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RATINGS: 2121   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).

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 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 (939) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mark_Eck (515) - - 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 (840) - 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 (131) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8024) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle. Backlog. No label taken. Pours tar black. Nose/taste of port wine, strong alcohol soaked chocolate, vanilla, roast and coffee. Thick. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (145) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle pour, black body, graham colored head. Aroma is raisin, roasty malt, booze. Taste is raisin, plum, molasses, palate is thick, moderate carbonation. Beer is quite sweet, how much barley did they use to get 18% and still leave thus much sugar?! Finish is at least a bit bitter. Booze is prominant. This pushes too sweet very close, just bitter enough to skirt that, barely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tantore (13) - Alabama, USA - JUL 12, 2014
I really like this. The nose has chocolate, plums, bourbon and yeast. The palate is the star with a little bit of carbonation, oak, chocolate, vanilla and nothing out of place. Glides out of the palate like a pro. Delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfroms (216) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle, 2005. Pours near black, no head. Aroma is prunes, bourbon, soy, black chocolate, cherry, oak, some complex brandy-like heat. Taste is impressively drinkable sweet bitter chocolate and bourbon. Coffee, prunes, oak. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (612) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
12oz bottle - pours jet black with thick tan head . Dark cocoa and dark fruit aroma . Taste brings coffee , cocoa , hints of oak , licorice and lots of warming alcohol . Outstanding . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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