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RATINGS: 2176   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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3.8
   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2226) - Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 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; Intense and very good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlasgowTAD (479) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Pours a jet black with brown head which soon disappears. Aroma is booze, malt sweetness and raisins. Taste is raisins, figs, slight dark chocolate and lots of booze. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (1050) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2015
On tap! Poured a deep dark brown hue w/ a medium creamy brown head. Moderate sweet roasty boozy aromas. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish of short duration. Tastes are maple syrup, brown sugar, fig, vanilla, mellow roast, roasted marshmallows, and earthy hops. Full bodied and warm finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1067) - , Texas, USA - APR 2, 2015
bottle thanks to springslicker - GREAT app and Palate - thick and chewy. definitely some dark fruits in the taste. great sipping stout. alcohol is noticeable but smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3133) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
(Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%)) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter. Bottled 2013. Totally black colour on the body, one finger of dark beige head, tthick and creamy, with very good retention. Medium lacing left on the glass. Aroma has alcohol, soy sauce, light vanilla, prunes, dark fruits.The alcohol overpowers everything though. Taste has lots of alcohol, sweet and boozy, port wine, molasses, prunes, dates,roasted matls on the finish, ash. Medium thick body, good carbonation, warming feeling on the body from all the alcohol. Good, needs another couple years probably.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (893) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2015
This one is a bit boozy. Brew was aprx 15 months old. Very tasty bourbony brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eachnotesecure (81) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2015
2010 bottle. Pours black as night with little to no head. Carbonation is fine though, and it tastes just like it should, super smooth. Plenty of black liquorice, caramel, chocolate and raisin. At 18%, it’s crazy how the booze are totally a non-factor, until you reach the end of the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1645) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
UPDATED: APR 7, 2015 Bouteille 12oz. Merci Amélie !!. Couleur brune foncée, presque noire, assez opaque. Arôme de chocolat, espresso, fruits macérés dans le sucre, malt. En bouche, rond, liquoreux, notes d’alcool évidemment, porto chocolaté, un peu de torréfaction, des fruits cuits, un peu de céréales cuites. Grosse beer, épaisse, forte, mais qui garde une sensualité certaine. Très bonne.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (681) - Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Black color with thin brown head. Aroma is heavy roast malt and boozy fermenting dark fruit. Flavors of chocolate, dark roast malt, very boozy. Minimal sweetness, some bitter balance and roast malt finish. The ABV takes the front seat in this beast of a beer. I enjoy barley wines, quads, strong ales, and my scotch neat, so I am enjoying this stout: If you don’t like any of those things, then you won’t enjoy this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressboxjoe (282) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Had several times but never rated. Remember once I got served a 20-oz goblet of this at a restaurant when the bartender who understood beer was not in. Bottled 1/25/14. Smells like wood, dark bread, molasses. Taste is super sweet, fizzy but full, bready and malty. Very very boozy as you would expect. I can tell it is complex but can’t exactly make out the components. Stuffed nose probably to blame. I’m gonna just drink it for a while. Maybe I’m just tired of saying prunes, dates, raspberries, blackberries.


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