Friday, November 20, 2009

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout review

Dogfish Head World Wide StoutHere is a beer I wish I had tried years ago but had always hesitated to until now. I am a self confessed imperial stout lover and I normally jump at the chance to try an imperial stout that I've never had before. During my last visit to my local beer store, I spied the familiar bottle of Dogfish Head World Wide Stout.

I've seen this beer off and on over the last couple of years but had never bothered to buy it. Why? Dogfish Head World Wide Stout comes in a single 12oz bottle and the price tag is $8.99 for a single bottle. Wow. I thought I'd never buy a single 12oz bottle of beer for that price. It's always been a stopping point for me. But my love of imperial stouts finally called me out and I broke down and bought a bottle.

Dogfish Head is known for creating beers that are a bit unusual. I've tried several of their beers over the last few years. Some were quite good (90 Minute Imperial IPA) and some were rather different (Theobrama). But in every case, I've been quite impressed at the unique characteristics of Dogfish Head's beers. So buying their World Wide Stout should have been an easy choice knowing my love for dark beer. Well now was my chance to try it.

I had to read up on this beer a little before opening. The bottle itself doesn't list the alcohol content but I found it to be a whopping 18% ABV. This value seems to change every couple of years or so. While there was no date or vintage on this bottle, I figured it had to be a bottle from 2008. I knew up front this was going to be a powerful beer. One bottle was going to be plenty.

Appearance: I poured the World Wide Stout into a globe snifter glass as I'd seen a recommendation to drink from such a glass. World Wide Stout was as dark as most imperial stouts I've seen. Held up to the light I could see some dark mahogany color around the very edges but the rest was as dark as a void. The pour gave me a nice 2-finger tall dark tan head that melted away fairly quickly. Swirling this imperial stout left a thick semi-sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The brew did have some carbonation and the globe glass sent a small stream of foamy bubbles up through the middle of the beer.

Aroma: Here is where the senses began to get bombarded. As I opened the bottle I could smell this beer a good 3 feet away. I could detect a fair amount of heat from the alcohol along with the scent of molasses and dark malts. Many of the imperial stouts I've tried smell of coffee but this one did not. I could also pick up on a hint of vanilla and dark fruit in the glass. Swirling the beer in my glass really helped to bring out the full aroma in this beer. Loved that smell - it was extremely complex but wonderful.

Mouthfeel: World Wide Stout was thick and chewy like an imperial stout should be. It coated my tongue well with a smooth creamy liquid. It wasn't as drying as other imperial stouts I've had.

Taste: This brew had a wide range of flavors. It was roasty from all the abundance of dark malts. It was also quite bitter having a 70 IBU rating yet the hop bitterness had died down a bit from being in the bottle for more than a year. The bitterness was balanced well with the malts.

Dogfish Head beers are normally a bit over-the-top with flavor and I like that. The heat is present but it didn't kill the taste. I could taste the molasses and some chocolate in this beer. I got a sweetness on the back end and bitterness up front.

As this beer warms further, it got a little bit sweeter which I enjoyed. While some stouts are heavy on the coffee side, this one reminded me more of foamy and creamy syrup yet not overly sweet. This beer tasted good both cold and as it warmed.

Dogfish Head didn't disappoint with this beer. World Wide Stout is definitely up their on my satisfaction meter. I now wish I had tried this beer before writing my Top 12 Imperial Stouts list that I had published just a few weeks ago. It definitely ranks up there and worth of being in the best list of Imperial Stouts.

So was this worth the $8.99 I paid for it? Definitely. But granted, it's not something I'd be willing to shell out on a regular basis, but for the occasional treat, yes, it's worth the money. Don't let the price keep you from trying this one. Grab one and age it further (if you can). A beer like this should cellar well for several years.

Related articles:
- Dogfish Head Festina Pêche review.
- Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA review.
- The people you meet at the GABF (Sam Calagione - DFH).

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com
Help us grow. Forward this article to a friend and have them subscribe here