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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:
#31,327
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,623
pDev:
15.49%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this line of beers Sam has come out with. Finally a brewery that is giving me something new.
It is a ruby/purple red crystal clear beer with a faintly off pink head. The head was huge, but it dissapated quickly and only left a little bit of lace. The aromas are of strong raspberries, black berries, oak and some phenol alcohol. But only very faint phenols, as the regular alcohol comes in strong flanking the beer like the Viet Cong. The taste is very sweet raspberries, black berry fruity flavors along with the balance of woody oak. There is a lot of alcohol in the back ground, and as it warms it gets even stronger. Never the less, it doesnt leave that traditional alcohol burn on you palette. I think this would make a great reduction sauce for some vanila ice cream, and pound cake. Very nice. Once Again, Sam you've out done your self.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer!! Great fruit aroma and flavor.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red-capped big bottle into a Duvel tulip. 10% ABV on the label. 2008 B for the bottling date.

Appearance: Peach-colored with hints of amber, and an off-white head that leaves a lot of sparse lacing in rounds without a lot of clumping or anything.

Smell: Lots of interesting things going on here. Initial lambic sourness, sour fruits, yeast, some candi sugar, some blueberry aromas that thankfully don't smell like extract, and some mild medicinal phenols. Almost like a fruit beer meets a saison meets a lambic, in a great way, with tons of stuff to take in as it warms.

Taste: Awesome sourness of the fruits coupled with mild medicinal phenols, yeast, earthiness, along with some sweeter flavors such as vanilla and banana, with a semi-sweet, yet semi-dry, and obviously hard to explain, finish, leaving earthiness, mild phenols, sour fruit, and banana, coupled with pie-filling sweetness. Very bizarre and singular and pretty awesome overall.

Mouthfeel: At first I thought it was a bit watery, and I think it is, which it almost needs to be... if there were more carbonation, the subtlety of the sourness, fruit, and phenols wouldn't come through as well. And it still remains medium-bodied, even on the lighter side, and hugely coating without seeming that way, if that makes sense.

Drinkability: I'm surprised that this isn't rated higher, as I was kind of blown away, and this is coming from someone who isn't the biggest fan of fruit beers. But this is wonderfully sour (but in a mild and not overbearing way in the least), complex, and it doesn't seem like alcohol's present at all, even as it warms. Yes, at the around $12 price tag, this is a treat, but I enjoyed it a lot, and I'm not sure I've had a beer quite like it before. DFH lately is hitting all the right notes for me... keep it up.

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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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