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

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RATINGS: 474   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.
20°


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Aroma: Roasted, a bit smoky, cocoa, sourishness, and coffee. Taste: Roastiness, bitter chocolate, coffee, light smokiness, spicy/peppery and dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2009
Thick darkness and creame foam.Sharp but friendly flavor. Coffee Latte explosive. Intence after-taste of chili!

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2008
Pitch black color with a thick brown head. Roasted malty aroma with liquorice, coffe and alcohol. Burned flavor of coffe and ashes from firewood finishing with a throatburning sting of hot chilipepper. First sip is interesting, the rest is more doubtful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Pitch black coloured with a huge beige head. Roasted aroma of chocolate and coffee with notes of caramel and liquorice. Roasted flavour of chocolate and coffee with notes of pepper, liquorice, alcohol and hops. Roasted and burning peppery finish. Quite good, but too much pepper.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13780) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle at ØLbutikken. Black - brown head. Aroma: Vegetables & Coffee. Taste: High hoppy, burned, high malty, coffee, Oooohhh it is chili, chocolate, sharpness, burning, alcoholic, light sweetness. OK !!!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
finol (2252) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black with light brown head. Some alcohol in the aroma. The body is to light for this beer and the chili is to heavy. Did they ad the chili just to hide a mediocre stout? Had to pour it out to not destroy the rest of the beer tasting session.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hirigalzkar (2355) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle. Black. Brown head. Malty and spicy aroma. Tastes like a regular imperial stout, malty and roasted, with chili added to it. But the chili dosent feel like a part of the brew. Interesting idea but not a very good result.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
<b>Bottle 33cl.</b>
Clear dark black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, cask wood, light yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft - flat. (060808)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5731) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2008
[Bottled] Pitch black with a creamy beige/orange head. Coffee and burnt, dark chocolate in the aroma. Slightly sourish. Pretty much carbonation. Vinous with seet fruits and chcoclate. Some alco-feel. Light bitterness with dry coffee and chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle thanks to Porter-Otto and Systembolaget. Pours black with a creamy brown head. The “attack” aroma is coffee bean/espresso roasted and salty with notes of soy, anise and new asphalt. If you sniff harder a spiciness of green pepper, jalapeno oil, red chilly and dusty white pepper is notable. Juicy dark bread/pumpernickel, blackberries and herbal black tea hints. Creamy chocolate and toasted caramel the background. The flavour starts with notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee. The finish is very spicy with notes of chilly, pepper and jalapeno. Tar and anise. The mouthfeel is round and light oily with a soft carbonation. The ending is numbing spicy with light sweet malt. The bitterness is drowning in the spiciness. Medium bodied. Italy is keeping it real


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