Verdi -- "200th Anniversario G. Verdi" - Birrificio Del Ducato
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.94/5 rDev -0.5%
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. I'd never seen a beer aged in Scotch whisky casks, so when I saw they had put this on tap, I had to try it, being a Scotch lover myself. Poured into a small Belgian-style snifter glass.
Appearance - Pours a dark burnt umber body that gives the impression of translucence near the bottom of the glass, after there isn't a lot of liquid left. That same clarity is detectible when the glass is held up to the light. Atop the body sits a one-finger head the color of faded brown sugar. It's a bit thin looking and begins to dissipate immediately, coming to rest as a line of foam around the edges of the glass with a few larger soap-like bubbles mixed in. No lacing is present on the sides of the glass.
Smell - A gentle mix of soil and earth, roasted malt, like baker's chocolate and a healthy dose of smokey and spicy peat characteristic. You can definitely tell that Scotch casks were used in the production of this beer, although I'm having a hard time picking up much of the pepper element from the base beer.
Taste - Like the smell, the taste is a surprisingly deft blend of stout and Scotch characteristics. Roasty, chocolatey malts from the stout provide for the impression of bittersweetness, while the Scotch casks impart the full glory of the peat and smoke with some black pepper spiciness. Again, I'm having trouble detecting hot pepper aspect, which might be due to the spiciness of the scotch casks, but the only heat I am detecting is more of a peppercorn heat than a hot pepper heat.
Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light bodied and thin for an imperial stout, especially since only 33% of the final product got the barrel treatment. Leads me to believe that the base beer is rather thin for the style. Carbonation is very low as well, which is to be expected. Finish is a tiny bit sweet, with some lingering heat.
Overall, as someone who likes BA imperial stouts and Scotch, this one was a nice marriage of the two. The roasty and chocolate elements from the stout play surprisingly well with the earth and peat from the casks. I also found it interesting that while I've had higher ABV beers that drank surprisingly smooth for their heat, this one was a little inverse. Only 8% ABV and had a bit of booziness to it. But in a good way. At any rate, this is a beer I'd highly recommend to anyone who likes Scotch. I've never had anything quite like it.
01-14-2014 16:37:19 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.86/5 rDev -2.5%
Tap at Armsby Abbey
Nice dark colored creamy rich thick 1 finger head fades semi slowly thick lacing and long legs, pitch black beer.
Nose Smokey, quite smokey with peat smoke and earthy char, burnt smoldering peat log, little black malt and roast, touch of cocoa, little earthy hop.
Taste brings more smoke but a little more tame, more peat smoke, smoldering log, burnt char, roast, black malts and acrid burnt. Into a heat, like a peppery heat perhaps touch of cayenne, with mild fruity note, fruit pepper note. It also has a light cocoa, and nougat like note, perception of caramel but I think that's just my brain playing tricks on me. Fair bitterness, mild earthy hop note, bitterness from the dark smokey charred malts too. Finish brings a bit more pepper heat, little booze warmth, sticky, bit more chocolate, mild roast and black malt lingering with more but milder smoke.
Mouth is fuller bod, nice carb, little booze warmth, little creamy, some pepper heat.
Overall very interesting, that smoke and pepper heat, can't drink much of it but fairly tasty and very unique. I really like the hot pepper notes, but as I love hot pepper I could have used more. The smokey peat is quite strong in the nose, too strong that it drowns out everything else, but came through nicely on the taste. Pretty nice blend of everything though, and quite unique to try.
04-18-2014 01:03:08 | More by jlindros
4.11/5 rDev +3.8%
The beer comes in a pitch black color with a little ring around the glass.
The aroma is incredible with Scotch lovers. Never smelled a beer so aggressive with peaty smoke. There's a bit of fatty bacon.
The flavor follows with a roasty stout and chocolate in the front, and then it hits again with wood, peat, smoke. Tons of Scotch and with almost an ashed cigarette note.
The mouthfeel is thick.
A wonderfully interesting beer. Great for Scotch lovers.
12-01-2013 01:27:47 | More by dar482
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Two finger pillowy, dark mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing behind.
Slightly smokey, peaty aroma with a prominent barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the roasted malt and spicy pepper character of the base beer. Lots of barrel with a strong toasted oak presence along with peated whiskey, coconut and vanilla bean. Only 33% is barrel aged so the nose is thankfully not overpowered by boozy bourbon. There is still a heavy dose of deeply roasted malt and spicy chili pepper. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, bitter dark chocolate and coffee bean along with vegetal, spicy peppers and silky, sweeter malt notes.
Medium body with tight carbonation and a subtle barrel character that's integrated into the intensely roasted dark malt flavors of the base beer. As it warms, the barrel character stands out a bit more but it's mostly dry, charred oak and and smokey peat flavor. The bourbon presence is muted and the dryness of the oak and peat combine with the deep roast to produce an acrid, overly dry flavor profile. The coconut, bourbon and silky vanilla bean barrel notes found in the nose are practically invisible. Some decent whiskey flavor starts to come forward after a while but the peat, oak and heavy malt bill dominate. Lots of burnt malt along with spent coffee beans, oatmeal, charred toast, bittersweet dark chocolate and charcoal. Overall, this is an interesting beer but the subtle barrel presence, overwhelming dryness and overpowering roasted malt make it one dimensional and slightly harsh/tough to drink. Not bad but it could have used more whiskey flavor and sweetness to balance things out.
05-04-2014 06:31:32 | More by corby112
Verdi -- "200th Anniversario G. Verdi" from Birrificio Del Ducato
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