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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

Black & BlueBlack & Blue

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Ratings: 1291
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%


Brewed by:
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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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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess I was expecting this to have a bluer tint, but its color is entrancing enough. Can't even begin to describe what color it is, I guess a burnt rusty dark orange will have to do. The head is off-white leaning toward a very watered-down, faded version of the beer's color, and it's an inch-thick and holding on forever, staying thick for the duration. With some sips, thick gobs of lace stick the the sides. I don't know how this will fare in the other categories, but it looks fantastic.

A variety fruits come to the nose, if not exactly the fruits that were used in the beer. Definitely various berries, but also some melon and various things like peaches and lemon. Also detecting a Belgian-like yeast, or something Belgian-ish...a faintly funky thing, which indicates there may be something tart happening in the flavor. Hmm.

Not a ton of tartness in the flavor, actually, but a generous touch of alcohol. The black raspberry and blueberry puree certainly come through, and they taste completely natural, which is appreciated (and hardly the norm for fruit beers). Some backup provided by sugar cookie dough malts. The fruit essence is a tad overwhelmed by the alcoholic nip. The experience is improved by a milky sweetness, which carries over into the mouthfeel, which is creamy and silky--a rounded thing just carbonated enough to deliver some textural depth.

I like this, although flavor counts most, and there's a little something missing that I can't put my finger on. I want to like it more, as DFH has my eternal respect and support for their many experimental and often stellar experiments. Still worth a try, although the high price tag might point many people toward other "must try" beers that won't do as much damage to the finances.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 21:39:50 | More by Metalmonk
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Pencible

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like sweet blueberries and wild Belgian yeast, with some slightly tart blackberries and candi sugar and fresh wheat.
T: It tasted like tart blackberries and sweet blueberries, with sour yeast and spicy saison hops and a bit of fresh wheat. It had a light and clean aftertaste that was a bit dry.
M: It was slightly thick and viscous with lots of carbonation. Decent.
D: This was a very nice beer with good balance of sweet and tart. It could maybe be a bit more bold, but the alcohol was very well hidden so it was dangerously easy to drink. Great beer for any season, and could be really fun with food pairing. I enjoyed this better than Red & White.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 14:50:57 | More by Pencible
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billab914

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey sinner stemware. It poured a murky, reddish/orange color. The color looks pretty much like it has some dark blue fruit mixed in. It started off with a thick, pillowy white head to it but it faded after a minute or so. It did leave a bit of lacing as I drank it though.

The aroma not surprisingly has a pretty big fruit aspect to it. Both of the blueberry and blackberry come through pretty nicely. I get a little bit of a honey and caramel sweetness to it as well. Pretty good aroma for a fruit centered beer.

The taste also shows a lot of the berry characteristics to it. The blueberry and the blackberry mix pretty well together and give it a pretty good fruit juice like quality. It's definitely on the sweet side, but isn't cloyingly sweet. The taste is pretty much all about the fruit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a bit above average. Drinkability was good, it was a pretty good fruit centered beer with some good and fresh berry flavors. It had a fruit juice like quality to it that was pretty good. Overall a pretty decent beer, and a very good beer of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:07:26 | More by billab914
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a ruby red – pink color with a fluffy pink hued head. The head fades rather quickly to give a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very berry-white wine in nature. There is a big presence of a green grape/white wine aroma mixed with a moderately strong blackberry smell. There are lighter hints of some blueberry and yeast mixed in as well. As stated before, quite white wine like.

Taste - Just like the nose hinted at, the flavor is very semi-sweet white wine like. Its starts out with a white grape flavor some breadiness and a strong presence of tannins. These flavors create a base for the beer which lasts the whole taste through. The berry flavors come more toward the middle. They begin lighter, but strengthen throughout the taste experience. At the end a bitter sweet berry flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Very light in body with a slightly higher than average level of carbonation. It is appropriate and very nice for the wine like flavors of the beer.

Overall – Not really what I am looking for when I am looking for a beer. It is a good wine alternative if that is what you are looking for; sorta a white wine-beer hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 22:44:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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cosmicevan

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Poured a deep reddish amber with a yeasty head that vanished relatively quick. The color really doesn't match the smell or flavor.

P - Spicey berries with a strong alcohol bite. Like a blackberry dessert drink. The spices really compliment the berry smell. Very unique and inviting. The highlight of this beer is the incredible aroma.

T - Not quite as impressive as the nose leads to believe. The berry flavor also takes a bit of a back-seat to the alcohol. Really more of a wine than a beer in the way it tastes.

