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RATINGS: 2137   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
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 This is the 2003 batch. Pours an oily black with no head at all. Aroma of raisins and fig, with plenty of alcohol backing it up. Taste is very malty and thick, and something reminds me of chocolate covered raisins. The alcohol burns in the back of the throat, but not in a bad way. Finishes warm and sweet. Absolutely amazing. My 200th. Rerate, 2003 bottle, 09.29.05. I already said it all nearly two years ago, but WOW. So smooth, so drinkable, just plain divine.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 2001 vintage

Bottled. Thanks again to redlem for another beer! I guess this is a couple of years old now. Pours pitch black with an almost non-existent brown head. The nose is roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, and perhaps mocha. The tongue is sweet roasty bliss! Definite alcohol notes and more coffee and some dark chocolate. Finishes very smooth and with less alcohol burn than the WWS23%, obviously. Is this any better or worse than it’s brother? I would say no, but it’s defnitely as good and a little less suped up. Wonderful stuff!

2004 vintage

Bottled. Pitch black body with a small brown head. Nose is sweetened malts, alcohol, roasted malts, brown sugar, liquor and dark chocolate. Taste is much the same except adding some coffee notes to the mix. Body is strong alcohol, but is full and sticky. Finishes with more alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, and sugary notes. A powerhouse, to be sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Dark chocolate brown, almost opaque. Minimium head with some lacing. Aroma is very alcoholic and a roasted sweetness. Taste is roasted, coffee, and sweet. Alcohol prevalent on the swallow, nice and warming. Body is smooth and oily. Wish I could get this in California.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Very dark. As far as I can tell it lets no light through. Minimal brown head with associated minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Complex roasted malt aromas are dominate but the alcohol will not be denied its place in the show. Flavor is amazing. Sweetness and alcohol swirl about the palate producing a panoply of flavors. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and oily. The alcohol leaves a very pleasant numbness in the gums. This is one hell of a beer!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2003
very nice black as night color,small head that try's but fails to hang around.Sweet malty aroma with chocolate and coffee being a big part of this and the alcohol coming through loud and clear.Roasted taste with a chocolate and coffe hint and a big alcohol hit,this is a nice tasting brew but i think the alcohol kind of gets in the way of it being really decent.The after taste is roasty and chocolate and alcohol.IMO the alcohol is a bit over done and just like there 23% hard to get down without trying to force it down.Definately not a favorite of mine,but decent in it's own rite.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Thanks to jcalabre for this one. Wow, this is really something different - and special. Label wording about the "ridiculous amount of barley" does not really clue one in to what is in store, which is a ridiculous amount of sweet, complex flavors and alcohol... and I mean that in a good way. Definitely to be sipped and savored.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Very interesting stout. Its very good. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Dark and roasty and very complex. Very strong stout. Beer that warms the body. Good Winter beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Thick and black like used motor oil. Light brown head thins out but leaves a thin film the rest of the way. Huge sweet aroma like a barley wine. Roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins and coffee. This is like a cross between an Imperial and a Barley wine. Alcohol is noticable and warming. Leaves a bitter sting at the end. Not anything for the weak.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2003
This is a dark, dark brew, topped by a medium thick, brown head that leaves the glass coated in lace. What a nice aroma. It's sweet and chocolatey with notes of coffee and alcohol in every sniff. Wow, this beer has a kick. The flavor is sweet, roasty and chocolatey with an ever so slight bitterness and a kick of alcohol. One of the best tasting beers I've had the pleasure of having. This is a thick, full bodied brew that goes down smooth and warms the body. I gotta get myself another bottle or 2 or 3...DAMN! Give me all that is left!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2262) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2003
Very black in colour. Huge aroma of malt, dark chocolate, molasses and very roasty. Flavour is of deep roast, very malty, silky smooth, creamy, mocha, slightly sweet with just a touch of alcohol. Finishes with a massive roasty bitterness but very well balanced. Thanks redlem.


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