Verdi Imperial Stout | Birrificio Del Ducato

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy
birrificiodelducato.com

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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Ratings:
280
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily jet black with a quick tan ring of foam. The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, and some faint chilis... smoked. The flavor starts wih some smooth roasted malts and chalk yeast. The hops are earthy and herbal, smokey chilis. Very smooth roasted malts, but some hot alcohol too that lingers from the middle all the way to the finish. Very interesting sipper.

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Photo of brystmar
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Oddly shaped 33cl bottle into wine glass. Very dark with minimal, chocolatey head and ok retention + lace.

Interesting smell with chilis in the nose, some sweetness, vanilla, malts. Awesome.

Despite the cool smell, taste is pretty straightforward. Roasted malts, chocolate, a brief hint of chili in the back of my throat as it goes down.

Full-bodied and perfectly carbonated. Low drinkability however, I definitely prefer other stouts.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mondiale 2009. A good aroma, bitter, even astringent. Moderate off-white head though lacey, bitter from coffee anmd additives, and a coffee story. Expresso, needs more balance. Interesting beer experiemnt, though not great RIS for my money. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of flexabull
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's in SD. I am assuming they had a night featuring this breweries beers recently. I had to try it when I saw the description of an "Imperial Stout with Chili Peppers from Italy".

Pours a dark flat black color with a nice lasting tan head.

Aromas are on the lighter side. Some chocolate, soy sauce, other sweetness, and a little bit funky... almost smells like dog food. I know my description is odd, but that's what I smelled, and it really wasn't that bad smelling.

Taste is of light bakers chocolate, a bit bitter with pine and mineral hoppy notes. The chilis are there, but provide only a small spiciness. On the finish there is a touch of soy, and a smokey oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little prickly, and kind of light for the style.

Drinkability is not bad. An interesting beer that is kind of all over the place when it comes to smell and taste. But it is worth trying, I just don't think I'd want more than one.

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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy tan head and a some floating lumps bumping against the glass then hiding back in the body. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the base of the glass.
S- This beer has a soft chocolate malt aroma with a dry roasted barley note to follow. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean. There is a dark nougat and raw grain aroma that grows as the beer opens up.
T- The cream dark malt flavor is soft with a bigger roasted bitterness in the finish that has some capsicum heat to it. The heat grows and the bitterness fades as the beer opens up and the malt flavor starts to fade a bit aswell.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz in the finish. There is a very light chili heat in the finish but it doesn't linker.
D- This beer has soft flavors with a big finish that could use a bit more malt support. The heat is subtle but all burn and not much chili flavor. My mouth wasn't hot but my lips started to burn just a bit after the last few sips.

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3.68/5  rDev -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.

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3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serves a surprisingly robust head, very dark brown, with quite good retention. Brew is as black as a coffee bean. Lacing slides down the glass after each sip, but otherwise makes no appearance.

Heavy roasted grain notes; light cream; strong tart, dark fruit (specifically red grapes) on the finish. A slight floral note, as well.

Flavor is well represented by the nose, but with everything in very subtle proportions. There is a sharp, near-metallic sharpness up front; a light, creamy milk flavor; slight coffee bean and cacao notes; and roasted barley throughout, building to a very bitter and roasty finish.

The flavor note which stands out the most to me is the chile pepper finish, which is surprisingly sharp and hot, especially on the back-end. It makes a dry, grassy appearance up front and throughout, but it really comes through at the end.

Remarkably thin for an imperial stout. Slight foaming; lively, but almost no sting. Very strong heat down the throat from the peppers, which honestly isn't that pleasant. Fairly dry finish, with a milky stickiness that lingers in the mouth while the alcohol and pepper dry you out. An odd (but not unpleasant) juxtaposition.

As my first Italian craft beer, I can't say if the thin mouthfeel, relatively subdued flavors, and back-end burn are typical on their takes on stouts, but compared to an American Imperial Stout - arguably the benchmark - I can't really recommend this beer at the price point.

If this were marketed as a milk stout, clocking in around 4.2% instead of 8.2%, I'd likely be more generous in my ratings. The chile pepper is very well represented, but everything else just feels to subtle in its representation. Good, but far shy of greatness.

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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a pry-top bottle into a tulip glass. This bottle was purchased in Italy and brought back in March of 2010 so it has a little over 6 months of aging on it.

A: Dark black liquid with a one-finger thick tan head. Reasonable lacing with respectable head retention.

S: Roasted malts with notes of cocoa and some slight sweet berry notes. Very little hop presence. Fairly decent for a stout, though the berry notes are a bit odd in my opinion.

T: This one has definitely mellowed out a bit due to the age. There is quite a bit of dark roasted malts with a pleasant amount of bitterness. There are some slight notes of unsweetened cocoa. There is a noticeable heat after you swallow which is due to the cayan peppers added in this beer.

M: While rolling the liquid around in my mouth there is a very nice silky feel in the mouth. As you swallow there is a significant dryness in the mouth.

D: This one can be enjoyed slowly but this is not what I would consider a session beer. Its enjoyable but certainly not as drinkable as some other stouts.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer when I had it Italy and it was pretty decent now. I don't think having age on this one is a good idea; it should be drank fresh in my opnion.

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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redlight Redlight.

A: Pours a nice dark black shade with a creamy mocha head. Spotty lace.

S: Light roast up front with notes of earthy peppers and a bit of chocolate.

T: A bit of salty soy at the start which I could do without. It is followed up by a touch of dark fruit and roasted chilis. Roasted malt and chocolate linger in middle to finish. A slight burn from the chilis appears as almost an after thought.

M: Medium in body, on the lighter side for the style.

D: A small snifter is the perfect serving.

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Photo of Duke
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
4 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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