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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: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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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3.8
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle. Enjoyed at home, out of my Maudite glass. Pours opaque black, medium pale tan head, lacing is spotty to good. Nose is spicy, hot peppers are immediately evident, with sweet Tootsie Roll notes, along with some fudgy background. A bit one-note, though very nice smelling. Flavours of spice, cocoa, coffee, and lightly sweet. This isn’t the equal of say Hunahpu or Chili Pepper Speedway, but a very worthy beer in its own right. 3 beers on, I am rather impressed with this brewery.

4.1
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Black brown pour. aroma is chalky chocolate, dark malts, a bit of dry roast. Mouth-feel is thinner than expected but very smooth and nicely balanced. Flavor is fudge brownie, a flutter of roast, and only a bit of pepper heat. Very dry on the finish.

4.2
oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Dark brownish black with a medium off white head. Brownie, cocoa nib, milk chocolate, chilli, earth, roasted barley, and bakers chocolate abound. The palate is thick, but not uber thick as many examples of the style.

3.6
reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2011
330mL bottle with unique shape. Poured almost black with beige head and nice lacing. Aromas of toasted malt and molasses, flavors of sweet malt and bitter hops and pepper. Body a little thin for this style of beer, but I still enjoyed it.

3.3
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
From notes: Pours pitch black with a frothy two finger mocha coloredhead that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Chunks of lacing left behind. Very roasty malt aroma with a strong coffeeajd dark chocolate character. I’m also pickin up some slight alcohol/heat and a vinous dark fruit presnce. Medium bodied with a velvety chocolate malt presence that tames the strong roasted malt character a bit. Lots of dark malt with hits of toast, dark chocolate, coffee/espresso bean and oatmeal. Slightly creamy lactic presence mid palate followed by some subtle spice and dark fruit that linger into a dry finish that has a bit too much boozy heat for my liking.

3.9
wlajwl (7211) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Strong maltiness with an edge of spice or acidity to it. The flavor is milk chocolate and a hint of spiciness. Although very good, its not quite the flavor bomb most imperial stouts are and not quite as complex.

3.9
chrisv10 (18733) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
Tap. Black with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malts, vinous, chocolate, coffee, bitter and hops.

3.5
birraiolo (319) - ITALY - JUL 15, 2011
Bevuta in bottiglia. Birra di colore molto scuro (ebano) con poca schiuma di color nocciola non molto persistente. I profumi sono intensi: si parte dalla liquirizia per passare al caffè e cioccolato. Al palato si susseguono gusti di liquirizia, caffè, cioccolato, malto per chiudere con un retrogusto torbato. Si sente molto la gradazione alcolica e l’invecchiamento nelle botti di whiskye la rende molto liquorosa e le lascia una nota maltata del whiskye.

3.9
Rasmus40 (22169) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2011
Almost black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted bitter finish with warming alcohol. 020711

3.7
Bragesnak (5393) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2011
YNWA, Kolding, DK. Tap, 020711. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and red fruit. Flavor with black pepper and caramel notes.


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