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RATINGS: 2179   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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This listing encompasses: A) the November, 2001 release (18% abv), B) the November, 2003 U.S. (but not U.K.) release (18.8% abv), C) the November, 2004 release (18% abv), and D) the November 2005 release (17.8% abv) and E) all subsequent releases due both to their similarity in alcohol content and a lack of change in recipe. None of the releases’ labels provides its ABV, however:
2001 - (18%) displays the unaltered words "Vim and Vigor" on the label, gold cap
"Vim and Vigor" is crossed out only on the 2002 release (23%), which is not rated under this listing
2003 - U.S. release (18.8%). No "Vim and Vigor" present, gold cap.
2004 - Bright yellow cap, no date stamp
2005 - Bright yellow cap, date stamp
2006 - Dark green cap, date stamp
2007 - Dark green cap, date stamp
2008 - Yellowish-green cap, date stamp
World Wide Stout is one of the world’s strongest dark beers. It is brewed using six different yeast strains over seven months and then aged for half a year. Dark, rich, roasty, and complex, World Wide Stout has more in common with a fine port than a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer (released in early winter with very limited availability).


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 2003 bottle. 5 years old. Aroma is lacking. Flavor is lacking. Everything about this beer is lacking... Except the alcohol content. It might be mellow for 18% but its not absent. Some minor chocolate flavors come through but they are mostly hidden. A ridiculous waste of barley.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2004
This pours very dark brown and the aroma of roasted malt and strong dark fruits is immeadiately present. The alcohol is noticable in the nose and as the taste is thick, full, and warming along with being a bit dry. It is quite smooth for such a powerful beer and has a nice complex malt flavor that peaks through to do a good job of weaking the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 10, 2004
2003. This beer is very complex, but the alcohol taste is a little strong. Good dessert beer. Pours dark dark brown. A very different beer from anything else I’ve had in the past.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2004 Whew, I'm drunk just from smelling this beer! If I wasn't such an alcoholic, I would be scarred to drink this. Taste like a Jack and coke. For the price of 2 of these beers, I could just buy a small bottle of Jack and not fu@k around. Not that impressive, this beer is VERY overrated.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Wow, what a crazy brew! Like nothing I have ever had. Very alcoholic nose. Appearance is black as can be. A mainly sweet flavor, like a really sweet milk chocolate. Smooth and intense at the same time. Alcohol is covered will for 18%, but it is still definitly tasted, especially on the way down.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
Very black coloured. Aroma of raisins and prunes with notes of alcohol. Sweet flavour of malts and fruits. Very full bodied and well rounded.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eirikur (376) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 3, 2004
Ohh, what a nice brew that is. Quite complex, still not to heavy, for the palate. Some dark caramel with a nice smooth coffee flavour throughout the palate. Wonderful.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maxxwelle (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2004 does not count
this beer was just incredible. the aroma and flavor were outstanding, and the beer had an amazingly dark color with just enough head. the only thing that holds me away from this beer, aside from the availability, is that it takes a LONG time to properly drink one. but, with the alcohol content, maybe that’s not a bad thing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2004
Dark toffee, heady aroma. Lots going on there! Very little brown head, that did a bit of lacing. The colour is incredibly thick and dark. Beautiful body, somewhat sweet flavour - fruit and coffee. Long, pleasant aftertaste of coffee. Classy!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
haukur (1432) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
oh yes!!! here´s something that I like. Arome reminded me a bit of Schwarzwalder Tirschwasser, it had this forrest feel to it, some burn malt and a little hoppy aroma. That aroma, was maybe the most complex aroma I´ve ever felt of a brew, simply excellent, I could smell this all night. Appearance was just picture perfect for an imperial stout! nuff said!!! Taste reminded me of peaches, plumes, fruits, burned malt, some hops, a very complex taste. This is just an awesome brew, a kick ass for any occasion


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