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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,356 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 63
Gots: 155 | 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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chefduff2

New York

3/5  rDev -18%

01-05-2013 23:20:42 | More by chefduff2
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured unto a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber, head is thin roughly a 1/2" white head.

Smell: Just smelling it before I drink it, it comes off sweetthe blueberry is obviously apparent.

Taste: It tastes exactly how it is described, seriously I can't give it any higher because it comes off little sweet and it's just not my cup of tea.

Mouth: Light-medium carbonation easy down and not hard to drink the ful 25oz on your own.

Overall: I have had a couple of blueberry beers before this one is definitely at the the top of the food chain. Not super sweet but just RIGHT...you will definitely like this beer on a warm summer night and appreciate it's purpose. Hope you all enjoy and cheers!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 08:03:06 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-26-2014 16:33:30 | More by ramrod666
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becktone

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 7-4-08

Eye: Totally red. Very clear and red, blood red. Head is creamy, lacing superb and retention is great. Can I tell you more, no...Its as simple as that, straight forward and good.

Nose: Aroma is nice and strong. Blue and blackberries are very evident. Behind that is some belgian style brew, I think that its mostly the yeast character that gives it this "tone," there is also some belgian style malt character behind this, pale malts, sweet and rich. This is by far the most complex fruit beer I've ever smelt, however, I'm not going to really consider this a fruit beer. More likely I'd consider it an Belgian/American Strong. Its only fermented with fruit, I don't see it as being an active ingredient that is alone responsible for carrying the beers aroma, and flavor. Nice deep aroma, could be more complex-malt more forward, in better balance with the fruit, more hops, but hey....

Tongue: Tannins from the berries are apparent, they do give some balance to the beer however, as I really don't taste or feel any hops and bitterness. Nice sweet malt taste, hard to take apart under the berries, both black and blue, make a nice combo. I usually don't like blueberries in beer, however, this, perhaps because its mixed with blackberries, is great. Fruit flavor and tannins are a large part of this beer, though malt is huge too. Lots of Belgian characteristics in both malt and yeast character. This wouldn't be all that great if the malt and yeast characters didn't come through and cut as they do. Most fruit beers are all about fruit, this one is about everything...great.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Again, light on carbonation as should be a brew with high alcohol like this. Alcohol is hidden pretty well in the feel and taste of this brew, much better than in Red and White and Fort. Really this is one I could drink all night, nice and easy going down, slight alcohol balance-that is in the flavor of the brew it helps to balance it out-but it's a good brew to sit down and just chill with, finish the growler watch some movies...Got it for a good price, 23.99 for a 2L growler, when a 750 bottle is 12.99...now that's about two beers for 12.99 as opposed to 5-6 for 23.99. Bout a dollar or two cheaper for the growler. This isn't something I'd regularly pick up, its good but I'm not all that crazy about it. Check it out if you like Dogfish Head though. Great beer, one of the better fruit beers that I've had.

Serving type: growler

07-06-2008 03:14:23 | More by becktone
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M1A2

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-20-2012 01:32:15 | More by M1A2
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Patrick999

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling. Haven't broken out the snifter in a while; this seems like a good candidate for it.

Pours into the snifter a sparkling goldish-amber. Head bubbles up and largely dissipates, though I can see it trying to replenish itself. This is, however, a minimally hopped 10% ABV beer, so it's not getting too far.

Cool, I can really smell the berries. I can smell a hint of sour musty wheat, almost as if this is some kind of "imperial lambic." Swirl it enough and a bit of alcohol muscles through and makes itself known. Oh yeah, extra points for smelling of real berries, not artificial flavoring.

Now this is fruit beer. Minimally sweet, there's a natural tart raspberry and blueberry pulp dominating. I understand why this beer is expensive - these days, real raspberries and blueberries aren't cheap, and it must have taken boatloads of them to make this beer. But back to the taste...beyond the obvious fruit, I sense a subtle wheat backing and *some* hop twang, though not much. Alcohol is absolutely nowhere. The big story here is the tart berry presence, as it should be. It's not quite a lambic, not quite a Belgian Strong Dark. I think this falls somewhere between the two, edging closer to lambic territory with the tart character. If you were afraid of this being too sweet, fear not.

It has a nice feel. Not at all syrupy and cloying as a 10% fruit beer probably could be.

Drinkability I would have to rate as very good. Like the Red & White, it doesn't drink at all like the strong beer that it is. Good job Sam.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 00:30:06 | More by Patrick999
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JizackFH

New York

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

A - This beer pours a hazy orangish copper color. It has a nice 2-finger slightly off-white head on it. The head has decent retention and it leaves behind some nice lace on the glass.

S - It has a big beer scent which is to be expected. There are a lot of scents of blueberry, blackberries, and raspberries. There is also some honey sweetness and some belgian yeast.

T - There is a lot of blackberry and blueberry flavor up front. There is some nice candied sweetness and belgian yeast in the background. There are are also some spices and honey flavors present.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some sourness, but it is balanced out by the sweetness. A bit of alcohol warmth on the back end.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavor is very nice. Overall, I thought this was a very nice fruit beer. It has just the right amount of sweetness to perfectly balanced out the fruit. Definitely worth a try. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 08:42:05 | More by JizackFH
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-24-2013 12:16:55 | More by brandonld23
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neenerzig

Ohio

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

Split a bottle of this with two friends. This beer pours a clear deep amber red color. Nice white head an inch thick when poured. Eventually settles to a good surface cover with good lacing. Fruity aromas are certainly present along with malty alcohol undertones and also alcohol. This beer is sweet upfront with fairly heavy fruit flavors followed by the malts and the alcohol, although the taste of alcohol is well masked for a beer of this caliber. Perhaps a bit of spice is also present. Has a sort of dry aftertaste. Has a crisp and smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Definitely becomes more drinkable as it warms a bit. Another good offering from Dogfish Head.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 01:12:44 | More by neenerzig
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AlexChillton

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-29-2012 10:02:50 | More by AlexChillton
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davey101

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012B vintage. New style embossed 750 ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Really deep dark amber/red body with a purple tint. A fluffy three finger head formed and settled down to a neat cap. Great amount of lacing and retention.

