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Verdi Imperial Stout - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 256
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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Italy

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 TMoney2591
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. (836 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of Altenor
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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! (1,439 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,740 characters)

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,837 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Duke
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-black with a nice tan head

S-dark malts. very tangy! a bit of espresso. great scent, but somewhat faint.

T-comes in with a great and musty taste of nutty dark malts. fairly chalky as well. its a complexly full flavored taste. the quality in each ingredient is so evident. the after-taste has a bit of coffee beans with dark malts and the same mustiness. has a spicy kick to it.

M-creamy carbonation with a good dry finish

O-this is a great stout. it drinks so smoothly with such complexity. wow i wish i could get more of this easily! i love the peppery bite at the end. it adds a unique twist. this is world class. (621 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A currious Stout that is a welcome extention of the craft beer craze that's reaching even Italy in the Del Ducato brewery.

The beer opens with a deep and murky bark-brown hue in somewhat of a muddy appearance. A creamy tan head builds on the beer in a very delicate way that reminds me of espresso creme. Fair on retention but light on lace, it would have been nice to see more foam character but the cocoa oils may have impeeded this character.

The expected aromas of French pressed coffees, chocolate, and burnt caramel are also met with spicy declarations from chilis and a peppery yeast character that might resemble medicinal notes and band aids. Somewhat fruity with an underlying estery character- the beer pulls the nose in several directions at once.

The early rise of chocolate penetrates the foundation of roasted malt and caramel with the true flavors of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor of peppers add an earthy and slighty fruity/vegetable notes complement the chocolate and roast at first, but the medicinal taste soon reveals a destraction in taste and disrupts the balance from mid palate to finish.

Full bodied, but without the heaft that's expected from modern Imperial Stouts, the beer remains lighter and more drinkable than most until the finish reveals a grain derived astringency that extends from the medicinal taste. Somewhat thin and grainy to the mouthfeel- this doesn't allow the malt texture to hide the few yeasty flaws.

Verdi is a complicated Stout that challenges the palate from recipe formulation to fermentation. It's unusual to see the level of phenolic plastic, medicinal, and band aid characteristics in a commercially available beer. But aside from that, the chili additions are hardly detected and I would have likely missed it if the description hadn't pointed it out. (1,816 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Giovannilucano
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No freshness on the bottle as I pour it into a pint glass.

A- A very dark but clean looking body with that fluffy head

S- Subtle and elegant aroma of chocolate and espresso

T- A middle of the road stout that is neither too heavy, nor light. The 8.2 is well hidden, and the taste of chili is on the back of your palate and throat.

M- Not so heavy to weight you down, but not thin.

O- I do enjoy this offering from Birrificio del Ducato. The balance of smell, taste, body, and appearance make this an absolute personal favorite and one I would suggest highly for those transitioning from your standard stouts. (614 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton.

A - deep black in color - passes no light, with a half finger tan head and thin lacing

S - massive dark chocolate nose on this, with smoke backing it up

T - bitter up front and intermingled with thick dark chocolate notes; the chocolate endures through the entire experience and ends up sticking at the back of the throat. Some smoke and coffee in the finish as well.

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation; even with the carbonation cutting it still coats the mouth and throat

D - intense but drinkable

Really delicious beer, especially if you're a dark chocolate fan. This is probably the most intense dark chocolate beer experience I've had. (706 characters)

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

Appearance. Pours black with a small tan head that leaves a little lacing behind.

Smell. Molasses, light coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla, and spices.

Taste. Molasses, licorice, chocolate and a little coffee and pepper.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with below medium carbonation. Just a little alcohol warmth.

Overall. Nice flavours in this big stout. Everything just plays well together. I really liked it. (424 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 (725 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black with a frothy two finger mocha coloredhead that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Chunks of lacing left behind.

Very roasty malt aroma with a strong coffeeajd dark chocolate character. I'm also pickin up some slight alcohol/heat and a vinous dark fruit presnce.

Medium bodied with a velvety chocolate malt presence that tames the strong roasted malt character a bit. Lots of dark malt with hits of toast, dark chocolate, coffee/espresso bean and oatmeal. Slightly creamy lactic presence mid palate followed by some subtle spice and dark fruit that linger into a dry finish that has a bit too much boozy heat for my liking. (663 characters)

Photo of Jdmpolk
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical black looking stout with a small brown head that didn't stay for long and didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Some really nice chilis that don't seem too hot or too green. Chocolate, char, coffee, it's really a fairly pleasant mix.

M - Taste is really great. Reminds me a lot of a baby Hunahpu. Chili's have good flavor without being overpowering, and don't have enough heat to detract from the taste. Mixes well with the chocolate, char, and roast for a nice beer.

M - Fairly close to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - A surprisingly good beer, if you like Hunahpu, you might go for this. (614 characters)

Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.