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

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4.28/5
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461 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#823
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
461
pDev:
7.94%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 461 |  Reviews: 132
Reviews by jaxon53:
Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of VABA
5/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

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Photo of DanGeo
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is nearly black. There is a small mocha head around the perimeter of the glass.
Straightforward aroma: booze, chocolate, vanilla.
More depth in the taste. Nice rich chocolate, vanilla at the end. The alcohol is noticeable but does not detract.
Big and bold

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Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated 8/2/17. Appears hazy brownish black with a medium sized khaki head. Smells and tastes of mostly vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, and oak with some licorice and hints of coffee. Sweeter smell than taste. Great intensity and balance. Medium bitterness, sweetness, and dryness. Noticeable alcohol presence/warming. Average body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's boozy yet sweet and intensity. Really well done IS.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

dark black color with tan head that dissipates quickly. plenty vanilla in smell. Taste is smooth with booze finish. Mouth quickly taken over and immediate warmth in stomach. not for the weak!

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Photo of ledouge
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsquared59
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown around half of the rim and covering about the size of a half dollar on the top. The aroma is of vanilla, black strap molasses, and plenty of dark malt The flavor is an intense wallop of vanilla, dark malt, and earthy to woodsy oak. The mouth is very thick, chewy, and warm with alcohol.

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Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 461 ratings
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