Becoming more and more known for its “extreme beers” Dogfish Head Craft Brewery out of Milton, Del. continues the trend with its newest release, Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.
This beer follows a long line of high ABV beers that the brewery has released in past years including:
- Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (15-20 percent)
- Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine (15 percent)
- Dogfish Head Raisin D’Extra (15-18 percent)
- Dogfish Head Fort (16-17 percent)
Today’s beer is based on the World Wide Stout release that was originally brewed in 1999. Dogfish Head upped the ante and added an extended aging time in oak barrels and conditioned on vanilla beans to produce this years release, Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout, a beast of a beer coming in between 16-17.5 percent ABV.
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle with a bottling date of July 6, 2017, the color is near pitch black, allowing no light whatsoever to seep through. A half inch of tan head is achieved with a hard pour right into the center bottom of the glass. Lacing is non-existent.
Aromas hit you in the head like a sledgehammer. It is extremely boozy like port or sherry wine and there is a faint touch of oakiness right up front before disappearing into oblivion.
Tastes, although not quite blending together as they should, produce deep roasted malts, whiskey, black licorice, sweetened coffee, toasted nuts, bittersweet chocolate, brandy-soaked raisins, caramelized, almost burnt sugar and chocolate covered berries right at the very end. There is a lot going on with the flavors and even as they are fighting back and forth, the burn of the alcohol seems to take the forefront, leading me to conclude the Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout is a sipper.
Mouth feel is coating with a cloying, maple-like sweetness and a light amount of cooling vanilla and the finish is surprisingly smoother than I would have expected with all of the bold flavors.