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My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 32.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | FT: 4
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Italy

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 08-31-2012

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.
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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
Photo of ryan1788a5
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Jet black pour. No head formation or lacing. This can be somewhat forgiven due to the 2 year barrel aging.

S: Fruity lactic sourness. Sweet blueberries. Chili heat. Barrel notes become stronger as it warms. Oaky. Caramel chews. Light char and chocolate. A very odd assortment of aromas.

T: Very lactic and sour up front. Lemon and green apple. Cider vinegar. Puckering. Chile heat tickles the tongue and back of the throat and actually adds chile flavor as well. Heat is tame. Sweet blueberry juice. Subtle oakiness and char. Caramel chews and chocolate toward the back end. Finishes with sour lactic tastes and a bit of chile heat.

M: Medium-thick. Somewhat viscous. Flat. Very slight oak astringency.

O: An odd assortment of flavors. It just doesn't work. There are far too many clashing flavor profiles. An idea that was far too bold on paper and not any better in execution.

More User Reviews:
Photo of handpullme
4.65/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night on tap at Ebenezer's, served in a tulip glass.

A: Looks like a stout almost, but has a slight blue hue. 1/2 inch of head lingers a few minutes before dissipating. I was surprised how dark it was.

S: Blueberries and vinegar. You can tell there's sourness awaiting.

T: Again, blueberries dominate, along with the sour element. There are also very subtle hints of oak, but they're overpowered by the fresh wild blueberry flavor. While drinking this, I had no idea the alcohol was 11%....it's hidden incredibly well. I've had several blueberry beers in the past, but this is by far the best.

M: Very nice for a sour. Certainly not watery, and leaning a bit more toward the creamy end.

Overall: I don't understand nor agree with a few of the low reviews of this beer. I'm guessing they're from people who don't appreciate the sour style. I found it to be fantastic and cannot wait to have another poured at Ebenezer's today. I usually gravitate toward the IPA's, but if this is what a sour can be, count me in as a fan.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Deep, dark and delicious. Unique blend that results in a memorable sour blueberry malt with a tasteful touch of seaweed. The feel is a pretty dead but I love the unusual flavors.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex and wonderful - amazed by the low reviews.

Photo of jeonseh
2.47/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A - Dark chocolate with blueberry accents. No head or foam.

S - Blueberry pie, lactic acid, slight acetone. Tart nose to it.

T - Balsamic vinegar with a slight funky, almost gym sock presence to it. Barely any blueberry but lots of acetone.

MF - Tart with tons of carbonation to it. Good funk and dry finish

O -I didn't enjoy this one too much as the gym sock presence with the acetone threw it off.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.12/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 3 poured into Ommegang chalice.
A - Color over a blackberry, black with reddish-violets tones underneath. Nearly no head at all. No lacing.
S - vinegar, stewed blueberries,
T - a bit acetic, puckering, very faint barrel, chocolate and berry. Some spice from the pepper. Borderline of being a mess or a genius balance of vastly different flavors. I tend to be swayed to the genius side.
M - on the dry side of light medium feel. No presence of alcohol for a 9.4% brew.
O - Wow! A bit all over the place. Not really much presence of stout qualities. If you like tart, sour beers, this is a must try. 1 bottle max though.

Photo of emilylee
2.11/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This was one of our New Year's beers. The venue was Trappist Provisions in Oakland - the new satellite bar of the excellent Trappist, Oakland.

We did their list, beer by beer, from BFM to Black Hole, and it was varied and mostly marvelous.

The only loser on the list was this Italian fiasco. We ordered it for the sake of completion, to make sure we tried everything. We knew full well that anything called "My Blueberry Nightmare" is probably a mistake. But how big? Well read on...

So the beer was pretty enough. Trappist Provisions will provide a masterful pour no matter what. The Ducato had a good thick chocolaty head, a rich dark color, and was picture perfect. But take a whiff....that's where the problems begin.

The taste and the smell.... I'm reminded of the Violet Beauregarde scene in Willy Wonka. The blueberry is a giant swollen overpowering mass. Charlie and Grandpa could rip off all your shit while you aren't looking because all you can do is pay attention to the giant blueberry while the Oompa Loompas run around trying to mitigate the disaster.

And then when the blueberry has died down, there's the chili flavor. It's subtle. Not spicy. Just a touch of acrid bite at the back of your throat. And that's really not good. It's less of a flavor than just a feeling, like a touch of acid reflux much earlier in the evening than you were planning. Foreshadowing in literature = good. Foreshadowing in digestion = bad.

