Verdi Imperial Stout | Birrificio Del Ducato

Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
83.7%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 283 ratings
Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,821
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
283
Liked:
237
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
9.45%
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0
 
 
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Photo of ricke
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-04. Served in snifter.

Initial note: This beer is spiced with chili.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-08-15). The bottle design is rather unique, and quite good looking - like a mini champagne bottle.

Appearance: The beer is basically black, or very dark brown. The 2 cm big head is light brown/beige, thick and creamy, and settles quickly leaving some lacings and a solid lid of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Lots of coffee and cream hits the nose. Sweet licorice adds more sweet aromas. Some roasted malts and a light twang from the alcohol.

Taste: A prominent taste of milk chocolate together with coffee and vanilla up front. More roasted malts, and a faint fruity flavor. The taste is pleasant and quite complex, but not as big as some imperial stouts. The finish, however, have much more to offer and here the beer truly excels: Here, the chili reveals itself and provides a sharp punch of hot spiciness that blends really well with a considerable hop bitterness and a gentle warmth from the alcohol. The finish is also quite dry, and long.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Quite smooth actually, in spite of the dry finish.

Drinkability: This is not the biggest imperial stout out there, but I most say I liked it quit a bit. Perhaps, the taste could have been somewhat bolder, but it's still rather complex and well balanced; a gentle sipping beer. The very interesting and pleasant finish gives the beer an edge, a characteristic feature that makes it stand out. The hotness from the chili blends really well with the dry bitterness, and makes the experience a little more interesting. However, please note that it's not a big, unpleasant and overpowering taste of chili, destroying the gentle stout subtleties, we're taking about here, but a well balanced hot spicy twang that results in an interesting and rather successful take at the style. Recommended.

NOTE: ABV is 8,2% according the the label.

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Photo of thryn
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial stout with chiles? Yes, please!

It's a lovely black color with a small, creamy latte-colored head that fades to a film on top and a slight ring of foam around the edge. Some serious floaties bring it down, though.

It smells like a great RIS, but I'm not getting the chiles. Very roasty coffee and caramel is prominent, with a hint of lactose sweetness.

This is quite good. It has all the RIS character I picked up in the nose, with a tingle of chiles adding depth. Like a spicy chocolate bar, this is the kind of thing one either likes or does not. Roasty coffee flavor is first on the palate, then the warmth of the chiles, then a huge chocolate flavor with some cream character to it. A smidge too sweet at the end.

A deep, rich, heavy body, but a surprisingly clean finish. The chiles are a bit confusing -- I can't tell if there's much carbonation or if the tingle is all from the spice.

This is fairly drinkable for the style.

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Photo of chilly460
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, pretty much black. One finger of mocha head, decent retention, solid lacing.

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

T: Coffee is definitely prevalent up front. Some darker chocolte and roasted malts come in. The chilis are mild, some spiciness in the finish but not overwhelming.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, light carbonation.

O: Very solid brew that I'd buy again, balanced and nice mouthfeel. Flavors are not as robust as truly "world class" stouts.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark black color with a creamy tan colored head.

S-the nose is very cake like, chocolaty and creamy, light roasted malt with a hint of pepper but extremely faint in the back.

T-the flavor isn't quite as savory, a little thinner, notes of chocolate cake but light, hints of smokey malts and some light roasted malts in there, hint of coffee, slight note of licorice and pepper in the back.

M-creamy medium to light body, decent carbonation, creamy finish.

D-the body is slightly thin, the flavors are also slightly thin, nicely integrated pepper flavors, very light which i actually prefer. decent stuff.

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Photo of spratmi
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep dark black color with a rich one finger head that maintained a foamy but sparse lacing.
S: Noted the sweetness of caramel and chocolate malt along with notes of coffee. There was a faint hint of alcohol and pepper in the background.
T: Upon the initial tasting I noted the sweetness of chocolate and caramel with the background accent of coffee. The chili heat built slightly after several sips but never became overpowering.
M: This beer was fairly thin bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish.
D: I had no trouble finishing one and found this beer to be fairly drinkable. I enjoyed the complex flavors and the light chili kick at the end.

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Photo of killcore
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My Offero glass holds before me a Black (SRM 40+) beer with a modest, creamy, chestnut head that shies away to a trace, leaving only a fine lace on the glass.

This is going to be sweet, with a fruity malt, backed-up by coffee and some roast. Lots of plumb pudding, and bittersweet chocolate, with hints of cinnamon. The aroma is very complex.

Surprisingly more bitter than sweet on entry, with neither to any extreme. The fruit flavors are a bit muddy, and supported by dark wheat bread. Molasses plays off the roasted malt. The finish is strong, but short, accenting the bitterness of coffee.

Super smooth, with a medium body and creamy texture. Fine explosive carbonation cuts the alcohol.

Another good stout, this one is more interesting than the typical stout offerings on the shelves. Verdi warms well, making for a good sipping beer to pair with a good rib-eye.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a tan head, and thicker in the foam than expected. Smelled like roasted coffee. Flavor was more complex with dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol. Slight alcohol warming in the finish. Overall a fine beer, but very hearty. I'm no expert on the subject, but shouldn't this be a porter?

