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


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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Draft at redlight redlight. Pitch black pour with a medium, foamy cream colored head that leaves some sudsy lace behind. The aroma shows hints of dark chocolate, roasted espresso, and peppery spice that is quite interesting. The flavor shows more of the dark chocolate and roasted espresso to go with some peppery spice and heat on the backend. I like how the pepper comliments the other flavors. Medium bodied and smooth with subtle carbonation with a long, spicy and roasty finish. Really niteresting take on the imperial stout style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
In short: An earthy fruity dirty moderately roasted imperial stout. Good
How: From the bottle at Montreal Mondial de la Bière 2009
The look: Near black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: A grainy big earthy nose and a grainy big earthy body with molasses, dark fruits, some black cake, burnt sugar and roasted wood. Far from a clean beer I had a peaty sensation (even some tar) from the aroma until the after-taste. Supposedly brewed with hot-peppers but luckily they are so well concealed that I didn’t notice any. Verdi, vomi, vichy. I had too much Ducato, I puked, I drank mineral water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle via trade with dchmela. Pours a nice velvety black with a strong red hued brown head. Nose is chocolate at first and then fades to chard malts. Flavors are warm roasted to burnt malts with a nice chili oil slow burn, nice hints of bittersweet chocolate. Good beer and the chili is well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2009
330ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, and some dust. Poured black in color with a large, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light tar, and some coffee. Medium body. Creamy, then chalky texture. Average carbonation. Roasty, malt, chocolate, and tar finish is chalky. 8.2%ABV is totally hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12303) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
Black with a small off-white head. Roasted aroma, caramel and a hint of smoke. Dry and roasted flavoour with a touch of smoke and charcoal

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
2009-06-06. Black body with a modest beige head. Aroma is mild for the strength, dry roast malt. (7+) Flavour is dry, mild roast with a bit of bitterness throughout. Pleasant (7+) Average plus palate. Could be more full bodied but its okay. Pretty decent straightforward imperial stout. Bottle at Mondial 2009, Montreal

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8206) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2009
CBF 2009: Black and clear. Has an off-white head, fully diminishing. Aroma is light bread, roasted, caramel milk chocolate, light yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet, light acidic, long duration. Syrupy texture. And a nice, funny warming chili at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
Mondiale 2009. A good aroma, bitter even astringent. Moderate off-white head though lacey, bitter and coffee. Not very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Pours a black body with a thin, darker brown-orange, foamy head that never completely dissipates leaving lots of soft lace upon swirling. Aroma of moderate chocolate sweetness and mild roasts up front. On the backend there is some licorice, dark fruits, molasses, nuts, and a light booze. Flavor is initially a light peppery sweetness quickly followed by a soft, roasty chocolate. Some dark fruits come in as the chocolate and roast increase ever so slightly. Some heat from the chili peppers come in as well and bring everything together for a dry, dusty roast, sweet chocolate, hot pepper finish. Medium bodied with a tickling carbonation. The heat from the peppers dies towards the beginning of the aftertaste leaving a lingering taste of rounded chocolate and malts and a charred roast flavor that leaves the tongue scraping and dusty feeling. Overall, an interesting Imp Stout. The chili peppers compliment the rest of the flavors very well and make for a unique heat. An enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrGGen (326) - ITALY - JUN 6, 2009
Colore nerissimo per questa stout parmense(o parmigiana?)con una schiuma di discreta durata.Aroma di liquirizia e cioccolato.In bocca è caffè e cacao.Finale oiccante e un pò secco.Buona

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