Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 110
Gots: 240 | FT: 7
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ggaughan on 08-23-2006

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
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Ratings: 1,547 | Reviews: 521
Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber orange color with goodclarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Wheaty, bready, blueberry, blackberry, and a little yeasty.

Taste: Love the sweet fruity sweetness with bready and wheaty malts, and yeastiness. Almost like a blueberry and blackberry angel food cake. Crazy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a bit dry, some fruit sweetness, medium to high carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: I like the fruit character that steps up this golden ale. Will always look for more of this in the future.

Photo of pat61
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours cloudy reddish amber under a 1” finely bubbled off white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass through the whole drink.
S: More blackberry on the nose than blueberries, spice, and fruit.
T: The blackberries and blue berries taste like real berries and not like a syrup. The blackberries come out up front and the blueberries come out more on the finish. The fruity funky Belgian yeast flavors are a little off on their own like that out of place person at a party – sometimes they connect and sometimes they don’t. There is a little grape or white wine thing going on as well. A light bitter hop accent provides some balance to the sweetness of the beer.
M: A big beer with a luscious, creamy body and slightly above average but very soft carbonation.
O: This is a sipping beer – it’s a touch to sweet to drink a lot of. It has a lot of interesting elements but they do not always come together.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a orangish color, at times looking purplish, reddish, or yellowish at parts. a finger or two of a white head with low retention but leaving behind a very slight lacing. a hazy clarity to it.

Smell: strong belgian yeast, with clove making itself immediately known.definite berry, but hard to pinpoint the type, blueberry being the most prominent. somewhat vinous.

Taste: opens with berries, certainly some blackberries and blueberries I can pick out, but the taste isn't limited to those. certainly some white grape taste. the alcohol kicks in and takes over the taste before the berries fully develop, but the alcohol is never astringent. belgian yeast plays around in the background. notes of clove and other phenols.

Mouthfeel: full bodied. definitely a good balance on the sweetness.

Overall: a solid fruit beer but not quite top tier. the fruit/belgian yeast clash just a little bit too much. it could be nice with either more fruit flavor or less phenols. other than that the amount of alcohol is nice but takes away a little to much since the fruits don't fully develop.

Photo of bluehende
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was not a fan of the blueberry backberry along with belgian yeast. I thought the fruit flavors were done real well. I just wish they had put this in a wit.

Photo of garuda
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2012 vintage at the brewpub.

Photo of trickynicky
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I was curious to try this combination of black raspberries and blueberries but this just didn't do it for me. I found it to be too sweet, and although I have had far worse, this is not a beer I would have again.

Photo of JDW4195
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Is this a beer??? It definitely is a treat for beer drinkers. Medium Sweetness, the fruit comes through like a red wine. Like nothing I've ever drank before. I'd recommend it for a change of pace, or nice splurge buy one afternoon.

Photo of Mikefriedman90
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very fruity, almost cider esque. Strong but not my favorite, won't reach for it again for a while with all the other great dogfish options

Photo of stwok21
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Felt great. Looked great. Smelled great. Tasted great

Photo of thedoubler55
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A: Pours a bright red in color, with a nice frothy pink head at the top that leaves some nice sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of berrys and white grapes, Strong scent of white wine. The rasberry is very prominent on the first sniff.

T: The taste is just like the nose, but lots of white wine on the tongue, the berrys come though on the tail end of the sip, and a sour note in there as well.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation, almost juice like with carbonation.

O: Not a bad brew from Dogfish, if it wasnt for the rasberry and blueberry puree I probably wouldnt like this beer because it taste a lot like white wine and I am not a fan of white wine. Very sweet and fizzy.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Beelow's.

Gotta love it when your local bars get some cool kegs. This case in point pours a partly hazy sunset rusted gold topped by a finger of glowing bone foam. The nose comprises blackberries, light blueberries, very light banana, mild biscuit, light sourdough, and a pinch of allspice. The taste brings in more of the same, the berries matched by some Belgian yeast-infused bread and a hint of orange peel and light grass. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty nice beer, one that I could see going well with plenty of foods (muffins and lamb dishes spring to mind).

Photo of douceman
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think I got hyped up for this beer thinking it would be something really great. I love blueberry beers and I love Dogfish, so I thought it would be a great combo. So when I opened the bottle, I didn't think the smell was great, but they don't all smell great so that was whatever. The pour was good and the appearance was a good hardy beer. When it came to tasting I think it was just something that I didn't expect, so I didn't love it. Wasn't bad, but I'm not sure if I'll buy again soon. Mouthfeel was actually nice. Overall I gave it a 3 because it just wasn't for me.

