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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 80
Gots: 171 | 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 thespaceman
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber in color, monster, rocky head sits atop this great looking beer. Very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Bits of raspberry and blueberry are the stars of the show, light and aromatic, I also get bits of toasted malt and some light booze in the backdrop. The fruit profile is nicely balanced.

Taste: The fruit up front is sour and tart, yet nicely aligned to a perfectly balanced malt profile. Blueberry, raspberry, some plum and bits of grape are all present. Has a bit of a wine consistency yet it shows of it's uniqueness with plenty of toasted malt in the finish. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a slightly dry mouthfeel, medium bodied yet light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Another big time winner from Dogfish Head. One of the best fruit beers out there, very nicely balanced and the first time I've liked a beer with blueberry flavorings. Excellent all around, seek it out for sure!

thespaceman, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of tdm168
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber with a one inch of head. Nice retention. Smells of black raspberries and blueberries. Both are equally noticeable. There's also a hint of yeast. Taste is blueberries first and the black raspberries coming in second, but both have equal contribution again here. Despite all the fruit, it's not overly sweet. The alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms, but it adds warmth and takes nothing from the flavor. Well carbonated, crisp, smooth, very drinkable.

At 10% this beer is scary drinkable. This is one of the best fruit beers I have ever had. I'll definitely pay the price tag for this again.

tdm168, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of gmcfarre
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a very translucent ruby red color with amber and orange tints. Head is fairly small and disappears quickly, leaving a thin layer at the edges. Laces well but falls quickly.

S - Nice mild blue & blackberry scent that adds but doesn't distract from some common "Belgian golden ale" scents: good grassy malt, coriander & spice, traditional belgian yeast. 10% alcohol starts to shine through as beer warms.

T - Starts slightly sweet and gets more so in a second, the fruit puree certainly adds some sweetness to this brew. Grassy and floral. High carbonation and slightly tart and fruity finish leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. A tiny bit sour. Fruit is a compliment and doesn't overwhelm like most fruit beers. Very nice.

M - High carbonation with a medium body and slightly sweet, slightly cloying finish. Never bitter.

D - Really nice offering from Dogfish Head that is certainly worth picking up & sampling. Share the 750 with a friend and exhalt in your good karma while sipping a very nice & unique beer.

gmcfarre, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of Jemes21
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

Jemes21, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of tzieser
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one I had was bottled on 2/13/07.

Poured a nice amber color with blue undertones. A small head subdued into a thin lacing around the glass

Smelled slightly winy with malts in the background. Very faint smells of fruit (blueberry)

Tastes delicious-- especially for a bottle that's almost 2 years old (2009). Extremely malty forefront gives way to a smooth sweetness brought on by the aforementioned blueberry/blackberry. The idea of using blue and blackberry is outstanding- doesn't tarnish this at all. Doesn't cover any of the great maltiness.

Feels great in the mouth-- perfectly carbonated when served chilled

Drinkability is outstanding. I wouldn't mind having another bottle of this.

Overall give it a shot. Its expensive, but definitely worth a try. I think ill try red and white next time.

tzieser, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep sunset colors orange to rose with sparse
head and little to no lacing

S: Sweet berry nose with a slight alcohol aroma

T: Champaigne of beers for the summer (not to be
confused with High Life). The flavors of
natural berries over a syrup is evident.

M: Very jammy with great body and adequate
carbonation.

D: The ABV is the only thing that holds me back
for drinking it all afternoon.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of Cakanator
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml 2007 aged 1 year. Dark amber light brown pour. Fruitier berry aroma and on the palate. I was told this wouldn't last a year, but it did so with greatness. The hop profile mellowed out and the flavors stayed strong. No sourness or cloying. Thinking about aging another one but with so many coming out I have even better choices. Another winner from DFH.

Cakanator, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a champagne glass.

A: Poured a rose and orange colored amber with a nice, fluffy head of white foam atop the soft brew. A steady jet stream of carbonation rose from the center of the glass.

