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RATINGS: 2121   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).


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 2, 2003
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2003
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2003
An exceptional stout, black as night in color, much more of a head than it's 23% brother/sister, the head was tan in color & stuck around much longer than the 23%, more of the roasted flavors were present, the alcohol was masked much better, a roasted coffee aftertaste & finish, but I still think the newer 23% is a bit better, but this stout is very much right up there, an awesome stout

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Awesome. This beer distinguishes itself from other stouts, and other beers period. It's not just the strong alcohol content. It takes a few sips to "warm up" to the flavor,' but it is well worth it. The aroma sweet. It pours a nice thick black color, no head however. On the palate the beer is very complex. It's very sweet, I get a definite sugar complex, caramel, hazelnuts and more more more. This beer is great, and everyone should drink it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
deep dark body & a chocolatey coffee brownhead on top. neat! LOADED with heavily roasted barley. Hints of bitter dark chocolate And then coffee. I thought I’’d smell and taste the alcohol more, but superior balance of bittering hops and a nice full, smokey rich chocolatey roastey/burnt brew. Definitely something special. The warmth runs through your chest after a moment and you remember you’’re consuming an 18% ABV beer. Unbelieveable balance, cleans up well too.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2003
giant silky roasted choclate aroma, pours like motor oil, flavors go from roasted to licorice then choclate steps to the forefront, so sticky and strong, it burns so sweet with a bitter finish that lasts forever, this one makes me drool and makes my eyes water at the same time

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.


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