Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 93
Gots: 185 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well reviewed beer and generally well received. I tried it at a 'tasting' held by my local LQ (city law limits tastes to one ounce). It was inviting to both myself and my non-beer-drinking wife, and so I got a (750ml) bottle.

I opted for a tulip glass. The beer is a pretty deep red-amber color with a slightly blue tinted white head. It has a very nice head with good lacing. This is a beer with a unique appearance and it is good looking in the extreme.

The nose of this one resembles wine, tangy with complexity and both beer and wine-like smells and just a hint of the berries, which do present themselves more as the ale warms.

When you put it in your mouth is when you notice the berries. It has a distinct and yummy berry flavor, and no over-sweetness, it is actually dry. There is tangy, sweet, some grassy tastes and berries of both present varieties (blueberries and black raspberries). Aftertaste is a lingering wine-like dryness that is truly amazing in and of itself.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of full and the carbonation is high with many, tiny bubbles. The finish is the aforementioned wine-dryness. This is a pleasant presentation overall and something worth savoring.

Drinkability is surprisingly high for a 11% beer and in many ways this truly resembles a wine more than a beer.

I will say this, get some.

Slainte!

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Kakaraht
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy reddish color, kinda like the inside of a blueberry. Medium head with nice lacing

S: Nice berry aroma with a hint of Belgian yeast.

T: Very subtle very smooth. The berry's blend very nicely into a sour saison like beer with warm sweet earthy notes and tart berry finish. I really like the smoothness of the flavors.

M: Medium carbonation and mouth feel,the flavors lingers nicely.

D: This is always a repeat beer for me, i find it perfect for sipping while sitting around a nice big campfire.

Photo of melloashello
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sipping on my second glass of this fine beer as I write this review. Let me just say, this beer is excellent. The pour was amazing, it just shines with beautiful color and the aroma is incredible. I'll be honest, after I finish this glass, I shall pour another and maybe another. The drinkability is out of this world. I love this beer. Another awesome job from Dogfish.

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4.6/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am a huge fan of Dogfish Head, I truly enjoy the innovation of Mr. Calagione. After drinking the stellar Red and White a few times, I was extremly excited to see this brew.
Pours out a murky burnt-orange, reddish tones in there, lightish amber. A gorgeous foamy pinkish colored crowm caps this effervescent glass of Rose'.
Smells of blueberry, raspberries, oaks, a nice funky Belgian yeastiness meshes in all the fruitiness. Red grapes, grassy herbal notes, white raisins, spiced cherries follow. This really is great on the aromatics, reminds me a bit of a Lambic, with a bit less tartness, but the subdued fruit-Belgian yeast interplay is quite enjoyable.

Flavor is simply great. I could list twelve dumb adjectives instead, but this simply is some really good brew. Think Framboise, or a Rose' wine, or the Lambic note comes back to mind. Raspberries, blueberry, white grapes, vanilla, sweet white raisins, white chocolate, angel food, red grapes, Anjou pears, honey, nice pale maltiness. A cherry smoky oaked flavor comes through all married with a fantastic Belgian creamy-funky yeast strain that takes a really well crafted beer to an entirely different level.

Drinkablity is decent, limited by the lack of avaliability and the price of this brew.
Alone, a great, conteplative sipper. But this beer really has some serious power when it comes to pairing. It would be a knockout paired with a arugula salad with goat cheese and a fig compote, or cut beautifully through the creaminess of buttery scallops. I imagine the tartness would marry well with a foie gras appetizer with a blueberry gastrique.
Mr. Calagione has yet again crushed the boundries between beer and wine and created a beautifully harmonious brew with qualities of each. Live, vibrant fruity qualities meets wild musty yeasty balance. Who else is doing something this innovative. I must score high for this great brew, can't wait to cook with this one.

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4.64/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Broke out a bottle with bottled on date of 2010. Poured into a large tulip glass.

Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with orange highlights. Small lacing on the top with a little lacing. Can see some sediment floating around but that's expected give the bottled on date.

Smells very pleasing. Just like a fruity wine would produce nice aromatics, this one delivers in the same vein. I get the berries but a good dose of orange & coriander. Also some jelly/jam and strawberries. Some alcohol notes in the nose, but well under control.

T: A heavy dose of orange, berry fruit, some lemon, and a red wine like presence. It's a little hard to straight pick out the black & blue berries as neither completely dominate the flavor (or aroma) profile. Has some nice hop bitterness at the tail end, but hop character is unnoticeable.

M: Feels about medium. It has a really nice thirst quenching quality to it. Would be great on a hot summer day.

O: This one is really hard to nail down as it takes on the wine -esque attributes while still maintaining the craft beer style. Almost seems like a red-wine sangria. Seriously.

