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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 91
Gots: 179 | 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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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.

Supes, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Syr
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Syr, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of ImperialPatriot
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ImperialPatriot, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of mouth7
4/5  rDev +9.3%

mouth7, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of ErieBeerMan
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ErieBeerMan, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of jeffx
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jeffx, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of JerryOzog
4/5  rDev +9.3%

JerryOzog, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of kevinmcgowan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

kevinmcgowan, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of DaleStenberg
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

DaleStenberg, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ripocceschi
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ripocceschi, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Bizon
3/5  rDev -18%

Bizon, May 07, 2012
Photo of FBGordon
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

FBGordon, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of PolhillS
3/5  rDev -18%

PolhillS, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of crazyeyed55
4/5  rDev +9.3%

crazyeyed55, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Kozality
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Kozality, May 19, 2012
Photo of magovnst
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

magovnst, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of IKHOURY
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color with a slighty purplish brown tint. Aromas of Blueberries, citrus fruits such as grapfruits and lemons, along with some yeasty bread dough smells. The flavor is very interesting starting off with lots of Blueberries with the raspberries not showing up until the very end. Plenty of tart citrus and sour dough flavors show up between all the berry fruits. The beer seems to have lots of fruit in the aroma and flavor but no sweetness to balance out the sour. The carbonation comes off a little light. The alcohol seems more apparent in the beer compared to othe DFH fruit themed beers I have tried. A very interesting beer that I'm glad I tried, but not one I would run out to get again

IKHOURY, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of jbrady
4.5/5  rDev +23%

jbrady, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of ddub571
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ddub571, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of airevac19
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

airevac19, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of demo3210
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a murky dark amber with a small faint head on top.

Smell is soft sweet blueberry jam and fresh raspberries. That is all.

Taste is more-than-semi-sweet and also fruity, but still tastes like a respectfully good brew. Has a dark side to the taste that makes it very full body tasting. Tastes good, but nothing distinctly amazing. The fruits are blended quite well to make it a surprisingly good tasting fruity beer (for once!). The taste is not overly sweet at first, but over time it becomes sweeter; however, it does not become too sweet, but pushes it perhaps just a tad too much for a beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and a little crisp. Feels somewhat heavy.

Drinkability is okay. Sometimes it's too rich like molasses and other times it seems just right. Can't drink very many of these. The drinkability is somewhat confusing to the personality of this beer because the body is so substantial and filling it makes you think winter, but the taste is so sweetly delicate (although robust as well) that it makes you think summer. Summer to me is typically a more drinkable beer.

demo3210, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of jmichaeldesign
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750.
Deep ruby color, almost purple. Looks absolutely great.

Smells like a toned down pale belgian, some spiciness, not as much fruit as expected.

Taste follows smell, very belgiany, and a bit fruity, but just less than I had hoped for. Not bad by any means though.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but good. Lot's a carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

I did manage to finish off the 750 by myself as no one else was around. The first 20 oz went down easy, it got bland by the end.

Overall a really good beer, but I feel like the same flavor could be acheived at much lower abv. I'd drink it again, but I probably wouldn't pay for it.

jmichaeldesign, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of NolanM
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

NolanM, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of foggylovesbeer
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Just purchased a 750ml of this new seasonal from Dogfish, bottled on date of 2/12/07. Was looking forward to this one, but this brew let me down.
It poured nicely, developed a decent size head and had a nice purple/ruby color. There was little head retention. Had a nice smell and initial taste was good, not overpowering on the fruit, although it did leave me actually wanting to taste more of the berries. The mouthfeel fell flat and left a chalky feeling on the back of my tounge. It's not a bad beer, but my high standards for Dogfish left me expecting to be blown away by this one and it did nothing of the sort.

foggylovesbeer, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of SkateZoo
1/5  rDev -72.7%

SkateZoo, Mar 04, 2012
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.