S: Smells floral and spicy, with hints of berry, wood and hop resins. A little zesty and funky yeast makes its way in as well.

T: Initially, this brew tastes like a Belgian abbey ale, sweet and zesty yet dry at first, with strong floral hop and sugary sweet fruit esters. The blackberry is more muted than the raspberry flavors, which are still soft and delicately sweeten the floral hop bitterness of the brew.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and bursting with bubbles.

D: Very, very tasty for a higher ABV fruit beer. The berry combination drinks like pinot noir juice added to a well-crafted Belgian pale ale. Excellent on its own but it also went well with baked salmon in a lemon-tomato reduction. Preferred to the Red & White.

Gambrinus1184, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of drowninginhops
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9.6 oz bottle poured into tankard.

A: Hazy reddish plum in color. Slightly off white head, two finger head that lasted the entire beer and left a well laced glass. Looks very interesting.

S: On opening it I smelled the raspberry then blueberry notes. Smells real not made artificially.

T: Pour was a little off so i dove in to lap the overflowing head i was greeted by an effervescent medially of blueberry and raspberry. Blueberry and raspberry are at the front of the palate with sweet malt rounding out the end.

M: Nice middle ground for this beer not too thick not too thin and well carbonated. Made me crave cheerios which I eat with either blueberry, blackberry or raspberry depending on what I have. So that is a point in its court.

D: Would,d be a great desert beer or you could... nah this is nice anytime. On another note it made em crave Cheerios which I eat with blue, black or raspberries.

drowninginhops, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Dixonian
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison. Poured into a goblet.

Small amount of head that dissapated quickly leaving nothing behind. Delicious berry aroma.
Tastes almost like a lambic only lighter and without the funk. Blueberry comes through strongest especially on the after taste.
Not too heavy-Dogfish are masters of hiding high ABV as well as making one of a kind brews.

I'm not the biggest fan of the mingling of fruit and beer but I very much enjoyed this.

Dixonian, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this Fruit Beer from a bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a blueish/purplish color, produced a thick white head, retention was average and lacing was minimal. The aroma of this ale consisted of malted barley and sour fruit juice. This is a full bodied beer, 10% ABV. - Thankfully, I had the St. Charles Whisker Biscuit to assist me with this. A sweet malted grainy cereal base that gives way to tart fruits (blueberry and black raspberry) - it is actually a nice balance between sweet and tart- The issue I have with many fruit beers is that they are all sweet from start to finish- This ale does a great job to balancing the sweetness from the malted grain with the tartness of the berries. Another note here is how easy to drink this is- This is a big beer but very easy to drink. Don't be ashamed to grab this fruit beer and share this with a friend.

GossageBrewery, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of JLeege
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft- into a snifter

Appearance- Pours an amber/copper color with a creamy white head. Good retention and lace for such a big beer.

Smell- Strong aromas of blueberry and raspberry, very sweet. Slightly bready and earthy, a little Belgian spice from the yeast.

Taste- Follows the aroma well. Strong blueberry and raspberry flavors, tastes natural, you can tell there are no sweeteners added rather fermented sugars from the REAL fruits. There is an earthiness throughout as well. Very sweet, but I do not find this to be cloying. And I am very admit about a graham cracker flavor in this as well. Nice lingering fruit on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium/full body with medium carbonation. ABV’s hid well, for 10%.

Overall- I really like this beer, I like fruit beers in general and this is one of the better ones I have had, especially ringing in at 10%. Slap a New Glarus label on this and I bet it would rate out to an “A-” average at least. Cheers Dogfish, nice job on this one!

JLeege, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of oelergud
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi transparent golden ruby body. Big airy hilly off-white head with a blueish reddish tint. Decent retention and good lace.
Sweet berry and fruity scent with just a hit of spice.
Delicious sweet berry taste with a balancing hop presence. Both complex and simple. A familiar comforting vegetable garden taste.
Medium to full body, decent coating.
Great drinkability, very delicious, this is a brew to drink cold, warmth kills this brew and this may have been what was going on with the lower reviews this beer has received, I dont know but that was my impression.

