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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:
#31,652
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,623
pDev:
15.49%
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Ratings: 1,623 |  Reviews: 530
Photo of bravesandbeer
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved the Black & Blue from Dogfish Head!

This is late in the season to be having a fruit beer, but I found a 2010 bottle at a local beer store and had to have it! It tastes just like it smells which is great since it smells wonderful! Of course I am having it in from the 750mL bottle in a snifter. to be 10% it sure is hidden well, but most of that probably comes from age. if you like fruit beers this has to be a target of yours, it is a wonderful treat!

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Photo of Safa1
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Weird. Delicious. Fruit. Strong. Dogfish makes better but most others will not match this.

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

Photo of bfitzge2
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color, which is that of raspberries and blueberries. Nice hue. Thick two-finger head that fades down a bit.

Aroma is full of raspberry and blueberry in the nose with a bit of tartness peeking out.

Taste is smooth and tart with raspberry and blueberry on the tongue. The flavors don't linger long though. What feels like wheat shows up in the middle.

Mouthfeel is not too sweet nor tart. Finishes kind of dry too. Alcohol is well-hidden. Easy to drink.

A very nice beer that doesn't go overboard on the fruit. A sipper but the alcohol is so well-hidden, you should step back and savor it anyway.

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

A-cloudy amber with a thick cream colored head that thins out and leaves some good lacing

S-black raspberries and blue berries are faint but evident. it smells like a very sweet and juicy black raspberry/blue berry muffin. as the head thins, the aroma really comes out. smells quite tasty.

T-wow, i've had this before, but i absolutely do not remember loving it this much. it comes in tasting like black raspberry and blue berry yogurt and has a long matching after-taste. with the after-taste i'm also detecting a bit of nice belgian spice. the flavors seem to be of high quality. there are no negative tastes. this is a great and tasty beer.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dryer finish.

O-i had this a very long time ago, and in my memory it was a miss of a beer. maybe my taste buds have matured, but wow i'm loving this. i wish it weren't so expensive because i could buy a case of this and drink it. this bottle might not be for sharing because it goes down so easily, especially considering the ABV. this is extremely good and definitely quaffable.

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

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

Bottled 3/7/15; drank 6/28/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque raspberry appearance.

HUGE eggshell head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Blueberry & mild yeast notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild raspberry & yeast flavors up front; crisp apple juice finish. No booze heat. A pleasant, easy quaffer. Be careful...

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Photo of pat61
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours cloudy reddish amber under a 1” finely bubbled off white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass through the whole drink.
S: More blackberry on the nose than blueberries, spice, and fruit.
T: The blackberries and blue berries taste like real berries and not like a syrup. The blackberries come out up front and the blueberries come out more on the finish. The fruity funky Belgian yeast flavors are a little off on their own like that out of place person at a party – sometimes they connect and sometimes they don’t. There is a little grape or white wine thing going on as well. A light bitter hop accent provides some balance to the sweetness of the beer.
M: A big beer with a luscious, creamy body and slightly above average but very soft carbonation.
O: This is a sipping beer – it’s a touch to sweet to drink a lot of. It has a lot of interesting elements but they do not always come together.

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Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a redish tinted amber color with a tight white head. Wonderful aromas of dark berries and some mild floral hops. Smooth and creamy taste of rich yet mild blackberries and blueberries. Hops and malt make a well enough presence so that the beer is not too sweet. Well balanced and very drinkable for the ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of GangOf1
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bongodan
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of b3shine
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to snifter. Beer looks good. Not that I'm sure what it should look like, but it had the depth representative of black and blue berries, so it's gotta be labeled "good" at minimum. The bouquet was also good; the fruit was well-represented. Taste was excellent. The flavors poured through nicely. Mouthfeel was good; definitely a sipper. Overall, a good beer that I'll definitely be ordering again.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.6 oz bottle poured into a large DFH snifter. It is a light red color, translucent with a fizzy inch or so of head. Smell is very acidic with a wine-like berry presence. Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are all very prevalent in the smell. Taste is a sour/tart blend of berries, with an emphasis on blackberries and raspberries. Mouthfeel is very acidic and fizzy. Alcohol is present but hidden fairly well.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red with two-finger, creamy, foamy, white head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Big whiff of black rasberry. Subtle notes of alcohol.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Tart berries and a hint of orange. Has a cider like quality to it. Really good.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly astringent.

O: I am usually not a huge fan of fruit ales, but this was pretty good. Even better if you like berries. The flavors were not at all overpowering. Nice to sip.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy caramel-apricot in color. Head is modest and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is sweet and amazingly fruity with black and blue berries.

