Bourbon Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #144
Ranked #672
4.41 | pDev: 7.71%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Bourbon Barrel-Aged World Wide StoutBourbon Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout
Notes: Dark, roasty stout aged on bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 171 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/1/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; fluffy khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of bourbon. Lots of dark fruits. Some coconut and vanilla. Hints of chocolate. Malts are there. The flavors are bold. Lots of chocolate. More dark fruit, especially raisins. More coconut and vanilla coming from the barrels. Some rye and black pepper in the mix. Some wood/oak. The bourbon comes through. Finishes hot and boozy, but in an enjoyable way. Alcohol is obviously noticeable. There's also a spiciness in the finish. Malts do their thing. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with slightly sharp carbonation. It's more thin than thick, but it's not watery or anything like that. This one drinks big and makes for a perfect sipper.

This is a nice barrel-aged stout. This is a big beer that drinks big. The bourbon isn't shy, but it doesn't diminish everything else that's going on. This one should age very well.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown yet allowing a smattering of amber light through at the edges. Mocha colored head dissipates quickly leaving a clinging ring of foam that seems to be trying to climb the glass.
Aromas of bourbon tinged roasted malts, figs, and delicate notes of charred barrel eventually make room for a hint of licorice.
Taste goes in a different direction. More boozy than expected. Bourbon heat starts off, followed by some caramel malt notes, cocoa, wood, and char. But the booze is a constant warmth. Eventually, I catch hints of fig or date.
Mouthfeel is warm, and full enough for style.
Overall, the boozy heat is slightly distracting. Otherwise, I'm in.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I’ve had. On par with Southern Tier if not better. Nice balance of sweetness. Be careful this one will hit you like a ton of bricks if you’re not careful.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25


Bottle to Dogfish Head Snifter. (bottled 11/01/19; +/- 4.5 months old)

LOOK: Dark black, thin for a stout, brown around edges, small off white head.
AROMA: a lot of whiskey, hint of wood and roasted malt, and dark fruits.
TASTE: Whiskey is First and Last. honey, wood, roasted barley, come and go in the middle.
FEEL: Thin and flat, whiskey burn is astringent.

A lot of potential here. Have to say I was a tad disappointed, but understand the arc of this beer is just beginning. I was brutally honest with my numbers even though I know 4.5 months is way too early to drink this, but I had to try one (especially being shut in with minimal resources for new beer purchases). I expect this 4.11 to rise substantially after a few years of age having had some aged WWS, so I will hope to revisit in 2023 if I can wait that long on my other bottles.


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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/1/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small fairly dense and fluffy tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, fudge, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, fudge, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light herbal, grass, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, fudge, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts,dark/brown bread/crust, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 18.3%, and lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish; fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Not overly bitter/tannic. Amazing balance of super rich malts and bourbon barrel presence/integration. A lot less fruity/yeasty than the base beer that I recall, with main focus on the malts and barrel character. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks similar to standard WWS; dark skid-mark brown with deep reddish hues. Minimal head that quickly vanishes into the void. No lacing. Not much of a looker, to be honest. Smells boozy as fuck; this one'll burn yer nose whiskers! Also has some dark fruit and burnt brown sugar and something sort of cola-ish. There's a lot going on on the nose; it's mostly booze, though. Taste follows - my god, this'll burn a hole in your stomach lining if you don't treat it with respect. It's all booze, at least up front. Get past that and there's some pleasant notes of toffee, french roast coffee, vanilla, caramel and light maple syrup. It's fucking tasty, mang! Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than you'd think, but probably a necessity for a beer this big. Glad I got 3 more of these to age. Hopefully that big boozy blast will mellow.

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Photo of firesidewithphil
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dogfish Head is a well-known brewery and I was surprised they had a stout offering. I normally see their full line of IPAs.
I found this offering at Cappy's in Loveland, OH.

As of 2/20/2020 this beer tops my overall list. The smell is quite funky and almost off putting but the taste of this beer is exceptional. This stout is heavy on the chewy dark fruits and sweet bourbon finish. BBAWWS is more of an experience than anything (think prime BCBS). Easily recommend this beer across all platforms. Be careful on the 18% ABV.


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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 56 degrees; fast fizzy cola brown head; dark brown to black with ruby see through; no cap retention, no ring; micro dots of lace and thick legs on swirl. Bourbon, dark fruits and roast malt; boozy exhale; roast coffee as liquid warms. Taste follows nose; bourbon, sweet plums, bittersweet dark chocolate; toffee, caramel, coffee, oak middle; boozy finish. Medium full body; slick feel; face flushing warmth; alcohol bite on tongue. Overall, layers of whiskey, chocolate and char; nice interplay between malt and barrel notes, but boozy hot; not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/01/19, it pours pitch black color with a 2 finger thick tan colored head that faded on the fast side which left little to no lacing. Rich with a lot of roasted malts, this amps up the regular WWS as the bourbon, oak and vanilla take this to the next level. The base is full of chocolate, burnt coffee and charred grains, adding complexities to the aroma.

