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RATINGS: 2076   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Inviting aroma with chocolate, roasted coffee, plums, port... delicious, huge, an immense beer... coats the palate, liqueur/port-like, alcohol is well hidden, complex while maintaining deliciousness. Superlative.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamP01 (515) - New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2014
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Vintage 2009. Pours a dark chestnut black. Aroma is sweet dark fruit essence, black cherries, some roasted caramel malt, raisin and plum notes. Taste is sweet dark fruit, black cherries, molasses, chocolate dark roasted caramel malt, sweet alcohol, raisin and dried plums. Palate is a full creamy body, slight sticky mouthfeel and smooth going down. The finish is same as taste. dark roasted caramel malt, with a very pleasant sweet alcohol dark fruity black berry, raisin and plum flavor, molasses, slightly dry and mild bitter ending. Considering the high alcohol content it smooth. Overall delicious. flavorful, wonderful after dinner drink for a cold evening.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (999) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
Draft. 2009 in 2014. Nose of licorice and a lot of booze. Some dark dark fruit and stone fruit aroma. Like dried cherries and dates. Pours pitch black with almost no head. Upon first taste this is all sticky sugar with some fruity esters. Very thick and chewy. Lots if cherry and vinous flavors. Overall an extreme example that is dominated by the residual sweetness. Surprisingly very little warming or alcohol in the flavor /mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (3953) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
Rated on 8-12-2011 ( 2008 Bottle) This beer pours a small tan head with a long retention, opaque brown body and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, barley, hops, sweet, dark fruits, suggestion of spice, and alcohol. The taste is port wine, dark fruits, little vanilla, sugar, licorice, hops, barley, chocolate, and a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is mildly tingly and this beer is medium-full bodied. Wow what a beer! It is a sipping beer for sure. This beer has a lot going on with all the different aromas and flavors and I probably missed some of them at that. It is a very complex, good tasting, and worth trying. This is a beer I would drink again as I enjoy very high ABV beers.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
john_chaney (16) - - APR 8, 2014
Not like any other stout out there. Big dark fruits up front, very little coffee or chocolate. Alcohol is there, but, it’s warming and welcoming and will get you drunk. This is a sipper and a wonderful one at that. This is a brewday beer. To be honest this is the beer that sold me on the craft movement so many years ago. This is Dogfish’s flagship beer. Pours pitch black with a tenth of a finger off tan head that fades quickly. Lots of legs and little lacing. The aroma is more reminiscent of wine except the accents are grain not grape. The taste is where this beer accels. Forget coffee and chocolate, this beer wants to go somewhere else. The journey is blackberry, figs, and dark cherry ending with a tart/sour finish. The coffee/chocolate is there, but, its way in the background. The complexity is absurd and the flavor is unique. Try this beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikelupham331 (1) - - APR 7, 2014 does not count
Jeeeeeesus! It's strong! A dark beer with a luring aroma. Was a huge fan and will definitely be drinking again for (instead of) dessert.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (156) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
Holy hell! This beer is strong! Pours a dark-as-night black. Aroma is very strong with booze, chocolate, some coffee and a roasted finish. Taste is very malty, then a wave of booze, finished by a smooth finish of chocolate, coffee and malt finish. The roasted barley is apparent on the palate as it warms in your mouth. Not a beer to be trifled with!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (930) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Pours black. Medium light brown head which lasts and leaves sticky lace down the glass . Aroma, dark roasty malty, alcohol gently singes the nostrils. Dark chocolate and coffee abound. Dried dark fruit rounds things out. Flavor matches. Roasty chocolate, dark fruit, Vinous. Big full luscious viscous body. Coats the mouth. A little sticky on the backend. Enveloping pleasant alcohol warmth the never gets close to hot. Remarkably balanced for a beer its size. This big beer strides rather than stomps. Sweet and roasty and smooth bitter through the finish. I like it. This beer is deserving of its renown. There is an 18% abv hidden in here! Masterful...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (467) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2014
wooh, very strong aroma. Very malty, hops, Dark, bitter chocolate/coffee. Reminds me of a sweet dark-fruit liquor. Taste is sweet, roasty, dark fruit. Very big body. Bitter, warming finish,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fcjack1 (105) - Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2014
On tap at the Red Hot. Black with tan head. Scent is booze, dark fruits and a little chocolate. Taste is super boozy. A little rich chocolate. Alcohol lingers. Will be much better about a year from now.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2013 bottle pours black passes some light. Molasses, coffe, light nut. Very different than the chocolate malt bombs. Light body, no hint of the high abv


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