Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! Here in the Sunshine State, we are starting to relax some of the COVID-19 restrictions, and we were able to see some friends for the first time in a long time. I also found a new little fishing hole that was full of bass and bream. To top things off, I had the best lager I’ve ever tried from Bell’s Brewing. You’re probably thinking, why aren’t you reviewing that? Well, that’s because I snagged a special release from Dogfish Head. It’s a Bourbon Barrel Aged version of their World Wide Stout. Ya’ll know DFH takes big swings and usually knocks it out of the park. Needless to say, I’m stoked to try this. It says “Ages Well,” but I’m going to try it fresh!
Appearance: This poured a viscous, motor oil color with a very thin, coffee-colored head. This is a mind-numbing 18.3% ABV, and has an up-welling like a Florida black water creek that keeps a faint head around for the entire pour.
Aroma: Obviously you get a heavy bourbon and liquor aromas but there is a ton of maple sweetness to it. There’s also subtle hints of hazelnut to it which was unexpected. My wife says “it smells like the part of booze that makes you go ‘Yikes!'” I disagree, but to each their own.
Flavor: Sit down and crack a cold one—this is gonna take awhile. This starts with a mix of hazelnut and maple sweetness. It is definitely sweet, but not in the fake sense and not overpoweringly so. It transitions to a fantastic bourbon on the rocks taste. It’s almost a dead ringer for Angel’s Envy and has a smooth fade into some dark chocolate mocha aftertaste. Somehow they blended all of these different flavors into an amazing flavor profile. Remember, this is fresh and these strong beers sometimes are a little off when drank fresh, like the 120-Minute IPA. The fact that it is THIS good this fresh makes me want to age some for about 3 years!
Mouthfeel: This is strangely thinner than the 18.3% ABV would belie. It is still heavy like an Old Rasputin or Sweet Baby Java, but it’s not overly so like some of the bourbon barrel aged beers I’ve tried.
Value: This packs a punch on flavor and on your wallet. This one beer was $13.99 at Total Wine.
Overall: Guys… this is a 9.5/10. It has a wonderfully complex flavor profile, a suitable ABV for the style and a great aroma. The only thing holding it back from a perfect 10 is that the bourbon flavor is a little much as you work your way through the beer. After a few years of aging, I bet this will be a perfect 10 out of 10. If you see this and need a gift for a craft beer lover or just want to #treatyoself, this World Wide Stout is a World Class Beer!
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!