Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide StoutUtopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #202
ABV:
17.3%
Score:
95
Ranked #951
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 5.45%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
116
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Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide StoutUtopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Boston Beer Company.

The experience of drinking Utopias is often described as ritualistic. Rare and often rumored about in the darkest corners of the beer community, this variety of World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty, and complex.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This definitely smells boozy, but there's also lots of roasted malt, some smoke, dried dark fruit, maple, caramel, coffee, and milk chocolate.

World Wide Stout is a beer that takes to barrels very well, and arguably needs barrel time, or just a lot of time in general, to become drinkable. This is still monstrously boozy, but the barrels here impart a really tasty caramel, maple, vanilla, and oak character. There's also port, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

This is medium bodied, with a boozy bitterness and heat on the back end.

This is a really nice mashup of two classic beers. Dogfish Head still makes some solid barrel aged beers.

Yesterday at 12:03 AM
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very little head; no surprise. The body is a touch lighter in color and thinner than expected; I suspect that is at least partially influenced by the Utopias barrels.

Wow, that aroma! It leaps from the bottle before pouring, carrying notes of port wine, red grape, cherry, and brown sugar. Up close, it's even more potent and complex: bourbon, chocolate, prune, port wine, brown sugar, oak, espresso, very light char, cherry, vanilla, leather, caramel. There's almost certainly even more going on that I simply can't pick up on, or am losing in the mix behind everything else.

Moderately sweet and boozy on the palate; less harsh than it deserves to be at the sky high ABV (unsurprising given the approachability of the base beer), but still a bit effervescent, with a relatively short finish. Lingering aftertaste of raisin and oak. Remarkably easy to sip, let sit, and savor, as the boozy heat doesn't really show until you've chewed and swallowed.

For me, the Utopias character dominates the base stout, which is a really impressive feat. There's a touch of chocolate, nuts, toast, and leather from the WWS, but most of the character is embodied in the port-and-bourbon booziness of Utopias. Not that that's a particularly bad thing, but I'd prefer more of a marriage of these two legendary beers than a Utopias delivery vehicle. I suspect the stout flavors will grow more prominent with age as the barrel starts to fade.

Additional tasting notes include prune, cherry, vanilla, toasted coconut.

Sunday at 05:32 PM
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sjrider from California

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour- dark as night with short khaki head leaving a ring of tiny bubbles. Nose is dark stone fruit with boozy barrel sweetness. Taste follows with definite authority Lingering warmth on a woody boozy finish. Tasty AF.

Friday at 07:06 AM
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is black with a cinnamon head that fades quickly. Not unexpected in a 17% beer. Presents with nice legs like a whiskey
Nose is soft vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, boozy sweetness, toffee
Taste has notes of port, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coconut, caramel

Thursday at 02:19 AM
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe I’ve never reviewed a WWS of any kind, so here we go on a lovely sounding 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is Pitch Black without the screaming aliens & I’m having a miserable allergy day so it smells mostly like malts, booze, & snot.

Utopias Barrel Aged World Wide Stout (once I clear my nose) is a shrine to booziness. Booze & barrel stamp all over this beer, leaving little beer-like stuff to the imagination/palate. Fruity in a porty manner rather than a wine-y manner or actual fruit manner, which is my preference in stouts, laying on top of bourbon, port, brown sugar, figs, molasses, with a strong spike of vanilla on the finish. Heavy – this is a meal in a bottle. And as delicious as it is, I’m already getting sleepy about halfway through.

A beer that mimics the barrel & sips more like a liqueur than a brewski. My dad wouldn’t recognize this. Still an excellent…beer.

Nov 23, 2021
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with half a finger if off-white head

S - Rich in barrel character with lots of cherry and dark fruits. Lots of char, black licorice, and booze

T - Sticky sweet with plenty of caramel and toffee. Burning alcohol is present, but it helps cut into the sweetness. Lots of char and smoke. Slight hint of cherries and black licorice.

F - Full-bodied and plenty of booze, but I mean, it's almost 20% abv, so I expect it. Plus, I welcome the heat.

O - A boozy bomb with cherries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and anything in between.

