Black & Blue | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Black & BlueBlack & Blue

Brewed by:
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed September 10th, 2013 at Blue Dog Beer Tavern, Sherman Oaks, CA.

Beer is presented in a Chimay chalice. Color is a deep amber/orange with a fine, creamy one-finger head. Not a lot of lacing or sheeting, though.

Aroma is nearly all berries with a slight metallic tinge.

Flavor starts with a little caramel malt. Then, the berries invade. That's it. End of flavor. Virtually no bitterness. Berries linger on the palate after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is lively, with some sharpness and bite due to good carbonation. Slightly thick, bordering on chewy.

This is more like fruit juice with beer in it than beer with fruit in it. Still, that's probably what was intended, so it's hard to knock a beer for being what it is. Glad I tried it but I'm in no hurry to have it again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

unfairly underappreciated. this is a great beer, well made and fun. it looks pinkish and foamy, with a nice richness and good bubbling. smells like a Belgian blond, but has some great germal elements. malty with a fruity element, the blueberries stronger than the black berries in smell and taste, almost tart. the malt meshes amazingly well with the berries, a cool combo and definitely something different. yeasty, but the carbonation is huge, and so is the body, better and better as it warms up. love the fruit here, like no other. and the alcohol content is entirely invisible. how in gods name is this thing over 10% abv? just feels like a session beer. overall a great mix of fruit flavor and taste, nose of baby feet a little, but a real high quality brew here.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,625 ratings