My Blueberry Nightmare | Birrificio Del Ducato

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy
birrificiodelducato.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

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.

Added by woosterbill on 08-31-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
267
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
32.11%
 
 
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Photo of lupercmda
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
4.85/5  rDev +48.3%
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.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.31/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xShoWTeKx
2.69/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely strange, but I like it. Mainly roasty, but with traces of sweetness and some spiciness on the roof of the mouth in the finish.

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Photo of jebrew
2.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of nectarofthehops
4.02/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NateF90
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
1.06/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of dar482
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTDay
1.06/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of RPM3334
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Miccal
2.99/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KGilmour
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of AMCimpi
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Proclarush
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Blueglass
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of n2pux
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.27 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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