Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery
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2.08/5 rDev -43.2%
Pours a clear, light purple-ish color with a small white had that fades. Almost no lacing on the glass.
Aroma is very light, with faint hints of berries. Becomes very boozy as it warms.
Nondescript light berry taste. No real malt or hop flavors to speak of. Bitter and dry at the finish with a pronounced booziness.
Medium body, light carbonation.
Well, this is by far the worst brew I've had from DFH. I feel cheated for shelling out $12 for this bottle. The fruit flavor is bland and subdued, and the only other flavor that really comes through is the alcohol. Pass on this one...
05-11-2007 02:22:24 | More by MaltyGoodness
2.08/5 rDev -43.2%
Poured into my St. Feuillien Goblet, the Black & Blue has a fluffy egg shell head on top of a light purple body with slight chill haze and lots of bubbles.
This smells like malt liquor and less so berries. As it warms, the malt liquor nose becomes vodka.
Taste is on the thinner side and also mainly malt liquor with a soft and sweet berry essence. Initially bitter and sharp, it falls apart to a sharp metallic finish. As it warms, the booziness gets increasingly more vodka like.
Mouthfeel is on the light side and creamy, probably the best facet of this sub par brew.
Drinkablity is questionable at best. While it was cold, it actually went down easy enough and drank much lighter then it's 11%. Once it warmed, it was so gross I desperately put ice-cubes in my first glass! That actually saved it, and I put the rest of the bottle in the freezer for awhile. So ice-cold, it drinks like an over-priced wine cooler. Warmer, it's rough - think grape kool-aide and cheap vodka!
Going into this, I feared I was spending $14 for a fruity malt liquor, and my fears were confirmed. Once again Dogfish Head suckered me into ponying up way to much another one of their failed experiments. I'm beginning to really resent this brewery, in spite of their occasional hits. Kinda like Microsoft software, I'm tried of paying for the privilege of beta testing. Resist the temptation, it may sound good and has a cool label, but is definitely not recommended!
06-03-2007 03:33:29 | More by ccrida
2.1/5 rDev -42.6%
A - Strawberry juice red with a small head, no lacing. Clear.
S - Smells like Saaz hop, amber and light malt, also smells like lager yeast (although I don't think this was lagered). Some faintly tart berry sugars. Smells like a tart Sam Adams lager.
T - Tart berried, light malt. A bland bitter aftertaste with a bit of undescernable berries. Not worth having.
M - Drying, thin, a tad harsh and ascerbic.
D - I won't bother with this ever again. A definite was of money and liver strength. Much better beers exist out there and for much less. Yet another drastically overpriced DFH offering.
09-21-2007 06:15:16 | More by mrasskicktastic
2.15/5 rDev -41.3%
Pour is encouraging, copper-colored, and nice lacing. Carbonation adequate, but minimal.
Nose is fruity, potent, sweet. Not my kind of beer. Here goes...
Taste? I just... don't... know what to say. A glass full of sugar masking alcohol. Like sucking down a bottle of fermented blueberry syrup from IHOP.
Sorry DH. This one was a mistake.
07-01-2012 08:09:57 | More by _thekev
2.28/5 rDev -37.7%
A- Pours a clear, light purpleish pinkish color with a small white had that fades. Almost no lacing on the glass.
S- Faint hints of berry. Sweet malts in the distance. Not a whole lot here.
T- Sweet berry flavours over a strong bitterness also a little tart. The 10% abv is hidden well.
This just not my type of beer.
M- Light in body and also carbonation.
D- Still not a big fan of the fruity beers. I'd probably pass on this one again. Worth a try of course. Just not my style still.
07-20-2008 23:52:15 | More by nrbw23
2.3/5 rDev -37.2%
Not a good experience. Pours an amber/reddish color with a slightly off-white head. Less than average head retention. Smell is of fruit additives and malt.
Taste is bad. Stale fruit, malt and alcohol. This is not a beer that you would look forward to finishing. The alcohol buzz is the main attraction of this beer.
Mouthfeel is rich but there is a sour aftertaste....stale fruit and alcohol.
Drinkability is poor. This beer does not taste good, has a sour aftertaste and high abv.
I wouldn't buy this one again.
09-27-2008 01:18:24 | More by JayQue
2.33/5 rDev -36.3%
Appearance: Clear light copper with a pink tint to it. Pours fizzy. A slight head forms and then is gone. Lacing is nonexistent.