Nov 22, 2021
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an oily almost black a vert small brown head was gone in a flash, not a spot of lacing. Snot locker gets raisins, prunes, toffee, coffee and some brown sugar. Taste buds get all that, just not as pronounced, some alcohol burn. Thick, oily and not a bit of carbonation. I've had WWS before having purchased singles and I prefer that. I'd much rather see this from a bourbon or rye barrel

Nov 21, 2021
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

WWS was one of the first beers that really spurred my chase for high quality beers. I have had the other variants but could never find the Utopias aged WWS. Dogfish increased the distribution this year and I was lucky to find a few in Milwaukee. The beer is aged in the revered Utopias barrels from Sam Adams which impart heavy notes of cognac. The complex stout somehow becomes more complex but still holds on to the signature WWS profile.

Nov 21, 2021
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- motor oil black with no head.
S- molasses, dried dark fruits, bakers chocolate, Barrell notes, vanilla nut.
T- followed nose nearly exactly. Nice boozyness. Added coconut, black licorice, maple and quite complex. Amazing.
M- oily mouthfeel makes smooth as silk. Big beer!
O- Amazing beer!

Nov 21, 2021
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heysuz from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout

Intro: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Pitch black, Minimal head maybe .5 inches. Minimal lacing as I drank

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, spices, and alcohol fringing on cognac.

Taste: Very unique, unlike other normal stouts that I’ve tasted. The Utopias really sets it apart from others.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drink: Definitely a sipper. Not really harsh but a definite alcohol burn.

Conclusion: Didn’t really have high hopes in this one but was pleasantly surprised. Oak aged vanilla is good and this is an equal to that. We bought 4 bottles on reputation but after having one we went back and got 4 more.

Nov 20, 2021
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Nesued from South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice opening tan head retained for a bit, resolved to no lacing and a thin ring. Boozy nose with dark fruits and some vanilla hints. Base of WWS is present overlaid with but contributions of malt and rustic components. Big and bold with a pronounced boozy component. Medium mouthfeel, which was surprising, nice long linger however.

Nov 18, 2021
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, D2701223811; purchased single off shelf... lightly chilled and poured into a snifter)

L: little foaming on pour; dark brown near black liquid; extra-thin collar tenuously clings... no lace

S: Oloroso/PX, dark chocolate, plummy dried fruits... cordial booze gradually emerges... the roasted grain and woody barrel notes eventually cut a dominant top note

T: sherry element carries over, up front; finishes with a dense, compact maltiness, sweet but cut hard by its booze and relative dryness... only a delicate alcohol spice, mostly syrup-ian molasses-y malt... leathery, choco-laden, vaguely coffee cordial-like as it coasts; delicate bitter roast tingling... moreish water profile - a touch saline??

F: bit of a vinous-like ethanol sting, carried in a thinly-viscous/oily envelope... supreme easy sipper... mellow warmth, far from hot

O: have yet to have the Utopias, but its character is definitely imbued upon my familiar WWS... rather tasty, but not mind-blowing... I will grab another bottle or two to share, nonetheless (1835)

Nov 17, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Packie.
Inky black in color without much of a head.
Chocolate roast hint of burnt sugar, straight up ethanol with some fruit port notes and light oak tannin. A sipper for sure. Decent but needs time for the flavors to meld.

Nov 13, 2021
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never had (or found) Utopias, but once I heard the barrels would be used to age a DFH WWS variety, I grabbed a 4-pack once I spotted a bunch…
Pours black with scant head, body medium in appearance but inviting.
Nose is dark malt, dark fruit and coffee and cocoa. Some barrel burn is in there too, and I don’t pick up the booze.
Taste is full of roasted malt notes and plenty of barrel, with what I can best describe as semi sweet dark chocolate/ raspberry char, and an even slighter hint of stoke fruit. There’s a wine-like vibe to the flavor as well. The barrel plays a huge role as well. There’s nothing unique to where I might pick out what Utopias must be like, but as a whole burly stout of its own, this doesn’t disappoint.
A sipper with a medium-thick feel, smooth with medium carbonation and some alcohol kick.
It’s very good stuff as I figured it would be. I don’t think I’d call it superior to original WWS though. I’ll age at least one of these.

Nov 12, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours semi thick mahogany color with a thin tan head and very little lacing . Smell is stout, barleywine port barrels and dark fruits. Taste is barrel forward notes with dark fruits like dates,prunes notes of port with heavy barrel influence. Mouth feel is boozy but so complex with fruit hops ,coffee, and barrel... as it warms more fruit ,wine and barrel come out wow its a savor/ sipper of a brew.

