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


on tap

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RATINGS: 576   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.

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birraiolo (291) - 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.

Rasmus40 (20645) - 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

Bragesnak (5394) - 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.

fugitive (2005) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 2, 2011
Sampled @ ACBF 2011. Color dark brown with medium head. Aroma chocolate, hop, roasted. Taste sweet, coffee, bitter, roasted.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by Derek. Thanks! Pours a nice murky blackish hue, some brown, not quite opaque but pretty dark. A decent frothy tan head dies to a thicker ring, laces ok. Aromas are roasty malts, touches of cocoa, toffee, some black olives, some touches of pepper. Smoothed out sweetness, oatmeal, touch of vanilla. Initial is fuller end of medium bodied getting sweeter, toffee and toast up front with some gentle roast, cocoa, and touches of dryness. A faint peppery bite into the backend with more cocoa, roast, sweet darker malts. Oatmeal, some smoothed out creaminess in body, touches of pepper, more growing roast, touch of molasses, cocoa. Dry into the finish. Not bad, perhaps a bit light on body but the flavors deliver. As it warms, the heat from the peppers grow, becoming more enjoyable for this pepperhead.

bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a brown head. Chocolate and malt aroma. Malt and light vanilla flavor with chocolate and light coffee. Medium-plus bodied. Malt and light vanilla lingers with chocolate and light caramel. Not much int he way of peppers.

Moolesen (558) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a very dark head. Head disappeared within a few seconds. Liquorice in the nose together with coffee. Taste follows the nose. It is nice balanced with a very rich body. Long finish, which gives hints of pepper. Aboslute a great beer.

suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Pours a black color with minimal head. I thought there would be more, but there wasn’t. Chocolaty aroma. No peppers in the nose. Sweet taste, malty, roasty. No pepper again. I though this would be a bit more peppery, since it is listed as a main aspect. Sweet malty mouthfeel and aftertaste. Not bad.

Koelschtrinker (20398) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 1, 2011
Angenehmer aber nicht sehr starker Malzantrunk. Alkoholisch, etwas brennend, schwach würzig. Unausgeglichen, etwas herb, im Abgang stärker brennend und wenig malzig. /10/9/5/9/8

madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2011
16th May 2009
Copenhagen beer festival. Opaque black beer. Palate is not that thick. Smooth dark malts, not sour. Didn’t know about the chili in this so the fiery hot finish was a suprise! Decent though.

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