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


on tap

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RATINGS: 506   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 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!

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3426) - 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 (901) - 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 (5075) - 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 (10183) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle from juiceisloose shared with dalekliz and my girlfriend Cyn. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is sweet some chilishness. Taste is sweet and spicy and all in all not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6390) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2009
Orlando, Fl.- Knightly Spirits - 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark black with some red tinges and a sticky mocha colored head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. spicy aroma - you can definitely detect the peppers and a touch of bitter coffee. Flavor starts off with a the typical chocolate-coffee stout concoction - which is nice - however, from deep in the throat comes the chili peppers - nice low burn - very invigorating. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Thanks to SoLan for the recommendation.

   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 (1634) - 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.

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