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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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #181
ABV:
17.3%
Score:
98
Ranked #458
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 6.79%
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
186
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 24, 2022
Added:
Dec 23, 2019
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  38
SCORE
98
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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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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12 oz. Bottle
2021 Vintage

Poured into a Westy glass a very nice black color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/quick one-finger tan head, which also leaves a pretty nice medium size creamy island, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, hoppy, with a very nice dark fruit complex (cherries, grapes, figs, dates, prunes, plums, raisins), and some very nice chocolate/toffee, pretty nice coffee, with a very nice touch of vanilla, licorice, bourbon, oaky, roasty. The taste is very nice, awesome, malty, hoppy, with a very nice dark fruit complex (cherries, grapes, figs, dates, prunes, plums, raisins), some very nice chocolate/toffee, pretty nice coffee, pretty nice vanilla sweetness, licorice, with a very nice bourbon/oak note, roasty. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a very complex brew, a very tasty sipper, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very nice brew! Highly Recommended!
Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled ~1 year ago, pretty smooth for the ABV. Dark chocolate, coffee, grape, fig, roast, and mild booze. Could pass for ~12%. Very good but nothing mindblowing for me.
Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
pours a motor oil with almost no head formation. nose; baker's chocolate, plum, dates, fig/raisin, dark toast, hops, mild tobacco, & ethanol - basically fruitcake. taste; the nose wrapped in thick, dark roasted malt, ethanol, vanilla, plum, char, & oak. heavy mouthfeel & medium carbonation. pretty warm ethanol and grape must on the back end even after a few years of aging, so it's fairly hot. 17%+ abv doesn't always get wrangled completely under control. i think i would love this around 11-13%, but even still, it's a complex and satisfying sipper.
Nov 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

2.21/5  rDev -50%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Too much alcohol burn.
I prefer the OG WWS to this incarnation.
It would be nice to be able to actually taste the Utopias.
I think a Scotch ale would be better aged in those barrels.
Fun to try, but won't drink it again. Too strong to have more than one.
At least it doesn't have coconut in it.
Oct 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Oct 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured out a dark brown color with a light brownish-white head. The smell to me was of malt, some kind of fruit, and alcohol. The taste was similar to the smell with a decent alcohol presence. I liked it.
Oct 14, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.6 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Oct 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Resistance88 from California

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
i forget who sent me this, but i think it was @adrock314 as part of an old cellar clearout.
No ABV listed and they're date code is a headache to even try to decipher or look up.
I know the ABV on these exceeds 15% though.
Pours a light brown with a mahogany hue on the edge . Nose is alcohol heat like a motherfucker and don't pick up shit else ( i even closed my eyes to channel my inner Bloodhound) . Taking a big ol whiff made my eyeballs feel like they were burning.
Once i sipped it though this bastard is good and the alcohol isn't overpowering at all.
Oct 04, 2022
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Reviewed by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hot! Hot! Hot! I could tell that the rating for this beer would have been a 4.5 or 4.75 but the burn from the alcohol prevented a full evaluation. Purchased in early 2022, so a 2021 release?
Sep 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pour was nice, but nothing exceptional. Dark dark brown. Very little head.
Slight sweetness on the nose.
Very interesting taste. The sweetness teases, but is never overwhelming. Very nice.
ABV completely not noticeable.

Excellent beer.
Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Picked up a 12 oz single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop in PHX 3-14-22 for $10.99. Bottle code D27001140211, thinking 9-27-21 bottle 11,402 of the bottling run. Consumed 8-13-22.

Beer poured dark brown with a pretty good off-white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is dark fruit cognac alcohol forward with dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is dark fruit and dark chocolate forward over a huge malt base. Finishes with a constant alcohol warming with each sip.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty smooth; definitely thinner than hoped.

Overall a fun beer to try!
Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours an oily black with some amber/ruby hues in the light. A half finger of root beer head quickly fizzles away. No ring, no lacing. More like bourbon “legs” that seem to cling to the glass, although this is not a bourbon barrel aged beer. Nose is molasses, maple syrup, alcohol, chocolate, and bitter coffee. Taste follows suit it a bit way. Definitely sweet, strong roasted malt backbone. Alcohol burn intensifies as it warms. Vanilla, raisins, prunes, and black cherries. Holy shit this is complex. Feel is oily, thick, chewy, and slick. Very much mouth coating.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Jamesashass from Montana

Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by KevinL from Michigan

Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by WynnO from Florida

Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer is a very nice treat and an excellent after Wednesday night hockey beer.

Poured from a bottle ( one of the last from the Extreme Beer Fest) into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown color. Thin, effervescent beige head initially but no retention and little lacing. Deep boozy bourbon smell and taste. Dark chocolate, licorice, dark berries. Some vanilla and warm spice. Very warming and comforting beer. As I said, a nice treat!
Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep brown color with a short, quick fizzy head and no lacing.

The smell is bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa.

The taste is bourbon, port, cherry, vanilla, baking chocolate, and lots of alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is medium/thick, slight fizzy carbonation with an alcohol burn on the finish.

Overall, this is very complex. Tasty but need to drink it slowly. At less than a year old it could use some time in the cellar.
Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer was asphalt black with little head or lacing on the glass.

Smell - The beer smelled like a port with a strong malt backbone.

Taste - The beer drinks like a port, and it’s not even just the abv. The wall of malts that is WWS absorbed strong red grape notes from the Utopia barrels. Notes of fruit leather, oak, and amaretto accompanied the profile. The beer had a pleasantly warming finish.

