Bourbon Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #142
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4.41 | pDev: 7.48%
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.
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Black, but slightly transparent. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, roasted malt,light fruitiness ,chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, lots of alcohol, roasted malt. Never too sweet, but quite alcoholic. Surprisingly good.

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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE. 2019 batch.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like dark fruit, rich and intense char, bourbon, oak, smoke, deep dark chocolate, and vanilla.

World Wide is one of the few high octane gasoline-style beers from DFH that I do like, and this really does improve it. Some of that booze is tempered by the barrel-aging, giving the impression that this beer already has had five years on it. That boozy character has subsided, leaving an intense charred oak and bourbon character, big roast character, port, raisins, and vanilla.

This is thick, and creamy, and definitely a slow sipper, as you can feel the heft on this one.

This brings me back to why I used to love Dogfish Head when I first was getting into beer - the barrel aging process has really improved this (already pretty solid) stout.

May 24, 2021
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Dustin015 from Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L-Pours jet black with little head. leaves a creamy ring of tan head on the edge of the glass

S- RAISINS. fruity, nutty, sweet, toffee. Almost reminiscent of a port wine.

T- A delicate balance of sweet, sour and bitter. You get a bit of coffee notes, alcohol notes, and some subtle fruitiness. This is all rounded out by the bourbon in the back ground.

F- Round medium body. Leave behind some stickiness.

O- This is a very tasty and incredibly complex imperial stout. The aroma is fantastic and might be my favorite part.

Mar 20, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBA World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head. Purchased on 27/1/21 for $ 9.00 (Including tax) for a 12 oz bottle ($ 0.750/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. On the room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 16/2/21. (Note: I use DD/MM/YY protocol.)
Stamped on neck in green ink “BOTTLED ON 11/01/19”. Served at 48.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 59.5 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5. Basically, looks like every other Imperial stout, sans head.
First pour – Brown (SRM 20), clear.
Body – Brown (SRM 20), opaque. When rear-lite, light penetration occurs around the brown edges.
Head – Small (Maximum 0.5 cm, aggressive center pour), bronze, low density and fizzy, gone in seconds, creating an irregular ring of ever-renewing bubbles heavily fed by effervescence, and no cap.
Lacing – None, as expected at 18.3% ABV.
Aroma – 3.5– Begins with bourbon and a bit of brown sugar, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins with a moderate bourbon-malt sweetness which slowly leaves a bitter aftertaste. No hops, no yeast. No alcohol (18.3 % ABV, according to BA, NOT marked on the container) flavor or aroma. A molten bolus passes down my esophagus and collects in my stomach where it eventually burns itself out.
Palate – 3.75 – Full, syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 The best term to describe this is “Raw”, although it does slightly mellow as it warms. I was expecting a bit of roasted malt or at least a touch of graininess since this is “A very dark ale with a ridiculous amount of barley”. Nope – straight bourbon extract. I suspect this needs to age another few years before consumption – may be a good choice for Extreme Beer Fest 2031.

Feb 16, 2021
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Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

owch. Look out Bourbon County... objects in mirror may be closer than they appear...

very minimal and quickly-diminishing top, smell of the nuts, fruits, the malts, and.... definitely the booze. no point in being polite here. taste is roast, char, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, bitter, but with these sweet, fruity and syrupy notes hovering overhead (impressive for no admitted adjuncts). swallow is thick, potent, perfume-y for sure. and in its lingering is a complex bitter-sweetness. Real back-of-the-throat aftertaste. Leaves one pondering for words, indeed. Might prove a fitting temporary relief from a toothache too, not to get all homeopathic about it...

It goes down and gets in intoxicating-ly and lovely.

and to think i just scooped up a case of this on a lucky find... think it's gonna be the lifetime supply. Profound stuff, and milestone occasion stuff.

Feb 09, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/1/19
tasted on 2021/1/12

look: very deep amber, 85% black, mocha head, bubbly

smell: bourbon, raisin, cookie, vanilla

taste: condensed soy sauce, smoky, coffee, raisin, date, nut

feel: boozy, warm, balanced on bitterness and sweetness, medium body,

overall: a great beer, $10 a bottle for 12oz, cheers!

Jan 12, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wood and bourbon/alcohol/heat on nose. Not a whole lot otherwise.

Taste is a lot more chocolate than nose would suggest. Some bourbon as well. But lots of heat.

Feel is smooth an lightly carbonated.

Overall. Just a little too much heat.