S - Sweet and super fresh berries. Actually smells like raspberries and not the blackberries and blueberries it uses. A bit of yeast and malt and lots of noticeable alcohol on the finish.

T - A whole lot of raspberries and a bit of blueberries. Super sweet and astringent. This is followed by a smooth malty presence and finally some lingering alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is a bit medicinal. Surprisingly for a DFH beer, no hop presence. Mouth feel is syrupy and coating. Carbonation is a bit low.

O - Comes off like a tamed version of Fort. Lots of berry flavors, somewhat of an earthy and medicinal finish, way too much alcohol. Like most big DFH beers, I think this is meant to be aged to calm down a bit. I hate to make this comparison as I love DFH, but berry flavored malternative beverage...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 02:58:01 | More by davey101
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Black & Blue is a tasty berry-flavoured beer. A lot of people hate on fruit beers, so if you're a fan of them then you'll like this.

A: Orange-pink colour and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: The smell is blueberries and some yeast. 4

T: The taste is all blueberries and yeast into a blueberry and alcohol aftertaste. Tasty. 4

M: Thick and foamy. 4.5

O: Fruity and enjoyable. 4

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:00:35 | More by vandemonian
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours an auburn rosé color. Has a white fizzy head that reduces to a thin pool on top. Decent lacing down the sides.

Has a tart, almost sour berry smell. Blueberry smell is very evident.

Tastes as tart as it smells, pucker up! Very crisp and light, especially considering the high alcohol content. A nice berry taste to it, as much the raspberry as the blueberry. While I'm not a fan of fruit beers, thus one tastes good.

As much like wine as beer, I'd drink this like a bottle of wine; uncork it, drink it, appreciate it, then have again at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 21:56:34 | More by TheHoppiest
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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-01-2013 19:29:18 | More by Agentveba
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Black and Blue purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
appearance: cloudy orange golden with a white, slight head.
smell: tart, buttery, rasberry, blueberry. Very nice.
taste: As the nose advertises. Good stuff.
Distinct carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable for a 10%'er.
I see fairly average ratings from more experienced folks. Maybe my palate is not refined enough, but this seems an exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 23:50:28 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-14-2013 01:34:41 | More by HollyHops
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-08-2013 20:51:33 | More by scottwurst
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-27-2013 02:16:55 | More by BUNZILLA
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-06-2012 22:38:09 | More by DSlim71
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afksports

New York

2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Amateur review incoming...

Appearance: Very amber with a tinge of the orangey type of look that makes you expect a fruity beer. Nothing wrong with it. Nothing exceptional either. Small head that dissipates quickly, solid carbonation throughout, seems like a dirty iced tea.

Smell: Strong smell of berries. Not much else there.

Taste: Berries are prominent, blue and black (hence the name), but not much else, and a bit too sour for the type of flavor you'd expect from blueberries. Sorta fails the way many blueberry smoothies do.

Mouthfeel: Solid and crisp. Very clean. Steady with other fruit beers.

Drinkability: The combination of the high abv's, the dirty iced tea look, the sweet berry smell, and the gross sour flavor on the tastebuds make this a difficult beer to have too much of. Wish I had a taste of this before I bought a whole 22oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:46:54 | More by afksports
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-11-2012 00:36:53 | More by DrFunkenstein
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Dark pink, the color of a rose wine with a small white head that dissipates quickly leaving lacing on the surface, light to medium carbonation of small bubbles.

S = Yeasty phenolic smells predominate with smells of overripe fruits and berries, also too much evidence of the alcohol. This might reflect that this is a new bottle and this may improve with age. I will try to remember to update next year if that is the case.

T = Bitter tastes of unripe berries combine with plasticine and overripe fruit smells to result in an odd combination of flavors and smells all going on at once. I think this might be capable of enjoying balance with more time in cellar, but it is kind of a wreck right now. It has various elements each of which is good, but they do not seem to combine well enough. Had to give this at least average though both because their are some good tastes going on and because I do get the sense this will age out well.

M = Medium bodied, good frothy carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = I think this one is definitely one to go with food and I suspect spicy food, not sure I want it again just to sit around and drink though.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 20:02:03 | More by Traquairlover
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-02-2014 12:16:48 | More by JMS1512
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-03-2014 04:41:58 | More by aquazr1
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oelergud

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi transparent golden ruby body. Big airy hilly off-white head with a blueish reddish tint. Decent retention and good lace.
Sweet berry and fruity scent with just a hit of spice.
Delicious sweet berry taste with a balancing hop presence. Both complex and simple. A familiar comforting vegetable garden taste.
Medium to full body, decent coating.
Great drinkability, very delicious, this is a brew to drink cold, warmth kills this brew and this may have been what was going on with the lower reviews this beer has received, I dont know but that was my impression.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 23:54:39 | More by oelergud
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.