-Oelergud

oelergud, May 12, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PopeDX and StoutHearted for the chance to check this one out!

Didn't have any reservations to try a new DFH creation and this one was built to spill. Usually these types of Fruit Beers send the true brew dudes a-runnin' but once again DFH prooves to be king of the hill and I don't know how. This viscous liquid was just a deluge of raspberry maple syrup over pancakes in a tulip glass...period. Delicious nose that matched the flavor aspect every sip of the way. And NO DFH doesn't pay me to be so resolute in my findings but Lordy-Lawd how nice if they did!

In conclussion my fellow Americans, Black & Blue will infuse you with the zest to put up aforementioned bundting on your porch and Vote for Sam!

blitheringidiot, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of blackberry and blueberry with a bit of pale malt and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with some blackberry and blueberry sweetness with some pale malt. Through the middle, some lightly bready malt comes through with some light yeast flavors. The finish is a mix of blackberry and blueberry with some pale malt and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very fruit forward, but the overall beer is really nice and interesting. I like the balance.

ngeunit1, May 26, 2012
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent beer from DH. I poured this into a belgian glass because of the Belgian strong ale style description on the website instead of the recom from BA as a fruit beer. It's really a Belgian ale and should be treated as such, including let it warm up a bit, instead of a fruit beer because it's different from most fruit beers you've tasted.

Starts with a raspberry read color with black, copper, and gold highlights through the beer. Very unique. The head pour barely off white with amazingly tight bubbles that linger a bit before falling to a film that covers the top of the glass. The nose is yeasty and pungent but in a good way. Not much fruit until you taste it and the Black and Blue come out strong but balance with the malt and yeasty taste underneath. As mentioned above, it's taste is unique and blend the oft-not-well-done-in-beer blueberry with the blackberry mitagates the overwhelming of the beer plus the Belgian characteristics are strong enough to balance the two. Doesn't taste hot, but sure glad I was at home talking to the wife when the 11% kicked in--just finished and hoping there's not too many typos in this review.

Another interesting and well done beer by DH. Can't say much more than that except cheers.

FightingEntropy, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle dated December of 2009. It poured a light amber with good reddish tint in the light. The head was slight and cream colored. The smell was amazing. It wreaked of raspberries, perhaps blackberries and was both sweet and tart. The taste was very good but doesn't quite hit the mark that the scent does. It makes you crave the berry accents. The mouthfeel is good as well, it's rather light to medium in body for the style. Its very drinkable. It is delicious and completely hides the alcohol. I love this beer and would greatly recommend it. If only it weren't so expensive but aged bottles are definitely worth it.

aasher, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this bottle w/ a buddy. This is my second time enjoying this unique brew. Pours a purple w/ red hints, not really what you see everyday in a beer, looks great. I can smell blueberries, blackberries, vanilla. Those characterisitics are very noticeable in the taste as well. Pretty malty w/ a tart sweetness. Finishes sharp, well carbonated. Drinkability is good, but since it's borderline cloyingly sweet, it loses a point. The taste will have you coming back for more; alcohol is masked, but it's still dangerously drinkable. Awesome brew!

This definitely isn't your ordinary beer.. but the flavors alone make this very worthy. These are the kind of beers I expect from DFH. Well done, recommended!

BB1313, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of shadow1961
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Black and Blue pours a finger of creamy foam over
a slightly cloudy bright amber brew. Carbonation is steady, and the
nose is vinous and slightly funky (in a good way), with berry notes.
The flavor is... good. A bit of maltiness, a bit of fruitiness, and a long
dry finish with a tiny bite of hop and alcohol. Mouthfeel is clean and
dry. Though the alcohol by volume is a very nice 10%, it is always
in control and only makes itself felt as a pleasant warming sensation.
At no time do the additions of black raspberry and blueberry mentioned
on the label impart a cloying sweetness- rather, they only add to the depth,
complexity, and dryness of this particular brew. This is yet another beer
you can serve to wine lovers- or is it a wine for beer lovers? In the end it
doesn't matter- the only rule that matters is taste, and this one is good.

shadow1961, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of simpliciter
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light reddish copper. thin white head.

