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Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

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89
very good

194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

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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TickleMeTony

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6%

01-15-2014 01:00:12 | More by TickleMeTony
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-03-2012 10:19:15 | More by pixieskid
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Duke

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 05:38:33 | More by Duke
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-20-2012 22:02:14 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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illidurit

California

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 10:10:56 | More by illidurit
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 19:06:14 | More by Knapp85
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chilly460

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 19:38:47 | More by chilly460
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:57:00 | More by cpetrone84
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ricke

Sweden

3.83/5  rDev -4%
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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:23:38 | More by wordemupg
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thryn

Florida

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:16:10 | More by biboergosum
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:12:12 | More by Wegomlegging
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico's poured into a sampler glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost balck, with an average size lasting frothy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, some chocolate and light leafy hops. Delicious creamy flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, leafy hops and just a hint of the peppers. Average dry, roasty, bitter finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall a nice Italian imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 19:40:11 | More by CuriousMonk
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:33:51 | More by cvm4
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 03:47:36 | More by Gyle41386
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 20:57:27 | More by jzeilinger
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 23:44:33 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.94/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 23:09:47 | More by barnzy78
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mcann2pu

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 21:20:22 | More by mcann2pu
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stcules

Italy

3.95/5  rDev -1%
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!.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 20:29:21 | More by stcules
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 02:57:26 | More by oline73
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John_M

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 20:46:09 | More by John_M
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 04:21:19 | More by comfortablynumb1
Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.