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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
750 bottle purchased @ Riverside in Kent OH: Redish purple body w/ a lasting pinkish/purplish head. Strong bready and toasty malt aroma and a light raspberry fruitiness up front. Also hints of blue berry. Flavor I can describe in 3 words... Boo Beery Cereal! Toasted cereal malt flavor w/ blue berry fruitiness. Well balanced w/ a dry finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter w/a lingering raspberry flavor. Hints of herbal hops in the aftertaste as well. Fuller medium body, well hidden alcohol, smooth body, medium carbonation. Not as fruity as I had expected (a good thing) and still acts like a beer (also a good thing). NIce malt and fruit balanced by bitterness to keep it from being sugary sweet. A bit 2 dimensional, but good for what it is. Would be a good dessert beer w/ cheescake I think!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Tasting at Dilly Deil in Mariemont. A nice brew but nothing tremendous. Medium body - a bit more substance than most fruit beers. Not an overwhemling presence of black and blueberries but the aroma and tartness are definately there. A nice hoppy finish which is uncharacteristic of many fruit beers - Dogfish’s take on this type I suppose. An interesting beer that was tasty but certainy not worth the price @ $10.99 for a big bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 30, 2007
Pour was red-hued, somewhat amber like base. The head was big bubbled frothy upon pouring, yet it settled to a thin covering, off-white in color, solid retention as a thin covering. Lacing was near nil. The aroma was berry-like, blueberry pie. Flavor was black and blueberries both, hopefully not just cuz that’s what the label said. Unfortunately, this thing took on a blueberry pie (definitely some spicing underneath, cinnamon?) and puree type flavor, a little phoney, yet not over the top in fruitiness. Almost came across like the base beer behind the DFH punkin’ ale, but with berries instead. Interesting, but not great. Finest point may be the hiding of the 10%ABV, couldn’t believe it. Slightly acidic mouthfeel, light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2007
Poured from 750 bottle, a reddish color with a small,quickly dissappearing head.The aroma is of fruit and berries.The taste most definetly had blueberry and blackberry and some malt with a spicy finish.Ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle shared at DLD. Thanks to whoever bought this b/c I didn’t want to have to buy a whole bottle. Pours a clear amber purple with a fruity nose mostly blueberries and evidently that’s blackberries too. Fruity flavors that black and blue with carmel, pepper, and not much else. The carbonation is really prickly on this. I like fruit beers, but i’m not too into this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2957) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2007
Pours out an interesting reddish/purple shade with slight thin head. Aroma is of fruit with slight yeast. Blueberry and blackberry are in the background the whole time, with some spice, yeast and slight alcohol and bitterness on the finish. Interesting combination of flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 29, 2007
Pours a light reddish purple with a white head. The aroma has blackberry and blueberry and little else. Flavor is mild and largely made up of the aforementioned fruits along with a slight spice touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
Sampled at Woodshop Tasting. Poured a clear blue/light purple color with almost no head. Aroma had berries and spicy yeast. Flavor was clean and fruity with no hint of high alcohol. Thanks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
A big thanks to cquiroga for bringing this beer to the Woodshop tasting at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA. blue-ish brown, slightly sweet, absolutely no hint of 10% ABV. pretty nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2007
750mL bottle. Bottled on: 02/13/07. Pours a clear amber with a thick quartz head. Some hints of raspberries and blueberries in the lightly grainy aroma. Solidly smooth-bodied with some crispness at the end. Malty sweetness and the tanginess of the yeast and berries start things off. Finishes a tad musty with just a little pepper and the slightest touch of warming alcohol. Just a little drying. Subtle all the way through. Tastes pretty much like I expected it to.

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