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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: 450   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2580) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2009
Flaske. Udmærket sortbrn øl, der ikke er motorolie, men snarere over i en engelsk type imperial stout. Duften er helt anderledes en forventet, chilien kan ikke lugtes men drukner alligevel de andre dufte. SMagen er kraftig chili med et godt afterburn som fungere upåklageligt. God mundfylde, en anderledes øl der vinder igennem drikningen.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (4946) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2009
0.33 l bottle from Systembolaget, thanks Hannu N! Black with dark creamy head. Sweeetish aroma with roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits and warming alcohol. Dry roasty flavor with charcoal and licorice. The finish is long with warming chili. To me the chili level is right on but the roastedness is too simple with acrid charcoal dominating.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2009
33 cl bottle thanks to deft! BB 15 08 10. Labelled 8.2% ABV. On January 16, 2009. Pitch black color, big brown head. Salty, roasted, spicy, smoke, malty scent. Salty, roasted, alcohol, coffee, cocoa, smoke taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel. Long roated aftertaste. Also spicy and green peppers. Medium to medium high bitterness. Prolonged spicy feeling in aftertaste, close to the spice dried and crushed white pepper, but still not really, can’t find anything else that resembles it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2468) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2009
[Bottled, 8.2 % alc.] Pours black with a mid-sized head. Smoked milk chocolate aroma with notes of charcoal. Smooth mouth-feel. Roasted flavour with notes of liquorice. Some chili shows up in the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
charlotte (4130) - rødovre, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2009
Pitch black colour with large big brown head.Rosted malty taste with strong peppery mouth feels,mold note of chocolate who killes by even more taste of pepper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle. Brought home from Systembolaget, Malmö. Thanks Peter. Now my number of Imperial Stout ratings have finally reaches my number of Pale Lager ratings. Pours red-black with a great, staying, super-creamy, cocoa-milky brown head. Sweet aroma. Lots of milky chocolate, coffee, some smoky notes and a herbal edge. The peppery edge tickles my nose a bit. Medium carbonation, fine, lightish mouthfeel. Flavour starts quite malty sweet with lots of chocolate and coffee bitterness. Then the peppers and hotness clearly burn through. Rather intense - and wonderful - staying chili finish.It is quite hos (which I like), but it is really fresh and drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Aroma: Roasted, a bit smoky, cocoa, sourishness, and coffee. Taste: Roastiness, bitter chocolate, coffee, light smokiness, spicy/peppery and dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2009
Thick darkness and creame foam.Sharp but friendly flavor. Coffee Latte explosive. Intence after-taste of chili!

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2008
Pitch black color with a thick brown head. Roasted malty aroma with liquorice, coffe and alcohol. Burned flavor of coffe and ashes from firewood finishing with a throatburning sting of hot chilipepper. First sip is interesting, the rest is more doubtful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20589) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Pitch black coloured with a huge beige head. Roasted aroma of chocolate and coffee with notes of caramel and liquorice. Roasted flavour of chocolate and coffee with notes of pepper, liquorice, alcohol and hops. Roasted and burning peppery finish. Quite good, but too much pepper.


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