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:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #231
ABV:
17.3%
Score:
97
Ranked #628
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 5.68%
Ratings:
196
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sunday at 02:00 AM
Added:
Dec 23, 2019
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  36
SCORE
97
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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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Ratings by JakerLou:
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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Nov 04, 2021
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4.17 by Bandi from New York on Sunday at 02:00 AM
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4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - only traces of dark brown are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short tan head that rapidly died down, leaving only thin wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of milk chocolate are present in the nose along with notes of Utopias, which impart some bourbon-like qualities.
T: The taste follows the smell but has much stronger flavors of Utopias from the barrel aging.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has some warming in the finish.
O: This stout is very pleasant to sip and slowly savor, but I found it surprisingly easy to drink as it hid the alcohol very well from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Sunday at 01:29 AM
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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Medium toned black with a hint of brown edging, brown cap. Smell has waves of rich caramel, dark fruit, dark oak, bourbon, sherry, semi-sweet chocolate and molasses in that order of intensity. Taste the utopias really does come through, pretty cool! Booze takes more of the rich cognac flavoring, dark fruit is full and pleasant. Feel is big, warm, boozy, and generally a heavy body. A unique and fun stout, eventually added a sidecar pour from my 2017 utopias to bring out the nuances even more on the palate.

Saturday at 09:11 PM
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3.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

There doesn't seem to be an obvious date on the bottle but there is a code on the neck: "D2701184411"

Appearance: It has a black body and pouring vigorously forms a short-lived light tan head that fades out to a ring. It leaves some spots of foam on the glass but no real lacing.

Aroma: There is a strong woody smell with a bit of a smokey and charred scent. It has a noticeable alcohol scent which gives the beer a bourbon-like aroma. The somewhat somokey scent is interesting. There's a light bit of plum that hides behind the smoke as well.

Taste: Up front there is wood and high alcohol. The middle is more high alcohol with a bit of a floral character. There is a light bit of a charred flavor somewhere under all the alcohol. The back-end of the palate has a very light bit of cocoa that comes through but it comes out more in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It has a good deal of alcohol heat and it is definitely a sipper. It has a medium body with a light smoothness and a bit of an alcohol bite at the end.

Overall: The label states that this is a "Utopias Barrel-aged World Wide Stout." The barrel character definitely comes through in a pleasant smokey and charred aroma which also comes through a bit in the flavor. The wood character is also very nice, but the high alcohol character seems to overshadow the rest of the beer and it starts to enter the realm of a novelty more than a quality beer. It seems like the base beer is lost behind what is nearly a booze bomb. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are just curious, and in that case I would just get a sample or share with somebody. I wouldn't pick up this version of World Wide Stout again but I would try the next permutation.

Saturday at 08:41 PM
 
4.23 by darktronica from Indiana on Jan 21, 2022
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4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by smconger from Indiana

just plain delicious. Great rich mouthfeel. I loved the complexity the Utopias barrel provided.

Jan 19, 2022
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Terminal_hophead from Texas

Very dark stout with minimal to no lacing in the glass. I’ve heard some people say they prefer the taste to the smell, but I find the aroma to be neutral. Definitely a big, boozy beer! You can taste the barrel on this one! If I were sampling more than one beer, this is the one I would finish with. It will most likely overpower anything you drink afterwards. It’s pretty amazing.

Jan 18, 2022
 
4.32 by pkalix from California on Jan 17, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by roadtripbrent from Texas

Nice barrel aged taste and chocolaty. Slightly boozy but much less than would be expected from the abv. Very nice overall.

Jan 16, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

A pitch-black pour with no head.
Very boozy aroma. Some dark fruit and some chocolate.
Taste of rum, some bourbon. Cherry. Chocolate.
This is a big, aggressive beer. Sip carefully!

Jan 15, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a black body reminiscent of motor oil with no head. Aroma is strong with presence of alcohol along with notes of wood and dark fruit. Thick, sticky, boozy, slightly woody, has a chewiness to it so very slow sipper. There's a touch of earthiness in this beer, and it comes across like a mild port wine with minor dark fruit complexion and something like chocolate-covered cherries. Finishes boozy but not too boozy and is worth trying.

