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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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516 Reviews
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Reviews: 516
Hads: 1,568
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 113
Gots: 251 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 516 | Hads: 1,568
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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! (718 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (1,252 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber to a snifter

Pour is ruby red with 2 fingers of thick white foam. Foam fades quickly with tight lace. Medium carbonation

Smell is all berries. Blackberry and blueberry mostly. Smell is almost like grandmas preserves! Very nice!

Taste follows nose well. All fruit with little bitterness. Very tart like tart cherries and blackberries. Nice complement to the nose of the beer.

Feel is nice and light. Surprising for the high abv. No boozyness at all to the taste. Very smooth and refreshing. Absolutely brilliant for a strong beer. Feel might be the best part of this beer.

Overall this is great. No surprise dogfish hits another home run. (660 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. It's got an amber color that is quite cloudy. It has a nice head that sticks around for a bit and has a slight purple tint to it. Very unique. You can smell the hints of black & blue berries which is quite nice.

It's got a sharp taste of fruit, it reminds me almost of a fruity wine. The alcohol is very warming but not over powering at all.

I got this is in a 1pt 9.6oz bottle, a great bottle to sip on throughout the night. Overall another great Dogfish Head brew! (491 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was really expecting to be blow away by this; and again high expectations do not yield the greatest results. This is not a bad beer by any means. But it certainly is not great. Pours a deep amber with a red/orange hint. The head sticks around for a little bit. The aroma is more of blackberries than blueberries. It's got a very tart taste which certainly lingers for some time. It feels tingly and champagne like. Would I buy it again? No. Is it a must try? Not really - unless you want to try all that Dogfish Head has to offer. It's alright, but not worth the $15. (570 characters)

Photo of jester5120
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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 (571 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of simpliciter
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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 (672 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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! (980 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was two weeks shy of a year old when sampled.

A - Two fingers of white head with a slight pink tinge on a clear, reddish orange body. Decent head retention, but not much lace.

S - Malty and slightly sour with notes of currants and some spicy yeast aromas. A little bit of vanilla as well.

T - Sweet and malty up front with some warm alcohol notes. Boozy, fruity notes follow with a vanilla character that nicely compliments the berries, as well as spicy yeast notes of clove and cinnamon. An assertive acidity balances the fruit in the finish along with a good dose of hop bitterness that lasts well into the dry, vinous finish.

M - Thick, slightly syrupy body, with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - This is an unusually nice fruit beer, in that it has a great deal of fruit character but balances the berry character with just the right amount of acidity to avoid becoming cloyingly sweet. While this beer has some distinct alcohol notes, they have become quite mellow and never lead one to suspect that the alcohol content is as high as it is. Overall a very pleasant beer that is very drinkable, considering its wine like strength.

This would be an excellent dessert beer and I suspect that it would be able to stand up to an even longer cellaring. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Served in a snifter glass. Light amber in color. Bubbly.

S. A very interesting nose! Berries and hops and some other sweet elements sifting in the background.

T. Ultra sweet and the berry flavor overpowers the hops.

M. Light and takes a few sips to coat the palate. Very sweet aftertaste.

D. Very good session beer, but I would rather have something else for extended periods of drinking. (396 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from 750 ml bottle into goblet.

A - Beer is murky and a dark amber color with maybe a hint of purple. When held up to the light it appears more like medium orange color with some pink highlights. Tiny carbonation bubbles continuously rise though it. The off-white head is a thin but complete layer of tiny bubbles and it leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is light and inviting, consisting of malt, alcohol and fruit. The fruit aroma gives the impression of fresh berries, rather than yeast notes. It is hard to put my finger on the type of berry, but I would guess raspberries.

T - Like the aroma, the taste is subtle but is focused on fruit. Malt and alcohol are in the taste profile, but they are in the background with sweet berry fruit in the fore. The fruit flavor reminds me of a framboise limbic, but I don't get any sour notes from this beer. I get just a hint of nutty or grainy malt flavor later in the sip. No hops apparent. Very nice.

M - The body seems a little thin to me, although the lack of a cloying or mouthcoating feel does make the beer seem more drinkable despite its apparent sweetness. Carbonation and alcohol do not really contribute to the mouthfeel.

D - This beer is very approachable and drinkable. It has nice fresh fruit aroma and flavor but has enough complexity and beer notes to avoid seeming like fruit juice or a wine cooler. (1,388 characters)

Photo of Cord018
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a bottle I aged in my basement for a year. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A- Light amber color, thin head

S- black raspberry, blueberries. The smell is inviting and delicious! Really gets your attention.

T- I first tried this beer a year ago and liked it alot. Bought a newer bottle to compare it with as well. It ages well! New you pick up on the blueberry, black raspberry/blackberry flavor but there is also a sour, acidic taste as well. Aged the acidity fades away and the fruit flavors meld with the malty backbone very well. It does have a more boozy flavor but very smooth and drinkable.

M- medium body, smoother when aged.

