Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +16.9%
A: Poured from a bomber to an imperial pint glass. Had a reddish color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy/creamy, long-lasting head (more than what you normally find with fruit/vegetable beers). Very good lacing.
S: A strong, sweet aroma of fruit and malt.
T: The blueberries and raspberries make a very strong impression, but there is also a trace of light malt. A vibrant, fruity flavor.
M: Lots of carbonation with a smooth finish. Surprisingly not slick. Light-bodied.
D: I'm not the biggest fan of fruit/vegetable beers, but this one is very well made and extremely drinkable.
04-19-2010 12:12:43 | More by avalon07
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
Shared on Christmas Eve. Poured in to tasting glasses.
A - Straw yellow in colour with one finger of white head.
S - Black raspberry with a slight blueberry aroma up front. A sweet bready malt backbone add some depth to the nose. Fairly sweet with a touch of sour/acidity present.
T - Blueberry up front with the black raspberry present but secondary - opposite to the nose. Sweet bready malts add a second layer to the palate. Slightly bitter but overall very sweet with a hint of sourness.
M - Light to medium body. Medium carbonation.
O - A good beer but definitely one to share. Very sweet.
12-25-2011 17:58:08 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Had this at the "Hops for Hope" charity tasting.
A - Poured a distinct amber with a slight layer of head. Kind of expected a hazy blue due to thinking it was a "fruit" beer
S - Mostly blueberries. Raspberries and alcohol followed but mildly.
T - Not overwhelmingly alcohol taste, mostly a mild fruit backbone, but it seems out of place for a beer. Kind of too much.
M - Actually thinner than expect for 10 percent but flavors were very boozy.
D - Well I wanted to try these beers for a reason, to sample extreme beers on the cheap. This accomplished this as this was my second favorite along side of a few others of 6 beers sampled.
05-19-2010 05:01:36 | More by DrDemento456
3.2/5 rDev -12.6%
750 ml bottle, bottled on 2/12/07. The beer pours a red/purple/amber/brown color with a white/light pink head. Head retention and lacing are good. I can smell berries/fruit, not necessarily raspberries and blueberries but the aroma is fruity. The taste is sweet and tart berries with a bit of a medicinal flavor and malt, but no hops that I can taste. Taste does get a bit better as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick. The alcohol isn't noticable at first, but it does kick in later on. Drinkability is OK, but nothing special. Overall I think it's a decent beer, but a bit of a disappointment to me.
04-21-2007 23:04:34 | More by bluejacket74
3.55/5 rDev -3%
Bright stop light red. Thin capping of fizzy whitish foam which doesn't last. The color is gorgeous though.
Aroma is quite light yet bright of pale berry, apple, twigs, and jell-o.
Taste is quitely placed with a berry-like kool-aid type flavor. Tangy, mildly zippy, sorta paled and soured, but hardly puckering, tender berry flavor ensues with a floating dryness of earth with red and purple grape skins.
Feel is a little below medium with a decent zip, tang, and torque of carbonation and flavor. A bit bland and boring in the finish, which does pick up a bit more dryness as it goes late, late, late into the night end of the airyness.
This seems like a good beer, but nothing really to spectacular hits me other then the style and mixture of ingredients that DFH has tried to induce into this ale. A one time try will do, other then that, its perhaps passable. Refreshingly zippy enough and mildly fruity but just not enough draw or character to really perk interest beyond the cool name and label.
05-05-2007 03:34:05 | More by tavernjef
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
Aroma is richly fruity and somewhat malty with an undertone of yeast. It pours a clear coppery amber with a fairly thick but not persistent head. Flavor is more like a good apple cider than a beer, and has a decided alcohol bite. There are hints of molasses and raspberry as well. Texture is rather edgy and a little fizzy, and aftertaste is a little tart.
05-22-2009 23:57:57 | More by Cyberkedi
3.4/5 rDev -7.1%
A – Huge amount of sediment on a bottle that should have had plenty of time to settle. Light amber body. Nice white head hangs around throughout the, leaving a nice lace as the glass empties.
