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RATINGS: 2150   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).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
miyagi701 (3) - Dyer, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2003 does not count
You can defenitly smell the alcohol in this one. Cutting into the alcohol is a nice roasty malt smell. Dark as night. What can you say about the taste except WOW! Very rich hints of chocolate and plums. Follows through nicely into the swallow without bite considering the ABV. Something you take at a sip at a time and savor each drop that you get.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Great aroma, but I feel that the 23% had better more "rich" smell. Very dark with minimal head like the 23%. Flavor is quite smooth with a chocolate covered cherry flavor. Not as acidic as the 23%. Good smooth finish. It is not as extreme as the 23% but when it comes to a beer like this I like it extreme. What would make this beer great would be some hop flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Smells of dark chocolate and alcohol. Some malt presence. The beer is intensely dark with a medium tan head. The taste is richly complex ; dark chocolate, raisons, coffee, cherries, plums and liqorice. The alcohol presence was surprisingly mello. My advice: drink slowly and savor every drop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mhanley (3) - USA - MAY 31, 2003 does not count
Oh man what a draught! You know it's special just pouring it - thick, rich, like black cream. The aroma - like barley nougat, so smooth, with a hint of hops and noticable, but quite agreeable alchohol. This is not a beer, this is in a barley nectar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
An amazing brew. The beer is amazingly smooth for a 18% beer. The palate had great persistance of flavour. If you have this beer make it a small session of beers and dont leave it to last as Duff and I found out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2003
Very sweet, port-sh nose. Lots of dark fruits and a richness not found in many beers. This is wonderful! Very drinkable with the ethanol only slightly noticeable. Not as rich in a thick-way like others (Speedway Stout), but makes up for this in complexity. Great taste and a good example.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2003
I tried the 23% at New Years and I have to say that the 18% was an order of magnitude better. Thanks to BelgianHomeBrew for this one. I usually can appreciate an imperial stout, but I actually liked this one a lot. The ABV is very apparent, but not so much as the 23%, maybe the concealment comes with age. Pours very dary with a dark tan head. Thick. Sweet aroma, plums and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and the alcohol bite is minimal, all things considered. Plums and raisins in the flavor. Overall, very tastey. I agree with chronictonic on this beer as too drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2003
Awesome. Sweet yet balanced. Flavors of vanilla, plums, currants as well as some roasty chocolate malt. Very "slick" mouthfeel. Comparable (yet smoother) to a real fine Thomas Hardy vintage. Even with the kick ass ABV, it's not really evident in the glass. Too drinkable!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
Drinking this beer on draft was a unforgettable experience. The 2002 offering was a bit sweeter than the 2001 that I sampled in the bottle. It is hard to comprehend the fact that you are drinking a beer that is 23.04 % abv. Savor it and relax in disbelief. Ruthian indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
Roasty start with a wonderful finish. This catches you off guard. It's strong. Good beer to give to the wife if you want to get her in the mood.

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