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 #146
ABV:
17.3%
Score:
98
Ranked #405
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 6.09%
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
180
Status:
Active
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Saturday at 08:30 PM
Added:
Dec 23, 2019
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SCORE
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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 JohnnyHopps:
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
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
More User Ratings:
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
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!
Saturday at 08:30 PM
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.
Saturday at 08:18 PM
 
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 +0.5%
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 -4.1%
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 Christianriveraaa

4.43/5  rDev 0%
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 +9.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +4.5%
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 -5.4%
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 +1.6%
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 -1.1%
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 +1.1%
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 -2.3%
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 +4.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.34 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by loganburgh from Michigan

Apr 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Apr 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.55 by bruceb from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.61 by Stinkybean from Arizona

Mar 27, 2022
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Rated by Superiorspud from Texas

3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Very strong barrel presence. Boozy but not overall so. Vanilla and Caramel are secondary flavors.
Mar 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by daveroberts88 from New York

Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle, 2021 release, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a deep burgundy color, cola browns, ambers, with hints of ruby red, nice opacity, a finger or so of bone colored head that has moderate retention and spotted lacing. The aroma is lovely, warm stone fruits, brown sugar, hot oak, brandy spirit, caramel, loads of vanilla, a little coconut and toffee. The flavors are great, chocolate covered cherry, warm oak, nice char, lots of brandy-esque spirit that gets hotter as it warms, vanilla, toffee, coconut, stone fruits and heart grain lingers. The mouthfeel is good, coating, heavy body, thick and chewy with a hot and dry finish.

Verdict: A really nice barrel-aged stout from Dogfish Head and Boston Beer Co. This adds some excellent dynamism to World Wide Stout and draws out a lot of complexities from the Utopias barrels. It shows every bit of the 17.3% ABV but without detracting much at all from the beer.
Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by david64 from Florida

Mar 22, 2022
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Reviewed by MkentVL

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Better than decent barrel-aged stout, but does the world need yet another of these, particularly at 17% ABV? I can only tolerate this style in small doses. For what it is, however, it is a very well-made beer.
Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Almost solid black appearance.
Light carbonation, around a medium body, slight oily slick feel.
Aroma is roasted malt, whiskey,wood,alcohol, some raisin
Tadte has a very mild boozy sweetness yet also a woody dryness. Roasted malt,alcohol dry bakers chocolate
Very good beer that I would try again
Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by HaskettFambam

4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Things I heard:
It smells like so much alcohol, just smelling it I feel drunker
this is special
this tastes like a fermented brownie
tastes like an old raisinette
A slightly staler bourbon county
on the thin side, Joel likes that about it
Tim really likes it
Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by Nunya from Ohio

Mar 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by akk14 from Illinois

Mar 18, 2022
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