My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 34.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | FT: 4
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Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
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 Dave_Treat
1/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

the bottle was probably bad, but tasted like shoe polish

Photo of JNForsyth
1/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected, not good at all.

Photo of PA-Michigander
1/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle had to be infected.

Photo of devilfluff
1/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So infected it hurt. Just awful

Photo of LehighAce06
1.17/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Batch two, the "bad" one. This was horrifying. "An actual nightmare. Undrinkable blend of industrial chemicals." were my notes from the day.

Photo of yankeepride
1.37/5  rDev -57.5%
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 ER527
1.37/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This is the worst beer I've ever had. As Jordan put it- "it's like vinegar and nail polish remover had a baby."

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.4/5  rDev -56.5%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
1.66/5  rDev -48.4%
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 Petcha
1.8/5  rDev -44.1%

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

Photo of Jacki_Kus
1.81/5  rDev -43.8%
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 cjgiant
1.91/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle:
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.

Photo of anteater
2/5  rDev -37.9%
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

Photo of hopkrid
2.01/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is not good in any way

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.03/5  rDev -37%
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.

Photo of corby112
2.07/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Photo of emilylee
2.11/5  rDev -34.5%
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 Etan
2.11/5  rDev -34.5%
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 Chico1985
2.19/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of cbutova
2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
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 jeonseh
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
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 redliner8
2.59/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Couldn't quite figure out it tastes like, sour and hot

Photo of JaimeLondon
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Bitterbill
2.93/5  rDev -9%
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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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
74 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.