Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato
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Reviews by Beer-A-Lot:
4.03/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Lots of bubbles, dark brown-black color.
S - Sourness, chili.
T - Mild sourness that builds as it warms. A little light tasting at first but improves as it warms.
M - Light body that could stand more feel.
O - A good beer that could use more sourness and/or chocolate tastes. Still pretty interesting. I think this would do well to age.
Serving type: on-tap
01-19-2014 16:48:21 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown color. There is some suspended sediment. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, chili, slight roasted malt, hops, hint of yeast, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of hop, slight chili, slight spice, hint of yeast, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 14:28:05 | More by Tone
3.69/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Serves a surprisingly robust head, very dark brown, with quite good retention. Brew is as black as a coffee bean. Lacing slides down the glass after each sip, but otherwise makes no appearance.
Heavy roasted grain notes; light cream; strong tart, dark fruit (specifically red grapes) on the finish. A slight floral note, as well.
Flavor is well represented by the nose, but with everything in very subtle proportions. There is a sharp, near-metallic sharpness up front; a light, creamy milk flavor; slight coffee bean and cacao notes; and roasted barley throughout, building to a very bitter and roasty finish.
The flavor note which stands out the most to me is the chile pepper finish, which is surprisingly sharp and hot, especially on the back-end. It makes a dry, grassy appearance up front and throughout, but it really comes through at the end.
Remarkably thin for an imperial stout. Slight foaming; lively, but almost no sting. Very strong heat down the throat from the peppers, which honestly isn't that pleasant. Fairly dry finish, with a milky stickiness that lingers in the mouth while the alcohol and pepper dry you out. An odd (but not unpleasant) juxtaposition.
As my first Italian craft beer, I can't say if the thin mouthfeel, relatively subdued flavors, and back-end burn are typical on their takes on stouts, but compared to an American Imperial Stout - arguably the benchmark - I can't really recommend this beer at the price point.
If this were marketed as a milk stout, clocking in around 4.2% instead of 8.2%, I'd likely be more generous in my ratings. The chile pepper is very well represented, but everything else just feels to subtle in its representation. Good, but far shy of greatness.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 15:54:50 | More by Roguer
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Very cool looking bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.
Pours a dark black, with very little head, about a quarter of an inch, and not much of a head, either.
Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke. Not getting any pepper aromas on the nose.
The flavors starts out with bitter chocolate and roasted malt, with some smoky near the end. The heat from the chili peppers is not big at all, but you do eventually feel it- the heat sticks and lingers on your lips the more you drink of this 11.2 oz bottle. The alcohol is not all that present.
Medium bodied, but slightly thin and watery for an imperial stout. It strangely feels a bit more watery as it warms up, which seems against the typical. Thick creamy mouthfeel, light but present carbonation.
A very interesting stout, always cool to try a beer from a craft brewery in an atypical country. If the body was beefed up a bit, this would be amazing.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 03:52:50 | More by GreesyFizeek
Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.