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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle at LCRBM08. Good bready aroma. Creamy and vinous flavour, good pepperiness. Black colour, small brown head. Good roasted coffee aftertaste. Tastes like real pepper aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2810) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 Bottle@LCRBM08. A very dark brown colored beer, with a dark brown head. The aroma of smoked malts with milky chocolate and some fruits. The taste is dry smoked met overripe cherries. The aftertaste is dry and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3586) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle @ LCRBM 08: Poured a black with brown head. Aroma is coffee and that leads straight into the taste. Not much else for me to say other than I am impressed its Italian!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (10199) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle @ LCRBM 2008. Hot chili? Are you kidding? Didn’t taste anything of it.. Roast and licorice in the aroma. Licorice, coffee and cardemom in the sweetish flavor. Apple syrup. Nothing special, though drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle@LCRBM08. Very one dimensional coffee aroma. Black coloured, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, bitter, roasted, chocolate, malty, licorice but again mainly coffee. Flavorful, nice balance but not really special.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ricksivrea (11) - Ivrea, ITALY - OCT 11, 2008
a very good bier, strong, but not too hard to drink. Great flavours of cocoa, coffee and smoke, perfect on a roast meat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugh (153) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Alex. Very satisfactory ’Imperial Stout Light’, Black-deep red colour with stable, short head. Smooth, balanced beer with deep flavours of cocoa/coffee/liquorice/dark fruits/smoke/chocolate/nut/wood/tarmac (select any three of these, it was that sort of beer). This is the show pony of this brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at GBBF thanks to the brewer.
This was actually 8.2% for what it’s worth. An almost black brown colour with a thin but well behaved tan head. Lovely roasted chocolate malt in the aroma with lots of red wine notes. The flavour is an excellent balance of alcohol and dark barrelly malt. Rich and warm and really pleasing all round.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeR (60) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2008
33 cl very well designed bottle. Dark brown-black beer, with a frothy lasting light brownhead, medium sized bubbles. Strong and penetrating aroma, dominated by rasted malt and cocoa, alcohol only when the beer has time to warm a little bit. It matches very well with the strong roasty taste, with spicy hints and a warming alcohol coming out at the end but which coats the mouth for some minutes. Smooth anf full body. Well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8711) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
Bottled - GBBF2008. A black beer with a frothy coffee coloured head. A rich, roasty aroma, with some oily smokiness, and nice hops. The taste is smooth, roasty and smoky. Fairly restrained as far as the roastiness is concerned. Pretty good.


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