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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,411
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 85
Gots: 174 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of dalepryor
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

dalepryor, May 08, 2013
Photo of johntfox
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

johntfox, May 21, 2013
Photo of Goliath
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish color with ruby hues. One inch of light tan head sits on top with decent retention and some lacing.

The aroma is subtle. A general berry fruitiness and not much else.

Taste is ok. A slightly bitter berry flavor, and some spices. The 10% ABV is hidden alright in this beer, better than the Red and White at least.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to low. High alcohol taste slows consumption, but other flavors are nice.

Goliath, May 05, 2008
Photo of tedho21
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tedho21, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of M1A2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

M1A2, May 20, 2012
Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Note* My bottle say's 10%abv and not 11% as noted here.

Poured a lovely medium copper colour, slightly cloudy, with a slightly off-white head. This actually poured a little lighter than I was thinking it was going to be. Smell is definitely fruity with the raspberry seeming to be more assertive than the blueberry. Taste is berries with a moderate amount of sourness and some detectable alcohol, but I certainly wouldn't have guessed the abv to be as high as it is. Mouthfeel is also very light considering the style and abv; well carbonated being neither too assertive nor too light. Very drinkable, all things considered. I am pleased with it.

SilentSabre, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -18%

nzerbe, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip in a couple parts. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Medium brown in color with some blue highlights. A nice two finger, white and sticky head. Impressive lacing and good retention.

Aroma: The blueberries definitely are assertive here. Sweet blueberry notes definitely stand out. A little tart blackberry note, but it is definitely overwhelmed here. Not a ton else.

Taste: Big blueberry essence gives way to sweet caramel malt and surpirsingly bitter hops. The hops don't really lend a citrus note but are just bittering. The resulting flavor comes off very medicinal and astrigent at times. When the backing notes do not dominate, the blueberry really shines and is nice but most of the time, the medicinal flavors overwhelm.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and rather syrupy.

Overall, some nice blueberry notes that are at times overwhelmed by too many medicinal notes. The blackberry also really never comes through. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just not really worth getting more than once in my opinion.

Gosox8787, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DrFunkenstein, May 11, 2012
Photo of chefduff2
3/5  rDev -18%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BostonHops
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a ruddy amber tone with a good amount of haze to it... finger-plus white head quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass. while the retention is so-so, it demonstrates some pretty decent lacing.

nose is an interesting bouquet of blueberry, rasberry, and sweet malts; has a tangy, almost vinous quality... taste follows up with the blue- and rasberry flavors preceding the malt. not as sweet as i was expecting (a good thing)... pretty nice balance. alcohol and a touch of bitterness in the finish. not absolutely delicious, but i'm definitely enjoying it. tasty. different.

full-bodied, chewy mouth-feel with medium-low carbonation. with this type of flavor profile, personally i'm not going to have a lot of it, but i would be more than open to a revisit at some future point.

original review: 10-05-2010

BostonHops, May 15, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/13/2007 - Into my oversized goblet

A- Hazy amber with a faint purple tinge to it. Zero head no matter how much I coaxed it. Just a blob of tiny white bubbles floating on top.

S- Strawberries, black berries, vanilla, slight bready yeasty smell, wine cooler and plums.

T- Fruit is very faint in this, and the alcohol was well hidden. Little malt presence. Little bit of spiciness.

M- Juicy as first sip, and than straight to very dry on the back end. Almost made me cough on my first sip.

D- As much as I did enjoy this I don't think I'd have another one with age on it. I will definately try it fresh and compare the difference. Very easy beer to drink.

korguy123, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of GuttaMane138
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GuttaMane138, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
3/5  rDev -18%

Budinetz, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of craftbeerasian
3/5  rDev -18%

craftbeerasian, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of drseamus
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled date on this one was 2/13/07, so it had almost exactly 4 months aging. It pours a very dark rich red color with no head. There are visible bubbles rising from the bottom of my DFH snifter. The only smell I get off of this is a wine-type aroma and it isn't very strong. I like that the fruit is fairly subtle, or at least not with the usual accompanying sweetness. The raspberries are up front, and as they fade out the blueberries step to the front. It's almost hard to think of this as a beer as it tastes and feels more like a wine. I do get a bit of malt flavor in the background, but just a very little bit. I like this beer for what it is and I'm interested to see if aging will change it at all. My guess is that it will probably only hold it's own or go downward.

drseamus, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle with an oldschool, classy-looking German-ish label.

Apperance: Beautiful slightly hazy rose/orange beer with a fluffy cream head that has great retention.

Smell: Bright, sweet, and fruity; there's dark fruit in here, but also something reminiscent of fresh blueberry muffins, and just a touch of alcohol and vanilla in the background.

Taste: Nice tart raspberry/blackberry flavors; there's not a lot of depth here though, and the alcohol is pretty apparent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Drinkability: Pretty high for the abv

Conclusion: This was my treat to myself on my 26th birthday; I'd been wanting to try this beer for a long time, and while it was pretty tasty, I was expecting a little more depth and complexity...at any rate, it was pretty tasty with dessert.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Lanstrum
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Lanstrum, May 30, 2013
Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip. Thanks, FernMaster.

Pours out a russet/orange looking color. Its hazy but not filled with floaties. The head is off-white and 1.5 fingers at its peak before receding to a tiny ring. Pretty average across the board.

Pulpy, juicy berry aromas hit the nose first and foremost. The beer is brewed with both blackberries and blueberries and you can easily smell both. Some light grain smells come through but the berry is dominant. This is pretty vinous, as you can expect.

The berries are less dominant on the tongue. They meld together to form a generic berriness and that berriness comes with a drying, almost tannic wine-like quality. Sometimes I get flashes of, like, a bock malt quality. This is straightforward but kind of pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, bordering on watery. It doesn't contribute positively or negatively. Its just... present in your mouth. Drinkability? Eh. Its pretty strong on the berry flavor. I'm glad that I'm sharing this 750mL bottle. One 12oz. serving would be perfect.

Decent fruit beer. It'd be nice to have every once in a while.

Reaper16, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of cbl2
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4/7/2007 $11.99 750 mL 10.00% Bottled on 2/12/07 (three days after Red & White).

Appearance:

Pours a clear brown with what can only be described as violet highlights. Topped by a quarter inch of tight white head (also with a purple hue), that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

Sweet dark berries, reminiscent of Au Courant or Sam Adams Boysenberry wheat. Lacks the complexity and subtle nuances of Red & White.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Dry astringent metallic/medicinal berry flavors, with a strong Robitussin sensation that summons up deep buried memories of the most horrible illnesses, and almost makes me gag. What happened here? Red & White was phenominal, the best large beer DFH has done in while. This is a chore to suck down, and may meet a watery grave in my drain before long. Alcohol becomes apparent a few sips in, with a bit of hotness that goes straight to the head.

cbl2, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Knoxrb12, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of BUNZILLA
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

BUNZILLA, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
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!!!!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of brandonld23
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

brandonld23, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Walkerjgt
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Walkerjgt, May 17, 2014
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.