383. Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout (2005)

383. Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout (2005)

I purchased this several months ago and haven't really felt up to the task of drinking and rating it until now. The bottle says "A very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley". That "ridiculous amount of barley brings the abv of this one up to a massive 18% I let this warm to approximately 55ºF and served it in one of my New Belgium Snifters.

Beer Stats:
Alcohol: 18%
Serving: 12 oz.
Style: American Double Stout. BJCP Style Guide.

Appearance (4.5): Pours an opaque dark brown that approaches black. A dark brown one-finger head tops the beer. The head thins to a patchy layer leaving some lace. This beer has legs.

Smell (4.5): The aroma of alcohol is immediately evident, though not overpowering. Rich sweet malty aromas dominate. I detect raisins, caramel and chocolate. There are light roasted aromas as well but these are subtle. Swirling brings out more of the dried fruit aromas.

Taste (3.5): This beer is very sweet. I get hints of chocolate and caramel as well as lots of dried fruit flavors like raisins and dates. The finish has just a hint of roasted bitterness along with strong warming alcohol. I think a little more roasted character would go a long way.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Light tingly carbonation, full-bodied, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability (3.5): Of necessity this is a sipping beer.

Overall (4.0): This beer was a little too sweet for me. A little more roasted bitterness would go a long way for balance. As is this would make an excellent dessert beer.

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