My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 34.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | FT: 4
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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 nick_asian
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
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.

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

Infected, not good at all.

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

Bottle had to be infected.

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 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 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 CaptFrothy
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Photo of qchic
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why the hate for this beer? I like the blueberry aroma, not a ton of chili, but plenty of sour, fo sho.

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.33/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complex. Crazy lactic sour, draws all the moisture from your mouth.

Photo of NickyDee21
4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of epyon396
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"This tastes like blood" - my girlfriend

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 Mantooth
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex and wonderful - amazed by the low reviews.

Photo of bmurray10
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very murky in appearance. Lots going on with this one. Surprised by the low ratings, but the complex flavors were great

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 brandon911
4.35/5  rDev +35.1%
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.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.12/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of craigdb
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a sour beer. Slight blueberry flavor with small amount of chili heat. Definitely not very "stout-like".

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.

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
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