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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: 489   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11897) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
33cl bottle. Medium tan head top brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, dark chocolate, some smoke, coffee. Taste is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast, some pleasant chili burn in finish. Creamy medium-full body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3977) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Dark brown pour. Sweet chocolate pour. Nice roasted malts. Tasted sweet malts with a dark chocolate bitter finish. Pretty good way to start off the tasting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6136) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, dark brown with tan foam, lacks much aroma, light cocoa flavors and some spice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7895) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a tan head and a deep brown, near black body. Aroma of tar, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Taste is chocolate, and light pepper heat at the back with some earthy notes in between. Medium viscosity and light carbonation.

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 (29988) - 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 (5352) - 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 hadn’t picked up on the peppers at all in the aroma, and even in the mouth, they were far less aggressive (fortunately) than I thought they’d 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 (16286) - 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


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