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RATINGS: 2137   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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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (606) - Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Smells of malt, alcohol, and maybe some chocolate. BLACK in color. Tastes very sweet, almost winey, with a big bite on the finish. Rating this highly more on its sheer awesomeness as opposed to my personal enjoyment of it.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barrelbelly (642) - BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
Pitch black, small head. Chocolate, coffee aroma. Taste coffee, chocolate, high alcohol and whisky like finish. Great complexity.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abio (1616) - Waasland, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
6y old bottle. Pitch black in the glass good head. A bit hard to smell, but a nice balanced sweet bitter tast. Roasted malts and chocolate. Like it. While warming the alcohol gets more in front.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
The aroma contained notes of dark fruits (dates, plums) but also tobacco, vanilla, and wine. The flavor was similar - and highly comparable to a port wine, except with a much drier finish that makes it much much more enjoyable than some cloying ports. This beer makes me want to throw my entire collection of port and madeira and replace it with this - the first truly high powered sipping beer that you can savor all the way through. Slight head that dissipated quickly - but a definite mild carbonation. Very black in color. Main drawback - a beer this huge should come in 9oz bottles. One 12oz of this will knock you back. Draught addendum - still everything I remember it as. Rich and complex with vanilla and pipe tobacco notes. Draught version is really no different than bottled - for one, it is not carbonated.<P> Update for the 2003 version - I assume its the new 18.8% 2003 beer as it contains no reference to Vim and Vigor on the label at all. My notes: Room temp from a wine glass. This is not similar to the original 18% beer, it still has many of the sweet roasted malt overtones but is markedly less sweet, with a new licorice flavor dominating up front. Licorice and maple are present in the nose. The beer is overall less roundly sweet than the original 18% beer and serves less well as a replacement to port/dessert wine. Both stronger bitterness and alcohol reduce the sweet front of the beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (855) - Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with rich tan head. Aroma is very chocolatey, roasty, rich, very hot, lots of vanilla. Taste is rich, smokey, vanilla, very hot, full bodied, rich. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1158) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2014
12oz bottle, 2008 vintage, purchased ca. 2010, don’t remember where. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, licorice, coffee, chocolate. Heavy on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, toasty, coffee, licorice, raisin, a little boozy, maybe a hint of red wine, with a sweet, raisin finish. Still a little hot after 6 years, but still very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Aroma: intense - massive malt, touch of soy; palate: sweet, flavours of Tibetan butter tea, sweet milk chocolate, and just plain silky sweet malt. And most importantly in the superheavyweight division, it actually tastes like beer. What a concept. This release scored a 4.7 overall rating. 2003 release: Hotter, stiffer, more oily than the 2001. The fatness of malt just isn’t there, and complexity is lacking. Still tasty, but to me a step down even from 2002 let alone 2001. Get that original one if you’re seeking WWS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
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 booze finish; Pretty complex; Overall, the alcohol can be a bit much at times - but still a very good brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Dark black dark brown head, big rich thick head. Aroma of french roast coffee....smelled like inside of a great coffe shop. The flavor is superb. Rich thick cocoa and coffee roast. This beer is very big and rch with an alcohol warmth balalnce GREAT

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (809) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with a little bit of tan head. Smells like a boozy sweet stout. Very complex flavor with chocolate, raisins, coffee and alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2247) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Thanks cards04 for this. Dark cola type body and some brown head. Combo of barley wine and imp stout. Kind of boozy but well masked considering the abv. Probably the highest abv stout I’ve had. I think. Interesting beer. Be careful with this one.


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