Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,549
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 110
Gots: 241 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of _thekev
2.17/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pour is encouraging, copper-colored, and nice lacing. Carbonation adequate, but minimal.

Nose is fruity, potent, sweet. Not my kind of beer. Here goes...

Taste? I just... don't... know what to say. A glass full of sugar masking alcohol. Like sucking down a bottle of fermented blueberry syrup from IHOP.

Sorry DH. This one was a mistake.

Photo of imasloth
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a large pinkish head, almond coloured as it dissipates and leaving fine lacing. Beer itself is reddish amber in color.

S- Tart and slightly sweet, even vinous.

T- Like a blueberry wine ... with some very nice tartness. Dry blackberry finish.

M- Dry, silky. Medium-bodied with good carbonation feel.

O- A very nice beer. Not sure they hit it out of the park, especially for the cost ... but one you should try.

Photo of davey101
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012B vintage. New style embossed 750 ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Really deep dark amber/red body with a purple tint. A fluffy three finger head formed and settled down to a neat cap. Great amount of lacing and retention.

S - Sweet and super fresh berries. Actually smells like raspberries and not the blackberries and blueberries it uses. A bit of yeast and malt and lots of noticeable alcohol on the finish.

T - A whole lot of raspberries and a bit of blueberries. Super sweet and astringent. This is followed by a smooth malty presence and finally some lingering alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is a bit medicinal. Surprisingly for a DFH beer, no hop presence. Mouth feel is syrupy and coating. Carbonation is a bit low.

O - Comes off like a tamed version of Fort. Lots of berry flavors, somewhat of an earthy and medicinal finish, way too much alcohol. Like most big DFH beers, I think this is meant to be aged to calm down a bit. I hate to make this comparison as I love DFH, but berry flavored malternative beverage...

Photo of magine
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH goblet.

Pours a clear dark cherry amber, with a pint tinted thick fluffy head with tons of tight bubbles. Lots of grate lace remains, surrounded by a patch thick layer. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of tons of berries, dark fruits, Belgian flare for sure; yeasts. Sweet malts. Good nose.

Brew tastes creamy smooth; spicy heat in the middle and the finish. High abv lingers. Dark fruits, yeasty malts thicken it up. Semi dry finish. Good full body and flavors.

The best fruit beer I have had so far; full body, great flavors and has lots of kick to it. Never been the biggest fans of these type of brews, but this one is great. Great fruit brew here, another stud from DFH.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange to amber in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that reduces to virtually nothing. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of berries - blackberry and blueberry - on top of some malts and Belgian yeast.

T: The taste of this beer is very similar to the smell with both sweet and tart berry flavors dominant - blackberry and blueberry. Light flavors from the malts as well as just a hint of the Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: The beer is a little sweet for my palate but it hides the alcohol very well. This is more of a sipping beer than an easy drinker or a sessionable beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice 1.5 finger head with excellent retention on a clear amber with copper hues body. Excellent lacing.

S: grape and blueberries. Caramel and toasted malts in the background.

T: finally a fruit beer which is still a beer. The blueberry and blackberries come and go and lingers in the finish with caramel malts, yeasty, spices and peppery zest. This one is a little too sweet only a little tart.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a little too sweet. Still one of the better fruit beers I have tried.

Photo of tobelerone
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Copper Mine.

This beer really surprised me in a nice way! It pours a reddish amber-brown with a small head and only so-so retention and lace so it’s not at all exceptional to look at. The nose has a good blackberry and blueberry presence as well as some sweet malt and light floral hops.

The flavor was very sweet and almost put this into the dessert category for me. Lots of intense fresh blue and blackberry flavor, a bit of grainy malt, some tannic notes, and very mild floral hops. Faint tartness. A hint of booze in the finish but nothing that lets on the 10% ABV.

Medium to slightly full-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky overall mouthfeel. The freshness of the fruit flavor really made this an enjoyable beer for me. I’d like to try this in the bottle to see if it comes up to the same level of drinkability and tastiness.

Revisit: I don't like this anymore very much. Found the bottle to be too sweet and boozy and a chore to drink. Not awful but just not very appealing. These qualities would work better in a big stout but this one just gets too hot and syrupy after a few sips.

Photo of SHODriver
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2012

A: pours a deep red to light brown into a DFH snifter with a finger of white head that recedes to a small mat and collar
S: smells of pale malt and fruity esters along with some blackberries and blueberries
T: smooth malty sweetness yields to some big blueberry and raspberry flavors along with a bit of alcohol. aftertaste is more berry flavors
M: light to medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a non drying finish
O: pretty good, lets the fruit shine and packs a nice punch. the last time I had it it must have been older because it seemed to have the flavors blend a little better

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of blackberry and blueberry with a bit of pale malt and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with some blackberry and blueberry sweetness with some pale malt. Through the middle, some lightly bready malt comes through with some light yeast flavors. The finish is a mix of blackberry and blueberry with some pale malt and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very fruit forward, but the overall beer is really nice and interesting. I like the balance.

