My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 34.16%
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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Photo of sdiamond808
5/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good, but can only drink 1

Photo of handpullme
4.65/5  rDev +44.4%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours opaque deep dense dark brown to black with virtually no cap.
S: The nose is huge, searing the inside of your nostrils and is detectable from a few feet away and everchanging with blueberries, sour funk with traces of wet diaper and old sweatsocks, chilis, chili vegetal, coffee, chocolate and dank.
T: there is chili heat all the way through with blueberries bigger in the middle, a light chili vegetal undercurrent, and finishing with a big, intense tartness. The imperial stout flavors are way in the background and provide more int terms of texture and flavor. Not much whiskey going on either.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: This is more of an experience than a drink with the heat, blueberry and tartness playing off one another. A lunatic beer not for the faint off heart.

Photo of TruePerception
4.39/5  rDev +36.3%
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 brandon911
4.35/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was shared among 6 friends into sample glasses from Southern Star. It was a slightly reddish brown with maybe a hint of purple and a light, white head. The smell was very acetic with a touch of roast notes, some blueberry and cherry, and a hint of hay. The flavor was beautiful. It started with a very puckerIng, Warhead-like sourness with big notes of blueberries. From there, it mellowed out with some of the roastiness coming through in the form of toffee and nut, which was then followed by some funk and a touch of spice. Overall it was a very interesting beer and I hope to grab it again. I'm rather shocked by the large amount of negativity towards the beer.

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.33/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complex. Crazy lactic sour, draws all the moisture from your mouth.

Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16, served in a snifter. Described as a sour, barrel-aged Imperial Stout with blueberries. ABV unknown.

A: Black body with brown highlights and a thin, short-lived head of fine dark tan froth. Pretty standard.

S: Far from standard. Powerful, intense acetic acid absolutely dominates everything with pungent aromas of balsamic vinegar. Oak and chocolate are present, but lie buried far beneath the potent acid. Crazy, and enjoyable.

T: Vinegar up front, with tingly, mouth-filling acidity blowing everything else into the background. Once the raw sourness subsides, notes of blueberry, cocoa powder, and vinous oak peek through. The aftertaste is immense, and blends all of the flavors together in a rapturous embrace of sour fruit, sweet malt, and woodiness. I’d prefer it if the complexity weren’t relegated entirely to the aftertaste, but it’s incredibly enjoyable as is.

M: Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and puckeringly sour. Solid.

O: Insanity. This is right up there with something like Rodenbach Grand Cru or even Rosso e Marrone in terms of raw acetic sourness, but the base beer, barrel, and fruit components all give this a little twist that’s really enjoyable. At first sniff I thought it was woefully unbalanced, but with each sip it grows on me a bit more. Delicious stuff.

Cheers!

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
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 craigdb
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tart, acetic, blueberry, kitchen sink kind of beer. You will like this, or hate it, but had along side more the more traditional porters/stouts (Texas Ranger, Old Viscosity and Santas Little Helper), I really like it.
I got no Oak, or Chilli flavor, but tons of Blueberry Balsamic. This is a beer meant to go with rich meats.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.12/5  rDev +28%
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 Beer-A-Lot
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
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 qchic
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why the hate for this beer? I like the blueberry aroma, not a ton of chili, but plenty of sour, fo sho.

Photo of NickyDee21
4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex and wonderful - amazed by the low reviews.

Photo of CaptFrothy
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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 Durge
4/5  rDev +24.2%

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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark deep purple in color with slight lacing on the glass.
Plenty of blueberry fruit upfront slight smoke character and nice tart aromas. Taste was fruit and BBQ forward which was appealing. Had a tart , slight acidic, fruity and smokey finish with light carbonation.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/19/13 notes. Big thanks to whoever brought this to WTWBA; been a want of mine.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color, almost black, with one inch of otan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of blueberries, sour dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, burnt malts, toasted malts, and some vinegar. Not getting any of the peppers, but it's nice.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, vinegar, oak, chili peppers, dark chocolate, burnt malts, toasted malts, and molasses. Little more sour than the nose and a little more vinegar.

m - Medium to full bodied stout and low to moderate carbonation. Some alcohol present.

o - Overall an interesting beer; I was a little disappointed as I wanted it to be great, but it's still a good beer that works. A nice mix of sour dark fruits and vinegar mixing with roasted malts and chocolate, making it an interesting sour stout that ultimately works. I prefer Tart of Darkness, and am very glad I never bought a bottle for $40, but wouldn't pass it up if I was offered a few ounces. Worth checking out if you like sour stouts and don't have to pay an arm and a leg for it.

Photo of bmurray10
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
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 thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some dark malt, berry, and balsalmic vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with a super sour acidic finish and a mild roasty bitterness. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a very sour flavor and is very interesting all around.

Photo of nick_asian
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Disclaimer: This beer is terribly awesome. If you're into sours, you're golden except for the smell.

A: Dark dark purple as it gets. Hardly any head retention after pouring.

S: Imagine smelling nail polish remover with a bit of sharp dried fruit behind it and the tiniest of oak notes. Not very appealing.

T: Just tastes super sour (which I'm all about) with tart blueberries, oak, vanilla, dried plums, decaying chillis and some chocolate. It's a vast improvement from the nose for sure.

F: Fuller body with almost no carbonation but still pretty smooth and a good amount of tannins adding in a lot of dryness. Definitely suits the flavor profile.

O: I'm actually a big fan of this beer excluding the smell. It was just very hard to bear because I love smelling my beer before I take a sip every time. This made me take a lot of self control to not do that.

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.84/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Near black. Some dark brown when held to direct bright light. No head on the pour or with vigorous agitation. Still.

Smell: All over the place. Pedio adds a layer of sour and funk. A touch of damp wood. Hints of whiskey in the back add some vanilla and oak. Blueberry is tart more than sweet. Deep and fruity almost like port. Alcohol runs through the back. You can smell it from a distance. A touch of darker roasted malt. Vague notion of spice and chile running through the back. Something akin to soy sauce/teriyaki is the result but not quite. Unique.

Taste: How can this be more bizarre than the nose? Nice punch of mildly spicy chile on the initial sip. Pedio lends a solid tart edge with some pushes to balsamic vinegar. Blueberry is simultaneously juicy and sweet with a ton of tart fruity edge. Hints of vanilla with a nice hit of oak running through. Borders on port fused with soy sauce. Vinegar builds as it warms. Blueberry balsamic vinegar. The spice from the chilies makes it special.

Mouthfeel: Slick without being oily. Medium body. Almost no carbonation. A bit of a dry edge.

Overall: More like tripping balls.

A mess, but a nice mess. So much and it works bit barely. A bit more in any area and it would fall apart.

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
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