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RATINGS: 2183   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Pours a deep black color with some reddish hues. Almost no head that doesn't last anyways and has zero lacing. Aroma is malt, malt and more malt, some raisin and licorice. Taste is much of the same with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Body is quite heavy. This is much better at room temperature than even slightly chilled. Alcohol is much less apperent at warmer temperatures. Overall, a very nice beer, much better than most super high ABV beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
haddon90 (1566) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Deep black pour with a slim, thin tan head. Thick aroma. Licorice, malty, chocolate, among other things. Nice flavor. Lots of malt, alcohol, sweet. Lighter then the 23%. Very flavorful, great taste!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Aroma of licorice, some roast malt and molasses. I also get the alcohol in the aroma. Dark opaque has a small tan head that lingers. Huge malt with chocoalte and some roasted malt flavors. The malt flavor is not syrupy sweet because the alcohol content helps thin the beer. I can definately tell it has a high alcohol content but would never have guessed it to be close to 19%. This is an excellent and very flavorful beer. I have to rate this right up there with Sam Smih's Imperial but on a different level. Tidiaguy I couldn't wait till Christmas eve I had to try it tonight!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 Nice black pour with almost no carbonation. Malty, chocolate and dried fruit. This stuff is a monster for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2003
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 2003: Near black body, small brown head, burnt fruit nose with banana notes. Nose is less sweet and less alcoholic than 2002 vintage - a good thing. Flavor is far better than 2002, with roasty malts, banana, rum, coffee, molasses and a hint of chocolate. Slight bitterness in the finish, with sweet banana. Nice mouthfeel, and alcohol is far less prevalent than 2002. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Much better flavor than the 23%. However You still have to swish this one around in your mouth a little to get used to the taste. This is a lot like a port wine in many aspects. I detected subtle hints of raisons, and maybe plums? More carbonation than the 23%, but it still dissapates just as quickly. Much effort went into the making of this stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Thick black opaque pour, very little fizz and minimal foam. Intense dark malty aroma, dark fruits: raisins, cherries prunes, molassses, port, obvious alcohol content. Sweet thick palate, licorice, cassis, burnt raisin bread. Thick and syrupy right through to the aftertaste with an impressive growing alcohol warmth. Finishes more like a port. While I thought it was a great beer, it loses marks for drinkability because I had a hard time finishing it. Oh for the 7 oz bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Courtesy of From The Vine in Lewis Center, OH. 2003 Bottle: Pours a viscous black color with a thin milk chocolate-brown head. Very little head retention and thin lacing. Powerful alcohol in the nose right off the bat, with a nice underlying roasted malt and chocolate character. The body is big and rich, with a complex blend of chocolate, malt, coffee and plum in the flavor. The finish is where the light alcohol burn reminds you it hasn't gone anywhere since the initial whiff. There is some bitter coffee in the finish as well. Overall this is a really good Imperial that will be fantastic if aged a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5646) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Welcome, one and all, to Suttree's first ever live beer tasting! Starting with aroma - first is the mere-ist whiff of alcohol, then a big chocolate fudge aroma, witha a hint of smoke. Appearance? Black, with ever so slight red hi-lites. What head is there is goes away quickly. Ahh, time to describe the flavor - Well, to start, there is the aforementioned fudge - thick and chocolately. Then some fruit, like plums and sherry. Familiar flavors of red wine and port pop up, some, to. Cakey flavors - vanilla and chocolate - are there, as well. it finishes with a hint of crispness, but not particularly dry. Continuing on - as it warms, earthy, but still mellow, tastes of caramel and toffee and espescially molassess begin to assert themselves. There is also a touch of honey, but the chocolate fudge flavor is the real flavor here. Eventually, a few coffee flavors come through. The palate is rich and what I expect from an Imperial. I can't remember what I rated the 23%, but i like this better. It kinda makes the 23 look like a parlor trick - "Look how high we can get the alcohol!" - but this is a real beer, well made and complex. Yes, it is that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Had from bottle - 2003 release
The beer pours with no head or lacing and a strong aroma of alcohol and malt. Appearance is a very dark red. Taste is very sweet, syrupy with a strong flavoring of alcohol not masked very well. An enjoyable beer, but you really can't have too much as I had to split this one with a friend.

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