Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
A special one time creation that truly lives up to its name. The base is a Stout brewed with hot chili peppers that has been aged for almost 2 years with blueberries & pediococcus. It is opaque black in color in with just a touch of carbonation. Quite acidic & tart along with very intense flavors and aromas. This nightmare is sure to leave a lasting memory.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
hopdog (11021) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Batch 2 322/4000... yep, I agree with the description - ícreation that truly lives up to its nameí ... this one was a true nightmare. What a mess. Plastic beach balls, nasty tastes that made me cough and choke with every sip. Straight to the drain ...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle shared at Proof. Soy sauce pour., totally still. Dark fruit, blueberry, oak, sourness, ethanol, Francis and md 20/20. Just woof, pure lactic sourness, acetone, it's like my girlfriend is removing nail polish right next to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle. Aroma has hints of acetone. Also some blueberries, whiskey, and sour funk. Appearance is very dark brown with no head. Taste is interesting. Very sour blueberry, booze, chocolate, and whiskey. The hot peppers show up on the finish and hang around for a while. Slick mouthfeel. Overall I think itís quite interesting and fun to drink. However, Iím not surprised some people hate it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (2604) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2014
This one is certainly... different. Aroma of blueberries and wood with a touch of vinegary burn. First swig is hugely sour. I donít notice any peppers but that may be because my taste buds have been fused. I like it more for its obnoxiousness than its drinkability, which is certainly limited.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (3139) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle, from Bottle Revolution, I think, um.... Well now, this is all over the place. I get sweet, hot, tart aromas. Blueberry,pepper, barrel , funk. Dark orangey brown color, no head or lace. Sour flavor, medium body, smooth mouthfeel, sour finish. Um, guess it depends on your point of view, I donít like the mix, but point for originality ultimately the ingredients donít blend for me, blueberry, pepper and barrel just donít mix

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3/1/2014. On tap at The Birch. Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with chocolate, dark fruit, yeast and spices. Tart and crisp with spicy flavors and a long finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
drdisque (744) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On tap at Brugge Indianapolis. Thick syrupy spicy. Tastes like mediocre cognag. Almost putrid smell. Interesting but not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
keanex (1739) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Appearance: Deep opaque chestnut with no head.
Aroma: Very strong aromas of hot chilies, whiskey, oak and ethanol.
Taste: Sweet blueberry intro with oak and whiskey into a HUGE vinegar pucker. I mean HUGE vinegar acidity that almost immediately caused heartburn. Even after 4 small sips I had a huge pucker. The vinegar lingers long after the sip. This is ridiculously acidic.
Palate: Flat and full-bodied.
Overall: Way too acidic to be enjoyable. I canít imagine anyone but someone who likes to drink straight vinegar would enjoy this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from the Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton. Poured into a brandy snifter. Beautiful deep purple with no head. Really an awesome color. The aroma was powerful with bacterial sour yeasts, blueberries, spices, cider vinegar and alcohol. The taste was very vinegar (like balsamic), sour, blueberry, oak barrel, tannins, acids, yeast. Frankly I love sours but this was kind of like drinking a good alcohol salad dressing. I appreciate the idea, but for my palette it didnít work. Pretty color though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettTaylor (730) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2015 Poured as a taster at local shop. Aroma is... strange. Clearly some blueberry in the nose, hot pepper, and alcohol. Taste was quite sour, lots of nice blueberry fruit without being sweet. The heat stayed around on the palate making a long finish that really grew on me. This was very interesting and good. Re-rate 11 Dec 2015. Pours really dark still with even less head. Aroma has changed. Still lots of blueberry, but now maple and chocolate on the nose and palate. Still super tart. Maple aroma fades a bit after opening. Still have one more bottle in the cellar so we will see how it develops.

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