Black & Red - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 27.91%
Wants: 22
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pwoody11 on 04-02-2011

Black & Red is a velvety smooth, dry-minted stout with a serious fruit problem! The huge portion of heavily roasted grains brings a dry, chocolatey character that contrasts Black & Red's sweet, fruity, full body.

As you tilt your glass, you'll notice that the black color you are perceiving is actually a very deep red and that the rich creamy foam has a tinge of pink to it. Black & Red starts off roasted and warming with a robust mintiness from 100 pounds of organic mint (from our friends at Washington's Green Grocer) added to the secondary fermentation and finishes out sweet and smooth.
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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a goblet jet black with almost no head to speak of,a thin wispy mocha colored top.Mint and and wine barrel fruity aromas,I really picked up alot wine-like aromas there,some dark fruit and chocolate also came into play.Minty ans deep chocolate flavors that meld into raspberry-like fruitiness,that fruitiness becomes a bit cloying after awhile.Hmm this beer is different but Iam not sure what I think,the mint is different but it gets to be to sweet for me.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.43/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth

A: Served in a goblet, the beer is black in color with a tight, brown/gray head. Nice retention and left wisps of lacing, but nothing substantial.

S: Lots of mint, some chocolate and roasted malt. The raspberries come through more as the beer warms.

T: Tons of mint with some fruit mixed in. The best I can do to describe the taste is to compare it to the cough syrup you give to kids...the kind that I always dreaded drinking.

M: Medium bodied with a pretty good creaminess. There is a slight minty tingle.

O: I had high hopes, but the first time I got it, I took a sip and my immediate reaction was, I can't believe I have an entire glass. Normally I like most DFH beers, but this one was a complete miss for me.

Photo of tdm168
3.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh. Served in a snifter

A - arrived pitch black with a thin layer of soft brown head that has great retention

S - sour, chocolate, mint, tart, medicine

T - medicine, cherries, mint, chocolate, alcohol, tart, sour

M - full bodied, smooth, warm

This is an odd beer. Part of me liked it but part of me was put off by the medicinal notes. The mint/cherry/chocolate notes are pleasing up front but then finish with a tart almost sour note which is also off putting. If you like fruit stouts this is a good beer. If you're a a purist, then this isn't for you.

Photo of bamojr
5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Falls Church Dogfish Head Ale house. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. It is so complex and great.

Poured a midnight black with slight hint of purple and red color. Thin brown head that was barley even there when the beer got to the table.

Some great raspberry smells and some hints of licorice and smoked hickory.
Flavors of chocolates, cherry, raspberry and a huge smokey wine taste. This one is super sweet with a very creamy taste a lot of froth.
Also some chicory and grape flavors that come is as you drink this beer.
I dare say this is the most beautiful beer I have had to date.
So happy with this brew.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove to sharing this one with me! Served from growler into a Three Floyds imperial pint. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, soy sauce, and mint. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, alcohol, and mint. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The berry aspect of this one was very intense and likely covered up a lot of subtle flavors going on in this one. I really wish this one would have toned back on the berry. However, it didn’t completely kill the brew though. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of dvmin98
2.26/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Mac's Southend in Charlotte, NC

All I can say is when I smelled it, I wanted ice cream. Very minty, but not my ideal beer smell. One taste is all I could take because I don't want mint in my beer. Just not my thing, I guess. At the next table, the guy couldn't get enough of it.

Appearance was about average. Not much of a head.

Smell was overpowering mint.

Taste was just a minty mess.

Mouthfeel was decent

I shoulda poured it into the other dude's glass.

Photo of vandemonian
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black and Red delivers what is promises. Mint chocolate. 2 oz of it is delicious but 16 is way too much.

A: Black with good lacing. 4.5

S: Smells of mint and maybe chocolate. Very interesting. 4

T: Malty into mint and alcohol. The finish tastes of chemical/alcohol. Too much mint? 3.5

M: Slightly foamy. 4

O: 3.5

Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the DFH Brewpub as part of a flight.

