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RATINGS: 2218   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Beer extract? Beer syrup? What is with Imperial stout, and why are otherwise sensible beer drinkers raving about it? What is the history of Imperial stout? Wasn’t it called RUSSIAN Imperial stout, and don’t the Russians also drink sterno and jet fuel? Was it not created as a preservable brew that can withstand adverse conditions and sit endlessly in the hold of a ship? Sorta like astronaut food, eh…? Does anyone actually crave astronaut food when they’re not floating in outer space? Should I drink this stuff or keep it on my condiment shelf and use it as a flavoring agent, gravy thickener, and conversation piece? I understand that beer fanatics, just like gourmets and oenophiles, become bored with familiar tastes and are continually craving something different, but I wonder if a line is being crossed when beer becomes a thick, black, nearly uncarbonated syrup. Dogfish Head specializes in breaking the mold, shocking the bored, delighting the prurient cravings of beer fanatics. So, anyway, I had the bottle sitting around for months. I looked at it once in awhile, held it in my hand and examined the label…read a few reviews, here and there - always ravingly positive. Finally opened the damn thing. It pours espresso black. Bready, doughy aromas with coffee, dried cherries, chocolate and some whiskeyish notes. Mild hop presence. Sweet flavored and syrupy - but with a nice mouthfeel, gently carbonated. Lotsa coffee and burnt toast, licorice accents and some alcohol burn. Finishes bitter and somehow clean, despite the massive flavor which has preceded. Makes a nice, after dinner sipping drink, though 12 ozs is too much of such a sweet beverage. Very warming.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandon1989 (527) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2017
On tap at Bru City. Pours a dark black with a thin khaki head. The aroma is vanilla, dark cherries, very dark roasted malts, bourbon barrel aged wood, and alcohol. The flavor is a great mixture of a bourbon barrel aged wood and vanilla. The alcohol is noticeable but masked quite well for the abv. This is definetly a sipper but quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras (1630) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Pours a deep dark brown color with a black licorice and woodsy aroma. Taste is initial coffee, chocolate, molasses, then a distinct alcohol burn. The ABV is very evident but good and well balanced. A nice complex nutty, chocolate Imperial Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3205) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2017
From backlog. Draught at The Ginger Man NY. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, wood, alcohol, licorice, a bit of chocolate and dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, alcohol, wood, nuts, licorice and dark fruits. Very nice imperial stout, although the extremely high ABV doesnt add anything to it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HoppyScallywag (321) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Wow...lots of maltiness and barley smoothness. Lots of boozing as, too. Warming, not burning, but definitely lots. Glad I tried it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2489) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle shared with group pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose sweet malt, red fruit, molasses, raisins, fig. Taste similar to nose with some more chocolate and red fruit flavors. Some fruit on the finish as well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinfull (1521) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Black color. Big , beige head. Complex aroma of roasted malt, toffees, raisins, chocolate and coffee. Same notes in rich taste with moderate sweetness. warming alcohol at the end. For 18% ABV it is superdrinkable! The best high ABV beer Ive ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tnkw01 (1744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle. Deep, dark Color with a large chocolate colored head. Aroma is alcohol, dried fruit and mocha. Taste is strong, complex and very tasty.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThreeCats (879) - ISRAEL - DEC 23, 2016
Black with a big, creamy, mocha head. Aroma very sweet, chocolate, coffee, roast, dark fruit, dark caramel, molasses, toffee, licorice. Taste is heavy, warming, sweet and very alcoholic. Chocolate, burnt sugar, dark caramel, dark fruit. Very heavy beer, takes winter warmer to a whole new level. Great though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (827) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Pours a pitch black with a tan head. Light carbonation and some lacing. Aroma is very sweet malts and dark fruit with heavy alcohol notes. Medium body not as thick as I expected. Very sweet full mouth feel with a big alcohol warmth up front. A bit boozy with a taste and smell of epoxy glue. Fairly smooth but warm finish. Lingering sweet malt flavor. Not really my style. Good but not what I had hoped for.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1482) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 Tap at Barcade, 24th Street, NYC (12/21/16 originally). Pours black, tan head. Aroma is lemon lime, what? Booze and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, lime, booze, sooo much heat. It?s sooo hot. Good. Lemon lime booze and heat. Revisited on tap (probably 2016 vintage) at CK Diggs, Mi. Pours black, thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and tons of booze. Flavor is booze, chocolate, roasted malt, some lemon lime sorta quality. Just feels like they took an imperial stout and dumped liquor into it. Boozy burn. Should not be had fresh. Nauseatingly boozy.


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