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Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 259
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 32
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Crosling on 06-11-2008

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, what an awesome bottle. Thanks, chemmie!

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown/black color with a nice brown head. Good head retention, not much lacing.

Smoky aroma of roasted barley, ground coffee beans, dark chocolate, and peppers. I like all of the elements of the nose, but all in all, it's a little weaker than I'd like.

Luckily, the flavor is a bit stronger than the aroma. There are some good sweet and smoky elements, and there's some spicy heat in the dry finish. Little chili burn in the back of the throat. Some interesting flavors going on here.

Smooth, rich drinker. The alcohol is never noticeable. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Easy drinker, and a really interesting beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My Offero glass holds before me a Black (SRM 40+) beer with a modest, creamy, chestnut head that shies away to a trace, leaving only a fine lace on the glass.

This is going to be sweet, with a fruity malt, backed-up by coffee and some roast. Lots of plumb pudding, and bittersweet chocolate, with hints of cinnamon. The aroma is very complex.

Surprisingly more bitter than sweet on entry, with neither to any extreme. The fruit flavors are a bit muddy, and supported by dark wheat bread. Molasses plays off the roasted malt. The finish is strong, but short, accenting the bitterness of coffee.

Super smooth, with a medium body and creamy texture. Fine explosive carbonation cuts the alcohol.

Another good stout, this one is more interesting than the typical stout offerings on the shelves. Verdi warms well, making for a good sipping beer to pair with a good rib-eye.

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Photo of spratmi
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.

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Photo of chilly460
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, pretty much black. One finger of mocha head, decent retention, solid lacing.

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

T: Coffee is definitely prevalent up front. Some darker chocolte and roasted malts come in. The chilis are mild, some spiciness in the finish but not overwhelming.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, light carbonation.

O: Very solid brew that I'd buy again, balanced and nice mouthfeel. Flavors are not as robust as truly "world class" stouts.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark black color with a creamy tan colored head.

S-the nose is very cake like, chocolaty and creamy, light roasted malt with a hint of pepper but extremely faint in the back.

T-the flavor isn't quite as savory, a little thinner, notes of chocolate cake but light, hints of smokey malts and some light roasted malts in there, hint of coffee, slight note of licorice and pepper in the back.

M-creamy medium to light body, decent carbonation, creamy finish.

D-the body is slightly thin, the flavors are also slightly thin, nicely integrated pepper flavors, very light which i actually prefer. decent stuff.

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Photo of thryn
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ricke
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 9/9/11

A almost as black as night just a faint red edge once held to the light, massive 3 finger mocha head retains for a few minuets but leaves zero lace

S some coco with a little boozy licorice and cold coffee

T as it smells but a peppery spice that works for it, I pick up on a little molasses and some dark fruits, a little sweetness too and a hint of booze

M medium bodied but it nearly turns to foam and there's a little heat on the finish

O decent beer at the end of the day, the spicy mild chilli heat is a little unexpected but works for it somehow

interesting stuff and my first Imperial Stout from Italy, not the greatest depth of flavors but nothing to be ashamed of either

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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Raddest possible bottle pours a clear dark brown with a thin light-beige head. Earthy milk chocolatey aromas, roasted malts, licorice, not much pepper in the nose. Flavor is dark chocolate with a spicy chipotle-like finish. The heat is mild but respectable. A little thin-bodied and oddly clean on the finish. I guess I can't expect a huge monster stout with 7-8% alcohol.

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Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Duke
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Verdi Imperial Stout poured an almost flawless black, with the slightest reddish tint one's eye could perceive. The head was brown and enormous, but it dissipated quickly, all the way down to nothing, leaving very little lacing.

Smell: I smell a touch of old coffee, spiced fruits, and plenty of dark grape. The fruits are sour too, and the sourness is becoming more evident as I drink the beer.

Taste: The beer tastes spicy, and oaky too like a red wine. It's a bit peppery. There's chocolate and sugar in there too, so this reminds me of a Japanese chili-flavoured KitKat chocolate I had one time. Right at the back I taste remnants of the coffee.

Mouthfeel: Verdi Imperial Stout has a medium body, and a low level of carbonation. The heat from the peppers, although very light, does linger long after putting down the glass.

Overall: Well, this is novel. As I drink away, the pepper expresses itself more, dominating everything else out of the game, and I don't know whether or not I like it. I'm trying not to be captious here; I just don't think the spice works for me.