Tastes like the original version but the vanilla, bourbon, oak and extra chocolate add a lot more flavors that build on to the charred malt, smoky flavors, burnt coffee grinds, brown sugar and maple syrup. It’s a boozy malt bomb that was quite flavorful and a really nice slow sipper.

I was shocked at how smooth this beer drank, especially only being aged for less than 6 months in the bottle. The heat from the booze is minimal and there is some thickness and chewy aspects to the mouthfeel, overall I thought this was an impressive brew that was the best WWS variant.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled 11/01/19, so 11 weeks old.

Black body, small tan head dissipates to a faint ring. No lacing.

Aroma of booze and dried fruit.

Oh wow. I was afraid the barrel aging would be too much, but there is no burn or harshness at all. Sweet, warm, dried fruit, maple syrup, beautifully brewed, an 18.3 beer that's doesn't rip out the throat.

Mouth close to full, finish a sweet boozy warmth.

Overall, just an excellent sipper over a couple hours on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/01/19. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing is OK, and there isn't much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Taste pretty much follows the aroma, but there's also some oak, molasses and dark bready flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's a little boozy, but nowhere near as much as I was expecting considering this version is 18.3% ABV. I liked this a lot, definitely worth trying for sure! $9.00 for a single bottle.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a thin bubbly tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is roasted grain and a touch of booze. Taste is outstanding, roasted malts, bourbon notes with a touch of dark chocolate. The taste evolves on your palate after each sip. Feel is very good just a touch of alcohol burn, but it is a powerful brew. Overall, a great big beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Bourbon Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout, 18% ABV. Pours black with a slight brown head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel/toffee. Taste is strong bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, oak, and coffee. Did I say STRONG bourbon? Decent mouthfeel, though the bourbon burn detracts a bit. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Couldn’t read date but I think it was a 2018 vintage. 18% ABV. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep brown with a slight red tinge. 1/2 finger tan head, clouds and moderate lacing.

Nose: caramel malt, booze, dark fruits.

Taste : follows the nose with the booze amazingly well balanced by the huge malt body. Caramel, toffee, bourbon, dark stone fruits, dark chocolate. Super tasty. Extremely well balanced for such a high ABV.

Mouthfeel: moderate to high carbonation. Reasonably thick but not syrupy or even milkshake like. Very nice.

Overall: this is extremely good but handle with care as it drinks surprisingly easy! Absolutely worth trying and I’ll be buying more if I see it again.

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. I have to say that my rating is significantly below the average here. I found the aroma to be fairly muted with some chocolate, roasted grain, and bourbon. On the palate, the grain was a bit more complex with caramel, coffee, chocolate, and roasted notes. The barrel was fairly pronounced which was needed to cut such a big beer. Good bourbon notes. The finish was fairly hot and boozy, consistent with my regular WWS experiences. Full bodied. Overall, I found this lacking when compared to other bourbon barrel aged stouts, but maybe over time this would mellow a bit and improve.

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 11/1/19, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a small fast fading mocha head.

S- Dark fruits, some booze, dark chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, some oak.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, some oak.

M- Fairly smooth, full body, slightly alcohol burn but not harsh.

O- A great sipper and a nice take on WWS

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark body, but very clear as well. Very good head production for the style, and decent retention; several minutes after the pour, there's still a flat, dark beige cap covering most of the body, like a lake frozen over almost to the center. Head production was a bit fizzy and quite uneven.

Would you believe that this 18% ABV monstrosity, aged in bourbon barrels for good measure, is a bit boozy on the nose? You should. Because you'd be right. Because it is. Like the OG WWS, however, it's intimidating while still being inviting, with waves and waves of dark fruit, red grapes, cocoa, molasses, toast, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, coconut, oak, bourbon mash, and nuts. Any malt bill this rich is going to be sweet, but there's an undeniable balancing bitterness.

Just as rich and lush on the palate. At first, I didn't even notice the bourbon; the base beer is so strong and overwhelming all on its own. It doesn't take long, however, for the mash to materialize around the edges, providing a slightly sour, slightly sweet, slightly dull and oaky envelope surrounding the strong malt presentation.

Whereas some BBA imperial stouts and strong ales really focus on the bourbon flavor, it's nearly impossible for that to be the case here. Still, there's quite a bit of bourbon flavor; the more you sip, the more noticeable it becomes, in particular with the presentation of coconut and vanilla flavors.

The malt tones are a tour de force in imperial stout flavors: chocolate, espresso, toast, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, caramel, toffee, light char, red grapes, port wine. Lingering coffee finish. Slightly sharp, this is a beer that will undoubtedly benefit from aging.

