My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 17
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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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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4/5  rDev +23.1%

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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3.38/5  rDev +4%

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
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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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2.8/5  rDev -13.8%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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1/5  rDev -69.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%
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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2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
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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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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1.64/5  rDev -49.5%
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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1.36/5  rDev -58.2%
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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1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

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3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Near black. Some dark brown when held to direct bright light. No head on the pour or with vigorous agitation. Still.

Smell: All over the place. Pedio adds a layer of sour and funk. A touch of damp wood. Hints of whiskey in the back add some vanilla and oak. Blueberry is tart more than sweet. Deep and fruity almost like port. Alcohol runs through the back. You can smell it from a distance. A touch of darker roasted malt. Vague notion of spice and chile running through the back. Something akin to soy sauce/teriyaki is the result but not quite. Unique.

Taste: How can this be more bizarre than the nose? Nice punch of mildly spicy chile on the initial sip. Pedio lends a solid tart edge with some pushes to balsamic vinegar. Blueberry is simultaneously juicy and sweet with a ton of tart fruity edge. Hints of vanilla with a nice hit of oak running through. Borders on port fused with soy sauce. Vinegar builds as it warms. Blueberry balsamic vinegar. The spice from the chilies makes it special.

Mouthfeel: Slick without being oily. Medium body. Almost no carbonation. A bit of a dry edge.

Overall: More like tripping balls.

A mess, but a nice mess. So much and it works bit barely. A bit more in any area and it would fall apart.

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
75 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.