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Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 06-11-2008)
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Reviews by cvm4:
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty black, two finger tan head with great lacing & retention.

S - Roasted malts, bitter coffee, dark coffee and a touch of licorice.

T - Semi sweet chocolate with a bit of vanilla. Of course roasted malts are present. And the chili peppers are definitely present in the background. O wouldn't have picked that up if not for reading the other reviews.

M - Not as thick as I'd like. Pretty high carbonation for a stout.

O - Interesting brew here and glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:33:51 | More by cvm4
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-20-2014 06:00:47 | More by Howlader
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ronricorossi

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-20-2014 05:33:49 | More by ronricorossi
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CBodamer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

07-04-2014 01:20:10 | More by CBodamer
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-29-2014 23:27:26 | More by jfcaa193
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

06-27-2014 14:04:07 | More by sammyg832
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epyon396

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

06-21-2014 02:23:11 | More by epyon396
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graybayou

Nova Scotia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +25%

06-19-2014 00:27:34 | More by graybayou
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ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-18-2014 17:55:21 | More by ystazi
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev 0%

06-13-2014 01:41:12 | More by JakerLou
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-13-2014 00:44:17 | More by Giantspace
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florianfloc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

06-08-2014 15:36:21 | More by florianfloc
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

05-19-2014 19:18:54 | More by JohnK17
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-05-2014 15:49:59 | More by ONovoMexicano
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cdoan4

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25%

04-30-2014 15:14:19 | More by cdoan4
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JSBILK

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-27-2014 23:44:35 | More by JSBILK
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QuentinCall

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

04-17-2014 00:54:29 | More by QuentinCall
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kodt

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

04-07-2014 23:41:25 | More by kodt
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kushlash23

Georgia

4/5  rDev 0%

04-02-2014 16:04:01 | More by kushlash23
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, looks bigger than it is. Picked it up at Eataly in Chicago, wanted to try something and it looked like a safe bet
L - opaque dark brown with a creamy light brown head that holds good retention
A - rich chocolatey nose with some spiciness. Smells like a spiced Mexican hot chocolate of sorts
T - chocolate followed by a dose of hot chili that quickly envelopes the palate with heat. Nutty yeast, oat, caramel, come through also
F - creamy fuller body, finishes with heat and lingering cocoa
O - very good but overpriced for what it is. I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 23:09:47 | More by barnzy78
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-22-2014 19:02:22 | More by oldedog
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Angryzen

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-17-2014 18:03:00 | More by Angryzen
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Chegui

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-07-2014 21:44:56 | More by Chegui
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Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.