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RATINGS: 2115   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).

JLAudio's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 This beer poured somewhat thinner than I expected and had absolutely zero head which I was dissapointed with. It was slightly carbonated at first, just enough, and stayed consistant throughout. The aromas of chocolate, raisins, and roasted nuts were quite nice. The flavor was good, but I didn’t think it was as balanced as it could have been. There was an overlying sweetness that I didn’t exactly agree with, as it was actually cloying at times. The flavors though were very complex and delicious otherwise. The alcohol was definitley hidden well, for 18%. A sipping stout for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tantore (11) - 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 (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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (588) - 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

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fattybladdy (498) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (628) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (941) - 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!!

   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.

   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.

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