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

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RATINGS: 460   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2009
330ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, and some dust. Poured black in color with a large, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light tar, and some coffee. Medium body. Creamy, then chalky texture. Average carbonation. Roasty, malt, chocolate, and tar finish is chalky. 8.2%ABV is totally hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11117) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
Black with a small off-white head. Roasted aroma, caramel and a hint of smoke. Dry and roasted flavoour with a touch of smoke and charcoal

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
2009-06-06. Black body with a modest beige head. Aroma is mild for the strength, dry roast malt. (7+) Flavour is dry, mild roast with a bit of bitterness throughout. Pleasant (7+) Average plus palate. Could be more full bodied but its okay. Pretty decent straightforward imperial stout. Bottle at Mondial 2009, Montreal

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6602) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2009
CBF 2009: Black and clear. Has an off-white head, fully diminishing. Aroma is light bread, roasted, caramel milk chocolate, light yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet, light acidic, long duration. Syrupy texture. And a nice, funny warming chili at the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
Mondiale 2009. A good aroma, bitter even astringent. Moderate off-white head though lacey, bitter and coffee. Not very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Pours a black body with a thin, darker brown-orange, foamy head that never completely dissipates leaving lots of soft lace upon swirling. Aroma of moderate chocolate sweetness and mild roasts up front. On the backend there is some licorice, dark fruits, molasses, nuts, and a light booze. Flavor is initially a light peppery sweetness quickly followed by a soft, roasty chocolate. Some dark fruits come in as the chocolate and roast increase ever so slightly. Some heat from the chili peppers come in as well and bring everything together for a dry, dusty roast, sweet chocolate, hot pepper finish. Medium bodied with a tickling carbonation. The heat from the peppers dies towards the beginning of the aftertaste leaving a lingering taste of rounded chocolate and malts and a charred roast flavor that leaves the tongue scraping and dusty feeling. Overall, an interesting Imp Stout. The chili peppers compliment the rest of the flavors very well and make for a unique heat. An enjoyable experience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrGGen (308) - ITALY - JUN 6, 2009
Colore nerissimo per questa stout parmense(o parmigiana?)con una schiuma di discreta durata.Aroma di liquirizia e cioccolato.In bocca è caffè e cacao.Finale oiccante e un pò secco.Buona

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Roastiness, hazelnuts and molasses are developed by this personable Imperial Stout’s grain bill, as grassy hops construct balance.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the blackness and its brown edges.
-The hot peppers are well integrated as they barely show up until the end of each sip, and even there they are discreet.
-The prevalent fruitiness adds complexity.
-This is rather easy drinking for a beer this size; the residual sugars are well levelled and the carbonation is prickly but inoffensive.
-The roasted malt bitterness might be a tad too much for my liking.

Bottles.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexgurac (21) - lugano, SWITZERLAND - JUN 6, 2009
imperial stout abbastanza buona, profumi tostati e cioccolatosi, in bocca tostata e piccante

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2009
From tap@Københavnske Øldage 2009. Pitch black with a tiny tan head on top. Initial aroma of dried dark fruits. Then a rounded coffee and chocolate scent. Taste is gently sweet, slight peppery, with a fine rounded, malty roastedness. Feels very soft in the mouth. Medium to full body. Mildly spiced and soft malty finish. Elegant.


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