Nov 11, 2021
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours near black dark brown with a mocha colored cap that disappears instantly. Aroma is sherry, roasted chocolate malt, stone fruit, vanilla and so much more. Flavor follows the nose. I've had Utopias on several occasions and this really takes over the flavor of the WWS which is already a fabulous beer. Feel is a bit thin for a stout but as good as this tastes it's hard to fault. Overall a phenomenal beer.

Nov 11, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown body, pretty much opaque; initially thick head with a soft, noisy crackling as it dissipated to a thin, patchy state with a small, persistent ring of khaki foam inside the glass. Heavenly smell; dark, chocolatey scents intermingled with dates and raisins. An amazing cacophony of flavors; chocolate, prunes, dates and raisins; boozy but not obnoxiously so; spicy; cinnamon and allspice. Heavy body; moderate residual sugar presence; alcohol warmth; earthy brightness.

Never having experienced Boston Beer Company's Utopia beers but having had the base beer from DogFish, all I can say is "wow!!!". The ABV is certainly up there but really doesn't steal the show (negatively or positively). Without a doubt, it's the malts and the Utopia barrel-aging that works the magic for this beer. Rich and complex, dense with nuance - a most appealing beer for big beer lovers...

Poured at 55 °F; no bottling date info seen on the bottle or label.

Nov 11, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola brown that appears as black once it sits in the glass and props up a tan head that is apparently in the Witness Protection Program because it almost immediately went into hiding.

The nose is a little boozy, with a sherry note that fades to stone fruit, which I absolutely LOVE, and some dark chocolate as well. I am officially salivating. Wow.

The taste features the stone fruit flavors prominently, and there’s a big dollop of the dark chocolate that is truly delicious, and a bit of booze at the very back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is thinner than I thought it would be, but as I rolled that around in my old beer nerd mind, it made sense - I wouldn’t anticipate that a cognac or sherry would be thick and creamy, and that’s what I’ve seen Utopias compared to the most, so it shouldn’t surprise me that this magnificent beer actually feels carbonated!

I’m really glad I got to try this world class beer - it is definitely worth seeking, IMHO.

Nov 08, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I think this is a pretty neat concept. It's a well-known-and-revered stout, aged in barrels from a much more elusive beer.
It's like getting a wrapper from a collectable candy bar.
12 oz bottle into stemless wine glass, shared with wifey.

Somewhat thin, mostly black with some ruby highlights in the more light-vulnerable areas, with no head.

Complex notes of stout and barleywine mix together in the aroma. Caramel, oak, piney hops, bourbon, toffee, dark chocolate, and heavy booze.

Flavor is too much of a good thing. This thing is so boozy it's hard to distinguish very many actual characteristics. I'm going to try though. Sherry, oak chips, caramel square, red licorice, horehound, hop oxidation, ethanol, then at the back end you see more sherry, black twizzlers, and very slight sarsaparilla. All of this buried under three liters of Smirnoff.

Feel obviously is liquor-like. Save for the plentiful carbonation. Thin and hot, that's practically all you need to know. It drinks like a carbonated shot of Vodka.

Overall, I've never had Utopias, so I can't rate on that scale. I can say that this beer was overwhelming to me. I'm not going to sit here and say it sucks, but it's definitely not something to be bought and enjoyed immediately. You'll need patience, I think. (Throw these bottles in a time capsule and forget about them for a decade!)

Obviously at 17.3% you shouldn't have the expectation of this being smooth, but this was a hot mess. I like Sam Calgione and his out-of-the-box brewing, but this was too much for me. I think this baby needs to mellow out 5-10 years before we can see the actual WWS pop its head through this boozy mess. I did not find WWS base anywhere in this beer.

Closer to a round of shots than a good barrel-aged stout. Highly likely I will not return to this one.

$9.99 / single bottle

Nov 04, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours ebony with a 1/4" tan head, which fades to a wisp. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of toffee, molasses, coffee, oak, roast malt, black malt.

Taste is toffee, molasses, raisins, currants, figs, coffee, oak, bourbon, chocolate. Boozy.

