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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Photo of condorsim
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Daniellobo
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initially an intriguing twist on a golden ale with berries that ends a bit dull, albeit with a reliable drinkability and tart tone.

Presentation: 750 ml. Classic-retro design around the painted portrait of a Flemish-like male character holding a cup of the brew. Bare one liner noting the three main ingredients of the beer. Shows bottling (2009 H), and Alc. by Vol. (10%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Medium amber with a short lived head, leaving a memory on the surface and no lacing.

S - Sweet and fresh aromas of fruits, citrus with the berries coming in the end of the range. All of them in a rather subdued manner with a faint malt sense combined with an emerging tartness.

T - Small sweet tone with a note of berries and a gentle sour character towards the end.

M - Crisp with generous carbonation on a medium to light body.

D - Initially it feels rather drinkable but gets a bit dull since it does not feel very exciting or memorable.

Notes: One of the least inspiring offerings from DFH for my liking. Both beer and design try to have a pretended seriousness with a tongue in cheek tone, but in the end like the portrait revival on the label it feels a bit blah. They can and typically do better, not a bad brew by any means but there is little really memorable here.

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Photo of Nick29
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdubjacket
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was given a bottle of this last October as a gift. Decided to split 750 ml of this tonight with my better half. Pours a copper color with amber hues with very little head. Raspberries are very prominent in the nose with a hint of the blueberries. Taste is a tart punch in the mouth from the raspberries. As the beer goes on, the taste begins to mellow. It's somewhat refreshing in the Summer months. Good full mouthfeel - plenty of carbonation. Drinkabiliy is average due to the sweet fruit tastes coupled with the ABV.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had 3 bottles of this along with 3 bottles of Red & White on a fishing trip to the Finger Lakes. Must say, I liked the Red & White better. At any rate, this is a fine fruit beer. The fruit is very pronounced in both nose and mouthfeel. Very sweet in my opinion. This would be a fine after dinner/dessert beer. The 10% is hardly noticeable. This one could sneak up on you quickly. Not so sure I'll revisit this in the future, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of younger35
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this brew up from Casanova's in Hudson Wisconsin for around $13. I've wanted to try this for awhile and I finally pulled the trigger. Better be good since I could have got a bottle and a half more of New Glarus's Raspberry Tart or Belgium Red instead. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a lovely pinkish red with a nice big one finger fluffy white head that has some serious staying power. A nice cap and collar remains leaving loads and loads of lacing.
Smell- The nose starts with some definite fruitiness but if the label didn't tell me the fruits, I'd have never known. Matter of fact I definitely would have guessed cherry because this beer smells a lot like Founders Cerise. I've made fruit beers (blueberry, cherry and raspberry) and they've all smelled just like this because I fermented the fruit in the primary and secondary. Some light biscuity malt hides underneath the fruit but that's about it for the nose.
Taste- Hmmm... Tastes a lot like the first raspberry homebrew I ever made too; weak and disappointing. Except you couldn't taste the alcohol in my brew. Fruity for sure but way too weak for my liking (spoiled by New Glarus, I know). Again, no specific fruit is really detectable. Some dirty sort of yeast hides behind all fruitiness as does a bit of raw grainy malt. A tiny amount of bitterness in the finish as the hops cut some of the fruity sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Light body with a crisp zesty feel from fairly intense carbonation.
Drinkability- Well I usually find that a light bodied beer without an excess of sweetness or bitterness in a high alcohol environment, usually isn't the most drinkable brew. This beer follows that trend. The fruit needs jacked up quite a bit for this brew to hit the goodness its price tag promises. If you see this brew for $4.99 a 750mL, pick it up. At regular price I'd avoid.

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Photo of TLove
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

750 ml bottle.

Sleight, red grape-ish color that looks more like a fizzy pomegranate drink than a beer. Smells a lot like one too. But there is a fine, semi-creamy head with a purple/blue tint and a very sweet nose. Malty body holds all the flavors of black raspberry and nutmeg.

A touch salty and spicy, this beer drinks remarkably well as it warms. Blueberry and raspberry carry throughout, while the malt plays heavy on the sweet card. Despite the fruity character, the beer is not overly acidic or dry and has a strong alcohol body. Pretty well-balanced with uneven carbonation (a lot up front, disappears shortly after).

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Photo of Gavage
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear reddish purple color with a thick and fluffy 3"+ pinkish white head that lasted a while. This is one interesting looking beer IMHO.

Smell: there is a soft aroma of berries and little else is detectable.

Taste: this is not your usual fruit beer. Loads of dark berries, red grapes, a hint a vanilla, little to no bitterness, and some hints of alcohol are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. The aftertaste is brief and filled with berry tones. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a unique fruit beer that is definitely worth trying because of the nice flavors, but to me this is a "one bottle, one time of year" beer - and if it comes out next year I'll probably pick one up.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Huge amount of sediment on a bottle that should have had plenty of time to settle. Light amber body. Nice white head hangs around throughout the, leaving a nice lace as the glass empties.

S – Huge, fresh blueberry note. Blackcurrant and a hint of tart raspberry. An incredible nose by fruit beer standards.

T – Nice blueberry note up front, but unfortunately the middle veers tart and dry before diving headlong into a huge cheery-Dimetapp off-flavor.

M – Rolling menthol / medicinal booze on the finish. Medium / light body. Overly carbonated imho.

O – The nose is fantastic, and the beer opens with a great berry flavor, but the medicinal backend sandbags this brew from really getting off the ground.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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