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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
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 cdkrenz
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%

A - Copper colored body that shows a nice red when held to light. The head is a bright white but quick-lived.

S - The aroma of apricot is prevalent and not all that becoming.

T - I'm a bit disappointed here. I'm a fan of a blueberries, black raspberries and of course beer. Combine the three and I would hope to find a harmonious flavor fit for the gods. The flavor combinations here are interesting but not all that tasty. You have a beginning of mild malt and then a move to a dark bitter middle also hosting a strange, slightly pungent fruitiness. The finish has an uncomfortable
blueberry-plum combination that makes it difficult to keep drinking.

M - The feel of this beer is by far is highest characteristic. The feel of the brew is soft and smooth with a hint of abrassive catchiness allowing each pull to be its own journey. It contradicts the flavor by begging me to keep drinking.

~ Overall I'd say this beer is certainly something you should consider trying. I don't recommend you run out today and try to find a bottle. But, if you come accross one and can find it for a reasonable price (less than $11.99 which is what I paid for the 25.6 ounce bottle I purchsed) then I suggest you add it to your cart. At any rate its an interesting beer, the bottle labeling is artistically considerate and its brewed by a fine brewery.

cdkrenz, May 02, 2010
Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

750 ml bottled 2010 poured in a snifter

A- A nice red/amber color with an off white one finger head with hints of orange.

S- Over fermented blueberries and raspberries, not the best smell in the world, reminds me more of a wine smell.

T- Sweet, sweet, and sweet. The taste is mostly blueberries with a hint of tartness from the raspberries.

M- It is smooth and a little on the lighter side.

D- This does not feel like a beer, but it is not bad. If you do get a bottle be ready to split it with someone because half a bottle is all that one person needs in a night.

larryi86, May 21, 2010
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of BB1313
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!

BB1313, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +9.3%

aquazr1, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of KJ2013
4.5/5  rDev +23%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +9.3%

abex44, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

IpeeA, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of jkane101
3/5  rDev -18%

jkane101, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

gshackles, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of dkw0063
4/5  rDev +9.3%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of bmjivi221
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

bmjivi221, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BKotch, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

dalepryor, May 08, 2013
Photo of Goliath
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.

Goliath, May 05, 2008
Photo of johntfox
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

johntfox, May 21, 2013
Photo of SilentSabre
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.

SilentSabre, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -18%

nzerbe, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of cp45
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

cp45, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Gosox8787, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Hessian257, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +9.3%

HollyHops, May 14, 2013
Photo of POTABLE83
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

POTABLE83, Mar 12, 2014
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.