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RATINGS: 2239   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Shared at a tasting with ratebeerians Ernest and Aubrey. Thanks Aubrey. The 2001 was much different than the 2003 I have grown accustomed to. With very little carbonation to start with, the aging took nearly all carbonation away and this poured with only a few brown bubbles. Black in the snifter, it was still beautiful. This changed a lot due to the cellaring. The sweetness was up a lot. As was the dark fruit notes, especially the flavor of burnt prunes. Other dark fruit notes were evident as well with hints of port wine, mollasses, chocolate, tar and coffee. The aging also eliminated all traces of the 18% alcohol and took away even the "hotness" down the throat. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Im fairly certain I am rating my WWS in the right place; my brew does not have Vim & Vigor anywhere on the label, does not list the ABV and has a notch in the year 2003 on the lefthand side of the label. Aroma is delicious; dark chocolate caramel with a strong forboding alcohol presence that typifies a bourbon barrel stout. Completely opapue body with a brown head that mostly disipates. Lace is decent, but WWS is almost too dignified for lace. Thick and oily mouthfeel that is sweet and somewhat hides the substantial alcohol. Had I known this was such a substantial brew, I would have saved it for the Mnpls Ratebeer tasting later this month. I figured 12 ounces wouldnt be enough to go around. Now Im wondering if I will be able to handle the whole bottle myself. WWS has one of the thickest mouthfeels of any beer I have ever had. It is sludge-like, but has a divinity of spirit. This stuff truly is outstanding. Every time I take a sip and think I have detected a flaw, it turns out to be an asset. The sour tartness that greets the front of the tongue turns into a full bodied mouth orgasm at the back. I can hardly describe how good this beer made me feel. Warming and buzzing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Bottle #600 (2001) pours a viscous black, dark chocolate highlights, small tannish dishwater like head, with spotty lacing. Definite alcohol on the nose, along with cocoa and figs/dates. Mmmmm... a wonderful rich roasty flavor greets my tongue on first sip. It is also surprisingly sweet. Notes of cocoa & chocolate as well. Extremely complex and delicious. Wonderful body, delicious mouthfeel. Finishes sweet, with loads of chocolate, subtle hints of coffee, and a TON of love. WOW, this shitznit is T A S T Y ! The ABV is unbelievablely well hidden. Simply fantastic. Glad I held onto this one as long as I did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 (sapled at Stockholm Beer Festival) Black, almost no head. Wondefull, big and intense aroma of coffee, roasted malt, browns sugar, port and dried fruit and black cherries. Vinous, full, round and warming flavour of black coffee and thick roasted malt. Complex and strong finish of raisin, port, espresso, spices and black unsweetend chocolate. Good alcoholic kick in the back of the throat. Outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1594) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Almost black,with a tan head that stayed until the end. Huge malty and sugary aroma. Flavor is complex, with the sweetness balanced out by thae alcohol bite and earthy bitter chocolate. Palate is a little thin for an IS, but the finish is smoother than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2004
Aroma of fruits, raisin, hint of coffee and varnish which is probably the loads of alcohol but not annoying. Black, small - almost none - brown head, few lace, oily. Very sweet, fruits, wine-like, hint of coffee, burning and sticky feeling. Completely overdone if you ask me. What are they trying to prove? That they can make a lot of alcohol? So start a distillery! Its only for the complexity that I give this beer this high rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004
I was expecting some mutant version of Expidition Stout but met a surprisingly thin, fruity, hoppy stout. Very wine-like. Chocolate and roasted malt not so strong as expected. Overall very interesting and a great achievement. And to all the guys here who somehow cant finish a bottle, I say stop being a sissy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Poured a dark black with a smaller brown head. Aromas and tastes of brown sugar, caramel, malts, molasses, chocolate, and light alcohol. Stronger alcohol in the taste than the smell (but not 18%). Sweet finish. Nice after dinner sipping beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Black with a dark brown color & a surprising amount of lacing. The aroma is very rich with lots of plum, pine, spices (nutmet, brown sugar) & smooth creamy alcohol. The flavor is tarry with smoke & alcohol; vanilla. Lots of subtle complexities, very light alcohol compared to the 23% version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Dark brown, almost black with no head and oily lace. Aroma of cinnamon, figs, roast and caramel malts, molasses, chocolate and mild alcohol. Big roast flavors with some chocolate and smoke. Coffee and bitter hops. Small vinous qualities. Spicy. Thick and chewy. Bitter and tangy. Finishes out with chocolate and alcohol.

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