My Blueberry Nightmare
Birrificio Del Ducato

My Blueberry NightmareMy Blueberry Nightmare
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #820
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
78
Ranked #48,943
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 31.07%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
274
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Notes: 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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Tony210 from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark and thin with light fizzy head. Aroma is bandaids, smoky campfire. Flavor is overwhelming. Smoky, lots of tannins, very very tart, very tangy, makes my eyes water. Swallow is spicy - thanks hot chili’s. Don’t notice barrel aging at all. Feel is thin. Overall - why?

11/19/20
11 oz bottle - thanks for nothin Adam
2 rating

Nov 20, 2020
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RollBounce from New York

3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is review for Batch #3 aged athe least 4 years in the bottle.

Pitch black color. Zero carbonation. smell of the hot chili's up front, followed by the sour aging smell that they used to age the beer (much less sour smell then originally have went firsto tasted years ago). Nice blueberry finish to the bouquet.
This beer needs to sit open for hour before drinking just as an aged wine would. Flavorso are blended with pungent blueberry and the hot chili on the finish. A little creamy on the mouthfeel.
Suggestion is to definitely sit on this beer for many years. I've tasted it over the last 4 years a bunch of times from my other bottles I had and it is finally tasting drinkable.

Mar 18, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours up a deep opaque brown (almost black) with reddish hues apparent. One finger, reddish, adobe head.
S: As described, some of the pepper marries with blueberry, but the dominating force is the pediococcus.
T: As described, but once again the pedio. dominates, although the pepper is more apparent here and the whiskey notes are much more apparent. Intensely sour but with hints of chocolate, no real roastiness.
M: Still fairly, silky, but sharp. Slightly milky.
O: I hate beers like this, but I really really like this beer a lot, it is definitely worth your time.

Mar 13, 2018
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scottyshades from Florida

3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a dead beer, totally lifeless. Nose is sour funky blueberry and acetone with some earthy chocolate character. Flavor is of the utmost tartness. Can't find any whiskey barrel in here, but mega sour fruit. Overall, a weird beer that is misclassified

Jun 10, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

2.32/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. Poured from an odd-shaped 11.2 oz. bottle into a Russian River goblet. The label claims Batch #3 quite prominently.

A: Up front - before the pour - there was no “pfft” upon opening the bottle. Pours a very dark brown with some blueberry-colored purplish around the edges. Not quite opaque, but with a very small head and low visible carbonation.

S: Blueberries, acetic acid and vinegar, whiskey. Mildly tart and some chili heat in the background.

T: Huge acetic vinegar, then some blueberry sweetness and a fairly mild whiskey presence. Then it feels like you’re snorting some balsamic vinegar. Then hints of chili spice with the roasted malts. Then more terrible acetic sourness.

M: A thick, slick body, alcohol presence on the low side, and has minimal carbonation – almost flat.

O: This was terrible. Nothing on the label indicated sour...so I'm guessing this was infected. If it was intended to be a sour stout, they needed to state that in the description; they also need to rework their souring plan. I generally love Flanders ales and their ilk, but this is awful.

Jan 14, 2017
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch #3 from the bottle.

Absolutely no head. Pitch black in color. Taste is obviously sour, with very little blueberry characteristics.

This beer is nothing to get excited about.

Nov 26, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, batch 3. Served in a snifter glass. Dark brown body, one finger mocha coloured head, fair retention, not much lacing. Smells of lactic acidity, light funk, mild milk chocolate and spice, oak, touch of blueberry. The blueberry is overall not particularly strong, while the lactic acidity is fairly dominant over the milk chocolate sweetness and peppery spice. It's certainly unique and worth trying once, but it won't accomplish any one thing particularly well, other than the moderate-heavy lactic acidity.

Sep 30, 2016
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Beerus from Kentucky

4.83/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look = dark purple, almost balck

smell= almost smells like a wine. The acid will burn y our nose hairs

taste= This beer is brewed in the "sour" style. So you will have to like sours to enjoy this beer. This is *very sour, but with a complexity that i've never tasted in other sours. Obviously, it tastes of blueberries. In my opinion this beer is a flagship of the style. If you like sours, then you have to try this; its not a 'maybe' beer. THIS BEER IS MY FAVORITE SOUR EVER!!!