Very hot, very boozy, and still very drinkable - just like the OG. Despite the heat and liveliness, you can savor this one for quite a bit, with most of the sting coming after the swallow. Not exactly chewy, it's still full bodied and silky.

If you're familiar with WWS and already love it, this beer is a must-try - but it's also not going to blow you away by introducing some yet undiscovered paradigm. It's exactly what it proclaims to be: World Wide Stout, aged in bourbon barrels. That's all it needs to be.

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Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black. Aroma is roasty & complex with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon with hints of caramel and coffee. Very strong taste of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and bourbon. Simply awesome. Medium feel. I like this variant much better than original.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
I watched the beige head fizzle away and wondered if it would stop. After giving it a second to warm, a follow-up look has the drink with a medium thin ring holding steady out the outskirts of some jetsam of carbonation released from the black depths. I took a while sipping this one, and the ring was gone by mid-snifter.

Nose initially has a little tang that I could have confused for lactose presence if I were unaware of the barrel aging. After some initial warming and a few sips to get my nose into it, I was getting a molasses and very lightly charred wood note beyond the lightening lactose tang. Alcohol bite hangs around on top of everything. By the end on a just about room temp beer, there is dark fruit, coffee, and a more distinct bourbon barrel note. The journey of the nose was very interesting.

As for the oral components, a not very viscous liquid hits my tongue with some spicy and roasty characteristics. The beer has the alcohol presence that was anticipated from its own ABV as much as the barrel-aging process. Of course it’d be interestingly dangerous to do a side by side with the regular, but I believe the barrel has cut the depth of coffee and charred malt of the original beer. There’s a little more of a dark brown sugar that has been slightly burnt. There’s some sweet prune that could again be the barrel tang influence.

I wouldn’t have expected anything less than a digestif from this beer, and that’s what I got. It’s not as sweet as many a pastry stout, though the descriptors I used have sweet connotations. There’s less sweetness than a big quad/English barleywine and a bit more char (i.e. less hop) bitterness than an American BW. The feel is bold and not thick at all, and I think that it could replace an after dinner spiked coffee as a drink with more balance. I also think it got more interesting as it warmed and could be served at cellar temps or above without issue.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow- this is a tasty treat- an improvement on the already incredible Wws on par with founders kbs/cbs
Inky black pour- scant khaki head and lovely aroma of bourbon, cocoa, leather and burnt caramel- tastes sweet malty chocolate, vanilla , wood and bourbon notes with a strong rye character - very smooth transition from sweet to bitter and transition to a clean finish- lots of acidity and a palate cleansing astringency- medium to full body-
Excellent bba stout- I got to stock up!

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good beer but have to say it did not need to be barrel aged. WWS is fine as it is as you can taste a mouth punch of barley along with chocolate and vanilla whereas this beer is over powered by the char barrel that is mainly licorice. Didn't have a bourbon barrel feel to me it was more a rye whiskey feel as really the only flavors I got was rye licorice spice with light chocolate. Still good but nothing over exciting. Perhaps my palate has been just too damn spoiled these days. But hey still a great beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1700 official beer and holy lord a monsters. Poured near room temp into a 12 oz DFH Snulip, not sure when it was bottled. Pours near pitch black with a 2 finger sticky light brown head that leaves very little lace and disappears really fast into a ring if bubbles. 4

Smell is boozy, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasty coffee, char, and did I mention bourbon? 4

Taste follows alcohol hits your palate first, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a ton of boozy bourbon very aggressive but not crazy over the top. 4

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with plenty of carbonation for its huge size, a tad dry, and at 18.4% goes down pretty easy, but acomplex sipper. 4

Overall this is a very nice Giant Stout, that I feel I could of ages longer and may have become even better, well who cares. Thank you @jzeilinger for being such a generous and incredible beer bud. Someday we shall meet and geek out and talk sports, but you are one of the best in the hobby. 4

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Photo of VABA
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Revisited 11/22/18

A: Poured into a snifter, dark brown color with slight head. After a few sips, somewhat of a limited lacing.
S: Coffee, chocolate and vanilla aroma.
T: 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 so much better.
M: The body was solid, but not overly thick, just very well balanced and to my preference.
O: The beer is very well balanced, much better than previous editions and the high alcohol content gives a powerful wallop!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at EBF Saturday.
Dark inky black with a stingy tan head. Lots of alcohol and bourbon on the nose with bits of roast chocolate port and pitted fruits. Hell of a sipper!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What more can be said about World Wide Stout... I guess throw it in a barrel and we'll see. The beer poured out ultra black in color with a thin tan head on top. The smell of the beer is strong, lots of rich roasted malt aromas along with some whiskey notes in there too. The taste of the beer is massive, much like the original. It's loaded with flavors except this time its just got hints of oak in it. Overall it's a great beer if you're into strong stouts.

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