World Wide Stout, an imperial stout with an 18-plus percent ABV, from Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery, is the world's highest alcohol regularly brewed dark beer. It is a sipping elixir that mellows with age and develops greater complexity, becoming more wine-like over a lifetime that can exceed 10 years. It requires a special yeast that can survive at the higher alcohol levels and is fermented for six months.
The imperial stout is a rich and complex style known for intense maltiness, strong roasty character, assertive bitterness and high alcohol content. The rich malt is necessary to achieve high alcohol levels, and the bitterness balances the malt sweetness. Its strong roast, chocolate and alcohol character complements hearty main dishes like lamb stew and venison, as wells as bread and cheese, and desserts.
Source: Gazette.Net (Maryland Community Newspapers Online)