Photo of seedyone
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

08/07/13 On tap. Just a taste. Not quite the fruitiness I'd hoped for. All in all a good tasting brew but I was expecting to be gob smacked and that didn't happen. I guess that's what I get for hyping myself up. This is one those that may just fare better from a bottle. Worth a second chance.

Photo of srandycarter
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pretty, lightly hazy light pekoe orange tea. Nice large near white head slow to leave. Tons of fine bubbled lace.

S - First thing I smell is the fruit and booze. Frankly, it reminds me a little of a mixed berry cider I made, which is not a good sign. Malt present but fainter.

T - Sweetness from the malt and the fruit battling it out, a little cloying.

M - Thick, sweetish, not very good balance.

D - A nice one to try as very different, but I don't know if I will get much past the first few sips.

Photo of far333
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper colored with a ruby tightly bubbled head that slowly recedes to a fine cap.

A low aroma of yeastiness and fruit, but tough to discern the type of fruit without knowing.

Yeasty flavors upfront, phenolic and footy, hints of fruit come through, would like a bit more. Tough to discern berries, seems mostly blueberry emerging. Spicy bite in the finish. Yeast dominates too much for me, which detracts from the ex-berry-ence.

Photo of trankin6
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found in a discount bin of bombers at local store and was delighted to find this nice fruit beer! pours a beautiful reddish-peachy color with thin pinkish head. the blackberries come in heavy on smell with tinges of that sourish belgian yeast. nice strong flavor of the golden ale base plays under those real berries and extra notes of dates, licorice, granny smith apple on the back. as other reviews note, all the layers mask some of the booziness nicely!

Photo of travolta
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful copper strawberry color. Quickly dissipating head, good lacing. A foamy and light pink head. Unfiltered!

Nose: Cherry and raspberry jam. Honey and cotton candy.

Taste: A nice alcohol bite right up front with cherry, raspberry, blood orange, candied apple, grape and lemon. Some tea leaves and cloves, perhaps?

Notes: This is a fun beer to start off your tasting with. If you sit back and concentrate, you can find many layers here.

Photo of glass_house
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tall footed tulip

Medium copper with amber highlights. Two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a thin cap with moderate lacing. I'm getting more blueberries than anything else in the aroma (big surprise). A bit of tart fermented cherry and raspberry with very subtle caramel and honey.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is crisp but not overwhelming--seems to complement the body well. The taste is a bit grainy with a medley of fruits coming through--orange, lemon, blueberry, and blackberry mostly. I get a little bit of white peppery spice just before a fairly dry finish and a lingering blueberry flavor. I felt the alcohol was noticeable, but perhaps not as much as you'd expect for a 10% abv brew.

Overall, this was good, not great. I'm glad I tried it, and it was an intersting change of pace. Maybe some age would help, as other reviews seem to suggest. Did not live up to my expectations, but it wasn't bad either. If you're looking for a big fruit beer with natural flavors and some wine-like qualities this should be right up your alley.

Photo of Agent1
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I will be opening an aged 750 ml bottle of Black & Blue from 2007. This was a limited edition release, and this particular bottle has been aging for the past seven years. It definitely changes with each bottle and it surprises me every time. I plan on opening the remaining 750s every 6 months until there are gone (only 2 bottles left after this one). This is my third bottle.

Appearance - A rich, deep orange. Dark copper with bright white head. Great lacing, but thin head. Great carbonation and the bubbles remain very, very active. That being said, there is not a huge amount of head on this beer, but overall, it looks sexy.

Smell - Cherries and raspberry jam. Red wine and grape on the nose. Honey and cotton candy. Fermented fruits, which is pretty obvious because, quite literally, that is what this is. Quite sweet. Makes the mouth water in anticipation.

Taste - Lots of astringent tannins. A very stinging alcohol bite which is so shocking, sour, yet rewarding to the tongue. Big, bold fruits here: candied apple, grape peel, fermented cherries raspberries, blackberries, blood orange, strawberries and lemon (most likely a flavor given off from the fermented fruit -- almost sour). Great choice of yeast (definitely a high gravity yeast at work here, otherwise it wouldn't allow this beer to age this good -- possibly Belgian?). Extremely complex. Lots of other subtle layers such as cloves, coriander, tea leaves, brown sugar and rich barley. Very sour...nearing a lambic, but not quite. This is the closest beer I've had to mimic traits of red wine due to its acidity.

