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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: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 composers 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 beers 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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Ernest's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6544) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate cookie / cocoa powder, roasted grain / coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Rather over the top with sweetness and perceived alcohol (alcohol burn is certainly exaggerated by chile heat, though)...drinks like a 10%+ beer. Aroma is ok but a little one-dimensional. Syrupy. Looks fantastic, though...thick, lasting head atop a fully opaque body.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ambro206 (238) - ITALY - MAY 2, 2015
La birra si presenta scura impenetrabile nel bicchiere con un cappello compatto di schiuma color caffelatte. Laroma di cioccolato e caff. In bocca le sensazioni olfattive sono confermate. Il copro pienissimo ed il finale lungo e piccante. Si avverte una sensazione di calore lungo tutta la bevuta. Carbonazione bassa perfetta per lo stile. Una birra ottima, da meditazione, Da tenere sempre in cantina ad invecchiare per bene.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3516) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 9, 2015
Tap at Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend 2015. Originally rated 28032015. Colour is black with slightly brownish head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate, some mild chili and roasted malts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2015
Old rate from back in January. From a bottle. Black, small tan head. Slightly vegetal nose, with chocolate and chilis. Light body for an impy, but I love the way the chilis develop. They give it a low, slow burn, but nothing that really detracts. Like a chili chocolate bar in a glass. Still slightly vegetal, which is a bit of a turn-off. Definitely good, but not as good as the lighter brews Ive had from them.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 2, 2015
Tap@ TCBW2015. Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Deep roast, sweet, chocolate, licorice, faint coffee in aroma. Sweetish, light roast, paprika, chilly peppers in taste. Love how the roast and chilly burn mix. At first it feels thin and watery, but when the chilly kicks in and completes the roast its WOW! Very well done brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1556) - ESTONIA - MAR 28, 2015
A nice and pretty smooth beer. Roast, chocolate, licorice, booze. The chili heats builds up in the mouth and somehow works pretty well. Strong stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (2071) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2015

Lukt: Kaffe, lakris, sjokolade og vanilje.
Utseende: Sort farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Lakris, sjokolade, vanilje med en anelse chilli i avslutningen.
Hvor: Kjpt@VP, Kvadrat, Nydt@Lokal hjemme tasting hos Bryne
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@8,2%, Nr@20.03.2015

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cruzer (94) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Smooth stout, pours black with a tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2426) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle@Camba Tap House, M 2015/3 post-BKL. Heavy burnt bitter chocolate, roast, ash and black pepper are joined by smooth slow-roast meaty red paprika in the mid part, before the firy chili kicks in, delivering a tongue and throat warming burn, trading in UK ImpStout balance for warmblooded Romance overstatement. A bit less balanced than some chili-spiked 80% fondant chocolates Ive liked, but still enjoyable for half a bottle. - Like Verdis opera, this potent creative brew brims with expressive character and fire, making it a beer to split its audience (if not quite their palates and larynxes) down the middle.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mad_Ferret (715) - SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
Tap @ Bishop Folkis. Muddy black/brown, short tanned head. Licorice, chocolate, coffee grounds and some chili in the aroma. Sweet and a bit like cough medicin. Sweet, licorice, old cold coffee, hints of dark bitter chocolate and with a pronounced chili heat that grows and lingers but never really go over the top (for me). Medium, soft, slight oily. Decent. But not that exiting.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kleurplaatje (83) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2015 Pours darker than dark matter with a quick diminishing sugary brown head. Beautiful Stout aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, nuts and coffee. Something quite autumn-like as well. Cant describe it, but it makes the nose absolutely stunning. Taste is sweet with nice tones of coffee, sugar, dark chocolate and even liquorice. Somewhat roasty in the middle and a nice, warmish coffee and pepper end which is moderately bitter with a nice nutty undertone. Absolutely rich in flavor, beautifully balanced with a nice complexity. Tasty tenner! Nice oily texture as well. Beautiful round mouthfeel and a well carbonated as well. Wonderful brew in every aspect, deserves a far better rating than a 3,7 average.


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