Photo of chefhatt
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. It has a nice rich auburn color body with just a small white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. The smell has a nice berry aroma to it. The taste is a little tart to start then the berries come in on the middle of the tongue and gives it a nice like sweet flavor. I get like a white wine finish on the back of the tongue. Very nice mouth feel, very little after taste. Overall this is very different and i really like this beer.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Bottling. Pours a clear, pinkish amber color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is very berry-forward...quite inviting actually. Smells like fresh raspberries and blackberries with a hint of tartness. Lovely aroma. Taste is initially just a bit tart, but quickly turns to alcohol flavor. There is some definite booziness to this (nowhere near Fort, but noticeable booziness). Belgian yeast flavors with some spice and dark malt. You still get some pleasant raspberry and blackberry...not really picking up the blueberry. Finish is warming and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Although it drinks fairly light, the puree and booziness makes it feel much more heavy. Drinkability is fair. Overall, I was very skeptical going into this because I tried Fort not to long ago and hated it. This one could definitely use without the intense alcohol flavor, but it is an enjoyable beer. The nose especially.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a ruby red – pink color with a fluffy pink hued head. The head fades rather quickly to give a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very berry-white wine in nature. There is a big presence of a green grape/white wine aroma mixed with a moderately strong blackberry smell. There are lighter hints of some blueberry and yeast mixed in as well. As stated before, quite white wine like.

Taste - Just like the nose hinted at, the flavor is very semi-sweet white wine like. Its starts out with a white grape flavor some breadiness and a strong presence of tannins. These flavors create a base for the beer which lasts the whole taste through. The berry flavors come more toward the middle. They begin lighter, but strengthen throughout the taste experience. At the end a bitter sweet berry flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Very light in body with a slightly higher than average level of carbonation. It is appropriate and very nice for the wine like flavors of the beer.

Overall – Not really what I am looking for when I am looking for a beer. It is a good wine alternative if that is what you are looking for; sorta a white wine-beer hybrid.

Photo of Apellonious
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9 fl oz from Total wine.

A - pours reddish pink. Two finger head that disappears quickly.

S - fruit, definitely blueberries.

T - blueberries, blackberries, champagne like, some bread

M - thin, sharp, good carbonation,

O - if you like the occasional Belgian fruit beer, this is worth a try. Not something I would drink regularly, but it was good.

Photo of BostonHops
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a ruddy amber tone with a good amount of haze to it... finger-plus white head quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass. while the retention is so-so, it demonstrates some pretty decent lacing.

nose is an interesting bouquet of blueberry, rasberry, and sweet malts; has a tangy, almost vinous quality... taste follows up with the blue- and rasberry flavors preceding the malt. not as sweet as i was expecting (a good thing)... pretty nice balance. alcohol and a touch of bitterness in the finish. not absolutely delicious, but i'm definitely enjoying it. tasty. different.

full-bodied, chewy mouth-feel with medium-low carbonation. with this type of flavor profile, personally i'm not going to have a lot of it, but i would be more than open to a revisit at some future point.

original review: 10-05-2010

Photo of csrbv
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red orange hue with a quickly disappearing head

Smells like black raspberry and blueberry, even blueberry pie. go figure.


Tingly mouthfeel, but light in my opinion.

Overall, a really nice unique but slightly sweet fruit beer. I was expecting something insane from Dogfish Head based on the other reviews, but you pretty much get what you read on the label, which is really nice. Might be more of a desert beer than anything you would want to drink with a meal.

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, two finger head

S-Malt, blueberries, blackberries, not much else

T-Follows the nose, lots of malt, more blueberries than blackberries, slightly artificial

M-Light to medium bodied, almost too much carbonation

O-The beer borderlines on artificial at times, there isn't much need for 10%abv.

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous bright red with a slightly pink head. Subtle nose of berries. Champagne like effervescence. Big full mouth feel. Bright berry. Some medicinal syrup like burn on be back end. Sweet cherries, blueberries. Strawberries. Clove and coriander remind you its a Belgian pale ale. Peppery spiciness. Flavors all blend together really nice. Tart finish. Pretty subtle for such a big berry beer. Nice. Nothing spectacular though. Not worth the price tag.

Photo of thecheapies
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Martell cognac snifter.

