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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 82
Gots: 172 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Note* My bottle say's 10%abv and not 11% as noted here.

Poured a lovely medium copper colour, slightly cloudy, with a slightly off-white head. This actually poured a little lighter than I was thinking it was going to be. Smell is definitely fruity with the raspberry seeming to be more assertive than the blueberry. Taste is berries with a moderate amount of sourness and some detectable alcohol, but I certainly wouldn't have guessed the abv to be as high as it is. Mouthfeel is also very light considering the style and abv; well carbonated being neither too assertive nor too light. Very drinkable, all things considered. I am pleased with it.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,403 ratings.