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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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 vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev +5%

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.


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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%

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 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.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +24.2%

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.

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 thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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 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 woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +31.7%
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!

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

Infected, not good at all.

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.84/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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.

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
74 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.