It’s been 18 years since Dogfish Head‘s notable World Wide Stout make its official debut. Time for a revamp, no?
“When we first began brewing World Wide Stout at our brewpub back in the winter of 1999, the first batch sold out in less than a week—and nearly 18 years later the response has continued to be amazing,” said Dogfish’s head honcho, Sam Calagione. “At Dogfish, our raison d’être is to expand the boundaries of the typical beer experience by creating innovative beers made from fresh ingredients, so we decided to take a new spin on our popular stout by adding tons of whole Madagascar vanilla beans to the recipe. The addition of the beans enhances the coffee and chocolatey notes in the beer which we think our fans will enjoy.”
Here’s the deal on the beer: First, it weighs in at a shocking 16% ABV—be careful, folks!—and is comparable to a fine port, recommended to only get better in its “golden years.” (Read: it’s perfect for aging!) It’s dark, rich, roasty and complex. The stout is brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley and aged in real 10,000-gallon oak tanks with heaps of vanilla beans. It’s said to be “brewed beyond the limits of the average beer” and is “wonderfully authentic tapestry of roasted malty, toasted vanilla flavors with subtle coffee notes.”
The new beer is currently shipping to taps and shelves near you. To find and enjoy Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout and other off-centered Dogfish Head brews in your area, visit www.dogfish.com/brewery/