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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Black & Blue is golden Belgian Ale made with over 300 lbs of fresh blackberries and blueberries. With a deep purple full body and a long-lasting lacy pink head, this ale is both attractive and delicious! It is tart and fruity, like our brewers! The subtle bitterness of Hallertau and Saaz hops shines through the fruit forward flavor and sets the palate aglow. (30 IBUs). This tasty brew has smooth but noticeable alcohol warmth. Belgian yeast gives this brew a characteristically dry spicy finish. The beautiful interplay of fruit, spice, and alcohol is complimented by a soft malt profile, and a high level of carbonation.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
pours a amber with a violet hue, nice pinkish head. looks are very cool. not a whole lot going on in aroma, just a bit of malt and hint of berry. mouthful is nice and tart. has a dry finish with more tartness. no big berry flavors, just the tartness that almost ripe black berries have. it is very pleasant but not the complexity i was hoping for...

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1426) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
Very little aroma. Light berry, some vinuous notes. Totally transprent in the glass, very reddish in color. The fruit is muted on the palate, a point in favor in my book. Some spice shows through on the medium-length finish. Dry, but medium in every other way on palate. The least fruit presence you’ll ever find in a fruit beer, I think.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
11thMan (20) - Dennison, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2007
As far as dogfish head beers go this one is not the best. I did not think that the fruit or spice came out as much as the other beers by them. Still not a bad beer, just not as good as other dogfish head offerings.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2007
Pours a grape juice red with a small white head. Has a large sweet and alcohol flavor in the begining, then finishes with a perfect blue, and blackberry flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5673) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 750mL. This DFH was very good. The nose was very mysterious...didnt smell of anything really. The taste was very berry-like. Very smooth body..poured a cherry red body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
The aroma is huge bluberry, semisweet..Pours a blood red with a small white head.Flavor is fullon berries..The alcohol creeps up on you on the back end with a small amount of bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 750 ml bottle. Pours to a beautiful, bright, ruby red color, with a rocky, pink head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is faint, with light aroma of pale malt, paired with faint fruity/berry aroma, and peppery alcohol. The palate is almost non existant, with liight flavors of pale and sweet malt, and faint hints of fruity/berry flavor. This beer finishes with more light malt and light berry flavors, then ends with some warming, alcohol heat that lingers. I’m a big fan of a well done fruit beer, especially one with black berry and blue berry. Black & Blue was very lacking as a fruit beer, and I found this beer to be a dissapointment in general. It was a dangerously drinkable high abv beer, but I found the malt, and fruit aromas and flavors, totally lacking in this beer. I was surprised how little character this beer actually had. At $13 a bottle, it is not a beer I would try again, and unless you are really interested in trying a new beer from DFH, I would not recommend buying this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours reddish/amber with a large off-white head. Aroma of fruit, alcohol, and hops. The flavor is sweet, alcohol is present, loads of sweet malts, and finishes dry.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2007
Sample at Indy tasting Hotshotz - Aroma of dark berries, tobacco and malt. Pours deep purple with a medium head and decent lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is dry and crisp. Not bad but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2007
Bottle at Dilly Deli. Poured clear reddish amber with a large off-white head that diminished slowly with minimal lacing. Good friut and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium spicy sweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol burn. Another Dogfish Head beer that did not meet my expectations.


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