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RATINGS: 2235   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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 worlds 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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4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
This beer was the most amazing stout Ive tasted in quite some time. Obsidianly dark pour, virtually no head. Very complex flavors with huge range of spiced flavors. Hoppy finish left me sipping more. For an imperial stout, it balanced well and was very drinkable, compared to some other brews that only the strong can tolerate. This beer is worth seeking out.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2004
November 2003 issue (18%) -This beer is a marvel to modern beer making and should be placed on a mantle in everyones home so they may cherish in the granduer that is Dogfish Head. To say that I was stoked to try this beer would be an utter understatement. It pours a thick, viscous black thing with a thick dark orange and tanned head which left considerable lacing on my Duvel glass. The aroma was powerful and very pleasant with deep dark roasts...chocolate, coffees, cocoas, vanillas, woods, slight burning alcohol, mustiness, caramel, licorice, dark fruits and orange peel. The flavor just picks up right where the aroma left off. Wonderful caramels, vanillas, molasses, chocolate and where in the holy hell is the alcohol...WHERE...its not here..its not there...did the white rabbit take it away? The only noticeable effects of the alcohol is the warming finish this gives off...and let me just say that a "warming finish" does not do this justice. The flavor has serious aged qualities...a PERFECT meld of sweet vanilla, wood, molasses, twigs, with a hint of chocolate. Strangely enough its heavily carbonated for an imperial stout...but trust me, that isnt a bad thing. Thick gritty mouthfeel, thick syrupy finish,....ridiculous amounts of alcohol hidden so well its beyond description. I am having a beergasm as we speak.....

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
11.06.04 My fire is lit and this is my fuel. How does this walk amongst mor-tal men?!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Ive been waiting so long. Delicious. Hides the alcohol very well. Unlike the similarly strong Triple Bock, this is drinkable and delicious. This is something to share, but it was a wonderfully dark and delicious beer. Very chocolatey and coffee. Delicious. A little too expensive, so that hurts it a bit.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7510) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 I have had this one sitting in the fridge for a while waiting for the right moment for my wife and I to share it. The moment came last night - and it was glorious. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick black and oily with almost no head. The aroma was spicy, sweet and malty - almost wine like. The flavor was quite reminiscent of fine port wine and had chocolate, caramel and vanilla elements. The flavor virtually explodes upon the tongue. Nice hop bitterness rounds out the finish and leaves the tongue calling out for more. A truly excellent beer. Not my absolute favorite - but I can see why it has a solid spot on the top 50. Additional note 12/18/05 - just managed to have this one on draft today at Smokin Joes in Pittsburgh PA. The draft is even better than the bottle. The draft fo this beer is truely a classic!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 2001, sampled 11/5/2004. Dark oily looking beer. Pretty clear body that stains the glass as it rolls over it. Thin creamy head and excellent lacing. Nice full aroma of sweet cherry bourbony coffee, cask wood, port, and alcohol. Flavor... a sweet casky bourbon, cherry, port, and a light bitter roasty finish. Palate is surprisingly a little thin, but soft, slightly oily, and full of flavor. (9 / 5 / 9 / 4 / 18).
2004, sampled 2/11/05 (fresh). You can tell this is fresh. It has a bunch more hops in the aroma and taste... a bit of perfumey / piney stuff. Kind of reminds me of an Olde School with more dark malt presence and some cherry. Speaking of dark malt, some recent raters of the 2004 say they got some coffee and various related things out of it. I mainly noticed the hops (not that theyre uber-present). Maybe its just because Ive had older vintages. Like the fresh Olde School I recently had, Id call this a "raw complexity"... (7 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 15).

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Split a bottle with qwak. Port and whiskey nose at first that isnt too powerful. This turns into cherries and vanilla, then dark fruits. Pitch black, no head. I cant begin to describe the flavor. Molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, cherry, plum, whiskey, red grapes, hops. This is insanely complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle: Opaque black with almost no head. Aroma: twizzlers, liquorice, cough syrup, alcohol, toast, cereal, grapes, blueberries, steak, bourbon, toffee, smoke. Taste: Syrupy, smooth, thick and acidic. Sweet pear, apple, alcohol, raisin, chocolate, banana, yeast, candy sugar, grape, port, bourbon, carrot. Finishes with a syrup coating over your mouth and then a little hop bite towards the end. The alcohol is not masked in this one, but its taste simply fits this beer (much like a scotch or port). This is a difficult beer to describe in one sitting. I would suggest throwing it in your fridge and opening it when its too cold. Enjoy it as it rises up to room temperature to really enjoy how much this beer changes with the temperature.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Pours jet black with some ruby hues around the bottom. Short brown frothy head. Heavy nose of booze, grapes, cherry cough syrup, blueberries, hint of smoke. Sticky, thick and crazy with alcohol. Very vineous and port-like. Whiskey malts. Chocolate and fat as it warms. Beef, blood and iron. To say that its warming in the finish is an understatement. Gorgeous

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Poured black with a big rich head at first, that faded into a thin layer...smelled all of burnt toast (but in the good way, like when you have a hangover and your wife or girlfriend that are inept in the kitchen are trying to cook something to make you feel better [on second thought, that hasnt happened...I usually only get yelled at, which makes me feel worse]) and alcohol...taste was actually much more palatable than Id anticipated...very sweet alcohol flavor, but not presence (if that makes sense)...fruity sweetness all the way...started drinking this one at 55 deg, and alcohol was most mild...at 65 deg, it is so Jim Beam-like it isnt funny...


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