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


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RATINGS: 551   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Aroma of gently roasted malt, molasses, toffee, cake. Flavor has all the delicate sweet notes, medium rich, with an equally soft though not subtle pepper spice coating. I hadn’t picked up on the peppers at all in the aroma, and even in the mouth, they were far less aggressive (fortunately) than I thought they’d be, really seeming to play more of a hop-substitute roll with hot spice to balance the rich malt instead of bitter hops. Interesting and tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21869) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Bottle at home ... deep black ... creamy tan head ... light roast malt ... soft thin roast ... little toffee ... some liquorice ...little spice ... actually the spice/chilli does build ... in fact i hadnt realised the hot peppers was there till i read description looking to see if i was imagining the burn ..nice but not stunning ... but the hot pepper clearly raises this beer above the mundain.

test batch ... deep black .... chocolate malt nose... not getting the spice ... good solid roast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2009
(bottle - 330 ml) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Coated the inside of the glass. Aroma is loaded with chocolate and cocoa notes mixing with some roasted malts and some light nutty notes. Flavor begins with a very nice and smooth chocolate note that goes to a roasty and lightly bitter middle At the finish, the heat from the peppers comes through. It’s very apparent, but not overpoweringly so. Just leaves a nice little heat in the back of your throat. Amazing stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2009
On Tap at Two Amy’s in DC. Intriguing aroma. Can’t quite place it. Want to name it. Smells like something but I can’t quite place it. The taste in even more intriguing. Wispy and seductive. Too complex to eat with food. It demands to be on its own. I think it must be an herb. Reminds me of absinthe! I finally decide that it must be juniper. What a pungent flavor, nicely buffered with a malty bitter-sweet. Leaves me with a wonderful buzz. Not so much intoxicating as delirious. Truly remarkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Draft at Redlight. Black body. Dark fruity raisiny tang in the smell. Very malty and chocolaty. Kind of light in the body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, frothy dark brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roasted grain, molasses, dark chocolate), light hop (herbs), heavy yeast (leather, broth) with notes of plum, fig, oak, licorice, and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy bodied, average carbonation, and a bitter-dry finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
11.2 oz bottle, no date from darkguardian--thank you. Deep brown--black in my glass--with a twofinger tan head, fair retention. Lots of chocolate in the aroma with some anise and molasses, dark fruits (prunes?), and a tinge of smoke. There is something that makes me think jalapeno in there, but not sure yet. Flavor continues with a good amount of burnt malts in the finish, faint heat rising after 1/4 of the bottle. Bitterness peaked @ a 4, some alcohol noted. Medium-full body with low carbonation. Not quite a run-of-the-mill impy, but not that rockin’, either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored head. Bitter espresso aroma with something vegetal. It has a medium, yet oily full mouthfeel and body. Flavor is bitter and dry at first, but as the beer warms, an herbal sweetness surfaces, leading into a spicey pepper bite. Finish is alcoholic and spicey with a lingering bite. Definitely a different kind of stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
[2253-20090606] Sample. Rich roasty coffee malt aroma. Dark brown black body with a quick foamy light tan head. More richly roasted coffee malt in the flavour with dry wood throughout. Full body. Very good, tasty, stouty and oomphy.
(4T @ Mondial 2009; Montreal, QC)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6028) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. Jet black with a tall mocha colored head. Aroma is spicy and peppery with almost a barbecue sauce-like aroma as well as smoked meat. Taste is roasted malts, peppery spices, chocolate, light coffee and hints. Body is full, chewy and spicy, but not overdone. The peppers compliment but do not overdo it. Finishes with more peppers and spices, roasted malt, chocolate, and light coffee. A nice surprise!

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