World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Delaware
This is the kind of beer that can kill you, wow.
Weighing in at a whopping 18%, this beer can age well, for many years. Even if you drink it relatively ‘young’ expect an onslaught of aromas, alcohol and flavours.
It poured dense and heavy, with next to no head forming. What head did appear quickly vanished. It looks still and is as dark as tar.
You don’t need to bring your nose close to smell the alcohol wafting off of this big beer either. It is boozy, big boozy. Alongside that booze smell you’ll find dates and licorice. A proper smell brings out the roastedness of this beer as well, but it’s all being pushed down by the alcohol.
Give it a taste and you’re quickly taking small sips. The booze is a bit in-your-face and the licorice is strong. Some roasted coffee flavours creep in at the end though, after the heat of the alcohol has faded away.
The finish is surprisingly smooth. No harsh flavour, burnt taste or alcohol burn. For a beer that buzzes you up front, it sure mellows out towards the end.
Great finish, a beer that is worth buying a handful of and sampling every few years just to see how it changes.
Imperial 16 Stout Ranking: #10 / 16