Mouthfeel - The beer landscape had change since I first had this beer. I expected more thickness.

Overall - WWS has been improved.
May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: Jet black dark hole pour with very little to no head of foam. No lacing happening on this pour.
Smell: Immediately getting notes of the bourbon followed by cocoa, dark chocolate, and a bit of cherry/ vanilla notes as well.
Taste: Huge hit of bourbon. Not intended to have a big sip rather a small sipper for this. The first sip literally woke me up as I mistakenly took a big sip. Getting some flavors of chocolate, sweet vanilla/ cherry. Tasting the huge hops for this one too.
Feel: Not as thick as I thought this was going to be. Starts off with big alcohol taste but finishes with the roasty chocolate as written on the bottle followed by a cherry/ vanilla finish. Curious to see how this would be in 3 years.
Overall: This threw me off in the beginning but honestly this is a great sipper for after dinner. I enjoyed the taste of bourbon followed by the chocolate sweet vanilla taste. This is definitely a stout that every beer geek should try at least once in their life.
May 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.45 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

May 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by 22Blue from Kansas

May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass in May 2022. There was no bottled or brewed date on the label, but I drank this less than 1 month after purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with almost no head. Head was tan, and thins out quickly, and leaves very little lacing on the glass, as is typical of imperial stouts.

Smell: Strong bourbon aroma as expected. Some roasted coffee, and chocolate. There is some additional sweetness like vanilla as well. Not much hop aroma.

Taste: There is some bourbon flavor, but not as much as I expected from the aroma. Also some coffee flavors along with the bourbon. Some chocolate, smoky roasted malt flavors, and a little caramel flavor. Maybe a little vanilla flavor as well. Flavors are very bold. There is a strong alcohol presence that matches 17.5% on the label. A strong coffee, chocolate, and whiskey aftertaste, that is really enjoyable.

Mouth-feel: Thick, but with an extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is an excellent barrel aged Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. The balance of flavors is outstanding. It is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I rate this up with other outstanding beers such as Founders CBS & KBS, and Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout. Even though this is very expensive, I would buy this again.
May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
World Wide Stout is the best high ABV stout (non-barrel aged) out there. The variants are also amazing. This one is no exception. Black as night. Boozy, rich, coffee aroma. Chocolate, molasses, dark malts, sweet, boozy. Very thick,. Overall, a crazy decadent stout.
May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Apr 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.57 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Apr 26, 2022
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A strong scent of alcohol with the smell of malt dominating the background.

There's a rich coffee taste with a hint of dark chocolate up front with bitterness and simultaneously the sweetness of malts and bourbon. The flavors are all extremely bold.

It's medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish starts out very alcoholic but then the coffee bitterness is there.

Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout. I can't stress enough just how bold it is but it really works. I give it a 5.6 out of 6. Fantastic!
Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from the 2021 Extreme Beer Box. Pours a mostly opaque very dark amber brown with a finger of rocky tan head that dissipates to a ring, minimal lacing, smell is bourbon, chewy toffee, dark caramel, molasses, dried dates, hints of chocolate, coffee, and cake batter, taste is bourbon, dark roast malts, burnt caramel, molasses, roast coffee, hints of toffee and dried dates, feel is light bodied to thin, medium carbonation, sweet. Haven’t had any Utopias but I have had World Wide Stout, this tastes like stout spiked bourbon; complex, boozy, fruity, and off-centered. Would love to see a Palo Santo version of this.
Apr 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by timmy2b from New York

Apr 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.62 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bought a single 12oz bottle $9.99 Village Bottle Shop
D2701135711 stamped on bottle
Smell of chocolate, fudge, molasses when it warms, then bourbon
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Taste of raisins, figs, chocolate, bourbon, hides ABV really well
Overall a great beer to be experienced at least once. Makes me curious about Utopias.
Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Apr 14, 2022
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle. Stamped on bottle neck is 'D2701201811'.
Dark brown colored body. Brief fizzy head upon pouring. No lacing.
Aroma is boozy, with roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and barrel notes similar to port.
Taste is dark roasted malts, chocolate, prunes, dates, and dried natural apricots. Higher alcohol wafts off the brew and results in a dry finish.
Thinner than medium mouth feel. Has a touch of burn on the tongue. Okay carbonation.
Solid sipper with layers of flavor and nose expression. High alcohol content makes itself known, which warms the mouth to the stomach.
Apr 14, 2022
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Rated by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Really very nice... on the boozy side, but for the ABV very smooth and drinkable.
Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle, 2021
L: near black body, head disappears as fast is it is poured
S: roasted barley, oak, dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate
T: dark chocolate, oak, sherry, cherry, raisin, molasses, caramel, booze
F: fuller body, lower carbonation, a definite boozy sipper that takes hours to drink
O: one of those beers where you can savor it because you know you’re probably never going to have it again
Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured at 52°. Fleeting tan head leaves, initially, a thin ring; no cap retention, no lace; thick legs on swirl; opaque black with ruby see through body. Nose is oak and Sherry; hot boozy exhale; roast coffee notes as beer warms. Boozy dark chocolate; semi sweet caramel; dark fruit; bitter roast coffee; sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry finish. Hot phenolic mouth warmth (17.3%); medium plus body; light carbonation; alcohol bite on tip of tongue; dry barrel finish. Overall the barrel flavors smooth out the roasty bitterness of the base; the combination still packs a big boozy punch with plenty of alcohol heat, which I like when this well done.
Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Apr 03, 2022
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