My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato
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3/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
07-19-2014 20:19:43 | More by ryan1788a5
2.81/5 rDev -13%
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.
07-12-2014 18:23:58 | More by angrybabboon
1.64/5 rDev -49.2%
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.
07-08-2014 05:30:29 | More by Rifugium
1.36/5 rDev -57.9%
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.
07-07-2014 04:43:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
07-05-2014 01:19:26 | More by Goblinmunkey7
My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
75 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.