S – Huge, fresh blueberry note. Blackcurrant and a hint of tart raspberry. An incredible nose by fruit beer standards.
T – Nice blueberry note up front, but unfortunately the middle veers tart and dry before diving headlong into a huge cheery-Dimetapp off-flavor.
M – Rolling menthol / medicinal booze on the finish. Medium / light body. Overly carbonated imho.
O – The nose is fantastic, and the beer opens with a great berry flavor, but the medicinal backend sandbags this brew from really getting off the ground.
05-09-2011 00:42:10 | More by vfgccp
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a golden amber color with good carbonation; not totally translucent but close.
Aromas of subtle sweet malt on the nose carrying the essences of various berries and just enough hop character to give the aroma a balance.
Tastes begins with solid malt that is quickly balanced by subtle hops that allow the fruits to play on the palate, berries throughout. The finish is persistent and pleasant.
Fairly above average sweet malts dominate the mouthfeel; berries are delicious, help the beer finish tart/crisp.
Slightly overpriced and harder to find that most Dogfish Head brews. ABV is also kinda much but if non of the above are problems for you, seek it out.
08-25-2010 18:21:43 | More by claspada
3.88/5 rDev +6%
A: Cloudy red/amber color. Poured a 3 finger bubbly red-tinted head with good retention. Laced in even rings. Decanted continually.
S: Sweet fruit, yeast and a slightly sour aroma.
T: Fruity and slightly sour like wine. Berry flavors are not too overdone. Bittering hops provide a nice balance. Warming alcohol.
M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Nice blaance for the style.
D: Interstingly drinkable. Its a sipper - watch the ABV; alcohol presence more prominent as it warms.
05-14-2009 01:26:51 | More by Haybeerman
4/5 rDev +9.3%
A: poured a reddish brown in color with yellow highlights and a nice finger of bubbly head that let plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.
S: plenty of berry character upfront in the aroma such as blackberries and blueberries with quite od bit of sweetness I am guessing is coming from the malts, it had a little grain coming through and juice like tones.
T: the blueberries and blackberries were just as potent on the palate alongside lots of grain flavor, semi sweet notes, juice qualities to it which makes me think they didn't put real fruit but also had a little grape character.
M: the brew was medium to light in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, grainy, slightly musty and crisp finish.
O: pretty decent fruit forward beer that just wasn't my cup of tea. It still was worth trying though.
11-25-2012 22:35:44 | More by Gobzilla
2.75/5 rDev -24.9%
Capped 750ml bottled on 02/12/07. Pours a slightly pinkish amber color with a small head. The aroma was mostly grain with just a hint of berries and a good whiff of alcohol. The taste was on the otherhand was just a mess. It tasted sort of like a bad berry wine. There was really not much malt or hops at all. The drinkability was low due to it being unbalanced and boozy. Overall, I am very dissapointed with this brew as I had such high expectations after the Red & White. Not reccomended.
04-23-2007 20:33:35 | More by cjgator3
4.3/5 rDev +17.5%
Poured a bottle dated December of 2009. It poured a light amber with good reddish tint in the light. The head was slight and cream colored. The smell was amazing. It wreaked of raspberries, perhaps blackberries and was both sweet and tart. The taste was very good but doesn't quite hit the mark that the scent does. It makes you crave the berry accents. The mouthfeel is good as well, it's rather light to medium in body for the style. Its very drinkable. It is delicious and completely hides the alcohol. I love this beer and would greatly recommend it. If only it weren't so expensive but aged bottles are definitely worth it.
08-13-2010 05:39:05 | More by aasher
4/5 rDev +9.3%
750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Yet again, thank you cjacobsen for sharing!
(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish orange color. Produced lots of white bubbles.
(S)- Dark fruits of blueberry, cranberry, and raspberry with a lightly dry oakiness.
(T)- Same as the smell. Has a nice profile of raspberry and blueberry with hints at a pomegranate too.
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good complex fruit profile. Smooth.
(D)- Crisp and refreshing. Great fruit profile, yet sort of straightforward. Still enjoyable and tasty. Definitely a good fruit beer
02-05-2011 16:15:00 | More by sweemzander
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
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