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
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#34,223
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,625
pDev:
15.49%
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Ratings: 1,625 |  Reviews: 530
Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a snifter.

This looks about standard for a big fruit beer, a golden red color with a tiny head. Aroma is about what I'd expect from a 10% alcohol brew brewed with tons of blueberries and blackberries. Taste? Berries and booze. with a bit of malt. What else would you expect? Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, with prickly carbonation. Drinkability is very good. Overall, a great "extreme" fruit beer, there's a ton of fruit in this high alcohol beer.

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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 facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a nice clean deep copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head which left behind a decent amount of lacing. aroma of raspberries, blueberries, caramel, lots of malt and fruit! this is a very malt heavy flavor with tart hints of berry then a blast of honey/caramel and subtle berry on the end. very sweet, almost like a tripel.
full body with a creamy mouthfeel and modest amount of carbonation.

this is a 2012 bottle, so it's last year's batch.. i have to say there's not much of a difference in the year this has been cellared.

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Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of chefhatt
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. It has a nice rich auburn color body with just a small white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. The smell has a nice berry aroma to it. The taste is a little tart to start then the berries come in on the middle of the tongue and gives it a nice like sweet flavor. I get like a white wine finish on the back of the tongue. Very nice mouth feel, very little after taste. Overall this is very different and i really like this beer.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed copper-gold. Head is bubbly and bright-white. Carbonation is solid and adds a nice element to the beer.

Smell: Obliterated blueberries and blackberries. Slightly tart with a good punch of fruit juice sweetness. Hint of Belgian yeast adds a small funkiness. Very fruity and sweet.

Taste: Belgian yeast hits first. Fruit is nice and sweet and brings a fleshy real blueberry flavor. Hints of blackberry round out the fruit flavor. Spice from the yeast is a little distracting. Some malt sweetness as well. A little doughy.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium with a solid carbonation. A little dry on the finish.

Overall: One of the better fruit experiments from Dogfish Head. The yeast messes with the profile of the fruit. Nice fleshy fruit. Decent.

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Photo of brycevolk
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

Photo of brystmar
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a chalice.

A: a good looking dark amber color, small amount of creamy white head. Mild lacing.

S: raspberry & blueberry dominance. Very sweet, still quite pleasant.

T: sweet & fruity start to finish, but not excessively so given the style. Raspberry taste lingers to the very end. Enjoyable and refreshing for a warm winter day like today.

M: medium-bodied and a little creamy. Average carbonation.

D: really good for a big beer like this, but I'd expect nothing less from DFH. Sam & co are masters of hiding booze in these big beers.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy red color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Sweet blackberry aroma. BlackBerry taste up front with blueberry at the end. Belgium yeast. Decent beer but a little on the fruity side. Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of Massbmx
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of lovindahops
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, grabbing big dfh bottles like crazy today! Everything is disappearing off the shelves! Someone said there is a tv show or something!

A- a reddish amber look with a good white head

S- a lift of sweet and sour berries compiled with spice. A little far from an ale. Alcohol is there

T- major spice on the tongue of sweet flavor that is sweet with dried berries. The dryness grows exponentially and is topped off with the alcohol. Good taste for a malted beverage

M- spiky on the tongue like a prickle busch. Ouch

D- wow, you can slam this. Dfh making another drinkable brew for the ladies!... And me

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Photo of Budinetz
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a definite blue/purple tinged color with a slight purple head. Fruit smell along with a slight belgian yeast. The taste is a touch more alcoholic than I was expecting but it is fairly smooth nonetheless. Belgian ale taste with a nice fruit finish. Light/medium mouthfeel. As a fruit beer I just wish it had a stronger fruit profile.

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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 kingcrowing
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. It's got an amber color that is quite cloudy. It has a nice head that sticks around for a bit and has a slight purple tint to it. Very unique. You can smell the hints of black & blue berries which is quite nice.

It's got a sharp taste of fruit, it reminds me almost of a fruity wine. The alcohol is very warming but not over powering at all.

I got this is in a 1pt 9.6oz bottle, a great bottle to sip on throughout the night. Overall another great Dogfish Head brew!

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of brandonld23
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,625 ratings