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My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 34.37%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

Durge, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of embass
4/5  rDev +23.8%

embass, Monday at 12:46 PM
Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Beejay, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -7.1%

zestar, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

MikeCactusGordon, Oct 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

tpacek, Sep 22, 2014
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1/5  rDev -69%

dataylor21, Sep 17, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -4.6%

Doublechar0517, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

jfcaa193, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +23.8%

oatsodas, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Big, loose bubbles with low retention and no lace. Muddy brown body.

S - Tart, sweet, and lightly roasty nose. Chocolate, lemon juice, old wood, worcestershire sauce, cherries, sweet peppadews.

T - Bizarre and really unique. A deep, smooth brown sugar sweetness frames tart white grapes, savory soy sauce, acidic vinegar, dry cocoa, fruity melon, brown bread, and oak. Finishes semi-sweet with a residual tangy-ness and a mild chili warmth.

M - Complex. Paradoxically tangy, tart, slick, dry, smooth, and full. No carbonation at all.

O - Incredibly difficult to review. A+ creativity results in ambivalent characteristics up and down this review.


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3.38 My Blueberry Nightmare
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A - 2.00 2.00 ------- 2.00 2.00 10%
S - 3.25 3.25 ------- 3.75 3.42 20%
T - 3.50 3.50 ------- 3.50 3.50 40%
M - 3.00 3.75 ------- 4.00 3.58 10%
O - 3.50 3.50 ------- 4.00 3.67 20%

vfgccp, Aug 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Griffith, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

malfunxion, Aug 23, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -13.3%

Precog640, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Liberatiscioli
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Liberatiscioli, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

ddedhed, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

threedaggers, Jul 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

needMIbeerinMD, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

MacQ32, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

ryan1788a5, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
2.81/5  rDev -13%
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.

angrybabboon, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
2/5  rDev -38.1%

ShanePB, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
1.64/5  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.

Rifugium, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.36/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours dark like a typical stout. No head whatsoever.

Aroma - funky with blueberry notes. Vinegary, a touch of wood.

Taste - super tart and acetic. Tart blueberry, vinegar, and chili pepper heat on the aftertaste. This is really hard to drink, even for the purpose of sampling. The vinegar is over the top, making it near impossible to find anything remotely beer-like.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied is about as far as I'm going. I don't want to drink anymore to expound on this.

Overall - split with my buddy Nick, half glass shouldn't be hard to polish off, right? One and done. Actually, less than one, first drain pour in years.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 07, 2014
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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
75 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.