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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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517 Reviews
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Reviews: 517
Hads: 1,572
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 114
Gots: 252 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews: 517 | Hads: 1,572
Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy caramel-apricot in color. Head is modest and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is sweet and amazingly fruity with black and blue berries.

Taste is Initially sweet, and then very tart. A good bit of caramel malt. Mildly earthy, and nutty with a spicy yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Interesting, and certainly worth a try. Nice blend of Belgian yeastyness and tart fruitiness. Plenty of candy sugar sweetness to conceal the high ABV. (455 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color, which is that of raspberries and blueberries. Nice hue. Thick two-finger head that fades down a bit.

Aroma is full of raspberry and blueberry in the nose with a bit of tartness peeking out.

Taste is smooth and tart with raspberry and blueberry on the tongue. The flavors don't linger long though. What feels like wheat shows up in the middle.

Mouthfeel is not too sweet nor tart. Finishes kind of dry too. Alcohol is well-hidden. Easy to drink.

A very nice beer that doesn't go overboard on the fruit. A sipper but the alcohol is so well-hidden, you should step back and savor it anyway. (618 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy amber with a thick cream colored head that thins out and leaves some good lacing

S-black raspberries and blue berries are faint but evident. it smells like a very sweet and juicy black raspberry/blue berry muffin. as the head thins, the aroma really comes out. smells quite tasty.

T-wow, i've had this before, but i absolutely do not remember loving it this much. it comes in tasting like black raspberry and blue berry yogurt and has a long matching after-taste. with the after-taste i'm also detecting a bit of nice belgian spice. the flavors seem to be of high quality. there are no negative tastes. this is a great and tasty beer.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dryer finish.

O-i had this a very long time ago, and in my memory it was a miss of a beer. maybe my taste buds have matured, but wow i'm loving this. i wish it weren't so expensive because i could buy a case of this and drink it. this bottle might not be for sharing because it goes down so easily, especially considering the ABV. this is extremely good and definitely quaffable. (1,062 characters)

Photo of bravesandbeer
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved the Black & Blue from Dogfish Head!

This is late in the season to be having a fruit beer, but I found a 2010 bottle at a local beer store and had to have it! It tastes just like it smells which is great since it smells wonderful! Of course I am having it in from the 750mL bottle in a snifter. to be 10% it sure is hidden well, but most of that probably comes from age. if you like fruit beers this has to be a target of yours, it is a wonderful treat! (461 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 12/4/12

Bottled in 2012B

The appearance of the beer is a sharp copper and rust with a two and a half finger head of fluffy, rose-hinted foam. The head dissipates slowly, leaving webs of lace along the way. Wispy retention and good lace overall.

The aroma has an abundance of the black raspberry; a lot more that the blueberry puree. I don't know if it's the fact that this has black raspberry instead of red raspberry, but this has a cleaner, more natural raspberry aroma than most beers I've come across that use the fruit. As it warms and opens up, blueberry adds a modest layer and the raspberry seems jammy in view of the dusty and toasted grains.

The flavor is a more compact representation of the aroma. It packs a fair amount of flavor, but it's more focused and less inclined to wander. Raspberry is at the fore, but is starts right off with a jam note, though it isn't nearly as sugary as I'd expect from a DFH beer of 10% abv. The grain center is well-proportioned with the fruit additions. Blueberry has a bit more at state here, mostly on the finish. Again, I'm shocked at how sweet this is not.

While the sweetness isn't out of control, this critter does not want for sugar. That said, the sugars inform the feel more than the flavor. The body is a heavy medium with some sticky sugars. Hints of alcohol are woven in as well, though it is impressive that this isn't overly boozy either. Carbonation is appropriately balanced with the body.

