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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (23289) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20642) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (20222) - 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 thats 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 Qualit 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (19513) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 1, 2011
Angenehmer aber nicht sehr starker Malzantrunk. Alkoholisch, etwas brennend, schwach wrzig. Unausgeglichen, etwas herb, im Abgang strker brennend und wenig malzig. /10/9/5/9/8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (19371) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18841) - Gteborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18741) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (18052) - 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. Its fine, some good choc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (17970) - Hjbjerg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (17085) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2010
Bottled 330ml (Pikkulintu, BB 09/2012)
Opaque black color, small but steady brown head. Aroma of coffee, coffee beans (slightly vegetably) and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied. Very coffeish impy with coffee liquer-alcohol finish. Coffee beans, some ash. Alcoholic and peppery finish. Reasonably ok Italian imperial stout.

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