M - Pretty vibrant. Leaves a berry-ish but drying afterfeel. Way more wine-like than beerlike. Different for sure.

D - You gotta give it to DFH for continuously pushing the envelope on what beer can be. That being said, this is a great one to try and could be a great replacement to the bottle of wine for a dinner party, but all in all not something that I would ever pick up in a 6'er if it were available.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 21:25:08 | More by cosmicevan
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a bottle of this one as a gift from my wife for some holiday or other. Poured a reddish-orange color with a slightly off-white head. Somewhat tart on the nose, with aromas of dark berries, alcohol and candi sugar. Medium bodied and tart, with flavors of dark berries, candi sugar and booze.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 05:56:15 | More by emmasdad
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 12 oz sample. The beer is a deep rose to light red color with a tight 2 finger that falls to a nice coating over top of the brew. Clarity is moderate and there is a small carbonation running through the glass. The aroma is giving me definite blackberry fruityness that sits over a base that reminds me of wheaty beers, and is the same as I have found in the Red and White and Fort. The flavor is a little subdued to me. The fruityness is dominant, but it is also interrupted by a detectable alcohol character. It really seems to be somewhat distant in the flavor category. I'd like a more prevalent character. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with a mild carbonation. I think the alcohol character works towards making the beer feel more thin. Overall, I am finding this beer interesting. It delivers what I expected, just not in the quantities as far as flavor goes.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 00:58:31 | More by kmpitz2
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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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scottfrie

California

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

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pour looks a couple shades lighter than cranberry juice with a finger of off-white foam on top. Head slowly faded onto a fuzzy film that lasted the whole beer through. Clinging patches of lace present.
S: Huge notes of raspberry puree fill my nose. I get a hint of tartness, a splash of red apples, and maybe the suggestion of blueberries. This beer is also pretty boozy smelling, with volatile alcohol vapors coming though noticeably. Touch of yeast or bready malt smell from the base beer as well.
T: Again, booze is almost the first thing I notice. Raspberry dominates the fruit, but blueberries are more noticeable than the nose. Apple, bread crust, yeast, and caramel, and wood are also present. I get a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste as well. Interesting flavors, definitely not a straight forward rasp/blueberry fruit beer. The base Belgian golden ale are still noticeable to some degree.
M: Medium-full body, bubbly carbonation on the palate but disappears quickly, with a thick, viscous, and greasy mouthfeel. Finish is thankfully not too wet. For being such a big beer I am surprised that the mouth isn't hot. Other than the viscosity I'm not getting any hint of alcohol. Credit where credit is due.
O: If this was about 5% less abv and was crisp and dry, I would drink this beer regularly. As it is now, this is a big, boozy, fruit influenced golden ale that is worth checking out, but not my favorite drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 19:33:42 | More by scottfrie
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Martell cognac snifter.

Light mulberry body with pink and orange hues. Decent clarity. Slick little layer of white head. Looks nice. 4.0

Musty fruit aromas of blueberry, artificial strawberry, and white grape. Wheaty malts, booze heat, and a prominent yeast phenol. 3.5

Terribly boozy is my first thought. Semi-sweet berry fruit notes mashed with that signature DFH yeast component. A little spicy and searingly hot at first with a blackberry/tart raspberry fruit middle, and finishing with some red wine notes. I guess the finish is the biggest reward. That, and if I actually finish this glass. 2.5

Feels glossy thick with medium-high carbonation. Heady and filthy hot. 2.0

A big boo-boo for Dogfish Head Brewing. A beer that's completely unnecessary. 10% witbiers are not for me. Kudos if you can finish a whole 750ml of this stuff. 2.5

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 01:53:48 | More by thecheapies
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a DFH pint glass

A: Pours a nice light purple/red color with nice head and good lacing.

S: Great aroma from the blueberries/blackberries. There is a sweet/tart smell as well.

T: The berry taste is less pronounced on the taste than on the smell. It is sweet and a nice change of pace compared to many other DFH beers. It was a perfect BBQ beer.

M/D: It is a little thick, but in a good way, not in a heavy stout way. It has good carbonation and I put down a good bit of the 750ml bottle. It is great to split among a couple of people where you each get a glass or so.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 00:59:36 | More by mdaschaf
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Previously sampled in bottle, which came across as very muted without much standout charachter. This draft version was exactly what i was hoping for.

