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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 releasesí 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 worldís 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).


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Man. Have I been looking for this beer for a long time? Well, since I really understood what beer was, this was on the top of my "Must Have" list. Iíve finally found it a year and a half later. Extremely dark with no head, not even a bubble came through. The nose was very sweet with fruit and wine being the most dominate. In the flavor, the nose of sweet fruit (black currant, grape, prunes) and port wine is complimented by some chocolate and malt. Curiously, I the roasted qualities common in most stouts, Imperial or otherwise, were seemingly low. Usually these are so pronouced. This time they were there, but lightly so. I really enjoyed this one very much. Thanks be to the Clark Street Ale House.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
This beer is one of the few beers that makes a personís jaw drop. Jet black in color and as thick as motor oil. The drinkablility is remarkable for a beer with 18%abv. I hear that next yearís version will be 21%abv.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2002
What a great beer. This is the perfect after dinner beer. So full in body and flavor. There are wonderful chocolate and roasted malt flavors in this beer that almost make me think of a port wine. AWSOME!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2002
What better choice for beer #666 than this work of the Devil? Pours not-quite-black, molasses-like, very still but with a tiny small-bubbling head. Aroma is certainly strong, though Iíve met stronger ones; coffee, licorice and brandy seem to dominate. Let it warm up! Flavor is what knocked me out, thick, espresso-dark chocolate, hint of orange, almonds, and roasted grain. The alcohol really doesnít taste any stronger than the usual (admittedly strong) Imperial Stout, and that is truly impressive. Hops come into play at the end, which is very smooth yet impressive and memorable. Not as sweet as I was expecting, very well-balanced. Not sure that this is any better than the vaunted Bells Expedition, or the unknown McNeills, but it is at least on the same level, and that is praise enough!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 GIBF 2003 (18.8% version): A huge crowd gathered to drink the 5 gallons that were brought to the festival. My rating this time looks like the old one, but I did notice some licorice in the aroma, and the alcohol sweetness was more than I remembered it. I'm glad that they are back to this version. Old rating, 12 OZ bottle: The beer is jet black with little carbonation. The aroma pulls no punches with its over-the-top coffee, alcohol, and chocolate malt. Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel, with a heavy roasted flavor. Hints of spices and fruits abound. The 18% ABV was very well hidden. A true masterpiece.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Jet black, explosive flavors of chocolate, coffee & soy sauce. Extremely well balanced.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Beautiful deep black and oily appearance.This thing looks thick and I havnít even tasted it yet(I canít wait),Small tan head,which isnít lasting long, which doesníty surprise me at 18%.Aroma, of port wine,fruit,chocolate,roasted malts.Extremely lightly carbonated,visually and from mouthfeel.Extremely warming alcoholic mouthfeel from start to finish and it lingers.Itís hard for me to describe the flavor Iím very overwhelmed right now, itís like theyíve combined a barley wine and Russian Imperial and then added about 10% more ABV.I almost feel like Iím not ready for this type of beer,maybe I need more training.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 28, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2002
holy god... it is dark, it is roasty, and god itís complex; hints of molassess chocolate, roasted coffee beans... the maltiness is unreal... god, this is just about the best thing Iíve ever had. kind of glides down the throat... i could go on for days. the finish is unbelievable as well... i can still taste the maple nut, chocolate molassess like goodness of this beer. I recommend this to anyone who doesnít mind shelling out 8 bucks a bottle. just unreal

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Aggressive pour yielded a waterfall of brown foam tightly guarding the opaque black beer beneath it. Head seems to last a while. Aroma is extremely complex - even with my nose well over a foot away from the glass. Aroma of root beer, coffee, roasted barley, alcohol, solvent, molasses, and sherry. Iíve been smelling this beer for over three minutes and 3/4 inch of foam remains - down from the initial 1.5 inches. Flavor is amazingly smooth, given the alcohol content. A creamy roastiness dominates followed by port tones on the exhale through the nose. As described, dark, rich, roasty and complex. Couldnít drink more than 2 in one sitting though. Heavy body as expected. Scores higher than how likely I am to drink it again, especially given the $8/12oz. price tag. But very very unique.


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