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RATINGS: 2077   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).


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mhanley (3) - USA - MAY 31, 2003 does not count
Oh man what a draught! You know it's special just pouring it - thick, rich, like black cream. The aroma - like barley nougat, so smooth, with a hint of hops and noticable, but quite agreeable alchohol. This is not a beer, this is in a barley nectar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
An amazing brew. The beer is amazingly smooth for a 18% beer. The palate had great persistance of flavour. If you have this beer make it a small session of beers and dont leave it to last as Duff and I found out.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2003
Very sweet, port-sh nose. Lots of dark fruits and a richness not found in many beers. This is wonderful! Very drinkable with the ethanol only slightly noticeable. Not as rich in a thick-way like others (Speedway Stout), but makes up for this in complexity. Great taste and a good example.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2003
I tried the 23% at New Years and I have to say that the 18% was an order of magnitude better. Thanks to BelgianHomeBrew for this one. I usually can appreciate an imperial stout, but I actually liked this one a lot. The ABV is very apparent, but not so much as the 23%, maybe the concealment comes with age. Pours very dary with a dark tan head. Thick. Sweet aroma, plums and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and the alcohol bite is minimal, all things considered. Plums and raisins in the flavor. Overall, very tastey. I agree with chronictonic on this beer as too drinkable.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2003
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!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
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%.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2003
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2003
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.


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