Stouts have a way of saving the day on so many occasions, and a really good stout is always a fine treat. So, when I walked into the Dogfish Head Brewing Company to face the mob and decided to check out their World Wide Stout, I thought I would have a nice warm brew on a chilly night. Wrong.
But not for the reasons you think.
World Wide Stout by Dogfish Head Brewing Company (www.dogfish.com/front) seeks to become the firm's numero uno stout. Though the keep it refrigerated, you hardly notice the cold when you pick it up. When I looked to find its ABV, it listed it as between 15-20%. That's right, even they don't know what it is supposed to be - they have a range! It has to be one of the only profession brews to do that!
Its aroma is of a really strong stout, but it has alcohol bubbling up through the center of it. Make no bones about it, it is alcohol friendly. This beer is close to sizzling. In terms of taste, it is really simple - alcohol with strong stout - in that order. The alcohol is only for the first few minutes. As you get to drinking it, it simmers down and you can taste a bit of the stout, tempered by some of the additional flavors. A tempest of dark fruit comes to mind.