This is the first time trying this beer; this is a good thing because I likely would have spent a lot of money on it over the past several years. (1,638 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orangish pink color like a late day sunnyset. There is a two finger soapy white head whiches recedes to skim and leaves some lacing on the sides. Very nice long very inviting. The aroma is of sweet blueberries and blackberries with a hint of graininess. The smell is very inviting. Not a complex smell but a very good smell. The taste follows the nose exactly. A big blueberry and blackberry taste with a hint of malt to balance out the flavors. Sweet and smooth taste very good, very nice. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation and is slightly dry, kinda wine like. Overall it is a very good beer, nice taste for a fruit beer, upper ratings there, but the smell is very nice. This is a beer I would seek out again and again. (750 characters)

Photo of tubdog13
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bomber into a large wine glass, bottle was from 08, but I know it's been in the fridge at the store I got it at since then...onto the review

with a slow pour this produced no head with light white bubbles around the edge. Slow carbonation with a nice cloudy ice tea color. Stuffed my nose into the glass and smells of light malt filled my nose. First sip produced a nice and smooth malt taste, couldn't find the berries I was waiting for so I let it sit for awhile to let it come to tempature, after that I picked up nice berrie taste to go with the malt. It left my mouth a little dry, but not to much that I thougt I should get water. Being 10-11% abv this was going down smooth, will really try to pick up another one of these and try to make it to dfh to try it on tap. Another great selection from the brewers at dfh, applause, applause (853 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750.

A- Much darker than expected, a rich copper color. Minimal, but active head. Fizzy Fizzy.

S- Smells like juice. Rich berry fruit emanates, which makes sense.

T- Very very nice. The fruit sweetness and tartness are very well represented, and the playful exchange back and forth completely masks the alcohol. Amazing, well-balanced.

M- More like carbonated fruit juice than beer. Still, tasty and a delight to sip.

D- Very high, considering the alcohol content. This stuff is a joy to drink. I'm loving DFH 750s more and more. (549 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this guy at the DFH brewery in DE. Poured a color I can't really explain. Depending on how it was held up to the light, it was red, orange, gold, brown or even pink. The foamy white head was small and left little lacing on the glass.
The smell was extrememly complex; sour cherry, vanilla, honey come out first and then caramel malts and dark frutits as it warms. Excellent.
Sweet and sour fruits cominate the taste, but caramel malts creep slowly in, along with alcohol, honey, and even some wood.
There isn't much initial 'bite' in the MF, but rather a mild sweetness fades to something alittle more bitter. The feel ends up pleasantly sweet and smooth.
Although it is masked relatively well, the ABV does make this a sipping beer. Still a great and interesting berw; things I have come to expect and enjoy from DFH. (825 characters)

Photo of jayrod20
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color was very impressive, a gorgeous red amber topped with an inch of head. It produced a nice cherry wood smell that could be compared to watered down Capri Sun. The taste was fruity without being sweet. It had a surprisingly light mouthfeel, but the alcohol makes its presence known later. I found it enjoyable, but like other Dogfish Heads, you don't want to take its deceptive lightness for granted- they pack a powerful punch. Each gulp was very airy as it went down and came with a punch of alcohol. (510 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night. Yet another impressive "extreme" beer from Sam C.

The beer pours an amber brown color, with very good head retention and nice lacing. The nose is pretty closed, though I get a hint of ginger and malt. The beer has a very nice rich mouthfeel, with flavors of honey, butter and melon. There is a soft creaminess on the palate, and the beer has a smooth, lingering finish. The abv. is really well disguised in this beer. Knowing Sam, I figured it would be up there, but this does not taste like a beer with an 11% abv. Absolute amazing. Another winner from DFH. (603 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A dark but bright red, almost a deep orange. Lots of sediment floating around underneath a bright white, nearly pink, silky head. Excellent retention. AS soon as I popped the cap, I was hit with an aroma of blueberries. Raspberries are there for sure as well. Definitely light and fruity on the nose, very pleasant. Touch of grain in the background.

Full of flavor, pretty much as always with DFH. There is a hint of blueberries that gives way to a tangy raspberry taste directly afterwards, only to come back to a sweetness in the end that combines with a warming boozy flavor. At 10%, its noticeable but not distracting, almost as an afterthought. There is a slight bitterness in the back of the mouth, detectable mainly after the swallow that is reminiscent of some light floral hops. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, but spritzy and crisp where it needs to be, and slightly boozy in the finish. Pretty excellent.

