JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose: Dark fruity hops. Perfumey cologne. A little dry. Not as full as the the "regular" 2003, but still delicate in its own way. Gets better the longer it is in the glass. Sweet grapefruit.
Flavor: Wet hops. Olde school hops. Some sweet roasted evergreen. Some oxygenation.
Great balance and again, delicate. A deviation from 2001/2002... more towards the 2003+ vintages.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via cquiroga. The beer pours to a dark black with dark mahogany highlights. A creamy khaki head sits on top. The aroma is similar to the 2002 but less vinous. Lots of chocolate. Nicely balanced. No fusels. The flavor is creamy chocolate, nice hints of oatmeal, dark fruits, and light raisins. Extremely creamy and full palate. Nicely covered alcohol.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown body that leaves good legs and some soapy lacing. The aroma sports a subdued chocolate/berry aroma with oxidized edges. Sweet chocolate flavor with a dry woody/bread throughout, some dried banana and berry in the finish. A well put-together beer.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
jet black pour w/ a light brownish rocky thick colored head w/ some nice lacing. First aroma was a touch fruity definate port wine grapey w/ plum and a hint of raisen some hints of chocolates much more subtle alcohols than others. Full rich creamy palate. Flavor has a bit of fuesal alcoholin the front then a good amount of choclate, hint of lactose, a port wine fruity note.
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rated in 2004 with Nuffield. We tried it side-by-side with the 23%. Deep brown color with a quickly diminishing head. It was smoother than the 23%, and it had a lactose flavor. Chocolate with rich malts and a touch of raisins.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with cquiroga - Thanks Chris! - Pours very very black and very thick with a short tan head that fades pretty quick. Aromas of molasses, oak, chocolate, soy sauce, alcohol, and some raisins. Flavor is big of molasses, some soy, raisins, chocolate, lots of oaky notes, more fruity it seems than the other WWS bottles Iíve tried. Very dry alcoholic finish. Something that you can make last hours. Sipping is a must.. Amazingly big and a very interesting brew..
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl at smoked/WWS tasting in Montreal in late June. Much woodier and more acerbic nose than 18% (2001) version, though some sweet chocolate cookie character shows up amidst the dryness....dark molasses/soy sauce color with little to no head....hoppiest, dryest body of the vertical but still with plenty of bittersweet chocolate, woody character throughout, light berry acidity....complex and challenging, faint hints of metal at the finish.....I think during this one was Stephenís quote "I canít feel my cheek anymore". Lovely.
JFowler (31) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 This is what they serve in heaven. I am totally convinced of that. I really donít know if I will be able to try anymore Imperial Stouts. This one is the benchmark for perfection. It pours like bears blood in the dead of winter. A solid taste that is so complex you are almost taken back by the myriad of flavors that your tongue encounters. It could possibly be sensory overload. Donít waste your time with pseudostouts, go man up and get the real thing. It could almost be a Port. The Nectar of the Gods!!!!!!!
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Here are the results of a 4-year vertical of the following World Wide Stouts: 2001 original (18%), this special 21% batch, 2003 (18.8%), and 2004 (18.8%).
The original 18% was still absolutely decadent, offering a superb aroma of chocolate icing, caramel and utmost luxury. The nascent oxidation fit the caramel perfectly, and the viscous mouthfeel proffered all of the complex sweetness to the shivering tastebuds. An imperial stout version of J.W.Leeís Harvest Ale, a sweet toothís wet dream.
The 21% (rated here) had a drier aroma, which only hinted at its alcohol strength. Shy raisins, dates, and blackberries produced a salient fruit perfume. Cleaner and more straightforward than the 3 other bottles opened at the same time, its viscosity seemed to have been dissipated by its vinosity. Thinner, but also more drinkable and less sweet.
The 2003 (18.8%) version was an interesting union of the first 2 tasted in that it linked chocolate sweetness and fruity lightness. Dry roasted malt character was prominent as well, completing this tantalizing aroma. The silky, rich mouthfeel rendered all the aroma suggested clearly and seductively. This was probably the best balanced of the 4 tasted; not as decadent as the first, but probably classier.
The 2004 version propelled alcohol to the nostrils from a few feet away. This unrefined and undefined aroma was thankfully pushed aside by beautiful black grapes and blackberries enveloped in chocolate. The silky mouthfeel was roughed up by the omnipresent alcohol. Perhaps still too raw and young at this point in its life.
beerguy101 (5342) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This imperial stout pours a deep black color from a 12oz bottle. No to very small sized white foamy head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Extremely smooth tasting. This beer aged nicely, it doesnít have the alcohol bite of the 18% version or the soy sauce taste of the 23% version. Very thick and very smooth. Take your time and enjoy this one. Thanks to John C for sharing this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.