Verdi Imperial Stout | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy | website

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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Photo of Altenor
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Essentially black, with a little hint of brown around the edges... a little more cola-coloured, really, with a sandy brown head that pulls back to leave a little collar of lace that lasts throughout. Lacing is quite minimal, but there are little spots of it here and there.

S + T: Chocolate is quite heavy, both on the nose and in flavour. There is a cookie-like taste that I pick up on, kind of reminding me of an experience had with Terrapin's Wake'n'Bake once upon a time. There appears to be a very soft smokiness in the aroma which I do not detect so much on the palate. Rather sweet, really... the chocolate notes aren't really the standard unsweetened dark chocolate, but rather like a chocolate chip or something a little lighter. There's a smooth scent of malts floating around, as well, which make for a nice touch. I had forgotten that this beer was brewed with chilis until I started to note the mouthfeel and noticed the little kick right on the finish. It doesn't really stand out at all, and most certainly not until it has some time to breathe and warm to an appropriate temperature. Once it comes out, though, it's a very nice touch. The more it sits, the more notable that becomes.

M + D: Smooth and somewhat creamy feeling, followed by just a little bit of a spicy kick as it finishes. Nothing intense... it's modest and pleasant. Quite a tasty stout, really, and nothing out the roof in terms of alcohol - at least as far as big stouts go. An enjoyable beer that I would look forward to again.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer gives its presence known with a bit of gusto. Solid retention time with many miniature bubbles creating the appearance of a solid mass, but its a falsehood. It actually is interesting formation of a two phase system. We have tiny bubbles stagnant on the bottom holding up a singular mass of cream. Coloration is that of a sienna brown. Low amount of carbonation viewed from the edges in this inky darkness. Not too much going on in terms of perpetuating the mass. There is a good amount of sticky lacing as the froth recedes.

S- Perfect amount of roasted grain. Its the aroma of baking bread wafting from the oven throughout the house. Following that is a tad bit of the acrid nature of burnt grains bringing it full circle to the heat of the chili. Light spicy nature like smelling too close to a jalapeno. Brings a bit of zesty chili spice to memory as well.

Maybe some cocoa, not exactly sure if that is the sweet nature or not. Could be a false aroma.

T- Opens with a moderate hit of roasted and mostly burnt grain. Quickly fades away to the middle where the true monster lies. A quick burst of chili heat that never corrupts the flavors. It doesn't burn, it doesn't saturate, it doesn't overwhelm. It is how chili is designed to be in a stout. As this slowly fizzles the finish perks up which is almost entirely chocolate. Awesome hit on the end of milk chocolate, sweetness, and chili memories. Not the spice or heat, just the flavor of a chili pepper. Great work on this.

M- Undercarbonated. It truly needs more carbonation. It has a medium build, but that is because it is a tad syrupy at times. The finish is great with lingering potentials. Thin sometimes, and for an 8% I wasn't really overwhelmed with alcoholic characteristics at all.

D- I like this beer a lot. It has some errors in the tactile areas, but it hit a solid double for smell and taste. I wonder how it would have been if it was much fresher. I never stopped drinking it. As it warmed, it began to get sweeter and sweeter. Reminding me more and more of a milk stout with a lactose sweetness rather than sucrose or malt.

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Photo of ATPete
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique bottle.

Verdi Imperial Stout pours a very deep brown color with a small brown head. Coffee beans, vanilla and chocolate boom from the nose. Roasty and solid all the way through the quaff, some light alcohol heat and a slow creeping spiciness from the chilies very late on the finish. Awesome. I loved this one, must try from fans of imperial stouts and chili peppers. The food pairings with this beer are endless.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is overall a very nice example of the imperial stout. An example of some of the better beers coming more and more out of Italy to the usa, one problem though with this beer is was extremely over priced. Definitely a very beautiful flavored stout but way way not worth price. Worth a try but not a life changer

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle purchased at Brass Rail Deli, enjoyed chilled in a stout glass.

The color is balck with medium tan head and voluminous 2+ fingers depth with varied bead size and lace stickage that is good wiht decent retention. The smell is estery with light roast and slight spice odor with dark sugar aroma. The feel is very good with dark toasted texture and mild sweetness with light spice in the mostly dry finish

The taste has a good malt profile with nutty roast and sweet balance with gentle but noticeable warmth in the back end with finsih that is semi-dry with good carbonation allowing for the impression of a lighter ale with low alcohol in the taste the chili flavor is present with dark sugar and dry graininess with mild sweet cocoa and coffee aspect returning in the finish. Overall excellent flaovr of dark malt with nice sweetness balanced by the chili...I would buy this again even at the premium price.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Dubber55
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with 1/2 finger of mocha colored head. A little lacing

Smells a little like coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt.

