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
Ratings:
1,619
Reviews:
528
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
294
For Trade:
9
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Photo of bmur112
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of scxcrunner
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Cooker_stp
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a nice clean deep copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head which left behind a decent amount of lacing. aroma of raspberries, blueberries, caramel, lots of malt and fruit! this is a very malt heavy flavor with tart hints of berry then a blast of honey/caramel and subtle berry on the end. very sweet, almost like a tripel.
full body with a creamy mouthfeel and modest amount of carbonation.

this is a 2012 bottle, so it's last year's batch.. i have to say there's not much of a difference in the year this has been cellared.

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Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of chefhatt
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. It has a nice rich auburn color body with just a small white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. The smell has a nice berry aroma to it. The taste is a little tart to start then the berries come in on the middle of the tongue and gives it a nice like sweet flavor. I get like a white wine finish on the back of the tongue. Very nice mouth feel, very little after taste. Overall this is very different and i really like this beer.

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Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed copper-gold. Head is bubbly and bright-white. Carbonation is solid and adds a nice element to the beer.

Smell: Obliterated blueberries and blackberries. Slightly tart with a good punch of fruit juice sweetness. Hint of Belgian yeast adds a small funkiness. Very fruity and sweet.

Taste: Belgian yeast hits first. Fruit is nice and sweet and brings a fleshy real blueberry flavor. Hints of blackberry round out the fruit flavor. Spice from the yeast is a little distracting. Some malt sweetness as well. A little doughy.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium with a solid carbonation. A little dry on the finish.

Overall: One of the better fruit experiments from Dogfish Head. The yeast messes with the profile of the fruit. Nice fleshy fruit. Decent.

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Photo of brystmar
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a chalice.

A: a good looking dark amber color, small amount of creamy white head. Mild lacing.

S: raspberry & blueberry dominance. Very sweet, still quite pleasant.

T: sweet & fruity start to finish, but not excessively so given the style. Raspberry taste lingers to the very end. Enjoyable and refreshing for a warm winter day like today.

M: medium-bodied and a little creamy. Average carbonation.

D: really good for a big beer like this, but I'd expect nothing less from DFH. Sam & co are masters of hiding booze in these big beers.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Black and Blue purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
appearance: cloudy orange golden with a white, slight head.
smell: tart, buttery, rasberry, blueberry. Very nice.
taste: As the nose advertises. Good stuff.
Distinct carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable for a 10%'er.
I see fairly average ratings from more experienced folks. Maybe my palate is not refined enough, but this seems an exceptional brew.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a definite blue/purple tinged color with a slight purple head. Fruit smell along with a slight belgian yeast. The taste is a touch more alcoholic than I was expecting but it is fairly smooth nonetheless. Belgian ale taste with a nice fruit finish. Light/medium mouthfeel. As a fruit beer I just wish it had a stronger fruit profile.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. It's got an amber color that is quite cloudy. It has a nice head that sticks around for a bit and has a slight purple tint to it. Very unique. You can smell the hints of black & blue berries which is quite nice.

It's got a sharp taste of fruit, it reminds me almost of a fruity wine. The alcohol is very warming but not over powering at all.

I got this is in a 1pt 9.6oz bottle, a great bottle to sip on throughout the night. Overall another great Dogfish Head brew!

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of briandaube
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with two friends. This beer pours a clear deep amber red color. Nice white head an inch thick when poured. Eventually settles to a good surface cover with good lacing. Fruity aromas are certainly present along with malty alcohol undertones and also alcohol. This beer is sweet upfront with fairly heavy fruit flavors followed by the malts and the alcohol, although the taste of alcohol is well masked for a beer of this caliber. Perhaps a bit of spice is also present. Has a sort of dry aftertaste. Has a crisp and smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Definitely becomes more drinkable as it warms a bit. Another good offering from Dogfish Head.

Eric

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Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Black & Blue is a clear, solid golden ale topped with a dense sand colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a super fruity aroma of fresh black raspberries and blueberries. It's a little sweet, a little floral and there's a whiff of light grain. It's medium bodied and lively. The finish is pretty clean and a little astringent. It's a little sweet and fairly bitter. There's a little sourness. It tastes more like fruit wine than fresh fruit. The black raspberry is pretty prominent at the start of the taste. It gets progressively more bitter as the finish approaches. It's mostly juniper and alcohol by the finish. Berries linger in the aftertaste. It has qualities of an old ale, a mead, a melomel and a sahti. It's very unique! It tastes a little boozy, so I wouldn't say this is for chugging, but it's enjoyable, unique and pretty classy.

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Photo of deadliest
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,619 ratings.
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