chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome. Sweet yet balanced. Flavors of vanilla, plums, currants as well as some roasty chocolate malt. Very "slick" mouthfeel. Comparable (yet smoother) to a real fine Thomas Hardy vintage. Even with the kick ass ABV, it's not really evident in the glass. Too drinkable!
LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drinking this beer on draft was a unforgettable experience. The 2002 offering was a bit sweeter than the 2001 that I sampled in the bottle. It is hard to comprehend the fact that you are drinking a beer that is 23.04 % abv. Savor it and relax in disbelief. Ruthian indeed.
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasty start with a wonderful finish. This catches you off guard. It's strong. Good beer to give to the wife if you want to get her in the mood.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with little head. Seems to settle a bit as it took me an hour to finish but I enjoyed every minute of it. Smells and tastes strongly of alcohol and roasted malt. Has all kinds of flavors going on. Very complex and simply outstanding. Drinking this struck me more like an experience as it felt really good to take the last swallow, almost like finishing a journey. Wonderful and highly recommended if you can get past the 18%.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wafts of licorice and roasty goodness, like living in a toasty house of magic roasted malt. Go not gently into this dark night, rage, rage against the light...beer. Black as night with a wicked light brown head that lurks around the edges, and leaves the lace of a thousand lonely nights. Yet, hope...in the sweetness of fermentation, there exists a balance of hope above all trepidation. The battle of bliss and bitterness intertwine, forming a magical ode to the sacred stout. Bless ya, and blessed you will be, may you find this lurking around your corner. Thanks jcalabre.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Pours almost black with a thin biege head. Dried fruits, dark fruits, chocolate, and very roasty nose. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Very much like a port. Alcohol is present on the tongue, along with dates, plums, raisins, and just a hint of coffee. A truly amazing beer. Well worth the money.
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty sure it was the 18% version that I tried. (how can you tell?) Perhaps it was the 23% (felt like it). Overall I liked the beer. Had no idea upon purchase of the high alcohol content. Bought it cause I saw it at the local beer distributor and knew it was highly rated on this site. An alcohol nose, with all of the great stout characteristic in the mouth feel and taste. Because I wasn't aware of the high alcohol content, I was suprised when I woke up on the couch long after everyone else had disppeared. Worth a try.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What can be said more about this beer. Great start to finish. Really opens up inside your mouth and the flavors become alive. Glad I got to taste this classic.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 I also came to this version of the World Wide Stout having had the more recent (23% ABV) before. Intense chocolate, sweet alcohol, rum (although not close to the extent of the 23% version), and some roasted coffee tones in the aroma and flavor. The feel can best be described (as many others have) as oily. The finish is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from an American IPA, for example. This thing coats your tongue and throat with an oily, creamy, silky, residue of stout goodness. Not really any hops bitterness here, unless the alcohol is covering it up. Wow, there are flavors upon flavors upon flavors in this beer that I cannot begin to describe. Wonderful!
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I came to this beer slightly differently than the many who first had the 18% and then had the 23% (the more recent version of WWS). I first had the 23% then was able to secure a bottle of the 18% (thanks BelgianHomeBrew!)... My reactions are enormously positive but I think I prefer the 23%. There is a stronger sense of this being "beer" than the deeply port-like 23%, and despite the lack of head (you don't expect one on a beer of this strength) there was distinctive carbonation in the mouth. Wondrous complexity of flavors--grape (here, too, port-like), coffee, smoke, strongly roasted. Oh wonderful! Massively warming, strangely drinkable, very compelling. Now, is it better than the 23%? Not to my taste. Would I rather put this, or any part of Nicole Kidman's anatomy (her choice), in my mouth? I'll still take Nicole (but that's an unfair comparison, of course, because I'll take her over any beer). But, a pinnacle beer experience it remains....