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My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.21
pDev: 74.77%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
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Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website

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 yankeepride
1.37/5  rDev -57.3%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.4/5  rDev -56.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.66/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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.

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Photo of Petcha
1.8/5  rDev -43.9%

Smells like ethanol and acetone. Tastes extremely sour, with sweet, boozy finish. Heat kicks in a bit later. Interesting idea for a beer, but a total drain pour

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Photo of cjgiant
1.91/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pour is dark burgundy, with no head, although the beer appears to have some clarity looking at the edges.
Nose is lightly tart, but barely a hint of blueberry. There's also a rotten fruit or vegetable note that doesn't quite fit.
Taste is vinegary-starting to wonder if this is a bad bottle. I get some idea of what the sour may be, but not sure if is intended or not, because there is a complete lack of blueberry. Also, there is no carbonation at all, it seems more like a wine.

Given the description, I am almost certain this was a bad bottle. I think there may have been more out there. I get sour, but no blueberry, no chile, nothing like what the people who gave the beer good ratings got. I would not review, but I think people should beware when buying this given I don't seem to be the only one.

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Photo of anteater
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer on two different occasions with two VERY different experiences.

1st time:

On Draft. Dark brown in appearance with moderate carb. Exceptionally good sour, didn't get any chili or much blueberry but the flavor was great. Rating = 4.25

2nd time:

From a bottle. Poured dark brown and completely flat. Smelled like nail polish remover. Taste like vinegar mixed with nail polish remover. Something went terribly wrong here. This amazing beer clearly went bad and resulted in the worst beer experience I've ever. Rating = 1

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.03/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Pours a strange brown color with almost no head to speak of. It looks slick and flat almost.

S-I know this is a wacky beer but boy does this smell like something is wrong. Strong whiffs of malt vinegar. Acetone. A weird, stewed fruit smell as well.

T-Nope. This is malt vinegar with an almost ketchupy flavor. It finishes with a sweet, dark quasi-fruitiness but all is lost by then. One of the worst tasting flavors I have come across.

M-Stinging acidity. Almost bile-like. To its credit, the alcohol is well masked by the intensity of the flavors...and they liger and linger.

O-Something has to be wrong with this bottle. I hope so, at least. If this beer's flavor was intentional I would be shocked.

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Photo of corby112
2.07/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark purple, almost black color thats reminiscent of eggplant.  Opaque with a thin, half finger off-white head that immediately settles.  No lacing.

Vinous dark fruit aroma with some earthy oak and a strong acetone presence.  A bit too much solvent/nail polish for my liking but here's also some funky yeast and wild bugs counter things a but.  Lots of dark grape, currant and blueberry but the acetic vinegar is a big turnoff.

Wow, the acetone is much sharper and prominent than in the nose.  Really abrasive and acidic with tons of solvent flavor killing off the wild bugs, oak and blueberry.  After a while the dark fruit notes come too the forefront with some blueberry, dark grape and currant.  Still, it's way too strong on the acetic acid/acetone/solvent flavors.  Pretty much undrinkable after a few ounces.

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Photo of emilylee
2.11/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of Etan
2.11/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.19/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with blueberries added. Now here is a mystery beer...

Served in a tulip glass, the pour is black with a finger or so of thick tan head. A bubbly ring is left by the end with spots of lace left, decent retention for a big beer.

Smell...bizarre. Permanent markers and solvent alcohol are probably most noticeable. Lots of dark fruits, oak and ashiness.

Oof, taste is truly something. Sharpie markers, old straight whiskey, some tartness with sour notes. Lots of artificial-feeling berry sweetness, burnt rubber. Is there actually a stout in there somewhere? Intriguingly bad.

Crazy boozy, very thin, low carbonation. Just not very pleasant whatsoever.

Drinking this beer is like trying to solve a riddle - it is fun to try to solve it. This beer was good for a laugh, that's about it. Total mess.

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Photo of cbutova
2.23/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.47/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Almost impossible to rate this beer once it's extremely peculiar and different from all other beers I had (my 2nd sour beer, just after the famous Flanders' Duchesse de Bourgogne). Giving 2.75 as a "pleasure rate" and that's the most I can do by now.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Blueglass
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, Eataly Chicago

L: Purple almost black with a thin, temporary head. Flat; no visible carbonation

S: Strong, confusing scents. Blueberry as an afterthought. Almost chemical. Spicy. More wine than beer smell

T: Again, more wine than beer taste. Hot at first transitioning to fermented fruit. Sour overall

F: More carbonation than it appeared. Intense flavor and smell almost cancel out any feeling of thickness or thinness.

Overall: This was an experience and probably not one that I would have again. Did not expect the complex sour; purchased it expecting more of a chili stout. It definitely delivered heat and it was extremely dark and attractive.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

3.38 My Blueberry Nightmare
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
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%

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apparently these Italian guys have lost their damn mind! A sour stout? ...with blueberries? ...with chili peppers? ... with 11% alcohol? The ale is a blind-sided collage of complexities, challenges, and power that plays out a triangulated game of tug-o-war on the tongue.

Nearly still upon the initial pour, the translucent dark ale gives up little in the way of carbonation. A turbulent swirl reveals mocha-stained, loosely knit bubbles that zip away as quick as they're created. Light inky legging supplants lace and is hardly noticeable with a tilt of the glass. Tell me it's espresso and I'd buy that.

Sharp vinegary aromas pierce the olfactory senses with pin-point precision, making me nearly break out in a sweat simply from the beer's first whiff. Fruit, coffee, toast, chocolate, and alcohol all lurk behind the vinous acidity but never rival its sour dominance.

Intense red wine vinegar flavors contort the mouth with jaw stabbing astringency. Grape seed, sour apples, vinous wine, under-ripened blueberries, lemons, and salty brine trample the taste buds with no apologies. A terse rebuttal of roasted malt has a shallow attempt to balance the beer with dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, walnuts, and thin caramel. But when the acetic tone meets the immense alcohols, then the acetone flavor of nail polish remover takes hold and forces lasting impressions upon the aftertaste.

The sheer acidity and alcohol keeps the beer thinned and medium-light on the palate early and often. Difficult to explore the beer's taste, the sharp sourness has no problem stepping into tannin-rich astringency for intimidating palate sensations on the sides of the tongue. Finishing spicy, hot, and solventy- the vinegar acidity never backs down; even in its extended sour aftertaste.

Much of my review may seem detremental to the beer, but its a solid sour ale that relies heavy on acetobacter as a souring agent and dismisses many of the other souring agents or the cellar to help balance and sooth its intensity. It also gives rise to the alcohol for a compelling spicy/solventy interplay. So if that type of intensity is your thing, then you won't have a problem with this complex taste.

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Photo of Beejay
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.61/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3

A: Sharp acidity on the nose followed by some blueberries, must, oak, and booze.

A: Opaque dark purple, almost black with very little head retention.

T: Complex, tart blueberries upfront, with an undercurrent of heat (from the peppers), slight sour roast, followed by whiskey, oak and super sour finish.

M: Medium bodied with very light carbonation, sharp lingering sourness from the pedio.

O: Way sourer than I was expecting. The blueberries and whiskey barrels provide interesting flavors, however it finishes a little too sharp.

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Photo of dar482
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An intriguing combination of flavors as sour balsamic vinegar comes through. Then with a roasty stout base. Then blueberry hinting through with as the beer finishes with a peaty barrel finish.

Even 2-3 ounces was an ambitious pour for this strange brew.

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
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