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RATINGS: 2114   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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pokey1228 (10) - USA - MAR 20, 2002
This beer is BLACK! I took a whiff of it before I sipped it, and could smell chocolate, coffee, and a nuttiness. Very little carbonation. I can’t believe that this beer has more alcohol in it than my Irish Cream -- you definately can’t tell. This is by far the finest beer that I’ve ever had. I probably wouldn’t buy it again at 7 bucks a bottle, but then again, I’m an unemployed student.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfroms (205) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (580) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
swesson (174) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2014
On tap at Parry's. Wow. Big. Amazing stout. Poured out like 10w-30 thickness. Black as night. Thin, tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and full of stouty goodness. Tastes of caramel, espresso, and pure excellence. One of my favorite new stouts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fattybladdy (497) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2014
2014 release. Black pour with highly fizzy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and dark roasted malt with detectable booziness. Taste of chocolate and dark fruit followed by vanilla with a warming boozy finish. Pretty damn good.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rejtable (1223) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Awesome. Pours pitch black with an an initial small head and zero lacing. nose is sweet syrup, molasses. Flavours show molasses, dark fruit, some roasted grain, some chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, medium bitter. Creamy almost oily mouth with lively carbonation. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (625) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 12, 2014
12oz bottle (2014) pours dark oily brown black with a finger of tan head. Nose is boozy dark fruits, raisin, bitter hershey bar. Taste is not quite as boozy as it smells, roasty bitter chocolately malts, dark fruits, plum, raisin. Finish is boozy, roasty sticky cocoa, nutty bitter chocolate, malty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (934) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
On draught at a beer dinner with Sam at Abbot’s Cellar. This was a 2005 vintage served in 2014. Wow! Deep, rich, chocolate. Massively complex and the age has made the tastes blend well. What a great dinner and this beer was the coup de grace!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mackRIS (20) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2014
On tap pours a jet black with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast, molasses. Taste is sweet caramel, coffee, roast and alcohol. Overall a great stout and beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Various vintages (vertical tasting). Summary notes below. Pours jet black, minimal and quickly dissipating head. Aroma is deep cocoa/chocolate, slight, muted coffee, molasses. Taste incorporates those elements, adds sweet caramel...like a Caramello bar to me for some reason. Overall, big and bold. Heavy on the palate. This is a sipper. Across vintages, you get more chocolate, more of the roasty/caramel notes. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (504) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2014
On tap 6oz pour. Pours a pitch black color with a thin tan head that leaves light lacing. Smells of roasted malt, boozy, chocolate, and dark fruit. Tasted the same. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with good carbonation and a dry finish. This is one of my favorites. Its very strong yet at the same time relatively smooth. Its sneaks up on you so be aware of that when you drink it. Glad I was able to have it on tap.


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