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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cgarvieuk (24520) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Bottle at home ... deep black ... creamy tan head ... light roast malt ... soft thin roast ... little toffee ... some liquorice ...little spice ... actually the spice/chilli does build ... in fact i hadnt realised the hot peppers was there till i read description looking to see if i was imagining the burn ..nice but not stunning ... but the hot pepper clearly raises this beer above the mundain.

test batch ... deep black .... chocolate malt nose... not getting the spice ... good solid roast

Leighton (21258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
Pours jet-black with a big beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and spice. Flavor is rich, tasting of dark cocoa and expresso. A bit light of body for this style, but still pretty good overall.

Rasmus40 (20757) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2011
Almost black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted bitter finish with warming alcohol. 020711

fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012
2012-04-12, bottle from Birratrovo, Como, 7-5-8-4-15=39
Black color with majestic head, brownish and creamy. Aroma of roasted malt and some cardboard, unexciting; but also some coffee later, and that’s better. The flavor is very good, with dark chocolate and some roasted malt, not too ashy as other black beers, and not thick at all; good bitterness level.
Good chocolatey Foreign Stout.

2008-03-29, bottle at Salone della Birra Artigianale e di Qualità 2008, Milan, 7-4-8-4-14=37
Black color. A good Imperial Stout, with nice aroma, medium body, strong liquorice character. A bit dry at the end.

Koelschtrinker (20403) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 1, 2011
Angenehmer aber nicht sehr starker Malzantrunk. Alkoholisch, etwas brennend, schwach würzig. Unausgeglichen, etwas herb, im Abgang stärker brennend und wenig malzig. /10/9/5/9/8

Theydon_Bois (19515) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle at home (Domus Birrae, Roma) - 05/10/12. Rich black with a thick mocha head that soon thins to a pond and disperses to the edge of the glass. Roasted dark malts on the nose, molasses, chocolate, a little coffee. Rich roast malt flavour, dark chocolate, licqourice and a little alcohol. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation, a little too much for the style. Good imperial stout.

rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle from Bierkompass. Pitch black beer with a nice rich lasting brown head. Roasted tar and licorice aroma, peppery, chocolate, cocoa powder, figs, peat notes, raisins, vinous notes. Tar and licorice flavor, peat, pepper growing stronger, dark chocolate, peat, hay, caramel, chilli notes, raisins, figs, coffee. Tar and coffee finish with peat, pepper and licorice. Quite nice.

harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle from GBBF 2013 drunk at home. Black beer thick tan head. Bit papery on the malts. But the dark malts are good, some good choc and coffee. It’s fine, some good choc.

saxo (18408) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2009
Sample at CPH beerfestival. Medium head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are coffee, roast malt and chocolate.

mcberko (17847) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2011
330mL bottle, pours black with a small beige / tan head. Aroma of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and nuts. Flavour of licorice, dark chocolate, nuts and burnt / roasted malt. Finishes nutty with a lingering roasty, bitterness. Light body for the style. Solid, though nothing out of the ordinary.

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