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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 63
Gots: 155 | FT: 6
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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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3/5  rDev -18%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-22-2014 21:19:59 | More by Niners49
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Illinois

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02-20-2014 01:49:39 | More by krome
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Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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bkwhoppa66

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

02-15-2014 14:48:43 | More by bkwhoppa66
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jeffwright

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-15-2014 03:19:19 | More by jeffwright
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Pitcairn

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-12-2014 15:03:03 | More by HRamz3
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travolta

California

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful copper strawberry color. Quickly dissipating head, good lacing. A foamy and light pink head. Unfiltered!

Nose: Cherry and raspberry jam. Honey and cotton candy.

Taste: A nice alcohol bite right up front with cherry, raspberry, blood orange, candied apple, grape and lemon. Some tea leaves and cloves, perhaps?

Notes: This is a fun beer to start off your tasting with. If you sit back and concentrate, you can find many layers here.

Serving type: bottle

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3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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750 ml bottle poured into a tall footed tulip

Medium copper with amber highlights. Two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a thin cap with moderate lacing. I'm getting more blueberries than anything else in the aroma (big surprise). A bit of tart fermented cherry and raspberry with very subtle caramel and honey.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is crisp but not overwhelming--seems to complement the body well. The taste is a bit grainy with a medley of fruits coming through--orange, lemon, blueberry, and blackberry mostly. I get a little bit of white peppery spice just before a fairly dry finish and a lingering blueberry flavor. I felt the alcohol was noticeable, but perhaps not as much as you'd expect for a 10% abv brew.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.