O- I like this beer. This is a very enjoyable beer for people that like blueberry beer since this has actually blueberries and blackberries in it. Love the smell of it and how the flavors meld together. This ages very well, extremely happy with it after keeping it in my basement for a year (954 characters)

Photo of prg1976
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, reddish/purplish amber coloring. White to maybe slight pink head, leaves some slight lacing.

Smells like a red wine almost. Alcohol and berries.

Tastes very good. Fruity, but not overboard. The malts are there for support, and just a touch of alcohol in the background. Tart and a little spicy, like a belgian.

Not overly carbonated, the mouthfeel is good, maybe a little lingering alcohol taste.

Overall, very drinkable. I'm a little surprised at how much I like it. I thought it would be a "one and done", but I think I'll get this one again. (554 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

large capped Belgian style bottle, bottling date etched onto bottle, nice/fresh beer is good. Pours a great looking ruby/berry color with a raspberry tinged head, leaves some spotty lacing upon a moderate swirl. Fruity, lightly sugary nose. This one is sweet and fruity, as expected, berries, jam up front. Light, summery brew, would be nice as an apperatif or with a warm weather lunch/dessert. Champagne with a strawberry in it like qualities. When judged as a dessert beer, I think this one would at the top of the charts. Nice creation, crafted with skill and care from DFH. (578 characters)

Photo of dbexpert
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. golden amber color with good carbonation(tight, fine, bubbles), can't explain why but swear their is a blue tinge running through the amber

S. A subtle sweet malt nose carrying the essences of black raspberry and blueberry, and just enough hop to give the aroma a balance

T. Solid malt structure quickly balanced by subtle hops allow the fruits to play on the palate, First blueberry, then the raspberry/black raspberry notes following. The finish is persistent and pleasant

M. Sweet malt with berry, balanced by slight acidity keeping the finish crisp

D. Obviously availibility and price dictate the amount you can purchase but definitly drinkable, the 10% abv comes across as subtle.

Definitly worth finding and purchasing!!!
Those who don't like fruited beer stay away!! (781 characters)

Photo of cvfish
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a purplish amber color that produced a small, fluffy, pinkish head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were great, subtle maltiness, a great mixture of berries, and yeast to finish

T - The taste of this beer had great mixture of sugary malts, tart rasberries, blueberries, and yeasty finish, along with scent

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a syrupy medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very drinkable beer, I like how Dogfish Head incorporated the fruit into the beer, instead of throwing a bunch of fruit into the beer and drowning out that beer quality (675 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at champs in State College, PA - poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with a generous white head.

S: Fruits and berries, blackberry, blueberry, and maybe a hint of sour cherry. Mild spicyness as well... cloves and cinnamon.

T/F: Tastes very much the way it smells. Fruity and refreshing. Not too sweet with a slight tartness at the finish reminding me of cherry (although the dominant flavors are definitely blueberry and blackberry). Very smooth and moderately carbonated.

O: I don't usually go in for the fruit beers but since it was Dogfish head I gave it a go and was not disappointed. Very refreshing and crisp, and great to drink as we're entering the summer months. I'd have it again. (741 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours cloudy reddish amber under a 1” finely bubbled off white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass through the whole drink.
S: More blackberry on the nose than blueberries, spice, and fruit.
T: The blackberries and blue berries taste like real berries and not like a syrup. The blackberries come out up front and the blueberries come out more on the finish. The fruity funky Belgian yeast flavors are a little off on their own like that out of place person at a party – sometimes they connect and sometimes they don’t. There is a little grape or white wine thing going on as well. A light bitter hop accent provides some balance to the sweetness of the beer.
M: A big beer with a luscious, creamy body and slightly above average but very soft carbonation.
O: This is a sipping beer – it’s a touch to sweet to drink a lot of. It has a lot of interesting elements but they do not always come together. (929 characters)

Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a redish tinted amber color with a tight white head. Wonderful aromas of dark berries and some mild floral hops. Smooth and creamy taste of rich yet mild blackberries and blueberries. Hops and malt make a well enough presence so that the beer is not too sweet. Well balanced and very drinkable for the ABV. Recommended. (326 characters)

Photo of b3shine
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to snifter. Beer looks good. Not that I'm sure what it should look like, but it had the depth representative of black and blue berries, so it's gotta be labeled "good" at minimum. The bouquet was also good; the fruit was well-represented. Taste was excellent. The flavors poured through nicely. Mouthfeel was good; definitely a sipper. Overall, a good beer that I'll definitely be ordering again. (402 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.6 oz bottle poured into a large DFH snifter. It is a light red color, translucent with a fizzy inch or so of head. Smell is very acidic with a wine-like berry presence. Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are all very prevalent in the smell. Taste is a sour/tart blend of berries, with an emphasis on blackberries and raspberries. Mouthfeel is very acidic and fizzy. Alcohol is present but hidden fairly well. (419 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red with two-finger, creamy, foamy, white head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Big whiff of black rasberry. Subtle notes of alcohol.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Tart berries and a hint of orange. Has a cider like quality to it. Really good.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly astringent.

O: I am usually not a huge fan of fruit ales, but this was pretty good. Even better if you like berries. The flavors were not at all overpowering. Nice to sip. (578 characters)

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.