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RATINGS: 2076   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 releasesí 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 worldís 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).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Rerate: 10/15/07 from a four year old bottle. Aging is what it took to mellow this beast (which is really a barley wine not an IS. Give it time and it improves vastly. Original rating: Is it big? Yep. Is it complex? Yep. Is it unique? Of course, itís a Dogfish Head beer. But none of that means that it is necessarily a pleasant drinking experience. Super sweet up front with a treacly yet bitter note on the syrupy aftertaste makes this one that Iíll not soon return to. Yes I like malty/sweet beers, but this is ridiculous. Mad flavors of medicine, herbs, and many others too numerous to mention (though little coffee and no chocolate) make this one just too much to digest. I much prefer the superior Immort Ale. That said my wife really liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
nevditz (16) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 19, 2002
quite tasty, but a bit syrupy. probably the best tasting alcohol iíve had, but just too much of it in a bottle. 1/3 of a bottle is enough

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Not your fatherís imperial stout. Sweet! In fact it doe not taste like any stout I have had before. More like barley wine than stout to me. Like a Trappist Ale mated with a Guiness. Stong alcohol flavor and tastes a tad like cough medicine. Syrupy feeling in mouth. I would only drink this with food, especially cheeses. Not sure whether this is the 18% or 23% since the bottle does not state. Paid $7.99 at Samís in Chicago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Nice stout, although it was a little too sweet for my taste. Kindaí pricey too....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Dark black, You can taste chocolate, coffee cyrstal malt. I can smell hops and slightly taste hops, but the malt flavors are the most memorable. Itís a great brew and its hard to believe its 18%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Beer extract? Beer syrup? What is with Imperial stout, and why are otherwise sensible beer drinkers raving about it? What is the history of Imperial stout? Wasn’t it called RUSSIAN Imperial stout, and don’t the Russians also drink sterno and jet fuel? Was it not created as a preservable brew that can withstand adverse conditions and sit endlessly in the hold of a ship? Sorta like astronaut food, eh…? Does anyone actually crave astronaut food when they’re not floating in outer space? Should I drink this stuff or keep it on my condiment shelf and use it as a flavoring agent, gravy thickener, and conversation piece? I understand that beer fanatics, just like gourmets and oenophiles, become bored with familiar tastes and are continually craving something different, but I wonder if a line is being crossed when beer becomes a thick, black, nearly uncarbonated syrup. Dogfish Head specializes in breaking the mold, shocking the bored, delighting the prurient cravings of beer fanatics. So, anyway, I had the bottle sitting around for months. I looked at it once in awhile, held it in my hand and examined the label…read a few reviews, here and there - always ravingly positive. Finally opened the damn thing. It pours espresso black. Bready, doughy aromas with coffee, dried cherries, chocolate and some whiskeyish notes. Mild hop presence. Sweet flavored and syrupy - but with a nice mouthfeel, gently carbonated. Lotsa coffee and burnt toast, licorice accents and some alcohol burn. Finishes bitter and somehow clean, despite the massive flavor which has preceded. Makes a nice, after dinner sipping drink, though 12 ozs is too much of such a sweet beverage. Very warming.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Perfeaction in a bottle. as i am typing this i am smashed after having a few of these. the aroma was a bit too much like liquor but everythnig else about it was great. excellent anytime of the year

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
9/14/02: Aroma was an infusion of port & coffee and chocolate..with a smidgen of sun-dried raisin..18%?..Dizzamn... smooth as silk with sweetness gripping onto the tongue and piercing it with raisin sweetness, a tad licorice..very warming...hell its 18%.. Re-rate 01í edition drank 12/01/02: So soothing..chocolatey, vinous in a non-tannic way..This is by far..Imperial stout..at its freakiní best!!..no doubt..none at all...canít wait to try the new 23% one..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2002
An enormous aroma entrances all those who come close. Extremely thick in the mouth. Nothing small about the taste, so many flavours come together: soy, raisins, chocalate, roasted nuts, deep black coffee, vanilla, licorice/fennel - the balance between such flavours is truly unqiue and amazing. A very special beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2002
Looks like tar when you pour it into a glass. Hard to believe its 18%ABV. Very smooth and drinkable, very sweet and heavy mouthfeel (lots of roasty malt flavours), pretty dangerous stuff i reckon, not as good as all the hype, but still an amazing little brew.

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