Taste is Initially sweet, and then very tart. A good bit of caramel malt. Mildly earthy, and nutty with a spicy yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Interesting, and certainly worth a try. Nice blend of Belgian yeastyness and tart fruitiness. Plenty of candy sugar sweetness to conceal the high ABV.

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Photo of EMV
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at champs in State College, PA - poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with a generous white head.

S: Fruits and berries, blackberry, blueberry, and maybe a hint of sour cherry. Mild spicyness as well... cloves and cinnamon.

T/F: Tastes very much the way it smells. Fruity and refreshing. Not too sweet with a slight tartness at the finish reminding me of cherry (although the dominant flavors are definitely blueberry and blackberry). Very smooth and moderately carbonated.

O: I don't usually go in for the fruit beers but since it was Dogfish head I gave it a go and was not disappointed. Very refreshing and crisp, and great to drink as we're entering the summer months. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

large capped Belgian style bottle, bottling date etched onto bottle, nice/fresh beer is good. Pours a great looking ruby/berry color with a raspberry tinged head, leaves some spotty lacing upon a moderate swirl. Fruity, lightly sugary nose. This one is sweet and fruity, as expected, berries, jam up front. Light, summery brew, would be nice as an apperatif or with a warm weather lunch/dessert. Champagne with a strawberry in it like qualities. When judged as a dessert beer, I think this one would at the top of the charts. Nice creation, crafted with skill and care from DFH.

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Photo of Jayroda82
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbexpert
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. golden amber color with good carbonation(tight, fine, bubbles), can't explain why but swear their is a blue tinge running through the amber

S. A subtle sweet malt nose carrying the essences of black raspberry and blueberry, and just enough hop to give the aroma a balance

T. Solid malt structure quickly balanced by subtle hops allow the fruits to play on the palate, First blueberry, then the raspberry/black raspberry notes following. The finish is persistent and pleasant

M. Sweet malt with berry, balanced by slight acidity keeping the finish crisp

D. Obviously availibility and price dictate the amount you can purchase but definitly drinkable, the 10% abv comes across as subtle.

Definitly worth finding and purchasing!!!
Those who don't like fruited beer stay away!!

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Photo of cvfish
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a purplish amber color that produced a small, fluffy, pinkish head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were great, subtle maltiness, a great mixture of berries, and yeast to finish

T - The taste of this beer had great mixture of sugary malts, tart rasberries, blueberries, and yeasty finish, along with scent

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a syrupy medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very drinkable beer, I like how Dogfish Head incorporated the fruit into the beer, instead of throwing a bunch of fruit into the beer and drowning out that beer quality

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Photo of prg1976
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, reddish/purplish amber coloring. White to maybe slight pink head, leaves some slight lacing.

Smells like a red wine almost. Alcohol and berries.

Tastes very good. Fruity, but not overboard. The malts are there for support, and just a touch of alcohol in the background. Tart and a little spicy, like a belgian.

Not overly carbonated, the mouthfeel is good, maybe a little lingering alcohol taste.

Overall, very drinkable. I'm a little surprised at how much I like it. I thought it would be a "one and done", but I think I'll get this one again.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/3/17...pours a purplish blue brown with flecks of sediment. High tan foam that settles. Strong fruity smell, black berries for sure. Strong fruity taste, berries blended into a tangy malt. Some hints of astringency dissolve into a belgian like goodness. Solid.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Served in a snifter glass. Light amber in color. Bubbly.

S. A very interesting nose! Berries and hops and some other sweet elements sifting in the background.

T. Ultra sweet and the berry flavor overpowers the hops.

M. Light and takes a few sips to coat the palate. Very sweet aftertaste.

D. Very good session beer, but I would rather have something else for extended periods of drinking.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red-copper. Thin head disappates quickly. Little lace
S- The berries come through pretty well. A good bit more blueberry than blackberry is the first thing I notice. There is a bit of like a wheat note to it. Upon investigation apparently the base beer is a Belgian Golden, but it really has some witbier characterstics on the nose.
T- Syrupy berries, again more blueberries than black, though black comes through as well. Not too complex, but on the scale of fruit beers this a tasty one.
M- Sticky, low carbonation.
O- This is a good beer, and one I think a lot of wine drinkers might enjoy. I wouldn't call it complex by any means, and the Belgian golden base didn't really show up for me, but I think this is a pretty good example of what a fruit beer can be.

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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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