Verdi Imperial Stout
Birrificio Del Ducato

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Birrificio Del Ducato
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #421
Ranked #10,422
4.01 | pDev: 9.48%
Jan 31, 2022
Jun 11, 2008
Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout
Notes: Stout brewed with Hot Chili
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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Very, very, very interesting beer.

It smells like a quad and I thought for sure this was some Italian labeling trickery and they called quads stouts.

No its definitely a stout, but definitely fermented with some type of belgian-esque yeast. The dry bitter bakers cocoa is phenomenal. Im not sure what malt is imparting this flavor but its so seldom tasted in American beers but I love it when I do.

I'm not really getting the hot chili. The power of suggestion is strong though and I think I might be getting a little heat or burn on the back of my throat in the finish.

The feel is obscenely dry. Perplexing how it leaves the mouth feeling after each sip.

Overall, its so bizarre how radical this tastes in comparison to the any given 500 random US beers. Is this a normal beer in Italy? Italian beers simply do not exist in pa or Ohio so stumbling on this was a definite buy. Its so bizarre that a country so not represented in the US beer scene is represented by this obscure beer.

Jan 31, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Birrificio Del Ducato "Verdi"
€6 / 30 cl glass alla spina @ Birreria Rione, Firenze, IT on 26 November 2019

Look: Dark mahogany brown body that appears black in the glass beneath a short head of light tan. Average head retention and lacing.
Smell: Dark cocoa and dark chocolate with a hint of anise.
Taste: Slightly nutty, caramelish, chocolatey with a soft roastiness and firm spiciness from chili peppers. There's also some light fruitines (berries), and some grassy and leafy hops in the background. A stiff bitterness backs it and it finishes spicy and lingering with notes of licorice, ashen roastiness, and a swirl of dusty cocoa powder.
Feel: Medium bodied with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural, standard level carbonation.
Overall: Quite a nice stout with a really nicely balanced bit of chili pepper heat.
Review #7,584

Nov 28, 2021
3.5 by Mattias from Sweden on Nov 14, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Purchased this bottle at Appalachian Vintners in Asheville earlier this month.

Pours a semi-translucent dark brown with decent initial head and good lacing. Tart dark berries smell and taste. Flavors of molasses and anise come through as it warms. Hints of dark chocolate and dark red wine.

I love sour stouts and I very much enjoyed this one.

Jul 22, 2021
4.6 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela on Mar 04, 2021
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3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

11.2 ounce bottle, no dating that I noticed on the bottle or label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like dark fruit, burnt/charred malt, coffee and some licorice. Taste is similar to the aroma, with dark fruit, coffee, licorice, molasses, cocoa and a little bit of chili flavor. Label says this was brewed with hot chili but the chili flavor in this is minimal. There isn't much if any chili heat either. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. Gets worse tasting as it warms, but it's still drinkable. For whatever reason this one missed the mark with me, maybe I just didn't get a good bottle. $6.99 a bottle.

May 12, 2020
4 by archero from Texas on May 02, 2020
3.81 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Mar 17, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the unique little bottle in a snifter. This interesting take on
a Russian Imperial pours a murky blackish brown with a modest head of
off white khaki foam that subsides to a thick ring, small subtle clumping
layer, and shows scant lacing. Nose of smoke and char with subtle
coffee and cocoa notes. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with bakers
cocoa and smoke with mild coffee and subtle warming chili notes with
some light anise and dark bruised fruit. Mouth feel is a touch thin, light
carbonation, leaning towards the English side of the pond, and subtly

Overall a unique brew, but not one I would seek out again.


Bought at Savor Growl in Columbus.

Nov 21, 2019
4.06 by JTuomi from Finland on Oct 04, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jun 28, 2019
3.72 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on May 29, 2019
4.09 by Niceroad77 from Canada (BC) on Mar 04, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by janubio from Spain

Bought at DeBierkoning in 2013, fresh date 2023. SErved in a snifter glass. Black colouor, no head, just some little bubbles that don't hold for three seconds. No lace.
Aroma is rich, complex, licorice, prunes, a bit of chili (not much), coffee, chocolate, ripened fruits.
Body is a bit of a deception, too light I think. Oily texture, no carbonation. Sweet and dry finish.
Taste of molasses, licorice, coffee, chocolate, prunes, chili.
Good beer but it lacks of some strength in tongue, IMO.

Nov 08, 2018
3.88 by Dcraig from Iraq on Oct 15, 2018
4 by shelby415 from Oregon on Sep 22, 2018
3.79 by BeerBeast from Florida on Aug 05, 2018
3.95 by dextr24 from Massachusetts on Feb 23, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

We are right in the heart of the 2018 Winter Olympics & as such, I am delving into my foreign/import stash to venture into worldwide territory.

From the bottle: "European Beer Star [-] The Beer Tasting Gold Award 2008 [-] Imperial Stout"; "Now the thirst will be mild to me, the rust will be less acrid ..."

Once again, I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, deep-brown head with extremely limited retention that quickly fizzed its way out of existence. Color was absolutely Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light to penetrate its depths. Nose was spicy, smoky, chocolaty & man, my mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium, a little light for the style. The initial draught really cleared my sinuses thanks to its pepperiness, but once that died down, I got baker's chocolate & light smoke. It was an interesting take on an RIS with the inclusion of chilies, but if you have had Mexican Hot Chocolate or Mole sauce or any recipe that adds spice to chocolate, it will not be a new experience. I found myself wishing that they had been a bit more heavy-handed in their inclusion of spices in this beer. Finish was dry, as any beer that incorporates spices should be expected to evince. The murky, muddy final pour had a more dense mouthfeel & the spices really asserted themselves. I suppose that if you want a spicier experience from the outset, agitate this one in the bottle. That would be anathema to me.

Feb 18, 2018
4 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Jan 30, 2018
4.04 by Mikexw from New York on Jan 29, 2018
4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2017
4 by DioS from Georgia on Aug 13, 2017
3.79 by oberon from North Carolina on Aug 12, 2017
4.25 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2017
3.79 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Apr 10, 2017
4.09 by I3eer from Massachusetts on Dec 22, 2016
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Oct 16, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

300 ml

Pours jet opaque black, tan lacing for a head. Dissipates to a ring.

Smells of dark chocolate, licorice, hazelnut, and a coffee roast. Mild spice which is recognizable as chili.

Flavor is of bitter cocoa, licorice, vanilla, and caramel over a mild vegetal flavor and notable capsaicin spice.

Body is full and viscous with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth intermixed with the sting of capsaicin.

Drinks very easy as a chili stout. The spice is present but not overwhelming and it compliments the heavy, rich stout flavors. A very enjoyable dark beer that is worth trying.

Oct 11, 2016
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Listed in the "1001", my notes would give it a rating lower than the average of 4. Since I might be mistaken, I will not review until I Have again.

Aug 19, 2016
4 by steverx8 from England on Jun 17, 2016
4.06 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Jun 17, 2016
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jun 05, 2016
4.24 by mwckiltedsavage from Virginia on May 01, 2016
4 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2016
4.41 by nelloug from Italy on Apr 16, 2016
4.48 by tachyons22 from Connecticut on Mar 24, 2016
4.14 by CoreyC from Wisconsin on Feb 13, 2016
4.74 by Miccal from Vermont on Dec 04, 2015
4.18 by proctah from Norway on Nov 22, 2015
Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 304 ratings