Mouthfeel - Very full bodied. Great carbonation with a thick, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel -- almost similar to cough syrup, but in the most pleasant way. This activates all areas of the mouth. Being slightly sour from the fermented fruits and sugars, this delivers a heavy, hard hitting, gustatory orgasm.

Overall - More like wine than beer at this stage. This is aging really well, and I'm willing to bet I wouldn't like this beer freshly bottled nearly as much as I do now. I'm sure it would be a solid beer, but I can see it being super sweet, jammy and heavy on the fresh fruits used. This is becoming darker in color and richer in malts, sugars and fruits. Very, very tasty and complex.

Photo of Samuel906
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity fruity fruity! Not that you should have expected anything less from a beer proclaiming to be made from blackberries and blueberries. Pours an interesting redish amber with a clingy thin white head. Smell is a lot of fermented funk, sour citrus, mild malt, and hints of blueberry. Taste is yeast, but opposite of the smell, i get mostly blackberry on the palate. Mildly sweet, a touch of sour. Leaves you with some fresh fruit on the aftertaste. Feel is great: easy, almost TOO easy to drink. You would swear this is more like 4 or 5%, certainly not 10. Nice boozey warmth once it gets down in the gullet. The alcohol can sneak up because it's so easy to drink. I downed a bomber inside of 30 minutes and definitely felt it shortly after. Good beer, preferred Red & White (if they can really be compared).

Photo of charlzm
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed September 10th, 2013 at Blue Dog Beer Tavern, Sherman Oaks, CA.

Beer is presented in a Chimay chalice. Color is a deep amber/orange with a fine, creamy one-finger head. Not a lot of lacing or sheeting, though.

Aroma is nearly all berries with a slight metallic tinge.

Flavor starts with a little caramel malt. Then, the berries invade. That's it. End of flavor. Virtually no bitterness. Berries linger on the palate after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is lively, with some sharpness and bite due to good carbonation. Slightly thick, bordering on chewy.

This is more like fruit juice with beer in it than beer with fruit in it. Still, that's probably what was intended, so it's hard to knock a beer for being what it is. Glad I tried it but I'm in no hurry to have it again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

unfairly underappreciated. this is a great beer, well made and fun. it looks pinkish and foamy, with a nice richness and good bubbling. smells like a Belgian blond, but has some great germal elements. malty with a fruity element, the blueberries stronger than the black berries in smell and taste, almost tart. the malt meshes amazingly well with the berries, a cool combo and definitely something different. yeasty, but the carbonation is huge, and so is the body, better and better as it warms up. love the fruit here, like no other. and the alcohol content is entirely invisible. how in gods name is this thing over 10% abv? just feels like a session beer. overall a great mix of fruit flavor and taste, nose of baby feet a little, but a real high quality brew here.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a nice clean deep copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head which left behind a decent amount of lacing. aroma of raspberries, blueberries, caramel, lots of malt and fruit! this is a very malt heavy flavor with tart hints of berry then a blast of honey/caramel and subtle berry on the end. very sweet, almost like a tripel.
full body with a creamy mouthfeel and modest amount of carbonation.

this is a 2012 bottle, so it's last year's batch.. i have to say there's not much of a difference in the year this has been cellared.

Photo of Jree261
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-Raspberry red to brown ale brown but not quite an amber with a white foam that has a maroon tint.

Smell-The blackberry and blueberry fruit is definitely dominant.

Taste-The fruit is much more subtle than something like a framboise that will leave a medicine after taste and a coated tongue.

Mouthfeel-Medium to full body of a lighter ale with good length on the finish.

Overall-Not bad. Definitely need the subtlety that this beer provides to be able to drink the fruit stuff. The Dogfish people don't typically let me down though.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

tap

Pours a berry amber color, basically transparent, with white sudsy lacing.

Smells of tart mixed berries. Maybe a hint of malt in there.

Flavor is of mixed berries, blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry, with maybe a bit of cherry sweetness. More tart than sweet overall. A whisper of hop.

Medium body with a fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

If you like fruit beers, then you will love this. It's one of the most "natural" tasting fruit beers I've had, no corn syrup sweetness here. Personally, I enjoy the occasional sweet fruit beer so I enjoy this one. However, if you don't like those types of beers, there is obviously no reason for you to waste your time here.

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.