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


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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2009
A light brown colored head tops this perfectly black brew. The smells are initially strong anise with some dark chocolate. There is also a little bit of coffee. The start is ok with cola and coffee. However, the finish really bugs me, it is hugely strong anise with some black pepper spice. Too much as it burns my throat. There is also some tobacco and a little bit of plum as a drink more. However, this has the most unpleasant feeling in the back of the throat that I have ever gotten from a beer. It tastes like burning. It’s like trying to chug a bunch of black pepper ground up into a cocktail of coffee and cola. Literally painful to drink. Ok, it was pointed out to me that this was brewed with chili. I rethought my rating and decided to stick with it. It is just nasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Deep dark black beer. Aroma is loaded with heavy roast, soy, cocoa and some prominent spicy pepper. There is a light bit of booziness as well. The flavour is less spicy than the nose would suggest. Cocoa and a charry, earthy pepper character. The spice picks up a bit as it warms up. Softly sweet with a bit of charry roastiness. Nice balance of roast and char. It’s pretty solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2009
draft @ redlight redlight. Rich roasted malts on the nose, dark chocolate, mayan chocolate with hints of spicy peppers in the aroma. Pours black with a thin tan head. Roasted malts dominate with dark fruits dark cherries, hints of anise, with hints of coffee and chocolate. There is a warming spice from the peppers as you swallow but its by no means hot though. Very nice and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Draft at Rustico. Pours a dark black body with a dark tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolates, with a subtle note of chili in there. Flavor was creamy, roasted, and with just a nice small kick of spice (heat) at the end. The heat isn’t strong, but you’ll notice that the beer includes it as it warms throughout the session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3350) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2009
On tap at O’Briens. Color was dark brown to black with a chocolate head. Aroma of meat, oat, cocoa, and leather. Flavor was very oaty and meaty with roasted malt and chocolate. Solid, but not great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (887) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing. Pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Big coffee and malt aroma, with some wood and chocolate. Very sharp taste, of chili, coffee, wood, malt, some herbs, and dark chocolate. Lingering spicy sharpness. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2009
Tap at Gingerman. Pours a nice deep dark brownish black and a beige foamy head and nice spotty lace. Aroma is nice nutty, dry roasted coffee beans, spices are subtle, chocolate and burnt toast. Dark chooclate flavor, bittersweet, toffee, mild sweetness, toffee, light peppery spice, coffee and light char, leather, and tobacco- cigar like. Actually reminded me a lot of Southampton RIS 2008 which I had just had before this beer. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle... mgumby10’s & hopscotch’s Watching the Final Four from Face Down on the Floor Throwdown!... Pours pitch black and has a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. Good retention. Great cocoa, blackstrap molasses and nutty aroma. After a few seconds, there is an interesting, very subtle, burning sensation inside my nose – from the peppers, I assume. Full-bodied and a tad oily with tickling carbonation. The flavor is deeply roasted, moderately bitter and moderately sweet. Chocolate, charcoal and a touch of espresso – a bit of a peppery burn on my tongue. The pepper doesn’t seem to add a lot of flavor, but certainly brings some heat. Finishes with a mild peppery burn in my nose and on my palate – short lived. Bottle provided by mgumby10!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
Draft at GM. Pours a black body with a tan head. Sweet and tangy chocolate and roast y character and some light lactose notes. Pepper licorice and a hint of sweetness. Interesting take on a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
On tap at OBriens. Dark hue with dissipating brown head. Rich stout aromas (coffee, dark chocolate) with hint of milky cream and chili spice. Flavor dominated by creamy smooth and sweet malts with a slight lingering spice kick and heat at the end. Lighter body and texture than expected, a fun variant on the style, great with a spicy burger!

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