Overall this is a really enjoyable drink. I'm not usually very big on sweeter beers like this, but this had just enough balance to not be cloying, even after a whole bottle. I would say that this would be an excellent dessert beer shared after a nice family dinner where everybody could sip on it. It is pretty delicious. (1,239 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 750 mL bottle to wine glass. Bottled in 2010.

A: Pours wwith a 1 1/2 finger sudsy and creamy off white head. The medium dark cranberry colored body is brilliantly clear and sparkling with crimson in front of light. Really gorgeous color. Lacing is spotty.

S & T: Light malts of cereal and straw. The hops are indistinguisable for me since the black and blueberry aroma and flavor is abundant. The yeast contribution marries incredibly well with the fruit. Additional flavors of raspberry, white grape and green apple. Above average sweetness but no where near being dangerously sweet, which I appreciate greatly. Absolutely no alcohol is noticeable on the nose, palate or in the mouthfeel. This is possibly the best-concealed 10% brew out there. Seriously, I'd give this beer to a 6 month old child.

M: Medium-light body and semi thin with a super fine lively and fizzy carbonation. Semi tart and lightly astringent.

D: I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed Black & Blue. It is very palatable, not something for constant imbibement, of course, but it has it's time and place. Would be a good beer for wine heads. (1,119 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an orangey-copper color from the bottle with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and then a big berry aroma with a kick of alcohol at the end.
T: Has a nice solid toasted malt base with a really nice, almost winelike, berry flavor: Blueberries and Blackberries of course. The alcohol is certainly present in the taste which makes it even more of a wine-like beer.
M: Very rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Not very drinkable for the style, but since DFH is hardly one to fit a style, this is a very drinkable beer even with the amount of alcohol. (656 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A - Red with a haze and particles floating throughout. A thick head with a reddish tint.

S - Fruity and sweet. A bit like a Flemish red but not as tart.

T - Slightly sweet with a mild sourness / tartness and some alcohol presence. I love Flemish reds ands this has a hint of that but also adds a sweetness to balance that aspect. I liked this beer more and more as it went on.

M - Good consistency with a moderate carbonation.

D - Good, smooth and easy to drink.

I've loved DFH for some time now but I've hesitated to try their more creative brews. This was a step in that direction. And while I prefer hops to anything else, they really show some depth in their beers. (736 characters)

Photo of schoolcb
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample last night at the brewpub in Rehoboth. I'm normally not a fan of fruit beers but had to try this one. WOW. Belgian Strong with blackberries and blueberries. Berries very noticeable in the aroma/flavor, but I don't know if I didn't know what they were that I would have been able to tell. Very well balanced between maltiness and fruit flavor. Don't think I could drink a full pint, but this is a perfectly executed fruit beer. (439 characters)

Photo of StoutHearted
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color was very impressive, a gorgeous red amber topped with an inch of head. It produced a nice cherry wood smell that could be compared to watered -down Kool-Aid (if I were very cynical.) The taste was fruity without being sweet. It had a surprisingly light mouthfeel, but the alcohol makes its presence known later. I found it enjoyable, but like other Dogfish Heads, you don't want to take its deceptive lightness for granted- they pack a powerful punch. Each gulp was very airy as it went down, yet grants a buzz. (521 characters)

Photo of mt24turner
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- nice pretty red hue

smell- not much aroma to this beer, slight blackberry and malt sweetness

taste- nice malt sweetness and beligiany funkyness and complexity, somewhat winelike acidity ,finishes tart with lingering berry flavors, alcohol is perfectly hidden beware.

mouthfeel- medium-full mouthfeel

overall- definately a great beer, and unlike many dogfish specialties i will definately consider buying it again (429 characters)

Photo of Wilshade
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Style Golden Ale
ABV: 10%
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: A beautiful translucent amber with a thick, creamy, off white head with substantial staying power. (Yes, I was careful with my pour.) Very active effervescence in the head and body.

Smell: Berries and more berries. Very pleasant.

Taste: Definitely tasting the berries with some floral hints. Very flavorful and surprisingly well balanced. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Tingly on the tongue, but smooth on the whole palette.

