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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,447
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 99
Gots: 188 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of Shaw
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.

Photo of PDXHops
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.

Photo of cp45
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of irishkyle21
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.

Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of calcnerd
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of POTABLE83
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Budinetz
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ShogoKawada
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.

Photo of chefduff2
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of KajII
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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Photo of Lanstrum
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tedho21
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jfstilling
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brpendergast85
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.09/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle

Pours a clear, light purple-ish color with a small white had that fades. Almost no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very light, with faint hints of berries. Becomes very boozy as it warms.

Nondescript light berry taste. No real malt or hop flavors to speak of. Bitter and dry at the finish with a pronounced booziness.

Medium body, light carbonation.

Well, this is by far the worst brew I've had from DFH. I feel cheated for shelling out $12 for this bottle. The fruit flavor is bland and subdued, and the only other flavor that really comes through is the alcohol. Pass on this one...

Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -18%

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,447 ratings.