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My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 29.57%


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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jeonseh

Indiana

2.41/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:29:48 | More by jeonseh
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yankeepride

New Jersey

1.31/5  rDev -62%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 01:29:32 | More by yankeepride
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 19:31:58 | More by mdfb79
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 17:52:55 | More by BEERchitect
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anteater

Oregon

2/5  rDev -42%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:21:11 | More by anteater
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2014 00:10:35 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

2.16/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 21:00:50 | More by Chico1985
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corby112

Pennsylvania

1.99/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 02:39:44 | More by corby112
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handpullme

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 13:01:39 | More by handpullme
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 21:11:25 | More by thagr81us
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emilylee

California

2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 00:19:45 | More by emilylee
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 02:14:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Etan

Wisconsin

2.06/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 04:22:49 | More by Etan
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oline73

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 02:57:21 | More by oline73
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MDbiere


3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the most interesting sour stouts I've had. Blueberries, hot peppers, and aged in oak.

A: Deep purple/black. Looks like a stout with a small tan head accompanying the opaque body.

S: Tart berries, vinegar, smoke, and some spice from the peppers.

T: Everything hits at once. Sour berries, vinegar, smoke, oak, cocoa, and some faint ripe blueberries. This is then followed by a very pronounced hot pepper note that sticks around for a while.

M: medium-bodied, light carbonation

O: Definitely not for everyone, but certainly something everyone should try. A bit all over the place, but the chaos added to the intrigue. This is an extremely sour/funky/spicy stout. Every sip was more interesting which made it hard to put down.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2012 14:38:55 | More by MDbiere
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange brew. I like sours but this one pushes the envelope hard.

Arrives a deeply purple color, almost black. A faint head drops like a rock in a quarry. No lace in this 11% beer.
Smell is strong blueberry, oak, tart cherry, a medicinal note that reminds me of paint thinner or cider vinegar. Supremely tart. Nice to see the blueberry come through so well.
Taste is hugely, overwhelmingly, tart, balsamic vinegar, oak and malt.
Body is medium to medium-light with a faint effervescence, almost an uncarbonated feel to it. Astringent like vinegar, as well.
This is not for the faint-hearted, the tartness is insane (and this from someone who actually drinks balsamic and cider vinegars on occasion!). I shared this with a friend and at the end we were both glad to not have to drink an entire snifter by ourselves. Worth trying once but probably never again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 15:26:16 | More by PorterLambic
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n2185

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 20:38:50 | More by n2185
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 01:31:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 00:09:04 | More by woosterbill
My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
79 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.