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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 80
Gots: 171 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

RPH2327, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

domnalbrecc, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MightyDog, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

brewsadedotcom, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

strangebrew1981, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: Off white head, lots of it. A very carbonated looking dark red brew.

Smell: More raspberry than blueberry. Sort of sweet smelling with just a tad bit of fruit and malt. Very mild.

Taste: Extremely mild tasting in flavor and ABV. I couldnt tell at all it was 11%. Malty with just a touch of sweet fruit. Not like any other blueberry or fruit beers that are overpowering and sickeningly sweet. This is actually drinkable. Light and not much in the way of aftertaste. A little tart at the end.

Overall a good balanced fruit beer. Just enough fruit to know what you are drinking, good masking of alcohol, easy to drink and a good strong beer for summer. I dont think I could make this a regular but maybe this should be on a rotating every other year schedule.

nriech, May 02, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
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stevehagy, Mar 11, 2014
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tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
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thegrifter, Aug 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

leodarko, Mar 03, 2012
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BelgianBeerHog26, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

abdielyoda, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Black & Blue pours an orange color with a white head from a brown 750 ml bottle. The aroma is quite muted, perhaps some berry, but mostly just malt. The taste is mostly malt, no hops to be found. And surprisingly little fruit to be found either. There is a hint of berry, which mostly was noticeable in the aftertaste, but it's not nearly as bold as I would hope from this brewer. It's not bad, but it's not what I had expected or hoped for from them either. Worth trying.

Drew966, Aug 23, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
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MattGeleske, Nov 16, 2012
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pest, Nov 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth beach, beer is reddish and clear with almost no head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, strong, cherries, mild Belgian yeast.

Beer is thick and sweet, strong with a lot of cherry flavors. Very strong, very in my face. It is a little harsh but finishes fine, lingering fruitiness. Very sweet.

drabmuh, Jul 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ddub571, Apr 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

EnjoiThePureTrip, May 19, 2012
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uturn, Jan 16, 2013
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.