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RATINGS: 2219   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (4033) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle 2003 Pours very dark black, with a tan head that is not particularly impressive. Settles to a thin rig and leaves very fine thin lacing. Aroma is intoxicating. Strong presence of purple grapes. Smells more like a Bordeaux than a beer. A little smokey and of prunes as well. Flavors are terrific. Again mostly grapes, and pitted fruit. ABV is hidden well. The classic stout characteristics are here. Smokey, charcoal but not as prominant as others in the style. Feel is heavy slick and smooth. Rico...suave' ! Carbonation is just right. Trailer is a nice sweet slightly bitter smokey taste. Overall is a 17 just cause its $10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Molasses aroma. Dark beer. Light creamy light brown head. Espresso coffee aroma seeps past the molasses. Acohol only comes out in the finish. Finish is smooth and at the same time sharp and brittle. Flavour is coffee and chocolate. The body thick and smooth. Slightly dry but leaves a sugar coated mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Just a monster of a brew. Gotta enjoy this one in a brandy snifter as an after dinner drink. Very much like a tasty port wine. Rich espresso, dark chocolate, fig, raisin aroma which is all amplified by the high alcohol content. Very full and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor mimics the aromas well with some faint acidity. Alcohol is warming but not overwhelming. A great brew for in front of the fireplace. Itll take you awhile to finish one off. $7.99/bottle here in NE FL.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2004
This beer is pretty strong so you may want to drop a shot of Jack in it to water it down. I am such a man for drinking this beer. It is so manly. My voice dropped 2 octives just LOOKING at the World Wide Stout. It knocked my head off. I had this beer twice and split the bottle both times, and I dont even know if I could handle a whole bottle by myself. Sorry for cutting this short but I must now go prey upon small woodland animals in order to sublimate my primal hunting instinct which was brought out by this stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1769) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 2003, bottle. Pours black, with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, citrus, sweet malt, and chocolate. Amazing tastes, much like the aroma. Rather sweet, the alcohol really comes thru, but it still doesnt seem like 18.8%. Aftertaste is smokey. Body is not too heavy, it seems just right. (Note: 2004 isnt as good as 2003, at least not yet. My 2004 rating would be 8-4-8-4-17-4.1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 bottle to duvel tulip. pour: black, motor oil. body: midnight. head: tight, tan; forms slowly then diminishes quickly, but only to leave tan ring around the glass. aroma: alcohol, chocolate, sugar, smoke, citrus. flavor: alcohol, chocolate, sugar, smoke, citrus. palate: smooth yet biting and not at all cloying yet it leaves my lips sticky; thinner than i expected, but great. overall: very nice; a great imperial stout! 8-4-8-4-18. UPDATE 2/13/05: whatever my other rating was, it wasnt the 2004... this! however... is the 2004: midnight body; thick, tight, tan, head, which, diminishes into a ring around the glass and it also leaves a lot of patterned lace; aroma is thick and roasty, coffee bean, candi sugar, chocolate, molasses; flavor is strong, licorice, complex; palate is chewy, and cremey, yet smooth; overall is an expected... awesome! 8-4-8-4-18.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
7/31/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained from my Secret Santa on RateBeer 7/20/04. 2003 Vintage. This is the first of all of the Dogfish Head WWS bottles Ive tried that actually resembles an imperial stout. And its a damn good one. Extremely dark brown color with dark tan to light brown head, rocky but actually lasting. Lacing is mediocre but at least sort of there. Very thick-looking body, even laying a film on the sides of the glass in lieu of traditional lacing. Nose is of dark fruit-- plums, prunes, maybe even a touch of black cherry-- but also with a hint of coffee roastiness and acidity, a rich brown sugar/syrupy sweetness, and a bright, vinous sort of wood and alcohol edge. First taste is expectedly very powerful. Heavy alcohol and big prune flavors, also a dark roast maltiness below the fruit, struggling to poke its way through. Incredibly full body and rich, decadent mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and bright mouthfeel, making an elegant harmony with the alcohol. Finish has evident alcohol, but also a fantastic lingering roastiness, dark syrupy flavor, and a great buzzing lack-- like your mouth has been changed by the beer and now wants for another sip. Very long. Very delicious. Definitely the best flavor of all of the Worldwides that Ive had (but Ive yet to try the original 18%). Probably the best all-around as a result. Outstanding stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2004
I looooooooooove this beer! By far the most dangerous beer Ive ever consumed. So incredibly flavorful and smooth - and sooo strong. Delicious! I worship at the alter of malt and this has got to be the elixer of the malt gods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2004
2003, sampled on tap. Served in a brandy snifter which was quite appropriate. Black as night with a very small tan head that didnt last. Aroma of chocolate malt and dark fruits. Sweet malty flavor with hints of raisins, molasses, vanilla and a strong alcoholic kick at the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maddog (524) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Luckily for me, I shared this monster with a buddy, or it would have cut my night off early. To say this beer is big is a massive understatement. It is jet black, oily, and leaves a filmy residue on your glass. The roasted explosion and alcohol warmness is just incredible. A perfect compliment to a winter evening by the fireplace.

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