My Blueberry Nightmare
Birrificio Del Ducato

My Blueberry NightmareMy Blueberry Nightmare
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From:
Birrificio Del Ducato
 
Italy
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
76
Avg:
3.28 | pDev: 32.01%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
274
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 20, 2020
Added:
Aug 31, 2012
Wants:
  19
Gots:
  26
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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Ratings by macrosmatic:
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

2.32/5  rDev -29.3%
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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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.24 by oberon from North Carolina

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 2.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 27, 2019
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Reviewed by RollBounce from New York

3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Reviewed by JackRWatkins from Georgia

3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Reviewed by scottyshades from Florida

3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Reviewed by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

3.05/5  rDev -7%
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
 
Rated: 3.84 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Oct 31, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
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
 
Rated: 3 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin

Sep 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by Benish from Utah

Sep 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Sep 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts

Sep 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.57 by khoff5 from Connecticut

Aug 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.76 by BeerOps from Illinois

Aug 04, 2016
 
Rated: 1.12 by tshanahan from California

Aug 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.39 by LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina

Jul 30, 2016
My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 274 ratings