Jul 03, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—when held up to a bright light only slight traces of hazy dark red are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with no head whatsoever.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of blueberries.
T: The taste has flavors of sourness along with notes of blueberries and hints of chili peppers in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very interesting beer that manages to combine flavors of sourness, blueberries, and chili peppers. It is definitely unique.

Serving type: on-tap

Apr 22, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Avenue. From notes. Reviewed New Year's Eve 2016.
4/4/4.25/4/4.5
Black.
Smoky and acetic.
Tastes like blueberries. Then wine. Then stout. Then chipotle peppers.
What fun! Such joy. Very complex and confusing.

Mar 12, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I thought I really liked this first, as it exhibited smooth dark mature sour notes, but it got very sour and almost vinegary, while also losing much of the blueberry I was hoping for.

Dec 24, 2015
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Johnct from New York

4.85/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Italian Beers get a bad rap. Especially because Italians drink them, and the beer scene over there is still growing, so a lot of Italians aren't used to extreme beer.

If someone who's not really into beer tries most of Ducato's offerings, they might find it repulsive.

Ducato truly encompasses the idea of 'artisanal' beer. For this reason it takes quite the palate to appreciate the complexities of their creations. And I promise I only sound like this much of a snobby cunt when talking about Italian beers.

This is batch #4. Can't tell how old it is - Italian brewers aren't the best at dating their bottles.

Its base beer is (I believe) Ducato Verdi, which is the best stout coming out of Italy in my opinion. Brewed with some chiles, but they only add a bit of extra complexity; it is by no means a chile beer. This stout is then aged on blueberries in (I believe) some sort of oak whiskey barrels for two years. The souring yeast is not brettanomyces but rather pediococcus. This gives it a different sort of tartness.

On the nose, very sour (but not the same brett sour we're used to with things like OEC's beers). I can actually smell blueberry.

Taste is first a quick hit of sour, follow by a wave of juicy tartness. It doesn't scream blueberry unfortunately, but not many sours do. I do get hints of that berry flavor. It mellows out and you can pick apart all of the complexities; the oak is strong, but there's a bit of whiskey-ish barrely notes (if that makes sense). The end is the best part; aftertaste stings just a bit with that lingering chile.

Overall, a truly unique beer. I was hesitant to try it because of the Italian price tag (and because, no matter how much I love Italian beers, some are big hits and others are big misses). I'm glad I did.

My ending message: Don't pay attention to ratings on these sites when you're looking at Italian beers. Many of the ratings are from people who's craftiest beers are Guinness and Hoegaarden.

Ducato, once again, great brew. Keep being fucking weird.

Dec 19, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An intriguing combination of flavors as sour balsamic vinegar comes through. Then with a roasty stout base. Then blueberry hinting through with as the beer finishes with a peaty barrel finish.

Even 2-3 ounces was an ambitious pour for this strange brew.

Oct 28, 2015
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Blueglass from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, Eataly Chicago

L: Purple almost black with a thin, temporary head. Flat; no visible carbonation

S: Strong, confusing scents. Blueberry as an afterthought. Almost chemical. Spicy. More wine than beer smell

T: Again, more wine than beer taste. Hot at first transitioning to fermented fruit. Sour overall

F: More carbonation than it appeared. Intense flavor and smell almost cancel out any feeling of thickness or thinness.

Overall: This was an experience and probably not one that I would have again. Did not expect the complex sour; purchased it expecting more of a chili stout. It definitely delivered heat and it was extremely dark and attractive.

Aug 27, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3

A: Sharp acidity on the nose followed by some blueberries, must, oak, and booze.

A: Opaque dark purple, almost black with very little head retention.

T: Complex, tart blueberries upfront, with an undercurrent of heat (from the peppers), slight sour roast, followed by whiskey, oak and super sour finish.

M: Medium bodied with very light carbonation, sharp lingering sourness from the pedio.

O: Way sourer than I was expecting. The blueberries and whiskey barrels provide interesting flavors, however it finishes a little too sharp.

Jul 13, 2015
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nick_asian from Nevada

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Jul 03, 2015
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Gobzilla from California

4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Jun 07, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

May 23, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

1.91/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

May 05, 2015
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CaptFrothy from Maryland

4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Apr 24, 2015
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NickyDee21 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Apr 04, 2015
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JaimeLondon from Brazil

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Mar 20, 2015
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brandon911 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

Mar 04, 2015
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Feb 28, 2015
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craigdb from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Feb 20, 2015
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