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RATINGS: 2198   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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).

DavefromChicago's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Beer extract? Beer syrup? What is with Imperial stout, and why are otherwise sensible beer drinkers raving about it? What is the history of Imperial stout? Wasn’t it called RUSSIAN Imperial stout, and don’t the Russians also drink sterno and jet fuel? Was it not created as a preservable brew that can withstand adverse conditions and sit endlessly in the hold of a ship? Sorta like astronaut food, eh…? Does anyone actually crave astronaut food when they’re not floating in outer space? Should I drink this stuff or keep it on my condiment shelf and use it as a flavoring agent, gravy thickener, and conversation piece? I understand that beer fanatics, just like gourmets and oenophiles, become bored with familiar tastes and are continually craving something different, but I wonder if a line is being crossed when beer becomes a thick, black, nearly uncarbonated syrup. Dogfish Head specializes in breaking the mold, shocking the bored, delighting the prurient cravings of beer fanatics. So, anyway, I had the bottle sitting around for months. I looked at it once in awhile, held it in my hand and examined the label…read a few reviews, here and there - always ravingly positive. Finally opened the damn thing. It pours espresso black. Bready, doughy aromas with coffee, dried cherries, chocolate and some whiskeyish notes. Mild hop presence. Sweet flavored and syrupy - but with a nice mouthfeel, gently carbonated. Lotsa coffee and burnt toast, licorice accents and some alcohol burn. Finishes bitter and somehow clean, despite the massive flavor which has preceded. Makes a nice, after dinner sipping drink, though 12 ozs is too much of such a sweet beverage. Very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiery_1 (314) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2016
2004 bottle @ Alex’s. Nose is a ton of malts and a hint of soy. Flavour is yum yum smooth here, which gives it some serious chocolate and raisin flavor, but it is really expertly brewed and the malt doesn’t taste hot and I didn’t detect any off flavors at all. Decadent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (922) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
Tasting at Alex’s. 12 fl oz bottles (thx, Alex!). Vintage 2004. Aroma is sweet, liquorice, leather, dark fruits. Taste is pretty the same, very complex. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dutchbeerpages (2294) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2016
What a beautiful beer. Very strong, very port like, sweetness and bitterness. Very longlastting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4227) - NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Dark pour. Aroma of red fruit, subtle booze, port wine and some roast. Rich smooth taste of red fruit, warming booze, malt, subtle roast and a long finish. This is like a port wine beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (907) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2016
2013 bottle. An extreme beer that’s big in just about every way. At 18%, it’s something you pretty much have to share with a friend, even in a 12oz bottle. There’s an absolute ton of malt here, which gives it some serious chocolate and raisin flavor, but it is really expertly brewed and the malt doesn’t taste hot and I didn’t detect any off flavors at all. Decadent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ametras (1347) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2016
[2013] 12oz bottle. Pitch black with a thin foamy tan head. Flavors are roasted cereals, caramel, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, licorice, alcohol and dark fruits. Full body, soft carbonation, syrupy texture. Surprisingly drinkable considering the ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Bouteille ŕ 18% abv (2004?). Nez de malt rôti, de chocolat noir, de mélasse, d’alcool liquoreux, légčrement fruité assez boisé (prunes, léger de raisins, notes de figues) avec des notes fumées, de sucre brun, de réglisse noire, de café et de vanille. Trčs ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas et une texture crémeuse et liquoreuse. Goűt fruité boisé (prunes, raisins, léger de figues, notes de cerises), de vanille avec des notes de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goűt amer de malt rôti, de chocolat noir et de mélasse sucrée (léger de caramel toffee sucré et notes de sucre brun) parallčlement ŕ un goűt d’alcool moyen-fort trčs liquoreux et réchauffant (ŕ la limite du brűlant) ainsi qu’un léger goűt de café noir et de houblon herbeux et le tout sur un fond de notes de malt fumé. Arričre-goűt long, amer d’alcool, de rôti, de chocolat, de café et de houblon avec un goűt fruité (moűt de raisins et de prunes). [notes 2006]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6106) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
12 oz bottle shared by DCLawyer, thanks Jason! Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, licorice, roast. Tastes of dark chocolate, booze, roast, more booze. Full body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (685) - HUNGARY - FEB 5, 2016
Tükörsima, hab nélküli főzet pokolfekete színben, amelynek csak a legfelső rétegén, a pohár falához legközelebb lévő pár milliméternyi gyűrűjén hatol át a fény. Érett, komplex aromákkal bír, valóban közeli rokonság jelei sejlenek fel valamely testes vörösborral illatai tekintetében. Quadrupelesen diós, tömött illatjegyek egy intenzív, fás-hordós karakterrel, valamint édeskés, szinte sziruposan édes gabonás hangulatokkal. A desszertszerű szálak tovább szövődnek aztán ízében is, konyakmeggy, zserbó, cukrozott kávé és rumos csokoládé képe rajzolódik ki monumentális jelleggel, a szerkezet azonban valahogy túlságosan is sima és már-már sterilbe hajló, annyira csendes a karakter. Az idő vélhetően megtette hatását, a palack ugyanis már nem mai darab, a komponensek így tökéletesen összeértek, egymásba forrtak, a letisztult és zavartalan környezetben pedig egyszerűen lehetetlen megállapítani, mennyire erős itallal van dolgunk, már ami az alkoholfok mértékét illeti, az ugyanis tökéletesen belesimul az egyébként is kiugrásmentes szerkezetbe. Sötét és gazdag, mély és intenzív főzet, pont olyan, amilyennek egy nagynevű imperial stoutnak lennie kell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroadestTom (394) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Aroma chocolate, alcohol, grapes, Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam, Taste medium sweetness, heavy sweetness, Palate medium body, Overall this beer tastes every bit of 18%. There is way too much alcohol in the taste for me. I got a 5oz. pour and that was more than enough for me. I would not suggest this beer to a friend.

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