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RATINGS: 2130   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 15/20
Lukaduke (2181) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 4, 2014
2006 vintage from notes. Thick black color with slight ring of foam. Lots of sweet cola, raisin, cocoa, vanilla bean, licorice... thick viscous mouthfeel. Good balance of roast, sweetness and booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (354) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2014
From bottle, Pours opaque black with a beige head and lots of lacing. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Taste is the same, sweet, with a sweet finish. A bit too sweet, but otherwise rich and complex. Full mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer. However, there are others I like better for significantly less than the $10 a bottle this one cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (411) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a chunky deep brown color with a thin light brown head. Aroma is boozy, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits. Flavor is molasses, sweet, roasted malts. Big body with a lot of Bourbon booze character. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (375) - - APR 29, 2014
Aroma Is yeast, coffee, peat, sugar/ molasses. Dark black color, white head. Taste is coffee, cream, touch of fruit. ..maybe black cherry. Finish is tart, vinegar like. Alcohol presence is very strong. Feel us light and thin for such a dark beer. Carbonation is very light. Interesting stout. Not my favorite, but worth keeping around for its uniqueness. Lost Head to head with Founders Breakfast Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2014
Notes from back in February - Ap - 4 - dark brown black color thats almost opaque, with no head and sparse lacing Ar - 9 - super roasty , alcohol, dark fruits, coffee, espresso, bourbon. T - 9 - same as the smell pretty much, roasty, dark fruits, coffee, bourbon. P - 4 - A little thinner than I’d like but okay for the ABV. Alc flavor is there but it’s still super smooth. Aftertaste is roasty, coffee, bourbon. T - 18/20- Great beer, a little heavier on the alcohol than I’d want but who can complain with this ABV. They did an awesome job, like they usually do with darker/maltier brews, i wish they’d make more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2148) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Spab (2388) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours a very dark brown with lasting tan head. Aroma is roasty and sweet with coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and whiskey. Flavour is perfectly balanced between roastiness and sweetness with cocoa, coffee, dark tree fruit/red grape, molasses and whiskey. There’s some mild alcohol warmth in there, but you’d never guess that it packs an 18% punch. Lovely, silky mouthfeel. Extremely impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2321) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle, thanks Craig. Black with tan head. Aroma of licorice, molasses. Taste of rich licorice, tobacco, molasses. Sweet and bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1207) - SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Opaque, dark brown and thinest sticking ring. Earthy rich liquiroice, raisins. Odd cleansing richness, loose boozey burn. Middling roast, more oaky and sweet than full on complexity. This made the ABV more impressive than anything as it passed through. Finished lightly sweet, soily.

Bottle, CAGarvieUK cave

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tfelts07 (6) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2014 does not count
Dark color with a creamy head but damn the taste is awesome and the taste is great something you must try ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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