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, what an awesome bottle. Thanks, chemmie!

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown/black color with a nice brown head. Good head retention, not much lacing.

Smoky aroma of roasted barley, ground coffee beans, dark chocolate, and peppers. I like all of the elements of the nose, but all in all, it's a little weaker than I'd like.

Luckily, the flavor is a bit stronger than the aroma. There are some good sweet and smoky elements, and there's some spicy heat in the dry finish. Little chili burn in the back of the throat. Some interesting flavors going on here.

Smooth, rich drinker. The alcohol is never noticeable. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Easy drinker, and a really interesting beer.

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Photo of cvm4
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty black, two finger tan head with great lacing & retention.

S - Roasted malts, bitter coffee, dark coffee and a touch of licorice.

T - Semi sweet chocolate with a bit of vanilla. Of course roasted malts are present. And the chili peppers are definitely present in the background. O wouldn't have picked that up if not for reading the other reviews.

M - Not as thick as I'd like. Pretty high carbonation for a stout.

O - Interesting brew here and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours opaque pitch black with a frothy, creamy toffee colored head, the not much retention when the glass is swirled and the foam settles almost immediately back in the beer.

S - Cocoa, dark chocolate, light coffee beans, and some hot peppers.

T - Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate bitterness, a little bit of dark fruit is buried way down there and there's a noticeable chile pepper finish on the end the warms the back of the throat and has a mild burn.

M - Thick and full bodied, a little frothy and creamy, and some roasted malt and a lingering chile pepper burn at the end. The warming makes the saliva coagulate on thye tongue.

O - The pepper side of this stout makes it interesting, otherwise, without it, even though a solid beer, it wouldn't be as exciting.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz into a North Coast pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head. Head does not stick around for long, and there is not much lacing to be had...

S - Coffee, a touch of spice, and a good amount of roastiness...

T - Chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts. Lots of roastiness to be had. Finishes on a hot chilli note. As the beer warms the spicy finish becomes more apparent. This one is tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Pretty much what you would expect from the style...

O - I really enjoyed the spicy finish. Good tasting brew, but not worth the money in my opinion. Payed 10 dollars for 11.2oz bottle. Glad I got a chance to try this, but probably something I won't be revisiting in the near future...

Cheers...

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark black with a thin tan head swelling up in some areas.

Smell: diffidently a dark chocolate malt aroma is the most powerful smell,

Taste: the first thing I got was a good dark malt, after a fair number of simps the chili came through, this como worked well for this beer.

Mouthfeel: complex in my opinion, a little oily and light-ish, a little heavy and dark, very interesting and pleasant overall.

Drinkability: it's a very drinkable beer, however, if your not expecting the chili it will sneak up on you a bit.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Jet black and light brown mocha top that quickly dissipates. The nose is undeniable full of roasted chiles and nearly burnt malts. It is really intense and very over the top nearly scorched earth. It is borderline rauchbier. The taste was similar to the nose. Yes - I did order this blindly without know of the chili additive and its relatively thin, almost porter, body.

So delightful, a bit of a stretch to enjoy by yourself, but needs to be in a stout tasting lineup.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fabianno
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stcules
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, a lot of foam, brown, not too beautiful.
In the smell a good toasted note, coffe and chocolate in evidence. Good chili note.
Very smooth and soft in the mouth, rounding chocolate, some toasted, coffee and chili. Intriguing.
Smooth, pleasant ad very drinkable for the style.
Average body, intriguing spiciness, and a good aftertaste. With a pleasant warming.
Good done!.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with one finger tan head. Has mostly a roasted and chocolate malt aroma. Smooth, light, even creamy, mostly a chocolate sweetness in the flavor profile with slightly dry but mostly easy finish. Personally, I didn't really smell or taste the peppers and perhaps that at least states that this beer is not overpowered (or overheated) by the peppers. A simplistic and easy going stout that hides the alcohol well and is worth trying.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan foam, black liquid, the foam shrinks fast with little lacing left behind.

I get roasted malt, coffee, chocolate of the dark kind, licorice, and a fruity/boozy aroma reminiscent of something which was barell aged.

I get chocolate and roasted malt out of the gate, hints of coffee, definite licorice...some booze.

I would call it medium bodied with lightish carbonation.

A very good tasting Imperial Stout that however, drinks a lot stronger than what the abv is. Still, I cannot give it a thumbs down by any means.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, looks bigger than it is. Picked it up at Eataly in Chicago, wanted to try something and it looked like a safe bet
L - opaque dark brown with a creamy light brown head that holds good retention
A - rich chocolatey nose with some spiciness. Smells like a spiced Mexican hot chocolate of sorts
T - chocolate followed by a dose of hot chili that quickly envelopes the palate with heat. Nutty yeast, oat, caramel, come through also
F - creamy fuller body, finishes with heat and lingering cocoa
O - very good but overpriced for what it is. I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of oline73
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of NateF90
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 83.7% out of 100 with 283 ratings
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