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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: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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 composerís 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 beerís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2009
Near black colored with red hints, little light brown head. Licoricy aroma with roastiness, peppery spices and salt, vanilla and dry cocoa come up too. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is also smooth with roastiness in start, cocoa and thin vanilla here too. Strong pepper comes up and lasts in aftertaste, still fits here ok, does not cover anything else.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Thanks Doug! Dark charcoal aroma, little waxy and a hint of spice. But only suggestively. Jet black, tan head, moderate lacing. Full mouthfeel, a larger gulp revealed the chipotle smoky heat and sting that is tempered nicely by the burnt grain and creamy body. Dig the twist.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2009
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet malt, roasted malt, and a bit of bourbon. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and alcohol. The body is light compared to the flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (4862) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle. The appearance is a fine pitch black, dark brown head. The aroma is pleasant with plenty of chocolate, coffee, raisins and a little sweetness in the background. The beer tastes like it smells, a lot of chocolate and roasted notes. The aftertaste was a bit spicy, interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Aroma of gently roasted malt, molasses, toffee, cake. Flavor has all the delicate sweet notes, medium rich, with an equally soft though not subtle pepper spice coating. I hadnít picked up on the peppers at all in the aroma, and even in the mouth, they were far less aggressive (fortunately) than I thought theyíd be, really seeming to play more of a hop-substitute roll with hot spice to balance the rich malt instead of bitter hops. Interesting and tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14678) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Bottle at home ... deep black ... creamy tan head ... light roast malt ... soft thin roast ... little toffee ... some liquorice ...little spice ... actually the spice/chilli does build ... in fact i hadnt realised the hot peppers was there till i read description looking to see if i was imagining the burn ..nice but not stunning ... but the hot pepper clearly raises this beer above the mundain.

test batch ... deep black .... chocolate malt nose... not getting the spice ... good solid roast

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2009
(bottle - 330 ml) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Coated the inside of the glass. Aroma is loaded with chocolate and cocoa notes mixing with some roasted malts and some light nutty notes. Flavor begins with a very nice and smooth chocolate note that goes to a roasty and lightly bitter middle At the finish, the heat from the peppers comes through. Itís very apparent, but not overpoweringly so. Just leaves a nice little heat in the back of your throat. Amazing stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2009
On Tap at Two Amyís in DC. Intriguing aroma. Canít quite place it. Want to name it. Smells like something but I canít quite place it. The taste in even more intriguing. Wispy and seductive. Too complex to eat with food. It demands to be on its own. I think it must be an herb. Reminds me of absinthe! I finally decide that it must be juniper. What a pungent flavor, nicely buffered with a malty bitter-sweet. Leaves me with a wonderful buzz. Not so much intoxicating as delirious. Truly remarkable

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Draft at Redlight. Black body. Dark fruity raisiny tang in the smell. Very malty and chocolaty. Kind of light in the body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, frothy dark brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roasted grain, molasses, dark chocolate), light hop (herbs), heavy yeast (leather, broth) with notes of plum, fig, oak, licorice, and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy bodied, average carbonation, and a bitter-dry finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.


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