I'm really impressed with what this is. This one blows away barriers as to what to expect of craft beer. I know this has been out there for some time and I'm pretty sure I've tried it before as I've had most DFH offerings being in Philly. Not sure if the age has anything to do with it, but I really am enjoying this. Wow! A great beer.

Photo of VMWhelan
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Pours a reddish orange with a thick white frothy head. Head has shades of orange as well. Great lacing.

Nose is mostly the fruit (blueberries and raspberries) on top of some malt. Smells tart but sweet with some caramel and yeast notes.

Taste is again dominated by the fruit. Hits tart at first and the malt and some bready/yeastyness comes through after, almost reminiscent of a warm blueberry muffin. Some booziness in this one but its not overpowering, as it mixes with the tartiness very well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is medium-high. Slightly dry.

Drinkability is high. There's a good amount of booze in this one, but its very enjoyable and goes down easy. Not hard to kill the 750mL alone, but at 10%abv, you need to be careful.

Photo of jbriggs7036
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Surprised by how much I liked this beer. Made me rethink Dogfish Head. The dark color with fruit tends to throw me off, but this beer was quite exceptional. Highly recommended.
Surprised by how much I liked this beer. Made me rethink Dogfish Head. The dark color with fruit tends to throw me off, but this beer was quite exceptional. Highly recommended

Photo of Supes
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a hazy reddish plum color. About a pinky worth of head that disapears after about 45 seconds. Real inviting look to it.

Smell- A little sweet malt. Really big fruit notes that make me say WOW. I get mostly raspberries. I can tell its real fruit and lots of it not some fake flavoring.

Taste- Wow again. So much fruit rushing towards me. Sweet as expected but not so much where I had trouble finish the bottle. I get raspberries in the begging with a little tartness and finsh agian with a touch of blueberries. A real jammy like quality that I find to be fantastic.

Mouthfeel- A good medium body with a decent creamy finish.

Overall- I do love fruit beers. Its a preferred style of mine. Knowing that though I havent tried a hole lot of them. But that being said this is one of my favorites so far. Everything seemed to work well. I cant wait to find more.

Photo of Agent1
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I will be opening an aged 750 ml bottle of Black & Blue from 2007. This was a limited edition release, and this particular bottle has been aging for the past seven years. It definitely changes with each bottle and it surprises me every time. I plan on opening the remaining 750s every 6 months until there are gone (only 2 bottles left after this one). This is my third bottle.

Appearance - A rich, deep orange. Dark copper with bright white head. Great lacing, but thin head. Great carbonation and the bubbles remain very, very active. That being said, there is not a huge amount of head on this beer, but overall, it looks sexy.

Smell - Cherries and raspberry jam. Red wine and grape on the nose. Honey and cotton candy. Fermented fruits, which is pretty obvious because, quite literally, that is what this is. Quite sweet. Makes the mouth water in anticipation.

Taste - Lots of astringent tannins. A very stinging alcohol bite which is so shocking, sour, yet rewarding to the tongue. Big, bold fruits here: candied apple, grape peel, fermented cherries raspberries, blackberries, blood orange, strawberries and lemon (most likely a flavor given off from the fermented fruit -- almost sour). Great choice of yeast (definitely a high gravity yeast at work here, otherwise it wouldn't allow this beer to age this good -- possibly Belgian?). Extremely complex. Lots of other subtle layers such as cloves, coriander, tea leaves, brown sugar and rich barley. Very sour...nearing a lambic, but not quite. This is the closest beer I've had to mimic traits of red wine due to its acidity.

Mouthfeel - Very full bodied. Great carbonation with a thick, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel -- almost similar to cough syrup, but in the most pleasant way. This activates all areas of the mouth. Being slightly sour from the fermented fruits and sugars, this delivers a heavy, hard hitting, gustatory orgasm.

Overall - More like wine than beer at this stage. This is aging really well, and I'm willing to bet I wouldn't like this beer freshly bottled nearly as much as I do now. I'm sure it would be a solid beer, but I can see it being super sweet, jammy and heavy on the fresh fruits used. This is becoming darker in color and richer in malts, sugars and fruits. Very, very tasty and complex.

Photo of TheCervezaChica
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since this beer has fruits in it I am already happy to drink it. I love the blueberry and blackberry taste that I get from it. I have had the chance to try this beer on tap as well as from the bottle, and I am usually happiest drinking something on draft.

This beer is a tad pricey, but I suppose since they use so much fruit and the ABV is pretty high then that would justify it. I am happy to have one of these beers and move on because it will definitely have you feeling nice pretty quickly.

This is another beer that it is a shame that DFH doesn't brew this beer year round, but good things come to those who wait.

The mouthfeel on this beer is wonderful and the fruit overpowers the alcohol enough so that you really can't taste it. The nose on it is very enticing. This is another great beer brewed by DFH.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.