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Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.79%


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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thryn

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial stout with chiles? Yes, please!

It's a lovely black color with a small, creamy latte-colored head that fades to a film on top and a slight ring of foam around the edge. Some serious floaties bring it down, though.

It smells like a great RIS, but I'm not getting the chiles. Very roasty coffee and caramel is prominent, with a hint of lactose sweetness.

This is quite good. It has all the RIS character I picked up in the nose, with a tingle of chiles adding depth. Like a spicy chocolate bar, this is the kind of thing one either likes or does not. Roasty coffee flavor is first on the palate, then the warmth of the chiles, then a huge chocolate flavor with some cream character to it. A smidge too sweet at the end.

A deep, rich, heavy body, but a surprisingly clean finish. The chiles are a bit confusing -- I can't tell if there's much carbonation or if the tingle is all from the spice.

This is fairly drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 06:43:25 | More by thryn
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:48:19 | More by Sammy
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily jet black with a quick tan ring of foam. The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, and some faint chilis... smoked. The flavor starts wih some smooth roasted malts and chalk yeast. The hops are earthy and herbal, smokey chilis. Very smooth roasted malts, but some hot alcohol too that lingers from the middle all the way to the finish. Very interesting sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 22:45:01 | More by scruffwhor
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spratmi

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep dark black color with a rich one finger head that maintained a foamy but sparse lacing.
S: Noted the sweetness of caramel and chocolate malt along with notes of coffee. There was a faint hint of alcohol and pepper in the background.
T: Upon the initial tasting I noted the sweetness of chocolate and caramel with the background accent of coffee. The chili heat built slightly after several sips but never became overpowering.
M: This beer was fairly thin bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish.
D: I had no trouble finishing one and found this beer to be fairly drinkable. I enjoyed the complex flavors and the light chili kick at the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 04:15:57 | More by spratmi
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tpd975

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redlight Redlight.

A: Pours a nice dark black shade with a creamy mocha head. Spotty lace.

S: Light roast up front with notes of earthy peppers and a bit of chocolate.

T: A bit of salty soy at the start which I could do without. It is followed up by a touch of dark fruit and roasted chilis. Roasted malt and chocolate linger in middle to finish. A slight burn from the chilis appears as almost an after thought.

M: Medium in body, on the lighter side for the style.

D: A small snifter is the perfect serving.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 23:42:08 | More by tpd975
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flexabull

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's in SD. I am assuming they had a night featuring this breweries beers recently. I had to try it when I saw the description of an "Imperial Stout with Chili Peppers from Italy".

Pours a dark flat black color with a nice lasting tan head.

Aromas are on the lighter side. Some chocolate, soy sauce, other sweetness, and a little bit funky... almost smells like dog food. I know my description is odd, but that's what I smelled, and it really wasn't that bad smelling.

Taste is of light bakers chocolate, a bit bitter with pine and mineral hoppy notes. The chilis are there, but provide only a small spiciness. On the finish there is a touch of soy, and a smokey oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little prickly, and kind of light for the style.

Drinkability is not bad. An interesting beer that is kind of all over the place when it comes to smell and taste. But it is worth trying, I just don't think I'd want more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 04:44:25 | More by flexabull
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mday

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a snifter

A :: While pouring it was a thick, dark brown and as it lays in the glass it appears an opaque black with a thick tan head. The head dissipated to a thin coating and left some lacing behind.
S :: Coffee, sweet malts and caramel with a slight smoky layer. I was searching for the chili aroma, but couldn't find it. Maybe that's the smoke factor.
T :: Up front I had the taste of coffee and chocolate. This finishes with the nice heat in the back of your throat that you would expect from a spicy food. I was quite pleased overall and found it to be pretty balanced. The heat lingers long into the finish, but it's definitely not overpowering. As it warms, the beer takes on a woody flavor.
M :: Dry, light finish, but light carbonation keeps it smooth.
D :: I enjoyed this brew and could sit and sip one during an evening. With my recent love of Russian Imperial Stouts, this one is not quite as bold, but it's also not classified RIS. It was wonderfully balanced and the spicy heat in the finish paired very well with the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:53:57 | More by mday
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lehkost

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is one hell of a beer. I'm thinking that the peppers used in this beer must be of a smoky variety, because I'm definitely getting some of that on the palate.

