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


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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ingevara (850) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
Thin but dense, brownish head. Tar-like color with discrete fragrance of chocolate. Weak, restrained flavor, no bitterness, low carbonation. Lingering chili in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - APR 8, 2009
Bottle at home. Pours a brown/black color. Strong spicey aroma with some roasted notes and smokey notes. Strong licorice and chocolat notes is in there aswell. Taste is spicey with some chili,chocolat,licorice and some sweet notes. Not overly impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2009
Bottle, at LCRBM 2008, ’s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Deep black body. Creamy brown head. Dry aroma of strong malts. Heavily bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Not a great imperial stout, but still ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2009
Strong roasted aroma, smoked. Flavor is more roast and a slight smoke. Not very sweet, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Pours dark brown/black, with a small light tan head. Smells of rich roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, and even some dark fruit in there as well. The flavor was pretty heavy on the chocolate, which I enjoyed. Some dark fruit really pushed through in the finish, and left a roasty malty presence on the palate. Really rich beer, with very nice body to it. I enjoyed this quite a bit actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2009
Bottled in Parma. Lovely milk chocolate head, the beer is almost black. Roasted grain, some smoke, alcohol warming - or maybe it’s the chili. More on the sweet than on the dry side, but a fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
Black pour, thin tan head. Slight chalky aroma, mild roast follows, no discernible chili smells. A bit light on the palate. Taste is nice – dried dates, licorice, roast, a slight cast of heat on the finish, but nothing significant. A nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Very unique beer. A stout, but rather thin. A sweet aroma of wine. Very minimal light-brown head that disipates quickly. Taste is a slightly sweet stout and is very smooth. The beer is brewed with chilis, but the taste really isn’t there. However, after a bit, it sneaks up on you in the back of your throat. Sneaky little bastard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nordcore (1152) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle 33CL. A black apperance with a nice frothy light brown head. Aroma; chocolate and sweet malt. Flavor; light bitter with some chocolate. Medium body, quite nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10892) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2015 330ml bottle (Systembolaget, Stockholm) (7:4:8:4:14=3.7)
Practically black, tiny tan head. Savoury chocolate-like aroma, and certainly stout. Very rich sweet stout body, fairly soft velvetty palate. Burntness is certainly dry, but short of astringent. Sweet and gingery in the mouth, some very bitter chocolate too. Finish is very burnt, but again not astringent, and has the chilli creep up on you slowly. Covers the alcohol very well. Good one.
Tap (TCBW15) (7+:4:6:4:13=3.4+)
Nice coffee aroma, but alas a pretty beany taste. Disappointing compared to the first sample.

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