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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Imperial Stout
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4626) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Le liquide est complètement noir. Sa mousse foncée a une certaine solidité. Le nez est plein de grains rôtis au caractère assez robuste. Des parfums de café fort et de chocolat s’échappent du liquide. Des effluves piquants se font sentir et prennent des allures de poivre. Le goût est aussi dominé par des notes assez fortes de torréfaction qui se combinent avec une certaine douceur chocolatée et des notes pimentées qui laissent de caressantes épines sur la langue. En bouche, le liquide possède une rondeur qui s’affirme avec la faible effervescence qui le traverse. La texture du liquide me semble être certainement huileuse. En finale, les notes amères de grains rôtis sont longues à s’éteindre et permettent à un alcool parfumé et piquant de réconforter l’intérieur de la bouche.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2130) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2010
33cl bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Deep black with a big thick creamy brown head. Awesome head ! Light lacing.
Aroma : Roasted malt and some hops. A bit peppery and a little bit acidic. Light coffee and light caramel. A bit muted. Perhaps because of the low carbonation.
Taste : Roasted malt light coffee. Some toffee. Rather light and well balanced. Nice roasted finish. Notes of dark chocolate too. Light peppery notes. Light hops. Carbonation is very soft but it goes well with the beer.
Overall : Very nice beer. Well balanced and well brewed. Surprisingly drinkable considering the style and the abv. I think the low carbonation helps a bit. Quite tasty stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (11456) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - dark black coloured with a dark beige foam; coffee and black chocolate; a fair hoppiness; full-bodied and gently oily; some sweetness and a robust bitterness; a solid sharpness from the chili; long hot spicy chocolatey finish, long lasting - a beauty

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3812) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
First off, the hot peppers here are quite subtle. Don’t let that turn you off. This is a pretty good beer and very well done in that respect. It’s a deep, dark black w/ a heavy looking dark tan head of very fine bubbles. The nose is dark chocolate and mild roast coffee. The flavor is similarly chocolatey w/ just a very faint touch of heat from the peppers. It could just as easily be a touch of cinnamon or the like. The texture is creamy w/ mild carbonation, which is well suited to the style and any sweetness is matched by a gentle earthy bitterness in the finish. This is a nice and subtly different confectionery adult beverage. I am impressed and surprised by how good it is on many levels, not just the use of peppers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5238) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle @ mondial de la bière. A deep dark beer with medium head. Smell is on chocolate note. A nice imperial stout, quite creamy, very chocolate like, oily, intense dark malt presence, roasted. A nice beer very pleasant to taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2010
33 cl bottle. Pours deep dark black, with beige head. Aroma is loaded with heavy roast, soy, cocoa and some prominent spicy pepper. The taste is cocoa and a cherry, earthy pepper character. The spice picks up a bit as it warms up. Softly sweet with a bit of cherry roastiness. Very well balanced and peculiar beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
petrinisara (12) - ITALY - OCT 23, 2010
profumi torrefatti e speziati, al palato morbida prepotente caffè cioccolato non molto beverina ma buona

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13521) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia. Bottle from Oak Tree. Pours black with a foamy dark tan head. Getting a lot of chocolate in the nose. And some anise. Weird. Chocolate liquorice. Med + body; frothy carbonation. Flavor is smooth dark malt, anise, and some chocolate. Maybe coffee too. There’s a veg aspect, and some pepper tends to build with time. Not enough capsaicin to work up a sweet, but the flavor is there, and some mild burn. There are some subtle aspects. And the pepper really is building!! A one off fer sure.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8810) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
On tap at the Purple Pig in Chicago. Very dark brown, thin frothy tan cap. Hard roast aroma with vegetal undertones. Burnt malt character, a little leathery, peppery heat in the finish. Dry. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5259) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Baker’s chocolate, charred oak, walnuts and hints of bourbon. Black, thick tan head. Dark chocolate and tobacco, with a smoky finish.


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