Jan 13, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; less than a 1 finger fizzy tan head that receded quickly to a very thin collar; no lacing;

S: dark fruit, funk, soy sauce, and port wine;

T: dark fruit up front, cherry in the middle, port wine at the end; as it warms, oak and chocolate begin to come through;

M: full bodied; light to moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; alcohol is warming, but not hot; considering the ABV, this is ridiculously smooth;

O: great complexity; dangerously smooth;

Jan 11, 2022
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4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black as a new moon night in the desert. One finger if mocha foam after an aggressive pour, but not much else. Aroma is big roasty and toasty malts. After this solid one-two, chocolate, toffee, and mild cognac and rum sneak into the profile. It's never sweet, but never hot, landing in a goldilocks zone. Flavor profile is just as balanced, but don't confuse that with simple. It's roasty and toasty malts with rum, raisins, chocolate, and cognac. It's simmering boozy chocolate. No extra heat, aside from a small swell from the cognac. Late oak helps soak up any residual heat. Mouth feel is thick with a weighted blanket texture. It's consistent and velvety, sitting heavy. Overall, utterly massive. It's smooth, especially for the ABV. "Big ol' Boozy Boy."

12oz bottle into 16oz shaker pint. Reviewed by hand, then transcribed to BA.

Jan 11, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

Look: black with a thin mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon

Flavor: dark roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, raisins, and lots of bourbon and rum too. Significantly

boozy. A complex flavor that should be sipped slowly.

Body/Overall: medium to full bodied, strong but delicious if sipped slowly.

Jan 10, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by MCollins25

Extremely dark look with very little head
Complex smell. Some alcohol, but mostly dark, herbal (possibly licorice?) and malty. Quite a bit of sweetness.
Taste quite similar to the smell. As the beer warms, the sweet elements (malt, cola, vanilla) come the the front. Not as boozy as you might expect from this high of an ABV, but the flavor is still there
Feels quite smooth, with only mild carbonation. Surprisingly thin for a stout. Has a definite bite from the alcohol.

Jan 10, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

2021 bottle poured at fridge temp. Pours black with minimal head. Tons of tiny bubbles throughout, and these persist. Nose is toffee, fudge, bourbon, booze, a touch of molasses, sherry, and a bit of oak.

The taste is nice. Boozy. Black licorice is strong, especially on the aftertaste. Roasted malts, bourbon, toffee, red grapes, molasses, and chocolate. Part of me thinks this is a boozy mess, but then the next sip changes my mind. Definitely worth letting this warm in the glass. I also think that a year or more will smooth out the sharp edges.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick. The alcohol heat on this one is real. Burns on the way down for sure.

Jan 10, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by andrewjraab from Michigan

A- pours black with dark brown tints around the glass. Was surprised this wasn’t more “motor oil like”- it is a bit thinner than I would have expected. Zero head or any kind of retention to speak of.

S - dates, oak char, grapes, wine, chocolate, vanilla, boozy.

T- chocolate, wine, booze, dates, nutty, vanilla notes. Feel is so crisp for how big this brew is.

O- unbelievably smooth and quaffable for a 17% abv brew. So much nuance to this and it is a world class offering.

Jan 08, 2022
 
4.21 by informaticsDoc from Pennsylvania on Jan 07, 2022
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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Perioddicals from Texas

L - 2021 release poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass at roughly 50 - 60 degrees. Pours incredibly dark, no head, some bubbles...as expected. Tremendous legs like a fine wine or spirit.

S - Initial thoughts of a port wine smell before even bringing it to my nose. Once brought to my nose, it's complex and changed throughout my smell assessment. At first, there is roasted chocolate up front. Maybe some mild molasses. Then some sweetness. Then a light woody scent and a very light soy sauce. After drinking some, a dark fruit scent, like a prune, really started to come forward.

T - Again, the chocolate taste comes first, along with a little bit of sweetness. The dark fruit tastes then come through. It still has complexity through each taste that brings up slight differences along the chocolate, molasses, sweetness, a little wood, and dark fruit tastes. Additionally, for a 17.2% ABV beer, this is not boozy at all...in the beginning. About 2/3 through this 12 oz glass, the alcohol content became very noticeable, and this beer became very boozy to me. I should split it with someone in the future.

F - The overall feel was thicker, but not thick consistency with good mild carbonation. Super smooth, and great for drinking.

