Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (365 Day 19)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Monday, December 20th, 2010

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales World Wide Stout

I really relish my American craft beer stouts, imperial stouts, etc. I have wanted to taste World Wide Stout by Dogfish Head for quite some time. I believe it is available locally but I have never had the occasion to secure some. So I turned to the Secret Santa that I was recently in. Not only did I score a recent bottle but one nice 2004 vintage.

I quickly decided I wanted to try the fresh bottle before the vintage as I wanted to understand what the beer was about before making up my mind on one that was six years old, almost seven. Oh, but that bottle will not last long as my mouth waters for it.

Let me get this out of the way early: I am not a huge Dogfish Head fan as I think they are just over blown in terms of the quality. Maybe they try so many different test beers that I just don’t have the time and funds to give them a go and have internally interrupted that into not liking them. (?!?!?!)

World Wide Stout pours with a thick, brown foam that doesn’t stay around long or leave much of battle scar on the sides of the glass. This big stout has everything you hope for: roasted malt/barley, dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, and at 18% a touch of alcohol. These come through in the nose and the mouth. The sweetness and size of the beer seem to make it a touch syrupy at times but not enough to call it cloying.

I can easily say after this bottle that I eagerly await my ’04 bottle as well as securing some more. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.1

Going to try an new addition to the write ups: a useless fact. Without further ado: The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells.

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