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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 80
Gots: 172 | FT: 8
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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

scottbrew4u, Jun 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TXhomebrewer, May 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

PaBeerLover, May 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

leinie13, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

jtierney89, May 07, 2012
Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jtladner, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

From 750 mL bottle to wine glass. Bottled in 2010.

A: Pours wwith a 1 1/2 finger sudsy and creamy off white head. The medium dark cranberry colored body is brilliantly clear and sparkling with crimson in front of light. Really gorgeous color. Lacing is spotty.

S & T: Light malts of cereal and straw. The hops are indistinguisable for me since the black and blueberry aroma and flavor is abundant. The yeast contribution marries incredibly well with the fruit. Additional flavors of raspberry, white grape and green apple. Above average sweetness but no where near being dangerously sweet, which I appreciate greatly. Absolutely no alcohol is noticeable on the nose, palate or in the mouthfeel. This is possibly the best-concealed 10% brew out there. Seriously, I'd give this beer to a 6 month old child.

M: Medium-light body and semi thin with a super fine lively and fizzy carbonation. Semi tart and lightly astringent.

D: I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed Black & Blue. It is very palatable, not something for constant imbibement, of course, but it has it's time and place. Would be a good beer for wine heads.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jun 27, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

deadliest, Nov 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Magery, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

brycevolk, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

Lob, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a crimson tinged amber color with a head that is a bit of a pink cast beige. The head fades fairly quickly but leaves very nice splashy lace.

The aroma is super fruity with very fresh berry and wine like notes. It has an ever so slight tartness that triggers memories of lambic in my head, even though it really does not smell like a lambic at all. It also carries aromas of raisin and dried cherry, as well as some spicy Belgian yeast notes.

The flavor is quite sweet and fruity with plenty of vinous flavors. It has a pretty good amount of berry character with a nice hint of tartness. The spicy yeast plays well with all this sweetness and helps create an experience that is fairly well balanced. This beer has a definite alcohol hit, which contributes to its wine like presentation.

The body is medium with a nice smoothness even though it has a decent amount of carbonation. It finishes a bit sweet, but it is not too cloying.

As mentioned before, this brew drinks more like a wine then a beer, but I find it goes down quite well. I have had this beer a few times before and always thought it was better with food. I think this is one of DFH's more successful tangents.

zoso1967, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance - Light raspberry color with some hazy fruity blue

Smell - Sweet winecooler aroma with raspberry the msot present

Taste - Very sweet, to cover the 10% abv. Raspberry notes mixed with more subtle blueberry, relatively dry finish. Doughy finish from the yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - It is drinkable. As it comes in a wine bottle, it may actually be more appropriately served from one. Tastes more like a wine than a beer.

alpinebryant, Apr 10, 2009
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2.1/5  rDev -42.6%

A - Strawberry juice red with a small head, no lacing. Clear.

S - Smells like Saaz hop, amber and light malt, also smells like lager yeast (although I don't think this was lagered). Some faintly tart berry sugars. Smells like a tart Sam Adams lager.

T - Tart berried, light malt. A bland bitter aftertaste with a bit of undescernable berries. Not worth having.

M - Drying, thin, a tad harsh and ascerbic.

D - I won't bother with this ever again. A definite was of money and liver strength. Much better beers exist out there and for much less. Yet another drastically overpriced DFH offering.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 21, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BlissJunkie, Jul 22, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

Sampled on 1-13-09
Bottled on 2-10-07

Pours much lighter than expected, a super cloudy orange/red. A fizzy head starts, but fades quickly. Lacing is thin and short-lasting.

Smell is very fruity, thick and sweet. Very wine-like and complex as it settles, strong grape and apple juice comes through. A little aged, in a good, caramelized sugar way.

Taste is super sour at first, very, very grape-y, followed by a slight blueberry and lots of light malt. The alcohol adds a warming, wine-y finish, with a very dry and tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thick, yet highly carbonated. A great combo.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, considering the abv.

Overall, I'm not sure if age has done this one well, but it's still a tasty beer and a very pleasant change.

BMoney575, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

a: Beautiful peach/ruby body with a thin white head. A perfect mix of orange, red and pink.

s: Slightly funky, wonderfully fruity. Berries abound.

t: Fruity with a musky, bitter bite in the finish. Not as much tartness as I had anticipated. Seems like a pretty mellow belgian ale with a nice berry layer thrown on top.

m: Very active on the tongue, feels almost like a seltzer.

d: Hard to believe its so strong. The berry sweetness is balanced out brilliantly by the musky bite in the finish. The fruit is more subtle than I had expected, but I am happy with the result. Won't pay $14 for another bottle, but I'm glad I tried it.

BradLikesBrew, May 26, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ortie, May 31, 2012
Photo of BierFan
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Light tan head has a slight pinkish hue. Hazy dark reddish body.

Smell: Like a really quality fruit beer. Slightly tart. Raspberry and blueberry are not easily detected, instead it's just a general mingled "berry" aroma.

Taste: Good tart berry flavors that linger on the tongue.

Overall good, but there are better fruit beers at a better price.

BierFan, Oct 11, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

thampel09, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

I maintain it's tough to review fruit beers. This one is just kind of in-keeping with the style in general (with a few exceptions). One consistent, fairly straight-forward sweet flavor (raspberries, in this case) that comes to kick aside the other flavors and aromas in the brew. It's not bad, and I didn't mind drinking a touch of it. However, it's a missed opportunity, as they could have run with some more interesting tart or sour flavors. Overall, alright, but nothing too complex or interesting (which is a total miss for DFH, a brewery that specializes in "interesting").

soupyman10, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.55/5  rDev -3%

750 shared with the beautiful bride - poured into a Portsmouth snifter. Bottled in 2009.

Pours a slightly murky yet carbonated honey/bourbon/copper color with hints of purple fruits. There are yeasty wisps atop this deal and nice sparse lacing. Carbonation is apparent but not huge.

I detect a fair amount of sourness - not necessarily Brett but something close? In the background are the dark berry fruits along with a fair lot of husky light caramelized malt and some sprightly alcohol.

OK, the notion of infection goes away for the most part on the taste - we are left with a little tinniness on the front court and some definite feel of blueberry skins and the black raspberries. This is a step up from first impressions - there's light fruity booze and the ABV and aging are coming into play with warmth. Still, on the finish there's a little carbonated sweetness that's not exactly in the Boone's farm zone but is definitely a style tweener. Not a true strong dark ale, not a lambic...it's not bad but the "jack of all trades, master of none" rap may be at least a touch relevant here.

Palate feel is kind of nice with this one. It has some carbonation, berry and citric zip to it but the huskiness of a high-gravity strong ale...with a bit of hop pininess to match. It tingles on the tongue and back of the palate even after warmth. Much lighter than its ABV heft suggests. Not too bad.

I don't like to pour a snifter of beer, drink it and say, "wow, I have all that left in the bottle?" I'm not there with this, but it is a project to put this whole thing down. Not an unenjoyable project but as a judge on Iron Chef once said about Iron Chef Sakai (sic?) and his lobster with masatake (sic?) mushrooms, "I don't think I'm enjoying this quite as much as the Iron Chef intended me to enjoy this." It's well-crafted for what it is...by the way, what is it, anyway? It's a moderately enjoyable little piece of confusion...not that I'd know from experience but if you got stoned and instead of listening to the Dead you listened to technohouse all night and you actually enjoyed it a bit, that would be close. Again...confusion.

IBUnit63, Apr 19, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.