Overall: Pretty beer with a nice bouquet and a distinct berry taste. High ABV is very well hidden. . (605 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Previously sampled in bottle, which came across as very muted without much standout charachter. This draft version was exactly what i was hoping for.

Pours a clean and clear coppery gold color, small cap of white head, lingers and leaves a touch of lacing. Scent is dominated by the promised notes of blueberry and blackberry, faint notes of alcohol follow with a moderate amount of grahmn cracker sweetness. Taste again is fruit forward, especially at serving temp. Blueberry is at the front with a light tartness, blackberry and faint hints of concentrated grape juice. Slightly cloying by time the 10oz is over. A grahmn crackery sweetness seems to intensify as the drink warms, a little spice comes out as well. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate, lightly dry. Overall i prefered this to the bottle, the fruit stood out more, even though the beer felt more one dimensional. (911 characters)

Photo of BabyBastard
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in '09, pours a great dark brown and a bit tan. Very nice looking. Looks comparable to a dark Belgian strong ale. Not much head to start off with, sparse lacing throughout and nice cascading bubble abound. Did I mention this was nice looking? Surely whets the appetite. This seems to have a slight blue tinge to it, though I may be crazy.

Smell from the bottle seems to be strong berries. Has a great scent of malt and an odd fruitiness. Also smells hotly of alcohol, though my perception may be a bit off.

This tastes like a great, dark Belgian with very obvious overtones of blue berries. Has a strong malt backbone, but the dark fruit is what grabs the taste buds. Comes off slightly sweet as well.

This has very high carbonation, much like a German wheat beer or the like. Feels tingly and alive on the palate. The alcohol content also warms you greatly while being consumed. Truly a pleasure to drink this beer. One bottle may not be enough. Great drinkability for such a heavy hitter. (1,004 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Black & Blue is a clear, solid golden ale topped with a dense sand colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a super fruity aroma of fresh black raspberries and blueberries. It's a little sweet, a little floral and there's a whiff of light grain. It's medium bodied and lively. The finish is pretty clean and a little astringent. It's a little sweet and fairly bitter. There's a little sourness. It tastes more like fruit wine than fresh fruit. The black raspberry is pretty prominent at the start of the taste. It gets progressively more bitter as the finish approaches. It's mostly juniper and alcohol by the finish. Berries linger in the aftertaste. It has qualities of an old ale, a mead, a melomel and a sahti. It's very unique! It tastes a little boozy, so I wouldn't say this is for chugging, but it's enjoyable, unique and pretty classy. (879 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, deep amber-red with a hint of blue. Thin bubbly white head.

Smell. Blackberry, floral hops and a little caramel and toasty grain. Smells good.

Taste: Sweet blueberries and tart blackberries. Some toasty grain creeps up and finishes pretty nicely with lots of fruit and a little booze.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lively medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice berry flavours with great body and nice level of sweetness for what's going on in this one. Just a little boozy, but it's forgivable ;-) (528 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled In: 2011

A: Pours a very nice dark copper-red color with dark red tinges throughout

S: Smells like ripe berries, specifically blueberries and blackberries. Expected, of course. Not much else aside from the berries, which is nice for a fruit beer

T: Same as the smell, along with a nice peppery alcohol towards the back end that helps to make this not too sweet of a beer. Fairly simplistic, but that’s how fruit beers should be (at least in my opinion)

M: Medium-heavy body with a nice amount of carbonation that washes over the taste buds and cleanses them for the next sip

D/O: Pretty much nothing but fruit throughout this one, which is ideal. Nothing fancy, just a nice mix of berries and beer. Yum (717 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, bottled 2008

A: Deep copper, ruby hued, under a slightly small head. No blue, which was a good surprise. Some OK lace and retention.

S: Smells sweet, fruity, a little bit of blueberry and raspberry comes through, malt backbone is there as well. Could be a little bigger.

T: Very sweet, a little sour, malty, fruity, fruit really comes out in the taste. A bit of warming and drying alcohol. Juicy. Maybe the tad bit too sweet, but I enjoy some sweetness.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, high carbonation, a bit sticky. Pretty good drinkability. A good dessert beer for sure. (588 characters)

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.