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Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2003 (21%, CA and UK release)

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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 630   ABV: 21%
This listing encompasses the November, 2003 release for the U.K. and parts of Southern California only (21% abv), and may state "21% abv" on the label, while the printed phrase "Vim and Vigor" does not appear. Bottles purchased in Southern California will show a "Packaged in" mark on the side of the label that does not correspond to a marked year; this is likely the only discernible label difference between this beer and the 2003 18.8% version. "Vim and Vigor" is crossed out only on the November, 2002 release, which is not rated under this listing. World Wide Stout is a very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1619) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 10, 2004
A damn suprising find for myself. And definitely the best of the three WWS. Deep dark pour with a slim tan head. Very sweet aroma, some licorice, and a hint of alcohol but not too overpowering. Suprisingly smooth for a beer this strong. Sweet, candy like malty flavor. Finishes off well. I wish I could have bought more of these, what a great beer from DFH.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DarthTimmy (1) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2004 does not count
Best... beer... ever. A little sweet to the taste. INCREDIBLY Smooth going down, with a nice... warm... fire in your belly afterward, like drinking a sherry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CiderMonster1964 (11) - IRELAND - SEP 2, 2004
This is possibly the King of Beers or Beer of Kings, Dark strong and knocks yer socks off. Try it if you dare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4996) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2004
This is the only beer that I have drank that crackled.I really think that it was radio active! Black and sweet but not oxverpoweringly so this was a drinking experience.It tastes strong but not as much as you would expect from a beer of its strength. Bought from the now defunct Safeway supermarket to whom I thank for giving me a chance to try this unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Side-by-side blind tasting with the 23%. The difference from the 23% was significant. More lactose in nature, though far more subtle in the alcohol. Richer chocolate, perhaps enhanced by the sense that this is milk chocolate. Grape soda aromas. Slighly more fizzy with a titch more head production. Smooth palate. I really didn’t prefer this to the 23%. A huge thanks to SilkTork for making this available to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Tasty and addictive. Rich dark tangy malts combined with port sweetness and strength. Definitely assertive but not aggressive. Cocoa and caramel body with dark fruity notes. Very sweet but not cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Deep prune color. Sticky, creamy, and rocky tan head. Rich aroma of black currants, port, ink, and caramelized sugar. Fairly meaty and charred. Alcohol masks much of the black licorice, espresso, and chocolate notes. Luxuriant carbonation. Very creamy. Caramelized sugars immediately firm up the body with a smidge of Crystal malt-like sweetness. Spicy alcohol and tobacco merge into a soothing blend of leather and black currants. Medicinal alcohol flashes intensely at times, briefly giving way to a surge of velvety chocolate, port-soaked malts, and smoke. Malty richness struggles to penetrate the strong, tongue-buckling alcohol as dark fruits lurk in the background. Surprisingly it finishes rich and sizably chocolaty, considering the alcohol potency, with cakey and powdery malts and vanilla. Mostly port and milk chocolate in the aftertaste. Much more refined than the 23% version, but doesn’t have the mellow richness of the 18%. Very good stuff. Thanks much, CaptainCougar!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11401) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2004
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Chocolate brown lasting head. Chocolate, friuts, and some roastyness in the flavour. Had expected something more, but oh well. Cocoa, coffee, alcaholburnt, fruits, berries. Rich and complex flavour, thats quite a bit better than the aroma. Theres a lot of alcaholburnt on the lips, but theres no way you think 21%. This is quite a beer, and after drinking an Ommegang, a Trois Pistoles, some wine and an avec for the coffee, this really blew me away. Thanks to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 for trading this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2004
Bottled. Drank to celebrate July 4th. The aroma of this beer is treacle, licquorice and burnt wood. I was actually salivating whilst smelling it, but can’t guarantee that it was the smell as opposed to the absolute desire to drink the beer that was causing this. The colour is black and the frothy coffee coloured head dissipated quickly. The taste is superb. There is no outstanding characteristic, just a fabulous balance of tastes, maybe the licquorice comes through more than anything else. It is a very satisfying and warming beer but the 21% really doesn’t come through. I thought the Rogue Imp Stout tasted more alcoholic. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Thanks to my brother, bleen, for bringing this with him on his latest journey east. Opaque black with a medium tan head. Not as dark and oily as some Imperial Stouts, but still quite dark. The aroma is quite unique given this beers style labeling. A big hit of maple syrup and cinnamon followed by alcohol and more sweet malt. The flavor is big and malty and the alcohol is noticeable but not overly so, though a cut on my lip is burning so there is clearly a lot of alcohol in this one. Sweet and syrupy with fairly mellow carbonation. The hops are in there but malt is clearly the story. Markedly different then the other vintages/types I have had. Very nice and very warming. I wish I could get some more of this. I recently told myself that all of these highly touted Imperial Stouts are over-rated and that I need to be more critical with future Imperial Stout ratings, well this one is worthy of its praise.

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