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

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
181
Ratings:
655
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
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Ratings: 655 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of ntanner83
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micada
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DC118
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of woodchip
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Quafftastic
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a 1 finger brownish head. The retention is decent. Minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is strong with a combination of vanilla and the aromas of the barrel aging. Both aromas are about equal, but work very well together.
Taste - Starting temp - 70 F - The barrel is up front, but is quickly replaced with a strong, yet smooth vanilla flavor. There's a nice alcohol burn, that's not harsh, but there, on the backside.
Decent body, though I would expect a bit thicker, considering the ABV. Nice coating of my throat on the way down.
Solid BA stout that delivers all the way.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pitch black with a small tan head. Good retention for the abv. A small ring and some film linger, leaving steaky and spotty lacing.

S: Rich, boozy vanilla, dark chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar, fudge, raisin, toasted coconut. Chocolate cake with vanilla icing!

T: Tons of vanilla throughout. Dark chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, maple syrup, raisin, plum, and licorice. A nice star anise spice, and tons more vanilla. Very sweet and dessert-like overall. Finishes with a nice warmth of alcohol going down.

F: Creamy and smooth, moderately carbonated. Not chewy or thick, but slippery and slick. A sipper, like its originator.

O: Fantastic beer! A sweet and delectable boozy dessert. An improvement on its already amazing base beer.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque; very dark brown - almost black; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: vanilla dominates with oak and deeply roasted grain also present;

T: vanilla, oak, and deeply roasted grain all come through; the vanilla still dominates, but it's more balanced; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; very smooth;

O: I realize that the name of the beer includes the word vanilla, but I would have preferred a little more balance;

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Photo of Apellonious
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, exactly a year old, poured into a tulip. Pours a pitch black, with a sizzle and just a thin rim of tan lace. A slight burn wafts by on the pour and as it settles. The aroma settles into some chocolate, heat, a touch of dark fruit and fig, big vanilla, and wood. The longer it sits, the more it melds. The heat never disappears, and all the other notes in the aroma are present in the taste. The carbonation is a schoche below medium, the feel is heavy, coating and slightly sticky as it warms. Overall, a sweet woody stout beast. I have one more left for the 2 or 3 year mark, should be interesting. I still prefer the original, but this is recommended.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note to myself to get another bottle and let it sit longer. Year old, poured into the tulip and a short waft of oak and heat already reared their ugly heads. Ugly is a nice word here, obviously. Pretty much pitch black, with a khaki head that lasted surprisingly long, leaving a bit of real slippery lace. I lean in cautiously and the oaky heat hits again, this time with a bunch of vanilla and some sweet chocolate. Burns a little. That burn doesn't quite show up as strongly in the flavor, and there's quite a bit of good chocolate-y and roasted notes from the malts to keep all that sweet vanilla in check. Oak and char join in, decent complexity of flavors absolutely soaked in vanilla and booze. Doesn't quite coat the mouth but fills it well, creamy but could be a tad fuller. Overall worth grabbing if you see em, grab two and let one sit for New Years 2020.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a one year old, refrigerated bottle into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a quarter finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted and biscuit malt, cocoa, vanilla and a little oak. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, dark biscuit malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, oak. Finishes with slightly astringent oak, rich malt and vanilla. Nice medium body with moderate creaminess and fine mouth feel. Surprisingly mellow for such a big stout. The flavors are very well integrated and balanced. The vanilla note is clear, but not dominating. Nice oak flavor throughout, becomes a little forward in the finish, but the overall rich malt flavor supports it well. World Wide Stout was one of my primal big stouts when I started and along with Mephistopheles, quickly made stouts one of my favorite styles. Dogfish Head has kept up this fine big stout and this oaked vanilla version is very flavorful with the huge ABV well covered. Excellent.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dharmelink
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zacky_U
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dazedman
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjd722
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BennyProfane
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 Draught and bottle

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Photo of GracelandII
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rangerred
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 655 ratings