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Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
89
very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 30
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Crosling on 06-11-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mondiale 2009. A good aroma, bitter, even astringent. Moderate off-white head though lacey, bitter from coffee anmd additives, and a coffee story. Expresso, needs more balance. Interesting beer experiemnt, though not great RIS for my money. Not very drinkable.

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of acurtis
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A currious Stout that is a welcome extention of the craft beer craze that's reaching even Italy in the Del Ducato brewery.

The beer opens with a deep and murky bark-brown hue in somewhat of a muddy appearance. A creamy tan head builds on the beer in a very delicate way that reminds me of espresso creme. Fair on retention but light on lace, it would have been nice to see more foam character but the cocoa oils may have impeeded this character.

The expected aromas of French pressed coffees, chocolate, and burnt caramel are also met with spicy declarations from chilis and a peppery yeast character that might resemble medicinal notes and band aids. Somewhat fruity with an underlying estery character- the beer pulls the nose in several directions at once.

The early rise of chocolate penetrates the foundation of roasted malt and caramel with the true flavors of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor of peppers add an earthy and slighty fruity/vegetable notes complement the chocolate and roast at first, but the medicinal taste soon reveals a destraction in taste and disrupts the balance from mid palate to finish.

Full bodied, but without the heaft that's expected from modern Imperial Stouts, the beer remains lighter and more drinkable than most until the finish reveals a grain derived astringency that extends from the medicinal taste. Somewhat thin and grainy to the mouthfeel- this doesn't allow the malt texture to hide the few yeasty flaws.

Verdi is a complicated Stout that challenges the palate from recipe formulation to fermentation. It's unusual to see the level of phenolic plastic, medicinal, and band aid characteristics in a commercially available beer. But aside from that, the chili additions are hardly detected and I would have likely missed it if the description hadn't pointed it out.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with deep dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt with coffee notes. Taste has also loads of character with great roasted notes and some deep coffee notes with some dry black chocolate notes also noticeable. Body is quite full with great smooth texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with load of character though still easily drinkable. Nice mix between a cappuccino and an imperial stout.

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark brown color. The head was thin but actually had a pretty good lacing despite the size. The smell of the beer had a good roasted aroma, some light chocolate and some spices on the nose. The taste of the beer has a good bitter sweet flavor. The mix of dark fruits chocolate and spice all come together for a unique taste. The mouthfeel is thinner than most Russian Imperial Stouts. Overall regardless of the style I think the beer is very good on it's own.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really nice stout here brewed with hot chili peppers. cool to see some more Italian breweries popping up in the market. I hate the prices but I love the beers. this one is jet black, shiny, rich and viscous looking, with an oatmeal colored head half in inch high but extremely dense. really pretty, a little intimidating. the nose is bitter roasted barley, maybe oat sweetness in the middle, and the spirited presence of chili peppers. the way good dark chocolate can be accentuated by a flake of chili, this is similar in its dosage. never trying to be a pepper beer I don't think, and never trying to be overly intense with it, just let it bring out some of the more expressive elements of the dark grains, and it does that beautifully. I look at this like the way the italians are perceived to approach cooking, with understanding, pride, respect, and a great deal of care. this is that kind of thing, delicate in a way big stouts usually cannot be. that careful hand with the peppers makes this a work of art, and while its unlikely I buy it again, I respect it tremendously and am glad to have shared it with good friends. unlike other chili beers in its heat, which is nonexistent but does have flavor and a little warmth helped along by booze. lots of body, slick going down, and memorable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml flared bottle. Made with an addition, beyond the usual suspects, of oats and spices (nature unspecified). Ol' Giuseppe appears quite melancholy in his depiction on the label.

