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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 103
Gots: 191 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 1,457 | Reviews: 493
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3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appears reddish orange in color with a one and a half inch light peach colored head that sinks to a centimeter thick skim and holds up well leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is moderately fruity with hints of blackberry and blueberry but not much else to speak of. Even then it's still kind of faint for some reason.

The taste has a sugary sweetness up front that is overtaken by the flavors of the berries. It gets more tart as it progresses but never goes too far. Not much trace of it being 10% ABV. A little boring in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, nice creamy texture.

This stuff is alright, I wouldn't buy it again though. Pretty easy to drink, just not that interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color. Sort of a ruby/orange. Thin wispy head and little lace. I give it a 4 on color alone.
Smells of blackberries, bannana, and alcohol. Not really a complex aroma but it stills smells good.
Has a bit of a red wine flavor to it with some blackberry tartness. Good depth to the flavor but a bit boozy for a fruit beer.
Crisp oily mouthfeel.
This is a slow sipper. I liked the flavor of the beer but still had a hard time finishing the glass.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful rose-colored beer with a light, fizzy pink head that reduces to a thin layer of foam.

It smells sweetly of grapes and berries with a hint of wine-like dryness.

The taste is light and tart with plenty of grape flavors mixed in. It has very little malt qualities, instead leaning to fruity flavors. But these flavors are subdued. This isn't like soda.

The body is crisp and light. The sparkling carbonation also adds to the lightness.

Overall this is a neat experiment and an excellent beer to get wine drinkers interested. It has a lot of champagne qualities, from the fizziness to the wine-like flavors.

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Black & Blue pours up strongly with a thin pinkish-white head that barely rings the berry golden-pink champagne colored body. Poor retention. The aroma is alive with lots of berry fruitiness (blackberry, blueberry, raspberry) and lots of earthy spiciness. Almost perfumey with a low-moderate candied maltiness. Some phenols. Hot solventy alcohol. The flavor is a marriage of berry fruits & spicinessy supported by a soft malt character. Esters are reminiscent of apples, pears, or plums. Moderate peppery spiciness from the hops, as well as the yeast(s). Low bitterness. Dry with a extremely warming finish. This medium-light bodied specialty fruit beer has plenty of character, complexity, and strength but lacks harmony. I recommend cellaring this one for at least another year. Black & Blue is certainly a bruiser!

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a tulip. Deep reddish amber with good glarity. The smallish off-white cap of foam fairly quickly shrinks to a collar of froth with a skim floating in the middle. Surprisingly decent lacing is left behind.

Fairly strong berry aromas with some husky grain and a vaguely Belgian yeastiness. Tastes pretty much as advertised, sweet blueberry up front, tarter blackberry in the finish, with the somewhat elusive yeastiness lurking about. A certain crisp grainy quality keeps it from becoming too sticky (the modest carbonation gets no credit for helping out). For a "big" beer, ABV-wise, there doesn't seem to be a ton going on. Seems like there could be potential with a few tweaks.

Overall impression: Pleasant enough, but rather forgettable.

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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fair sized head which surprised me for some reason. It holds up well and leaves behind good lace work. Has a slightly murky amber color.

Smells wine like, fruits ( grapes, blueberry?), I can't detect much else, maybe a bit of alcohol.

Tastes similar to the nose, tart and sweet. Very different, glad to have tried it.

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3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Flute]

The pour was a clear reddish peach with a huge pale pink fizzy head that dissipated rather quickly and produced some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet caramel malt and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of Blackberry, Blueberry and had a mellow wine presence.

The taste was sweetly acidic throughout with a strong berry presence and a nice bitter sourness along with a mild alcohol warming sensation towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long while with the bitter-sweet fruity taste mellowing as time went on.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a strong dry texture and a good strong lively carbonation.

Overall a very unique tasting brew, with just enough sweet and sour to mellow the harsh bitterness and allow for the fruity esters to prevail...

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750.

A- Much darker than expected, a rich copper color. Minimal, but active head. Fizzy Fizzy.

S- Smells like juice. Rich berry fruit emanates, which makes sense.

T- Very very nice. The fruit sweetness and tartness are very well represented, and the playful exchange back and forth completely masks the alcohol. Amazing, well-balanced.

M- More like carbonated fruit juice than beer. Still, tasty and a delight to sip.

D- Very high, considering the alcohol content. This stuff is a joy to drink. I'm loving DFH 750s more and more.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.