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 Double / 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: 646 |  Reviews: 178
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

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

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

Photo of Wolvmar
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Couldn’t find a bottled date. Think I bought this back in December 2017 or January 2018. Pour d into a tulip glass.

Pour: Black, Black and black. Dark tan 1 to 2 finger head. Dissipates into a ring that lasts. Lots of lacing throughout. This is really attractive.

Nose: vanilla, dark fruit/roasted malt/sugar sweetness. Alcohol also there but not overwhelming.

Taste: similar to the nose. Vanilla and alcohol are dominant. Dark fruits and oak next. Some dark chocolate with a little burnt toast on the backend. Maybe a bit more vanilla than I would like but really, really good.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation; somewhat surprising. But it works well in this case. Lots of alcohol burn. Not as oily as I expected but good.

Overall: this is a really good beer that is absolutely worth trying. Definite sipper as the alcohol is very upfront along with the vanilla and malt sweetness. But, Plenty of underlying complexity to enjoy after the initial vanilla and alcohol hit. As many have noted, should age well. Have a bottle I’ll try in a year or two.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled on 06/15/17 2045. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Black letting no light through. Initial dark tan head that died back to a very thin ring. What initial lacing appeared slid back down and disappeared. Not surprising given the high ABV. I noted as I washed out the bottle that there was some sediment that I'm guessing I poured into the snifter.

Smell: Vanilla, with a strong boozy note to it. This beer lets you know right away it's high ABV. Some underlying dark fruit aromas from the stout.

Taste: All sorts of strong flavors. Vanilla and woody oak notes up front, then transitioning to a black coffee bitterness with some hints of chicory. Definite hints of licorice in here as well. Strong boozy notes.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, very warming from the alcohol with quite a bit of bite to it. Not quite as smooth and creamy as I thought a stout of this caliber would be. Some stickiness noted.

Overall / Drinkability: This is a very slow sipping beer, and still very hot after being bottled nearly 11 months ago. I almost think it needs to sit longer to mellow out. Something this potent is one per evening - the alcohol is very noticeable such that I really don't want another, it's almost (note I say almost) too much, but the aroma and taste make up for it. So a bit unbalanced due to the high ABV, but otherwise worth trying.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbone1384
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour: pitch black with little or no head.

Nose: heavy chocolate malt notes, an unexpected apricot hiding in the nose with a light bready undertone.

Drink: thin at the front with a heavy chocolate/vanilla kick in the mid. Clean finish with a mild alcohol burn at the end.

Overall a damn fine beer. Any stout lover would want this one. I did grab an extra to put up for a year or two just to see how it changes with age.

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Photo of sbuck
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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