S - sweet fruits dominate.

T - very sour --- not a yeast sour, but a fruit acid sour. no real hop character. lightly bubbly mouthfeel finishes with a sour linger. For a fruit beer, this is excellent, hence the 4.5 score.

M - big, but not coating. fits well with the beer.

D - dangerously drinkable in warm weather. gives no hint of the ABV.

simpliciter, May 24, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a fruit beer I must say as with most dogfishes I never know what to expect but it's usally at worst a bit different but drinkable, at best its something incredible challenging our ideas of what beer is, and this beer was fruity, but at the same time it was beer, much like red and white. The coloring is ruby red and redish orange in spots with a white head. Smell is strong of fruit, like an unpasteurized cider The taste is of wheat with a strong finish of black raspberry and blueberry, as strong as it could be without making it taste unbeerlike. It has moderately bubbly feel not unlike sparkling wine. I think I could drink a few of these i they wern't so pricey

hdofu, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this with my friend before we went to Brewtopia.

A: Pours a dark amber body with an off-white head with pretty solid retention. Head dies down later on to leave a nice lacing on top of the beer. Lacing was evident along the sides of the glass throughout the beer.

S: Smelled of sweet berries. Hints of raspberries with the tartness of Blueberries and Blackberries.

T: Taste was very similar to the smell. String blueberry and blackberry tartness with hints of a raspberry sweetness to balance. The strong berry taste did well to hide the high alcohol in the berry. The aftertaste was slightly flat and tasteless, but the initial taste is very strong with the berry notes.

M: Decent mouthfeel; a little on the thin side, but crisp.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. More like drinking juice than drinking beer, I'd say. has the consistency and mouthfeel of a brew, but the berry taste does well to make this beery easy to drink and hard to put down. Excellent!

maddogruss, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to an imperial pint glass. Had a reddish color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy/creamy, long-lasting head (more than what you normally find with fruit/vegetable beers). Very good lacing.

S: A strong, sweet aroma of fruit and malt.

T: The blueberries and raspberries make a very strong impression, but there is also a trace of light malt. A vibrant, fruity flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation with a smooth finish. Surprisingly not slick. Light-bodied.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of fruit/vegetable beers, but this one is very well made and extremely drinkable.

avalon07, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red-copper. Thin head disappates quickly. Little lace
S- The berries come through pretty well. A good bit more blueberry than blackberry is the first thing I notice. There is a bit of like a wheat note to it. Upon investigation apparently the base beer is a Belgian Golden, but it really has some witbier characterstics on the nose.
T- Syrupy berries, again more blueberries than black, though black comes through as well. Not too complex, but on the scale of fruit beers this a tasty one.
M- Sticky, low carbonation.
O- This is a good beer, and one I think a lot of wine drinkers might enjoy. I wouldn't call it complex by any means, and the Belgian golden base didn't really show up for me, but I think this is a pretty good example of what a fruit beer can be.

jsprain1, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of jester5120
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH snifter

A- Poured nice bronze color with a slight purple hugh. creamy white head about an inch thick quickly disapeared.

S- sweet smell of fresh berries. very tiny hint of citrus to it as well

T- strong berry flavor with some sourness coming from the yeast. The citrus in the smell carries through in the taste. Very little bite from the alcohol considering this beer is 10%

M- Medium mouthfeel. maybe on the full bodied side if anything.

O- a bit of a surprise. I didn't expect the sweetness without the alcohol bite. Very smooth well balanced beer

jester5120, May 26, 2011
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.