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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Ratings: 1,624 |  Reviews: 530
Photo of ajdemma
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of npachl
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

I can get into the fruity beers (see New Glarus Serendipity), but this guy just lacks great flavor and feel. Dollars are better spent on other D-Fish beers.

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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 Pro_Magnon
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of spw109
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 prisdefer
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Ajlvt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 CGMLS3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of vinny21bal
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Wildman
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark red color and formed a pure white bubbly head that disappeared leaving trace lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of berries and not much else present. The flavor was of blackberries and raspberries with some medicinal aspects to it. It has a fairly light body to it and the finish was tart. It's hard to review Dogfish's experitmental offerings since they always go to the extreme, which isn't necessarily the best wasy to approach a brew.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Lanstrum
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of TheSarge
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a large burgundy wine glass, and the brew produced about a two finger thick and off white colored cranium. Body appearance is hazy with a brownish red color.

Aroma is a bit light with hints of blue berry, and slight toffee.

I was pleased with the taste. I guess I was expecting a malternative type of drink, but this really melds together quite well between the malt and the fruit. Definitely not sour, the taste has a more malty sweetness to it with hints of toffee and the berry kind of kicks in as if it replaced the hops.

Carbonated moderately with a dry overall feel. There is a bit of alcohol warmness in the end.

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Photo of Radome
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from 750 ml bottle into goblet.

A - Beer is murky and a dark amber color with maybe a hint of purple. When held up to the light it appears more like medium orange color with some pink highlights. Tiny carbonation bubbles continuously rise though it. The off-white head is a thin but complete layer of tiny bubbles and it leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is light and inviting, consisting of malt, alcohol and fruit. The fruit aroma gives the impression of fresh berries, rather than yeast notes. It is hard to put my finger on the type of berry, but I would guess raspberries.

T - Like the aroma, the taste is subtle but is focused on fruit. Malt and alcohol are in the taste profile, but they are in the background with sweet berry fruit in the fore. The fruit flavor reminds me of a framboise limbic, but I don't get any sour notes from this beer. I get just a hint of nutty or grainy malt flavor later in the sip. No hops apparent. Very nice.

M - The body seems a little thin to me, although the lack of a cloying or mouthcoating feel does make the beer seem more drinkable despite its apparent sweetness. Carbonation and alcohol do not really contribute to the mouthfeel.

D - This beer is very approachable and drinkable. It has nice fresh fruit aroma and flavor but has enough complexity and beer notes to avoid seeming like fruit juice or a wine cooler.

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Photo of thain709
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a ruby body that had some clarity to it as well as some slow carbonation bubbles...the head was white and thin to begin with and fell to hardly visible ring

S - This one is full of fruity notes...lots of berries going on...slightly tart and juicy blackberries and blueberries...there is also a slight wine characteristic to the nose

T - The beer is also full of fruity notes from start to finish...the berries really stand out on the palate...the blackberries provide a sweet, deeper flavor while the blueberries lend a little bit of a tartness while also being sweet...there is a quick presence of the yeast strain, but it doesn't provide a spiciness which is nice...I didn't get any alcohol in the finish, which was also nice

M - Medium bodied...slight tingly carbonation, sweet, slightly tart and dry

O - Dogfish did a nice job with this one...I didn't find the alcohol presence, but I'm sure an entire bomber would do me in...great berry flavors with a small supporting cast in the background

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Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,624 ratings
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