BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz. bottle via trade with firemoose15. Pours near opaque with no head. Perfumey, fragrant floral hop aroma, dark fruit (raisin, prune, plum), oak, caramel malt (roasted, meal, cookie), sugary and alcohol notes. Flavor is moderately sweet, medium acidity that is drying, caramel and toffee roasted malt, chocolate and coffee notes, alcohol burn. Dark and full bodied, warm, dry and yet smooth. You must sip this beer.
Bov (11866) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark brown colour, almost no foam, roasted black chocolate aroma, strong notes of portwine, nougat, gingerbread and wood; incredibly oily and very sweet, some finishing bitterness, explosive and deeply warming alcohol finish, long dry and very sugary aftertaste - The alcohol is so present that I would believe it if the label would say: 35% - confusing and unbalanced, the 18% version was much better; interesting experience anyway
Dogbrick (11339) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Trappist for sending me a couple bottles of this. First of all, do NOT gulp this beer. It is definitely a sipping beer. I literally coughed after taking a normal drink. Pours pitch black with a very thin beige head and thin lacing. Aroma is sweet with sherry or port wine qualities, along with some malt and alcohol. Flavor really packs a wallop. Sugary sweetness eventually matches stride with the strong malt, dark fruit (raisins), and alcohol flavors with which you start out. With all this, it still manages a somewhat dry and bitter finish. While this beer is complex it is still a little unbalanced, but what can you expect from a 23%ABV beer. It is probably impossible to mask such a high level. A strange but good brew. I look forward to trying the 18% version.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with almost no head, dark black color. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, maple syrup, and alcohol. Tastes sweet and syrupy with a moderate alcohol (but no where near the 23%) finish. Not a beer you can drink fast - one to sit down, sip and enjoy.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012
Name: World Wide Stout
Date: May 10, 2003
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: rich fruity sherry-like aroma
Flavor: amazing rich malt flavor, lots of fruity vineous character, good of alcohol that is strong but not fumey, sweet and creamy like an imperial milk stout, no roasted or chocolate malts in the forefrount, beyond a stout, at the end it becomes all sherry
Name: World Wide Stout
Date: February 09, 2005
Name: World Wide Stout
Date: March 01, 2012
Source: Ale Atlanta
sweet sherry and chocolate, sweet fruity character, still awesome after all of these years,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 The aroma is more smoky than I remembered it being the first time around. The 23% ABV is very well hidden. Cloyingly sweet, though. Still, a great sippin', "knock-you-on-your-ass" stout.
DocLock (9899) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very black and syrupy. Huge aromas of port, molasses, cognac, prunes. Tastes thick, malty, super complex, and alcoholic. Finishes with a heavy complexity that involves licorice, cognac, port, coffee, prunes, and molasses. A very nice beer, but at small quantities.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a clear brown to black with no head. Oxidization and isopropyl, a touch fishy. Medium to thick bodied, super sweet, loads of caramel and sugar. Almost cloying at times, but thanks to the age it’s not alll that boozy. Sweet cooca, toast, warm alcohol. Chocolate, cocoa, warm roast, lots of sweet caramel toffee.
JorisPPattyn (9394) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught !) Jet-black, slim brown head. Roasted, grilled bacon, BBQ and soy sauce for a nose. Impossible to write or explain, but you can both SMELL sweet and bitter. This is a quite sweet stout tastewise. Saying it's a very strong one is as forcing open doors, but that's the problem. It's got a rosewater flavour, so sweet it's made lopsided. Still a superb beer, but I prefer the 18%. Mouthfeel: well. Liquified coffee-flavoured pudding with a dash of soy sauce. How DOES that feel? OK - there's alcoholburn. Huge.
phaleslu (9321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by kwoeltje- thanks a ton, Keith! Pours a murky, dark, deep brown color with no head. Looks dangerous. Aroma of huge dark fruity notes (dates, figs, raisins), molasses, soy, and some booze- tannins really coming through. Flavor of molasses, brown sugar, roasted malts, syrup, ash, and dark fruits. Full-bodied, with a smooth, thick, sweet, chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Sweet and rich. Doesn’t seem like 23% ABV, but feels "big" in every way. I liked it just a tad more than the 2009 we had next to it.