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My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 34.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +22%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 18, 2012
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

GRG1313, May 01, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -68.9%

ygtbsm94, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +32%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +32%

JAHMUR, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

oline73, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
1.64/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

Rifugium, Jul 08, 2014
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.

mdfb79, May 20, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

beernads, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

oriolesfan4, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of corby112
1.99/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

corby112, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of weeare138
1.25/5  rDev -61.2%

weeare138, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +24.2%

duceswild, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +32%

DrBier, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
2/5  rDev -37.9%

ShanePB, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +24.2%

iL0VEbeer, Nov 25, 2012
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%

vfgccp, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev +22%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

AgentZero, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Griffith, Aug 24, 2014
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.

Durge, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Lare453
1/5  rDev -68.9%

Lare453, Mar 03, 2014
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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
75 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.