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Black & Blue - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Black & BlueBlack & Blue

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 84
Gots: 173 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of rdooley
3/5  rDev -18%

rdooley, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

gpblackgt, May 30, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours an auburn rosé color. Has a white fizzy head that reduces to a thin pool on top. Decent lacing down the sides.

Has a tart, almost sour berry smell. Blueberry smell is very evident.

Tastes as tart as it smells, pucker up! Very crisp and light, especially considering the high alcohol content. A nice berry taste to it, as much the raspberry as the blueberry. While I'm not a fan of fruit beers, thus one tastes good.

As much like wine as beer, I'd drink this like a bottle of wine; uncork it, drink it, appreciate it, then have again at a later date.

TheHoppiest, May 02, 2010
Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -18%

prisdefer, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +36.6%

MaddDogg84, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of amishbooze
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

amishbooze, May 17, 2014
Photo of chefhatt
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.

chefhatt, May 24, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DSlim71, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

mkennedy119, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of afksports
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Amateur review incoming...

Appearance: Very amber with a tinge of the orangey type of look that makes you expect a fruity beer. Nothing wrong with it. Nothing exceptional either. Small head that dissipates quickly, solid carbonation throughout, seems like a dirty iced tea.

Smell: Strong smell of berries. Not much else there.

Taste: Berries are prominent, blue and black (hence the name), but not much else, and a bit too sour for the type of flavor you'd expect from blueberries. Sorta fails the way many blueberry smoothies do.

Mouthfeel: Solid and crisp. Very clean. Steady with other fruit beers.

Drinkability: The combination of the high abv's, the dirty iced tea look, the sweet berry smell, and the gross sour flavor on the tastebuds make this a difficult beer to have too much of. Wish I had a taste of this before I bought a whole 22oz. bottle.

afksports, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Casey3236, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Traquairlover
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Dark pink, the color of a rose wine with a small white head that dissipates quickly leaving lacing on the surface, light to medium carbonation of small bubbles.

S = Yeasty phenolic smells predominate with smells of overripe fruits and berries, also too much evidence of the alcohol. This might reflect that this is a new bottle and this may improve with age. I will try to remember to update next year if that is the case.

T = Bitter tastes of unripe berries combine with plasticine and overripe fruit smells to result in an odd combination of flavors and smells all going on at once. I think this might be capable of enjoying balance with more time in cellar, but it is kind of a wreck right now. It has various elements each of which is good, but they do not seem to combine well enough. Had to give this at least average though both because their are some good tastes going on and because I do get the sense this will age out well.

M = Medium bodied, good frothy carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = I think this one is definitely one to go with food and I suspect spicy food, not sure I want it again just to sit around and drink though.

Traquairlover, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of oelergud
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi transparent golden ruby body. Big airy hilly off-white head with a blueish reddish tint. Decent retention and good lace.
Sweet berry and fruity scent with just a hit of spice.
Delicious sweet berry taste with a balancing hop presence. Both complex and simple. A familiar comforting vegetable garden taste.
Medium to full body, decent coating.
Great drinkability, very delicious, this is a brew to drink cold, warmth kills this brew and this may have been what was going on with the lower reviews this beer has received, I dont know but that was my impression.


oelergud, May 12, 2007
Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

SkiBum22, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of brpendergast85
2/5  rDev -45.4%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

KAP1356, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of mbs11
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mbs11, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
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.

Retail1LO, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev +9.3%

fdig23, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of AJ01923
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

AJ01923, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of jettjon
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.

jettjon, May 28, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

spw109, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

sludgegnome, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Beeradelphia
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Beeradelphia, Aug 22, 2012
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.