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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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RATINGS: 466   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 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9883) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
11.2 oz bottle, no date from darkguardian--thank you. Deep brown--black in my glass--with a twofinger tan head, fair retention. Lots of chocolate in the aroma with some anise and molasses, dark fruits (prunes?), and a tinge of smoke. There is something that makes me think jalapeno in there, but not sure yet. Flavor continues with a good amount of burnt malts in the finish, faint heat rising after 1/4 of the bottle. Bitterness peaked @ a 4, some alcohol noted. Medium-full body with low carbonation. Not quite a run-of-the-mill impy, but not that rockin’, either.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NJBeerman013 (1051) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored head. Bitter espresso aroma with something vegetal. It has a medium, yet oily full mouthfeel and body. Flavor is bitter and dry at first, but as the beer warms, an herbal sweetness surfaces, leading into a spicey pepper bite. Finish is alcoholic and spicey with a lingering bite. Definitely a different kind of stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
[2253-20090606] Sample. Rich roasty coffee malt aroma. Dark brown black body with a quick foamy light tan head. More richly roasted coffee malt in the flavour with dry wood throughout. Full body. Very good, tasty, stouty and oomphy.
(4T @ Mondial 2009; Montreal, QC)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5287) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. Jet black with a tall mocha colored head. Aroma is spicy and peppery with almost a barbecue sauce-like aroma as well as smoked meat. Taste is roasted malts, peppery spices, chocolate, light coffee and hints. Body is full, chewy and spicy, but not overdone. The peppers compliment but do not overdo it. Finishes with more peppers and spices, roasted malt, chocolate, and light coffee. A nice surprise!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Brewed in Italy..... Pours black in color with a super foamy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of dark malts, licorice and dark fruits. Taste is of mild chocolate, spices, dark malts and mild hot peppers. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a lingering pepper burn in the finish. This was a very interesting concept for an Imperial Stout. Not sure if most beer drinkers would like this kind of brew, but worth a shot !!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10165) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2009
A deep black stout with a thick moka head, In aroma, dark fruits, plums, chocolate with light vinous notes. In mouth, a nice chocolate malt with herbal notes, bitter hops, and warming alcohol. Rich and chocolatey. Bottle at Mondiale 2009.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2009
bottle 330ml from Systembolaget EXP 16 03 10 murky black small white head Scent:first dash of farmhouse roastead malts smoke. Taste heavy roasted malts dash of smoke and tar mild kick of chili in lasting roasted aftertaste. Good one more please next flight to Milan ;)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13820) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2009
On tap at Copenhagen Beerfestival. It serves a black body without any head, but a few bubbles are found around the rim. A bit weak on the nose, with roasted malts and back coffee. Smooth, full-bodied beer with flavors of sweetness, roasted malts, some dried fruits, coffee and a chili burn coming stronger and stronger, turning really delicious. The rest of the flavor is a bit weak. Chili dominates the finish, but the roasted malts are present too. A quite lovely chili stout. (090517)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MapleSyrup (7) - Pajo, Kentucky, USA - JUL 10, 2009 does not count
pitch-black, almost espresso-like, a bit of licorice, good head, nice lace,the hot peppers didn’t really jump out as I had hoped, more of black pepper than anything, almost chalky at times, but the finish was warm & smooth and hung around...


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