Black & Blue
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #158
Ranked #25,062
3.68 | pDev: 15.49%
Mar 23, 2023
Aug 23, 2006
Black & BlueBlack & Blue
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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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.04 by Taenim from New Jersey

Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Jun 11, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 2.94 by chiefz1 from New York

Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by HungarianCount from California

May 28, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 3.28 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Notasoxfan from Illinois

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Matt141 from Texas

Sep 24, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.89 by bshefftz from California

Apr 27, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Apr 16, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by AlaskaAg from Florida

Apr 07, 2017
Rated: 3.72 by BeccaH from Florida

Apr 07, 2017
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.44 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Brewfocker80 from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.5 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio

Dec 19, 2016
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 2.68 by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Jun 23, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by mds1101 from Illinois

May 15, 2016
Rated: 4 by Warren2621 from Indiana

May 04, 2016
Rated: 5 by tfsimpkins from Florida

May 03, 2016
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Apr 07, 2016
Rated: 2.77 by MasterRigger from North Carolina

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.62 by travis875 from Kentucky

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 4.72 by Hopped_head from California

Mar 10, 2016
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