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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 80
Gots: 171 | FT: 8
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful copper strawberry color. Quickly dissipating head, good lacing. A foamy and light pink head. Unfiltered!

Nose: Cherry and raspberry jam. Honey and cotton candy.

Taste: A nice alcohol bite right up front with cherry, raspberry, blood orange, candied apple, grape and lemon. Some tea leaves and cloves, perhaps?

Notes: This is a fun beer to start off your tasting with. If you sit back and concentrate, you can find many layers here.

travolta, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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andypeters, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of glass_house
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

glass_house, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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Photo of Agent1
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Agent1, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

mswinfield, Jan 22, 2014
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.