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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 65
Gots: 157 | FT: 6
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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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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-04-2012 04:29:58 | More by vrbulldog22
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

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

*Note* My bottle say's 10%abv and not 11% as noted here.

Poured a lovely medium copper colour, slightly cloudy, with a slightly off-white head. This actually poured a little lighter than I was thinking it was going to be. Smell is definitely fruity with the raspberry seeming to be more assertive than the blueberry. Taste is berries with a moderate amount of sourness and some detectable alcohol, but I certainly wouldn't have guessed the abv to be as high as it is. Mouthfeel is also very light considering the style and abv; well carbonated being neither too assertive nor too light. Very drinkable, all things considered. I am pleased with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 21:33:27 | More by SilentSabre
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nzerbe

New York

3/5  rDev -18%

03-27-2013 20:02:52 | More by nzerbe
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23%

10-04-2013 18:58:43 | More by KJ2013
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip in a couple parts. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Medium brown in color with some blue highlights. A nice two finger, white and sticky head. Impressive lacing and good retention.

Aroma: The blueberries definitely are assertive here. Sweet blueberry notes definitely stand out. A little tart blackberry note, but it is definitely overwhelmed here. Not a ton else.

Taste: Big blueberry essence gives way to sweet caramel malt and surpirsingly bitter hops. The hops don't really lend a citrus note but are just bittering. The resulting flavor comes off very medicinal and astrigent at times. When the backing notes do not dominate, the blueberry really shines and is nice but most of the time, the medicinal flavors overwhelm.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and rather syrupy.

Overall, some nice blueberry notes that are at times overwhelmed by too many medicinal notes. The blackberry also really never comes through. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just not really worth getting more than once in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 13:54:53 | More by Gosox8787
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-16-2013 23:34:48 | More by bmjivi221
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kingmaker

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

02-03-2013 07:13:57 | More by kingmaker
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-20-2013 04:20:02 | More by Hessian257
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-06-2012 17:47:37 | More by hockeyfighter19
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POTABLE83

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-12-2014 14:49:17 | More by POTABLE83
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-05-2013 00:50:19 | More by jtladner
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johntfox

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-21-2013 18:37:32 | More by johntfox
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drseamus

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled date on this one was 2/13/07, so it had almost exactly 4 months aging. It pours a very dark rich red color with no head. There are visible bubbles rising from the bottom of my DFH snifter. The only smell I get off of this is a wine-type aroma and it isn't very strong. I like that the fruit is fairly subtle, or at least not with the usual accompanying sweetness. The raspberries are up front, and as they fade out the blueberries step to the front. It's almost hard to think of this as a beer as it tastes and feels more like a wine. I do get a bit of malt flavor in the background, but just a very little bit. I like this beer for what it is and I'm interested to see if aging will change it at all. My guess is that it will probably only hold it's own or go downward.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 03:18:48 | More by drseamus
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle with an oldschool, classy-looking German-ish label.

Apperance: Beautiful slightly hazy rose/orange beer with a fluffy cream head that has great retention.

Smell: Bright, sweet, and fruity; there's dark fruit in here, but also something reminiscent of fresh blueberry muffins, and just a touch of alcohol and vanilla in the background.

Taste: Nice tart raspberry/blackberry flavors; there's not a lot of depth here though, and the alcohol is pretty apparent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Drinkability: Pretty high for the abv

Conclusion: This was my treat to myself on my 26th birthday; I'd been wanting to try this beer for a long time, and while it was pretty tasty, I was expecting a little more depth and complexity...at any rate, it was pretty tasty with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 05:21:37 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip. Thanks, FernMaster.

Pours out a russet/orange looking color. Its hazy but not filled with floaties. The head is off-white and 1.5 fingers at its peak before receding to a tiny ring. Pretty average across the board.

Pulpy, juicy berry aromas hit the nose first and foremost. The beer is brewed with both blackberries and blueberries and you can easily smell both. Some light grain smells come through but the berry is dominant. This is pretty vinous, as you can expect.