Intially I taste mostly coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. The finish is roasty,hoppy, and then at the very end, spicy. The hot chilis add another dimension to this beer. Im diggin it.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and creamy. Medium carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is good. The hot chilis definitely make this beer more interesting than your run of the mill stout. However, this beer is not worth the $10 I paid for the bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Barley Brother's into a shorty pilsner style glass. From notes.

A real nice dark walnut brown to black body, with very deep red ruby hues along the edges. A simple light tan collar is presented. Quite and impressive body color.

Great nose on this. Soft leafy like tobacco and mild light aromas of dark bitter chocolate. Powdery and also silky as well, with great earth like tones to match. Very nice aromas on this beer.

Palate follows the bouquet very nicely to match. Silky mouthfeel and palate translate the flavors wonderfully. Solid dark chocolate and soft coffee flavors wash everywhere. Aftertaste brings piping coffee warmth to match. Great simple roast character to boot, and nicely balanced.

While not explosive and huge or impressive, it's very well balanced and integrates two flavors real nicely. Excellent Imperial Stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cool looking bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black, with very little head, about a quarter of an inch, and not much of a head, either.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke. Not getting any pepper aromas on the nose.

The flavors starts out with bitter chocolate and roasted malt, with some smoky near the end. The heat from the chili peppers is not big at all, but you do eventually feel it- the heat sticks and lingers on your lips the more you drink of this 11.2 oz bottle. The alcohol is not all that present.

Medium bodied, but slightly thin and watery for an imperial stout. It strangely feels a bit more watery as it warms up, which seems against the typical. Thick creamy mouthfeel, light but present carbonation.

A very interesting stout, always cool to try a beer from a craft brewery in an atypical country. If the body was beefed up a bit, this would be amazing.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. I don't see a bottle date anywhere.

Poured into a 7oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pour yielded a tall, thick, cake-like layer of brown foam. Beautiful! Body is pitch black and muddy; looks very thick. The huge (initial) head takes awhile to calm down, but it eventually settles as a creamy film with thick outer ring (and it maintains its gorgeous brown color). Thick, sticky lacing. No faults here.

Smell: Roasted barley, oats, dark chocolate, and a touch of "hot chili." Chili, caramel, and barbecue sauce pick up steam as the beer warms. With time, leafy greens and milk chocolate also emerge. I wasn't too wowed by the aroma at first, but it really comes to life once it warms. I dig.

Taste: Mocha, dark chocolate, oats, and "hot chili." I absolutely love when brewers and chocolatiers combine dark chocolate and spicy peppers. Mmmmm... so good! The chili oils really cling to the palate, making each sip spicier than the last. In this instance, the chili peppers actually outshine the roasted malts and hops in the aftertaste. That's cool with me - I love spice - but I'd actually prefer more balance between beer and chili. Still very good.

Mouthfeel: Cool, creamy, and malty upfront; spicy, oily, warm, and dry in the back. Soft carbonation adds a pleasant, massaging aspect. I really like the transition - it's very unique.

Drinkability: A bit too much heat. It's not that I couldn't handle it, but the pepper drowned out the other flavors and really inhibited my taste buds. Will I buy this again? Maybe. It was definitely a fun experience. If you're a fan of chili-infused stouts, then this one's a must! If you're sensitive to spice, you might wanna pass.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice pour, black with a nice looking mocha head. Good resilience to boot.

Aroma - decent roasty character, but not all that impressive.

Taste - nice roasty flavor, good rich maltiness without a lot of sweet. The swallow has a little bite, a little heat to it, kind of peppery. Ahh, a stout brewed with hot chili, so says the back label. Makes sense now. A warm finish on a few fronts, a little malt roast coming through on the finish.

Mouthfeel - super smooth and silky. Low carbonation and a big body. Great.

Drinkability - a fine chili stout. Great for a cool night outside by the fire.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. There is some suspended sediment. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, chili, slight roasted malt, hops, hint of yeast, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of hop, slight chili, slight spice, hint of yeast, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, almost black with a mild head, no lace, good colour.

