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RATINGS: 2126   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).

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/11/13. 2010 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Had this one about a week ago; from notes. A: How about that, itís not entirely pitch black. It pours a very dark red color in general. The head is one finger mocha shade with superb retention given its gravity. S: One of the most ridiculously prune-forward stouts Iíve ever encountered. This makes the dark fruit notes of BCBS and Parabola look feeble in comparison. No, it doesnít have the luscious bourbon character of those two (well, of BCBS at least), but it is backed by some rock-solid chocolate and vanilla notes. Yes, itís ridiculously sweet - at this ABV though, itís a moot point. T: Simply put, a chocolate/prune bomb. The complexity featured is solid (perhaps not as impressive as its gravity would suggest), with augmenting flavors of smoke, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. Roast notes are missing, or probably just buried beneath all of the sweetness. What ISNíT missing is the booziness...well, actually, it kind of is. Itís only really prevalent on the finish and aftertaste; I have trouble buying itís 18%. The price for that is paid by the sweetness level, but it falls short of being ridiculously cloying, thankfully. M: Creamy, thick, and super sweet. The finish dries up enough to expose some alcoholic heat on the back of the palate. Most of the heat felt from this appears on the esophagus and stomach, really. Carbonation is very low. O: This is one of those offerings I only desire to have once a year; but during that singular day out of 365, itís just really, really easy to like. Take out some of the prevalent chocolaty notes, and this could almost pass for a great port. Certainly a must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1707) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (669) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (721) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
355 mL botle. 2010 vintage. Youíd 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 itís not particularly interesting. Will have to re-rate with a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (923) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (963) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours an oily jet black in a snifter at home. Shared with Edgar. Small mocha head that didnít 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 didnít seem to balance well for me. Finish is booze and coffee. Medium to full body, mild carb. Not really for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (900) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours a deep dark opaque brown with w thin layer of toffee colored head. Aroma has a heavy booze and oak hint. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, and booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Helsdon (135) - Toronto, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
Bought this one own a whim from Beacon Hill Wine & Spirits in Boston. No idea this is 18%. Which by the way is the same alcohol content as my beloved Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Pour an inky dark with tan head that disappears quickly. Nose has, what?!? booze, roasted malt, soy sauce. Taste is intense. Booze, lots of malt, roasted and caramized, you get a bit of an alcohol mouth burn in the aftertaste with malts too of course. Why brew a beer at 18%? Because they can. Damn good reason.

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