Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
A thick, tan creamy head that rapidly disapated. Jet black-opaque. Very strong flavor of roasted grain with coffee overtones. Strong but smooth, no bitterness. The aftertaste is masked by an alcohol burn. good? Yes! Expensive? Very. Get it again? Um Maybe. I’m a guy that enjoys my stout with a snifter of brandy on the side. No brandy needed for this one. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottle. Holy grapes Batman! There is a whole cornicopia of flavors here. i will try to describe a few: there is a strong grape presence, raisin, alcohol, green apple, bourbon, malt, and toffee. I have had many big beers where the alcohol is masked. Not this one. The alcohol is very upfront and burns when going down. The body is very sticky, and the overall mouthfeel is like candy. Overall this is very nice, but the sweetness is a bit too much and detracts from the overall flavor. Still quite nice though. blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Awesome! After having once tried that SA Triple Bock, I’d almost swore off these extreme brews. Smooth, warm, malty, candy like -- split the bottle with a friend and savored sweet texture. Alcohol was not overbearing either. Great! SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Sweet succulent honey roasted barley with pancake molasses and chocolate notes slight hint of java. DARK!!! prolly have to use kryptonite to penetrate this one. LIght lacey tan head from a snifter.
November, 2001 release (18%) displays the unaltered words "Vim and Vigor" Please take note to the Commercial Description. And yes I had the good one ;) PLease leave us not forget the mention of the previous posting of Crosling’s rating. So don’t be fooled. Big up’s to you Crosling. For pointing this out. Flavor is impecable beyond belief. Stout is stout but this is stout in it’s finest. If you fine better please forward. OK so I gave you flavor now leave us to talk about savor. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Shared at a tasting with ratebeerians Ernest and 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.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
I’m 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 wouldn’t be enough to go around. Now I’m 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. 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.ante (3373) - 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. jzzbassman (1631) - 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. 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! It’s only for the complexity that I give this beer this high rating.