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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 79
Gots: 168 | FT: 8
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black & Blue is a Belgian-style golden ale fermented with blackberries and blueberries. Because we dose Black & Blue with real berries -- rather than artificial flavoring -- the fruit comes through in the flavor, not just the aroma.

The pureed berries are added as the beer leaves the brewhouse. In fermentation, the yeast -- the same one we use in Red & White and Pangaea -- feeds on sugars from the barley and the berries, giving Black & Blue a unique complexity and a high ABV.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 08-23-2006)
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psycle

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

This poured a red amber which was a bit surprising for a blackberry/blueberry brew. Decent head. Smells like the berries. Good taste to this. Can detect both the blackberries and blueberries. Slightly sour finish with a bit of the alcohol. Almost like wine in the mouth.

Easily had a couple glasses of this. A must share with dinner or after.

12-13-2010 05:26:36 | More by psycle
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brentblack1

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-06-2012 23:37:03 | More by brentblack1
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theempire

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-03-2012 22:00:11 | More by theempire
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poppyjohn

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-21-2012 22:03:16 | More by poppyjohn
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-05-2012 03:17:59 | More by tbeq00
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purdueflyguy

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-30-2012 22:04:04 | More by purdueflyguy
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.3%

This beer was cracked open in celebration of catching a cold the night before Halloween and mixing pseudo-amphetamine derivatives with alcohol. I'm such a sucker for big bottles of DFH. The bottle will be paired with a broccoflower and penne al dente dish and given its alleged wine-like qualities I think it will be quite refreshing and summery.

Appearance:
Blood orange to ruby red in the light. There isn't much of a head that forms, however an initial white head of about a centimeter's width did form while pouring. The light also reveals a tremendous amount of particulate matter diffused within the beer with no settling time in sight. This is exciting; I am much more a fan of living/non-filtered beers. Ample carbonation rises through the particles to give the beer some fair lacing down the glass.

Smell:
Incredible floral sweetness followed by a pungent stinging alcohol. I would certainly know at this point that fruits were added to this beer. I am also sensing a competing yeast smell that gives me hope that beer does actually exist within this beer.

Taste:
It's pretty good. The first comparison I make is to a tart fruit wine, but it also makes for an almost balanced beer, a little bit top heavy with the "black and blue" additives. Smooth for casual drinking or sipping. Complex, sweet, tart, and a decent ale underneath it all. I would treat this beer as more of a wine (not a barely wine) than a beer, but I give respect to something that pushes limits of its own being.

Mouthfeel:
Sip-able and smooth. The beer is good at colder temperatures, but you could also drink it warmed up. Strong on the fruit with an even stronger ABV hiding up its sleeve. I like how this beer presents itself and would say it's got more going on than most "average" beers do.

Drinkability:
I like this beer (even though it's hard to call it an actual beer) and find it quite drinkable. I would have preferred this beer on a warm summer night, but such is life when living so close to Canada. I am always game for a DHF 750mL and gain tremendous happiness from sharing it with people that matter, so I would suggest the same to you.

Cheers.

10-30-2010 04:00:44 | More by ThePorterSorter
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2neardead

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-21-2012 06:37:50 | More by 2neardead
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lauries444

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-23-2013 01:18:54 | More by lauries444
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-03-2014 14:53:54 | More by jim_carignan
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happy5930

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-05-2011 20:49:22 | More by happy5930
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pwsoldier

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-14-2011 20:10:32 | More by pwsoldier
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-14-2011 15:42:01 | More by THECPJ
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hoppyhelena

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-06-2014 14:12:58 | More by hoppyhelena
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-15-2011 17:01:46 | More by BeerThursdays
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-20-2012 00:57:07 | More by oriolesfan4
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Shaw

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

A beautiful rose-colored beer with a light, fizzy pink head that reduces to a thin layer of foam.

It smells sweetly of grapes and berries with a hint of wine-like dryness.

The taste is light and tart with plenty of grape flavors mixed in. It has very little malt qualities, instead leaning to fruity flavors. But these flavors are subdued. This isn't like soda.

The body is crisp and light. The sparkling carbonation also adds to the lightness.

Overall this is a neat experiment and an excellent beer to get wine drinkers interested. It has a lot of champagne qualities, from the fizziness to the wine-like flavors.

05-04-2007 02:45:44 | More by Shaw
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-09-2013 23:01:54 | More by fdig23
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bcsbeer

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-10-2013 17:50:56 | More by bcsbeer
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-21-2014 23:22:05 | More by bleedsblu
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kasper

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

2008 Bottle aged about 8 months in a temperature controlled wine cellar.

A: This one pours a murky reddish brow with orange highlights near the base of a tulip and a purplish hue elsewhere. Nice tight foamy off-white head with OK retention, leaving dots and legs of lacing as it seeps to a ring.

S: Sweet ripe blueberries, tart blackberries, belgian yeast, and a hint of sourness.

T: Sweet and tangy malts up front, followed by some slightly tart berries, and then contrast by a spicy yeasty finish. Alcohol is noticeable but fairly well blended into the various flavors.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied, almost syrupy, but more slippery with mild carbonation.

D: I buy about a half dozen Black & Blues every year and always look forward to them. I haven't found anything else like it. A good bottle to split with a friend or loved one.

12-24-2008 04:02:54 | More by kasper
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-21-2014 05:05:52 | More by afsdan
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mattreitz49

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-20-2014 02:18:08 | More by mattreitz49
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mjw2808

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

A hazy reddish purpleish blueish color with little head and no lacing. All I can really smell is berries. The taste is of sweet berries and a little brown sugar, and a slight bit of alcohol. I was surprised for barley being able to taste the alcohol since this is a 10% brew. The mouthfeel is good and its a drinkable beer. I made some girls who hate beer and only drink wine try it and they thought it was pretty good, as do I. Defnitely a solid beer from Dogfish head.

02-21-2010 03:11:11 | More by mjw2808
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-23-2013 16:31:10 | More by GraduatedCashew
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.