Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2003 (21%, CA and UK release)

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 630   ABV: 21%
This listing encompasses the November, 2003 release for the U.K. and parts of Southern California only (21% abv), and may state "21% abv" on the label, while the printed phrase "Vim and Vigor" does not appear. Bottles purchased in Southern California will show a "Packaged in" mark on the side of the label that does not correspond to a marked year; this is likely the only discernible label difference between this beer and the 2003 18.8% version. "Vim and Vigor" is crossed out only on the November, 2002 release, which is not rated under this listing. World Wide Stout is a very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley.

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beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2008
This beer is all killer no filler! The stout pours a black in color with a brown head.The nose is of a slight sweet caramel and glue, or some kind of cleaner. Taste is smokey, sweet, and slightly medicinal. All in All this beer is awesome!!!!

Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Wow, this is good. Dark fruits are all over the place in this one. Super dark, super flavor. The dog, again, liked ths one. Not overwhelming in the least.

wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Tried from bottle with Atlanta ratebeer crew at 5 Seasons North tasting. Lots of smokey oxidation of the good kind (no cardboard). Sweet malty. Caramel and molasses flavors abound. Dark color (of course). Mellowed and easy to drink. Delicious. Cocacola like aroma notes. The best WWS I’ve ever had. Excellent.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: World Wide Stout
Date: May 22, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet winey and chocolate aroma with dark fruits
Body: creamy velvet body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of dark fruit, light wine character, alcohol shows up at the end and is fairly restrained
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours an opaque black color with a light brown head. Aroma is soy, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, roast, and just a hint of alcohol. Flavor is thick malty, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and a sweet molasses finish. Hides the alcohol incredibly well.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma is of sweet heat. Molasses, roast. Pours very dark brown. foamy white head. Very heavy bodied. Thick and syrupy. Flavor is very sweet. Full of sugars. Tastes of a smooth roastiness. This bottle has aged extremely well.

henrikb (1264) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Very dark brown body, beige head; Quite oxidized Sherry like vinous nose; Quite thin alcohol powerful body, with huge carbonation and little balance; Huge alcohol burnt finish that doesnt have a lot more then being burnt to offer, oh yes it is quite oxidized too.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
I guess a rating comparing it to the 18% version has more value. Compared to the 21%, first this seems to age rather gracefully. You certainly can’t notice any oxidation and the alcohol does not hurt in the aroma. It looks just the same, but I’d call it smoother, more biscuity integrated alcohol, obviously procuring lots of warmth in the finish, but assuming its liquorous standard – in a port wine fashion with lots of ripe and dried fruits complexity completing the fat choco/coffee tendencies. In that fashion, the oily palate, stickiness and immense sweetness seem fitting as we’re closer to the realm of fortified wine. I would not attempt to drink a bottle by myself (where would I find one anyway?), but I’d have many more isolated sips.

Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2007
Bottle. Black colour with a weak head. Aroma of alcohol, smooth roastedness and little sourness. Nice alcoholic flavour of alcohol, smooth roastedness very sweet and very oily with a warming finish from the alcohol.

Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle 35,5 cl. [Papsoe surprised us again with this fantastic tasting, many thanks once again for a memorable experience!] We were able to compare the WWS 2003 against the WWS 2002. The 21% version from 2003 was clearly my favorite. Spare fizzy light brown head that mostly diminished. Spare lacework. Oily black color. Wow what a complex aroma of coffee, chocolate, nutty, berries, vinous, raisin, prune, date, wood, liquorish, vanilla. Just like an excellent port wine. Overwhelming full bodied with a flat carbonation and thick oily and light alcoholic texture. Well the alcohol was really more like a nice warming feeling. Very well balanced flavor with moderated sweet and bitter notes. Lingering complex and smooth finish. Simply amazing!

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