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Black & Blue | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by ggaughan on 08-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,295
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,623
pDev:
15.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
292
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,623 |  Reviews: 530
Photo of Secondfiddle7
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little bit boozy. Hey it's 10% ABV. No doubt, the fruit purée comes through loud and clear. There is a clear blackberry and blueberry taste. The big bottle is shareable. Pairs well with roast duck or roasted vegetables. Ages well. I've kept a bottle downstairs for a year or two and it smooths as it ages. Doesn't need to be ice cold, goes down real well at just below room temp.

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Photo of BallsDeep
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jssteinman
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LennyBound
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boto
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: this one pours a hazy Ruby tinged Amber color. Just a wisp of an off White head. Good nose. A bit musty. Red wine grape notes. Light Candi sugar, other fruits, malts. The taste is very good. Malty, a slight funkiness, touch of red wine flavors. Some blackberry also. Unique and good.

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Photo of NickySop
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crotharagain
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours incredibly dark orange or copper. Two fingers of off-white head.

S - definitely blueberry and blackberry. No Belgian yeast to find

T - Definitely tastes like genuine blue/black berries and not artificial flavoring. I mean, it tastes as advertised.

F - Good carbonation and a light feel. 10%? Really? I never would have guessed.

O - It doesn't deliver on the Belgian base, but if you wanted blackberries and blueberries, then this is it. Just be weary of that ABV; it will sneak up on you.

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Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jooler
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good tart smell. Taste is initially of blackberries then the funkiness kicks in. It is pretty good, but the issues are bad after taste and no carbonation.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml in a st. bernardus glass
A:pours a light kriek like color, little to no head
S: mostly berry, pretty up front and delivers as promised
T: berry berry berry, the belgian yeast comes through at the end of a sip but the fruit is up front, a bit tart
M: surprisingly thick given that it vaguely resembles a rosé in color, a tad oily but not in a bad way just not an expected one
O: only my 3rd dogfish head beer, it's interesting but not incredible, not something I could have often and not sure I would buy it again but I would not turn it down

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Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was really expecting to be blow away by this; and again high expectations do not yield the greatest results. This is not a bad beer by any means. But it certainly is not great. Pours a deep amber with a red/orange hint. The head sticks around for a little bit. The aroma is more of blackberries than blueberries. It's got a very tart taste which certainly lingers for some time. It feels tingly and champagne like. Would I buy it again? No. Is it a must try? Not really - unless you want to try all that Dogfish Head has to offer. It's alright, but not worth the $15.

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Photo of ahommell
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viperman1316
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wheels2532
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Icemann383
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice but not the best

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,623 ratings
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