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


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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
@Mondial de la Bičre 2010, Strasbourg - dark black coloured with a dark beige foam; coffee and black chocolate; a fair hoppiness; full-bodied and gently oily; some sweetness and a robust bitterness; a solid sharpness from the chili; long hot spicy chocolatey finish, long lasting - a beauty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (4025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
First off, the hot peppers here are quite subtle. Don’t let that turn you off. This is a pretty good beer and very well done in that respect. It’s a deep, dark black w/ a heavy looking dark tan head of very fine bubbles. The nose is dark chocolate and mild roast coffee. The flavor is similarly chocolatey w/ just a very faint touch of heat from the peppers. It could just as easily be a touch of cinnamon or the like. The texture is creamy w/ mild carbonation, which is well suited to the style and any sweetness is matched by a gentle earthy bitterness in the finish. This is a nice and subtly different confectionery adult beverage. I am impressed and surprised by how good it is on many levels, not just the use of peppers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5523) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle @ mondial de la bičre. A deep dark beer with medium head. Smell is on chocolate note. A nice imperial stout, quite creamy, very chocolate like, oily, intense dark malt presence, roasted. A nice beer very pleasant to taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2010
33 cl bottle. Pours deep dark black, with beige head. Aroma is loaded with heavy roast, soy, cocoa and some prominent spicy pepper. The taste is cocoa and a cherry, earthy pepper character. The spice picks up a bit as it warms up. Softly sweet with a bit of cherry roastiness. Very well balanced and peculiar beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
petrinisara (12) - ITALY - OCT 23, 2010
profumi torrefatti e speziati, al palato morbida prepotente caffč cioccolato non molto beverina ma buona

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia. Bottle from Oak Tree. Pours black with a foamy dark tan head. Getting a lot of chocolate in the nose. And some anise. Weird. Chocolate liquorice. Med + body; frothy carbonation. Flavor is smooth dark malt, anise, and some chocolate. Maybe coffee too. There’s a veg aspect, and some pepper tends to build with time. Not enough capsaicin to work up a sweet, but the flavor is there, and some mild burn. There are some subtle aspects. And the pepper really is building!! A one off fer sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
On tap at the Purple Pig in Chicago. Very dark brown, thin frothy tan cap. Hard roast aroma with vegetal undertones. Burnt malt character, a little leathery, peppery heat in the finish. Dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5717) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Baker’s chocolate, charred oak, walnuts and hints of bourbon. Black, thick tan head. Dark chocolate and tobacco, with a smoky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3890) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle - 330ml. Opaque black body with low carbonation and a fair beige creamy head. Complex malty/hoppy aroma with coffeeish, grainy, and chocolate hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced malty/hoppy taste that carries roasted cereals, coffeeish, and woody notes. It ends with a long bitter/roasty finish. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tonycaviar (76) - HUNGARY - OCT 14, 2010
Éjfekete olajként csorog a pohárba, döbbenetes színe van, habja kevés és határozottan barna. Hiába öntöm direkt úgy, képtelenség neki komolyabb habkoronát varázsolni, de az a kis fátyolszerű minta végig ott marad a folyadék tetején. Az illata édes, pörkölt, gyümölcsös. Az íze megfelel az elvárásoknak – gazdag imperial stout íz, melyben a kakaó és a feketecsokoládé dominál. Boros, szilvás aromákkal terjeszkedik a szájban, de az édesség hamar elillan, és kiderül, hogy az egész koncepció nem olyan súlyos, mint amilyennek kinéz – a teste közepes, kellemes, könnyedén iható, barátságos. Mondjam azt, hogy akár egy Verdi opera? Színes, lendületes, drámai, romantikus, de hiányzik belőle Wagner üllője, amitől leszakad az asztal.

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