Pours a clean and clear coppery gold color, small cap of white head, lingers and leaves a touch of lacing. Scent is dominated by the promised notes of blueberry and blackberry, faint notes of alcohol follow with a moderate amount of grahmn cracker sweetness. Taste again is fruit forward, especially at serving temp. Blueberry is at the front with a light tartness, blackberry and faint hints of concentrated grape juice. Slightly cloying by time the 10oz is over. A grahmn crackery sweetness seems to intensify as the drink warms, a little spice comes out as well. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate, lightly dry. Overall i prefered this to the bottle, the fruit stood out more, even though the beer felt more one dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 13:24:03 | More by rfgetz
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prototypic

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black & Blue is a lighter copper color. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. Backlighting gives it an orange appearance. A soft white head covers the top. It rises to nearly a finger, before falling quickly. Perhaps a little too much abv. Lacing was surprisingly thick and sticky. Interesting to say the least.

The nose is alright. It features earthy and grainy notes throughout. Berry notes are relatively strong. No big shock there. I’m pleased to report that they’re not overpowering. Let’s hope that holds true for the flavor. Belgian jumps into the mix and certainly adds character to the mix. Alcohol comes through quite strong. A little too strong. All in all, it smells pretty good.

The flavor is a little less impressive. It kicks off with a sweet, malty flavor. I’m guessing pale malt. Earthy and grainy notes are definitely noted. Berry flavors are quite strong. I don’t have anything against Blackberry or Blueberry. I love both. But, their presence doesn’t really add a great deal. Doesn’t taste bad, but not exactly good either. Belgian yeast tastes pretty good and keeps things floating. Alcohol is strong in flavor, and is just a tad warm. Finishes grainy, fruity, and a little warm.

Black & Blue has a medium body. Carbonation is mid-range. It feels nice and smooth. Probably one its stronger points. It doesn’t go down too bad for a big beer, but a 750 is a bit much. A 12 oz. would be a better serving size.

Black & Blue is just an okay release from Dogfish Head. It’s not a complete disaster, but a couple of tweaks would help – primarily less berry flavor and less alcohol flavor/warmth. If you’re into berry flavored beverages, you just might like it. Irrespective of your taste, it is worth a try...at least once.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 03:11:52 | More by prototypic
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nickd717

California

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC.

Pours a great clear purplish-amber color with a two-finger pinkish head that fizzes a bit at first but ends up sticking around in some form for awhile.

Aroma is caramel, Belgian yeast, spice, vinous notes, blueberry and blackberry. Smells pretty nice.

On the flavor, a mildly sweet (much less than you'd expect for DFH) caramel malt backbone is balanced with a rich blueberry and blackberry flavor that lends a restrained tartness to the beer. Belgian yeast and spice are present as well.

High carbonation, which I think is appropriate for this beer. Medium body.

Overall a surprisingly good fruit beer. I expected a sweet, syrupy mess, but it wasn't like that at all. Drinkability is above average.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 20:32:33 | More by nickd717
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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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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this brew with Stopper. Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter, the beer pours a clear chestnut with some ruby highlights and a thin eggshell white head that goes to an edge layer and islands quickly.
Aroma is fruity with blueberry and caramel and perhaps banana? Is this a weizenbock? Didnt expect that.
First sip reveals an average body and average carbonation. The beer is caramel malt and some berries too, a little tart. No hints of hops or actually ABV either. Well hidden booze. The beer is interesting, but not sure if Id pay the price for the bottle again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:32:50 | More by sulldaddy
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harrymel

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007: bottled 2/13/07

A: Pours a honey golden with red hue. Less than one finger loose foam slowly dissipates, eventually leaving broken surface of the same. Little visible bubbles.

S: Blackberries and blueberries well here. Below this is a malt backbone. Nothing special. Slightly tart.

T: Very sweet. I was hoping that over the years, the beer would maybe enjoy a little souring, but it seems no infection here. Maybe even not a live bottle.

M: Medium body with light and spritely carbonation. Like a thinned down syrup. Sticks in the mouth a bit. Not too much though.

D: This ale is drinkable, but would prefer more tartness from the berries if at all possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 18:01:33 | More by harrymel
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle split whith rtratzlaff poured into two DFH Signature glasses a crisp dark orange with a decent off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by berries with slight sweet malts poking through. The taste is very tart berry flavor against sweet malts and slight booze. The beer is on the heavy side of medium, but the 11% is fairly well hidden. This is one I'd wanted to try for a while, and, while not as good as its Red & White sibling, it does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 01:19:59 | More by atsprings
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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a brandy snifter. "Bottled in 2012A 10:04."

