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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
common

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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Sweet little 33cl bottle that could only be better it it had a 26mm opening... Pour black with a tan head. The aroma is mostly malt with achocolate and light ash, followed by light peppery spice. The flavor is mostly chocolatey malt with low hopping and pepper flavor that builds into a pretty spicy finish. Lots of heat from the peppers in the aftertaste. Medium-full body with a clean, easy feel to it. Cool stuff and definitely not typical.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6370) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Ink black color/ brown head. Big milk chocolate, deep roasted malt aromas. medium body. Good chocolate, coffee espresso flavors, noticable pepper burn in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9364) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 24, 2010
On tap at Paradiso. Pours pretty much pitch black with a small but menacing brown head that has excellent retention and very good lacing. Nose brings enormous dark chocolate, roasted malt, bakers chocolate, some rich cafe latte. Taste is spicy, chili peppers, dark chocolate; bitter, rich bakers chocolate. Some creme and artisan coffee along with big vanilla bean, spicy vanilla extract, and ginger ice cream. Full-bodied. A very serious RIS.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Raddest possible bottle pours a clear dark brown with a thin light-beige head. Earthy milk chocolatey aromas, roasted malts, licorice, not much pepper in the nose. Flavor is dark chocolate with a spicy chipotle-like finish. The heat is mild but respectable. A little thin-bodied and oddly clean on the finish. I guess I can’t expect a huge monster stout with 7-8% alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Dark roast and coffee notes on the nose with some earthy notes as well, possibly a touch of spice. Dark brown pour, sadly no cappucinno like foam head, really not much foam at all actually. Earthy, chocolate notes, with a hint of peppery flavors, but not spicy hot at all. Compliments the beer extremely well. Earthy throughout. Drinks nicely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2010
330, I think, capped shared by Tom. Black coffe with tight small light tan head. Dry roasty coffee with some waxiness. Somewhat light and thin but good carb. Kind of a one dimensional roasty porter, but no flaws.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6731) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2010
50cl. capped. pours jet black with a surging dark tan head that fades quickly away to a loose rim. nice big roasty sharp patenty nose. creamy medium body with mild carb. dark chocolate with bitey charry notes on the mid palate. long dry char finish.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - MAR 3, 2010
Una birra che si presenta bellissima,nera,con un bel cappello avana. . impressionante è la persistenza dei suoi sapori.L’ Aroma è di malto tostato con note di cioccolato fondente. Sicuramente è una birra da provare,e difficile da dimenticare!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle@ Enoteca Decanter, Milan. Poured a deep black colour with a nicely lingering tan head. Aroma packed with big roastiness, dark chocolate and berry fruit. Gorgeous silky smooth mouthfeel. Luxurious and warming. Gently sweet flavour with more roasty action. Nicely placed spiciness lurking. Expertly balanced and very enjoyable stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drf (2) - ITALY - FEB 28, 2010 does not count
A huge beer. Tasted both on tap (at BQ, Milan) and in bottle. The most impressive and relevant thing about this beer is the persistent and quite strong pepper finish, which is a real surprise after the first taste. Roasted and malty aroma , with relevant dark chocolate hints. Interesting head. Overall, a must try: love it or hate it, this beer is extremely unique and you won’t easily forget it.


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