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: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   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 yeasr 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours dark brown with limited carbonation. Smells of blueberries, bourbon, some oak, underlying chocolate. Tastes of tarte blueberries, balsamic vinegar, some dryness and residual sugar on the finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2013
This is one awesome sour. Very very sour but in an awesome way. Looks just like an imperial stout but doesnít taste like one in the least. The whiskey from the aging in not overpowering and the blueberries are not sweet but give the beer a surprising tartness. You have to get this one if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alphadelic (1936) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Amazingly fragrant Flanders red/blueberry nose. Pleasant until the finish. A little too vinegary that it gets in the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8349) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
On tap at Monks. Pours near black with a creamy caramel brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of tart blueberry and dark grains/roasted malts. Flavor has a good amount of sour and acidic blueberry with a hint of roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2049) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Draft at Eulogy. Opaque pour with a foam tan head. Watery vinous black sour. Feeling a high ABV off the top though the finish is smooth. Unusual combative flavors. Balsamic vinegar. Blueberries. Chipolte. Coca-cola. Cold coffee. Raisins. Dark, ashy,smoky, spicy, fruity, juicy and above all quite sour. Pungent. Body seems too light. Not particularly feeling that these flavors are playing well together. Interesting to have once as an experiment, but once is enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2099) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Draft at the Gingerman pour has a deep brown color and a thin coating of off white head. Aroma has medium acidity, muted berry, dark malt, and some heat. Mouth feel is light with medium carbonation. Flavor gets quite acidic, light blue berry, dark malt based, and a snap of heat. It gets dry and puckery with growing acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Light acetic aroma with light dark malts. Very acetic flavor with blueberry and dark malts. Medium bodied. Acetic notes linger with blueberry and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: November 04, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: The Porter, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: roasted aroma, tart wild blueberry, touch of sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: bit tart flavor, wild blueberry, dark chocolate, complex
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Zwanze day. This was odd and Iím not a fan. Pours black with a brown head. The nose is a train wreck. Messy, sloppy, phenolic, peppery and vinegar. Some black malt comes through. Of course, so does burnt plastic. On tasting, distinct blueberry under burnt sour plastic. Vinegar again. Not clean acid, not clean beer. Muddy. Blech.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Brouwerís Big Wood 2012. Black pour (!). This one is nuts -- dark, sweet malts with really tart blueberry/raspberry notes. Reminds me of the cassis available at the Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC. Someone near me likened it to a "sipping vinegar," which isnít far off -- it has some balsamic notes, for sure.Sweet, fruit-infused balsamic, with a little oak, and a tiny bit of smoke. This was a really, really pleasant surprise for me -- and makes this brewery 2-for-2. Iíll be looking out for more from them in Seattle, for sure.

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