S: Dark roasted malt with some sweet milk chocolate in the finish.

T: Coffee all the way on the first taste. Stays coffee-like throughout the duration with some great dark malt/dark chocolate flavour. The chiles are minor and don't really come out until the finish.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, light capsaicin heat on the back end.

D: This is a delicious imperial stout, I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. BB 15/05/2016. Poured into tulip.

A: black. With small foam.
S: honey toast. Cocoa. Nuts. Little alcohol.
T: Cocoa. Roasted coffee. Somewhat spicy. A touch of sweetness.
M: Full bodied. Low carbonation.
O: Good imperial stout. Not outstanding though.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  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.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a beautiful, tall tan head and a thick obsidian color. Truly great appearance. The aroma is of roasted, burnt malts and barley. There's also a distinct barbecue hint in the background, due (I'm sure) to the chili in the brew. The taste is fantastic...lot's of malt and charred grain flavors...smoke, wood, roasted, and charcoal qualities. Long after the finish, though, a little heat creeps into the sensation. The heat lingers and adds to the experience. I really haven't had a hot-spiced beer that's been this well done....very nicely melded with the flavors. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really nice stout here brewed with hot chili peppers. cool to see some more Italian breweries popping up in the market. I hate the prices but I love the beers. this one is jet black, shiny, rich and viscous looking, with an oatmeal colored head half in inch high but extremely dense. really pretty, a little intimidating. the nose is bitter roasted barley, maybe oat sweetness in the middle, and the spirited presence of chili peppers. the way good dark chocolate can be accentuated by a flake of chili, this is similar in its dosage. never trying to be a pepper beer I don't think, and never trying to be overly intense with it, just let it bring out some of the more expressive elements of the dark grains, and it does that beautifully. I look at this like the way the italians are perceived to approach cooking, with understanding, pride, respect, and a great deal of care. this is that kind of thing, delicate in a way big stouts usually cannot be. that careful hand with the peppers makes this a work of art, and while its unlikely I buy it again, I respect it tremendously and am glad to have shared it with good friends. unlike other chili beers in its heat, which is nonexistent but does have flavor and a little warmth helped along by booze. lots of body, slick going down, and memorable.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a stout that happens to include chili peppers, rather than an in your face chili pepper beer.

Chili pepper is present in the noise and in the mouth, but it is mild in both aspects. First sip is nice and does not impart to much heat. The heat is slow building and cumulative. By the end, it lingers on your tongue quite nicely.

Other flavors are dark rich chocolate with a little roasted quality.

I wish the mouthfeel were thicker, but it's hard to achieve that with this ABV.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into wine glasses. Very dark, nearly black, small tan head, moderate lacing.

S - baker's chocolate, chili powder, vanilla extract, charcoal. Doesn't sound too unusual but trust me it's complex and interesting.

T - also complex, but quite different. Slightly bitter from start to finish, in a good way. Chili only comes out at the very end. Even the primary chocolate malts are subdued vs the aroma, in favor of the burnt, almost peaty flavor.

M - has definite weight, though not super heavy. Best part is it's super oily and sticky.

D - all of the above, coming in >8%, yet very easy to drink in my opinion. One of the first really well crafted Italians for me (many others have showed promise but ultimately disappointed).

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Lots of bubbles, dark brown-black color.

S - Sourness, chili.

T - Mild sourness that builds as it warms. A little light tasting at first but improves as it warms.

M - Light body that could stand more feel.

O - A good beer that could use more sourness and/or chocolate tastes. Still pretty interesting. I think this would do well to age.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The poured a dark brown almost black with a thick tan head. There were definite notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. The taste reveals a lot of the same with the addition of a chili spice. The spice wasn't overpowering and had a good balance of roasted malt, sweetness and alcohol burn. The mouthfeel was in the medium range with the right amount of carbonation to even out all the flavours. Quite enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours one shade from black with a two-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts mostly with hints of earthy peppers. The pepper notes are very slight and I'm not sure I'd recognize it unless I knew it was an ingredient.

Tastes good. As with the smell dark and mildly bitter chocolate and roasted malt flavors dominate. Midway through the sip the peppers poke their heads out for a bit of earthiness before fading into the background before re-emerging for a bit of heat in the finish. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass and could have another without a problem.

Overall this was a tasty beer however I was hoping for a bit more influence from the peppers. Still, well worth a shot.

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Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
89 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.
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