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RATINGS: 2167   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).


4.9
   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 (3004) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2002
gorgeous stuff. pours dark with no head. little carbo. prune like sweetness with lots of chocolate and esspresso. lovely tongue coating mouthfeel. smooth for its strength. 18% and still tastes like beer. excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Fine roasty, sweet, estery aroma...Color is a brown/black with a thin but tight creamy mocha head---wispy lace...Flavor is malty sweet with light coffee tones, with vanilla and molasses notes as well...The smooth, substantial body feels lighter than it really is...and then there is that vanilla-extract-alcohol burn...Yeah! Very tasty, nicely balanced, strong medicine...Iíll like this stuff even better in December, methinks!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2002
A world classic. Flavor is rich grape and plum flavor which finishes into chocolate. Very fruity for a beer this thick. Body is almost tar-like, headless. Finish is what impresses me most--the huge abv is almost non-present (though my body could certainly feel it, my palate could not). An amazing essay in balance from a brewery that never ceases to amaze with its innovation. Among the best in the US.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Adequate vinous Imperial aroma of vanilla bean, rich chocolate, similar to chocolate pudding, caramel, concord, grape, rum, plum, and subtle coffee. Sadly no burnt charcoal. Instead, roastiness is the main theme here. Palate is very average for me. Complex flavors of dark cherry, rich chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, tropical fruit (alcohol soaked fruit) and mild hop/sharp alcoholic finish. Luckily there are some burntly butter/charcoalish notes in the finish. The sticky feel left me licking my lips. Gotta love a beer that leaves you with a chocolate mustache! Left me with NO buzz, just a head change.

Post 2004 bottlings sorely suffer from overt sweetness, prickly carbonation that quickly falls out of suspension, flabby fruitiness, no depth of malt, etc. I vividly recall loving this, but as with many of DH beers, such is no longer the case.


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