Black & Blue | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Black & BlueBlack & Blue
BA SCORE
55.3%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 1,620 ratings
Black & BlueBlack & Blue
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:
#30,184
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,620
Liked:
896
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
15.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
292
Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,620 |  Reviews: 530
Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Marked "Bottled in 2011", into a Gouden Carolus chalice glass.

Pours a translucent amber color with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quick and leaves moderate lacing. Gentle carbonation.

Extremely fruity aroma, very sweet with strong notes of blueberry.

The intense fruity aroma carries into the taste. Extremely powerful fruit notes combined with bready malt make this one very sweet. Blueberry is easily discernible and the blackberries are in the back. Ends with a touch of grain and some alcohol warming when the beer is warmer in temperature.

Medium bodied beer with gentle carbonation.

It's actually not half bad. The alcohol is a little high which gives off some wine like characteristics and makes it a little tough to punch through a bomber. Still miles ahead of Blackberry Witbier by Sam Adams, though. Pretty decent, albeit one-sided.

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Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of briandaube
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Black & Blue is a clear, solid golden ale topped with a dense sand colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a super fruity aroma of fresh black raspberries and blueberries. It's a little sweet, a little floral and there's a whiff of light grain. It's medium bodied and lively. The finish is pretty clean and a little astringent. It's a little sweet and fairly bitter. There's a little sourness. It tastes more like fruit wine than fresh fruit. The black raspberry is pretty prominent at the start of the taste. It gets progressively more bitter as the finish approaches. It's mostly juniper and alcohol by the finish. Berries linger in the aftertaste. It has qualities of an old ale, a mead, a melomel and a sahti. It's very unique! It tastes a little boozy, so I wouldn't say this is for chugging, but it's enjoyable, unique and pretty classy.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of deadliest
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I maintain it's tough to review fruit beers. This one is just kind of in-keeping with the style in general (with a few exceptions). One consistent, fairly straight-forward sweet flavor (raspberries, in this case) that comes to kick aside the other flavors and aromas in the brew. It's not bad, and I didn't mind drinking a touch of it. However, it's a missed opportunity, as they could have run with some more interesting tart or sour flavors. Overall, alright, but nothing too complex or interesting (which is a total miss for DFH, a brewery that specializes in "interesting").

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Photo of PSU_Mike
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Massbmx
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of rdooley
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Viperman1316
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of SHODriver
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2012

A: pours a deep red to light brown into a DFH snifter with a finger of white head that recedes to a small mat and collar
S: smells of pale malt and fruity esters along with some blackberries and blueberries
T: smooth malty sweetness yields to some big blueberry and raspberry flavors along with a bit of alcohol. aftertaste is more berry flavors
M: light to medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a non drying finish
O: pretty good, lets the fruit shine and packs a nice punch. the last time I had it it must have been older because it seemed to have the flavors blend a little better

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Photo of rodlavers
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of brandonld23
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dkw0063
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Bottling. Pours a clear, pinkish amber color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is very berry-forward...quite inviting actually. Smells like fresh raspberries and blackberries with a hint of tartness. Lovely aroma. Taste is initially just a bit tart, but quickly turns to alcohol flavor. There is some definite booziness to this (nowhere near Fort, but noticeable booziness). Belgian yeast flavors with some spice and dark malt. You still get some pleasant raspberry and blackberry...not really picking up the blueberry. Finish is warming and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Although it drinks fairly light, the puree and booziness makes it feel much more heavy. Drinkability is fair. Overall, I was very skeptical going into this because I tried Fort not to long ago and hated it. This one could definitely use without the intense alcohol flavor, but it is an enjoyable beer. The nose especially.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer tasted a lot like what I think Forte would taste like if you aged it for about two years. It is a mellow fruitiness that I found inoffensive, somewhat appealing, but not awefully exciting either. Not bad; and I'd recommend it.

This beer is reddish with a soapy head. It has a fruity sour cherry smell. Flavor is mellow sour cherries and this beer is not boozy or unpleasantly fruity (which was my impression of Forte). Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

I thought this beer was decent, but it may have been just a bit too mellow. A mix of half this and half Forte I think would be perfect!

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Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 750 ML bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Tripel Karmeliet branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy amber hue with a decent head that dissipates quickly leaving a minor amount of lacing in its tracks.

S: Smells like mixed berry cool aid and not much more - no yeast, malt or hop presence what so ever - didn't expect much hop character, but where's the rest of the depth to this brew ???

T: Berry and booze with a hint of malt is all I get (a lot like berry flavored jolly ranchers with no end to the sweetness) - completely lost on this one...

M/D: Medium to full bodied, very chewy, with a creamy finish. Difficult to drink more than a small glass - too sweet and thick. Very weird for the style.

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Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 55.3% out of 100 with 1,620 ratings
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