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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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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 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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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 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 nick_asian
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Disclaimer: This beer is terribly awesome. If you're into sours, you're golden except for the smell.

A: Dark dark purple as it gets. Hardly any head retention after pouring.

S: Imagine smelling nail polish remover with a bit of sharp dried fruit behind it and the tiniest of oak notes. Not very appealing.

T: Just tastes super sour (which I'm all about) with tart blueberries, oak, vanilla, dried plums, decaying chillis and some chocolate. It's a vast improvement from the nose for sure.

F: Fuller body with almost no carbonation but still pretty smooth and a good amount of tannins adding in a lot of dryness. Definitely suits the flavor profile.

O: I'm actually a big fan of this beer excluding the smell. It was just very hard to bear because I love smelling my beer before I take a sip every time. This made me take a lot of self control to not do that.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark deep purple in color with slight lacing on the glass.
Plenty of blueberry fruit upfront slight smoke character and nice tart aromas. Taste was fruit and BBQ forward which was appealing. Had a tart , slight acidic, fruity and smokey finish with light carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours opaque deep dense dark brown to black with virtually no cap.
S: The nose is huge, searing the inside of your nostrils and is detectable from a few feet away and everchanging with blueberries, sour funk with traces of wet diaper and old sweatsocks, chilis, chili vegetal, coffee, chocolate and dank.
T: there is chili heat all the way through with blueberries bigger in the middle, a light chili vegetal undercurrent, and finishing with a big, intense tartness. The imperial stout flavors are way in the background and provide more int terms of texture and flavor. Not much whiskey going on either.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: This is more of an experience than a drink with the heat, blueberry and tartness playing off one another. A lunatic beer not for the faint off heart.

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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 CaptFrothy
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Setting off blueberry bottle rockets in my mouth.
Un-ignorable, in your face sour, fruity wonderfulness.
Best in small dose's, I split the small bottle with a friend we were both blown away with the creativity in this beaut. On the far side of sour, my bottle had been in the cellar for 2 years I really helped impart a sophisticated smoothness to the wild berry. You have to try this at least once in your life, this was my second time in, but can't wait to go back to this, in time.

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a happy hot mess and that's why I loved it. Is it a blueberry sour or a chili stout? A clash of four flavors. It's not pretty, but boy is it interesting.

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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 brandon911
4.35/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was shared among 6 friends into sample glasses from Southern Star. It was a slightly reddish brown with maybe a hint of purple and a light, white head. The smell was very acetic with a touch of roast notes, some blueberry and cherry, and a hint of hay. The flavor was beautiful. It started with a very puckerIng, Warhead-like sourness with big notes of blueberries. From there, it mellowed out with some of the roastiness coming through in the form of toffee and nut, which was then followed by some funk and a touch of spice. Overall it was a very interesting beer and I hope to grab it again. I'm rather shocked by the large amount of negativity towards the beer.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.12/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 3 poured into Ommegang chalice.
A - Color over a blackberry, black with reddish-violets tones underneath. Nearly no head at all. No lacing.
S - vinegar, stewed blueberries,
T - a bit acetic, puckering, very faint barrel, chocolate and berry. Some spice from the pepper. Borderline of being a mess or a genius balance of vastly different flavors. I tend to be swayed to the genius side.
M - on the dry side of light medium feel. No presence of alcohol for a 9.4% brew.
O - Wow! A bit all over the place. Not really much presence of stout qualities. If you like tart, sour beers, this is a must try. 1 bottle max though.

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Photo of craigdb
4.2/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tart, acetic, blueberry, kitchen sink kind of beer. You will like this, or hate it, but had along side more the more traditional porters/stouts (Texas Ranger, Old Viscosity and Santas Little Helper), I really like it.
I got no Oak, or Chilli flavor, but tons of Blueberry Balsamic. This is a beer meant to go with rich meats.

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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 TruePerception
4.39/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Birrifico Del Ducato's My Blueberry Nightmare, stout brewed with hot chili and aged in Whisky barrels with blueberries. 9.4% ABV.

A: Pours a deep blueberry juice color. Very dark purple, nearly black, in the glass. Goes a little lighter towards the top. A two-toned layer on the top: Clear on top of a dingy white. Brownish-purple in the dimple, with a decent pile of sediment (to be expected, due to the fruit).

S: Pretty solid cooked blueberry aroma straight out of the bottle! Yeah, I get a fair bit of pepper spice, along with the earlier blueberry. A decently strong aroma of blueberry acidity sticks out from the background. A bit of waxiness. A very light roastiness, somewhere between cocoa and light coffee. I had to really search for it, but there is a very faint Bourbon-y caramel note, well disguised by the peppers. Very slight cinnamon.

T/MF: Woah! I was not expecting that! The components all balance extremely well. There's an acidic blueberry juice flavor in the foreground. Some of the expected spice from the chilies tickles the roof of the mouth, moving along the back of the throat and tongue. There is a nice sweetness, that is far from overpowering. The beer is a little still, but I don't find it so bad to be distracting. Quite the pleasant surprise for my first Italian beer.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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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 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 MikeCactusGordon
3.84/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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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 Durge
4/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

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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 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 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 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 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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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
76 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.