The berries are less dominant on the tongue. They meld together to form a generic berriness and that berriness comes with a drying, almost tannic wine-like quality. Sometimes I get flashes of, like, a bock malt quality. This is straightforward but kind of pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, bordering on watery. It doesn't contribute positively or negatively. Its just... present in your mouth. Drinkability? Eh. Its pretty strong on the berry flavor. I'm glad that I'm sharing this 750mL bottle. One 12oz. serving would be perfect.

Decent fruit beer. It'd be nice to have every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 01:49:09 | More by Reaper16
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/13/2007 - Into my oversized goblet

A- Hazy amber with a faint purple tinge to it. Zero head no matter how much I coaxed it. Just a blob of tiny white bubbles floating on top.

S- Strawberries, black berries, vanilla, slight bready yeasty smell, wine cooler and plums.

T- Fruit is very faint in this, and the alcohol was well hidden. Little malt presence. Little bit of spiciness.

M- Juicy as first sip, and than straight to very dry on the back end. Almost made me cough on my first sip.

D- As much as I did enjoy this I don't think I'd have another one with age on it. I will definately try it fresh and compare the difference. Very easy beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 18:08:20 | More by korguy123
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IpeeA

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-06-2013 06:39:00 | More by IpeeA
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cbl2

New York

2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4/7/2007 $11.99 750 mL 10.00% Bottled on 2/12/07 (three days after Red & White).

Appearance:

Pours a clear brown with what can only be described as violet highlights. Topped by a quarter inch of tight white head (also with a purple hue), that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

Sweet dark berries, reminiscent of Au Courant or Sam Adams Boysenberry wheat. Lacks the complexity and subtle nuances of Red & White.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Dry astringent metallic/medicinal berry flavors, with a strong Robitussin sensation that summons up deep buried memories of the most horrible illnesses, and almost makes me gag. What happened here? Red & White was phenominal, the best large beer DFH has done in while. This is a chore to suck down, and may meet a watery grave in my drain before long. Alcohol becomes apparent a few sips in, with a bit of hotness that goes straight to the head.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 18:57:15 | More by cbl2
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LakerLeith

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-19-2014 03:31:04 | More by LakerLeith
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 22:38:38 | More by BostonHops
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Rempo

Indiana

1/5  rDev -72.7%

11-20-2011 04:10:11 | More by Rempo
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gshackles

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-13-2013 12:30:03 | More by gshackles
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deadliest

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-07-2013 18:43:14 | More by deadliest
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-15-2011 05:04:04 | More by patm1986
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

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

750 ml bottle. ABV listed as 10% on the label, but who's counting when it's that strong? Pours up the color of a Manhattan, or like iced tea with a splash of cranberry in it. Light pink head holds nicely for a while. Subtle berry aroma with whiffs of alcohol and a medarate grainy aroma to it. I can tell I served this one up too cold so I'm going to come back to it in about 10 minutes. I can definitely pick up on the berry content now that it's warmed a bit, noticeably the blueberry (I love fresh blueberries, one of the reasons I had to try this beer). This beer certainly does have an alcoholic warmth to it. After a couple of sips, my stomach feels a touch warmed. The berry flavor is subtle, taking a back seat to a malty, grainy tasting beer. No descernable hop aroma or flavor to take note of, although there is a organic vegetal quality to the beer, but not hops. Carbonation seems a bit subtle due to the medium-to-thick body of the beer. Initially malty and sweet, with a faint tartness near the finish. I mentioned that I love blueberries and I'm just delighted that this beer kept its flavor in check. I've been disappointed with any other blueberry beer I've tried because they always taste like a Jelly Belly jellybean or if Kool-Aid made a blueberry flavor. Sam keeps reinventing his line of beers like Madonna keeps reinventing herself, only difference is that Sam is God and Madonna only thinks she is.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 23:46:05 | More by crookedhalo
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.