Full body, light carbonation. Sweet finish.

Outstanding! Lives up to the hype in my book. Albeit price is a bit steep.

Nov 01, 2021
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.91/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Total, absolute blackness. This beer is so dark that, were it free-floating in space, would be entirely invisible unless it happened to obstruct a swath of stars behind it. Its burnished, khaki head is almost instantly swallowed up by the black singularity beneath it, fizzing away hyper-fast, like star fire sucked into a gravity well.

Bouquet:
Heaps of flame-roasted cocoa beans, soaked in sherry, sun dried, then steeped in a bottle of strong, vanilla bourbon.

Feel:
Syrupy, full-bodied stout with a lengthy contrail of simmering carbonation that leads to a hearth of boozy warmth.

Taste:
Introductions are curated by blackened cacao nibs, brushed generously with molasses; but the aftertaste is where flavor truly reigns. The linger is full-on live theatre: warm vanilla dancing to a sunny song of woodsy bourbon, then mellowed by an extended bass trio of musty-sweet Muscatel sherry, bold Ethiopian coffee, and mildly bitter baker’s chocolate.

Oct 31, 2021
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-aged World Wide Stout Imperial Stout, 17.3% ABV. Pours black with a one-finger head that mostly dissipated before I could get a picture, left no lacing. Nose is brown sugar and dark fruit. Taste is quite complex; dark fruit, brown sugar, roast malt, tobacco, caramel/toffee, chocolate, red wine, moderately sweet, slightly bitter. Sweet aftertaste, leaves sticky lips. Smooth mouthfeel, adequate carbonation. Overall world-wide-class.

Oct 31, 2021
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter from the glass.

Appearance: Semi thick body coming off almost opaque with a dark brown tinted black body and a dark tan head which initially rose half a fingers length off the body.

Smell: Champagne like aroma which hovers the nose yet leaves just as quick as it goes in.

Taste: Sweet complex brew, feels like butterscotch candy meshed with marsala wine and a hint of red grape. The brew had a yeasty feel which doesn't let go of the palate.

Mouth: Semi thick body with a medium to full carbonation. Finish us ridiculously sticky, sweet finish just wants to linger like gum under your shoe.

Overall: Beast of a brew, a bit boozy but seriously worth grabbing more than two. Unique taste which makes love to your tongue. Salud!

Oct 31, 2021
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micada from New York

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2021 bottle found locally. Cold to a Glencairn glass, I think it’s much too stunted. This one seems like it should be shelf cool. Color is a dark mahogany, clear, without a head to give the top something to do. Nose is primarily barrel wood. First sips are heavy on the wood and heavy on the Utopias, which really comes across as a spirit flavor instead of a “stout.” Mouthfeel is medium, thinner than I prefer, but ok. The WWS base seems backed off by the power of the wood and Utopias, giving it what I think is a whole different profile. There’s a vinous aspect to it, with a very dry finish. It’s much more Utopias spirit than WWS stout. As it warms, more of the WWS comes into play, e.g., Some creaminess, some dark chocolate notes. Comes across less complex than a GI BCBS. Alcohol ABV is huge, but it’s burn is minimal and there’s no real warming, even as I sit on the cold rainy back porch. It’s too easy to drink, but this is where experience must take lead because that ABV is no joke.

I’m still very surprised that some local stores have it, so I’ll probably burn another $80 for some to cellar along my DFH collection. 10 year old “regular” WWS was the most sublime stout I’ve had, so I’m committed to aging some of these that long.

Oct 30, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Very little head and actually not as dark and rich as I would have thought. But legs... though thick, oily legs that go on for days! Nose is raisin, oak, booze, and molasses up front. Chocolate, cocoa powder, and some brownie in the middle. More molasses and anise flavors towards the end. Deep. Beer opens molasses, vanilla, raisin, and caramel. Chocolate, cocoa, and booze in the middle. Some hazelnut, brown sugar, and more caramel. Slick, oily, molasses on the finish. This one's quite nice. All the best aspects of WWS and Utopias in one. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick, oily, and chewy on the palate and goes down moderately hot and viscous. Finishes smooth with a long, lingering aftertaste.

This one's actually really good. Ages well but this one's ready to go right out of the bottle.

Oct 29, 2021
Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 116 ratings