ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought for me by McBeer at Chicone’s in Hudson, WI. I can get it in Chicago, but it was a buck cheaper. Any time I can save some money on DFH, I’m going to do it! Sweet aroma, with nothing overly special about it. Nice, white head. Contrived peach color. Subtle flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Took some time for my palate to adjust to it. A little thin, but pretty good. Overpriced.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2007
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Poured an medium amber. Aroma was almost non exsistent. Couldn’t distinguish any blackberry’s or blueberry’s, nor could my wife. Had a medicinal taste to it. The only positive I could say is that the alcohol was well hidden. I have a bottle that I will cellar and try at a later date, hopefully for a better a review.
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a one-finger white head that fades immediately leaving no lace. Clear amber with red tinge color. Sweet fruity nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet and sour, slightly fruity with raspberry, blueberry is hidden and so is the high ABV. Nice clean finish. Bottled 2/12/2007, $11.19 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark amber almost redish color big head almost no lacing. Aroma was of berries go figure. Flavor was of both blue and blackberries like it was supposed to be but would have to agree with eagle was kinda fake. Expected more from this one.
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber in color with little to no head. Had a fruity aroma. Light spice in the flavor and the finish. Not as good as I thought it would be hearing various people talk about it
Aurelius (4603) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Label looks like a young Dustin Hoffman in a Little Lord Fauntleroy. Good bronze cap with the shark. Beer pours clear and looks like tawny port. Head is tinged tutti-fruity. Buttery tangy flavor, moderately astringent, pretty fruity. Nothing special - none of the DFH special brews are particularly satisfying, they’re just wierd. Berry pie aroma. Off the beaten path, unfinished in a lot of ways, not worth the $14 that I paid for the bottle though.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a ruby red color with a white head. Aroma is slightly fruity. Flavor is lightly malty with a light fruity finish.
frankenkitty (1972) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Let me just say right off the bat that this beer certainly does not live up to the Fantasyland commercial description above. "Purple?" "Long-lasting head?" "High level of carbonation?" "Hops??????" Nice bit of fiction up there...
Pours a melon-hued copper body with faint carbonation and a short-lived, pink tinged head. Mild nutty, wheaty aroma with fruit playing second-fiddle. Sure there’s berries, but there are also metallic notes and you don’t see DFH fawning over that quality. Flavor turns out to be quite pleasant with a nice complement of yeast versus fruit, but the combination also contributes to a finish which is a bit thick and sour. Alcohol remains hidden in flavor yet noticable via a light warmth and astringence. Overall, Black & Blue is a nice fruit beer, but I’m seldom looking for "a nice fruit beer". (Although I should mention that this would make a good transition for the "Berry Weiss" crowd into dubbel territory.)
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HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the Gaithersburg DFH Ale House. Great reddish-purple color (paler than I expected and very clear) with little head and a somewhat sharp level of carbonation. Mild berry aroma closer to blueberry. Quite a dry beer with little flavor of the berries left - like wine is to grapes, this beer is to the berries in it. A good beer and in balance despite DFH’s reputation for reckless experimentation. I would have appreciated a little more intensity in the flavor.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light, clean, airy aroma. Pours dark purple with a light, white, bubbly head. Solid mouth feel with a light sour twinge behind it. Very fruity sort of finish.