Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Imperial Stout
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Top fermented beer which is subjected to a secondary fermentation in bottle. It is deep dark ebony in color with a cappuccino head. The nose has aromas of chocolate, licorice, coffee grounds and tobacco with alcohol nuances. Its full bodied, long lasting, smooth and dry mouth is followed by a surprisingly hot finish that breaks its initial fullness and makes you crave more!

It is suitable for aging.

Dedicating one of our beers to Giuseppe Verdi was a must since our microbrewery is located in Roncole Verdi, the composer’s birth place. When I returned from my first visit to New York City I decided to create a beer that would be superior in elegance, balance and drinkability to all those stout varieties I had overseas. Although the initial recipe has changed, the very first batch matched my vision. Its uniqueness lays in the use of chili pepper which combines very well with the beer’s chocolate aroma. The hot finish also lightens its full bodied mouth by awakening the palate.

Verdi Imperial Stout is the first Italian craft beer to have ever been crowned with a gold medal in its category at an International beer contest. In 2008 it ranked first at The European Beer Star in the Imperial Stout category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (3402) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
Draught @ Øllets Dag 2014, Kolding. Pours cloudy very dark coffee brown with small tan head. Clear aroma of roasted malt, with notes of coffee and liquorice and hints of lactose. Bitter, roasty flavour, with notes of liquorice and coffee. Lingering, bittersweet aftertaste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (598) - CROATIA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at the Drunken Duck; pours dark with a tan head; aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate; taste starts sweet with the roasted malt and chocolate then the coffee bitterness follows; has hints of nuts to it; has a dry bitter finish; very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
Flaske 330ml fra Vinmonopolet, Bestillingsutvalget. Kullsort. Høyt mokkafarget skum som varer lenge. Aroma av røstet malt. Smaken er lakris & sjokolade. Blir fort syrlig & tørr. Innholdsrik og alkoholen er godt integrert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Seffle (196) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle at Bishps Arms, Växjö. Pours a pith black with a ruby sparkle. Weak reddish brown head. Very much coffee and dark dark chocolate. Rich taste with heavily roasted caramell maltiness. Good good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (3263) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2014
On bottle at Sandar Mikrobryggeri. Pitch black color, some brownish foam . Aromas of roast, licorice, malt - some coffee ; some chili in finish. Full body & high complexity. Solid bitterness- very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Appearance: Opaque black body with a creamy tan head that forms a near opaque coating after settling.
Aroma: A little bit of pepper heat blended with chocolate and dark fruit, likely from oxidation, perhaps some licorice also. Toffee and rum are noted after reading another review, now it’s very apparent.
Taste: A bit thin and grapey up front, the back end gets a bit chocolate though with a semi-sweet powder presence. Hints of peppery heat hints on the mid palate and sticks through til the finish mildly. Hints of roast, tobacco, and dark fruits are underneath it all. The finish lingers with a very light heat.
Palate: A bit thin for an imperial stout, mild carbonation, slightly creamy texture.
Overall: I’d really love to try this fresh to see if this beer is heavy in oxidation or if it’s intended to be a fruity stout. The beers I’ve had from Italy have all had a wine quality about them so it’s not out of the question. The peppers are subtle and I absolutely love the presence of them. I imagine that this was fantastic fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mircoas (123) - ITALY - JUL 1, 2014
Niente da dire: buona imperial stout e per di più italiana. Soddisfatto, anche se indubbiamente c’è di meglio in giro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voras (61) - - JUN 27, 2014
Almost black, beige head. Cask. Liquorice, chocolate and spices. Some alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5820) - Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good; a slightly translucent very dark cola with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, chocolate, and a bit of roast with some mild well-balanced pepper as well. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel that’s a bit thinner than I’d prefer, but decent nonetheless. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bahumat (122) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
Verdi Imperial Stout Aroma: 7/10. Sour and yeasty, with notes of toffee, and rum. -- Appearance: 4/5. Beautiful dark brown head, nice black brew. Didn’t realize this was unfiltered; got a lot of sediment swirling around the glass. -- Taste: 9/10. Intense roast, coffee, and chocolate flavors, a strong smokeyness with a nicely balanced sweetness and warmth to the tongue. Yum. -- Palate: 4/5. Sharply astringent, almost too much so. (That’d be the chili pepper! Subtle usage, actually.) That’s the only flaw. Nice mouth-filling feeling to every sip, and the finish is light, all roast oats, malt, and hops, just the lightest bit of coffee. -- Overall: 16/20. A great beer that has small imperfections, but none that take away the solid artistry of this brew. This is a beer for those of you who like chilis+chocolate together; it’ll please without the chilis being at all overwhelming. Yum. There are flaws to this beer, but they are superficial; the core brewing of this beer is absolutely outstanding.

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