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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 62
Gots: 154 | 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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mkennedy119

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-01-2012 13:42:01 | More by mkennedy119
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-24-2014 15:40:51 | More by AJ01923
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craftbeerasian

Florida

3/5  rDev -18%

07-25-2013 17:35:01 | More by craftbeerasian
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-04-2012 20:33:37 | More by comfortablynirm
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Cooker_stp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-19-2013 17:40:12 | More by Cooker_stp
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mbs11

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-03-2012 22:32:34 | More by mbs11
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-01-2014 17:05:38 | More by Nightrain87
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-30-2012 12:00:21 | More by gpblackgt
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had 3 bottles of this along with 3 bottles of Red & White on a fishing trip to the Finger Lakes. Must say, I liked the Red & White better. At any rate, this is a fine fruit beer. The fruit is very pronounced in both nose and mouthfeel. Very sweet in my opinion. This would be a fine after dinner/dessert beer. The 10% is hardly noticeable. This one could sneak up on you quickly. Not so sure I'll revisit this in the future, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:32:08 | More by Retail1LO
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-09-2013 23:01:54 | More by fdig23
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jettjon

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the capped 750ml bottle stamped 2/13/07, into a wine goblet. Color is dark mahogany with lively carbonation from tiny bubbles, beneath a one-finger dark tan head that quickly fades to a thin cap and scattered lacing. Pretty good looking. Nose of sweet malt with mild raspberry/fruit hints; rather neutral overall, even when warm. Tastes of sweet malt and hints of dark fruit, along with a bit of bready yeast. 10% ABV is well-masked. There’s a lingering dry dark berry finish, kind of like blueberry pie. Mouth is semi-viscous and smooth with mild carbonation. Drinkability is just OK, drinkable but unimpressive. Not a beer I would want to drink a lot of; I’m glad I was sharing this $15 bottle with a friend.

Overall: Like many of DFH’s specialty beers, this one is interesting and pricey and overall not terribly remarkable. I only bought it because it was a limited release; I vastly prefer DFH’s more established offerings such as their 90 Minute IPA. Worth trying for obsessive completists such as myself, or if you just love niche craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 23:22:18 | More by jettjon
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ncelauro

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-21-2014 23:42:09 | More by ncelauro
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

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New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-03-2012 16:53:15 | More by JohnQVD
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-30-2014 21:32:12 | More by CraigTravor
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-28-2012 01:12:56 | More by tedho21
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Lanstrum

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23%

05-30-2013 22:23:39 | More by Lanstrum
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dstc

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a warm, golden brown/ruby color. Off-white head that falls leaving little or no lace.

Smells sweet and full of berries.

Yep, tastes sweet and full of berries. As it warms it gets even sweeter, too much so.

Smooth in the mouth with very light carbonation and a slight alcohol bite.

Sorry hippk9 but my wife bought the last two bottles of Red & White (which I love too) in Ft. Myers. She also got me this bottle of Black & Blue to try. Not as impressed. A little too sweet and berry-like for me. Pleasant but the big bottle was almost too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 01:27:25 | More by dstc
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

11-24-2011 01:57:33 | More by JustinMatthew
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. It has a nice rich auburn color body with just a small white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. The smell has a nice berry aroma to it. The taste is a little tart to start then the berries come in on the middle of the tongue and gives it a nice like sweet flavor. I get like a white wine finish on the back of the tongue. Very nice mouth feel, very little after taste. Overall this is very different and i really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:30:45 | More by chefhatt
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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tzieser

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one I had was bottled on 2/13/07.

Poured a nice amber color with blue undertones. A small head subdued into a thin lacing around the glass

Smelled slightly winy with malts in the background. Very faint smells of fruit (blueberry)

Tastes delicious-- especially for a bottle that's almost 2 years old (2009). Extremely malty forefront gives way to a smooth sweetness brought on by the aforementioned blueberry/blackberry. The idea of using blue and blackberry is outstanding- doesn't tarnish this at all. Doesn't cover any of the great maltiness.

Feels great in the mouth-- perfectly carbonated when served chilled

Drinkability is outstanding. I wouldn't mind having another bottle of this.

Overall give it a shot. Its expensive, but definitely worth a try. I think ill try red and white next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:53:18 | More by tzieser
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-18-2013 14:30:31 | More by aorloski
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.