Jan 08, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/1/19

Merry Christmas BA. My first beer to celebrate the holiday. Things are real weird this year, so I figured I'd crack open something special to celebrate. Here we just have a straight up barrel aged stout, no added bullshit. I have high expectations here

Pours a very dark brown bordering on black with less than a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and leaves no lacing but has nice legs given the high abv

The aroma here is quite simple really, the dark roasted malt leads with supporting notes of oaky bourbon, vanilla, dates, and light bodied coffee

The flavor expands upon the nose a bit, starting off with notes of chewy but light malt, milk chocolate, and slightly astringent coffee, really starts light for what it is. The swallow suggests the higher abv that it truly is, bringing notes of straight up bourbon, molasses, dates, raisins, and bittersweet chocolate

The body is interesting here. Definitely full and silky, but it starts off feeling very light. Like, sub 6% light, which is wild when you think about it. After a while the mild carbonation and the swallow reveal a much heavier beer, which is thick and dessert-like without being overly sweet

This was a wonderful imperial stout. The holidays can be a hard time for me, especially given the circumstances this year. I'm thankful for this community as I drink this wonderful beer. Cheers BA, merry Christmas and happy holidays

Dec 25, 2020
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, not particularly thick appearing, some translucent brown on the edges, small light tan head dissipates very quickly. Aroma is super huge chocolate fudge and nice balancing booze. Huge barrel notes with wonderful smooth bourbony vanilla and charred oak. Dark fruits, roasted malt and subtle fine coffee round out this phenomenal nose. Taste is very good but not quite the voluptuousness of the aroma. Notably less sweet fudge notes, huge roastiness, surprising amount of bitterness, some
black coffee, subtly syrup like sweetness. Big barrel notes with charred oak being the most notable bourbon character. Mouthfeel is actually pretty smooth with a really impressively masked ABV and dangerous drinkability. Overall an excellent beer, I am a big fan of the DFH extreme ABV series and this is no exception. Very well done.


Dec 20, 2020
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Richardipa from New York

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into pint glass with no head
thick dark chocolate black appearance
smell and taste same burnt vanilla bourbon chocolate with minimal burn considering 18% abv
loved it but halfway through on empty stomach it hit me hard

Dec 02, 2020
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a four pack of this on first sight. Bottled on 11/01/19 so this sucker's already a year old. Poured a 12 ouncer into a DFH tulip. Not much of a head over an inky brown body. Smell just exudes bourbon barrel malts. Taste adds a layer of char, tobacco and leather over the smell. Even though you can't disguise the alcohol burn, it doesn't take your breath away like some Evil Twin high alc smokers do. This is more integrated like a really good J Lees English barleywine, to mix styles. This is a superb sipper with a very full mouthfeel. I'll continue to age the remaining three in my cellar.

Nov 22, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a LIF associated with BIF#12 from Roguer

Dark cola liquid, very faint micro carbonation, poured into a snifter, one finger creamy brown foam cap quickly recedes to a little brown ring

Aroma is bourbon, char, smoke, roasted malts

taste is bourbon, tobacco, leather, licorice, roasted malts, char

fizzy mouthfeel, not syrupy, little bit of heat , char lingers, but not in a bad way

Good beer

Nov 19, 2020
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mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

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

12 oz. bottle hard poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown, opaque with a short lasting two finger head. No lacing on the glass. Aromas of molasses, vanilla and oak. Flavors of molasses, caramel, vanilla and alcohol with slightly bitter hop overtones. fells like velvet on the tongue with a slight alcohol burn. Overall, it's a very good BBA American Imperial Stout.

Nov 03, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark mahogany brown body; thin and fizzy head. Big roasted grain aroma; some rustic booziness on the nose; figs. Chocolate and cherries smothered in bourbon greet the palate; strong whiskey flavor quickly makes itself known; cocoa; very minor note of figs and dates. Medium-heavy body; slick and oily; some alcohol burn.

The beer felt rather thin to me, and the high ABV is very noticeable (but expected). Overall, it's a good high-octane dark beer, just not as well-rounded and, well, stout, as I would have expected.

Aug 21, 2020
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: very dark brown. Some cola highlights when held to light. Slight mocha head on the pour.
Smell: nice dose of bourbon and vanilla. Expected the mega roasty base beer to squelch the barrel but not so. Big rich nose, dark fruits, roasty molasses.
Taste: ditto for the taste. Huge beer, one of my favorites and the barrel version fantastic.

Aug 12, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black dark brown, small head, no retention, no lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Flavor follows the nose to a tee. Feel is medium bodied, oily. Overall fantastic. A little hot, some time in the basement and this might be hard to equal.

Jul 25, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fom the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Bottled November 1st 2019.

Dark walnut brown and nearly black body, with a bit of opaque quality. Head creation is minimal, a fairly dark mocha, but also a bit fizzy sounding when forming. To no surprise it dissolves very quickly with a very thin pencilled collar.

