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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 66
Gots: 157 | FT: 6
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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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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 23:04:34 | More by bluejacket74
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 03:34:05 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 23:57:57 | More by Cyberkedi
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-04-2012 03:43:35 | More by chippo33
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-07-2013 21:50:19 | More by WOLFGANG
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-19-2012 06:51:05 | More by iL0VEbeer
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claspada

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 18:21:43 | More by claspada
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-19-2012 00:01:27 | More by RBorsato
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vfgccp

New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:42:10 | More by vfgccp
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:35:44 | More by Gobzilla
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-11-2014 13:08:18 | More by mrfrancis
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 01:26:51 | More by Haybeerman
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-23-2013 13:54:44 | More by tbeckett
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cjgator3

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 20:33:35 | More by cjgator3
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-07-2011 22:17:36 | More by ROGUE16
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-10-2013 17:05:30 | More by DmanGTR
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KAF

Iowa

3/5  rDev -18%

07-05-2014 05:42:30 | More by KAF
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-25-2014 02:43:46 | More by wrightst
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aasher

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 05:39:05 | More by aasher
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-04-2013 23:51:28 | More by pathman
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 16:15:00 | More by sweemzander
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-25-2012 17:18:03 | More by Lare453
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken during playoff hockey. This was a 2008 vintage.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a reddish grapeskin crystal clear colour with a fizzy super tiny head that left a thin halo.

S - Super sweet blueberry juice and skin aromas with some nice malts. The ABV is present on the nose as well.

T - Pretty good with super sweet blueberry notes. Its painfully obvious that this is a 10%+ ABV beer as intermixed with the sweetness is a strong alcohol kick.

M - Low carbonation and somewhat syrupy. As in everything else, the ABV is present.

O - I can dig this brew. Its kinda like a blueberry barleywine. Not sure if a few more years would have made it all mellow out but if that ABV can tone down a bit this would be a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 21:36:42 | More by rudzud
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a seethru coppertinted red with two-finger white head that dies quickly and leaves a little bit of sticky lace. While there are some tart berries in the taste, this is mostly a sweet drink. Blackberries, blueberries dominate over some raspberries and possibly some other sweet malts as this is like drinking a lambic. A pretty good drink, but I can only stomach so much of this in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 15:42:55 | More by clayrock81
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tpd975

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one awhile ago from the local beer guy, have been meaning to drink it for sometime and today was its day.

A: It pours a pretty purplish red color with a nice two finger head that settles to one.

S: Nothing too special here. There is a definite yeasty maltiness to it with a hint of berry. To be honest the smell is so faint I can't tell you if I am smelling raspberry or blueberry.

T: This one has some spice and fruitiness to it. Nothing really stands out though identifying exactly what it is I taste. It's not sweet at all in fact it has a nice tartness to it. I wish there was a more pronounced taste from the berries. On a good note it does hide the 10% ABV wonderfully.

M: Very nice here. There is a great bit of carbonation; it’s very creamy yet sparkling.

D: I can drink the whole bottle easily myself, but I will stop at that.

Overall: Not too bad, glad my beer guy kept one back for me to try. I missed out on the Red & White which is unfortunate since it gets really good reviews. This one is a pretty good fruit beer, but is somewhat lacking in taste. I with DFH would have put a little more berry punch in this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 16:50:59 | More by tpd975
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
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