Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Imperial Stout
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 572   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
petrinisara (12) - - OCT 23, 2010
profumi torrefatti e speziati, al palato morbida prepotente caffè cioccolato non molto beverina ma buona

Nisse666 (7978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2017
Sample at BAJT cons 2017-10-22 Göteborg as part of Porterveckan AR: heavy smoked, roasted malt, wee coffee F: heavy smoked, rich carbonated, black peppery, roasted malt, caramel, dry sweet mouth feeling

PlutonowyMan (883) - Baardegem, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2017 Kolor czarny jak smoła. Piana bardzo wysoka, jest barwy brązowej, niestety szybko się redukuje, niepozostawiając po sobie żadnego śladu. Aromat czekoladowo likierowy, przypomina pralinki ze słodkim likierowym nadzieniem. Kawowa paloność jest nieco wycofana. W smaku wiodące są nuty kawowe, palone, które nieco przyćmiewają likerową słodycz i czekoladę pralinek. Finisz minimalnie ostry, pieprzowy, może czuć tu nawet chili. Goryczka ma charakter gorzkiej kawy i delikatnych akcentów popiołowych. Bardzo dobrze ukryty alkohol to kolejny mocny punkt tego stoutu. Wysycenie niskie, pasuje. Piwo charakteryzuje średnie ciało, fakturę ma oleistą.

DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 18, 2017
18-Sep-17 (330-ml bottle, Best By 15-Mar-10, Lot # 246: Obtained 09-Jun-09 in trade with bodgi1, thanks Juha!)
This Imperial Stout pours a black body and a thin, bubbly, tan head that settles quickly to a bubbly ring. The nose is moderately roasty, with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, ash tray, lightly roasty coffee, and lightly burnt meat. Very enticing. On the palate, roasty and chocolatey flavors abound, with molasses, ash tray, licorice, a hint of spicy heat as if there were some hot peppers here. A quick check on the ingredients, and apparently they did add chili peppers, so not only is it present, it's gentle rather than heavy handed, so the heat remains just a perfect background touch. The beer is full bodied but not heavy, the carbonation is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is smooth yet slightly zesty from the chili pepper. Overall, this is a very nice Imperial Stout from Italy. I haven't had much luck with Italian beers, so this has been a very pleasant surprise. Roasty, chocolatey flavors are enjoyable and the chili addition is a nice touch.

nearbeer (5603) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2017
33 cl. no bottling date evident. Ebony with a thin creamy film on top. Nose is dark chocolate, bread dough, molasses, fig and a touch of soy. Tastes of fig, dark chocolate, bread and toffee with a nice drying undercurrent of earthy roasted pepper and tingly capsaicin. Medium-plus bodied with smooth medium fizz and a delicate, drinkable balance with the dry finish provided mostly by the dark roast and chilis.

heavy (2904) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 11, 2017
Dec. ’16. On tap at Be.Re, Rome, with ippopotamo36. It poured a hazy dark brown body with medium sized, brown head. Very fine and complex aroma of chocolate, cappuccino, dried fruit, brown sugar, wood, cinnamon, pepper and some similar spices, licorice and some sweeter liquor barrel, bourbon or brandy. Flavor was lightly sweet at first with cooked dark fruit and chocolate, fine caramel, licorice etc. with light spicy herbal and peppery note rapidly building up to a hot spicy chili bite in the finish. Although much more modest than aroma would suggest, it was a full bodied brew. Quite an interesting IS, not coffee oriented, rather sweeter, straightforward chocolate dominated with an extra surprise in finale. Quite pleasant, thumbs up!

sharkydodson (1801) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUL 8, 2017
the aroma is caramel and chocolate with hints of robust, cocoa, toffee, licorice and brown sugar... the taste is caramel and fruity with notes of roasted malt, brown chocolate, toffee, pimento, coffee, toast and some spices... the aftertaste is sweet, dry and very spicy...

tanel025 (226) - ESTONIA - JUN 30, 2017
Dark brown beer with lot’s of very thick and sticky brown head, stays. Aroma is malt, coffee, alcohol, spices, chocolate. Taste is a bit sour, little sweet, malt, chocolate, lot’s of pepper. Aftertaste is hot chilly, coffee. Full body. Very interesting beer, though it is not a typical Imperial stout. Drinkable but that chilly aftertaste is very long.

miloszd (61) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2017
toast, alcohol, licorice, woody, smoke, earthy, roasty, cognac, brown, hazy, minimal head, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, salty, medium body, creamy, oily feel, flat, bitter hot peppery finish,

mrol (342) - - JUN 19, 2017
Pours a brown-black color. Strong spicy aroma with some roasted notes.Coffee, licorice and chocolat notes. Taste is spicey with some chili, chocolat, licorice and some sweet notes.

LilBeerDoctor (4193) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a thin head. Aroma of roasted sweet malt, chocolate, booze, vanilla, nougat. Flavor of spicy peppers, chocolate, roasted malt, with heat in the finish. Delicious! Nice chocolate malty backbone with a peppery bite. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

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