Verdi Imperial Stout | Birrificio Del Ducato

Verdi Imperial StoutVerdi Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.02/5
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:
#3,860
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
283
pDev:
9.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of FLima
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deepest black color, a light warp, with a thick two finger dark caramel head with medium retention.
Amazingly intense aroma with lots of licorice, dark chocolate and condiments.
Bold flavor of tart grapes, coffee, nuts, pepper, nutmeg, pine, big cocoa powder, vanilla, oat and tangerines. It finishes with lots of hot chilies that were added to the recipe.
Full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.4% is hidden in its intense flavors.
This one was much better than the one I had 2 years ago, though it continues to be a bit tiring. Nevertheless, it is a great RIS, good complexity and really intense. Almost a beer version of a Mexican mole Poblano sauce, made with cocoa and chilies. Worth trying.
Ap.4,25 Ar.4 Sab.4 Sens.4 Cj.4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 283 ratings
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