Pours a fairly dark black with brownish edges and swirls of haze. Big nose of mint, chocolate, and berry. Very candy-like, reminds me a bit of a minty chocolate cordial. Taste is very similar to the nose, almost overwhelming flavors of mint and berry with a big chocolate backbone. Very unique. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a medium-full body and a big of burn from the booze. A very interesting beer, not sure if I'd enjoy a large serving but the little taste I had was nice.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

dark as night with a small cap of tan that appeared right on the top, settling down slowly it leaves a touch of side lacing and a nice bit of foam around the edges. Ten minutes in the top is bare though and only some light lacing on the sides remains. Aroma is sweet, licorice and brown sugar, hints of chocolate coming together nicely, but missing that little bit of push to really throw it over the top for me. Smooth, creamy and full bodied it started to grow on me as the session wore on. Bitter, dark German chocolate, coffee, hints of something else, fruit, maybe but probably not. Hard to place but there is something else there providing another flavor of some sort that is hard to discern. Dry finish with a light alcohol

Photo of ShanePB
2.06/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served on tap at the Rehoboth Beach pub, sampler size glass at the recommendation of mdaschaf, THECPJ and the waitress. Ut oh, this must not be that good, I'm adventurous and still wanted to sample this one.

A: Black, pitch dark body with essentially a non-existent head, naturally due to being a smaller serving. A bit of off-white foam circled the glass but nothing impressive.

S: A strange and eclectic blend of fruit and fresh mint. Fruity puree and peppermint are immediately evident. What this beer fails to present is any qualities of an American Stout. The malt base here is extremely weak for the style and really doesn't help tie any of these loose ends together.

T: I'll describe the flavors but this is honestly terrible. Infected, lactic and sour berries (raspberries?) blended with a milky, minty flavor that turns into the most unappealing flavor I've sampled in a beer to my recollection. This is horrible - an experiment or cover-up gone terribly wrong.

M: Surprisingly has a relatively full body on it, but to call it full-bodied would be misleading. Slight carbonation to it but still creamy.

I really have no clue what Dogfish Head is trying to pull here. This is the worst beer I've ever sampled from them. As someone else put it, it tastes like infected Fort drenched with mint to cover up how horrible it is. In reality, they seem to have created a beast no one should ever try to conquer. Holy shit, this was gross. End of story.

Photo of oline73
2.39/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the black friday event. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours very dark color, almost black with some red at the edges. There is a half finger of an head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of mint up front with some roast. Quite fruity. A bit like cough syrup.

Taste: Minty robatussin. Dark fruit with lots of mint. Not everything works together for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I didn't like this very much. Overwhelming . The mint, roast, and fruit were weird together.

Photo of cbarrett4
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Just came across my notes from the Oregon Brewers Festival:

Pours murky dark brown/red with faint off white head fading quickly to a decent lace.

Nose is in your face mint, berry, and chocolate. Very dark, complex and inviting. Some hints of roasted coffee, spearmint, peppermint, raspberry...

Really odd palate. Not cohesive. It's chocolate covered raspberry meets toothpaste. Really odd. Not pleasant.

Texture is more viscous and soupy than I would have expected. Not very balanced, cumbersome. Finish is pretty long, but it prolongs the toothpaste feel...

This seriously tastes like I just brushed my teeth and ate a chocolate covered raspberry. I enjoyed it for what it was, but I will likely never purchase or go out of my way to try again.

Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: This is a big thick black color with red hues around the top of it with a very short and thin tan colored head that leaves little to no lacing as the beer is consumed.
S: Smells of booze, sweet malts, hints of chocolate, vinous fruits, some coffee, toffee, wine, and then some spices I couldn't put my finger on.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, a huge berry/wine flavor mixed with chocolate, coffee, and then some minty-ness to it to finish it off. Really interesting flavors here.
M: Rich, thick, warming, perfect amount of carbonation, heavy feeling.
D: Overall it was a really interesting beer and worth a try because all those flavors shouldn't mix, but they do and it's really nice.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.7/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 4.00 ten ounce pour at Beer Nutz in Fox Chapel. Poured into a dogfish head goblet.

A - Looks pretty impressive a nice solid black stout with a finger or two of head. It looks thick and carbonated with a simple swirl you get more bubbly dark mocha head.

S - Bat shit crazy this stuff smells like a york peppermint patty! Smooth bakers chocolate with an assertive mint smell that dominates even minutes after the glass is gone. Slight berry sweetness as well.

T - Very weird at first since the first couple sips were mint forward but as it grew on me I get a nice chocolate finish with some sweet berries taking the edge off any cloying peppermint.

