Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Reviews: 101
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rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 30
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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 Dubber55
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with 1/2 finger of mocha colored head. A little lacing

Smells a little like coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt.

Intially I taste mostly coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. The finish is roasty,hoppy, and then at the very end, spicy. The hot chilis add another dimension to this beer. Im diggin it.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and creamy. Medium carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is good. The hot chilis definitely make this beer more interesting than your run of the mill stout. However, this beer is not worth the $10 I paid for the bottle. (583 characters)

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. (539 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours between black and ruby brown, light brown head with a few arcs of lacing. Aroma is of milk, strangely, not lactose but milk, cocoa, umami, sugary espresso, and unsweetened cocoa. Tastes of dark malts, prunes, coffee, cookie, slight spice from the chiles, finish has cookielike malts, acidity, bready yeast, and licorice. Quite complex, I kept going back to break down the flavors again in my mind. Body is full, silky and oily, as a good stout should be. One of the best Italian craft beers I have yet to have.

Not sure why this is listed as a Foreign/Export Stout when the name clearly says Imperial Stout. It is a bit on the lower side, but it is actually pretty impressive that it is so rich for something with a relatively low ABV. The complexity and body are typically something I would expect from a higher alcohol beer. This is one Italian craft beer I would recommend trying, quite enjoyable. (908 characters)

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. (498 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique bottle.

Verdi Imperial Stout pours a very deep brown color with a small brown head. Coffee beans, vanilla and chocolate boom from the nose. Roasty and solid all the way through the quaff, some light alcohol heat and a slow creeping spiciness from the chilies very late on the finish. Awesome. I loved this one, must try from fans of imperial stouts and chili peppers. The food pairings with this beer are endless. (421 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at de la rosa in SF at beer week.

A - Pours black with 3 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates slow, really pretty lacing.

S/T - Light roast coffee, hefty wafts of rich semi-sweet chocolate, and light bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, sweet, wth some light alcohol on the end. Still, fairly smooth.

D - Good overall. Sessionable at 7.5% (357 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours one shade from black with a two-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts mostly with hints of earthy peppers. The pepper notes are very slight and I'm not sure I'd recognize it unless I knew it was an ingredient.

Tastes good. As with the smell dark and mildly bitter chocolate and roasted malt flavors dominate. Midway through the sip the peppers poke their heads out for a bit of earthiness before fading into the background before re-emerging for a bit of heat in the finish. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass and could have another without a problem.

Overall this was a tasty beer however I was hoping for a bit more influence from the peppers. Still, well worth a shot. (920 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice pour, black with a nice looking mocha head. Good resilience to boot.

Aroma - decent roasty character, but not all that impressive.

Taste - nice roasty flavor, good rich maltiness without a lot of sweet. The swallow has a little bite, a little heat to it, kind of peppery. Ahh, a stout brewed with hot chili, so says the back label. Makes sense now. A warm finish on a few fronts, a little malt roast coming through on the finish.

Mouthfeel - super smooth and silky. Low carbonation and a big body. Great.

Drinkability - a fine chili stout. Great for a cool night outside by the fire. (605 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Essentially black, with a little hint of brown around the edges... a little more cola-coloured, really, with a sandy brown head that pulls back to leave a little collar of lace that lasts throughout. Lacing is quite minimal, but there are little spots of it here and there.

S + T: Chocolate is quite heavy, both on the nose and in flavour. There is a cookie-like taste that I pick up on, kind of reminding me of an experience had with Terrapin's Wake'n'Bake once upon a time. There appears to be a very soft smokiness in the aroma which I do not detect so much on the palate. Rather sweet, really... the chocolate notes aren't really the standard unsweetened dark chocolate, but rather like a chocolate chip or something a little lighter. There's a smooth scent of malts floating around, as well, which make for a nice touch. I had forgotten that this beer was brewed with chilis until I started to note the mouthfeel and noticed the little kick right on the finish. It doesn't really stand out at all, and most certainly not until it has some time to breathe and warm to an appropriate temperature. Once it comes out, though, it's a very nice touch. The more it sits, the more notable that becomes.

M + D: Smooth and somewhat creamy feeling, followed by just a little bit of a spicy kick as it finishes. Nothing intense... it's modest and pleasant. Quite a tasty stout, really, and nothing out the roof in terms of alcohol - at least as far as big stouts go. An enjoyable beer that I would look forward to again. (1,520 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is overall a very nice example of the imperial stout. An example of some of the better beers coming more and more out of Italy to the usa, one problem though with this beer is was extremely over priced. Definitely a very beautiful flavored stout but way way not worth price. Worth a try but not a life changer (314 characters)

Photo of thryn
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (947 characters)

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. (260 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of spratmi
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of mday
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of lehkost
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (2,002 characters)

Photo of bark
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of Janbobbo
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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? (545 characters)

Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.