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RATINGS: 2077   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).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildbeercat (339) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottled on date reads 12/11/13; enjoyed and reviewed on 8 March 2014. 355ml bottle poured into a shaker glass; served cool. Aroma: Extreme amounts of chocolate. A little coffee, sure. This beer is more chocolate forward, though. It is like smelling a melted pool of baking chocolate. It is an abundance of chocolate and roasted-black malt. Appearance: This beer has a completely opaque, black body, but when held up to the light, has edges of a dark ruby-brown. This beer has almost no head, but does have a ring of tan foam. This beer leaves very thick lacing. Taste: This beer abounds in chocolate flavors, which range from being sweet and milky on the tip of the tongue and front-mid palate, to a gentle bitterness deep on the rear palate and throat. This beer is boozy; while the alcohol content is masked, and this beer isnít "hot", the alcohol content is obviously high. Palate: This beer is heavy and full-bodied. This beer has a silky, creamy texture. This beer has a low amount of carbonation and and long finish that ends on bitter chocolate. Overall: World Wide Stout gives Bourbon County a run for its money. While they are stylistically different, they are equally fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (585) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On draft at oscars ale house. Very dark almost black beer with a dark tan head. Aroma is rich and roasted malts with lite cherry note. The rich maltiness carries right in to the flavor with a large alcohol presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (585) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Pours jet black with small tan layer on top and no lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is the same, but not as complex as Iíd hoped. Maybe it needed to warm. Oily. Alcohol is well masked. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChattyMonk (1) - - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
I know that everyone compares it to a fine port. But the alcohol is to high. Too hot on the back of the tongue. It overpowers the raisin and date flavors. Overall. Good but not great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonutSeducer (20) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Slow sipper, jet black appearance. Raisins at first, complex notes. Very expensive but worth the purchase. I recently had it at a beer festival and it was one of the top performers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
malkyore (137) - - MAR 4, 2014
Iím drinking this pretty young, according to the bottle itís only a little over a month old. At this age itís still a great beer, itís a formidable adversary... Not a lot going on on the nose, boozy and a lot of sweet malty notes, but lacking the complexity youíd think would be present in a beer of this caliber (and cost...) taste is molasses and a touch of bitterness, maybe cold brewed coffee and a touch of smokiness like from a good scotch. Itís got a decent sweetness... Itís a good one for sure. It hides the 18% abv really well. I have another bottle, and Iím gonna age it about a year, see how that goes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krej (66) - USA - MAR 4, 2014
I just grabbed a bottle of this today. It was bottled about a month ago, so it seems pretty fresh. That said, Iím not too impressed by this. It definitely is an amazing beer, but at $12 for a 12 ounce bottle I hoped for more. There really isnít any aroma to speak of. It tastes like a nice good chocolatey stout. The alcohol is hidden nicely but it does burn your mouth a bit as you drink it. It has that real fresh stout taste that is a little weird. That said, I bought 2 bottles and a planning on aging the other. Well see how this does in about a year or so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fakebeersnob (108) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Got lucky and scored a bottle of this, Was not even on the shelves, but asked and they said they are keeping bottles for customers under the counter, by request only. Unfortunately I didnít age this, as I bet it would rate up a few ticks. Pours a dark, oily black with a dark tan head that quickly disappears. No lacing. Boozy smell. At first I thought it might be bourbon or oak aged, but it is not. It has a boozy taste, that I think aging would mellow to get that chocolate flavor. By the end, after it got that nice warm feeling, I thought I was tasting port wine. Man...I wish I aged this. I do like it. Not a favorite, but is ranked high on list, and if I can ever get a bottle again I would like to age it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
t8dd (41) - Mascoutah, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz. bottled 1/15/2014. Wow. How to even describe this... More like a liqueur than beer. Alcohol heat on the nose. Pours deep black with a dark tan head, moderate lacing. Tastes incredible, not as boozy as I had anticipated. Still a good amount of alcohol heat with dark roast, chocolate, toffee. Just so good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asvec8215 (4) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
On tap at the tap room. Pours black caramel colored head faded fast. Smells off black licorice raisins and chocolate. Taste is complex. Sweet malty and chocolatey. Damn complex stout. Highly recommended.

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