M - The best part of this beer it was medium to heavy bodied but I detected no ABV burn whatsoever. Love this "one off"

Overall I believe this may be the best beer I have had all year and was glad that not everyone loves it since it was still on tap for me to try. Great work Sam!

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.7/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my notes: Had this on tap at the Tremont Tap House during date nite. After waiting an interminable amount of time, we finally were seated and served at the bar.

This beer was poured into a squat chalice sitting atop a short thick pedestal. This beer is quite dark, with little to no head. What head there is is a deep tan color, with plenty of lacing and retention as it is swirled.

Mmmm, this smells like an Andes chocolate mint! Very minty chocolate greets the nose, with hints of burnt sugar.

Tastes thinner than you'd expect, with abundant mint and cherry tart, and hints of raspberries. The chocolate is subdued, hiding behind the fruit and mint. The mint hits the back of the tongue, with very little bitterness. Sweet and smooth, but not syrupy. A moderate amount of alcohol gives it warmth without being overpowering. An unusual, but excellent, collection of flavors.

Medium bodied, with low bitterness and pleasant alcohol warmth, this is a comforting beer.

Wow, this was not what we expected. Tasty, complex, and unusual, it is a shame that DFH does not bottle this. It would make an excellent Christmas beer, and would be a welcome change from the wealth of strong ales and spiced beers that dominate the Christmas ale market.

Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark black with minimal presence of spotty brown head, little lacing. First whiff brings everything the description of the beer promised, leads with herbal mintyness, followed up by a blend of raspberry and chocolate, finishes with dark roasted malts. Taste leads with an herbal mintyness, quickly rushing into notes of dark chocolate and raspberry candies - these flavors are bold, uncompromising and only fade slightly into a full on dark roasted grain profile. Slightly disappointing medium body, some creaminess would have really helped this beer out. Amazing flavors from a beer that really push the limit, but can see how this is not for everyone. Really tough to get through all 10oz despite me being a huge fan of it.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous soul for sharing this at the Rosso release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a black brew with a very thin head and some sticky lacing on the way down. The nose is really interesting with the mint coming forward on a mission, followed up by a bit of roasted malt and some chocolate. The flavor is more balanced between the mint and chocolate, and there are also some dark fruits and berries hanging around. The feel takes a bit hit, as the finish is really dry and odd with a boozy pickup. Really interesting overall and I love what the mint did to the nose and flavor, but the finish was quite off. Still, I'd be happy to try this again.

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery, Paoli, PA

Great beer that truly delivers what it promises. Poured a thick black with ruby highlights, and a thin but firm layer of dense beige head that leaves a bit of streaky lace. Big aroma of chocolate and fruity mint that made me salivate, quite literally if I recall correctly. Definitely loved this beer at the first sip. It needed to come up a few degrees in temperature before the true complexity of the flavors came out, but it was still good cold. There was an initial taste of a certain, specific candy that I just can't put my finger on. The description promised chocolate, mint, and raspberry, and that's what this beer delivered in the taste: like a minty, chocolate-covered gummy raspberry Juicy Fruit delight. No hops to speak of, no bitterness, and almost no aftertaste to speak of (thanks to the mint?). Not quite full-bodied, silky smooth, aromatic, and quite drinkable, merely due to the melding of its atypical ingredients. Seems like a love/hate thing.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, wine and mint. In the taste, a small roast, quite wine like and quite minty. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry minty cherry in the aftertaste. In reminds me of cherry toothpaste, and really too minty.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.14/5  rDev -65%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On tap in a tulip at Bodega on 9/27/11

Very dark brown; sets up black in the glass. Poured a thin layer of foam that disappears. Only a tight ring of retention remains, aside from a lone, pea-sized bit of foam drifting all lonely like. It has a bubble on it; looks like an eye. Two spots of lace.

Anyway...

My nostrils are bitch-slapped by aromas of peppermint Altoids and menthol. A booze note is coupled with the mint for a nasty, nail polish remover harshness. Faux raspberry chocolate candies. Hints of burnt molasses and plastic. Absolutely putrid; I haven't come across that smells this bad in quite a spell.

This nonsense of a beer tastes exactly like it smells and is every bit as repulsive. Brash mint, fake raspberry and a wimpy chocolate notion so lacking in roast it's a joke. It isn't hot from alcohol, but it has that nail polish remover solvency going on. Starts to taste cloyingly sweet as it warms up.

