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RATINGS: 2176   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).


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jc1762 (151) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2015
Poured from a 2014 bottle into a teku glass showing it to be very light bodied, opaque black with a finger of latte brown foam. The nose shows a lot of dark roasted malts and coffee bean. A certain brightness in the aroma reminiscent of oak or wood. The palate is full bodied and somewhat oily with an aggressive carbonation. The alcohol is quickly apparent and very strong. The alcohol burn lasts the entire time on the palate. Unfortunately it dominates most of the tactile sensation making it hard to concentrate on the other dark flavors of the beer. These flavors are mostly roasted malts and some espresso flavors. I’d say give it at least 3-5 years to age - the alcohol is too strong and makes the beer too spicy to drink at this point.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WABeerFiend (304) - - JAN 22, 2015
Bottled 02.11.13. Poured from a 12 oz into a chalice on 01.12.15. A: Toffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and caramel. All flavors merge together. A: 1/4 finger light tan fluff that recedes quickly. Midnight black body with no red in the glass. T: Cherry, chocolate, and caramel dominate. A slight roastiness and slight bitter dark chocolate (both on the back end) are subtle. P: It’s thin for a stout. There are a lot of bubbles in the middle and back end. O: The alcohol heat is not hidden very well, even for 15 to 20%. It has a cherry cola quality, including the mouthfeel. Overall, I don’t know what the fuss is about this one. There are many better stouts out there.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Sampled in 2011, this was bottled on November of 2009, so it’s had a couple years to mature. It pours black with a very thin tan head that disappears instantly. Aromas of alcohol, wood, dark fruits, and coffee. Tastes sweet with molasses, brown sugar, liquor, wood, and raisin. Surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer. It has qualities similar to a glass of port or an aged fine liquor-- only on a roasty backdrop of malt. This is a special beer—potent, complex, and delicious. An enjoyable dessert beer that should be savored on a special occasion.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamT (237) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
12oz bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake Va compliments of Zizzybalubba. Yellow stamp on bottle says ?/25/14. Midnight black hue, zero visibility with light khaki creamy head. Good lacing. Strong booze, licorice, dark malt, dark fruit, red berry aromas. Booze and malt taste from start to finish. Creamy mouthfeel, burns when going down. It gives you a good buzz, but is a little harsh going down.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (223) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Had this one yesterday night as a warmer after spending the day outside in the snow storm. It was my 4th experience with this beer and it was a total different thing than what I was used to. Bottle has no date stamp on it and a yellow/green-ish cap. 2009 bottle I think. This beer had a surprising brwon colour and was only on the alcohol side, in an opposite way than the complexe coffee, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses flavours I previously had with the other bottles I bought in the same 4-pack. Was this one a bad bottle? I still must this beer a good rating because it is a great one. The bottle I had yesterday is not a good reference point but still, one bad bottle out of 4 is a high ratio and this is the reason I give this beer an overall appreciation of 16/20.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (2726) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle by Cuso, thanks! 2005 bottle, aged for 9+ years, incredible! Aroma rich malty, warming, coffee, chocolate, raisins. Pitch colour. Taste can be described same as aroma. Quite warming. Very good and better yet when considering age.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MisoW (2173) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle shared by Cuso, many thanks. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of cherries, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, some green apples. Taste is sweet, medium bitter, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, warming alcohol, plums, cherries. Nice warming sweet taste of cherries and alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkleu357 (527) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Sweet hoppy smell. Has hints of that typical dogfish head aroma. Medium thick body. Black in color. Fairly light tasting. Can tell it’s high in alcohol. Some roasted taste. Sweet and very smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 17, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Jet black with moderate head that quickly dissipated. Huge boozy aromas on the nose. Smells sweet with dark fruits. Flavor is similar. This thing is massive in the fruity sweetness. Honestly, it's a bit much. I understand it's that intense to provide cover for the alcohol (which is still quite present and deep, though never obnoxious), but I think it's a bit overwhelming. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, with a hop burn but not much bitterness. This just doesn't feel like a finished product to me. I would love to age this for a few years and revisit.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (1374) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle, picked up somewhere in the US, can’t remember where. Jet black, big brown head which disappeared fairly smartish. Looks nice. Big, boozy, quite sweet and malty. Unfortunately the booze rather overpowers everything else and it just tastes a bit one dimensional. Burns. All in, ok.


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