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Verdi Imperial Stout | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Crosling on 06-11-2008

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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 271
Photo of FLima
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deepest black color, a light warp, with a thick two finger dark caramel head with medium retention.
Amazingly intense aroma with lots of licorice, dark chocolate and condiments.
Bold flavor of tart grapes, coffee, nuts, pepper, nutmeg, pine, big cocoa powder, vanilla, oat and tangerines. It finishes with lots of hot chilies that were added to the recipe.
Full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.4% is hidden in its intense flavors.
This one was much better than the one I had 2 years ago, though it continues to be a bit tiring. Nevertheless, it is a great RIS, good complexity and really intense. Almost a beer version of a Mexican mole Poblano sauce, made with cocoa and chilies. Worth trying.
Ap.4,25 Ar.4 Sab.4 Sens.4 Cj.4

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first stout from Italy- very cool.

A- Body appears to be a dark brown, nearly black hue-but when held up to the light it glows and murky translucency comes forward. Pours with a 1/2 finger milky head.

S- Dark chocolate is dominant with very faint chili in the nose and a mild roasted malt background that gives off the impression of coffee.

T- Initial flavor is mild and offers cocoa, smoke, and roasted malt with a very faint accent of chili. The flavors intensify for the finish but remains pretty consistent all the way through-with roasted malt and chocolate being the highlights.

M- Carbonation is low and body is moderately thick.

D- This is a very good, easy to drink brew overall. The chili and spice are very faint all the way through and provide a nice compliment to the chocolatey stout in the background. This is a classy, not over the top, well done brew.

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Photo of Converge
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard about this beer a few times and was glad I found it when I recently ate at a high end Italian restaurant in New York. Overall a very good beer, just a little expensive.

Appearance was a very dark brown. Mahogany to black with a dark brown head. Opaque.

Aroma was roasty. Some chocolate. Very good.

Flavor was a little hot but overall well balanced and really enjoyable. Some chocolate, good bitterness. Great.

I love this beer and will buy it next time I see it in a bottle shop, regardless of the price.

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Photo of Reaper16
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a snifter

Pours a dark chestnut brown. It isn't quite black, but it's getting there. I got next to no head on my pour, but I was able to coax out about 1/4 of a finger of khaki foam. It laces in spots like Morse code.

The first thing that I notice on the nose is a slightly sour, kinda acrid malt note that is reminiscent to me of some British Porters. There's definite coffee grounds in here too. A bit of char of some kind. Maybe I'm only saying this because I know that its brewed with chile peppers, but I smell some roasted red pepper here as well. There's an essential red pepper flavor, nearly "fruity," as well as some charred skin. There's just a twinge of the heat that other beers brewed with chilies tend to have in their aromas. This does not at all smell like an Imperial Stout, as the beer's label claims it to be. But it is interesting and on-point as far as a Foreign/Export Stout goes.

The taste is quite unexpected. I didn't really smell any chocolate character at all, but the flavor is mostly milk chocolate. This is a chocolate bomb, truly. Milk chocolate for days. There's also a bit of red bell pepper flavor, and a small tingling sensation from the chiles that comes across like Big Red chewing gum. Maybe some coffee on the finish. Verdi reminds me of a less-complex version of Mikkeller Chipotle Porter. It's certainly in the Foreign/Export Stout category. Hell, if it was labeled an Imperial Porter than no one would bat an eye. It's pretty tasty -- enough pepper flavor to make keep the milk chocolate in check.

It's got a thinner, more Porter-like mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation. It works with the flavors, and that's the reason I'm scoring it a 4.0 instead of a 3.5. Overall, this is a fine, fine Foreign/Export Stout. It's tasty and easy-drinking. Is it worth purchasing? No. I paid $10 for this 11.2oz. bottle. Why do Italian craft beers have to cost so much? It isn't worth $10 but it is pretty darn good. If you're a big fan of light-but-flavor-packed stouts then you will enjoy this beer as an occasional treat. It's too expensive to make it anything else.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Sampled at Kickbacks. Poured into a snifter a dark brown/black color with a light tan head. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma with a touch of the pepper. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roasted chocolate and coffee flavors with a touch of bitterness. The pepper is mild but builds. Overall, rather nice drinking. Some lace left in the glass. As I let this sit a while and warm the hot peppers for sure become more apparent, not too much in the upfornt but rather in the end and starts with a mild heat that starts in the throat.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must admit that I bought this beer simply because I liked the shape of the bottle. Anyway, it comes out completely black, with a couple fingers of tan heading. The nose is of dark chocolate, chillies, and not much else. The chillies are not as much pronounced in the flavor, more aiding in the path of the dark chocolate. Body is medium to heavy, and luckily very drinkable. I tried Cigar City Hunahpu recently, and this is definitely the closest thing I have found to it. They really use the chillies to a point where they compliment the chocolate, and do not overwhelm at all. Verdi is an excellent stout that I recommend completely.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep and dark, pours thick with a humongous head that dissipates very slowly, leaving a nice cap. Taste is like the smell: chocolate and molasses. Body is dense with ample carbonation.. Finish is dry, with a slight alcohol heat. Very nice.

