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Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 06-11-2008)
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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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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-24-2013 23:41:48 | More by oldp0rt
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-18-2013 11:04:36 | More by bigred89
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

02-09-2013 04:35:24 | More by dtx00
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BartMcStout

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-05-2013 12:55:02 | More by BartMcStout
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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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Greywulfken

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: center pour into a snifter: obsidian pour yields opaque black beer with a fat firm chocolate mousse head

S: mellow aromas of roasty chocolate malt and espresso

T: I have to temper my enthusiasm here, because this beer is really good - the tastes and mouthfeel are a nice one-two combination - the flavors are of super mellow espresso, semisweet chocolate and hints of chili spice. Very drinkable - no hint of the 8.2 abv.

M: really creeps close to ideal - creamy smooth and easy-drinking, but the chili throws in sparks of tingliness that tantalize the tongue - leaves a little sting behind, perfectly contrasting this extremely creamy beer

O: no date on the bottle, but I've seen these sitting in the store for at least a couple of years, so they are at least that well-aged - a delightful first, recommended for stout and porter fans, chili beer fans, and advocates of good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:06:26 | More by Greywulfken
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-25-2013 16:56:12 | More by NickyDee21
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-16-2013 23:50:00 | More by Jspriest
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-03-2013 22:25:29 | More by uturn
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Kasie


3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

12-23-2012 19:46:48 | More by Kasie
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pin

Australia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-01-2012 04:25:56 | More by pin
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Big thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. This stuf pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of staunch tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, mild roasted malts, dark fruits in a Port vein, molasses, and a whisper of cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the cocoa is now more of a dark chocolate character, the Port-like fruit is now a darker berry-style thing, and some coffee makes an appearance. In addition, towards the finish, a lightly lingering pepper heat comes into play, but it remains fairly subtle for me until things warm up a bit. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn nice stout, one that nails complexity without drowning your tongue in confusion. Good times, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 14:51:09 | More by TMoney2591
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows cocoa, earthy coffee and chocolate syrup along with roasted malt underneath. Pretty delightful.
Similar rich flavours, lovely cocoa notes and roasted coffee. Perhaps a bit too sweet.
Nice creamy feel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 05:54:01 | More by CrazyDavros
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

09-30-2012 18:21:02 | More by safaricook
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-30-2012 11:48:14 | More by samEBC
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Kreizler

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

09-24-2012 22:49:08 | More by Kreizler
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Altenor

California

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not always do two of my passions coincide, beer and opera. So I couldn't let it pass and had to try it.

A: Dark brown with hints of red brick with a big billowing creamy tan head. Not a common color but interesting. I would say it's the result of the peppers that were used.

S: Hazelnuts, leather, roasted barley, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of spicy peppers. Really dig the smell. Some sweetness too but everything is very subtle and delicate.

T: Lots of hazelnut and only a little of the hot feeling of the peppers. I also get some minerals in the middle of the palate but then the sweetness and spiciness follow in the finish. Very interesting brew for sure. All the flavors are pretty balanced. Very well made. I also get some smokiness. Complex and more leaning towards the sweet side which is good in order to balance the peppers.

M: Feels very smooth and creamy. A little sticky and full bodied. Goes down really well and love the feeling of the peppers, probably because I am Mexican. It reminds me of chipotle chiles with the smoke profile or of spicy Mole with roasted nuts and chocolate flavors.

O: Wasn't expecting a great brew from this. I was mostly interested in the concept of being brewed in honor of G. Verdi, one of the best opera composers of all times. Happy to have tried it and will definitely seek out another bottle. More and more the Italian breweries are getting my attention. Try it if you can!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 06:22:13 | More by Altenor
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philmen

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-08-2012 01:42:52 | More by philmen
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a completely opaque black with a thin ring of khaki lace.

S: Aromas of leather, chili pepper, roasted grain, burnt toast, coffee, and dark chocolate are surprisingly delicate on the nose. If you're expecting a ton of roasted grain, chocolate, and pepper character you're barking up the wrong tree.

T: Fairly intense notes of leather, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, plums, figs, raisins, tobacco, burnt toast, roasted grain, and chili pepper wash across the palate. The finish is tingly and warming with a great deal of pepper, chocolate, dark fruit, and espresso character underscored by mellow alcohol.

M: Very luscious, smooth, and velvety in the mouth. Very full-bodied compared to many other stouts. Carbonation is surprisingly active, but not quite forceful, rendering this beer's smooth texture relatively undisturbed and intact.

O: Birrificio del Ducato is definitely on my list of breweries to watch, and with quality products like Verdi Imperial Stout, it's little wonder why. This ale is perfectly balanced and displays a tremendous depth of flavor. Even the chili peppers are incorporated well and with restraint, imparting neither oily sensations nor unwanted heat. Very well executed.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 17:41:15 | More by mrfrancis
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -24.8%

07-27-2012 15:40:01 | More by harpus
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-23-2012 03:00:30 | More by LambicKing
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-23-2012 01:00:09 | More by Hanzo
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Italy; unfortunately, I haven’t tried too many beers from there. Let’s hope this export stout is as gorgeous as its home country...

A: An enormously thick pour; the body looks like some sort of delicious chocolate sludge. A thick brown head bubbles just as slowly and deliberately-muddy as the body, sitting at an inch and a half before becoming a bold layer of wet retention. Lacing is oily and sparse.

S: Chocolaty and thick, though in a relaxed, earthy way. Mild vanilla and buttery aromas are in play, only adding to that forward fudgy profile; not a discernible trace of hops. The chili peppers are there, too, but you really have to try to get more than a tickle in the nostrils.

T: Boldly spicy! Verdi is a beer that centers on cinnamon, chili, and roasts to give the palate a fiery complexion, from first sip to last. It does have that distinct export stout chocolate-earthiness from the nose, too, and they level the tastes out to a smooth place of brown sugar, vanilla bean, fudge, and roasted pecans. If not, this beer may have just been a showcase for heat – a gimmick, more than anything – but the malts really do ground it enough to make it both drinkable and interesting. Touches of oats, macadamia, wet oak, and metallic mineral water show up near the back end, with a strong, rich aftertaste of buttery brown sugar and smoke.

M: The look doesn’t lie: this one’s thick. A full-feeling beer is expected for this style, but this one is more than that. A mandatory sipper that leaves very little for extra carbonation to peek through.

O: Unique, rich, complex, and, above all, satisfying; I don’t think I’ll have a chili beer in the near future that will knock this off the top spot. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 18:55:34 | More by BarryMFBurton
Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.