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


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RATINGS: 516   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2009
Tap at Redlight Redlight. Pours pitch black, mocha head. Aroma malty, chocolate, some sweet spicy scents reach the nostrils. Taste, starts off as malty with a strong chocolate character, the peppers only become present a few seconds afterward. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they mixed with the beer and did not just kill the whole palate. Really loved it, good beer to sip on or pair with some chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14916) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2009
Tap at KBH Festival, 2009. Pous a pitch black with a small creamy head. Low carbonation. Round and smooth. Chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Spicy peppery notes. Vague warmth. Ends dry and roasted bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
EBF09. Draught. No head. Black colour. MOderate malty and hoppy aroma. Powerfull bitter flavor. Long nice heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Draught. Low and quickly disappearing off-white head. Pitch black body. Coffee smoke aroma. Coffee smoke liquorice chilli flavor. Low carbonation. Long bitter coffee aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfish120love (1053) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pours pitch black no head. At first very hard to notice any chili pepper, but as it warmed up it was easily distinguishable. Soy sauce flavor is present which I’m not a big fan of in Impy’s. A burp later on made my throat feel a slight burn from the pepper. Not bad but not stellar. A for the idea though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Draft @ redlight redlight. Pours black, showing some ruby when held up to the light, some lacing on the glass. Nose is malt, fairly rich chocolate, coffee and no hint of peppers or any heat. Flavor is fairly enjoyable until the pepper heat comes in and it start feeling quite a bit acidic and acrid. Roasty, more chocolate and coffee and slight brown sugar sweetness which is then edged out by a stingy (real) ginger ale prickliness throughout the mouth and throat. Thin to medium body, low carb, harsh acidic prickliness. Wish the peppers were more balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Deep dark black beer. Aroma is loaded with heavy roast, soy, cocoa and some prominent spicy pepper. There is a light bit of booziness as well. The flavour is less spicy than the nose would suggest. Cocoa and a charry, earthy pepper character. The spice picks up a bit as it warms up. Softly sweet with a bit of charry roastiness. Nice balance of roast and char. It’s pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2009
A light brown colored head tops this perfectly black brew. The smells are initially strong anise with some dark chocolate. There is also a little bit of coffee. The start is ok with cola and coffee. However, the finish really bugs me, it is hugely strong anise with some black pepper spice. Too much as it burns my throat. There is also some tobacco and a little bit of plum as a drink more. However, this has the most unpleasant feeling in the back of the throat that I have ever gotten from a beer. It tastes like burning. It’s like trying to chug a bunch of black pepper ground up into a cocktail of coffee and cola. Literally painful to drink. Ok, it was pointed out to me that this was brewed with chili. I rethought my rating and decided to stick with it. It is just nasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2009
draft @ redlight redlight. Rich roasted malts on the nose, dark chocolate, mayan chocolate with hints of spicy peppers in the aroma. Pours black with a thin tan head. Roasted malts dominate with dark fruits dark cherries, hints of anise, with hints of coffee and chocolate. There is a warming spice from the peppers as you swallow but its by no means hot though. Very nice and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6103) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Draft at Rustico. Pours a dark black body with a dark tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolates, with a subtle note of chili in there. Flavor was creamy, roasted, and with just a nice small kick of spice (heat) at the end. The heat isn’t strong, but you’ll notice that the beer includes it as it warms throughout the session.

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