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


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RATINGS: 543   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (6044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
( 11.2oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours medium brown with nice lacing. Nose of black olives and cocoa. Taste of light unsweetened chocolate, and licorice with a bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gerome (21) - FRANCE - JAN 7, 2010
The aroma shows hints of dark chocolate,Full body, nice lace, Nothing special, though drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle at Bir & Fud. Black with a light brown, creamy head. Smoked and roasted malts aroma, hints of salty meat.Roasted coffee, liqueur, with the spicy chillies hitting the tongue towards the finish in particular (and when the beer warms up).Full-bodied, quite alcoholic. Excitingly different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured black with a dense cap of sticky tan head (rather dark). The aroma picked up soft cocoa, bready notes, and charred molasses with low-moderate roast to it.. toasted chiles backed it up and accented well.. intriguing. The flavor found molasses, cocoa, and char at the core with some bitterness from the cocoa emanating outward.. building pepper throughout the drink never got beyond two alarm intensity.. well-balanced. Medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate.. nice, but not great malts in here.. this was a tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Sweet looking bottle is kind of like a full wine bottle that had the middle cut out of it and the ends melted back on. It has a punt. Silly that the beer was nearly $10. Pours to a deep black body with a foamy tan head. The aroma is oatmeal and red pepper meets deep roasted milk chocolate. The flavor has a light black pepper and chili with a deep chocolate and light oatmeal. The palate is creamy and medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a rich black with nice tan head. Aroma is very nice, rich dark roast, chocolate, malty, spicy as well with some added alcohol spice. Flavor is strong dark roast, espresso...Mouth feel is heavy body with low-medium carbonation. Overall, I didn’t get any pepper in this but it was a pretty damned good stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arturmons (3) - roma, ITALY - DEC 3, 2009 does not count
imperial stout di grande personalità, senza dubbio uno dei migliori esempi in campo italiano. densa, con una persistente schiuma da cappuccino, al naso fa emergere subito note di caffè, torrefatto ed esteri a volontà. in bocca il caffè è accompagnato dal cioccolato fondente e dalla liquirizia, il tutto in un mare di note speziate. retrogusto sorprendente, con il pepato che pian paino prende un deciso sopravvento sulla liquiriza e il cioccolato che lo precedono. luppoli non invadenti, dosati il giusto. una birra anche equilibrata, nonostante la sua indubbia originalità

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle shared by argo0: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin clingy-lacing beige head. Has a dry toasty dark chocolate and coffee nose with a hint of bready yeast. Starts with good rich dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate along with a touch of light fruity complexity before a warming chili pepper finish. A pretty unique and enjoyable imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7812) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2009
Huge thanks to Pinball for sharing. This was a pleasant surprise! Raven black body with a creamy tan head. Aroma is chokolate, roasted malt but not too profound, light coffee and sweet tobacco. Creamy texture. Flavour was quite a surprise. Chocolate and chili mingles with soft cocoa and coffee. Very nice balanced. The chili might overpower a bit after 5-6 sips but lovely stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2009
Serving date: 2009-02-04. Served in snifter. 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-08-15). The bottle design is rather unique, and quite good looking - like a mini champagne bottle. The beer is basically black, or very dark brown. The 2 cm big head is light brown/beige, thick and creamy, and settles quickly leaving some lacings and a solid lid of foam on top of the beer. Lots of coffee and cream hits the nose. Sweet licorice adds more sweet aromas. Some roasted malts and a light twang from the alcohol. A prominent taste of milk chocolate together with coffee and vanilla up front. More roasted malts, and a faint fruity flavor. The taste is pleasant and quite complex, but not as big as some imperial stouts. The finish, however, have much more to offer and here the beer truly excels: Here, the chili reveals itself and provides a sharp punch of hot spiciness that blends really well with a considerable hop bitterness and a gentle warmth from the alcohol. The finish is also quite dry, and long. Medium body with light carbonation. Quite smooth actually, in spite of the dry finish. This is not the biggest imperial stout out there, but I most say I liked it quit a bit. Perhaps, the taste could have been somewhat bolder, but it’s still rather complex and well balanced; a gentle sipping beer. The very interesting and pleasant finish gives the beer an edge, a characteristic feature that makes it stand out. The hotness from the chili blends really well with the dry bitterness, and makes the experience a little more interesting. However, please note that it’s not a big, unpleasant and overpowering taste of chili, destroying the gentle stout subtleties, we’re taking about here, but a well balanced hot spicy twang that results in an interesting and rather successful take at the style. Recommended. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

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