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

Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide StoutOak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout
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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): 16.50%

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

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Ratings: 307 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: deep dark brown permeated by streams of very fine bubbles leisurely making their way to the surface. A 1" thick light tan blanket of foam slowly descends to a thick film

S: a rich aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, a suggestion of smoke, oak, alcohol, molasses, dark dried fruit, prune, fig, and a hint of earth

T: It is creamy with some oak tannins on the sides while dark roast coffee commands the middle supported by a range of grains, vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Mildly sweet dark dried fruits hold the front and weave through the chocolate. Alcohol dwells all the way through and grows warm and pleasant by the finish. It is not hot or harsh but it is big.

F: This is a big viscous, chewy and even oily beer with medium low carbonation.

O: This complex, layered beer will cellar well but it never lasts more than a month in my cellar.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As this beer pours from the bottle it looks to be a very dark brown, but in the glass appears to be motor oil black. There is about a finger and a half of dark brown head resting on top. The head has good retention and there is some wisps of lace left behind on the glass as it goes down.

There is a big roasted malt aroma right off the bat. I am also getting a lot of chocolate, and some booziness. The oakiness from the barrel aging and the vanilla are coming through, and I’m also getting a touch of toffee as well.

Upon first sip I’m getting a mix of sweet vanilla flavor and big dark roasted malt bitterness. I am also getting flavors of chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, and a little bit of hop flavor coming through as well. The alcohol flavor is present, but It’s mostly hidden by the roasted malt flavor, until the finish where it is a little more noticeable. They do a good job of balancing the roasted flavor with the vanilla.

The body is on the fuller side of medium, which is actually lighter than I expected it to be. There is a good amount of bitterness from the roasted malts, but it has balance. I’m getting some carbonation prickling, and a good amount of boozy warmth that lingers in the finish. There is a creamy quality to this as well.

Overall, I think this is a really good imperial stout. It has big bold flavors, but also offers a pretty good amount of balance. The slightly lighter mouthfeel definitely adds to the drinkability. I think the vanilla and oak flavors are a very nice twist on this beer, and the flavors all work beautifully together. It is definitely a sipper, and with the super high ABV you might be better off saving this for a tasting with a friend or two. All in all I think this is a great beer that you shouldn’t pass up trying if you have the chance.

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

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

Absolute perfection

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of n2pux
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

As expected per the ABV, this tastes big, but I admit it never got out of control, which frankly I perhaps expected given the booze + adjuncts. It's sweet, to be sure, which makes it less my cup of tea but one I think many would enjoy. The oak is noticeable and, as per usual with oak vs. used bourbon barrels, the oak shows itself a bit woodier, a little more astringent, but does add some nice depth and counter to the vanilla sweetness. Feel is thinnish, though a touch syrupy, which seems at odds, but the "syrupiness" is more akin to a sugariness than thickness. Anyway, this is pretty much as advertised and your appreciation of it will likely depend on what you think of giant beers like this. If you're into 'em, definitely give it a whirl.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of btysklind
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ego
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could this beer get better than it's parental lineage ? hmmm.
Don't judge a beer by it's lover...

like the crash of foam on the shore, or the incoherent cacophony on a tin roof in a summer's rain, the tan/cocoa head calms down but stays like a crowny froth on a fancy coffee, lacing is wonderfull as this clings like speedos on old european men, pitch black (you can't even see vin diesel), par excellence (or some other fancy phrase)

vanilla with a tinge of licorice, cocoa notes, all this layered onto oak planks, the booze lurks like an ex toothless hook up at the local dive bar

taste etc...
this puppy is hot out of the bottle with some throttling alcohol, the oak and vanilla definitely help keeping this in bounds (barely at that), silky smooth mouthfeel that also helps as a buffer to the huge alcohol here, for such a heavy character beer the body is exceptionally light which really makes this too drinkable (well, OK I have nothing planned after this.. so it's cool), now as I am nearing the end of the glass the flavors are really lingering in my mouth (and the alcohol has definitely said hello in the background), it's almost as if I have had a lovely flavored chocolate fudge topped with vanilla in liquid form just sitting down and hanging out on my taste-buds, the vanilla notes are really coming out now... wow. this is fantastic.

aged will take some of the teeth out of this... but not the flavor, which is first rate, unutterably drinkable for a monster of it's breadth and width, get some, drink some, store some, rinse, repeat.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: thin black pour, no head
S: big vanilla, a little oak and some bakers chocolate.
T: like the nose, big vanilla and slight oak. A bit of chocolate, nice sweetness. I wish this was a bourbon barrel though.
F: thin actually but easy drinking.

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Photo of Giggy
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyrushire
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ScaryEd
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a small bubbly caramel head. The head is gone instantly, leaving minimal lacing before settling into a halo.

The aroma is boozy as hell. It stings the nostrils...in a good way. Lots of vanilla with some more subtle chocolate and dark fruits on the finish.

The taste is loaded with vanilla and dark fruits up front, followed by some baker's chocolate, coffee, and sweet cream. Finishes subtly earthy and roasty with a ton of booziness.

The feel is full bodied with low carbonation. Thick, sticky and syrupy with alcohol warmth out the butt. Normally this would suck, but this beer is 16.5% ABV so honestly what would you expect?

Overall, a great imperial stout that is truly a dessert in a glass. It's on the sweet side, but there's plenty of roasty character to help balance things out. This beer makes no effort to hide its alcohol but that's part of the charm. I wish I had more but at $10 a bottle that's very difficult to justify. Still, a very tasty stout that does not pull any punches.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
3.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 95.1% out of 100 with 307 ratings
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