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RATINGS: 2196   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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).


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
This is ebony nectar of the godz. Black as a starless nite.No head. Liquid chocolate cake with plum pudding topping.Hints of rum. Smooth and silky. Something to be savored whilst reading a good book.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Muddy looking black beer with a small dark brown head. Powerfull aroma with obvious alcohol tones. Also dark roasted malt, chocolate, mocha and fruit. Flavor is very sweet malty and chocolaty with notes of coffee, hops and smoke. Finish is dry and bitter with a heavy but pleasant alcohol bite. Gives a warm feeling inside. An extreme and heavy beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2004
This is a beer you have to prepare for. Definately not an end of the night kinda beer but may possibly be the one and only of the night. Pours black with no head (one slowly, faintly creeps in later) and the slightest trace of ruby color can only be discerned by holding it up to a bright light. Otherwise it looks almost as black as the hearts of most members of the current administration. The alcohol is masked much better than the 2002 edition of the World Wide Stout and is hardly noticible (until you drink it a little too quickly). Nice heavy and complex roasted malty flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2004
Deep deep deep ruby red brown with small to tiny short lasting tan head. Estery, acetone, ethanoic, roasted malt and dried fruity aroma. Not as thick or chewy as I anticipated but still wonderfully mouth filling. Medium roasted malt bitter, low caramel sweetness medium dry maltiness with hints of musty wood, smoked and more fruit flavours. High ABV superbly masked. A truly baseline imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Deep, dark mahogany color with a small tan head. Rich dark fruit, dried banana, malt, floral, rum and alcohol aroma. Thick sweet malt, dark fruit, banana, and rum flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2004
WOW!!! Pours black, toasted fruity aromas. Sweet taste that fills the mouth. THick and rich, the alcohol is evident in the finish but the great taste of this unique brew is the focus. A warming and must-try stout.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2004
12 oz bottle. Aroma has some fruit in it. Possibly banana? Pours black. I mean black! Some alcohol with the roasty,sweet flavor. Very smooth. I really like this one. Too expensive but a nice splurge every now and again.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
temporrari (397) - 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.


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