The story about this beer begins many years ago and it linked to our Black Jack Verdi Imperial Stout, which is part of our barrel ageing program and, foremost, a piece of my heart. Our Black Jack is simply our Verdi Imperial Stout aged for a minimum of 10 months in Scotch Whisky barrels. Purchasing whisky barrels from Scottish distilleries was not an easy affair, because the latter are not very prone to selling their barrels, but after some months we got our first delivery. In an experiment, I decided to add fresh blueberries and Pediococcus in barrels containing Verdi Imperial Stout in order to increase the latter’s acidity. After 2 years, the result was extremely discomforting, as it produced extremely acetic, solvent-like notes. I hence added more young Verdi Imperial Stout and blueberry juice, which made the beer a lot more pleasant, while maintaining the deep complexity conferred by Islay whisky barrels. I decided to call this beer My Blueberry Nightmare, in honour of Wong Kar Wai’s movie (My Blueberry Nights): one of the most romantic movies I have ever watched. But life sometimes plays tricks on us and love stories do not always end like in the movies.
In the glass, on the nose, on the palate…
Opaque black, with a touch of carbonation. Quite acidic, with intense flavors (balsamic vinegar, peat, leather, licorice and blueberry). On the palate it is tart and tingling, quite acidic, with an intense aftertaste that culminates in a hot sensation conferred by Verdi’s chili and by the acetic character that delicately prickles your throat. This nightmare will leave a mark.