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

bottled
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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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.
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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
frangio89 (3) - ITALY - JUN 5, 2015 does not count
A mio giudizio, una delle migliori imperial stout mai bevute. La schiuma si presenta di un color marroncino, molto invitante. Forti i sentori di caffè e cioccolato. Bassa carbonazione che la rende molto bevibile, quasi senza accorgersene. Tocco finale sopraffino: peperoncino piccante che ti fa venir voglia di fare un altro sorso. Top beer!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bartas (37) - LITHUANIA - JUN 28, 2013
It is almost perfect. Actually it is. Very nice and right imperial stout. ? would like to bring it from Italy to Lithuania. Congratulations for Ducato

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GiovanniGino (2) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2011 does not count
My favorite beer of all time..thus far! I loved this so much at first, I order 16 of them from my local shop!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Great beer. Chili blends very well with the chocolate/liquorice/vanilla flavours. Aroma is perfect.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Yummmmmm-OOOOOOOOO!!!!! Right up there with the very best Italian brews. Poured with a huge, brown, foamy, frothy, thick, sudsy head and lots of lace. Color is as black as my heart and just as opaque too. Aroma is malt, roast, coffee, cocoa, bare hint of chili pepper, and hint of dark, ripe fruit. Flavor is the same with the chili pepper coming out briefly at the end and then fading again. Body is mouth filling and carbonation is perfect for the style. Finish is like flavor. Delicious beer. I want more!! and I don’t have any. wah.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
killsilvio (10) - firenze, ITALY - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle, @beer house club, corso Tintori 34, Florence. Fantastic imperial stout with hot peppers, the aroma is malt, roast, coffee, cocoa, a hint of chili pepper, and some liquorice.Flavor is the same but with more chocolate, and the chili pepper comes out at the end, with a long and persistent aftertast. ALso the colour is very nice, with a creamy foam that reminds the cappuccino. One of the best stouts I ever had in my life

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
qt_lau (2) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014 does not count
I had it in Rome. It was the beer that kindled my interest in craft beer. By far it’s my favourite craft beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kleurplaatje (90) - 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. Can’t 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ricksivrea (11) - Ivrea, ITALY - OCT 11, 2008
a very good bier, strong, but not too hard to drink. Great flavours of cocoa, coffee and smoke, perfect on a roast meat.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
volbeerman (22) - Madison, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 Fantastically spicy stout. Pours dark with little head, the flavor is indicative of the region from whence it comes. Spiciness adds an added excitement to this beer, truly an enjoyable experience, I wish it were more readily available, because I would be purchasing it far more often.


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