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: 631 |  Reviews: 173
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

Photo of pirateclem
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really really good vanilla stout. The Vanilla really comes through and this baby is phenomenal.

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Photo of techdiver
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for a bit, quite sensational with a little age. So smooth, the vanilla is nice.

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Photo of YungAnejo
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hard pour from a 12oz bottle into brandy snifter produces a inch of tan head, pours thick like motor oil leaving no lacing behind

Aroma is light on artificial vanilla but mostly reminiscent of the original, very sweet boozy aroma, black licorice with dark fruit like plums and figs, sadly the oak seems lost in the alcohol..

Taste follows the nose with that artificial vanilla but even more sweet, like a scotch ale this thing is more of a dessert, at least the oak came out after warming a bit.

Mouthfeel is where they nailed this one it’s ridiculously thick and heavy to the point of feeling each sip go down, the high abv might scare some people but it’s honestly very mellow with just a slight warmth.

Overall it’s a solid offering, but I’d take the original over this variant, personally it’s way too sweet for me but to each their own right?

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Photo of dvmin98
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Twitgeek
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopflyer
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SamWN
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BPCam
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

mmmmmm a take on the original. Smells beautiful like boozy vanilla. Surprisingly the alcohol melds into the vanilla and oak nicely. This is smooth with a slap in the finish

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bl00
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark as hell, half finger of light tan head slowly dissipates. Smells of vanilla, Jasmine, pastries and sugar. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, brownies, making way to light bourbony notes. Mouth feel is more liveely than expected but it works well, finish lingers as dark chocolate and whiskey. No heat on this, deceptive for the abv.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A dark cinnamon-mocha creamy head covers a dark chocolate-coffee coloring. Lacing initially sticks well in a sheet covering but falls to a spotted speckled display. Thick and viscose exit from the bottle. Love the dark coloring and ample head formation from such a large abv% beer which is rare.

S: Deep rich mocha-chocolate has tones of vanilla lace. Sweet milky-cocoa, spicy dark fruit and black licorice. Soft roasted chocolate malt at 16/0% feels more at home like a 7-8%. Moderate aromatic strength overall.

T: Boozy thick chocolate slurry and campfire ash minerality lays thick on the tongue. Dark fruit of plums and black licorice shows only little hints of its 16.0% but still very restrained more like a 8%. Oaky vanilla richness upfront with a finish of roasted bitterness bomb with silty ash and dried oaky barrel woodiness. Espresso coffee is dark rich and bold adding good support to the massive flavor.

M: Thick and slurry of chocolate malts and roasted bitterness lays on the tongue with a spicy bite and warmth of espresso and black licorice alcohol.

O: After a bomb cyclone winter storm, nothing hits the spot then a room temp world wide stout to warm things up. This dark and lovely roasted bomb stout hits the mark nicely with an alcohol warmth and bitterness of a silty ash that warms the soul. From the first sip its thick and viscose nature smothers your tongue with a boozy slurry of roasted bitterness and black licorice alcohol that does not disappoint or let up. The 16% I feel drinks like a dream and never is an inhibiting factor, drinking very easy on the down. A big and bold delicious drink worthy the price of admission laced with vanilla and oak as compliments. All the range of flavors, depth, and alcohol you can ask for per style. At 11$ a 12oz bottle, no regrets over price and would surely buy again without hesitation.

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Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 631 ratings