Full, overly slick feel. The mint makes the appreciable feel worse, kind of like the wind chill factor. Effervescent carbonation drives the nail in the coffin.

Such a wretched beer. It's astonishing DFH has reached a new low. This is like a malevolent blend of 120 Minute, World Wide Stout, Fort and Altoids.

Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

If this were a one word review, that word would be "minty." Perhaps it should be "minty?" because the natural question is: does mint flavor and beer go together at all?

The appearance was a traditional deep brown to black stout color with a nice size head that retained well. That was the only thing traditional about this brew.

The smell was overwhelmingly minty. The taste was of dark fruits up front followed by the contrast of stout bitterness and finishing with a blast of mint and a hint of chocolate.

This is definitely a one-and-done type of beer, but everyone should certainly try it and it deserves a decent rating for creativity and boldness alone.

Photo of Oakenator
4.83/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Dogfish beers - extremely unique and a taste that is not for everyone. This brew was tap poured into a growler and consumed about 4 months after pour. The growler kept this brew perfectly. Pours almost black with a nice cream colored head - held up to the light I see a reddish tint to the dark color. Aroma is mint and slight berry. Flavor is deep with dark malts - maybe some chocolate, red licorice, raspberry and slight alcohol heat on the back end. For those that like to try different brews - this is a must have!

Photo of ckollias
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer in a snifter @ dogfish head pub in Rehoboth.

A: Dark black with a one finger brown-tan head that eventually turns into a wispy lace.

S: Strong overwhelming sweet fruit smell with hints of mint.

T: Very sweet, minty, and fruity – to the point where I really could not tell this was a stout. The berries really come through and dominate this beer from start to finish. The alcohol is definitely present in this one.

M: Medium body and carbonation, Not to heavy – not to light , especially for 10.5% abv.

O: Another interesting beer from Dogfish Head. This is my third fruit beer from them, also having tried ‘Red &White’ and ‘Black & Blue’ – I believe it ranks similar to those. It reminds me of an after dinner beer.

Photo of womencantsail
2.11/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours black in color with almost no head whatsoever and very minimal carbonation.

S: A very strange aroma to this. The mint aroma is very, very intense. It's almost like a peppermint patty. There's a bit of raspberry and dark chocolate as well as a lot of roast, licorice, and booze.

T: Mildly herbal with some booze, sugar, and licorice. The typical rubber cement flavor that you get with high ABV Dogfish head beers. Plenty of that mint with a bit of chocolate to it and a slight sourness of raspberries.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Not a very good idea and not very well executed.

Photo of Spider889
2.54/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On draft at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats on my mini-trip in April.

I didn't know much about the beer going in, but seeing as you don't see Imperial Stouts coming out of DFH that often I was excited. The description mentioned mint with a fruity profile, but not that there was fruit in the beer.

Only the day after I ordered this did I discover from a local that this was the bastard child of a failed batch of Fort. Suddenly it started making sense.

The beer is a dark rum color, which collects black in the bowl of the glass. The head is an off white/tan color.

Aromas of mint chocolate are overflowing. It's insane how sweet and minty this beer is. It's like one of those gross mint chocolate candy canes that no one wants around Christmas time.

Mint is huge in the flavor as well. Sweet chocolate with cherry undertones tries to break through all of the mint. I have only had this and maybe one other beer with mint in it, but frankly, mint just seems to have no place in beer. It's way too prominent a flavor and difficult to control it would seem. Peppermint, peppermint, peppermint. Extremely sweet over time.

Stout or not, aside from the color I am not so sure. I guess you can attribute the chocolate flavor to the style, but otherwise there are no real malt flavors. The sweet mint and fruitiness overpowers everything else.

The carbonation is lively. Black and Red is quite thin bodied for a stout base beer. Ohh wait, the base beer is a fruit beer. Sticky, but dry feel long after each sip. A boozy sipper at that. No surprises here.

Overall this was just strange. I love experimental beer, but this was outside of my comfort zone. It serves as an interesting desert beer I suppose. And maybe I'd have rated it more kindly had the true components of this beer been divulged by the brewery.

Also, I am convinced that this beer was the cause of my wicked hangover the next morning.

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Black & Red from Dogfish Head Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.