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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,431
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 92
Gots: 182 | 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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A: Cloudy red/orange. Medium head, medium lacing

S: Blackberry, blueberry and other notes of dark fruits. Some malty scent and some alcohol present in the aroma. Smells like a great fruit beer, nothing special though

T: Immediately tastes like a white zinfindel. Notes of blackberry, raspberry and blueberries are present but not very strong. Definitely on the malty side, and the maltiness is nice with the fruit aroma. The alcohol taste is masked by the fruitiness. Still, nothing particularly special

M: Bitter fruits, malty mouthfeel, light on the hops, well balanced in general, and not a very penetrating flavor

D: Drink it like wine.

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Appearance: Dark reddish orange with a nice off white head that may have a tint of red in it. Bit of lacing as you go.

Smell: Sour raspberry and malt with a bit of vanilla and maybe a bit of oak.

Taste: Sour raspberry up front gives way to a malt flavor with a hint of blueberry. The vanilla and oak from the nose are present in the aftertaste. The sour flavors linger throught the sip.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness and medium carbonation. Taste of nice sweet and sour fruits linger after the swallow.

Drinkability: Very good fruit beer, with nice bit of complexity and sweetness. High ABV could be daunting to some. My main worry about this beer is the $14 price tag. Would buy again, but not for that price.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.