Early in 2010, at the recommendation of John Jordan, I tried a Dogfish Head 60 Minute India Pale Ale. This came with much reluctance because I have never been a fan of IPA style beer or any beer with a decent bitterness; as a matter of fact, in the past, I got into homebrewing and decreased the intensity of the hops used in almost every recipe that I made.
There was something special about this 60 minute IPA. I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time, but, while out with my friends, I kept ordering Dogfish beers whenever I would see them on the menu. After trying a few different styles of beer by Dogfish Head Brewery, it occurred to me that they put a decent amount of effort into toying with the intrinsic concept of “beer,” and, if you visit the Dogfish Head website, you’ll come across their motto: “Off centered stuff for off centered people.”
As a result of my curiosity, I decided to do the “derryX Dogfish Head Reviews,” and, in doing so, spending a decent amount of money to seek out a number of different style Dogfish beers.
Aside from the descriptions contained herein (all of which were copied from www.dogfish.com), all comments are the opinion of derryX.
derryX Dogfish Head Review: World Wide Stout
Description – From www.dogfish.com:
YES! This is the beer you’ve heard so much about. Dark, rich, roasty and complex, World Wide Stout has more in common with a fine port than a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer. Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley. Have one with (or as!) dessert tonight!
Price – $ 8.99/12 oz bottle (Source: Latham Beverage)
Alcohol by volume – 18 %
Nose – A good sniff of this beer revealed deep barley, chocolate, and malt aromas.
First Sip – The alcohol content hits you right away because it’s so high. The beer is very thick on the palate. You really get a sweet and pleasant barley and chocolate flavor under the alcohol.
As You Drink – The flavor gets more and more persistent, and the alcohol taste starts to go away.
Last Sip – The last sip was a lot like the first sip: very sweet, thick and pleasant.
Food Pairings – Butter cookies, pecan pie, brie cheese, anything you’d pair a good Port with