So, overall this beer is a gimmicky mix of overpowering elements. And not a very well considered mixture at that. In fact, there might be a beer under there, but I wouldn't know.

Sorry Italy, we gave this beer the boot.

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a sampler snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, blueberry, tart, sour, and subtle roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, blueberry, blackberry, tart, sour, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really rather enjoyed the fruit aspect that was going on this one. As the name would suggest blueberry played a substantial role in this brew. Since blueberry is a very delicate flavor I was surprised at how well they were able to keep in forward in the brew throughout. I would definitely enjoy having this one again and would not hesitate to suggest it to others.

Photo of bmurray10
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very murky in appearance. Lots going on with this one. Surprised by the low ratings, but the complex flavors were great

Photo of CaptFrothy
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Setting off blueberry bottle rockets in my mouth.
Un-ignorable, in your face sour, fruity wonderfulness.
Best in small dose's, I split the small bottle with a friend we were both blown away with the creativity in this beaut. On the far side of sour, my bottle had been in the cellar for 2 years I really helped impart a sophisticated smoothness to the wild berry. You have to try this at least once in your life, this was my second time in, but can't wait to go back to this, in time.

Photo of TruePerception
4.39/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: acetic vinegar notes up front with blueberries, funk, sour fruit, peaty Scotch, smoke, and a myriad of other aromas. Very interesting.

T: acetic vinegar here as well with musty and funky flavors, smoke, sour and tart fruit, peaty Scotch, and medicinal flavors. Very interesting, though the medicinal flavors are a bit off-putting.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: a very interesting beer that is is not quite successful. There's so much going on in this beer, but the strong medicinal and acetic flavors hold it back.

Photo of Beejay
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MDbiere
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the most interesting sour stouts I've had. Blueberries, hot peppers, and aged in oak.

A: Deep purple/black. Looks like a stout with a small tan head accompanying the opaque body.

S: Tart berries, vinegar, smoke, and some spice from the peppers.

T: Everything hits at once. Sour berries, vinegar, smoke, oak, cocoa, and some faint ripe blueberries. This is then followed by a very pronounced hot pepper note that sticks around for a while.

M: medium-bodied, light carbonation

O: Definitely not for everyone, but certainly something everyone should try. A bit all over the place, but the chaos added to the intrigue. This is an extremely sour/funky/spicy stout. Every sip was more interesting which made it hard to put down.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into wine glass.

A - Nice blue-black color, with blue around the edges. Small fizzy bubbles. Coke-like appearance.

S - Blueberries, some sourness. Has mellowed over time as it has aged several months in keg.

T - Blueberries, fairly substantial sourness, dark fruits. Mild sweetness. Very satisfying.

M - Medium body. Just a touch of creaminess to make it go down more slowly.

O - This beer purportedly ages well with less vinegary and acidic taste than when fresh. Smooth, fruity, delicious.

Photo of angrybabboon
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review from notes, 7/4/14

Appearance: Dark, deep brown, with some vague hints of purple and black - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to virtually nothing, leaves virtually no lacing

Smell: More like a bad dream than an actual nightmare - at first, kind of smells like a port - rich, berries, grapes, sugar - more of a generic "berry" than a blueberry aroma - some serious funk, sourness, bacterial weirdness, and tons of sharp, acidic vinegar - wood and whiskey, smells more boozy than the reported ABV - sweet, sour, bizarre

Taste: Weird to a remarkable degree - rich, rich berry flavor - old blueberry skins, grapes - chili peppers are far from obvious, with some heat that might actually just be the alcohol (or one of the other weird flavors in here) - sour and extremely funky - sharp, acidic sourness, straight-up vinegar, and some wet, damp, musty lactic funk - oak and whiskey, with some acetone and fusel alcohols - mild stout at the base with some chocolate and roast - boozy, weird finish with some lingering heat and sour - decidedly impressive in the way that this actually becomes increasingly unpleasant as I slowly drink the 6 ounces or so

Mouthfeel: Full body, thick and syrupy - finishes with some heat, sourness, and booze

Overall: My notes say, "I don't even know what to conclude"

This is a bizarre beer to say the least. The brewers apparently just decided to throw everything they could imagine into this beer and the result is a borderline hot mess. I thought it had some charm when I first tasted it, but it just kept getting worse.

