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My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
75
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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 34.57%
Wants: 17
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An extension of Birrificio Del Ducato's Verdi Imperial Stout - My Blueberry Nightmare is a stout brewed with hot chili, then aged for 2 years in oak barrels with blueberries.

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 08-31-2012)
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3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

its extremely hard to tell if this is one of the worst beers ive ever had, or one of the best. with that in mind, my scores here are a bit arbitrary, as this is one of the most peculiar liquids on the planet. its a chili imperial stout with blueberries in oak for some ungodly amount of time, multiple years at least. for me, its just downright weird. it looks like a just barley purple black, or so black its purple, basically still, and shiny like shoe polish. hard to figure there. the nose is like a black sharpie marker, caustic and hot and chemical ridden and weird again, hard to figure again too. i think i can get blueberry in it, but maybe its so much blueberry its overwhelmed me into not getting it. its definitely not as marker heavy as that bitch please beer from brew dog and three floyds a few years ago, but its in that family aromatically. the oak does little to mellow that, and it appears to have some wild yeast in it too, whether intentional or not its hard to say. the dark malt actually leads the flavor trip, and the blueberries are way more tart than sweet. the chili seems to have faded some, but the heat can still be felt in the throat on the swallow, but where i liked it in the verdi base beer, i sort of done like it here. as complex as anything, but where all the intended flavors are there, paint thinner, aerosols, bleach, and other caustics can all be identified as well. its not unpleasant, its definitely strong, and for how many times i have said this here on BA, this might well be the most peculiar drink i have ever taken. thank god i had some buddies to help me drink it! tough call for the money, but if you want an adventure, this is next level.

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4.39/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Birrifico Del Ducato's My Blueberry Nightmare, stout brewed with hot chili and aged in Whisky barrels with blueberries. 9.4% ABV.

A: Pours a deep blueberry juice color. Very dark purple, nearly black, in the glass. Goes a little lighter towards the top. A two-toned layer on the top: Clear on top of a dingy white. Brownish-purple in the dimple, with a decent pile of sediment (to be expected, due to the fruit).

S: Pretty solid cooked blueberry aroma straight out of the bottle! Yeah, I get a fair bit of pepper spice, along with the earlier blueberry. A decently strong aroma of blueberry acidity sticks out from the background. A bit of waxiness. A very light roastiness, somewhere between cocoa and light coffee. I had to really search for it, but there is a very faint Bourbon-y caramel note, well disguised by the peppers. Very slight cinnamon.

T/MF: Woah! I was not expecting that! The components all balance extremely well. There's an acidic blueberry juice flavor in the foreground. Some of the expected spice from the chilies tickles the roof of the mouth, moving along the back of the throat and tongue. There is a nice sweetness, that is far from overpowering. The beer is a little still, but I don't find it so bad to be distracting. Quite the pleasant surprise for my first Italian beer.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Pours a very dark purple with no head of foam or lacing.

I get sourness from the blueberries and light heat from the chilies in the smell.

The tart blueberries are very tasty up front; then the taste and heat from the chilies move in and mess up the good thing going on. My opinion only of course.

No carbonation but that's not the problem with this brew. I have already mentioned what bugs me.

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Batch 02. Bottle 3478/4000

A: Dark in color, with a deep blue brown color at the edges. No head at all.

S: Very tart, some sweetness, but not much. A lot of vinegar, and a lot of acetate..

T: Holy funky hell. Original flavor is sour tartness followed by an almost salty flavor. Then the acetate, and vinegar dump in like an army on assault. There is heat in there, but it is hard to tell if it is from peppers, alcohol, or acid. Dark fruit, and saltiness linger through the finish. I can't tell if I love this, or hate it, but fuck it's interesting.

M: Medium thick, very low carbonation, but the flavor is so acidic it still dances across the tongue.

O: Overall this is one hell of a crazy ass beer. It's crazy intense, and weird as all get out.

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One of the more appropriately named beers. Here's my best shot at this one "Italian blueberry hot pepper stout wild ale". For what I think they are trying to do I think they pulled this off pretty good although definitely not for everyone. It's interesting to try with a group of friends, but I'd recommend not trying to take down this mighty bottle by your lonesome.

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
75 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.