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RATINGS: 2237   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 world’s 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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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 I’ve tried that actually resembles an imperial stout. And it’s 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 I’ve had (but I’ve yet to try the original 18%). Probably the best all-around as a result. Outstanding stuff.

mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2004
I looooooooooove this beer! By far the most dangerous beer I’ve 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.

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 didn’t 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.

Maddog (528) - 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.

Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2004
2001 release: Extreme darkness small tan head. slick feel nice rosaty alcohol flava. aroma of cocoa, malt. this is intense. superfly

davidnotes (1) - berkeley heights, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2004 does not count
This is the most delicious beer on the planet. Rochefort Trappistes 10 comes in at a close 2nd and the Westvleteren Abt 12... the number one beer on this site and the one that I spent a year searching for, is 3rd. Westvleteren is too sweet for me. For those of you who can’t find Westvleteren, don’t despair; find this one! or Rochefort Trappits 10.

davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Very strong, but I love this beer although its hard to find for me. It has a nice aroma, very light head. One of the best stouts IMO, nice and smooooth.

cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Had the 2003 release. The vanilla and dark fruit really come through in the nose. And Chocolate adn roast in the finish. Reminded me a lot of the 120minute IPA in its hoppiness. Overall a great brew, and you have to love that ABV.

OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle, forget where I got it, Good nose, ABV,vanilla, prunes, bakers chocolate, dairy/cream in the nose. Little to no head. reddish brown/black color. Sweet and bitter flavor, Licourice/anise/fennel, Chocolate, cherry, plum, raisin. Oily creamy texture. Smooth. very warming. Oh yeah alot of beer in a twelve oz bottle. ABV bite, maybe a little cough syrupy.

heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Nov. 2001 release. Inky jet black. Dark cocoa aroma, some oak, touch of cola. Rich dark sweet malt flavor. NOt much roast, rather sweet. Quite sweet, with some drying alcohol. Alcohol doesn’t quite balance out the sweetness. Better that the 23% for sure, but I’m still not sold.

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