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Beer Review: Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

In Cellaring, Imperial Stout, Reviews on October 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm

More from the Delaware brewery.  Also look for Sam Calagione and the rest of the Dogfish crew on a new Discovery Channel reality show about craft beer.  Here’s my review:

The beer is deep black, but not as thick as I suspected and it produces about a finger of head that is dark khaki with fine lively bubbles.  I expected something looking more like Ten Fidy, very thick and oily.

The aroma on this is absolutely incredible.  Strong roasted coffee and espresso notes mingle with cocoa powder and underlying dark chocolate sweetness.  It’s hard to smell it without drinking it so that’s all I’ve got…

The brew tastes amazing, the smell does not lie.  Very lively carbonation rushes in and brings very complex flavors.  Sweet coffee and roasty malt flavors meet the tongue and a coffee bitterness rolls to the sides immediately, while the beer simultaneously gives off a distinct earthy and woody note with a hint of vanilla and dark chocolate.  It is chewy, with hints of dark fruits, molasses and licorice appearing as a mirage before disappearing and coffee and chocolate return to be the true stars.

The warm alcohol finish leaves the mouth slick with some residual sweetness and a lasting bitter espresso taste.

World Wide Stout is a really great after dinner beer, pair it with some rich chocolate desserts, or replace your after dinner port or brandy with this dominant stout.  It is great fresh, but I recently had a 2006 and the alcohol was tamer, while the flavors were sublime.  Drink one (or more) now, and stick one …or more, in the cellar!

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 18%