My Blueberry Nightmare | Birrificio Del Ducato

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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
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
266
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
32.01%
 
 
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Photo of PorterLambic
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange brew. I like sours but this one pushes the envelope hard.

Arrives a deeply purple color, almost black. A faint head drops like a rock in a quarry. No lace in this 11% beer.
Smell is strong blueberry, oak, tart cherry, a medicinal note that reminds me of paint thinner or cider vinegar. Supremely tart. Nice to see the blueberry come through so well.
Taste is hugely, overwhelmingly, tart, balsamic vinegar, oak and malt.
Body is medium to medium-light with a faint effervescence, almost an uncarbonated feel to it. Astringent like vinegar, as well.
This is not for the faint-hearted, the tartness is insane (and this from someone who actually drinks balsamic and cider vinegars on occasion!). I shared this with a friend and at the end we were both glad to not have to drink an entire snifter by ourselves. Worth trying once but probably never again.

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Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: acetic vinegar notes up front with blueberries, funk, sour fruit, peaty Scotch, smoke, and a myriad of other aromas. Very interesting.

T: acetic vinegar here as well with musty and funky flavors, smoke, sour and tart fruit, peaty Scotch, and medicinal flavors. Very interesting, though the medicinal flavors are a bit off-putting.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: a very interesting beer that is is not quite successful. There's so much going on in this beer, but the strong medicinal and acetic flavors hold it back.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some dark malt, berry, and balsalmic vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with a super sour acidic finish and a mild roasty bitterness. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a very sour flavor and is very interesting all around.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16, served in a snifter. Described as a sour, barrel-aged Imperial Stout with blueberries. ABV unknown.

A: Black body with brown highlights and a thin, short-lived head of fine dark tan froth. Pretty standard.

S: Far from standard. Powerful, intense acetic acid absolutely dominates everything with pungent aromas of balsamic vinegar. Oak and chocolate are present, but lie buried far beneath the potent acid. Crazy, and enjoyable.

T: Vinegar up front, with tingly, mouth-filling acidity blowing everything else into the background. Once the raw sourness subsides, notes of blueberry, cocoa powder, and vinous oak peek through. The aftertaste is immense, and blends all of the flavors together in a rapturous embrace of sour fruit, sweet malt, and woodiness. I’d prefer it if the complexity weren’t relegated entirely to the aftertaste, but it’s incredibly enjoyable as is.

M: Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and puckeringly sour. Solid.

O: Insanity. This is right up there with something like Rodenbach Grand Cru or even Rosso e Marrone in terms of raw acetic sourness, but the base beer, barrel, and fruit components all give this a little twist that’s really enjoyable. At first sniff I thought it was woefully unbalanced, but with each sip it grows on me a bit more. Delicious stuff.

Cheers!

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.28 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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