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Photo of Soilworker
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a pry-top bottle into a tulip glass. This bottle was purchased in Italy and brought back in March of 2010 so it has a little over 6 months of aging on it.

A: Dark black liquid with a one-finger thick tan head. Reasonable lacing with respectable head retention.

S: Roasted malts with notes of cocoa and some slight sweet berry notes. Very little hop presence. Fairly decent for a stout, though the berry notes are a bit odd in my opinion.

T: This one has definitely mellowed out a bit due to the age. There is quite a bit of dark roasted malts with a pleasant amount of bitterness. There are some slight notes of unsweetened cocoa. There is a noticeable heat after you swallow which is due to the cayan peppers added in this beer.

M: While rolling the liquid around in my mouth there is a very nice silky feel in the mouth. As you swallow there is a significant dryness in the mouth.

D: This one can be enjoyed slowly but this is not what I would consider a session beer. Its enjoyable but certainly not as drinkable as some other stouts.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer when I had it Italy and it was pretty decent now. I don't think having age on this one is a good idea; it should be drank fresh in my opnion.

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Photo of Jdmpolk
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black, impenetrable by light, like motor oil. A fluffy khaki brown head floats a fingers length on top.

S- A rich dense roasty aroma, with a hint of sour note at the end. Hint of toffee and caramel, with notes of smoke.

T- Light coffee flavor with the persistent sourness at the end. Chili pepper spice tickles the back of your throat.

M- Smooth at first, then syrupy. Dry finish.

O- A tasty beer, however, lost points due to the sourness that persisted throughout.

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Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy tan head and a some floating lumps bumping against the glass then hiding back in the body. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the base of the glass.
S- This beer has a soft chocolate malt aroma with a dry roasted barley note to follow. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean. There is a dark nougat and raw grain aroma that grows as the beer opens up.
T- The cream dark malt flavor is soft with a bigger roasted bitterness in the finish that has some capsicum heat to it. The heat grows and the bitterness fades as the beer opens up and the malt flavor starts to fade a bit aswell.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz in the finish. There is a very light chili heat in the finish but it doesn't linker.
D- This beer has soft flavors with a big finish that could use a bit more malt support. The heat is subtle but all burn and not much chili flavor. My mouth wasn't hot but my lips started to burn just a bit after the last few sips.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.  Poured into a chalice. The color is black with a creamy tan head.

The aroma has a hefty dose of olive to go with slight roasted aroma.  I can tell there is some heat here in the aroma.

The taste is dry and roasty with a hint of smoke.  There is a touch of heat in the finish that intesifies as I drink on.

The body is light for a stout, but this is still rich and creamy.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of flexabull
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Oddly shaped 33cl bottle into wine glass. Very dark with minimal, chocolatey head and ok retention + lace.

Interesting smell with chilis in the nose, some sweetness, vanilla, malts. Awesome.

Despite the cool smell, taste is pretty straightforward. Roasted malts, chocolate, a brief hint of chili in the back of my throat as it goes down.

Full-bodied and perfectly carbonated. Low drinkability however, I definitely prefer other stouts.

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Photo of scruffwhor
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.

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Photo of bark
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of BigB415
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with medium head. The head actually reminded me of Guinness with it's frothy head that laced to the side of the glass without running down the glass, I could scoop the head off and it'll stick to my finger. The smell is of chocolate. Taste more chocolate and very faint spice. I was expecting the chili to be more pronounced than it is right now. I gave it a chance to warm but it is still very faint, just enough to feel it which is fine by me. I don't want to be overloaded with spiciness since it is a beer and not a soup. I don't taste any alcohol and I just had to remind myself it's 8.2% Practically no mouthfeel so it's a little thin. Overall, it's ok. It's my first Italian stout but it doesn't make me want to avoid other Italian stouts. It's a good gateway Italian stout. It's just different with the chili added.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown (almost black). Just a hint of hazel colour head that dissapears very quickly, leaving just some little lacing on the glass

S- Dark chocolate malts with some roastiness to them, a faint spiciness underneath to bring some life

T- Dark chocolate is again dominant, though i'm also getting some light coffee notes. Some vague spiciness on the tongue and a nice warming feel from the not completely hidden alcohol

M- A bit thinner than usual in body. Soft, though maybe a little even, on the palate; prickly with spicies on the tongue. A lot of pepper in the aftertaste

O- Warming but not as flavourful or complex as other strong stouts. The pepper aftertaste gets really too strong and annoying and seems to be hiding the other flavours: i feel like this beer is not perfectly balanced

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Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.