This beer pours a solid black, with slight caramel edges at the base, and a voluminous amount of puffy, tightly foamy, and creamy mocha head, which settles rather slowly, eventually leaving some quick-melting curtains of drooping lace around the glass.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, chalky dark cocoa, sour black fruit, thin lactose, mild earthy spice, and weedy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly toasted bready caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, fruity cherry, a touch of earthy yeast, still indistinct warming spices, and a sour lactic undercurrent, one swirling through a cup of cold, nutty espresso.

The carbonation is lively, but finely textured in its good to go frothiness, the body an aspiring medium weight, and fairly smooth, the oats registering here and there. It finishes off-dry, the sweet roasted malt meeting the challenge from the still active hops and spiciness.

With characteristics from FES, porter, and RIS alike, this is one healthy Euro-centric offering. Agreeable enough, overall, with virtually no hint of the well-integrated big ABV - and in reference to the label-maker's poetic leanings: my thirst (for big beer, anyway) is slaked, and my rancour, while not exactly bitter, is another issue altogether.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Big thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. This stuf pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of staunch tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, mild roasted malts, dark fruits in a Port vein, molasses, and a whisper of cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the cocoa is now more of a dark chocolate character, the Port-like fruit is now a darker berry-style thing, and some coffee makes an appearance. In addition, towards the finish, a lightly lingering pepper heat comes into play, but it remains fairly subtle for me until things warm up a bit. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn nice stout, one that nails complexity without drowning your tongue in confusion. Good times, indeed.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of oline73
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some red at the edges. There is a half finger of fluffy cocoa colored head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: I'm picking up some chocolate, with dark fruit, chili peppers, and some roasted malt.

Taste: Slightly sweet up front with some dark chocolate and bitter roast. There is some dark fruit with a spicy pepper finish along with the roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good chili stout. NIce balance and I would have another. Just enough spice to be pleasant with out dominating.

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this one at West Lakeview Liquors. Shared with my wife, and served in a Night of the Living Ales taster pint.

A - Porus wiht a finger of light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Body is a near-black that reveals some reddish transparency at the fringes.

S - Big cocoa and roast malt aroma, with a hint of chili peppers that clears the sinuses. There's some faint smoke and a noticeable coffee note that emerges as the beer warms up. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

T - The taste is much more burnt malt oriented, with notes of smoke and char. There is some nice balancing cocoa sweetness, and perhaps even a hint of vanilla (or lactose sugar?) The finish is a little peppery, but doesn't come across as excessively spicy or hot - I'm not sure I would have got "hot chili" from the taste alone.

M - OK - first thing I notice isn't technically "mouthfeel", but this beer makes my eyes water. It reminds me of when I'm cutting peppers and inadvertently rub my eyes. The body is medium, and seems about right for the 8.2% ABV. The finish has a peppery dryness to it. Carbonation is surprisingly high for an Italian beer, meaning it is medium-low. Some definite heat builds over 6oz or so.

D - This is really good. It's kind of like Hunhapu's Lite. If it weren't so expensive I'd get it more often. Also among the best Italian beers I've had. Pairs well with Verdi's Macbeth.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, almost black with a mild head, no lace, good colour.

S: Dark roasted malt with some sweet milk chocolate in the finish.

T: Coffee all the way on the first taste. Stays coffee-like throughout the duration with some great dark malt/dark chocolate flavour. The chiles are minor and don't really come out until the finish.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, light capsaicin heat on the back end.

D: This is a delicious imperial stout, I'm quite impressed.

Photo of corby112
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black with a frothy two finger mocha coloredhead that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Chunks of lacing left behind.

Very roasty malt aroma with a strong coffeeajd dark chocolate character. I'm also pickin up some slight alcohol/heat and a vinous dark fruit presnce.

Medium bodied with a velvety chocolate malt presence that tames the strong roasted malt character a bit. Lots of dark malt with hits of toast, dark chocolate, coffee/espresso bean and oatmeal. Slightly creamy lactic presence mid palate followed by some subtle spice and dark fruit that linger into a dry finish that has a bit too much boozy heat for my liking.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.