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


on tap

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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 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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Ernest's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate cookie / cocoa powder, roasted grain / coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Rather over the top with sweetness and perceived alcohol (alcohol burn is certainly exaggerated by chile heat, though)...drinks like a 10%+ beer. Aroma is ok but a little one-dimensional. Syrupy. Looks fantastic, though...thick, lasting head atop a fully opaque body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3887) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
irenecus (766) - - MAY 11, 2017
Na zdrowie, Salud, Kampai, Prost, Skaal, Zivjeli, Fenkig, На здоровь& Na zdravi

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3888) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle. Dark color, medium creamy brown head. Aroma of licorice, brown malts, chocolate, slight pepper, slight spicy, bit roast. Slight malty sweetness in taste, soft spicy chili, roasty bitterness. Finishes with light spicy pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (3193) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Ron came over with this and it may have been my fave, we shall see what the numbers say. Very drinkable, very balanced. Lots of licorice in the nose. Taste is very roasty. Palate seems very balanced, taste is appealing and quenching. Appearance is spotty lacing with a swirling top head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
R4N5H (1111) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2017
On tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington DC on 08-Mar-2017. Dark brown in colour with a medium sized beige coloured head. Aroma of cocao nibs, coffee beans and spices. Full body and soft carbonation. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee followed by a long spicy chili burn. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4716) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Taste is sweet, mild chili boozy, light vanilla and chocolate finish. Rich and creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Villyzzz (372) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is cocoa and dried fruits. Taste has roasted coffee and cocoa. Solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (3514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle at Salt Horse. Dark brown. Nose is chocolate, roast, light liquorice. Tastes chocolate, rich, roasted malts, some berries as well, gentle but noticeable kick of chili in finish. Good balance even with chili.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2017
Nose coffee. Thin head beige. Dark black color. Bitter taste chocolate coffee and hops. Some pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle. Pitch Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty malts, lots of dark chocolate, espresso coffee, caramel, hint of liquorice. Fruity; dark fruits. Spicy; distinctly peppery; chilli pepper warming throughout. Hoppy; some earthy hops. Sweet roast chocolatey malts throughout; becomes increasingly more peppery towards the finish. Unique Beer. Enjoyed this a lot. Nice, distinctive, Imperial Stout! (2010-03)

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