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


on tap

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RATINGS: 535   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6065) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Pikkulintu) Poured black. Head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma contained coffee, roastedness and ash. Palate was full bodied, burning and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were coffee, roastedness, ash, bit of chocolate and medium bitterness. Aftertaste was long lasting and contained coffee, rostedness, bitterness and ash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 bottle @ l’autre oeil, aylmer. pours very dark brown with a creamy beige head, excellent retention and lacing. tingling peppers, roasted malts, hint of acidity, nuts, espresso. average carbonation, medium body, grassy-lightly resinous and bitter coffee finish. some sweetness but somewhat balanced. very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3613) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 15 09 2011, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on August 3 2010; eye: black, opaque, nice dark brown head that turns into a tiny sheet, slight lacing; nose: roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt malt, spices; mouth: roasted malt, acridness, burnt malt, salt, hot pepper, acrid finale with presence of burnt malt and hot pepper, average carbonation, rather acrid and salty, grainy and foamy texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 15 09 2011, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 3 août 2010; œil : noir, opaque, belle mousse brune foncé qui se transforme en une mince couverture, très légère dentelle; nez : malt rôti, malt torréfié, chocolat noir, malt brûlé, épices; bouche : malt rôti, malt torréfié, chocolat noir, âcreté, malt brûlé, sel, piment, finale âcre avec présence de malt brûlé et de piment, corsé, carbonatation moyenne, plutôt âcre et salé, texture granuleuse et mousseuse; en résumé : très bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3282) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2010
330mL bottle in Frubee, flute-esque glass. Pours black with a small-medium tan head. Cannot see through it, looks appetizing. Aroma is all chocolate for me. As it warms becomes fumy-woodsy with cappuccino-ash. Flavor is all warm chocolate with more cappuccino background. Low on bitterness till the very end, with just enough sweetness that is counterbalanced by a woodsy-earthy character. Delicious to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2896) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Yummmmmm-OOOOOOOOO!!!!! Right up there with the very best Italian brews. Poured with a huge, brown, foamy, frothy, thick, sudsy head and lots of lace. Color is as black as my heart and just as opaque too. Aroma is malt, roast, coffee, cocoa, bare hint of chili pepper, and hint of dark, ripe fruit. Flavor is the same with the chili pepper coming out briefly at the end and then fading again. Body is mouth filling and carbonation is perfect for the style. Finish is like flavor. Delicious beer. I want more!! and I don’t have any. wah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2010
Pours a black color with brown highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and mild roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate and roasted malt with some dryness along for the ride. This is an interesting beer, but it doesn’t compare favorably to the bolder American imperial stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Borresteijn (6086) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
On tap at 4:20 RBESG Rome day 2. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of chocolate, hard roasted malts, light spicy. Flavour is some chocolate and hard roasted malts at first, then extremely hot spicy and peppery, burning the throat. Pepperiness is almost gimmicky, it’s that hot. Undrinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5695) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with deep dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt with coffee notes. Taste has also loads of character with great roasted notes and some deep coffee notes with some dry black chocolate notes also noticeable. Body is quite full with great smooth texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with load of character though still easily drinkable. Nice mix between a cappuccino and an imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Cool looking shape to this 330 ml bottle; dense dark brown with trace tan head; creamy, milk chocolate with a mild lactic sourness throughout; peppery spice too; ashy finish with dried peppers; not exactly my thing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Fantastic Imperial Stout from a land that focuses almost entirely on light-colored weak-bodied "beer". Perhaps I rate this so high b/c it is such a rarity in the Italian context. It pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a thin fizzy cappuccino head. Notes of malt and chocolate and alcohol in the nose. A solid mouthfeel, with a silky smoothness. The alcohol is masked more with the balanced maltiness. Great Imperial Stout! There is yet hope for stout-heads visiting Italy!

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