Beer of the Week 105 - 1/25/2012: Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (Vintage 2009)
Dogfish Head was one of the first American brewing companies to experiment with high ABV beers. They boast an 18-21% IPA, the worlds strongest fruit beer - an 18% raspberry ale, and World Wide Stout - an 18% Imperial Stout, that might just be their crowing achievement.
World Wide Stout could be considered a formidable beer when fresh. The alcohol heat is very present and some argue it detracts from the enjoyment of the beer. By letting it age, or rest, for a few years, the hope is that the alcohol heat dies down and makes for a more mellow beer experience. After letting this one age for 2 and a half years, I was pleasntly surprised by how much the alcohol had disappeared, but it was certainly not ALL gone. Aromas of raisins, dates, figs, and other dark, sugary fruits mix with a big handful of roasted malts. And of course, there is some alcohol. The flavors remind me of rum soaked raisins and dates covered in chocolate, which are then mixed with a powerful punch of deep, dark roasted malts.
While the alcohol wasn’t offensive for me on this beer, this could stand to age AT LEAST another 5-7 years. If you want to experience a big beer, and in my opinion, the best big beer from Dogfish Head, give this one a shot!