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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: 472   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5315) - 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 (10285) - 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 (13938) - 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...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle shared with Tronraner. Pours deep red/brown with a small head. The nose is peppery, but not well defined. It’s sharp, slightly vegetal, and a little chocolatey. The heat is only noticed buried in the finish after a few sips. Notes of brownies, waxy chocolate, and a peppery sharpness are in the flavor. This is definitely thin for the style. This has immense potential which is not fully realized.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 25, 2009
Draught. Pitch black colour. Pleasant bit mild aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and light smoke. Good mouthfeel. Flavour has roasted malt, chocolate, bit smoke, dark fruits and coffee. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1431) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottlet courtesy of sloth. I kept the empty bottle to use as a club in my truck in case I am truckjacked. Damn! Photon eating black with a moderate head that skims down in due time. Aroma is of robust dark malts with some chocolate sweetness as well. Hints of coffee too. Body is large as expected anad will do for lunch on its own....proven. tingling espresso roast on tip of toung...bitterness lingers. Warm finish makes the mouth salivate for more. I will dare to operate heavey equipment as my typing isnt all that bad at the moment. Props Bertly!!! See yah on the 25th of July.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Draft at redlight redlight. Pitch black pour with a medium, foamy cream colored head that leaves some sudsy lace behind. The aroma shows hints of dark chocolate, roasted espresso, and peppery spice that is quite interesting. The flavor shows more of the dark chocolate and roasted espresso to go with some peppery spice and heat on the backend. I like how the pepper comliments the other flavors. Medium bodied and smooth with subtle carbonation with a long, spicy and roasty finish. Really niteresting take on the imperial stout style.


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