Photo of Jacki_Kus
1.81/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Save the ten bucks and your mouth and drink some bad wine.

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark purple/brown color. More purple shows up when the light hits the beer. The head is a weird tan/purple/blue color. As the head fades it leaves a thick ring around the pour and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Reminds me a lot of blueberry vinegar. I'm getting a bunch of that dark sour/red berry type smell. There is also a hint of red wine. Very aggressive.

Taste: This one is very sour. I'm not picking up much alcohol at all. The blueberries show up more than I thought they would. I'm also getting some red wine and sour vinegar. The finish has an acidic burn to it like vinegar.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tons of tingly carbonation that manages to ve quite smooth. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is super sour and there was no hint of the high abv. The finish burns quite a bit. Overall I liked this and would have more.

Photo of Etan
2.11/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

On tap at the Roscoe Village Pub, in conjunction with WLV for Zwanze 2012.

A: Pours a brownish purple with a light tan head.

S: Lots of vinegar and blueberry in the nose. Smells strong and acetic. A bit of a smoky note behind.

T: Tart blueberry, huge vinegar acidity, trashy roasted malt, smoky, astringent. Drinks like balsamic vinegar racked off of blueberries.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

O: A nightmare indeed. Horrible beer.

Photo of yankeepride
1.37/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Sweet Jesus, this was awful. I give an "A" for effort, as the list of ingredients was appealing, but after pouring it in my glass and taking a whiff, I got nervous. It has a bizarre, slightly-sour note to it, but it reminded me of the smell of nail polish. I thought "what the hell", took a gulp, and knocked it down. Before it could clear my throat, I thought my flesh was under attack from the inside. The peppers literally felt like they were clutching at me and trying to eat a hole through, and I had to gag down one more taste just to confirm that I didn't make up that sensation. Only thing I enjoyed was the color, as it looked deep and inviting with a rust-tinged hue to it. Otherwise, one of the worst things I've ever had.

Photo of cbutova
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Fully reviewed last night during our annual Sour and Saison Festival. Thanks for sharing Dan.

Sourfest III 2014.

A- Poured from the 750ml to six pint glasses with a pitch black, oily thick body. A small light tan head forms to a half finger or so but falls to nothing after a few moments. Ting ring leaves some legs and only a few spots of lace.

S- Very pungent aroma of lactic sours, wet dogs and burnt as hell roast grains. Very slight blueberry fruity feel but the aforementioned destroys it along with some acetic.

T- Up front is a huge dose of acetic vinegar and lactic sourness. Upon finishing the sip the sourness just burns the back of my throat as it isn't balanced out by anything else. After sipping, a permanent marker off flavor starts to take over and kill the flavor. Roast grains do a tiny bit but the vinegar and strange marker flavor make it go away quickly.

MF- Fairly dried out body for an Imperial Stout because of the souring bugs with an oily, slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side. Intense sourness destroys the throat and taste buds in the finish.

Sharpies and insane lactic and vinegar sourness with just a tad of blueberry and roast. The off flavors here absolutely ruin the beer and it hurts to drink after some time. Nightmare is here.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/23/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a blue hue and a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains blueberries, esters, Belgian yeast and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a strong tart blueberry flavor followed by some chocolate and blueberry sweetness. The malt character is on the thin side but brings a decent balance. I was told the beer was brewed with some hot peppers in it but they get over-powered by the sourness of the blueberries.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, unique representation of style, it’s a good beer but despite the large number of beers I’ve tried I have not found anything else I can compare this beer to in order to give any perspective. Suffice to say that even though it’s quite complex, I don’t feel the beer justifies the high price.

Photo of Rifugium
1.66/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Yikes...
Dark purplish-black pour, muddy, with just a few straggling bubbles on top; no lacing to speak of. Big whiff of acetone and Easter egg dye, thick berry muddle. Yeah, this was...well at least they got the "Nightmare" part right. This was tasting pretty dreadful, as promised by the aroma, pretty much all acetone and vinegar, solventy booze, sour wet bread. Whew...what a mess. Nothing worth noting as far as mouthfeel and drinkability, other than it really wasn't drinkable. Some folks might enjoy this as a novelty item, but I think it's crazy that this is actually marketable.

Photo of epyon396
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"This tastes like blood" - my girlfriend

Photo of NickyDee21
4.02/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a happy hot mess and that's why I loved it. Is it a blueberry sour or a chili stout? A clash of four flavors. It's not pretty, but boy is it interesting.

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
75 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.