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Photo of mday
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad stout, and not a bad beer especially considering Italy is not known for its beers. Black body, big foamy tan head. Vinous, almost brandy-like nose; big roasted malts with traces of coffee and chocolate.

Slightly sour brandy taste, but good roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate flavours. Bitter coffee aftertaste.

Smooth, but somewhat light body. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting. A bit thin, with a rather bitter aftertaste. But a very good beer, and I'll happily try more from this brewery. And the bottle is pretty neat too.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is pretty roasty, but is otherwise fairly complex, showcasing considerable coffee, licorice, maltballs, light chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of tobacco. The beer is moderately sweet on the palate, with a good array of flavor complexity that generally replicates the nsoe. The finish is fairly dry, with a light hint of bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is moderate to full, with a fairly long, fairly smooth finish.

A pretty good, solid RIS, but clearly not among the imperial stout nobility.

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Photo of oline73
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with one finger tan head. Has mostly a roasted and chocolate malt aroma. Smooth, light, even creamy, mostly a chocolate sweetness in the flavor profile with slightly dry but mostly easy finish. Personally, I didn't really smell or taste the peppers and perhaps that at least states that this beer is not overpowered (or overheated) by the peppers. A simplistic and easy going stout that hides the alcohol well and is worth trying.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan foam, black liquid, the foam shrinks fast with little lacing left behind.

I get roasted malt, coffee, chocolate of the dark kind, licorice, and a fruity/boozy aroma reminiscent of something which was barell aged.

I get chocolate and roasted malt out of the gate, hints of coffee, definite licorice...some booze.

I would call it medium bodied with lightish carbonation.

A very good tasting Imperial Stout that however, drinks a lot stronger than what the abv is. Still, I cannot give it a thumbs down by any means.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Jet black and light brown mocha top that quickly dissipates. The nose is undeniable full of roasted chiles and nearly burnt malts. It is really intense and very over the top nearly scorched earth. It is borderline rauchbier. The taste was similar to the nose. Yes - I did order this blindly without know of the chili additive and its relatively thin, almost porter, body.

So delightful, a bit of a stretch to enjoy by yourself, but needs to be in a stout tasting lineup.

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Photo of stcules
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, a lot of foam, brown, not too beautiful.
In the smell a good toasted note, coffe and chocolate in evidence. Good chili note.
Very smooth and soft in the mouth, rounding chocolate, some toasted, coffee and chili. Intriguing.
Smooth, pleasant ad very drinkable for the style.
Average body, intriguing spiciness, and a good aftertaste. With a pleasant warming.
Good done!.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark black with a thin tan head swelling up in some areas.

Smell: diffidently a dark chocolate malt aroma is the most powerful smell,

Taste: the first thing I got was a good dark malt, after a fair number of simps the chili came through, this como worked well for this beer.

Mouthfeel: complex in my opinion, a little oily and light-ish, a little heavy and dark, very interesting and pleasant overall.

Drinkability: it's a very drinkable beer, however, if your not expecting the chili it will sneak up on you a bit.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz into a North Coast pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head. Head does not stick around for long, and there is not much lacing to be had...

S - Coffee, a touch of spice, and a good amount of roastiness...

T - Chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts. Lots of roastiness to be had. Finishes on a hot chilli note. As the beer warms the spicy finish becomes more apparent. This one is tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Pretty much what you would expect from the style...

O - I really enjoyed the spicy finish. Good tasting brew, but not worth the money in my opinion. Payed 10 dollars for 11.2oz bottle. Glad I got a chance to try this, but probably something I won't be revisiting in the near future...

Cheers...

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

A - Pours opaque pitch black with a frothy, creamy toffee colored head, the not much retention when the glass is swirled and the foam settles almost immediately back in the beer.

S - Cocoa, dark chocolate, light coffee beans, and some hot peppers.

T - Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate bitterness, a little bit of dark fruit is buried way down there and there's a noticeable chile pepper finish on the end the warms the back of the throat and has a mild burn.

M - Thick and full bodied, a little frothy and creamy, and some roasted malt and a lingering chile pepper burn at the end. The warming makes the saliva coagulate on thye tongue.

O - The pepper side of this stout makes it interesting, otherwise, without it, even though a solid beer, it wouldn't be as exciting.

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Photo of cvm4
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a tan head, and thicker in the foam than expected. Smelled like roasted coffee. Flavor was more complex with dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol. Slight alcohol warming in the finish. Overall a fine beer, but very hearty. I'm no expert on the subject, but shouldn't this be a porter?

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