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


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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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doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Dark black with thin layer of dark tan head. Aroma of Cappacino and smoky malt. Chewy texture with Mexican chocolate, tobacco, chicory, and molasses

Embrouille (2853) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 27, 2011
Bottled 33cl. Burnt match components throughout. Medium to full bodied. Very pleasant.

dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle @ ACBF. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorice, coffee, mocca, spices. Flavour is liquorice, laurel, roast and mocca. Nice.

Wolfbass (1166) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 14, 2011
Splendida imperial stout targata emilia, con tutte le sue cosine a posto. Color nero con bellissima schiuma molto persistente beige. Aroma tra caffè, cioccolato e leggera speziatura. Anche in bocca è fatta come si deve e mi soddisfa in pieno...

deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a light coffee brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a nice combination of roasted malts and dark chocolate that is balanced nicely by the presence of the peppers. Flavor began with roasted malts and transferred in to a bitter dark chocolate finish. The peppers are barely present on the tongue.

kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2011
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Draft. Sampled at Kickbacks. Poured into a snifter a dark brown/black color with a light tan head. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma with a touch of the pepper. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roasted chocolate and coffee flavors with a touch of bitterness. The pepper is mild but builds. Overall, rather nice drinking. Some lace left in the glass. As I let this sit a while and warm the hot peppers for sure become more apparent, not too much in the upfornt but rather in the end and starts with a mild heat that starts in the throat.

BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2011
Bottle. Poured black with a creamy brown head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Aromas of chocolate , toasted malt, and a hop background. The flavor found milk chocolate, coffee, roast, and hints of alcohol. Medium to full body, creamy texture, and a roast aftertaste.

chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
WOW, I learned 2 things tonight. 1. finally found an oustanding Italian beer, and 2. there is chili stout out there that is a poor mans Hunahphu... A black pour with a medium tan head, good retention and lacing...The aroma starts off sweet as mostly just chocolate. As it warms it really evolves bringing out some really nice pungent chili. It really is balanced and goes back and forth from chocolate to chili, each whiff is something new...The taste is awesome. Chocolate sweetness with a little chili kick at the end. This not ony has the flavors of chili but doesn’t actually bring the heat. The heat is felt especially on the feel, after a bottle my mouth is tingling. This is just great all around.

Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2011
The beer pours dark black chocolate mud with an awesome dark tan head. The aroma is chocolatey, sweet and smoky malts, delicious. The flavor is roasted malts and chocolate on a solid but palatable body that is really creamy and delicious.

marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - MAR 19, 2011
Bevuta a Selezione Birra 2011, Rimini; uno degli ultimi assaggi di cui ho ricordi offuscati e appunti incompleti. Non ricordo pressochè nulla se non che si tratta di una Imperial Stout e che mi è piaciuta non eccessivamente non essendo il mio stile.

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