Black & Blue
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #159
ABV:
10%
Score:
83
Ranked #24,746
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 15.22%
Ratings:
1,633
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 17, 2021
Added:
Aug 23, 2006
Wants:
  131
Gots:
  298
SCORE
83
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Notes: 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothman from Minnesota

2013 on tap.

White head. Golden copper color.

Berries and a bourbon like flavor. Very muted flavor in general for the abv. Not tart, not very sweet. Kind of bland/muted.

Jan 17, 2021
 
4.04 by Taenim from New Jersey on Sep 19, 2020
 
3.83 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Jun 11, 2020
 
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Oct 20, 2019
 
3.88 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jun 14, 2019
 
3.93 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Feb 03, 2019
 
3.79 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts on Feb 03, 2019
 
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 02, 2019
 
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Feb 02, 2019
 
2.94 by chiefz1 from New York on Sep 30, 2018
 
3.77 by HungarianCount from California on May 28, 2018
 
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 30, 2017
 
3.28 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania on Nov 11, 2017
 
4.25 by Notasoxfan from Illinois on Oct 24, 2017
 
3.75 by Matt141 from Texas on Sep 24, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Transcribed from notes:

I am continuing with my bottle purge and when a friend said that he wanted to come over and say goodbye before heading off to graduate school at U of FL, I decided to break out something that had recently surfaced from the depths of my cellar.

Once the cap had been Pop!ped, I employed a gentle pour so as not to disturb any potential lees. Color was a pinkish-amber with a good bit of floaties in evidence. Nose had a great preserve-like fruitiness. I would have guessed blueberry, but black or red raspberry? I cannot say for sure. My late-paternal grandmother grew red raspberries in her garden, hence my allusion to preserves. I got a skim of pinkish wisps for head. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was of mixed berries, very fruity, but hard to discern which ones were involved in the production of this beer. Label read 10% ABV, but it was as mellow as all get-out! I recently drank some aged Fort, and despite its age, it was still rather hot. This was very pleasant by comparison. Finish was semi-dry and actually more vinous that beer-like. Wild!

Jul 21, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Treated as a straight up fruit beer, this was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy purple to brown color with a slight transparency about it. Floaties bounce off of carbonation rising to fill a one finger white to off white foamy head. It dissipates at a nice pace and leaves a small fairly thick ring of foamy lacing around the glass. The smell starts off with a some blackberries and blueberries (obviously, right!) and blends into a light caramel to biscuity maltiness. The taste was a nice mix between the blackberries and blueberries to a little bit of spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Yields more to the biscuity side than the caramel side in the taste. Its somewhat fruity in the aftertaste yet allows the spice to hit in the finish nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good as it is and falls in and around my tongue appropriately. Overall, as a fruit beer, it works, with the Belgian spices snapping in and around my tongue, it wants to let you know, "hey, I’m not just any old fruit beer." I’d have this again, nice beer.

Jun 06, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Got this in a flight of 4 aged beers at dogfish head
2009 bottled, drinking 2017
Look - copper and thin
Smell - sour and tart funkiness
Taste - definitely taste the blue and blackberries, pretty funky
Feel - thin syrup almost no carbonation
Overall - interesting. It'll be cool to re check this out at home and see what I say different

May 04, 2017
 
3.89 by bshefftz from California on Apr 27, 2017
 
3.96 by Dr_Fox from Utah on Apr 16, 2017
 
3.53 by AlaskaAg from Florida on Apr 07, 2017
 
3.72 by BeccaH from Florida on Apr 07, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by KTCamm from New Jersey

2/3/17...pours a purplish blue brown with flecks of sediment. High tan foam that settles. Strong fruity smell, black berries for sure. Strong fruity taste, berries blended into a tangy malt. Some hints of astringency dissolve into a belgian like goodness. Solid.

Feb 05, 2017
 
4.44 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Jan 22, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brewfocker80 from Kentucky

On draft at Lexington Beerworks
A-pours a ruby amber with very nice carbonation and short white head
S-Smells extremely fruity with a little bit of funk
M-med to full body a lot of carbonation on the tongue
T-Very fruit forward with both the blueberries and blackberries. Almost a sour beer. No alcohol flavor even with an abv at 10%
O-Overall just a good beer. Not really my type of beer but was good.

Jan 07, 2017
 
3.5 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio on Dec 19, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 3/7/15; drank 6/28/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque raspberry appearance.

HUGE eggshell head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Blueberry & mild yeast notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild raspberry & yeast flavors up front; crisp apple juice finish. No booze heat. A pleasant, easy quaffer. Be careful...

Dec 01, 2016
 
2.68 by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey on Nov 26, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Copper to amber in color with plenty of floaties within. There's a quarter inch of creamy beige on top. The nose is an assault of very tart blackberries and blueberries along with some tart Belgian yeast. The taste is a blend of sweet blueberries, tart blackberries, and tart Belgian yeast. The mouth is fairly carbonated and dry.

Nov 23, 2016
 
4.25 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 23, 2016
 
3.52 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 04, 2016
 
4.09 by mds1101 from Illinois on May 15, 2016
 
4 by Warren2621 from Indiana on May 04, 2016
 
5 by tfsimpkins from Florida on May 03, 2016
 
4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 15, 2016
 
3.94 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Apr 07, 2016
 
2.77 by MasterRigger from North Carolina on Apr 03, 2016
 
3.62 by travis875 from Kentucky on Mar 13, 2016
 
4.72 by Hopped_head from California on Mar 10, 2016
 
3 by eddiefl from New York on Feb 17, 2016
Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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