Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%)

RATINGS: 2180   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
This listing encompasses: A) the November, 2001 release (18% abv), B) the November, 2003 U.S. (but not U.K.) release (18.8% abv), C) the November, 2004 release (18% abv), and D) the November 2005 release (17.8% abv) and E) all subsequent releases due both to their similarity in alcohol content and a lack of change in recipe. None of the releases’ labels provides its ABV, however:
2001 - (18%) displays the unaltered words "Vim and Vigor" on the label, gold cap
"Vim and Vigor" is crossed out only on the 2002 release (23%), which is not rated under this listing
2003 - U.S. release (18.8%). No "Vim and Vigor" present, gold cap.
2004 - Bright yellow cap, no date stamp
2005 - Bright yellow cap, date stamp
2006 - Dark green cap, date stamp
2007 - Dark green cap, date stamp
2008 - Yellowish-green cap, date stamp
World Wide Stout is one of the world’s strongest dark beers. It is brewed using six different yeast strains over seven months and then aged for half a year. Dark, rich, roasty, and complex, World Wide Stout has more in common with a fine port than a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer (released in early winter with very limited availability).

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tmrmwel (4350) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2023
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2023 8-4-8-4-16 Bottle, #2225, 4,5 years after bottling. Pours opaque black, with a a small, short lived head. Aroma is dark roasted malts with coffee, raw liquorice and muscovado, as well as dark chocolate, tannins and wooden barrels. Creamy body, with very soft carbonation. Flavour is dark roasted malts with coffee, tobacco, herbal notes and raw liquorice, as well as dark chocolate, dusty minerals, tannins and wooden barrels. Dry finish.

rennat42 (5341) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JAN 18, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2023 Bottle. A- Alcohol, roast, cocoa. A- Dark brown color, cark liquid tan head. T- Roasty, molasses, cocoa. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, roasty finish. O- 4 years old. The label is covered in coffee beans but nothing suggests any coffee in here nor do I taste it. Odd choice of label art. The alcohol is present but considering it's 18% you can't get away from that and it's really not that harsh. Honestly, overrated.

Poobah (776) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 28, 2022
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2022 Dark brown with a thin, tan head and a dark fruit, dark chocolate, malty nose. Malty with a mild, syrupy mouthfeel and a long, dark chocolate, raisiny, strong whiskey finish.

AshtonMcCobb (14816) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2022
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2022 Bottle from cgarvieuk dregs run. Appearance - deep brown to black and opaque. Nose - rich dark chocolate, hazelnut and toffee. Taste - dark chocolate, hazelnut and general praline. Palate - full bodied, rich and sweet with a touch of booziness. Overall - very nice.

martin00sr (10464) - Haderslev, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2022
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2022 Bottle @Craig's. Probably 2004 version according to Craig... Black, oily, tiny beige head. Heavy dark malty aroma, molasses, some dark syryp. Heavy dark malty flavour, syrupy molasses. Warming, obviously.

Alengrin (10929) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2022
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2022 At last: Dogfish Head’s World Wide Stout, one of those rare immortal classics of the American craft beer movement, an answer to Sam Adams Triple Bock in the late nineties in the race for the most extreme beer in the world in terms of ABV (but long surpassed since then) and still a living legend today among US style imperial stouts. One I had on my ‘most wanted’ list for more than two decades now: I cannot thank Didier enough for fixing me this bottle – a vintage one of five years old, at 18% ABV (so prolonged cellaring potential is guaranteed). Pale greyish beige, moussy and stable, small-bubbled, only slowly opening head, pitch black robe with a copper-red glow around the edges – but only under bright light. Rich aroma but surprisingly a tad more restrained than expected at this strength and force: chocolate liqueur, warm espresso, melting ‘fondant’ chocolate, walnut oil, whisky, old ruby port, chocolate crisps, hints of peanut, cognac and very vague teriyaki and, warming up, a lovely scent of sherry-like maderisation that has apparently begun to set in at this stage. Dense onset, dark-fruity with notes of fig compote and candied dates as well as a waferthin sourish edge (blackberry), softly carbonated with evidently very full, thickly oily mouthfeel – but still maintaining a slickness and slenderness, much less syrupy than I was expecting, due to, I guess, an alcohol-thinning effect. Multi-layered slabs of dark chocolate-, toffee- and walnut paste-like maltiness fill the mouth, densely sweet at first but shifting quickly to a black coffee- and roasted chicory-like bitterness, while that touch of sherry-like maderisation makes a brief retronasal appearance. The finish is warmed by whisky-like alcohol, pushing the flavours upwards and eventually heating the throat a bit, but those thick layers of black, bittersweet malts (importantly aided by well-placed peppery hop bitterness) manage to absorb even the 18% ABV in such a way that the whole remains as drinkable as a stout half that strength. This is justly a long-time classic: I love its old school roastedness and I love the fact that my sample was aged gracefully with a most charming dash of maderisation to it, but what seems most admirable here, is that Sam Calagione managed to construct a stout of 18% which in 1999 had no precedent at all, and keep it remarkably drinkable. Nothing is annoying here, nothing too thick to enjoy, nothing too sweet or too ashy, nothing even too boozy: this masterpiece shows off Dogfish Head’s craftmanship, experience and technical perfection like few other beers. My respect for this brewery, large and ‘macro’ as it may have become, has only grown. One to tick off the bucket list.

Thisis12ptfont (3318) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUN 19, 2021
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2021 Aromas of big dark malt presence nougat chocolate cocoa toffee roasted barley roasted malts figs dates raisins and licorice. Taste is dark dark roasted malts huge roasted barley dark grain malt chocolate cocoa nibs cacao powder figs dates raisins licorice star anise blackberries boysenberries red grapes port wine molasses and tree bark. Overall, very impressive stuff. Insanely smooth for the ABV.

brunopbraga (101) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - OCT 1, 2020
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2020 APARÊNCIA preto, opaco. creme bege de baixa formação e persistência. AROMA álcool, café, chocolate amargo, frutas escuras, madeira e malte torrado. SABOR dulçor alto. achocolatado, canela, frutas vermelhas e defumado. SENSAÇÃO corpo alto e baixa carbonatação.

Saeglopur (3928) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - SEP 17, 2020
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2020 355 ml bottle, vintage 2019. Black body, with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma of coffee, soy sauce, liquorice, tobacco, dark chocolate, some cocoa powder. Tastes similar, with some booze. Full, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation. Finishes boozy, roasty, dry, with cocoa powder, coffee, tobacco, soy sauce, liquorice. Tasty. A greatly balanced, robust, old-school Imperial Stout. Pretty complex, with diverse roasty notes. The alcohol is noticeable, but not as much as the ABV suggests. Great, classic stuff. Score: 8 / 4 / 8 /4 / 16

PowY (4562) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - SEP 11, 2020
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2020 23.8.2020: 473 ml bottle at Werckmeisters place, 16% ABV, shared by Stefan, many thanks! Pours a dark mahogany with a small tan colored head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, sweet coffee, molasses, brown sugar, candied nuts, caramel, some dark fruits and raisins along some booze. Medium to full body with a medium to medium-heavy sweetness, a light roasty bitterness and noticeable booze. Flavor of alcohol, sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, caramel, honey and nuts. Finishes alcoholic with a light residual malt sweetness, a light roasty bitterness, coffee and a warming feeling. Overall a nice Imperial Stout with nice flavors but also very boozy. Aroma: 8 Appearance: 4 Taste: 8 Palate: 4 Overall: 16

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