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RATINGS: 2176   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).


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2004
Smells like a french roast coffee with a chocolate undertone. Nice dark head. Definatley pours like used motor oil that went quite overdo on a change. Taste can be a little to much alcohol. But it is still a pleasure to sip.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2004
2003: Pours thinner than I had expected. The taste has some roast and chocolate but is overpowered by a sweetness and booziness. I agree with kbjames that there is a belgian strong ale feel to this beer. It did not feel like a stout in the way the 2002 struck me. Not enough hop bite to balance the sweetness. Almost like a thin liquor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 This is a really, really, good beer that I’m glad I tried a 2nd time around. Its different than your average imp stout and has a lot more alcholol in the attack than your average brew. But its very dark and very tasty...good stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
I live about an hour from Delaware, and have been fortunate enough to have tried several bottles of this beer (although I must admit to not knowing which vintages I tried). It is a very bold, imperial style stout. The alcohol presence is definitely there, but it is not overpowering. The malt flavor is intense, with shades of prunes, blackberries, port wine, and coffee on the palate. This beer is great with dark chocolate. It is hard to find, though, and may be a little pricey for some at 5-7 bucks per 12-oz bottle. In my mind, one of the better imperial style stouts in the world.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2004
black in color, but poured with virtually no head - maybe the bottle was bad; I didn't believe the rater that described the taste as salty, but it actually does have a salty taste; also very sweet with a very definite alcohol aftertaste

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Very dark. Strong malty aroma. Flavour is malty, sweet, a bit salty. Full body and flavour, nice balance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Bottled 2003 version. It's St Pattys Day and I needed a stout and this is my 600 rating. Wowzers!!! This was better than the 2002. This had a good sweet roasty flavor all the way through. Alcohol was not hidden very well but who's complaining

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Oh, My. Wow. Had the pleasure of trying this and Dark Lord at the same time. Ecstasy. Pours opaque black with tan head. Complex nose of chocolate, cofffee, fruit, molasses, sugar, and more. The flavor is beyond my ability to do justice. This was fantastic. Thanks to Gasspasser and The Alcoholist for sharing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 WOW dark with big late forming medium lasting brown rich head. The nose is full of alcohol and malts and hops present in the back. The taste is very alcoholy with lots of malts and hops. Very vaporish and exciting. The body is full and spicy and vaporish. Quite Good. Oh yeah

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Black oblivion for a color with a miniscule layer of head on top. The smell is not overly impressive, faint chocolate and sweetness of caramel. If you get past the alcohol presence, there is a little bit of coffee hiding behind it. Flavor is pretty smooth for what this is, notes of coffee that linger in your mouth and a bitterness that isnt to potent, but just enough to let the beer flow down easy enough for a heavy hitter. From what I remember from the 23%, this is much less brutal, so the complexity comes through in a more pleasant fashion.


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