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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 92
Gots: 183 | FT: 8
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 IBUnit63
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 shared with the beautiful bride - poured into a Portsmouth snifter. Bottled in 2009.

Pours a slightly murky yet carbonated honey/bourbon/copper color with hints of purple fruits. There are yeasty wisps atop this deal and nice sparse lacing. Carbonation is apparent but not huge.

I detect a fair amount of sourness - not necessarily Brett but something close? In the background are the dark berry fruits along with a fair lot of husky light caramelized malt and some sprightly alcohol.

OK, the notion of infection goes away for the most part on the taste - we are left with a little tinniness on the front court and some definite feel of blueberry skins and the black raspberries. This is a step up from first impressions - there's light fruity booze and the ABV and aging are coming into play with warmth. Still, on the finish there's a little carbonated sweetness that's not exactly in the Boone's farm zone but is definitely a style tweener. Not a true strong dark ale, not a lambic...it's not bad but the "jack of all trades, master of none" rap may be at least a touch relevant here.

Palate feel is kind of nice with this one. It has some carbonation, berry and citric zip to it but the huskiness of a high-gravity strong ale...with a bit of hop pininess to match. It tingles on the tongue and back of the palate even after warmth. Much lighter than its ABV heft suggests. Not too bad.

I don't like to pour a snifter of beer, drink it and say, "wow, I have all that left in the bottle?" I'm not there with this, but it is a project to put this whole thing down. Not an unenjoyable project but as a judge on Iron Chef once said about Iron Chef Sakai (sic?) and his lobster with masatake (sic?) mushrooms, "I don't think I'm enjoying this quite as much as the Iron Chef intended me to enjoy this." It's well-crafted for what it is...by the way, what is it, anyway? It's a moderately enjoyable little piece of confusion...not that I'd know from experience but if you got stoned and instead of listening to the Dead you listened to technohouse all night and you actually enjoyed it a bit, that would be close. Again...confusion.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colored body that shows a nice red when held to light. The head is a bright white but quick-lived.

S - The aroma of apricot is prevalent and not all that becoming.

T - I'm a bit disappointed here. I'm a fan of a blueberries, black raspberries and of course beer. Combine the three and I would hope to find a harmonious flavor fit for the gods. The flavor combinations here are interesting but not all that tasty. You have a beginning of mild malt and then a move to a dark bitter middle also hosting a strange, slightly pungent fruitiness. The finish has an uncomfortable
blueberry-plum combination that makes it difficult to keep drinking.

M - The feel of this beer is by far is highest characteristic. The feel of the brew is soft and smooth with a hint of abrassive catchiness allowing each pull to be its own journey. It contradicts the flavor by begging me to keep drinking.

~ Overall I'd say this beer is certainly something you should consider trying. I don't recommend you run out today and try to find a bottle. But, if you come accross one and can find it for a reasonable price (less than $11.99 which is what I paid for the 25.6 ounce bottle I purchsed) then I suggest you add it to your cart. At any rate its an interesting beer, the bottle labeling is artistically considerate and its brewed by a fine brewery.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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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.

Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.