This beer is a perfectly implemented European Imperial Stout. I say European to differentiate it from its (significantly) more hoppy American cousins. I can't think of a beer I saw that was blacker than this. I could barely see through even the thinnest portion of this beer. This is a malty, dry, thick and decadent stout with hints of chocolate and smoke. The chili imparts a mild, building warmth on the finish.

Really, I feel this is a unique beer that should be tried if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 19:55:59 | More by lehkost
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a beautiful, tall tan head and a thick obsidian color. Truly great appearance. The aroma is of roasted, burnt malts and barley. There's also a distinct barbecue hint in the background, due (I'm sure) to the chili in the brew. The taste is fantastic...lot's of malt and charred grain flavors...smoke, wood, roasted, and charcoal qualities. Long after the finish, though, a little heat creeps into the sensation. The heat lingers and adds to the experience. I really haven't had a hot-spiced beer that's been this well done....very nicely melded with the flavors. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:26:07 | More by Suds
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ricke

Sweden

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-04. Served in snifter.

Initial note: This beer is spiced with chili.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-08-15). The bottle design is rather unique, and quite good looking - like a mini champagne bottle.

Appearance: The beer is basically black, or very dark brown. The 2 cm big head is light brown/beige, thick and creamy, and settles quickly leaving some lacings and a solid lid of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Lots of coffee and cream hits the nose. Sweet licorice adds more sweet aromas. Some roasted malts and a light twang from the alcohol.

Taste: A prominent taste of milk chocolate together with coffee and vanilla up front. More roasted malts, and a faint fruity flavor. The taste is pleasant and quite complex, but not as big as some imperial stouts. The finish, however, have much more to offer and here the beer truly excels: Here, the chili reveals itself and provides a sharp punch of hot spiciness that blends really well with a considerable hop bitterness and a gentle warmth from the alcohol. The finish is also quite dry, and long.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Quite smooth actually, in spite of the dry finish.

Drinkability: This is not the biggest imperial stout out there, but I most say I liked it quit a bit. Perhaps, the taste could have been somewhat bolder, but it's still rather complex and well balanced; a gentle sipping beer. The very interesting and pleasant finish gives the beer an edge, a characteristic feature that makes it stand out. The hotness from the chili blends really well with the dry bitterness, and makes the experience a little more interesting. However, please note that it's not a big, unpleasant and overpowering taste of chili, destroying the gentle stout subtleties, we're taking about here, but a well balanced hot spicy twang that results in an interesting and rather successful take at the style. Recommended.

NOTE: ABV is 8,2% according the the label.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 00:14:10 | More by ricke
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bark

Sweden

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is jet black; the firm finger thick head is brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is malty and a bit roasted. Coffee, cream, caramel and a mild hint of alcohol.

The taste is... not as strong as I had expected. Mild sweet notes of roasted malt, coffee and a touch of sour fruit candy. The body is low to medium. The aftertaste is quite bitter with fresh hoppy flavours, dry malt and a somewhat fruity-earthy finish.

The carbonation is mild, the liquid smooth.

A light and highly drinkable imperial stout. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 20:03:27 | More by bark
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Janbobbo

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very impressive imperial stout. After being poured into the glass it leaves a brownish thick head which lasts in the glass for quite a while.

The color is dark and rich and the smell is powerful with a hint of burnt meats.

The taste is where it all turns exceptional. There's a strong taste of spices that sets the tone of the drink and towards the end of the mouthfeel it turns slightly bitter although all in all the beer feels fairly balanced.

my bottle is marked as having an 8.2% alcohol content instead of 7.5%, a more recent batch?

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 01:23:42 | More by Janbobbo
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Crosling

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, Monk's Cafe, Stockholm, Sweden. Pours dark brown but appears black in the glass. Small, filmy, light tan head. Hints of dried chocolate, fruit and a touch of red pepper in the nose. Mild hints of dried chocolate and cocoa on the palate. Smooth, balanced beer, but a bit light on the palate. Aroma and flavor should have more expression for an Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 02:43:53 | More by Crosling
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Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
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