hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Poured a dark black with a smaller brown head. Aromas and tastes of brown sugar, caramel, malts, molasses, chocolate, and light alcohol. Stronger alcohol in the taste than the smell (but not 18%). Sweet finish. Nice after dinner sipping beer. BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Black with a dark brown color & a surprising amount of lacing. The aroma is very rich with lots of plum, pine, spices (nutmet, brown sugar) & smooth creamy alcohol. The flavor is tarry with smoke & alcohol; vanilla. Lots of subtle complexities, very light alcohol compared to the 23% version. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Dark brown, almost black with no head and oily lace. Aroma of cinnamon, figs, roast and caramel malts, molasses, chocolate and mild alcohol. Big roast flavors with some chocolate and smoke. Coffee and bitter hops. Small vinous qualities. Spicy. Thick and chewy. Bitter and tangy. Finishes out with chocolate and alcohol. IndianaRed (4545) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle 2003 Pours very dark black, with a tan head that is not particularly impressive. Settles to a thin rig and leaves very fine thin lacing. Aroma is intoxicating. Strong presence of purple grapes. Smells more like a Bordeaux than a beer. A little smokey and of prunes as well. Flavors are terrific. Again mostly grapes, and pitted fruit. ABV is hidden well. The classic stout characteristics are here. Smokey, charcoal but not as prominant as others in the style. Feel is heavy slick and smooth. Rico...suave' ! Carbonation is just right. Trailer is a nice sweet slightly bitter smokey taste. Overall is a 17 just cause its $10 presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Molasses aroma. Dark beer. Light creamy light brown head. Espresso coffee aroma seeps past the molasses. Acohol only comes out in the finish. Finish is smooth and at the same time sharp and brittle. Flavour is coffee and chocolate. The body thick and smooth. Slightly dry but leaves a sugar coated mouth feel.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Just a monster of a brew. Gotta enjoy this one in a brandy snifter as an after dinner drink. Very much like a tasty port wine. Rich espresso, dark chocolate, fig, raisin aroma which is all amplified by the high alcohol content. Very full and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor mimics the aromas well with some faint acidity. Alcohol is warming but not overwhelming. A great brew for in front of the fireplace. Itíll take you awhile to finish one off. $7.99/bottle here in NE FL. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2004
This beer is pretty strong so you may want to drop a shot of Jack in it to water it down. I am such a man for drinking this beer. It is so manly. My voice dropped 2 octives just LOOKING at the World Wide Stout. It knocked my head off. I had this beer twice and split the bottle both times, and I donít even know if I could handle a whole bottle by myself. Sorry for cutting this short but I must now go prey upon small woodland animals in order to sublimate my primal hunting instinct which was brought out by this stout. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 2003, bottle. Pours black, with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, citrus, sweet malt, and chocolate. Amazing tastes, much like the aroma. Rather sweet, the alcohol really comes thru, but it still doesnít seem like 18.8%. Aftertaste is smokey. Body is not too heavy, it seems just right. (Note: 2004 isnít as good as 2003, at least not yet. My 2004 rating would be 8-4-8-4-17-4.1. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 bottle to duvel tulip. pour: black, motor oil. body: midnight. head: tight, tan; forms slowly then diminishes quickly, but only to leave tan ring around the glass. aroma: alcohol, chocolate, sugar, smoke, citrus. flavor: alcohol, chocolate, sugar, smoke, citrus. palate: smooth yet biting and not at all cloying yet it leaves my lips sticky; thinner than i expected, but great. overall: very nice; a great imperial stout! 8-4-8-4-18. UPDATE 2/13/05: whatever my other rating was, it wasnít the 2004... this! however... is the 2004: midnight body; thick, tight, tan, head, which, diminishes into a ring around the glass and it also leaves a lot of patterned lace; aroma is thick and roasty, coffee bean, candi sugar, chocolate, molasses; flavor is strong, licorice, complex; palate is chewy, and cremey, yet smooth; overall is an expected... awesome! 8-4-8-4-18. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
7/31/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained from my Secret Santa on RateBeer 7/20/04. 2003 Vintage. This is the first of all of the Dogfish Head WWS bottles Iíve tried that actually resembles an imperial stout. And itís a damn good one. Extremely dark brown color with dark tan to light brown head, rocky but actually lasting. Lacing is mediocre but at least sort of there. Very thick-looking body, even laying a film on the sides of the glass in lieu of traditional lacing. Nose is of dark fruit-- plums, prunes, maybe even a touch of black cherry-- but also with a hint of coffee roastiness and acidity, a rich brown sugar/syrupy sweetness, and a bright, vinous sort of wood and alcohol edge. First taste is expectedly very powerful. Heavy alcohol and big prune flavors, also a dark roast maltiness below the fruit, struggling to poke its way through. Incredibly full body and rich, decadent mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and bright mouthfeel, making an elegant harmony with the alcohol. Finish has evident alcohol, but also a fantastic lingering roastiness, dark syrupy flavor, and a great buzzing lack-- like your mouth has been changed by the beer and now wants for another sip. Very long. Very delicious. Definitely the best flavor of all of the Worldwides that Iíve had (but Iíve yet to try the original 18%). Probably the best all-around as a result. Outstanding stuff.