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.
willisread (406) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. 750 ml bottle from Old Town. Poured into a pinot noir glass. Pinkish red color with a thin slightly purple head. Big berry aroma present with a hint of yeast. Light and dry. Some tartness and fruit on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel but light body. The fruit gets more tart as it warms up as well as some peppery notes...like a syrah light. Solid fruit beer.
jsnicholas (311) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (750ml ): Pinkish with thin head. Taste is sweet and tart. High carbonation. Very fruity. Probably out appeal to those who like sweet bubble wine which I do not. The official description is actually quite accurate, just not my thing.
olsvammel (3803) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a big tasting (NŲrdprovning 2015). Fruity smell with some blueberries. Similar taste. Some sourness but not allot. Nice mix between blueberries and malt.
Gription79 (2408) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle. The aroma is dominated by the fruit, there is a Belgian yeast character that comes through as well. The flavor is softer, the berry notes are firm, there is soft bready malts, and a Belgian yeast presence. Good beer.
thomat (2235) - GŲteborg, 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 (3182) - 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, thatís 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 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"canít tell itís 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 iíd drop the big price tag on this one."
Salmoniform (1180) - 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 (986) - 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 (2401) - 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