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

World Wide Stout - Oak-Aged VanillaWorld Wide Stout - Oak-Aged Vanilla
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Stout - American Imperial
4.3 | pDev: 7.44%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
World Wide Stout - Oak-Aged VanillaWorld Wide Stout - Oak-Aged Vanilla
Notes: 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.
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dexterk1 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

America's original "knows-no-limits" imperial stout has taken a while to embrace the brewer's pantry and the distiller's closet, but its final calling is one woven together with soothing vanilla and a long patient slumber in oak barrels.

Bleached black in color, Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout shows tawny bronze clarity at its margins. Its simmering froth folds upon itself for a somber brandy-like stillness. Decadence ensues as the scent of sweet coffee, cream and whisky swoon the senses with a powerfully lavish scent. Rich malts splash the tongue with a host of sweetnesses that span blackstrap molasses, toffee, caramel and heavy whipping cream.

As the sweetness latches onto each and every tastebud, its full saturation brings a rich espresso, burnt toast, black walnut and overall sweet char as the earthiness of roasted barley begin adding layer upon layer of complexity. A tanginess of aged character brings aspects of sherry and soy with a savory teryaki-like character. Red wine rises as much as does oak with a fruitiness of brandy soaked black cherry, blackberry, plum, currant and dates. Vanilla, caramel and light coconut sooth the finish while the brunt of spicy alcohols pierce through the malt and pang away at the finish.

Lavishly full, decadent and brazen, the larger-than-life beer sits on the tongue like tawny port or sweet coffee liquor. Its a long, near cloying and savory finish that extends long into the next sip, making the session a slow and sipping affair; perfect for after dinner digestives or thoughtful contemplation.

Sep 07, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours espresso black with a one finger mocha head that fades; shards of lace which is more than I expected give the high ABV

Smell: Boozy aromatics, with molasses, brewer's licorice, chocolate, coffee, fortified wine, black raspberry and oak; vanilla underpins it all

Taste: With only a couple of months in the bottle, this beer is and drinks very young; starts out boozy, with chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors with the stronger flavors of molasses and licorice developing; the fortified wine tones builds, through the middle, along with hints of black raspberry,; the finish brings the oak barrel, more vanilla and the warmth from the high alcohol into a sweet, but hot, ending

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; very hot, though not unexpected

Overall: This would be a very interesting beer to try in about three to five years; it's a keeper and should round out over time

Sep 27, 2017
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a used motor oil black with one inch coffee colored head. Smells like toffee,raisins,booze. Taste is almost a vanilla, figs,chocolate, alcohol concoction. Feels smooth and incredibly drinkable considering an 18% ABV. Overall I think this blows KBS out of the water. Good job Dogfish head!

Aug 26, 2017
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cavedave from New York

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black as pitch elixir with a thin wisp of tan head that retreats to a lasting ring. A swirl leaves oily legs on the glass.

Vanilla stars in an aroma that also features cocoa, dark roast coffee, burnt caramel, and a touch of smoke. Med. strength aroma but very alluring.

Full flavored, with some vaporous alcohol spice and sweet dark caramel and vanilla leading the charge of roasted malt notes that make a general charry bitter that almost ovewrpowers the sweet, borders on acrid, and ends the sip with a deep bitter attack on the palate. As it warms some oak comes into the mix. Vanilla saves this from being too raw.

Highly viscous, low carb. thick bodied, with a finish that stays clean despite its persistent resinous cling.

Huge beer that likely needs some age to mellow a bit, like its non vanilla brother. Recommended.

Oct 22, 2017
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John_M from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tin Bucket the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks almost viscous sitting in the glass. On the nose, the aroma of vanilla is huge. There's some noticeable milk chocolate, molasses and coffee as well, but the vanilla really dominates. If anything, the vanilla is even more noticeable on the palate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely otherwise, but the sweetness is a bit over the top I think. It mars the beers drinkability a bit, as it comes off as a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is pretty full otherwise, and alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile (especially when one considers that it's 16.5%!).

A good beer, but a little bit of this goes a long way for me.

Nov 06, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter, dark brown color with slight head. After drinking somewhat limited lacing. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla aroma. The coffee taste was rich, as was the chocolate flavor, the vanilla was subtle but definitely stood out. The oak aging adds character, that I felt was lacking in previous editions of the WWS, making this one much better. The body was solid, but not overly thick, just very well balanced and just to my preference. The beer is very well balanced, easily much better than previous editions and one does not notice the high alcohol content.

Aug 06, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Aug 27, 2018
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Mongrel from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wowzers. This is a (pleasant) assault on the senses. Like a boozy chocolate/vanilla swirl milkshake. Alcohol vapors fill the mouth and and leave a warm, tingly finish. Lots of vanilla, yes, but also more chocolate than I remember from WWS. Toffee, brown sugar and dates mid palate. The booze mellows a little bit after the first few sips, and I feel that some time in the cellar would also help. I'm finding that the beer is hitting its stride after an hour or so in the glass - definitely recommend drinking at closer to cellar temp.