Light mulberry body with pink and orange hues. Decent clarity. Slick little layer of white head. Looks nice. 4.0

Musty fruit aromas of blueberry, artificial strawberry, and white grape. Wheaty malts, booze heat, and a prominent yeast phenol. 3.5

Terribly boozy is my first thought. Semi-sweet berry fruit notes mashed with that signature DFH yeast component. A little spicy and searingly hot at first with a blackberry/tart raspberry fruit middle, and finishing with some red wine notes. I guess the finish is the biggest reward. That, and if I actually finish this glass. 2.5

Feels glossy thick with medium-high carbonation. Heady and filthy hot. 2.0

A big boo-boo for Dogfish Head Brewing. A beer that's completely unnecessary. 10% witbiers are not for me. Kudos if you can finish a whole 750ml of this stuff. 2.5

Photo of mt24turner
4.11/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Black & Blue pours brilliant reddish amber color, with fine carbonation. The off-white foam rises to one finger thick, but dissipates fairly quickly. From the bottom of my Chimay glass, there's a constant stream of carbonation rising throughout this glass. Even as I'm pouring I can smell some of the fruity esters rising from the brew.

The nose is dominated by an overwhelming amount of fruit, I can't pick up any sense of hops at all. There's just a little bit of candy-malt in the background, but the nose is heavily controlled by the fruitiness from the raspberries and blueberries.

The first few sips are pretty intense, and by intense, I mean super fruity and sweet. The first little bit of the Black and Blue are really, really fruit driven, and almost framboise lambic-ish. After I get a few sips under my belt and it warms up a little bit, I can pick out more of the complexity of the brew. There's now a significant malty character in the background, and the alcohol is coming through more and more as it warms to room temperature.

At first, I was significantly unimpressed by this Black and Blue from Dogfish. After a few sips in, I'm coming around a bit. It's pretty drinkable, relatively light in body, and probably pretty mass-appealing. I'm still not in love with the Black and Blue, but it is growing on my slowly.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/4/12

Note: 2009 bottle

Appearance: Interesting color, burnt orange with some red - cloudy, hazy - starts off with a little white head, fades to a nice ring

Smell: Blueberries, blackberries, mildly sweet - decent fruit aromas on top of some pale, faintly grainy malts - lightly toasted, but this is mostly about the fruitiness

Taste: Blueberries, blackberries, plenty of fruit - flavorful, but not excessive - decent malt base - lightly toasted grains - some slight tartness, but pretty clean - some alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, low carbonation, slightly sticky

Overall: Good stuff

This is definitely not the best fruit beer that I've ever had, but the fact that it is a fruit beer and it is good is something remarkable. It's fruity and juicy, but not overly sweet.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed copper-gold. Head is bubbly and bright-white. Carbonation is solid and adds a nice element to the beer.

Smell: Obliterated blueberries and blackberries. Slightly tart with a good punch of fruit juice sweetness. Hint of Belgian yeast adds a small funkiness. Very fruity and sweet.

Taste: Belgian yeast hits first. Fruit is nice and sweet and brings a fleshy real blueberry flavor. Hints of blackberry round out the fruit flavor. Spice from the yeast is a little distracting. Some malt sweetness as well. A little doughy.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium with a solid carbonation. A little dry on the finish.

Overall: One of the better fruit experiments from Dogfish Head. The yeast messes with the profile of the fruit. Nice fleshy fruit. Decent.

Photo of Cord018
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a bottle I aged in my basement for a year. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A- Light amber color, thin head

S- black raspberry, blueberries. The smell is inviting and delicious! Really gets your attention.

T- I first tried this beer a year ago and liked it alot. Bought a newer bottle to compare it with as well. It ages well! New you pick up on the blueberry, black raspberry/blackberry flavor but there is also a sour, acidic taste as well. Aged the acidity fades away and the fruit flavors meld with the malty backbone very well. It does have a more boozy flavor but very smooth and drinkable.

M- medium body, smoother when aged.

O- I like this beer. This is a very enjoyable beer for people that like blueberry beer since this has actually blueberries and blackberries in it. Love the smell of it and how the flavors meld together. This ages very well, extremely happy with it after keeping it in my basement for a year

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured unto a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber, head is thin roughly a 1/2" white head.

Smell: Just smelling it before I drink it, it comes off sweetthe blueberry is obviously apparent.

Taste: It tastes exactly how it is described, seriously I can't give it any higher because it comes off little sweet and it's just not my cup of tea.

Mouth: Light-medium carbonation easy down and not hard to drink the ful 25oz on your own.

Overall: I have had a couple of blueberry beers before this one is definitely at the the top of the food chain. Not super sweet but just RIGHT...you will definitely like this beer on a warm summer night and appreciate it's purpose. Hope you all enjoy and cheers!!!!

Photo of Supadup21
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased in early fall of 2011, and chilled in my fridge for a couple months. Poured out of a 750ml big bottle and drank from the DFH snifter/crunk-glass. First time trying Black & Blue. Not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this one was pretty good.

Nice berry aroma, could even smell it when it was being poured. 10% ABV, but you really don't get the alcohol taste or burn. Seems like it could be a sessionable beer, but the abv might creep up on you. Strong yeasty flavor from Belgian yeast on back end. Overall, another good beer from a great brewery.... would try it again next year.

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,549 ratings.