chrisv10 (17325) - DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle, 10%. Unclear dark brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, berries and oxidized. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, berries?, toasted, little dark fruit, medium sweet and a little bitter. Beerhunter111 (20362) - P´Castle, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
Sampled @ Danish Summer Gathering 2015
Koelschtrinker (20242) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
Trübe sehr dunkel orangegoldene Farbe. Geruch trocken fruchtig, dezent süß, dunkle Beeren. Geschmack sehr süß, rote Beeren, trocken.
Dumpf fruchtiger Beginn mit herben und steigend hefigen Aromen. Geringe, dafür trockene Herbe im Mittelteil, spritzig. Nett, für den Alkoholgehalt aber eher entäuschend. 11/9/9/9/11/9 Rasmus40 (20382) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Vintage 2007. Hazy amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and fruity. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 290815 Benzai (15486) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2015
Sampled at 8th Danish Ratebeer Gathering, Ulfborg 2015, day 2. Slightly hazy reddish color, small white to off-white head. Smell and taste malts, dried fruits, dark fruits, a bit sweet-bitter. Average to decent body and carbonation.
boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2015
750ml bottle: this one pours a hazy Ruby tinged Amber color. Just a wisp of an off White head. Good nose. A bit musty. Red wine grape notes. Light Candi sugar, other fruits, malts. The taste is very good. Malty, a slight funkiness, touch of red wine flavors. Some blackberry also. Unique and good. DWestrick (732) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2015
bottle. very funky - not even sure what you would consider this. Fun to share with people, not sure I could have a whole glass myself. Interesting beer Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a nice hazy light amber color. Aroma and taste are light tart blue and black berries. Lightly sweet. tightslice (1280) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2015 On tap at The Refuge in Menlo Park, CA. Has a berry granola cereal type of vibe. One of the better fruit / wheat beers I’ve had. Pumpkin87 (248) - - JUL 6, 2015
Pours pretty if cloudy copper-amber with medium, chunky off-white head that quickly reduces to minor skim. A very nice looking beer!
Big berry nose comes through even before the head dissipates. But while the palate retains some berry sweetness, an assertive citrus hop element adds lemon sourness as opposed to tartness.
There’s a nice fizziness from carbonation, but a hot undercurrent from the 10 percent ABV. That turns out to be a bit much for a hot summer’s day. This might be more enjoyable for spring or fall.
Black and Blue is also a beer whose palate becomes a bit gentler if it is not straight from the cooler or refrigerator. The color also becomes clearer as carbonation and yeast settle.
This is another instance where Dogfish Head has made an enjoyable beer, but its hops-sessive approach and pursuit of relatively high alcohol content trips it up short of its full potential.