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Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout

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very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 25
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Crosling on 06-11-2008)
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Kasie, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

pin, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 30, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows cocoa, earthy coffee and chocolate syrup along with roasted malt underneath. Pretty delightful.
Similar rich flavours, lovely cocoa notes and roasted coffee. Perhaps a bit too sweet.
Nice creamy feel.

CrazyDavros, Oct 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

pixieskid, Oct 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

safaricook, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

samEBC, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Kreizler
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Kreizler, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Altenor
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Not always do two of my passions coincide, beer and opera. So I couldn't let it pass and had to try it.

A: Dark brown with hints of red brick with a big billowing creamy tan head. Not a common color but interesting. I would say it's the result of the peppers that were used.

S: Hazelnuts, leather, roasted barley, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of spicy peppers. Really dig the smell. Some sweetness too but everything is very subtle and delicate.

T: Lots of hazelnut and only a little of the hot feeling of the peppers. I also get some minerals in the middle of the palate but then the sweetness and spiciness follow in the finish. Very interesting brew for sure. All the flavors are pretty balanced. Very well made. I also get some smokiness. Complex and more leaning towards the sweet side which is good in order to balance the peppers.

M: Feels very smooth and creamy. A little sticky and full bodied. Goes down really well and love the feeling of the peppers, probably because I am Mexican. It reminds me of chipotle chiles with the smoke profile or of spicy Mole with roasted nuts and chocolate flavors.

O: Wasn't expecting a great brew from this. I was mostly interested in the concept of being brewed in honor of G. Verdi, one of the best opera composers of all times. Happy to have tried it and will definitely seek out another bottle. More and more the Italian breweries are getting my attention. Try it if you can!

Altenor, Sep 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

philmen, Aug 08, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours a completely opaque black with a thin ring of khaki lace.

S: Aromas of leather, chili pepper, roasted grain, burnt toast, coffee, and dark chocolate are surprisingly delicate on the nose. If you're expecting a ton of roasted grain, chocolate, and pepper character you're barking up the wrong tree.

T: Fairly intense notes of leather, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, plums, figs, raisins, tobacco, burnt toast, roasted grain, and chili pepper wash across the palate. The finish is tingly and warming with a great deal of pepper, chocolate, dark fruit, and espresso character underscored by mellow alcohol.

M: Very luscious, smooth, and velvety in the mouth. Very full-bodied compared to many other stouts. Carbonation is surprisingly active, but not quite forceful, rendering this beer's smooth texture relatively undisturbed and intact.

O: Birrificio del Ducato is definitely on my list of breweries to watch, and with quality products like Verdi Imperial Stout, it's little wonder why. This ale is perfectly balanced and displays a tremendous depth of flavor. Even the chili peppers are incorporated well and with restraint, imparting neither oily sensations nor unwanted heat. Very well executed.

mrfrancis, Aug 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25%

harpus, Jul 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

LambicKing, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Hanzo, Jul 23, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

I love Italy; unfortunately, I haven’t tried too many beers from there. Let’s hope this export stout is as gorgeous as its home country...

A: An enormously thick pour; the body looks like some sort of delicious chocolate sludge. A thick brown head bubbles just as slowly and deliberately-muddy as the body, sitting at an inch and a half before becoming a bold layer of wet retention. Lacing is oily and sparse.

S: Chocolaty and thick, though in a relaxed, earthy way. Mild vanilla and buttery aromas are in play, only adding to that forward fudgy profile; not a discernible trace of hops. The chili peppers are there, too, but you really have to try to get more than a tickle in the nostrils.

T: Boldly spicy! Verdi is a beer that centers on cinnamon, chili, and roasts to give the palate a fiery complexion, from first sip to last. It does have that distinct export stout chocolate-earthiness from the nose, too, and they level the tastes out to a smooth place of brown sugar, vanilla bean, fudge, and roasted pecans. If not, this beer may have just been a showcase for heat – a gimmick, more than anything – but the malts really do ground it enough to make it both drinkable and interesting. Touches of oats, macadamia, wet oak, and metallic mineral water show up near the back end, with a strong, rich aftertaste of buttery brown sugar and smoke.

M: The look doesn’t lie: this one’s thick. A full-feeling beer is expected for this style, but this one is more than that. A mandatory sipper that leaves very little for extra carbonation to peek through.

O: Unique, rich, complex, and, above all, satisfying; I don’t think I’ll have a chili beer in the near future that will knock this off the top spot. Very well done.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours jet black with a very dense chocolate milk colored head. Fades decently slowly and leaves zero lacing, oddly enough. Retains a decent layer of foam at all times, however.

S: Some creamy chocolate mainly. I get some cinnamon and chile pepper as well.

T: Loads of creamy and smooth chocolate. As it fades away you get a decent amount of spicy chile and some spice - mainly cinnamon again I think. No real lingering heat, just the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: A tasty chile stout, I definitely enjoyed it. It reminds me a lot of Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero in fact, maybe just a weaker version. Pretty much just creamy chocolate with some chile. Simple but I enjoyed it.

Dope, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JoNo06, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

bspain5, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 07, 2012
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

Smart champagne-shaped 330ml bottle. Palm Snifter glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Pours dark brown in color with light brown, small bubbled, creamy crown. Intense chocolate malts & hints of dark fruits to the nose. Toasted malt sweet upfront. Bitter cocoa & slightly ripe fruit flavors. Full body, medium to high carbonation. Subtle warming & dry hoppy finish. Mildy toasted grains of coffee on the aftertaste. Pretty well balanced beer.

GONZALOYANNA, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

330ml bottle poured into 16oz tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark brownish-black, with a billowing light brown head of rocky bubbles. Head retained for a while, but not very well. No lacing for the most part. It does come in a rather unique bottle though!

S - Mild roastiness, with charred malt and coffee grounds coming through. Lots of sweet notes with dark caramel, brown sugar and cocoa. A distinct chocolatey character as well. Chili presence is very subdued, and is just hardly detectable. Hints of wood and smoke. After the head disappears, I get aromas of creamy vanilla and cherries. A very complex nose.

T - Follows the nose quite a bit. The roastiness from the charred malt and coffee beans is fairly mild. Molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa come through nicely. Really nice blend of sweeter flavors. Now I'll admit I'm not much of a hothead, but even I was underwhelmed with the heat in the finish. The chili is there though, and adds a unique dimension to an otherwise very nice beer to begin with. Feels much more chocolatey than chili-oriented. More of a tasty sweet stout with nice chocolatey, creamy, and vanilla flavors. Either way, an excellent beer.

M - A real weak point on this beer. The body feels full and smooth like an imperial stout should, but the carbonation is way too high. Feels fizzy and overdone, especially considering the style. A little sticky after time.

D - Despite the chili flavors never really coming through like I hopes, I still enjoyed this imperial stout a lot. I'll admit there's very few bigger stouts I don't enjoy, and this was no different. Something about the big roasty, often chocolatey profile just satisfies me so well, and although this brew might not be up to par with bigger, more renowned stouts, it was still an excellent beer. Props to Italy for a damn fine craft brew.

Converge, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

PeteRiz, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

rumorsofsurf, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

melissarenee, Apr 28, 2012
Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.