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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,387 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 77
Gots: 166 | 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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Colby8938

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

02-09-2014 21:34:33 | More by Colby8938
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Burtonfree77

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

02-07-2014 02:42:24 | More by Burtonfree77
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bkeller04

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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andypeters

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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glass_house

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

750 ml bottle poured into a tall footed tulip

Medium copper with amber highlights. Two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a thin cap with moderate lacing. I'm getting more blueberries than anything else in the aroma (big surprise). A bit of tart fermented cherry and raspberry with very subtle caramel and honey.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is crisp but not overwhelming--seems to complement the body well. The taste is a bit grainy with a medley of fruits coming through--orange, lemon, blueberry, and blackberry mostly. I get a little bit of white peppery spice just before a fairly dry finish and a lingering blueberry flavor. I felt the alcohol was noticeable, but perhaps not as much as you'd expect for a 10% abv brew.

Overall, this was good, not great. I'm glad I tried it, and it was an intersting change of pace. Maybe some age would help, as other reviews seem to suggest. Did not live up to my expectations, but it wasn't bad either. If you're looking for a big fruit beer with natural flavors and some wine-like qualities this should be right up your alley.

01-29-2014 14:30:52 | More by glass_house
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jkchristy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

01-29-2014 11:20:18 | More by jkchristy
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-29-2014 03:38:56 | More by kybeerdrinker
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-28-2014 03:17:00 | More by CaptDavyJones
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klegos

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-26-2014 16:39:52 | More by klegos
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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MaxOhle

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-24-2014 02:47:42 | More by MaxOhle
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

01-24-2014 02:23:01 | More by vinny21bal
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +27.9%

I will be opening an aged 750 ml bottle of Black & Blue from 2007. This was a limited edition release, and this particular bottle has been aging for the past seven years. It definitely changes with each bottle and it surprises me every time. I plan on opening the remaining 750s every 6 months until there are gone (only 2 bottles left after this one). This is my third bottle.

Appearance - A rich, deep orange. Dark copper with bright white head. Great lacing, but thin head. Great carbonation and the bubbles remain very, very active. That being said, there is not a huge amount of head on this beer, but overall, it looks sexy.

Smell - Cherries and raspberry jam. Red wine and grape on the nose. Honey and cotton candy. Fermented fruits, which is pretty obvious because, quite literally, that is what this is. Quite sweet. Makes the mouth water in anticipation.

Taste - Lots of astringent tannins. A very stinging alcohol bite which is so shocking, sour, yet rewarding to the tongue. Big, bold fruits here: candied apple, grape peel, fermented cherries raspberries, blackberries, blood orange, strawberries and lemon (most likely a flavor given off from the fermented fruit -- almost sour). Great choice of yeast (definitely a high gravity yeast at work here, otherwise it wouldn't allow this beer to age this good -- possibly Belgian?). Extremely complex. Lots of other subtle layers such as cloves, coriander, tea leaves, brown sugar and rich barley. Very sour...nearing a lambic, but not quite. This is the closest beer I've had to mimic traits of red wine due to its acidity.

Mouthfeel - Very full bodied. Great carbonation with a thick, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel -- almost similar to cough syrup, but in the most pleasant way. This activates all areas of the mouth. Being slightly sour from the fermented fruits and sugars, this delivers a heavy, hard hitting, gustatory orgasm.

Overall - More like wine than beer at this stage. This is aging really well, and I'm willing to bet I wouldn't like this beer freshly bottled nearly as much as I do now. I'm sure it would be a solid beer, but I can see it being super sweet, jammy and heavy on the fresh fruits used. This is becoming darker in color and richer in malts, sugars and fruits. Very, very tasty and complex.

01-23-2014 02:34:32 | More by Agent1
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.