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: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass and shared with a friend.

A - Pours a rusty copper color with about a finger of white head with active carbonation and layers of sediment floated stagnant throughout the body. It was poured lightly into the glass.

S - Big smell of blackberry juice right away, some sourness but I don't get any blueberry smell at all, it also has a smell of hops but it is faint.

T - Heaps of blackberry juice sourness up front, the blueberry flavor taste a bit like blueberry muffins, has some fruit wine qualities.

M - Very light and crisp, slightly watery with prickly carbonation.

D - Glad I tried this one but probably won't be a regular one from me, pretty expensive too. This would be nice on a hot summer day though.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reddish caramel color with a thin but dense head.
the aroma has the raspberry and blueberry aromas, along with carmel and some smells remeniscent of wheat beer. i'm getting some plum as well. there is also a subtle astringent smell in there too, not overpowering or overly distracting though. whisps of banana. a little medicinal.
the taste is fairly subtle for such a big beer. it's obviously got the raspberry and blueberry again that hits mid palate. also it has the same vaguely wheat character in the mouth. pretty sweet particularly towards the finsh. it does also have a fruity bitterness towards the back end, though it's probably bittering hops mingled with the fruit. the malts provide a caramel and vanilla base for the fruit.
fuller side of medium boied with fine but active carbonation.
decent drinkability, sort of a big sticky beer, but the alcohol is well hidden actually. overall, worth a try, but nothing i'd come back to.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally had this on tap tap at the brewery, and I thought I really liked it at the time. This is still an interesting beer once in a while, but the second time around I wasn't as nearly impressed. However, I have no idea how old it is... DFH seems to want to put "bottled in 2010" as the dating style on many beers these days, and the place I bought this at has sold old beer before. I have also heard of people aging this beer due to the abv, but over time, the fruit flavors will only fade. In short, this may have been 10 months old, and an assuredly fresh bottle might taste better.

Pours a cloudy blood orange color with a red glow to it, in the wider part of the glass it turns toward maroon or light violet. Nice small head and good spotted lacing.

Smells of strawberries, freshly washed wet raspberries, and of spicy peppery Belgian yeast. Also some slightly sweet, sharp alcohol on the nose.

The flavor is slightly sour, very tart. There are green fruit notes and lots of blueberry. The Belgian yeast takes over quickly though and begins to overpower the fruit flavors. Cracked white pepper, orange peel , and coriander.

Hot alcohol also tends to overwrite the more delicate fruitiness. It's not unappealing or undrinkable, but also much less hidden than the average DFH beer. Above average carbonation, and dry on the finish.

I drank almost the entire 750ml myself, so yeah, it's pretty drinkable.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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