Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,391 | Reviews: 486 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +17.5%
Split this bottle w/ a buddy. This is my second time enjoying this unique brew. Pours a purple w/ red hints, not really what you see everyday in a beer, looks great. I can smell blueberries, blackberries, vanilla. Those characterisitics are very noticeable in the taste as well. Pretty malty w/ a tart sweetness. Finishes sharp, well carbonated. Drinkability is good, but since it's borderline cloyingly sweet, it loses a point. The taste will have you coming back for more; alcohol is masked, but it's still dangerously drinkable. Awesome brew!
This definitely isn't your ordinary beer.. but the flavors alone make this very worthy. These are the kind of beers I expect from DFH. Well done, recommended!
01-02-2011 18:09:55 | More by BB1313
3.38/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours a brownish color with ruby hues. One inch of light tan head sits on top with decent retention and some lacing.
The aroma is subtle. A general berry fruitiness and not much else.
Taste is ok. A slightly bitter berry flavor, and some spices. The 10% ABV is hidden alright in this beer, better than the Red and White at least.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a nice carbonation.
Drinkability is moderate to low. High alcohol taste slows consumption, but other flavors are nice.
05-05-2008 18:15:00 | More by Goliath
4/5 rDev +9.3%
*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.
06-04-2009 21:33:27 | More by SilentSabre
3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
04-18-2011 13:54:53 | More by Gosox8787
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.