Overall, I really nice sipper that's not nearly as sweet as I expected. Plenty boozy, possibly even more so than standard WWS. Tons of vanilla and chocolate. Cheers!

Aug 06, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black with a small head and basically no lacing.

This is an absolute vanilla bomb, so sweet and almost gummy, with milk chocolate syrup and simple syrup and oak.

The barrel aging and vanilla bean infusion/explosion has completely tempered the booziness. It's so chocolatey and just has so much vanilla- it's honestly absurd. As it warms, it becomes slightly boozy but nothing unheard of.

This is pretty thick, but surprisingly well attenuated and chewy. The carb is low.

This just might be the best DFH beer I've ever had.

Aug 05, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/26/17; drank 9/7/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a small dark tan head; almost no lace.

Milk chocolate, brandy, vanilla & oak notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Rich vanilla & oak flavors up front; brandy & milk chocolate notes on the finish.

Not the booze bomb I expected, given the abv; this is rich, a touch hot & quite enjoyable. I'd have another...

Sep 08, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black, barm is airy, settles into a thin lace. Aroma is just a strong roasted malt, maybe some black coffee, definite burnt timber but you have to really strain for any vanilla. Has some traces of fusel alchohol as well.

Taste falls roughly along the same line - brash black malt & roasted barley, burnt chocolate, whispers of fusel alcohol that barely stay on the right side of acceptable (might be the most "heat" I have had in a non-alcohol barrel aged beer). The vanilla struggles to express itself over those bold flavors - it is there, sure, but you have search hard for it - but adds a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel. Perhaps time will calm this one down but fresh(ish) it is still a bit brash to me.

Nov 22, 2017
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jakea from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 08, 2017
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with a minimal dark tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - alcohol on the nose with notes of roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. Hints of oak as well. Besides the alcohol, the smell is rather faint.
T - Roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and hints of oak intermixed well as not one flavor dominates the front or back end of the palate. Notes of alcohol on the back end - more warming than anything but it's definitely present.
F - medium to full bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Smooth, rich, and velvety.
O - a very nice imperial stout with complex flavors. The oak and vanilla add a nice touch to the otherwise great standard world wide stout. Well done Dogfish.

Jan 12, 2018
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 25, 2017
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sep 02, 2017
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shigg85 from Japan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 11, 2017
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Beerbom from California

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 09, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger chocolate head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Heavy bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is vanilla/raisin. Flavor follows raisin and vanilla, the very high ABV (16-17.5%) is barely noticeable, finish very smooth not cloying. Expensive - $10.95 for one 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Jan 16, 2018
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Quafftastic from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 03, 2018
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-Rick from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 05, 2018
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YvesB from Belgium

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 30, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 07/0- /17 1813"
$8.99 @ Wegmans Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours an paque black-brown body beneath a frothy head of dark tan that holds surprisingly well and then settles into a thin, eighth inch thick surface covering that's creamy with some big bubbles spread throughout. The aroma suggests fairly intense dark malt with chocolatey notes, some apple-like fruitiness, and light alcohol. I don't get any real vanilla, just a slight hint, although there is what I can see as oak but isn't the pleasant oak that I normally like - it's not bad, but it's more like old barrels than fresh barrels. I have an old barrel sitting in my back yard, it's a little like that. Hard to explain. Moving forward, let's taste it... intense flavors burst forth and change rapidly... bittersweet dark chocolate, sticky raisin, red grapes, alcohol, red wine, green apple, dark almost burnt sugar, red berries, soft pine, black licorice, vanilla, and oak. Depending on where you're at in your tasting different flavors can linger in the finish, which is interesting, and shows its complexity. I get raisin, red wine, black licorice, dark chocolate or fudge, vanilla, and oak. I guess they're all there really all of the time, but your brain can only process so much, and it's trying to decipher what's there so it keeps focusing on different bits. As for the alcohol, what's there isn't hot, which is great, but there is a little bit of Acetone to it, most likely from some wild yeast in one of the barrels - overall it isn't bad, I've had much worse. Back to the beer itself, geez, I wish I had an original World Wide Stout to compare this to! It's surprisingly not that full bodied, I'd call it medium-full leaning full. And the carbonation is light enough that it gives a caress at first but then becomes smoother. As it warms I'm finding a hint of coconut as well. It's interesting, it's complex, and it's well balanced - but it's also a sipper of a beer, and at 17.5% ABV that's probably a good idea!

Sep 11, 2017
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 22, 2017
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ruzzal from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 10, 2017
World Wide Stout - Oak-Aged Vanilla from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 747 ratings