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


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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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 14/20
FatPhil (10324) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2015 330ml bottle (Systembolaget, Stockholm) (7:4:8:4:14=3.7)
Practically black, tiny tan head. Savoury chocolate-like aroma, and certainly stout. Very rich sweet stout body, fairly soft velvetty palate. Burntness is certainly dry, but short of astringent. Sweet and gingery in the mouth, some very bitter chocolate too. Finish is very burnt, but again not astringent, and has the chilli creep up on you slowly. Covers the alcohol very well. Good one.
Tap (TCBW15) (7+:4:6:4:13=3.4+)
Nice coffee aroma, but alas a pretty beany taste. Disappointing compared to the first sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Very unique beer. A stout, but rather thin. A sweet aroma of wine. Very minimal light-brown head that disipates quickly. Taste is a slightly sweet stout and is very smooth. The beer is brewed with chilis, but the taste really isn’t there. However, after a bit, it sneaks up on you in the back of your throat. Sneaky little bastard.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ingevara (842) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
Thin but dense, brownish head. Tar-like color with discrete fragrance of chocolate. Weak, restrained flavor, no bitterness, low carbonation. Lingering chili in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Pretty black. Nutty, ricey aroma with dark chocolate, light coffee and an almost almondy finish. Thick body is somewhat flat. Hints of cacao and nuts. Dry finish shows both sweet cream and light chile note.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
12oz cool bottle. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is not unlike mole sauce. Chocolate and alot of chili in the aroma. Very exotic. Flavor is lightly roasty with a thick heavy mouthfeel but a short duration. Lots of chocolate flavor, definite cinammon and anise and a long lasting slightly spicy chili finish. Very cool. I love that the Italians are always pushing the boundaries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
At Funky Buddha tasting. Brown-black with small aerated tan head. Chicory aromas. Nice carbonation level. Has unique character because of the subtle chili in the throat, which I barely noticed. Great roast malt character and stops short of being burnt so is nice and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2785) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours thick and black like velvet with a creamy tan head. Cocoa powder roasted grain, chocolate malt, dark fruit and oats dominate the aroma. Silky smooth oats, chocolate malt pepper spice and dark fruit combine very well in the taste. Nice and chewy body, very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (1536) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2009
Pitch black with a brown foam that stays medium long time. The aroma is roasted with chocolate and coffey, hints of fruit. THe taste is big roasted and a big bitterness that then changes to a hot pepper / ginger taste that lingers and I don’t like in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Cool bottle. Pours nearly pitch black with a large but fading, mocha colored head. Soapy flare lacing mostly breaks apart and glides back into the body, with a few traces remaining behind to dry. The nose is quite roasty, notes of espresso beans and toasted barley showing strongest. Dark, bitter cocoa is infused nicely, while the peppers lend a smoky, vegetal element that comes off a bit odd, but strangely attractive. Flavors are again quite roasty and bitter, but with more peppery heat and less of the vegetal weirdness. The spicy kick really grows in the back of the throat, a nice complement to the chocolate and espresso in my opinion. Substantial and creamy on the palate, the soft carbonation intensifies the spice, while the dryness prolongs the roasty finish. Interesting brew. I’m glad to see some well-executed variation going on within the imperial stout genre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2610) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Hey this is pretty neat. Appears dark brown in the pour but is essentially opaque in the glass, with a nice foaming head. Aroma is dark, with ashy roast and dark bitter chocolate. Flavor is initially mainly chocolate and mild roast with a wee hint of coffee. The peppers are interesting, initially not detectable, but a peppery heat begins to accumulate. Interesting. Mouthfeel is nicely velvety with a good soft carbonation.

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