Black & Blue | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Black & BlueBlack & Blue

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,624 |  Reviews: 530
Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmcadamis
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife picked out a few "big and fancy" beers and put them in a wine case wrapped up for Christmas... we cracked into them early, and enjoyed this one together since she is a big fan of the fruit beers.

A - Cloudy brown brew with a reddish cast and a nice long-lasting two finger head. This one looks less than fruity, but a tad more reddish than a "normal" brew. Pretty good looking stuff!

S - Tart blueberry skin, caramel, honey, and toffee malt. A whiff of alcohol and some nice leafy hops round things out. This is thankfully low on the sugar and fruit. It smells really well balanced.

T - A little bit more sugar and blueberry on the palate, this is still far from a cloying fruit bomb. On the contrary, this is a unique and complex brew that focuses more on the tart and acidic aspects of a blueberry than the sugary sweet juice. I was really worried that this would be a fruity, sugary disaster, but I had faith in Dogfish Head and they came through for me since this is a nice and complex brew that avoids the fruit beer trap of excessive "girlishness."

M - Medium bodied with some obvious alcohol attenuation and a syrupy feel that detracts a bit from the overall experience. Carbonation is unusually low, and that doesn't help the overly heavy sweetness by any means.

D - Honestly, this is very refined and complex, but the cloying syrupy mouthfeel kinda kills if for me. NOt bad, and totally worth the experience... but this its not something that I'll revisit anytime soon. My wife didn't like it because it wasn't fruity and sugary enough, and while I can appreciate this offering, I thought it was a bit too sweet/sour for me. It's okay.

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Photo of npachl
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

I can get into the fruity beers (see New Glarus Serendipity), but this guy just lacks great flavor and feel. Dollars are better spent on other D-Fish beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Photo of Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heddar33
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of RickS95
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The look is nothing out of the ordinary with a very dark, burnt orange color. The head never really gets going from the pour. However, with an aggressive swirl, a thin white head can be seen. Moderate retention leaves a spotty lace.

It smells like it should with blackberry and blueberry dominating the nose. Blueberries dominate any dish they're in and this is no exception. On the plus side, it smells like the real thing and not some artificial flavoring.

Wow...can you say berries? I like the taste of blueberries, but this beer is bordering on over the top. The Belgian yeast and carbonation propel the fruity taste beyond just normal blueberry flavor. Near the finish is a spot of alcohol that attempts to tame the onslaught of blueberry taste, providing the only instance of balance in this most one-sided beer.

Sweet and then tart with crisp carbonation the whole way. Like the taste, the high ABV tries to temper the tartness but it really can't as the blueberry phenols impart a strong acidic quality that doesn't mix well with the carbonation.

Fortunately this isn't a crappy beer that's just made with some fruit juice. Some thought and quality ingredients (i.e. real fruit) went into this. That said, it's just not a great beer.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bonkers
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

split a 26 ounce bottle with a friend, split into pint glasses
A-pours a light red color with a thin head
S-very sweet with fruit notes
t-sweet right from the start, but it is well balanced with hints of berries
m&d-very drinkable, not overly sweet, nice carbonation, not very filling
Overall-A very good fruit beer. This is well balanced and a fun beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a snifter.

This looks about standard for a big fruit beer, a golden red color with a tiny head. Aroma is about what I'd expect from a 10% alcohol brew brewed with tons of blueberries and blackberries. Taste? Berries and booze. with a bit of malt. What else would you expect? Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, with prickly carbonation. Drinkability is very good. Overall, a great "extreme" fruit beer, there's a ton of fruit in this high alcohol beer.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,624 ratings