Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Imperial Stout
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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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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drf (2) - ITALY - FEB 28, 2010 does not count
A huge beer. Tasted both on tap (at BQ, Milan) and in bottle. The most impressive and relevant thing about this beer is the persistent and quite strong pepper finish, which is a real surprise after the first taste. Roasted and malty aroma , with relevant dark chocolate hints. Interesting head. Overall, a must try: love it or hate it, this beer is extremely unique and you won’t easily forget it.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2010
(11.2oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, light chilies, nuts, roasted malt, and some black licorice.

capoccetta (171) - roma, ITALY - JAN 23, 2010
bottiglia buona olfattiva di mato tostato.gusto pregno di caffe ciccolato e liqurizia, molto perzistente.complimenti alle birre italiane.

thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
( 11.2oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours medium brown with nice lacing. Nose of black olives and cocoa. Taste of light unsweetened chocolate, and licorice with a bitter chocolate finish.

gerome (21) - FRANCE - JAN 7, 2010
The aroma shows hints of dark chocolate,Full body, nice lace, Nothing special, though drinkable.

thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle at Bir & Fud. Black with a light brown, creamy head. Smoked and roasted malts aroma, hints of salty meat.Roasted coffee, liqueur, with the spicy chillies hitting the tongue towards the finish in particular (and when the beer warms up).Full-bodied, quite alcoholic. Excitingly different.

Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured black with a dense cap of sticky tan head (rather dark). The aroma picked up soft cocoa, bready notes, and charred molasses with low-moderate roast to it.. toasted chiles backed it up and accented well.. intriguing. The flavor found molasses, cocoa, and char at the core with some bitterness from the cocoa emanating outward.. building pepper throughout the drink never got beyond two alarm intensity.. well-balanced. Medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate.. nice, but not great malts in here.. this was a tasty brew.

1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Sweet looking bottle is kind of like a full wine bottle that had the middle cut out of it and the ends melted back on. It has a punt. Silly that the beer was nearly $10. Pours to a deep black body with a foamy tan head. The aroma is oatmeal and red pepper meets deep roasted milk chocolate. The flavor has a light black pepper and chili with a deep chocolate and light oatmeal. The palate is creamy and medium-full bodied.

SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a rich black with nice tan head. Aroma is very nice, rich dark roast, chocolate, malty, spicy as well with some added alcohol spice. Flavor is strong dark roast, espresso...Mouth feel is heavy body with low-medium carbonation. Overall, I didn’t get any pepper in this but it was a pretty damned good stout!

arturmons (3) - roma, ITALY - DEC 3, 2009 does not count
imperial stout di grande personalità, senza dubbio uno dei migliori esempi in campo italiano. densa, con una persistente schiuma da cappuccino, al naso fa emergere subito note di caffè, torrefatto ed esteri a volontà. in bocca il caffè è accompagnato dal cioccolato fondente e dalla liquirizia, il tutto in un mare di note speziate. retrogusto sorprendente, con il pepato che pian paino prende un deciso sopravvento sulla liquiriza e il cioccolato che lo precedono. luppoli non invadenti, dosati il giusto. una birra anche equilibrata, nonostante la sua indubbia originalità

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