TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Black & Blue pours brilliant reddish amber color, with fine carbonation. The off-white foam rises to one finger thick, but dissipates fairly quickly. From the bottom of my Chimay glass, there’s a constant stream of carbonation rising throughout this glass. Even as I’m pouring I can smell some of the fruity esters rising from the brew.
The nose is dominated by an overwhelming amount of fruit, I can’t pick up any sense of hops at all. There’s just a little bit of candy-malt in the background, but the nose is heavily controlled by the fruitiness from the raspberries and blueberries.
The first few sips are pretty intense, and by intense, I mean super fruity and sweet. The first little bit of the Black and Blue are really, really fruit driven, and almost framboise lambic-ish. After I get a few sips under my belt and it warms up a little bit, I can pick out more of the complexity of the brew. There’s now a significant malty character in the background, and the alcohol is coming through more and more as it warms to room temperature.
At first, I was significantly unimpressed by this Black and Blue from Dogfish. After a few sips in, I’m coming around a bit. It’s pretty drinkable, relatively light in body, and probably pretty mass-appealing. I’m still not in love with the Black and Blue, but it is growing on my slowly.
thomat (2200) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish amber with a medium off white head. Fruity and spicy tones. Fruit, malt, bitterness and spices . Full body with a nice bitter / sour finish.
probstblueribbon (3101) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1 pint, 9.6 oz bottle from Potsdam IGA, served cold and shared. Hazy copper with a thin purple-ish head. Lots of berries, a little booze, that’s about it. Medium+ body with creamy carbonation. Lots of fruit, a bit of caramel maltiness, straight-forward, a little boozy; lightly sweet and lightly tart, moderate bitterness, long fruity finish.
slowrunner77 (6164) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"can’t tell it’s 10% but for the thickness of it. hides the alcohol pretty well. smell is nice...lots of fruit obviously. a little tart, sweet, and a little funky. flavor is much the same. not bad, not great. doubt i’d drop the big price tag on this one."
Salmoniform (1079) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF. Purple reddish hue with pinkish white head. Aroma is straw, berries, slight medicinal. Medium light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness with a slight phenolic finish. Overall this brew was ok but not really fruit forward.
tricyclist (923) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours light purplish blue. Aroma of light wheat, purple, and fruit notes... Berry like... Flavor is similar with alcohol notes... Not a favorite to be honest.
unclemike (2339) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
kevinator (1077) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant and different. Another that treads the line between fruit beer and sour. Sweet and tart berry aroma with a sense of yeast. Dark ruby color with an off-white head. Light palate but it easily coats the mouth. Finishes somewhat dry. Tart fruit flavors up front with a solid malt back ground. Hops presence was low while adding a hint of spice. Alcohol was well-hidden. Good sipper.
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-20-12-
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a ruby red – pink color with a fluffy pink hued head. The head fades rather quickly to give a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is very berry-white wine in nature. There is a big presence of a green grape/white wine aroma mixed with a moderately strong blackberry smell. There are lighter hints of some blueberry and yeast mixed in as well. As stated before, quite white wine like.
Taste - Just like the nose hinted at, the flavor is very semi-sweet white wine like. Its starts out with a white grape flavor some breadiness and a strong presence of tannins. These flavors create a base for the beer which lasts the whole taste through. The berry flavors come more toward the middle. They begin lighter, but strengthen throughout the taste experience. At the end a bitter sweet berry flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Very light in body with a slightly higher than average level of carbonation. It is appropriate and very nice for the wine like flavors of the beer.
Overall – Not really what I am looking for when I am looking for a beer. It is a good wine alternative if that is what you are looking for; sorta a white wine-beer hybrid.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers during their DFH Heaven & Hell event... Poured deep amber/reddish with a thin, khaki head. No oxidation here and nothing to lend to its age. Aroma of perfumy, vinous fruits. Fizzy mouthfeel with a decent attenuation and carbonation level. Tasted of wine-like booze, vinous & berry fruits, candied grape bubblelicious, and loads of alcohol warmth even with a couple of years on it.
BOSSbrewer (2076) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well for what it is it is ok pours a pinkish hue with a thin head. Aroma is berries. Body is thin and tastes a bit like an alcoholic blueberry soda. Refreshing but just ok. Very thin bodied and very carbonated.