The aroma is straight up great. Large amounts of fruity touching molasses, thick chocolate coated raisins, and bitter sensing dark chocolate. Has a very boozy fruity warmth too it more like brandy than whiskey though, with just faint touches of oak. This senses large but in control. Real impressive.

Palate is a real sneaky and joyful one. First sip the brew hints at a light body, a bit surprising for a barrel aging, but then it's power and backbone becomes noticeable. Sweet touches of light caramel and fruited plum to raspberry angles on first sip. The aftertaste is even better. The stout's thickness and richness becomes more noticeable on the swallow. Thick dark chocolate aromas and black forest cake flavors abound in the aftetaste, huge. A real wallop of cream and dark chocoalte bitterness that give an airy cocoa powder breath upon the swallow. Definitely a pit of stomach boozy warmth, but not terribly.

Real nice take on World Wide Stout.

Jul 09, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

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

From the bottle, it pours a somewhat clear dark mahogany with oil thickness. It appears pitch glass in the glass with a wispy creamy tan film that retains throughout and yields a ring of lacing.

The nose immediately reveals the characteristics of the barrel aging. It opens with a touch of sweet booze, bourbon like, woody, oaky and vanilla. Aromas of chocolate, roasted, nutty malts and caramel.

Full bodied, creamy, sticky and mouth coating, and gently carbonated. A rich and decadent malt backbone, nutty, biscuity and doughy, provides the base. Flavors of sweet chocolate fudge interact with espresso like roasted malts. Woody and oaky notes of bourbon, vanilla and cherry add a pleasant spicy and warming finish, dry and not too boozy. Additional notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses and and an earthy hops bitterness that pairs well with the roasted malts.

I loved this! It was wonderful and complex, yet dangerously drinkable. Although I haven’t had the standard iteration of WWS in recent memory, I’d rate this barrel aged version as good or better.

Jul 07, 2020
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MackT from Florida

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 7 months old. Pours dark brown with a tinge of cola hue. Quickly disappearing head. Aroma is magnificent, bourbonesque up front, overpowering hints of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Taste is a bourbon rush that went straight to this tasters sinuses, meaning that it opened my nose, due to the high ABV, which was not noted on the bottle or carton. DFH rates it at 18.3. Very malt bodied, with the taste of the aforementioned aromas. Mouthfeel is warming attributed to the high alcohol, also quite smooth. Aftertaste is clingy, dare I say lip smacking, very nice. My checkout cashier said. “Worth every cent.” Yep, it’s high priced, a lot went into this brew. Glad I bought it, after all, YOLO! Cheers.

Jun 20, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour reveals a beer that, from the bottle, has more of a cola color going from the bottle to the glass than a black color, but appears black in the glass with the slightest smidge of mahogany brown on the edge at the top of the glass. There is a minimal dark tan head that sizzles as it settles and dissipates quickly. Haven’t seen that too often in big stouts.

The nose is spot on, with a BIG barrel aroma that isn’t overwhelming, but allows the rich, dark chocolate and roasty char notes to shine, and probably contributes to the really nice vanilla note.

This drinks hot from the barrel, but while the alcohol heat is a bit forward, it settles quickly and allows the dark chocolate and roasty char (and the roasty flavor advances as this warms) to be what you take away from this as you sip - and then you get vanilla, and then 30 seconds after you finish your sip, you feel the alcohol settle in the way WAY back (children of station wagon vintage are familiar with the way WAY back) of your palate and into your belly. Wow, is this well done.

The mouthfeel is substantial per the style, but it will be interesting to see if it becomes fuller as this ages. Fortunately, I have another bottle to let sit for a year or two to conduct just such an experiment.

For science, of course.

Jun 15, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Almost black with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon barrel, chocolate, roast, vanilla. Rich, boozy, sweet, roasty and slightly bitter. Full bodied. Very boozy.

Jun 14, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... with a finger of tannish head that leaves a decent ring of lacing.

S: Sweet and roasty... cocoa, espresso, bourbon, and vanilla.

T.F: Rich and roasty... semi-sweet chocolate morsels and Italian roast coffee. Bourbon is present but not overpowering. Vanilla and oak. A little syrupy... boozy but manages to hide that 18% pounding. Medium to heavy bodied... low carbonation. Smooth and warming.

O: An outstanding beer... big, bold, and packed with flavor. A very slow sipper.... and a hell of a way to cap off the evening.

Jun 14, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Apr 27, 2020
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2beerdogs from California

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.

Apr 20, 2020
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Richardbeerlover from Texas

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.

Mar 27, 2020
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