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


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RATINGS: 515   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.

Ernest's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6905) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (1297) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 22, 2015
0,1l from bottle at Craft Bier Fest Wien. black color, small dark coffe-colored head. smells malty roasted, licorice, coffee, bitter chocolate, spices, earthy notes. quite nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes roasted, rather strong of licorice, earthy, some coffee, chocolate, peppery, light chili notes. finishes with light chili and some roast and licorice notes. drinks quite good, chili is subtle enough, overall good imp stout but not on par with the best ones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cinesr (34) - ITALY - NOV 8, 2015
colore nero con schiuma cremosa,in bocca ha un corpo pieno orzo tostato,caffč,liquirizia,finale secco con retrogusto cioccolato e peperoncino

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (1317) - Krakow, POLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle Aroma-caramel, coffee, Appearance-brown, hazy, brown foam, Taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter, Overall-very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (5310) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2015
Sampled from bottle at brewmakers dinner, Kick. Pitch black body with a disappearing tan head. Nice aroma of medium roasted dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee and notes of wood. Flavor is smooth, soft roasted dark malt, coffee, chocolate, mild wood and moderate but balanced fruity bitterness. Fine balanced body and nice aftertaste. A smooth and solid Imperial Stout without any sharp edges. Slightly warning but not really alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, some roasted malt, grains, caramel and milky notes. Flavor is sweet and malty with some chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, nuts and grains. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (630) - - OCT 20, 2015
Pours black, clear, with tiny light brown, unstable, foamy head. Visually low carbonation with small up rising bubbles. Aroma is rich, various, with notes of roasted grains, malts with coffee like character, with fruity esters like plums, cherries. Similar is flavor, with note of roasted grains, malts with coffee, cocoa like character, slightly bitter in the middle (dark chocolate) and with fruity esters like cherries. Malt sweetness is medium, hop bitterness also. Body is moderate, and that is what I missing. But texture is silky smooth, alcohol is gentle present, carbonation is low. Very, very drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrnoluv (247) - long beach, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Incredible light brown thick head, black color not super dark, you visually can see the peppers, the smell like any other stout, cocoa, coffee bean...the taste is surprising on the first sip, bitter chocolate, coffee notes, but as expected on the sip and on the plate you feel that burn from the peppers. The burn on a 1 to 10 is a 5, it does linger in the throat so if you don’t like spicy you wouldn’t be drinking it. I love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2015
Bottle at SBWF. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Sweetish flavor that ends up slightly more dry with coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Medium bodied and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtnw (58) - POLAND - OCT 12, 2015
Tap. Very smooth one. Haven’t those chilli after-taste due to eating spicy dish before. Very strong coffee and chocolate taste. Nice small head. Very good one and not so overwhelming because of relatively low abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artiredbirds (256) - St.Petersburg, RUSSIA - SEP 3, 2015
Extraordinary. pepper, coffee machine, horizon taste, floral, smoke, black, minimal head, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish,

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