Verdi Imperial Stout | Birrificio Del Ducato

Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout
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Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Crosling on 06-11-2008

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of patrykfus
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nothing special, from RIS I expect something more than chilli

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Poured a very dark almost burgundy black. Huge 3 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S. Not a whole lot going on here, maybe a hint of pepper.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes very light in viscocity with an almost cream profile which is instantly neutralized by the chili pepper incorporated into the beer. Once the beer heats up a little bit (temperature wise) you can definitely get a little more bite from the pepper.

Overall: An average imperial stout, the 8.2% is hidden extremely well, not even a hint of booziness to it. Price point would be the reason I would say to skip over it, $6.99 for the bottle.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 375 ml bottle at Jester King brewery. My beer was infected. The sour flavor overwhelmed everything else. Really didn't get much chile flavor either. What a dissapoint ment.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of corby112
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of biglite351
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - No light through glass at all. Very tight tan head.

S - Mild malts, spice and chocolate.

T - Chocolate, malts, dried fruit, hints of spice in finish.

M - Good coating with a tingle all over the tongue and top of throat. Hint of heat, probably from a spice rather than alcohol.

O - Different enough to order one... odd enough to order ONLY one.

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Photo of JOrtt
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown (almost black). Just a hint of hazel colour head that dissapears very quickly, leaving just some little lacing on the glass

S- Dark chocolate malts with some roastiness to them, a faint spiciness underneath to bring some life

T- Dark chocolate is again dominant, though i'm also getting some light coffee notes. Some vague spiciness on the tongue and a nice warming feel from the not completely hidden alcohol

M- A bit thinner than usual in body. Soft, though maybe a little even, on the palate; prickly with spicies on the tongue. A lot of pepper in the aftertaste

O- Warming but not as flavourful or complex as other strong stouts. The pepper aftertaste gets really too strong and annoying and seems to be hiding the other flavours: i feel like this beer is not perfectly balanced

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Photo of BigB415
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with medium head. The head actually reminded me of Guinness with it's frothy head that laced to the side of the glass without running down the glass, I could scoop the head off and it'll stick to my finger. The smell is of chocolate. Taste more chocolate and very faint spice. I was expecting the chili to be more pronounced than it is right now. I gave it a chance to warm but it is still very faint, just enough to feel it which is fine by me. I don't want to be overloaded with spiciness since it is a beer and not a soup. I don't taste any alcohol and I just had to remind myself it's 8.2% Practically no mouthfeel so it's a little thin. Overall, it's ok. It's my first Italian stout but it doesn't make me want to avoid other Italian stouts. It's a good gateway Italian stout. It's just different with the chili added.

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Photo of Crosling
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, Monk's Cafe, Stockholm, Sweden. Pours dark brown but appears black in the glass. Small, filmy, light tan head. Hints of dried chocolate, fruit and a touch of red pepper in the nose. Mild hints of dried chocolate and cocoa on the palate. Smooth, balanced beer, but a bit light on the palate. Aroma and flavor should have more expression for an Imperial.

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Photo of bark
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
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