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RATINGS: 2115   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).


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2003
The first flavor is a rather unappealing ultra-sweet hershey"s chocolate syrup. But the beer gets better. The flavor develops into remarkable complexity: rich chocolate, toffee, coffee, tar, molasses, leather and major tobacco. This reminds me of a cross between Bell"s and Le Coq. Or maybe just a palatable Le Coq. Aroma is very dark stewed fruits. Alcohol is present, but managed nicely. Quite something, but simply too sweet for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Mocha beer milk shake.Darkest colored head I have ever seen.Alcohol aroma but well hidden when drinking.Amazing viscosity.I dont think I could ever finish two of these.I havent even finished it yet and its snokering me.Thanks Hopscotch.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Re-rate: Tried again, only this time at $7.95. Still couldn't stand it. ANYONE who says they don't notice the alcohol is a freebasing crack addict. Yes, it's well hidden, but common...to say you don't notice it is crazy. Very thick, very black, very strong Vodka overtones at first followed by sweet molassas, chocolate and vanilla and prune-like flavors. The alcohol is well masked, but its still too much for me. Unbelieveably smooth for such a powerful beer. Don't think I'd ever buy again for $9.75 a bottle, but what can you do when to only greedy bastard in town is selling it for this. You must try at least once.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2004 (from the bottle at Clark Street Ale House in Chicago) Black as night. Almost no head. Rich, complex aroma, to match the taste. Very complex taste--reminded me of an aged red wine (not in flavor but complexity). Didn't taste the alcohol. Outstanding.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Pours just like Bells Expedition. I was completely caught off guard by its drinkability and the well hidden alcohol. Best stout ive had yet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2002
Black, totally opaque, leaving a brown colour on the glass. The head is disapearing quickly. Strong aroma of peat, smoke and alcohol. Flavour of coffee liqueur, quite heavy. Persistence of coffee in the finish. An heavy but interesting beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2002
dark black colour, almost no foam, aroma of black chocolate, toasted and very powerfull, oily and sweet with a very long bitter finish, strong reminiscence of chocolate and prune. Whow, this is a fantastic beer !

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2002
This beer has a very nice, intense, black colour with a short head which quickly disappears. It is very complex: very thick, very powerful, chocolate, notes of orange and alcohol, burnt almond, mocha. Very swet and very long aftertaste. A great brew !

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 So, I tried this head to head with the 23%. This beats it upside the head. This time, I noticed a bit more vinousness, but not the chocolate. Age has mellowed this nicely. Not changing the actual numbers, because they match the originals very closely. Original: When I poured this, I was amazed...it poured like maple syrup. Its that thick. Jet black. No real head. Smells like soy sauce. Very chocolatey to start with. Gets sweeter as it warms. Pleasant throughout. Got slightly acidic near the end, but not like some beers of this style. The 18% is hidden amazingly well. Compliments to Dogfish Head on making such an intriguing beer. Now, to get my hands on the 23%...

4.3
   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, it’s 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 I’ll 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.


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