touch of roast, mild burnt coffee and dulce de leche, fair bitterness from mild earthy spicy hops but more from the roasted malts too, a touch of woody oak late, like raw wood, and surprsingly mild dry finish but sticky and a bit of alcohol warmth and tingle, more vanilla and dark chocolate lingering

Mouth is rich creamy thicker bod, not too full though, and a bit syrupy, decent carb and some warming tingly alcohol but doesn't drink like 16%

Overall not bad, plenty of nice vanilla, only a little oak which I wish there was more, nice base WWS too and blends nicely into a nice beer, so much vanilla I bet it will last for a few years and be even better in a few years, so I wish I had more or I'll try to find more but probably too late.

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Photo of jglenn73
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very boozy, a bit of chocolate and red wine/oak at first. Finishes very sweet with a good burn. Need to buy another bottle (8.99 @ Total Wine) and save it for a year

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Hair Of The DoG Bottle Shop (Williamsburg, VA). 9.49. Bottled 6/1/17. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter. Enjoyed 6/25/18.

Pours black with a little more than a finger of khaki foam. The hwad shrinks to a persistent layer and full band but imparts no lace.

Huge vanilla on the nose followed quickly by candied dark fruit. Supporting notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast and chocolate. Excellent.

The rich, decadent flavors are wrapped in a consistent but not overpowering blanket of booze. Vanilla, toasted oak, dark fruit preserves, subtle fudge and cooked caramel.

Smooth full feel with gently fizzing carbonation. The finish is like vanilla and toast with grape jelly.

Outstanding work from Dogfish Head. The oak vanilla treatment works quite well with the base. I’ll be on the lookout to grab more should I ever see it again.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Whoa! 17.5% Caliente Pizza and draft house on date night. I think this one put us over the edge! Woo hoo, date night didn't get any better than this! Enjoy blessings.

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Photo of Mickt465
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Diura
3.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rarigney
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Creamy vanilla, oak, rich dark chocolate, coffee, black grapes, dark caramel, roasted barley

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Photo of chill-i-am
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickSMpls
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, inky, viscous, low carbonation. Just wow. Makes KBS seem like a beginner's beer. Low aroma, anise and expresso. Taste is delicious, taken a VERY small sip at a time. Even bold red wines in this ABV range are easier to drink than this one. The vanilla doesn't come through other than the sharpness. It's a very unique favor profile, savor it slowly.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, dated 8-1-17.

Look - Deep black oily body with no head at all. An intimidating looking poor to say the least.

Smell - Sweet chocolate and vanilla, like a chocolate chip cookie. The lightest bits of savory tobacco or something like that. Very sweet and inviting, does not hint at 16% at all surprisingly. (After a comment from my friend, all I can smell is soy sauce. That was a big reversal.)

Taste - Very sweet and very boozy. Kinda clobbers you over the head, there's not much in the way of subtlety with this flavor. For some reason, the aftertaste reminds me of black licorice.

Feel - Kinda flat, thick oily mouthfeel. The alcohol burn is strong in the mouth, very tongue numbing, but it doesn't transfer to the throat or nose really at all.

Overall - Aggressive and in-your-face, but I shouldn't have expected anything less from a barrel aged stout. The smell got me hopeful with its downtuned nuances, but unfortunately that didn't hold throughout.

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Photo of Nass
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with this beer smelling sweet & boozy, that must be from the oak aged on vanilla beans. Wow, this clocks in at a whopping 16% abv this will be the strongest beer I ever drank. I have had a few 14% beers a few year ago but nothing over 15% until now. I have passed up the Dogfish Head World Wide Stout in the past due to how strong they are, but this oak aged vanilla version should be smoother than their previous versions, because the addition of vanilla & oak aging should mellow out the abv somewhat. Hopefully, this does not taste like a 16% abv Imperial Stout. Additionally, mine was bottled on 6/15/17 which makes it almost 1 year & 5 months old, that extra time in the bottle might also help with smoothing out the edges of this massive beer. I also prefer my stouts to be thicker than this mouthfeel. I have my fair share of lousy Dogfish Head beers so let's see how this one goes. Im tasting big flavor & the mouthfeel is not too bad either it's at a good medium, the taste is warmth in the chest, rich roasted malts, I agree with the vanilla pipe tobacco, slight coffee roast note, slight baker's chocolate note, slight dark fruit note. I am glad that I was able to find a 1 year old aged bottle of this. I am impressed, the alcohol does not go down harsh, don't get me wrong you do feel it sort of, but it's melded well due to the style of beer & how well it was made. Wow, this is a new favorite stout, it's scrumptious. I'm going to try & savor it & not gulp it all down too quickly. Alright, way to go Dogfish Head, I have not lost faith in you guys & I am still rocking with you. This taste like a World Class winner to me folks. Cheers! A

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Photo of Lampro
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one out of the bottle. Smelled rich and sweet and alcoholic, hit the palate with intense dark coffee roastiness/bitterness. As it warms up it mellows out and feels smoother, tastes sweeter. Potent and tasty!

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Photo of GenoMcCoy
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EMV
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with scant brownish head. Tiny ring of lacing.

S: Rich and roasty... vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and booze.

T/F: Roasted grains and burned sugars. Vanilla... strong espresso and dark cocoa. Rich, with bittersweet chocolate and roast character. Oily on the tongue.... thick and smooth. Burned raisin and plum in the background. The finish is more bittersweet goodness.

O: A HUGE stout... big, boozy, rich, and flavorful.... this one is meant for cold-weather sipping. Fantastic flavor, and this bottle was over a year old at consumption. Super beer from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of ntanner83
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micada
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017-10 vintage poured cool, assertively to a tulip glass. Dark brown body with a thin light tan head that fades quickly. Nose is very subdued, leathery if I had to label it. First sips pack a lot more flavor than the nose leads you to believe isn’t there. Velvety smooth, vanilla, slight bite from the oak. Malt and hops are balanced sweetly. It almost gets hot, but it’s more the oak than alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel, similar to a Prairie Artisan Paradise or the 2010 WWS draft. It has all the full flavor of the regular WWS, but the vanilla and oak add a nice character. I had a regular 2016 WWS the other day which was still way too hot, probably needing another 2 years before it mellows, but this oak-aged has matured nicely after only one year. I have a few more to cellar, which should do wonders I think. If you can find it, buy it. With DFH moving on the sours, we likely won’t see this gem again...ever?

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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