SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty sure it was the 18% version that I tried. (how can you tell?) Perhaps it was the 23% (felt like it). Overall I liked the beer. Had no idea upon purchase of the high alcohol content. Bought it cause I saw it at the local beer distributor and knew it was highly rated on this site. An alcohol nose, with all of the great stout characteristic in the mouth feel and taste. Because I wasn't aware of the high alcohol content, I was suprised when I woke up on the couch long after everyone else had disppeared. Worth a try.
kyzr (1147) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What can be said more about this beer. Great start to finish. Really opens up inside your mouth and the flavors become alive. Glad I got to taste this classic.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 I also came to this version of the World Wide Stout having had the more recent (23% ABV) before. Intense chocolate, sweet alcohol, rum (although not close to the extent of the 23% version), and some roasted coffee tones in the aroma and flavor. The feel can best be described (as many others have) as oily. The finish is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from an American IPA, for example. This thing coats your tongue and throat with an oily, creamy, silky, residue of stout goodness. Not really any hops bitterness here, unless the alcohol is covering it up. Wow, there are flavors upon flavors upon flavors in this beer that I cannot begin to describe. Wonderful!
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I came to this beer slightly differently than the many who first had the 18% and then had the 23% (the more recent version of WWS). I first had the 23% then was able to secure a bottle of the 18% (thanks BelgianHomeBrew!)... My reactions are enormously positive but I think I prefer the 23%. There is a stronger sense of this being "beer" than the deeply port-like 23%, and despite the lack of head (you don't expect one on a beer of this strength) there was distinctive carbonation in the mouth. Wondrous complexity of flavors--grape (here, too, port-like), coffee, smoke, strongly roasted. Oh wonderful! Massively warming, strangely drinkable, very compelling. Now, is it better than the 23%? Not to my taste. Would I rather put this, or any part of Nicole Kidman's anatomy (her choice), in my mouth? I'll still take Nicole (but that's an unfair comparison, of course, because I'll take her over any beer). But, a pinnacle beer experience it remains....
consumer558 (1) - USA - FEB 23, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is a very strong stout, however, the flavor is has a hint of coffee. The texture of the beer is defined as "oily" and a strong taste remains in your mouth even after you have finished the last gulp. This beer is now a mainstay in my refrigerator.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is very strong beer. very strong. i accidently spilled about 1oz and could smell it on the floor. i had a single tooth bottle opener and ripped the cap up trying to get it off. when i poured it i noticed the coffee brown head first. it dissipated pretty quickly. the first sip hit me in the head harder than a shaolin priest. i thought "what a flavorful...AAAGGGHH!!!!" i stared at the black beauty in awe. it was almost like drinking a brick. i let a friend try it and he said the flavor wouldn't stop. he seemed to like it as well. it was very thick and got a bit sticky when it dried. i get the feeling it would be great to cook with, but i dont know any beer recipies. the last half of the bottle was actually a bit of a chore to take. the alcohol began to show more, but i wouldn't have thought it was quite this high in ABV. it left me a bit dumbstruck, and i may sleep very well. i was thinking of aging a bottle along with a fifth of old school barley wine. we'll see.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown to black in color with a bit of a khaki head that dissapates quickly into a ring of various sized bubbles. Roasty/sweet/vinous aroma with alcohol on the swirl or agitation. A load of milk chocolate aroma, burnt fruit (prunes, blackberries), and notes of rum, smoke, earthiness, and coffee. Pretty sweet in flavor (not as sweet as the 23%) and a smoothness only comparable to a warm bowl of chocolate ganache. Way more "beer like" than the 23%, where the alcohol and sweetness is kept in better check. Definitely a great beer.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The high alcohol content is incredibly well handled, I can't wait to try the 23. Wonderfully roasty with a great hop presence. Nothing is small about this beer.