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


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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8628) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5088) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3541) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle - 330ml. Opaque black body with low carbonation and a fair beige creamy head. Complex malty/hoppy aroma with coffeeish, grainy, and chocolate hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced malty/hoppy taste that carries roasted cereals, coffeeish, and woody notes. It ends with a long bitter/roasty finish. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tonycaviar (76) - HUNGARY - OCT 14, 2010
Éjfekete olajként csorog a pohárba, döbbenetes színe van, habja kevés és határozottan barna. Hiába öntöm direkt úgy, képtelenség neki komolyabb habkoronát varázsolni, de az a kis fátyolszerű minta végig ott marad a folyadék tetején. Az illata édes, pörkölt, gyümölcsös. Az íze megfelel az elvárásoknak – gazdag imperial stout íz, melyben a kakaó és a feketecsokoládé dominál. Boros, szilvás aromákkal terjeszkedik a szájban, de az édesség hamar elillan, és kiderül, hogy az egész koncepció nem olyan súlyos, mint amilyennek kinéz – a teste közepes, kellemes, könnyedén iható, barátságos. Mondjam azt, hogy akár egy Verdi opera? Színes, lendületes, drámai, romantikus, de hiányzik belőle Wagner üllője, amitől leszakad az asztal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2010
Bottled 330ml (Pikkulintu, BB 09/2012)
Opaque black color, small but steady brown head. Aroma of coffee, coffee beans (slightly vegetably) and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied. Very coffeish impy with coffee liquer-alcohol finish. Coffee beans, some ash. Alcoholic and peppery finish. Reasonably ok Italian imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Much better than I expected- an Imperial Stout from Italy? Roasted malts, black licorice and mocha/ coffee bean on the creamy mouthfeel, with chile spice notes and dark chocolate brownie undertones. Nice hop backbone, with spices lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holy (837) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2010
Shared with Travlr in Baltimore. Jet black oil pour with med brown head that coats the sides of the glass. Nice chocolate aroma - transfers exact to the tastebuds with the added coffee flavors. Nice base standard for a stout. Nothing crazy, just good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3010) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
Aroma:strong chocolate,light oxydation... Appearance:Light lacing brown head... Flavor:Rosted malt,light chocolate,bitterness and pepper....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2010
black pour with small tan head. aroma of milk chocolate coated peppers, black licorice, sourness and roasted coffee. very unique for the style. slick, creamy mouthfeel gives rises to jalapeno, coffee grounds, cocoa, and molasses. dry, nutty finish, with just a touch of bitterness. i really enjoyed this, as it opened up quite nicely after some initial warming

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2010
(Bottled) Almost black with a largeish, beige head. Strong aroma of black coffee, some chocolate, spices, and roasted-burned malt. Peppery-spicy flavor with lots of roasted coffee, almost burned malt, oatmeal sourness, reasonably bitter hops, syrup. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. A decent IS for coffee lovers, but too ashy-roasty for me. 5446

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