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RATINGS: 2173   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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1242) - Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with rich tan head. Aroma is very chocolatey, roasty, rich, very hot, lots of vanilla. Taste is rich, smokey, vanilla, very hot, full bodied, rich. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1196) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2014
12oz bottle, 2008 vintage, purchased ca. 2010, don’t remember where. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, licorice, coffee, chocolate. Heavy on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, toasty, coffee, licorice, raisin, a little boozy, maybe a hint of red wine, with a sweet, raisin finish. Still a little hot after 6 years, but still very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2142) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Rich black color; Heavy slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, rich dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, & alcohol; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit (notably plums), raisons, spice, and alcohol; Warm boozy finish; Pretty complex; Intense and very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Dark black dark brown head, big rich thick head. Aroma of french roast coffee....smelled like inside of a great coffe shop. The flavor is superb. Rich thick cocoa and coffee roast. This beer is very big and rch with an alcohol warmth balalnce GREAT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with a little bit of tan head. Smells like a boozy sweet stout. Very complex flavor with chocolate, raisins, coffee and alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2419) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Thanks cards04 for this. Dark cola type body and some brown head. Combo of barley wine and imp stout. Kind of boozy but well masked considering the abv. Probably the highest abv stout I’ve had. I think. Interesting beer. Be careful with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3079) - Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
2600th review! 12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2010D. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly. This is one of the most dark fruit forward imperial stouts I have had, but it was still really well balanced. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orangesol (941) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Served on nitro-tap into a mini pint at Al’s of Hampden.

A - Pours pitch black, with a few highlights of brown, with a small film of head leaving minimal lacing down the glass.

S - Could there be any more booze in this one? A bit of roasted chocolate malt, licorice, and dark chocolate help bring some type of balance to this one. More and more booze seems to come out as it all warms up.

T - Lots of dark roasted flavors up front giving way to a bit of malty sweetness in the middle. Finish is quite hot, lingering for a very long time. Most of the flavors are similar to the nose. The initial flavors help dull the booze a bit but it is still far too overpowering.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The burn is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. It seems to just keep getting hotter and hotter as the beer comes to room temp.

D - This one is a one and done. I like this for what it is but the huge amount of booze just overpowers everything. I struggled to drink this much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerVal (6) - - AUG 27, 2014 does not count
Pours very black. Dark coffee aroma. Tastes like roasty coffee with a nice alcohol warmth on the finish. Despite the alcohol taste, I’m still surprised that this is 18%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2065) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
A fine stout which drinks like a sherry thanks to the high alcohol content. Pours black minimal tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries. Nice and chewy. Vinous flavors wrapped in chocolate with a hot finish. Good stuff.

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