Nose: Really not a lot going on here. Faint hints of berry. Sweet malts in the distance. That's it folks.
Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste follows suit with the nose. Really not a lot of substance here. This is one of the most non-descript beers I've had in a while and it surprises me being that it's a 10% fruit beer. Berries mingle in the background lightly. Can't decipher the specific qualitites that would make them black raspberry or blueberry or whateverberry. Just get a light berry sense. Alcohol is surprisingly light as well. There's a sweetness to this beer, but of course it's quite subdued. The beer is light in body and on the lower end of the spectrum for carbonation.
Drinkablility: Fine. I'll drink it. More because of what I paid for it rather than what's inside the bottle. Probably the biggest disappointment I've experienced from DFH. A total 180 from their Red and White, which I thought was very good.
07-04-2007 04:10:40 | More by Bighuge
2.36/5 rDev -35.5%
I am not a fan of fruit flavored beer except for hints of the flavors, and this beer is like a fruit flavored wall of Marshall amps cranked up to 11. Dogfish Head makes some wonderful beers, they're one of my favorite brewers, but this is aggressive and obnoxious. The smell is nice -- mixed berries, I especially smell raspberry, but the taste is borderline unbearable. Tastes almost closer to a wine cooler than a beer it's so sweet and fruity. So unpleasant I poured about $7 worth of its 13 dollar bottle down the drain.
01-09-2013 07:29:07 | More by VALIS666
2.45/5 rDev -33.1%
Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
They don't do growlers of this but this was a special circumstance were we could via the kind folks at Rehoboth.
Appears a pinkish, purple toned, dense, muddy crimson with a small white head that quickly fizzles out. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is very vinous, with notes of over ripened blackberries, and sugary corn syrup. I would've thought this was simply a wine that hadn't fermented all the way out and had simply gone awry somewhere.
Taste is of the same winey, tart aromas that I struggle to accept.
Mouthfeel is tart, wine-like, mostly sour, and sticking to the sides of the tongue. There just doesn't seem to be any sort of balance in this brew.
It's like bad medicine mixed with a caramelized, concentrated wine mix. This is worse than the sacramental wine that we would taste when we were alter boys...blech!
09-08-2006 19:08:12 | More by weeare138
2.45/5 rDev -33.1%
25.6 oz bottle in pint glass
thick hazy redcolor. finger of head that settles down into a thin layer. mild smell of sweet and sour berries, purple grapes.
sweet berry flavors over a strong bitterness. finsihes with a bite similar to cherry flavored cough syrup. there is a sour bitterness in the aftertaste. the 10% is hidden well. interesting, but not my thing i suppose. generaly unpleasant flavors to me.
06-04-2008 17:56:26 | More by ph2001
2.48/5 rDev -32.2%
Pours out a really clear reddish amber with three fingers of tan suds. Lots of lacing though
Not a lot of smell here. I get a dark bready aroma. No fruit here.
Taste is not good. Dirty sugar and nasty water.
The Red and White was better. This black and blue is gross and nasty.
Stay with the Red and White!
04-08-2007 21:20:21 | More by peabody
2.48/5 rDev -32.2%
I bought this on the strenghth of DFH other beers. I really enjoyed Red and White; however, The Black and Blue left me wanting more. The beer was served in a wide mouth wine goblet.
Appearance: The body of the beer indeed appears like what you would expect blackbeer/ blueberry juice to look like. A 2 finger white head crest the beer. The head has very little staying power and resolves to a thin ring of foam.
Smell: The beer has a rather weak berry aroma. The Raspberry and Blueberry are not particularly intense. A bit of earthyness plays at the back of the smell.
Taste: A very muted berry flavor peaks out underneath the flavor of a malt liquor. The beer has a vaguely medicinal cough syrup sort of flavor. The alcohol is very boozey and not really worked into the flavor. This just doesnt work for me.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a meduim body. The beer is very medicinal and boozey in mouthfeel. As stated previously this beer doesnt really work for me. The beer was drinkable and nowhere near a sink pour; however, the beer just doesnt work for me on so many levels. I got a drinking experience from this similar to having berry extract added to my malt liquor. With that said I know the beer is experimental. I have enjoyed numerous experimental brews. I will most likely buy another DFH experimental beer. Thanks for continueing to push the envelope.
05-28-2007 15:25:27 | More by nlmartin
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
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