Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery
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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
02-10-2014 01:36:30 | More by travolta
3.64/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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.
Overall, this was good, not great. I'm glad I tried it, and it was an intersting change of pace. Maybe some age would help, as other reviews seem to suggest. Did not live up to my expectations, but it wasn't bad either. If you're looking for a big fruit beer with natural flavors and some wine-like qualities this should be right up your alley.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2014 14:30:52 | More by glass_house
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
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