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RATINGS: 2126   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).


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
What sweet nectar the beer gods have handed down to us. Beautiful near black body with a nice dark tan head that disipates to a sudsy ring. Aroma of licorice, molasses, and malt with a slight mediciney alcohol note. Flavors are complex, dark fruit, dark chocolate, licorice that finish with a slight burnt coffee flavor that is swept away by a mildly astringent yet syrupy mouthfeel. Then the nice alcohol warming. I love this stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Wow!What a great friggin beer.This 100 times better than Sam Adams Triple Bock.Poured black as night with virtually no head.Sweet malty tastes with a high alchol taste.The alcohol warms u all the way down.The finish was not too heavy with a little hint of bitterness.This was worth every cent that i paid for it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 I original gave this beer a 4.2. This was in 2003 and in 2003 Dogfish Head, was one of the high rollers in the world of avant-garde brewing. Almost everyone thought this beer was really something. In fact, we all wanted to get our hands on the stronger version. Nowadays, there’s lots of people like me wizened to the ways of this sort of brewing and, frankly, don’t really find it to be worth much. This is just sort of a stout-like substitute for port wine though, unlike even some very moderately priced ports, it burns like a motherfuck and is not really the kind of thing you want to sip on at all. It has a mildly tart old coffee flavor and is just generally sweet and boozy w/o much else to it. Had this been my first taste of it, I’d imagine I’d rate it still lower than I have now. I honestly winced on a couple sips. More of a curiosity than a beer, this is something I can really live w/o.

Original rating: Bold and black, quite a bit more head than the 23% version. Thick, boozy aroma with an edge of roasted barley. Sticky, thick mouthfeel, low carbonation with enough alcohol to warm the cold heart of Uncle Scrooge in the dead of winter. Sweetly port-like with a wash of earthy bitterness in the finish. A lovely nightcap or early morning brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Pours a deep black color with some reddish hues. Almost no head that doesn't last anyways and has zero lacing. Aroma is malt, malt and more malt, some raisin and licorice. Taste is much of the same with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Body is quite heavy. This is much better at room temperature than even slightly chilled. Alcohol is much less apperent at warmer temperatures. Overall, a very nice beer, much better than most super high ABV beers.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
haddon90 (1449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Deep black pour with a slim, thin tan head. Thick aroma. Licorice, malty, chocolate, among other things. Nice flavor. Lots of malt, alcohol, sweet. Lighter then the 23%. Very flavorful, great taste!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Aroma of licorice, some roast malt and molasses. I also get the alcohol in the aroma. Dark opaque has a small tan head that lingers. Huge malt with chocoalte and some roasted malt flavors. The malt flavor is not syrupy sweet because the alcohol content helps thin the beer. I can definately tell it has a high alcohol content but would never have guessed it to be close to 19%. This is an excellent and very flavorful beer. I have to rate this right up there with Sam Smih's Imperial but on a different level. Tidiaguy I couldn't wait till Christmas eve I had to try it tonight!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 Nice black pour with almost no carbonation. Malty, chocolate and dried fruit. This stuff is a monster for sure.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2003
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 2003: Near black body, small brown head, burnt fruit nose with banana notes. Nose is less sweet and less alcoholic than 2002 vintage - a good thing. Flavor is far better than 2002, with roasty malts, banana, rum, coffee, molasses and a hint of chocolate. Slight bitterness in the finish, with sweet banana. Nice mouthfeel, and alcohol is far less prevalent than 2002. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Much better flavor than the 23%. However You still have to swish this one around in your mouth a little to get used to the taste. This is a lot like a port wine in many aspects. I detected subtle hints of raisons, and maybe plums? More carbonation than the 23%, but it still dissapates just as quickly. Much effort went into the making of this stout.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Thick black opaque pour, very little fizz and minimal foam. Intense dark malty aroma, dark fruits: raisins, cherries prunes, molassses, port, obvious alcohol content. Sweet thick palate, licorice, cassis, burnt raisin bread. Thick and syrupy right through to the aftertaste with an impressive growing alcohol warmth. Finishes more like a port. While I thought it was a great beer, it loses marks for drinkability because I had a hard time finishing it. Oh for the 7 oz bottle.


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