kyzr (1153) - 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 (3801) - 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.
obxdude10 (2111) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.