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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 103
Gots: 191 | FT: 7
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ggaughan on 08-23-2006

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
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

This beer was cracked open in celebration of catching a cold the night before Halloween and mixing pseudo-amphetamine derivatives with alcohol. I'm such a sucker for big bottles of DFH. The bottle will be paired with a broccoflower and penne al dente dish and given its alleged wine-like qualities I think it will be quite refreshing and summery.

Appearance:
Blood orange to ruby red in the light. There isn't much of a head that forms, however an initial white head of about a centimeter's width did form while pouring. The light also reveals a tremendous amount of particulate matter diffused within the beer with no settling time in sight. This is exciting; I am much more a fan of living/non-filtered beers. Ample carbonation rises through the particles to give the beer some fair lacing down the glass.

Smell:
Incredible floral sweetness followed by a pungent stinging alcohol. I would certainly know at this point that fruits were added to this beer. I am also sensing a competing yeast smell that gives me hope that beer does actually exist within this beer.

Taste:
It's pretty good. The first comparison I make is to a tart fruit wine, but it also makes for an almost balanced beer, a little bit top heavy with the "black and blue" additives. Smooth for casual drinking or sipping. Complex, sweet, tart, and a decent ale underneath it all. I would treat this beer as more of a wine (not a barely wine) than a beer, but I give respect to something that pushes limits of its own being.

Mouthfeel:
Sip-able and smooth. The beer is good at colder temperatures, but you could also drink it warmed up. Strong on the fruit with an even stronger ABV hiding up its sleeve. I like how this beer presents itself and would say it's got more going on than most "average" beers do.

Drinkability:
I like this beer (even though it's hard to call it an actual beer) and find it quite drinkable. I would have preferred this beer on a warm summer night, but such is life when living so close to Canada. I am always game for a DHF 750mL and gain tremendous happiness from sharing it with people that matter, so I would suggest the same to you.

Cheers.

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

A beautiful rose-colored beer with a light, fizzy pink head that reduces to a thin layer of foam.

It smells sweetly of grapes and berries with a hint of wine-like dryness.

The taste is light and tart with plenty of grape flavors mixed in. It has very little malt qualities, instead leaning to fruity flavors. But these flavors are subdued. This isn't like soda.

The body is crisp and light. The sparkling carbonation also adds to the lightness.

Overall this is a neat experiment and an excellent beer to get wine drinkers interested. It has a lot of champagne qualities, from the fizziness to the wine-like flavors.

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

2008 Bottle aged about 8 months in a temperature controlled wine cellar.

A: This one pours a murky reddish brow with orange highlights near the base of a tulip and a purplish hue elsewhere. Nice tight foamy off-white head with OK retention, leaving dots and legs of lacing as it seeps to a ring.

S: Sweet ripe blueberries, tart blackberries, belgian yeast, and a hint of sourness.

T: Sweet and tangy malts up front, followed by some slightly tart berries, and then contrast by a spicy yeasty finish. Alcohol is noticeable but fairly well blended into the various flavors.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied, almost syrupy, but more slippery with mild carbonation.

D: I buy about a half dozen Black & Blues every year and always look forward to them. I haven't found anything else like it. A good bottle to split with a friend or loved one.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy reddish purpleish blueish color with little head and no lacing. All I can really smell is berries. The taste is of sweet berries and a little brown sugar, and a slight bit of alcohol. I was surprised for barley being able to taste the alcohol since this is a 10% brew. The mouthfeel is good and its a drinkable beer. I made some girls who hate beer and only drink wine try it and they thought it was pretty good, as do I. Defnitely a solid beer from Dogfish head.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
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