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


on tap

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RATINGS: 570   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 composers 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 beers 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 doesnt 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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 pressoch nulla se non che si tratta di una Imperial Stout e che mi piaciuta non eccessivamente non essendo il mio stile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2011
Courtesy of Tonycaviar, ezer ksznet! Poured black with a minimal beige foam that shrunk quickly to nothing. Spices, dark fruits, molasses, coffee, hints of cocoa, lots of hops, somewhat earthy. The hot peppers is definitely present, but its not bothering, well blended. Medium dense body, with medium carbonation. Long lasting, dry, earthy, hoppy aftertaste. Complex, creative, interesting brew. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 18, 2011
0,33 l bottle, thanks tonycaviar!
Black beer with a small beige lacing head. Moderated aroma with some peppers, caramel, molasses, roasted grains. Medium body, fine texture with cocoa, caramel, roasted barley, vanilla and dark chocolate. After a while the lurking hot pepper comes through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
Its pitch-black with a light-brown, creamy and lasting head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and light coffee. The flavour is light to moderately sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee and light dark fruits. The finish is dry what a truly nice IMPY!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9970) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black witha rich tan head and a chocolate aroma. There are flavors of treacle, chocolate and licorice with a dry bitter finish.Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (3016) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Very chocolatey aroma. Black in color with a tan head. Thin mouthfeel but good, roasty and very chocolatey. Notes: Alvinne CBF

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2012 Bottle at ACBF 2011. Hazy brown to black murky pour. Aroma is funky, earthy, roasty, yeasty and with some coffee. Flavor is yeasty, roasted malts, smooth and with low carbonation. Quite earthy. Infected?

Re-rate at the 4th BBF @ De Molen. Dark brown pour, coffee, roasted, smooth caramel in the aroma. Flavor is ashy, roasted, slightly sharp and a bit thin but with great balance. Nice brew. Definitely something completely different than last time I tasted it.

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