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, thereís a constant stream of carbonation rising throughout this glass. Even as Iím pouring I can smell some of the fruity esters rising from the brew.
The nose is dominated by an overwhelming amount of fruit, I canít pick up any sense of hops at all. Thereís 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. Thereís 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, Iím coming around a bit. Itís pretty drinkable, relatively light in body, and probably pretty mass-appealing. Iím still not in love with the Black and Blue, but it is growing on my slowly.
mintzmeet (426) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oohee!! Love this. Nice red color. Great flavor, tastes like a lambic. Almost some raspberry flavor. Good stuff.
rjplumer (952) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich blueberry raspberry aroma. An opaque red and blue body with a thin head that has a reddish tinge. Taste has a raspberry tartness smoothed out by hint of blueberry. Dry crisp finish. Refreshing and rich. A hint of warmth is the only clue to the true strength of this brew.
oldrtybastrd (4911) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour a dee reddish/purple color with a very small sized head. Aromas of black cherries, caramel and all around berries (cranberries, strawberries and more). Tastes of black berries and all around berries. Had a black cherry tartness in the finish. Light alcohol, that turned stronger as it warmed, in the finish.
koleminer20 (2108) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Had this one at Danís in Saline. Jacob pulled this one out of Danís basement stash for us. 750 mL bottle that pours a nice, dark copper color with a light white foamy head that falls down to a film leaving a little bit of lace. This one does not look like a fruit beer at all. Surprising. The aroma has a little bit of fruitiness to it, but nothing like what I was expecting. Itís got a lot of bready malts and a strong wheatiness to it. There is a little spice, and I think this has to have Belgian yeast in it. The flavors are very light. There is a light fruit thatís almost drowned out by a strong spicy malt. The mouth feel is again light, but a fruit beer should be. There is a decent carbonation to it, though itís a little soft and velvety. The aftertaste is where this one kind of fails. Itís very malty and dry, but carries that spicy malt to it. I donít like it. Itís not a fruit bomb, but it should be. More fruit could help this one out.
geologyguy (1249) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Blueberry smell of course, mild but complex...taste is more bitter and dry than I anticipated... Thought it would be sweeter..light alcohol burn...but pretty smooth...malty...blueberry but mild...semi cloudy reddish appearance...slightly sour...a bit better with time
Bulk_Carrier (3468) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Treated as a straight up fruit beer, this was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a glossy purple to brown color with a slight transparency about it. Floaties bounce off of carbonation rising to fill a one finger white to off white foamy head. It dissipates at a nice pace and leaves a small fairly thick ring of foamy lacing around the glass.
The smell starts off with a some blackberries and blueberries (obviously, right!) and blends into a light caramel to biscuity maltiness.
The taste was a nice mix between the blackberries and blueberries to a little bit of spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Yields more to the biscuity side than the caramel side in the taste. Its somewhat fruity in the aftertaste yet allows the spice to hit in the finish nicely.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good as it is and falls in and around my tongue appropriately.
Overall, as a fruit beer, it works, with the Belgian spices snapping in and around my tongue, it wants to let you know, "hey, Iím not just any old fruit beer." Iíd have this again, nice beer.
sinfull (1354) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, amber color. Aroma of berries and belgian yeasts.Tart , fruity taste with dry finish. Great fruit beer with wine characteristics.
katrinaez (1144) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Exactly as stated. Fruit is fresh and strong. Belgium is yeasty. Nice aroma and thick palates. Tap
DrNosha (1474) - Baden WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Verkostung diverser Jahrgšnge des Black & Blue vom Fass im Brauhaus. Von 2011-2014. je šlter je besser! Dunkles Weinrot. Blaubeere, brombeere und sanfter Hopfen. Die SŁŖe schwindet mit dem Alter und es wird runder.
kermis (9839) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2015, Ulfborg. Pours near clear amber with a bubbly ring off white head. Aroma of blueberry, dark berries, light veggies, malt, caramel and toffee. Flavour is moderate sweet. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Too much alcohol.