O - This was an excellent beer that impressed me with its solid complexity and its ability to put the flavors forward at such a high ABV. I legitimately felt like there was almost no alcohol in it at first as the smoothness and flavors were all I could notice. But as I said, the high ABV hit me 2/3rds of the way through. I was definitely sipping and taking my time drinking this over an hour or so, but I think in the future, I'll split it with someone. In saying that, this is a fantastic after dinner beverage that I will treat more like a port wine. And when enjoyed in lower quantities, this is one top notch beer.

Jan 07, 2022
 
4.31 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jan 07, 2022
 
4.32 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 06, 2022
 
5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 06, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a bubbly brown head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very dark chocolate dark brown such that it looks black. The texture is a bit slick and oily looking but nice oily.

The smell is very good. It has the delicious and sweet caramel malt notes with hints of cherry from the utopias and the roastier malt and chocolate notes from the WWS. The former does a good job of smoothing out the WWS's alcohol note. The alcohol note is still there in the finish but it isn't as heavy nor as hot as it usually is. It has a good cognac finish there at the end.

The taste is delicious. The notes from the Utopias and WWS are much better blended here. The cherry notes from the Utopia comes out well along side the chocolate and roasted malt note with vanilla coming out every now and then. The finish is a bit more complex with a slight oak note and leather alongside sweet prune notes.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body with a slick, smooth, and slippery texture with a thinness to it. The carbonation is slight and has a decent burn at the end that is pretty good.

Overall, this is a pretty good heavy beer that can hold its own against food or act as its own dessert. While I Was a bit skeptical, it turns out the mixing of two of the heaviest and rarest brews from the largest craft(?) breweries was a good idea. I definitely recommend having at least one bottle while they're still around.

Jan 06, 2022
 
5 by LennyBound from Illinois on Jan 06, 2022
 
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jan 05, 2022
 
4.55 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Jan 04, 2022
 
4.4 by Bum4ever from California on Jan 03, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Pitch black with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind no lacing to speak of
S - Tons of dark chocolate and roasted malts along with hints of molasses, toffee, oak, sweet brandy, dark fruits, tobacco. It's rather complex.
T - Follows the nose: Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate but are intermixed with Brandy and bourbon, molasses, toffee, oak, dark fruits, tobacco, vanilla. There's a hint of alcohol on the back end but it's very well hidden considering the abv. Like this nose, taste is very complex.
F - medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Smooth.
O - Very solid barrel aged stout. Incredibly complex and will do well with aging.

Drinking this back to back with Utopias I had on hand really enhanced the experience and flavors of the Utopias WWS - really brought out some caramel and butterscotch flavors of the stout.

Jan 02, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Saved this one for New Year's Eve... I adore World Wide Stout and have never had Utopias... Little to no head... Color is a flat black... A bit of light leaks in around the edges of the glass... The nose is mammoth and can be detected without even bring your nose near the glass... A bit boozy with some barrel aging, tobacco and dark chocolates... Lots of depth and complexity and rather intoxicating... The palate starts much the same but the finish is amplified the intense dark chocolate bitterness and some alcohol burn... The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied... Some prickly carbonation... An overtly chalky finish as well... Very good, interesting and enjoyable, but not quite the homerun I was hoping for (more of a solid Triple)... Happy New Years!!!

Jan 01, 2022
 
4.49 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Jan 01, 2022
 
4.45 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Dec 31, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 13 Snulip glass. Pours a very attractive near pitch black, with a half finger brown head that leaves little lace. 4.25

Aroma is dates, dark chocolate, oaked vanilla, toffee, pipe tobacco, leather, and cognac. 4

Taste follows dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and woody cognac.

Mouthfeel is above average, a tad dry, gentle carbonation, and at 17.3% ABV a sipper that goes down rather easy because of how complex it is. 4.25

Overall, I wanted to like it more and I do feel another year would smooth out the edges on this one, but still a very nice brew. 4

Dec 31, 2021
 
4.42 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 29, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

strong big bourbon taste drink slow to enjoy

Dec 28, 2021
 
4.59 by Patrick2012 from California on Dec 28, 2021
 
4.5 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2021
 
4.83 by Pleasure from New Hampshire on Dec 27, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by illtexzona from Illinois

L - black, lightweight, small head, carb throughout
S - brandy, dried dark fruits, dark malt, barrel
T - roastiness, dates, Utopias, cola
F - warming, medium body, good carb
O - excellent, not too boozy for ABV, will age great

Dec 27, 2021
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 196 ratings