jbrus (4988) - 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. 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 can’t finish a bottle, I say stop being a sissy. hopdog (13258) - 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. BückDich (5477) - 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. 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.
IndianaRed (5123) - 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 presario (4925) - 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. 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. It’ll take you awhile to finish one off. $7.99/bottle here in NE FL. 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 don’t 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. zathrus13 (1776) - 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 doesn’t seem like 18.8%. Aftertaste is smokey. Body is not too heavy, it seems just right. (Note: 2004 isn’t as good as 2003, at least not yet. My 2004 rating would be 8-4-8-4-17-4.1.