A: Light frothy head. Cranberry-coloured ale which is rather translucent.

S: Grainy and plain.

T: Interesting and excellent! At the beginning, it's got the pleasant, yeasty graininess of a Belgian Pale Ale, but then tart raspberry kicks in and makes it puckery and interesting. I can see the blueberries too, especially in the sweeter endtaste. The maintaste is sweet, malty, and fruity (surprise).

M: Smooth and lightly spicy.

O: I like it. It's good -- maybe not great -- but very good. Recommended. I may not have it again, but I'm glad I had this one. I do like Dogfish Head, very much.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 08:08:57 | More by AgentMunky
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 02/12/07. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a color akin to the flesh of a ripe red plum with about two fingers of fluffy light ecru foam. A nice lace forms on the inside of my glass with each sip. Overall, a fantastic looking pour. Smells and tastes of sweet mixed berries, blackberry jam, blueberry bagels, a touch of spicy yeast, and a bit metallic in the taste. At over two years in the bottle, the alcohol is virtually non-existent. A notch above medium bodied with just about the perfect level of carbonation for my tastes. This bottle could have went another year or two easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:26:23 | More by ClockworkOrange
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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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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought it was redder as I was pouring, but really just a nice orange color. Head's not much, but there's some decent lacing going on. The nose is a bit shy of what I would consider strong and interesting. Notes of a slightly tart Belgian yeast reside along with the light fruity sweetness of an American flavored wheat beer, which sort of all run in together for me.

Not much flavor seems to come from the berries, with the base golden ale doing slightly better. The yeast does the job, bringing some ester notes of banana and clove alongside the phenolic hints of pepper, but the berry sweetness that jumps in at the outset fades far too quickly, leaving memories that are mixed at best. The mouthfeel is overly thick, coating the tongue and palate where this beer might be preferable with some more scrubbing.

With warming, the berry flavor emerges much more, and I've bumped up the taste score to reflect. I can taste that deepness of flavor that one notes in just-past-ripe blueberries in addition to the lighter raspberry notes. Not too bad in the flavor department. The over-ripe note is accentuated by the high alcohol, however.

Pretty decent overall, definitely more interesting than a stock golden ale or fruit beer, but the payoff isn't quite all there.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:54:40 | More by BretSikkink
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a very sophisticated, wine-like bottle this rather expensive offering was a hazy pink/orange color like a ripe grapefruit. The head was off-white and thin, the retention not very good and the lacing scattered. Odd looking brew... The aroma was semi-sweet, a combination of blueberries that gave it a musty quality, mandarins that gave it a tart note and some sourness and a bit of spices made more zesty by the hints of alcohol. For 11% this was rather subdued. The flavors again struck me as odd. Where were they going with this thing? It started with fruit puree, pulpy and rich before it went more tart in a gooseberry-like way along with a lot of alcohol and some sugars that tried to balance it out. Neither the blueberry or raspberry came through clearly for me and I kept feeling like the alcohol was rubbing other flavors out. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/full and the carbonation good. It was much more acidic that I would have guessed and though it mellowed out by the time I was finished with it I just wouldn't ever recommend it, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 20:08:00 | More by thekevlarkid
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rye726

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rapberry brown color. Thin beige head with a purple tint. Nose has tart ripe berries over peppery alcohol and sweet malts. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Blackberries an raspberries up front followed by a sweet malt profile and a kick of booze. Medium body is well carbonated, but a bit syrupy. Drinks easy for the size. Fruit beer on steroids. I prefer the red and white, but still a decent ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 01:26:22 | More by rye726
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with the gf, mine into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a bright, copper-ruby body that turns peach in the light. Small, white yeast particles float throught the clear body. Carbonation level is quite impressive, despite the poorly retained, peachy white head that recedes to a foamy collar. I'll blame it on the ABV... Aroma has a little bit of fruit, but not nearly enough. It's more of a belgian-esque malty aroma with some light grasses and hops.

The flavor decently blends cidery-sour notes, spicy hops, pale malts, and some fruity bitterness provided by a hint of raspberry. A champagne-like bubbliness coats the palate, as Black & Blue finishes dry and sweet. I've gotta commend DFH on masking the alcohol, as its barely noticable. Verdict: Not a great beer, the price certainly drops the drinkability down a bit, but it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 22:59:14 | More by wagenvolks
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,291 ratings.