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RATINGS: 2128   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).


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Rating #1000. Bottle sent to me by odeed a while back. Bottled on 10/29/05. Pours somewhat thick and very black with a quickly dissipating, effervescent tan head. Sweet roasted malt nose with a lot of plum notes and some coffee. Thick mouth feel. Roasty to the point of almost tasting smokey. Thick and sweet with molasses flavors and lots of alcohol. Dark fruits are everywhere; plums and raisins mostly and some licorice as it warms. The alcohol and sugars linger a bit at the end.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orangesol (748) - 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.

3.7
   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%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1735) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (675) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2014
On tap @ The Yard. Pours inky coal black with thin mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty malt with huge notes of sweet molasses, port, rum, candi sugar, soy sauce, and big dark fruits - plums, raisins. Taste is likewise: thick syrupy malt, big dark chocolate malt, raisins, port, molasses, and brown sugar. Truly huge beer, with plenty of complexity to match the big abv. Very impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (744) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours a deep reddish brown, lots of tan head. Aroma boozy, raisins, cognac. Body bites, prunes, apricots, candi sugar. Woof, yes. Relatively smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1866) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
355 mL botle. 2010 vintage. You’d think this one would age better. Alcohol sharpness is gone, but so are any subtleties this beer may have once had. Except the soya sauce. It is still large, but it’s not particularly interesting. Will have to re-rate with a fresher bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (928) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle. The aroma is dark fruit, sweet and boozy. The taste has a lot of plum in it, a nice sweetness to it. Has a lot of characteristics of an olde ale to me. Very solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ret12 (452) - Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours an opaque black, smells of dark fruit and alcohol. Very warming in the back end with a dark fruit/caramel front.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (971) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours an oily jet black in a snifter at home. Shared with Edgar. Small mocha head that didn’t last long. Strong aroma of coffee, cocoa nibs, and dark chocolates. Heavy malt presence. The taste is super dark chocolate, coffee bean, slight vanilla, booze and more booze. It had a little metallic taste to it and for some reason didn’t seem to balance well for me. Finish is booze and coffee. Medium to full body, mild carb. Not really for me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mark_Eck (655) - - JUL 24, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts and some alcohol. Taste is amazing with large sweetness followed my medium bitterness accompanied by warming alcohol.


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