Saturday, May 26, 2012
Game Day Beer Review: Birrificio Del Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout
(8.2% ABV) I have this thing about Italian craft beer: I try it whenever I see one in the store or on a bar menu. It's funny, 'cause most people thing of only one thing when they think Italian: Wine. Not me, though. I think craft beer, a space in which the Italians are real up and comers. I spied this baby at a beer bar recently, and was mezmerized....
This thing is black as night.... Birrificio Del Ducato's Verdi Imperial Stout was poured on draft into a chalice, and showed up with a thin ring of toffee-colored foam lapping at the edges of the glass.
It has a very mild smell. There was a hint of chocolate and licorice, but they were faint, at best.
I got unsweetened chocolate and coffee on tasting Verdi. "Earthy" might be the best way to describe the beer. This is significantly less sweet than its US-made Imperial Stout counterparts. The Italians love their bitters, and this beer doesn't disappoint. It's got almost an olive oil flavor to it -- relatively unique.
It's unlike any other imperial stout I've ever tasted: B