Dr_MedievAle (106) - USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured through a randall stuffed with tobacco at falling rock during GABF. Aroma: tobacco, cocoa, and amazing. Taste: tobacco, sweet blackberry, smooth cocoa. Palate: syrupy and a long aftertaste you love.
Sam C himself poured this :)
Inbreak (1073) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
09.10.2013, 0,35l bottle (2007) sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Tiny brown bubbly shortlasting head. Aroma is neutral and boozy, oak, alcohol, burnt dark malts, licorice. Taste is sweet, raisins, harsh grass, citrus peel, oak, hay, alcohol, burnt caramel, licorice. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Very disappointing. This beer has nothing to do with an imperial stout, there is no roastiness at all making this an imperial stout. Itís more like a barleywine-ish something, being kind of fair enough.
ej (515) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 bottle. Deep brown pour with a small film of fast diminishing tanned foam. Thick malty caramel aroma, dark dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is very fruity with heavy caramel and malts. Very low roast, would have rated it as a american strong ale as opposed to a stout. Hints of alcohol. Body is thick and oily with very soft carbonation.
HeadyDE (363) - Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample pour at dfh..aroma is fantastic..smell is right up there with the best of them..all kinds of complexity vanilla..booze..just plain goodness..pretty solid black hue as one can expect..palate and mouthfeel are surprisingly tame..whatever this was aged in it has picked up bourbon barrel intricacies and it matches the aromatics..a slightly licorice like anise flavor lingers about but isnít overdone..one of dfh best and sure it is quite high priced but this is way superior to most of their portfolio it almost makes it worth it..
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark black with a tan head that dissipated quite quickly
S - Hints of chocolate and dark fruits.
T - Very malty with an alcohol kick throughout. The alcohol is hidden very well for a beer with this high a ABV. Flavors of chocolate and dark fruits similar to aroma.
M - Syrupy and a bit chewy, but lighter than a lot of other high ABV stouts Iíve had.
D - One of my favorite high alcohol beers. For as strong and thick as it is, itís amazingly drinkable. I couldíve easily put down the whole bottle by myself.
RamyG4 (308) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from 2010 I believe. Pours a strange murky dark brown, not black. Aroma is very sweet, heavy chocolate, coffee, a little oxidation. Taste is extremely sweet, with almost no roasted bitterness to be found until the finish, and only a little then. No alcohol to be found whatsoever. This beer holds up quite well.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Dogfish Head goblet. It was bottled on 11/17/2009. It costs $9.99 ($0.83 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black with no visible carbonation. Initially forms a small, dark tan, foamy head. It lingers for a little while but eventually disappears.
Smell: A vinous aroma of black grape, licorice, and mineral spirits. Sweet, though.
Taste: Itís always interesting coming back to certain beers after a long lull. The last time I had Dogfish Head World Wide Stout was in 2010 from a bottle that had the exact same date on it as the one I have now. In my original review, I remarked that the beer was intense and boozy, but I still liked it. Trying it again with nearly four years of age under its belt, itís a lot different, yet still the same beer. Itís smoother and sweeter - it drinks like a liqueur rather than an imperial stout.
A fresh bottle tends to be very bitter to balance out the "ridiculous amount of barley" itís brewed with. There isnít much hop presence in this vintage, though. The hops have faded giving way to the malty base with toffee as the most prominent flavor. Rich and sweet like a candy bar, plus a strong presence of black grape concentrate. Black licorice and dark chocolate are also present, but not nearly as strong and I donít get much roasted barley flavor. Alcohol is of course a major player, imparting a strong (but gentle) warmth that complements the base brew perfectly. I canít imagine one without the other. This is a great-tasting beer, but not to the point of being mind-blowing or world class just because itís extreme.
Drinkability: When youíre about to crack open an 18% ABV beer, you tend to have some apprehension. And while I was a bit nervous about drinking an entire bottle of Dogfish Head World Wide Stout myself, all fears were erased just a few swigs in. The alcohol was prominent, but not distracting or abrasive. The texture is amazingly smooth - almost creamy - with a soft, calm, comfortable presence in the mouth. It leaves an aftertaste of toffee and cola, though thereís no dry sensation, nor is it cloying. A sipping beer for sure, but not an intimidating one.
Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Considerably drier (and less heavy) than I remembered it, with bakerís and dark chocolate, toffee, plum, raisin, a hint of cherry, and peaty scotch.
The alcohol is very restrained for 18%, and Iím definitely enjoying this a lot more than I did years ago.
nlderricks (15) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So good! The ABV isn't posted on the bottle, I drank 3 and could not taste the alcohol content. Needless to say I couldn't understand why I was suddenly feeling a wee bit "off". When I looked up the beer the next morning I couldn't believe it! This beer is so well balanced the 18-20% doesn't come through at all. Amazing!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kevinator (558) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Something else. Second time around on this and it does aim to please. Strong roasted malt, alcohol and sweet aromas. Very dark color with a hint of red. No head but this was almost 3 years old and may have lost some. Creamy and oily palate with still good carbonation. Definitely a sipper. It hides the alcohol dangerously well. Strong roasted malt flavors with wood and some burnt caramels. Some chocolate with dark fruits as well. An experience.