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My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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75
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 34.88%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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CTJman

Connecticut

1.25/5  rDev -61.4%

05-10-2013 19:22:36 | More by CTJman
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JDavidRice

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -7.4%

05-09-2013 22:31:50 | More by JDavidRice
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

2.16/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with blueberries added. Now here is a mystery beer...

Served in a tulip glass, the pour is black with a finger or so of thick tan head. A bubbly ring is left by the end with spots of lace left, decent retention for a big beer.

Smell...bizarre. Permanent markers and solvent alcohol are probably most noticeable. Lots of dark fruits, oak and ashiness.

Oof, taste is truly something. Sharpie markers, old straight whiskey, some tartness with sour notes. Lots of artificial-feeling berry sweetness, burnt rubber. Is there actually a stout in there somewhere? Intriguingly bad.

Crazy boozy, very thin, low carbonation. Just not very pleasant whatsoever.

Drinking this beer is like trying to solve a riddle - it is fun to try to solve it. This beer was good for a laugh, that's about it. Total mess.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 21:00:50 | More by Chico1985
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +8%

04-10-2013 09:11:39 | More by beernads
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ADTaber

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

04-05-2013 01:15:24 | More by ADTaber
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GregoryMo

California

5/5  rDev +54.3%

04-03-2013 22:37:43 | More by GregoryMo
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MadScientist

New York

4.75/5  rDev +46.6%

03-27-2013 03:24:10 | More by MadScientist
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 17:52:55 | More by BEERchitect
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8%

03-11-2013 10:02:20 | More by oglmcdgl
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madnismo

Florida

4/5  rDev +23.5%

03-09-2013 04:52:50 | More by madnismo
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rozymegs

Texas

5/5  rDev +54.3%

03-07-2013 00:51:46 | More by rozymegs
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corby112

Pennsylvania

1.99/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 02:39:44 | More by corby112
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shigg85

Japan

5/5  rDev +54.3%

02-23-2013 02:49:58 | More by shigg85
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

02-20-2013 14:10:56 | More by jderosia603
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handpullme

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night on tap at Ebenezer's, served in a tulip glass.

A: Looks like a stout almost, but has a slight blue hue. 1/2 inch of head lingers a few minutes before dissipating. I was surprised how dark it was.

S: Blueberries and vinegar. You can tell there's sourness awaiting.

T: Again, blueberries dominate, along with the sour element. There are also very subtle hints of oak, but they're overpowered by the fresh wild blueberry flavor. While drinking this, I had no idea the alcohol was 11%....it's hidden incredibly well. I've had several blueberry beers in the past, but this is by far the best.

M: Very nice for a sour. Certainly not watery, and leaning a bit more toward the creamy end.

Overall: I don't understand nor agree with a few of the low reviews of this beer. I'm guessing they're from people who don't appreciate the sour style. I found it to be fantastic and cannot wait to have another poured at Ebenezer's today. I usually gravitate toward the IPA's, but if this is what a sour can be, count me in as a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 13:01:39 | More by handpullme
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

02-20-2013 03:04:44 | More by asafarc2
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +8%

02-16-2013 06:05:12 | More by brewdude1982
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giants24

California

1.25/5  rDev -61.4%

02-14-2013 22:02:55 | More by giants24
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Mega

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

02-13-2013 08:37:51 | More by Mega
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +46.6%

02-07-2013 01:31:01 | More by mbs11
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codasnap52

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +46.6%

01-31-2013 03:46:26 | More by codasnap52
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BKBassist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

01-24-2013 19:05:22 | More by BKBassist
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paigertx

New York

4/5  rDev +23.5%

01-21-2013 00:53:51 | More by paigertx
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

01-18-2013 04:51:55 | More by spycow
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

01-16-2013 05:18:44 | More by StaEva
My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
75 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.