Alengrin (10227) - 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 (3045) - 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
creme bege de baixa formação e persistência.
álcool, café, chocolate amargo, frutas escuras, madeira e malte torrado.
achocolatado, canela, frutas vermelhas e defumado.
corpo alto e baixa carbonatação. Saeglopur (3817) - 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 (4323) - 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.
Werckmeister (6297) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 25, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2020 0,33l bottle at home shared by Stefan, big thanks. Should be Vintage 2019 / 16% ABV. No BB date. black color, almost no head. smells bit boozy, vanilla, nutty, boozy, lightly smoky, light soy. nice to very nice smell. full body, light carbonation. tastes vanilla, earthy, marzipan, nutty, some soy sauce, lightly boozy, some bitter chocolate. finishes lightly boozy and light sweet with notes of vanilla, marzipan and nutty notes. quite nice one, quite like this one, very good stuff.
8, 4, 8, 4, 16 Dacrza (1626) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2020 DATE: August 7, 2020... OCCASION: enjoying my forty-fourth birthday eve with an amazing combination of this DFH WWS (this, the 16% ABV version) and Rush's Beyond the Lighted Stage.... GLASSWARE: Lindemans pokal snifter... pours a deep black body from a three-day, well-sealed grunt... a slight ring of browning bubbles surrounds a small upsurge of life in its middle... thick licorice, raisin, pinot noir, cocoa, soft coffee hints, and an intense, almost seering vapor of roasted malts... my goodness, a foreboding promise embedded here... its body is slightly oily at the entry, before it curls into a heavyweight drop of comforting warmth akin to whiskey... and yet, a bit of dryness... first in the profile is the licorice, which gives it a dessert-like quality... its secondary flavors include cocoa, coffee bean, and biting, aggressive malts that blanket the throat... a powerful, wine-like finish, boozy and full, with a malty blanket of raisin and whiskey... a tremendously strong hit of malts, with the grape and dark wine strength ...and yes, what took me so long to try this? maybe the price, which I have seen vary but mostly stretch the wallet... at $15.99 for a grunt, this wins and reminds me what awesome products DFH can craft... smroush (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2020 Thick, sweet and boozy; aromas of dark dried fruits, dark roast coffee and cocoa, licorice. High alcohol is quite apparent; complex. Excellent! Chudwick (4783) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2020 12oz bottle (4/11/18 if I'm reading it correctly) - I've had this before at Dark Lord Day thanks to AndyReynolds but failed to rate it, until now. Nose is plums or black licorice. Sip adds doublebock elements: sweet, strong and more sweet. boozy. Roast finish. ABV dangerously well hidden ozzy70 (3438) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 18, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2020 Bottle. Poured black, minimal tan head. Aroma of wine, port, grape, sweet desert/red wine, plum, raisins, alcohol. Taste was sweet, strong, sherry, wine, alcohol is apparent, molasses, licorice, brown sugar.