BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Florian’s. Translucent ruby-red body with a quarter inch of off-white head. Smell is weaker than expected, but consists mostly of blackberry with a hint of blueberry. Blue and black berries dominate the flavor as expected, with hints of caramel malt, making for a mostly sweet beer with a hint of sourness. Surprsisingly little alcohol present in the flavor. And while the body is atad syruppy, it;s oddly drinkable for such a big beer. Maybe getting this one again.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper amber body with a medium creamy off-white head that diminishes quickly into a light film. Sweet fruity aroma with some caramel and spice. Light berry flavor in the foreground, slightly tart blending into a caramel and sugary background.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
rosey brown appearance with a sweet nose. flavor is very sweet with a strong berry character. little complexity and the sweetness is overbearing. at least they didn’t overload it with hops like all their other beers. an intersting idea, but it doesn’t really work
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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...
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
11thMan (20) - Dennison, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jredmond (6938) - New York, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.